Posted on 12 March 2014.
Watching More Movies: Authority Rules In ‘Compliance’
For about a year, I swore off reading any movie news. I felt I was too immersed in every detail of any film I was interested in and it left my enjoyment of each anticipated movie lacking once I saw it. During this time, I wondered how I was supposed to know what movies I wanted to see in the first place. The big movies I’d already been aware of, but what about the smaller ones? I decided I’d at least watch trailers. They’d give me a sense of whether I wanted to see something or not. About a month ago (long after my year off ended), I saw the trailer for “Compliance”. I’d never heard anything about it, nor knew anyone involved. But, the trailer did exactly what it was supposed to do, it hooked me.
“Compliance” is based on a real event, which the end of the film mentions was actually one of only 70 similar instances across the nation in a span of about a decade. Becky (Dreama Walker) is a server at a fast food restaurant called ChickWich. Her manager, Sandra (Ann Down), gets a phone call from a police officer, saying he has a patron with him, accusing a server of having stolen money from her purse. The officer gives a description of the server that matches Becky and asks Sandra to bring Becky back into the office for interrogation. Except he won’t be the one interrogating her. He instructs Sandra to do so.
It was obvious from the trailer this phone call was from someone only impersonating a police officer and I wonder how long it would have taken to figure out if I hadn’t known beforehand. It’s curious the film is nearly forty minutes into its runtime before it reveals the call is truly a prank and from a disturbed individual and not from an officer of the law (not that those two things don’t coincide from time to time). But, because you know it’s a prank, whenever you figure it out, it’s definitely an exercise in frustration, much like I felt with the Italian “classic” “Bicycle Thieves,” in which the main character gets a job that requires owning a bicycle, which he’s pawned and spends the length of the film trying to retain it. “Just borrow one,” you want to shout.
In addition to being an exercise in audience frustration, it’s a psychological look at what people will do when in the midst of authority, similar to the “The Stanford Experiment.” While some might feel frustrated, I never once felt I was in the hands of anyone but a fantastic craftsman in writer/director, Craig Zobel. He makes the camera shy away in the most sensitive of story areas and he keeps the camera trained in spots that ratchet up the tension perfectly. A disciple of David Gordon Green, I’m very intrigued by what he does next. I’m glad the trailer was good enough to hook me.
Posted in Watching More Movies
Posted on 02 November 2012.
Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Poster Gallery
Director Peter Jackson was once a reluctant participant in the upcoming film series starting with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The old adage of “if you want somebody to do it right, you have to do it yourself” applied, as ultimately Jackson took over the reins on the project, the first film of which is set to arrive in 6 weeks on December 14th, stateside. The gear up for the film’s release, a continuation/prequel of sorts in the saga of the character Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit, who was introduced to us in Jackson’s epic award-winning films for The Lord of The Rings, will be palpable. We have seen three trailers , poster film art, and now we give you multiple movie posters that have been used to promote the film. These include character posters, teaser posters, banners and general one sheets for the film. Thanks to IMPAwards for the drops. Enjoy your movie weekend!
Posted in Movie Posters
Posted on 27 October 2012.
Marvel’s Thor 2 The Dark World Plot Details Emerge
Marvel’s Thor, which I didn’t see in the theater despite relatively strong reviews, ended up being a pretty decent movie. The story, which was a coming of age sort of beginning piece, had enough going for it that I would recommend genre fans consider it, something that I didn’t anticipate I would think. So, naturally, even though the film didn’t clean up at the box office, with The Avengers massive success, a Thor 2, titled Thor: The Dark World, is set to be released. There are details for the plot fo the film which have just surfaced. The details are not particularly engaging, but fall in line with typical Marvel film motifs, which are about the end of the world as we know it. Check the info out below. Thanks to THR for the heads up.
Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
Thor The Dark World Set Pic
Posted in Movie News
Posted on 29 May 2012.
Twilight author Stephanie Meyer will see her infamous adaptation wrap up on the big screen this year, but she keeps pen to pad and her latest film coming to the big screen (aside from Breaking Dawn Part 2 later this year) is going to be directed by Andrew Niccol (In Time).
The film is called The Host, from the book of the same name, and stars Saoirse Ronan (Hanna), the name you know, the face you’ve seen, but a star still stuck “in the making” for the most part. MTV was kind enough to visit the set of Niccol’s new film and we have the video included below. The details of the film, officially, are as follows:
Melanie Stryder [is] one of the last humans putting up a fight against an alien species called Souls. These parasites invade human bodies, fuse to each person’s consciousness and systematically erase their personalities. Melanie is captured by the aliens and implanted by a Soul called Wanderer, something of a legend because of all of the “hosts” she has attached to on numerous planets. Wanderer’s goal is to get Melanie to give up the remaining pockets of humans, but instead the alien finds Melanie to be unique in her unwillingness to surrender her consciousness. Wanderer is so overwhelmed by Melanie’s memories and feelings, the alien is driven to reconnect with Melanie’s old life.
Check out the video and let us know if this is one you are interested in.
Posted in Movie News
Posted on 01 May 2012.
‘The Avengers’ Director Joss Whedeon Narrates A Fight Between Iron Man and Thor In Video Clip
To say that The Avengers will be the biggest movie of the summer is no stretch. It debuts on Friday, but internationally has already smashed records in just a few days. The movie has “hit” written all over it and it has therefore been discussed on every blog imaginable. We have so many post tagged the avengers we don’t know what to do anymore. Yet again, here is another in anticipation of the film’s release this week. In this video clip, exclusive to Yahoo!, the director Joss Whedon (soon to be a mega millionaire with this film’s success) talks about a fight scene between Thor and Iron Man. Check it out for yourself below. We really have nothing more to say.
Posted in Movie News
Posted on 24 April 2012.
The Avengers Mondo Movie Posters Cause A Scene
Here is a special edition of our usual weekly movie posters post, featuring several Mondo posters for next week’s The Avengers movie release. These posters, in addition to the few we’ve seen before, are for The Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye and Thor. Might I say, bravo. Job well done overall. These are certainly better than the minimalist Black Widow one we saw recently.
Check out these special limited edition one sheets below and let us know what you think. Are these something you would buy? Collectors apparently are showing great interest already. The franchise film is off to a big buzz already. Enjoy.
Posted in Movie Posters
Posted on 17 February 2011.
Posted in Trailers