Sunday, May 20, 2012

Trailer Watch: Summer movie alternatives '12

As with last summer, the coming blockbuster season has a plethora of popcorn mega-hits slated for release—but also plenty of exciting, albeit less-explosion-having indies headed to the art house. Here are a few potential breakouts:

Screened at Tribeca last year, the Canadian sci-fi throwback Beyond the Black Rainbow finally got a proper limited U.S. release this weekend. Writer-director Panos Cosmatos's debut effectively channels the film's lo-fi '80s influences with a synthy score and trippy visuals, promising at least an interesting-looking experience.  

Winner of the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Beasts of the Southern Wild seems to evoke Where the Wild Things Are by way of Terrence Malick. First-time director Benh Zeitlin co-wrote the screenplay with Lucy Alibar, upon whose bayou-set play Juicy and Delicious the movie is loosely based. Expect a limited release June 27, followed by a much-wider rollout.

From the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction files comes The Imposter, TV documentary director Bart Layton's stylish feature debut. The doc dives into the sometimes-iffy territory of staged reenactments, though their purposes here aren't for Errol Morris-style ends, but to enhance the unbelievable story's thematic refrain. In the process, Layton appears to have pulled off something special. Riding strong Sundance buzz, The Imposter opens July 13.

See you in the air-conditioned theater!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

3 things that endear me to Tina Fey even further

Yes, yes, everyone loves Tina Fey. But here are three takeaways from her characteristically great Nerdist interview this week that make me hold her in even higher esteem than I already did:

1. She says that, were she still a Chicago resident, she'd be living in Andersonville, which is totally my neighborhood, you guys.

2. She references the Mothman.

3. She says that post-30 Rock, she'd like to try her hand at writing another screenplay, citing Pixar as the ultimate in contemporary American film storytelling.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Attention, Internet: I have written some short things


I've written a few brief posts for The A.V. Club's Newswire and Great Job, Internet! columns lately, on topics as sort-of-varied as Miley Cyrus, The Cabin in the Woods, Nicolas Cage, forensic sketches of fictional characters, and James Cameron.

Check 'em out if that's your bag.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A few thoughts on the new, final, Dark Knight Rises trailer


1. Hey, you can understand what Bane’s saying now.

2. Still not sold on Hathaway as Catwoman. (But then, I was initially skeptical of Ledger’s Joker too.)

3. OMFG!!!1 dfgldkfjgs