Rise of the Planet of the Apes gets a second trailer.

Back in April, Kurt posted the first full-length trailer for the prequel, reboot, whatever you want to call it Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Today, the studio released a new trailer, which includes some footage from the original trailer, but gives off a slightly different vibe with the new footage. I am still unsure of what I think about this project.

Check it out for yourself. What do you think of this film? Is there any interest out there for this or did the 2001 Tim Burton remake leave too bad of a taste in the mouths of everyone?

Cinecast Episode 215 – The Pleasure is in the Ritual

Consider this episode to be the B-side for a future show. With nothing to talk about theatrically, we dive right into the goings on within our own homes and portable devices. The ever controversial Ocean’s franchise is debated once again at length. Who wins? You decide. Also, classic Spielberg, classic WWII and we give Wes Anderson another go around and he emerges victorious once again as he is want to do. The whole she-bang starts however, with a quick look at Fincher’s new Dragon Tattoo trailer (both red and green) whilst analyzing the merits of the marketing and the merits (or lack thereof) of the film being remade at all. For not much to talk about we sure do ramble on for a good 150 minutes. Sit back and enjoy the ride – no yelling on the bus!

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Screen Shot Quiz #253

The goal of the screen shot quiz it not to just guess what the movie is that the screen shot is from but to encourage discussion on the film. Feel free to shout out in the comments what the movie is and then provide an opinion or some thoughts on the movie. Oh and the first person who gets the movie right wins our respect.

DVD Triage: Week of May 31

The biggest release of the week would be the DVD and Blu-ray box set of Stanley Kubrick films, if those films hadn’t already been released in box sets at least once or twice before. However, a couple of his films are coming to Blu-ray for the first time, so that’s definitely worthy of note. Aside from that, we have Best Foreign Film and Actor Oscar nominee Biutiful, which underwhelmed me but pleased many other people, the Nic Cage revenge flick Drive Angry, and some other stuff. We also get Once Upon a Time in the West in Blu-ray for the first time, which is awesome. Also note a bunch of Warner Archive stuff, largely really early Myrna Loy films, hitting the classics section. I haven’t seen any of these films, but for Loy fans, this is likely the only way you’ll ever be able to get them (unless TCM plays them). On the Instant Watch side, a lot of stuff is coming on today (June 1st), including a bunch of the Miramax titles that were rumored a few weeks ago – I only highlighted about fifteen, in keeping with my attempts to streamline this post a bit, but definitely check out the rest of the list. Lots of good stuff there. Most of the expirations went offline today, so there’s not much in that category this time, though still a couple worth looking at before they go away.


I wasn’t a big fan of Iñárritu’s latest, which doesn’t really hang together all that well, though it has its moments. He’s managed to go from an ensemble cast to a single character, but still has a bunch of interlocking stories which are ultimately too much for the film to handle. RENT
2009 Mexico. Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu. Starring: Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez.
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Drive Angry
This looks SO stupid, and yet kinda fun, as Nicolas Cage returns from hell (yes) to wreak revenge on those who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter. Missed my shot to see it in 3D. OH WELL. RENT
2011 USA. Director: Patrick Lussier. Starring: Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard.
Amazon DVD | Amazon Blu-ray | Netflix

Looks a bit over the top, as one might expect from the director of The Doom Generation, but I’m always curiously about things that are stylistically out there, and this coming-of-age sci-fi story looks to be that. RENT
2011 USA. Director: Gregg Araki. Starring: Haley Bennett, Thomas Dekker.
Amazon DVD | Netflix

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HotDocs 2011: Wiebo’s War



Typically, the best documentaries are the ones that make you look at something from a different angle, approach a situation or person in a way you never expected and even further educate you on a topic that you thought you already knew. For example, if you’re Canadian, you may think you know the story of Wiebo Ludwig. If the name rings a bell or two, it is more than likely the warning kind that signals “crackpot”. Director David York’s current day look at the man, his closed community and the history of his battles with the oil companies drilling near his land may not completely change your view of Wiebo, but it might give you some insight into some of his actions.

Some background first…Ludwig was implicated in several oil pipeline bombings in Alberta and B.C. in the late 90s and involved in the shooting death of a young teenage girl on his property. He was charged and found guilty on several counts of vandalism that related to the explosions and served close to 2 years in prison before being released and allowed to return to his community’s compound. The community is a devout Christian one that he has built up with several families and is mostly self-sufficient which allows them to stay insulated – apart from the occasional trip to town – from the rest of society. Of course, given that oil production is a big part of the economic engine in this region, many people weren’t exactly happy with Wiebo’s alleged involvement with those bombings and he and his family weren’t overly welcomed in town. One night in 1999, a group of teenagers went joyriding on his property and before you could say “stupid prank gone wrong”, a young girl was dead. As reported at the time, Wiebo came across as an eco-terrorist who had a borderline cult deep in the backwoods of Northern Alberta backing him up.

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Is the Theatre Cam Youtube look an aesthetic for David Fincher and Company?


Maybe I was too fast to judge the ‘creativeness’ of this teaser for David Fincher’s upcoming The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo. My original thought was that a simple, ‘lets set some images and type to a Reznor/KarenO cover of Led Zeppelin,’ was not a creative of a way to sell this movie considering David Fincher’s last film, The Social Network, put out one quality teaser after another. A friend, pointed out that this teaser may simply act as a way for David Fincher to announce that the director of Seven was back to make a grimy, feel-bad movie (the grimy large type says as much as the flesh and blood soaked imagery.) I am lead to believe that this played in front of The Hangover as a regular trailer, but online, the studio lawyers have not played the usual whack-a-mole in taking it down, leading me to believe for a time anyway, the mal-framed, slightly shaky look is actually a part of the trailer. If so, neato.

Just a quick question out there in trailerland, (perhaps I should send this by to the fine folks at TrailersfromHell for their thoughts as well), do you think this look is intentional? it is one of the better theatre-cam trailers I have seen to date. And if so, is this the first time it has been done to promote a studio film?

The full ‘Theater-Cam’ teaser is tucked under the seat.

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Hot Docs Wrap-up Podcast: Kurt Guest’s on The Documentary Blog Podcast


You may have heard me talk in brief about many HotDocs titles, during the documentary film festivals early May run, on the Row Three Cinecast. Or you read Bob and my own coverage in the form of full length and capsule reviews during the same time period. But a little more time has passed and a little more reflection on what were the key successes and failures on offer and I had a chance to sit down and talk at length with Jay Cheel for The Documentary Blog.

We talk a long time. How long? Here is the time tracks below which give the specifics of all the films we cover at length.

0:00 – Intro
9:00 – POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
18:00 – Fightville
33:20 – Superheroes
48:40 – Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop
1:02:45 – Resurrect Dead: The Mystery Of The Toynbee Tiles
1:18:00 – Wisconsin Death Trip
1:27:40 – Project Nim
1:56:40 – Eco Pirate: The Story Of Paul Watson
1:58:30 – Abendland
2:02:15 – Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey
2:08:10 – Hell and Back Again
2:13:30 – Position Among the Stars
2:17:20 – Hot Coffee
2:28:10 – Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo
2:32:00 – Boy Cheerleaders
2:42:00 – Outro

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After the Credits Episode 100: June Preview

Welcome to June and the true beginnings of the summer blockbusters with a number of high voltage movies on the horizon. Dale (Digital Doodles), Colleen (Mary Ostler Wood Butchery & Other Stuff) and I look ahead to June which has at least one movie I’m excited about. Michael Fassbender anyone?

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Film on TV: May 30-June 5

The Long Goodbye, playing on the MGM Movie Channel on Sunday

Only a few newly featured ones this week, but some really interesting ones. TCM has Technicolor showcase The Thief of Bagdad on Tuesday and British spy drama Night Train to Munich on Wednesday, then look out for Lynch’s Wild at Heart (which many people dislike but I love to bits) on Thursday on Sundance, and the MGM movie channel has Altman’s classic revisionist detective film The Long Goodbye on Sunday.

Monday, May 30

3:40pm – MGM – Platoon
Best Picture and Director Oscar winner for 1986, a physically and psychologically brutal examination of combat in Vietnam through the eyes of a young volunteer who finds he’s not valued in his unit due to inexperience and then ends up at odds over an illegal killing in a raid.
1986 USA. Director: Oliver Stone. Starring: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe.

6:00pm – MGM – Blood Simple
The Coen Brothers’ first feature is already a pretty good indication of their style – a noirish thriller with a black comedy edge where everything goes more and more wrong the more people try to fix their mistakes. When the “mistakes” involve murder, leaving evidence at murder scenes, and having the worst time ever trying to get rid of a body, you’re in for a good time at pretty much every character’s expense.
1984 USA. Director: Joel Coen. Starring: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh.
(repeats at 8:00pm on the 5th)

7:50pm – Sundance – The Motorcycle Diaries
Part biography and part travelogue following a young Ernesto Guevara on a four-month motorcycle trip around South America, a trip that contributed to Guevara’s later revoluationary ideals and actions as Che.
2004 Argentina/USA. Director: Walter Salles. Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo De la Serna, Mercedes Moran.
(repeats at 2:50am on the 31st)

8:00pm – TCM – The Best Years of Our Lives
One of the first films to deal with the aftermath of WWII, as servicemen return home to find both themselves and their homes changed by the long years of war. Director William Wyler and a solid ensemble cast do a great job of balancing drama and realism without delving too much into sentimentality.
1946 USA. Director: William Wyler. Starring: Fredric March, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, Herbert Russell, Cathy O’Donnell.

8:00pm – MGM – Fargo
Still one of the Coen Brothers’ best films, despite over a decade of mostly good films in the intervening years. Dark comedy is not an easy genre, and Fargo is the gold standard, blending shocking violence and a noir-ish crime story with comical inept criminals and a perfectly rendered performance from Frances McDormand.
1996 USA. Director: Joel Coen. Starring: Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi.
Must See
(repeats at 10:00pm on the 5th)

10:30pm – IFC – The Dreamers
Bernardo Bertolucci’s love letter to the French New Wave, with American Michael Pitt heading to Paris just in time to join the ’68 Cinematheque riots, becoming friends and eventually lovers with a siblings Louis Garrel and Eva Green, a pair of fellow cinephiles. Bertolucci draws on Band of Outsiders and Jules and Jim especially, as well as the history of the era and his own sensibilities. It loses me personally a bit in the eroticism of the second half, but the first part is fantastic.
2003 France/UK/Italy. Director: Bernardo Bertolucci. Starring: Michael Pitt, Louis Garrel, Eva Green.

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