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[Posted by: Martin Keller]

Over the past couple of years there’s been a lot of reporting on how our access to television and film has been shifting from the traditional model.  Instead of films taking the typical, theater-to-home video route, more films are going straight to DVD. OnDemand viewing is another new medium and has not only become an alternative for viewers who would normally wait for a DVD release or go to the theaters, but it has become a viable distribution option for independent and foreign filmmakers.  One notable OnDemand program is IFC‘s, premiering movies OnDemand the same day they premiere in theaters. There’s redbox, which allows you to rent a movie at a dollar a day, vastly undercutting the typical video store.  Another shift, and probably the most indelible, is Netflix.  The DVD-by-mail model has undoubtedly changed our viewing experience, giving us access to an almost innumerable amount of movies and television for a nominal monthly fee.  Further compounding the benefits of this model, is the ability to watch content directly through your computer, video game console, or television.  Also, while there have been arguments that the quality of films is going down (or at least not rising), the quality of television has certainly ascended with the resurgence of dramatic serials on HBO and AMC, and some better written sitcoms like Community and the short-lived but oft praised, Party Down.  It seems to me that for once, things are weighing in favor of the viewer and consumer.  It’s becoming a buyer’s market. (more…)
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[Posted by: Alex Miller]

IESB is “reporting” that a new Star Wars trilogy is in the works:

“The ideal plan, according to our spy at Skywalker Ranch, is to be able to release a new Star Wars film within 24 months after the release of the last re-re-release (is that right?) of Return of the Jedi 3D. Too early for story details but one thing that our source is certain about, they will not be prequels but instead sequels. It’s not for certain if they will be the long awaited Episodes 7, 8 and 9 but could instead be Episodes 10, 11 and 12 or possibly even further out in the Star Wars timeline. And by giving space in the timeline, possibly even as far as 100 years or 1,000 years in the Star Wars universe future, Lucas avoids having to make these stories “fit in” with what the previous stories have told.” (more…)

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[Posted by: Eric Raymer]

Matt Reeves’ vampire coming-of-age film Let Me In hits theaters October 1st – which means it’ll come out just a little shy of two years after the original Swedish version (Let the Right One In). There’s been somewhat of a backlash from fans of the original since the remake was announced, and accusations of the new film being dumbed-down for a U.S. audience are flying left and right. Reeves has defended his work, saying that the original itself was a remake of a novel, and that his film is just a “variation on a theme.” The marketing for the new film has done a pretty good job of distinguishing it from the Swedish film, but at the end of the day, it’s the same story. It’s not uncommon for major studios to “Americanize” foreign films by remaking them with well-known actors and without subtitles. Sometimes a larger budget can bring a little more flash to source material that couldn’t quite pull it off. Other times… Well, it’s usually best to try and forget about those. Some of the worst remakes occur when a director tries to remake something (foreign or otherwise) that succeeded in the first place. Regardless of Let Me In‘s eventual fate, it’s probably not going to be as bad as the following cinematic catastrophes. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Danny Moltrasi]

Audition, released in 1999, was met with a fairly mixed reception, as people were equally enthralled and disgusted. However, as the previous decade progressed, director’s Takashi Miike film has gained a stronger and stronger following. It initially became renowned for its extremely violent ending, however to purely say the film is just about that ending would not do the rest of the film any justice. It is a film that uses its extreme ending in order to contrast the fairly melancholy pace before, rather than just for pure shock nature that is oh-so-common in much of Hollywood. (more…)

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[Posted by: Justin Wagner]

In my first post for this site I reviewed M. Night Shyamalan‘s crowning achievement, Unbreakable. In the review I mentioned how the major letdown of the film was that it could have had so much more added to it instead of the abrupt ending we got. Throughout the years M. Night has hinted that he was writing a sequel for the film, but instead of a direct sequel, we are getting what would have been Unbreakable 2 in the form of a stand alone film which will be part of his upcoming horror film series, The Night Chronicles. “I cannibalized the idea for the sequel to ‘Unbreakable’ for one of The Night Chronicles. I fleshed it out more and more, and thought, ‘This could be a standalone movie,‘” revealed Shyamalan in a recent interview with MTV’s Josh Horowitz. “I’ll just say it: the third ‘Night Chronicles’ movie is what would have been the sequel [to ‘Unbreakable’]. So now I need to come up with a new idea.

Looking at Shyamalan’s recent outings as a director, I feel safe to say that the release of an Unbreakable sequel could easily wash the bad taste out of even the most critical viewer’s mouth. Maybe with M. Night at work with The Night Chronicles scripts he will get caught up in writing and start work on a new Unbreakable 2 script, but until then we can always reminisce on the time when Shymalan was a promising up and coming director.

What are you thoughts on a possible Unbreakable 2? What would you like to see happen in an Unbreakable sequel? Does M. Night Shyamalan still have it, or did he peak long ago? Post your thoughts in the comment section below!

  • Thanks to Director Jason Eisener who commented (at least apparently, no way to verify for sure) on our review of the trailer for his debut film Hobo With A Shotgun.

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[Posted by: Danny Moltrasi]

Michael Cera was the ‘in-thing’ not so long ago, but now it seems Michael Cera-bashing has long taken over that phase. The main criticism has always been that Cera plays the same, awkward teenage character, and that it has quickly become boring. I’ve even seen his casting in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World being cited as the reason behind the films limited box office success. But is that really worth the hate he has received? It seems to me that Cera has been on the hard end of many critics. (more…)