Opening in Chicago, 07/15

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (trailer)
Director: David Yates (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1)
Personal Interest Factor: 6
I liked Part 1 well enough, but honestly I’m glad to be getting this series over with. It’s always been just good enough to keep me involved but never good enough to make me care all that much about it. Although, on the other hand, this is by default one of my most anticipated movies of the summer.
Metacritic: 87

Tabloid (trailer)
Director: Errol Morris (Fast, Cheap & Out of Control, Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr., The Fog of War, Standard Operating Procedure)
Personal Interest Factor: 9
Big fan of Errol Morris, who is one of the only genuinely challenging and cinematically inclined documentarians out there. This is about a woman charged with kidnapping back in the 1970s and subsequent media storm.
Metacritic: 78

Winnie the Pooh (trailer)
Directors: Stephen Anderson, Don Hall
Personal Interest Factor: 5
I don’t think it’s all that likely that I’ll go see this, but I have to say, it doesn’t look bad. In fact, it looks downright classical, like something that would have seemed a bit quaint even when I was a kid.
Metacritic: 73

Also this week:
Beautiful Darling – doc about Candy Darling, the Warhol superstar
A Love Affair of Sorts (trailer) – “first full length movie shot with a flip camera” … ick.
The Man Who Fell to Earth – reissue of Nicolas Roeg’s 1975 movie starring David Bowie as a weird alien
Public Speaking (trailer) – Scorsese’s Fran Leibowitz doc

2 responses »

  1. Why isn’t that last one just called ‘Fran’?
    And why isn’t Winnie the Pooh just…Pooh?
    Why would Scorsese let the studio shorten a really nice title to just ‘Hugo’? I don’t get it. And what made him want to do it so bad that he would capitulate when they said ‘make it look like Polar Express with real people’.

  2. “What do you wanna do next, Marty?”
    “I would like to do The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Kids film, ala Potter…I want one for the kids. Like Adam Sandler does now.”
    “Sure. Potter? We’re sold. You got the greenlight.”
    “Thank you.”
    Scorsese turns to leave.
    “One more thing, Marty-”
    “Sure.”
    “Change the name to Hugo Cabret.”
    “Su-”
    “No, wait. Just Hugo. Americans aren’t gonna know what the fuck a Cabret is…am I saying it right? And…you have to do it in 3D. Annnddd…to make the 3D work, you have to shoot it like that guy that did that movie everyone loves. Into the Future was it?”
    “Back to the Future?”
    “Yeah, that one. If you do all of that, you have the budget you would like.”

    Now, my question is….why didn’t an esteemed filmmaker like Scorsese, coming off a hit like The Departed, *stop the studio boss at “One more thing, Marty”*!!!!
    What does it get Scorsese to do a film like this? Why? What was his overarching need to have this on his resume?

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