A great American city lays in waste. The odor of sweat, tears and Cheetoes still lingers, as do the crushed hopes of those who hit snooze one too many times instead of getting their butt on line. It will take one full year to recover.
That’s right friends – Comic-Con International, as no one calls it anymore, has just ended and your friends from SlashFilm were in San Diego in full force. We’re there every year, watching successes launch (yay Avengers) and witnessing disasters stumble (not-so-yay Terminator Salvation.)
Then there are other movies. Movies that coulda been a contender but, for whatever reason, just didn’t connect. Here are films that had a presence in San Diego that, we feel, should have been bigger hits. This week will be a little less obscure than usual, but we think it’ll still be fun. Read More »
The Fine Brothers love to spoil everything, In past years, we’ve featured their popular videos 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes and Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History. After seeing all of the big movies of 2009, the brothers are back once again. Their latest video spoils 50 movies released last year (including all ten best picture nominees) in one take, in under 4 minutes. Watch the video now, after the jump.
And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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Costing only $15,000 to make, Paranormal Activity makes up for what it lacks in budget with pure ingenuity. The most obvious comparison is naturally The Blair Witch Project, with both films being presented as if they were genuine footage that’s been discovered after-the-fact. Where Paranormal Activity shines though, is its setting: a house. Not a forest, not an isolated mansion—a normal, everyday house. When it comes to fearing a supernatural presence, there’s no place people feel more vulnerable than their own home. Paranormal Activity takes advantage of this, and uses subtle filmmaking tricks to slowly ratchet up the tension as night after night goes by. I can fully understand why somebody would find the experience terrifying. I, however, did not. Though I certainly appreciate the film, and admire it for the incredible success that it’s found, Paranormal Activity might just be one of the least scary horror films I have ever seen, and that’s an issue that no amount of admiration or appreciation can cure. I get the distinct impression that those who found the movie frightening are people who went into it with a built-in apprehension of ghosts, which would certainly explain why it did nothing for me. I consider myself a total pansy when it comes to most forms of horror–I nearly pissed myself in terror when I saw The Grudge in theaters—but any movie that relies on my real life fear of the supernatural isn’t likely to garner much of a response. If you don’t share that problem, then you should only see Paranormal Activity if you’re prepared to stay awake every night for the next two weeks.
Notable Extras: DVD – An alternate ending. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as a digital copy.
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In this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley, get blown away by the trailer for Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air, reflect on the creative bankruptcy of the first Hancock, and share a few remembrances of the great Patrick Swayze.
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We’ve got a bunch of new posters today for films that are, if not all over the map, at least hitting all corners of geekdom. First up, there’s the premiere of the one-sheet teaser for Zombieland, and it’s pretty tasty. It looks kinda like the Picturehouse logo and the cover of The Pixies’ Bossanova got together and had a little poster baby. How could that be bad? Answer: it isn’t. Much better than floating heads, zombie eyes and a splash of blood.
After the jump, a new Toy Story 1 & 2 re-release image caught in the wild, and images for 9 and the long-awaited US release of Taxidermia. Read More »
One of the /Film Twitter followers pointed out that 2009 will see the release of more than a couple movies with the number 9 in the title: Rob Marshall’s musical Nine, the Peter Jackson-produced sci-fi film District 9, the Australian stop-animated $9.99, a Melissa Joan Hart thriller Nine Dead, and Shane Acker’s 9.
G4’s Attack of the Show has premiered a new trailer for 9, a computer animated film produced by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Nightwatch), directed by former WETA Digital artist Shane Acker, and featuring the music of Danny Elfman. Based on Acker’s Academy Award-nominated 2005 film festival short (watch it on YouTube), 9 is a post-apocalyptic nightmare in which all of humanity is threatened. Watch the new trailer after the jump.
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Shane Acker‘s short animation 9 was a wonderful little fable, a redemption fantasy that blended stitchpunk images with dream-like plotting and a subtle blend of melancholy and fear. I loved it from the second I saw it, and was as such very disappointed to see it lose the Oscar – even to John Canemaker and Peggy Stern’s superb Moon and Son.
That initial short is now being adapted into a full length feature, with Acker (the pin-up boy at the head of the post) still directing and Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov amongst the producers. The official trailer was released around Christmas time, but since then we’ve seen or heard little else. Now, though, MTV have eased my anxious fever a little and premiered a really very, very interesting, and ever so slightly slightly surprising, 2-minute, 6-second clip from the film. You can enjoy that below the break.
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9 is a computer animated film produced by Tim Burton (The Corpse Bride) and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Nightwatch), directed by former WETA Digital artist Shane Acker, and featuring the music of Danny Elfman. Based on Acker’s Academy Award-nominated 2005 film festival short (watch it on YouTube), 9 is a post-apocalyptic nightmare in which all of humanity is threatened. The official plot synopsis follows:
“When 9 (Wood) first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the neophyte of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good. They must take the offensive if they are to survive, and they must discover why the machines want to destroy them in the first place. As they’ll soon come to learn, the very future of civilization may depend on them.”
The group includes 1 (Christopher Plummer), a domineering war veteran; 2 (Martin Landau), an aged inventor; 5 (John C. Reilly), a stalwart mechanic; 6 (Crispin Glover), a visionary and artist; and 7 (Jennifer Connelly), a brave warrior. I like Acker’s unique art style which could be described as a darker/post apocalyptic version of what Tim Burton use to do, with a touch of LittleBigPlanet. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Watch the trailer in High Definition on Apple. 9 hits theaters on 9.9.09.