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Horror – round 3 Apple Trailers style

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The secret stash of horror trailers, perfect for a rainy day or quite moment at the office. I must admit I spend a little too much time surfing Apple Trailers – but its just so hard not to. You can check out all kinds of gems on there, and sure even though you cant embed the trailers into a blog post like you can say with youtube:

Compare the trailer for Diary of the Dead that is on Apple Trailers to the one I embedded into this post – its not even close. Speaking of high quality if you want more high quality horror videos make sure to check out ‘The Horror!’ film contest currently running on Super U. We’re getting new entries all the time and its shaping up to be quite the contest.


October – a month of horror

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Its now October and thus begins the month of horror around my house. I’ve always loved horror movies, and recall watching every Friday The 13th back to back one halloween. This October seems to have the ball rolling with selections like Splinter, Shiver, and a film that received a third screening at VIFF because it was received so well – Let The Right One In. Of these Let The Right One In in is without question the best, I can say that confidently having only seen it and not the other two. The reason Let The Right One In is such a genre bending film that it will cross over to the mainstream and not just have the label of another horror film.

Speaking of horror films, Super U has just opened its The Horror! film contest that will run through the month of October. There already a number of great submissions so make sure to go check them out and vote on your favorite. Also if you’re a filmmaker and have a horror classic waiting in the wings then make sure to submit an entry as they will be accepted until October 26th!

Let The Right One In – english remake?

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As first reported by the film nuts over at Row Three:

Cloverfield director Matt Reevess is given the unenviable task of remaking Tomas Alfredson’s fabulous Swedish vampire instant-classic, Let The Right One In. While I quite dug Cloverfield, it had a lot more going on in the aesthetic and tone department than the gimmick that it could have bee, the usual remake rules apply: I doubt that Reeves remake can find the razor thin balance of emotion that Alfredson managed. The film is delicate and I am a bit skeptical that it will survive remake mauling. The reminted Hammer Studios own the rights for the remake and are behind the production. It is interesting that they are going back to their vampire roots, but taking things in a very modern direction (i.e. subtle drama, remake, etc.)

I caught the original at Fantasia earlier this year (where it won the Audience Award, not to mention that it picked up best narrative feature at Tribeca). While I have a few minor issues with where it went at the end, I still love the movie. A Lot. Marina is expected to see it very soon and her thoughts will show up with her VIFF coverage. Likewise Andrew & I are going to watch it in October as it is on the Toronto After Dark lineup. If you have not caught the original at a festival yet, when Magnet Releasing puts it out in the cinemas: Run, don’t walk…

As you can see from previous blog posts I am very excited about this film. That said I can not see it being redone in Hollywood fashion. Big budgets and remaining of horror films tend to turn out horribly, and dilute the quality of the original. If you don’t believe me go watch any J-Horror film with an american counter part. Watch the J-Horror film first and then the american remake. I think you’ll find yourself rather upset and hoping that this kid ends up taking his revenge on some Hollywood producers…

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September 25, 2008 at 9:34 am

Follow up: A disconnect between sex and violence

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Earlier this week I discussed the disconnect between sex and violence when it comes to rating films in the US. As an example I used Kevin Smith‘s Zack & Miri Make A Porno movie poster (pictured below) that was experiencing some resistance from the MPAA. Well it seems he found a solution, quote Kevin Smith

“Our frustration in getting an MPAA approval on the American poster led to last-resort ideas about showcasing dopey, simple images instead of risque pics of our leads – which, in turn, led to what’s now the official American poster for the flick…”

New and Old Zack and Miri Make a Porno posters

New and Old Zack and Miri Make a Porno posters

I for one don’t understand how the first poster (right side) was even that bad. Then again I’m Canadian and that poster is still going to be used up here because we don’t seem so obsessed with censorship. That said I will admit due to this moronic censoring of a movie poster Kevin sure did come up with a funny solution…

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September 12, 2008 at 12:57 pm

TIFF Reviews: Wrestlers, Che, and Kevin Smith’s porno

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TIFF marches on and reviews keep flowing in. As mentioned in a previous blog post I am not in Toronto (sadly) and will not have the opportunity to view many of these films myself, at least not until the reach major distribution. Thus I bring you the best of the reviews from the web…

CHE (review by Twitch Films) – Steven Soderbergh’s two-part four-hour biopic Che doesn’t have a gorgeous Antonio Banderas complaining about all the howling hysterical sorrow over the death of Eva Peron. Nor will you see Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s band of disaffected youth rambling through Tokyo all wearing the same iconic Che t-shirt …more…

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (review by /film) – I have a theory that Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno is actually just a chronology of Smith’s career so far as a filmmaker. The film starts off much like Clerks, with Seth Rogen trying to wake up for his dreadful job. Minutes later he is walking through the local mall with his roommate and best friend Miri, played by Elizabeth Banks, in a scene that is reminiscent of Mallrats …more…

The Wrestler (review by /film) – Some might say that The Wrestler is a departure from director Darren Aronofsky, while many others may look at it as an evolution. One thing is for sure, it’s very different, and certainly more mature than the filmmaker’s previous work. I’d love to compare it to Paul Thomas Anderson’s transition from films like Boogie Nights and Magnolia to There Will Be Blood. The Wrestler, like TWBB, strips it down to the bones …more…

All three of these films I consider to be ‘must watches’. It has been some years since so many films I am excited about are coming out at one time. The Wrestler, JCVD, CHE, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Flame and Citron, RocknRolla, etc — needless to say this is going to be a busy fall for movie watching…

A disconnect between sex and violence – what is with the MPAA?

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Its seems the MPAA is staying vigilant in its campaign to make Kevin Smith’s life hell. This time they are in the process of banning the poster for his new movie Zack & Miri Make A Porno.

I must admit this whole campaign against sexual content confuses me. It has always been this way, even prior to Nipplegate, and as a Canadian who can find nudity openly displayed on City TV past 8pm its just… weird. Kevin Smith has made a movie with high sexual content, and although I have never seen it I assume little to no violence. As a result he is going to receive the harshest rating a film can get in the United States. However if he had made a gore-fest like the torture-porn films that were popular earlier this decade, it would not be an issue.

This is not to say I think that violence is bad and sexual content is good. I have no issues with either sexual content or violence in media. For those who complain about such things, saying it results in criminal behavior all I have to say to you is… Japan. The Japanese are exposed to what most North Americans could consider extreme content on daily basis and yet their crime rates are significantly lower then anywhere in North America. Luckily for me Super U believes in freedom of expression and allows for its community to determine what is appropriate, unlike the MPAA who let the few outraged people in the world determine what level headed people get to watch…

I will note these opinions are mine and not necessarily the opinions of Super U

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September 8, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Got ‘Milk’?

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Over the last couple of weeks I have been hyping up JCVD pretty much every post. As a result I figured I’d give you all a break and talk about something else. However, I do have to mention it premiers tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival during the Midnight Madness program. I hope you have your tickets cause if not you’re going to be hard pressed to find some.

Anyway… It looks like Sean Penn is on his way to another Oscar nod with his latest film, Milk directed by Gus Van Sant, director of Good Will Hunting. Milk is the story of California’s first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, a San Francisco supervisor who was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone by San Francisco Supervisor Dan White.

As you can see from the trailer this film has a ton of potential. The story itself has already won an Oscar with the documentary The Times of Harvey Milk, and I have no reason to suspect this film will fare any different. While you’re waiting for this film to be released you should check out the Out There contest on Super U for films by and about the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender community. We already have some great films entered and are still accepting submissions, so get out your camera and make your own Milk!