Guillermo Del Toro, ‘Sharknado,’ ‘Jaws’ and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney Star in the 10 Best Movie Stories of the Week

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This week I could have upped the number of stories to 20. It’s been that full of big news and hot trending topics and great original content. It helped that this week FSR brought two excellent new newswriters into the fold, Samantha Wilson and Adam Bellotto (who isn’t quoted this week but surely will be found on the Recap soon enough). It also helped that we’re a week away from Comic-Con and relevant teases and revelations are already trickling out.

Plus we were excited about finally seeing Pacific Rim, suddenly excited about the idea of Sharknado and feeling good about movies again with the first looks at the Oldboy remake, the latest (scary again) sequel to Child’s Play and the Tom Hanks as Walt Disney portrayal of Saving Mr. Banks. Oh and the whole Grown Ups 2 not being too terrible thing. Wait, no, nobody feels good about (or believes) that.

We’ve also gotten some great coverage of the 2013 New York Asian Film Festival from Rob. And not to ignore television ever, we posted on Bar Rescue, joke-machine sitcoms and a newbie’s viewing of The Sopranos. With all this stuff packing the pages of FSR the past seven days, you likely missed one or two posts and are in need of catching up with the following week in review.

Start your weekend right after the jump.


Comic-Con Madness Has Already Begun

Comic-Con Crowd“There are old favorites like Kevin Smith talking hours beyond his allotted time, toasting martinis with Lounge Lizard Boba Fett and making friends in the 9-hour line for Hall H. There’s also the massive excitement behind 2013 panels like Terry Gilliam’s preview of Zero Theorem, playing the Game of Thrones, toasting the World’s End with Edgar Wright, hanging out with Women Who Kick Ass, suiting up for Marvel’s latest, puzzling over Fox’s not-yet-announced-slate and having access to some of the best old movie poster prints on the planet. But what’s really thrilled us the most for Film School Rejects’ 2013 Comic-Con Coverage is the stuff we can’t predict. The small moments that will never make it into a printed program. The unpredictable collisions between fans and filmmakers. The superhero-suited surprises and ahead-of-schedule footage shocks that make the trek down to San Diego a genuine event. We’ll be poised and ready (but we’re secretly hoping for an in-person appearance from Rocket Raccoon).” – Scott Beggs

More on Comic-Con movies:
20th Century Fox Hints at Planning an X-Force Movie
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Reveals First Teaser Poster, Cap’s Need for a New Coat of Paint
Jamie Foxx Stares Down Spider-Man in First Official Photo of Electro
Meet The New Cars of Transformers 4
Godzilla Begins Viral Marketing Campaign, Makes Us Believe In Monsters Again
First I, Frankenstein Photo Shows Aaron Eckhart As a Sexy Monster


The Best Soundtracks of 2013 So Far

STOKER-Vinyl-Soundtrack-by-Clint-MansellStoker presented a fairly off-putting premise, but it also featured fantastic new music from composer Clint Mansell plus hip-hop styled tracks from Emily Wells and an unsettling piano duet from Philip Glass. The combination of these various styles caused both Stoker and its soundtrack to never feel quite right, but the way these styles ended up playing off each other created a sonic landscape that was too intriguing to turn away from. Music certainly played a pivotal role in Stoker with the family’s piano poised as a major fixture in the house, and one that led to some of the film’s most climactic moments. At the hand of a master like Mansell, the piano almost became a character in its own right, driving the narrative and making Stoker’s soundtrack both beautiful and terrifying.” – Allison Loring

More on movie music:
Cliff Martinez Discusses Thai Influences and His Accidental “Horror” Score for Only God Forgives


Guillermo Del Toro Pairing With Charlie Kaufman For Slaughterhouse-Five

guillermo-del-toro“Of course the news comes with the usual grain of salt that seasons every would-be project from del Toro. He’s got a lot on his plate — more if Pacific Rim is a hit — so even as it’s thrilling to see this partnership bloom at the script stage, there are a million miles to go before it’s on the screen. It’s not like we can start dreamcasting who Ron Perlman will play (Kilgore Trout), but in the meantime we can still enjoy George Roy Hill’s 1972 adaptation or, you know, actually read the book itself. While humming with excitement.” – Scott Beggs

More on Guillermo Del Toro (and Pacific Rim):
6 Filmmaking Tips From Guillermo del Toro
Short Starts: Guillermo Del Toro’s Geometria Has Fun With Irony and Math
Pacific Rim Review: Guillermo del Toro’s Toys Are The Best Toys
How Pacific Rim Writer Travis Beacham Built Hearts for Hundred-Foot Robots
Broken Projector: Canceling The Apocalypse
“Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero” Graphic Novel: The 10 Most Important Things We Learned


First Look at Tom Hanks as Walt Disney

Tom Hanks as Walt Disney“The image itself is a perfect summary of the film’s plot, showing a smiling and waving Hanks accompanying a prim [Emma Thompson as Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers] through the streets of 1960s Disneyland. Happiest Place on Earth, please – it’s going to take a lot more than a churro and some Minnie Mouse ears to convince her to give up the rights, Disney.” – Samantha Wilson



More on Saving Mr. Banks and new looks at Walt Disney classics:
Saving Mr. Banks Trailer: Tom Hanks Takes Us Back to Classic Disney
Disney Announces Live-Action Jungle Book
Johnny Depp in Final Talks for Alice in Wonderland 2
Casting Couch: Stellan Skarsgard May Play a Jerk in Cinderella


Sharknado Fever Attacks Out of Nowhere

Sharknadoposterpart“Sometimes you never knew you needed something until it comes along, and once you finally get it, you’re not sure how you’ll be able to live without it ever again. The concept of a “sharknado” is exactly this sort of thing. Sure, we’ve been watching movies that didn’t feature tornadoes full of sharks for over a century now, and for most of that time they’ve felt fairly satisfying, but now that the SyFy channel is bringing us their Ian Ziering and Tara Reid-starring original, Sharknado, it’s hard to imagine how we’ll ever be able to sit through a movie that doesn’t feature a tornado full of sharks ever again…if you’re the sort of person who can watch one of the kids from the original 90210 cut a shark who’s flying through the air in half with a chainsaw and not have your blood start to pump just a little bit faster, then chances are you’ve been dead inside for years.” – Nathan Adams

More on Sharknado:
Will Sharknado Be Salvation From the Weak 2013 Summer Movie Season?


Spike Lee’s Oldboy Makes Remakes Look Like a Great Idea

Oldboy Hammer 2013“Anyone unfamiliar with [Chan-wook Park‘s] film should be intrigued by this trailer. It isn’t riding on any kind of fan service, but instead the mystery that, if done right, could grab an unknowing audience by the throat. Lee couldn’t have picked two better leads than Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen for a new Oldboy audience to follow either. Unlike Min-sik Choi, there’s a warm boyishness to Brolin that could add a different emotional weight to the character’s violent journey. But, wow, you’ve got to have guts to try to follow that hallway hammer fight scene with your own.” – Jack Giroux

More on Oldboy:
First Oldboy Poster Lets Josh Brolin Out of the Box


Boston Marathon Bombings Movie Already In the Works

Explosion at Boston marathon“It’s a compelling story, undoubtedly – and one that just happened. With the 24/7 media circus surrounding the bombing, the four-day manhunt and the weeks following the event, it’s safe to say that nobody is questioning Boston’s strength at this time. Securing film rights seems a tad opportunistic. But with Boston Strong not even appearing on bookshelves until 2014, it’s likely that there will not be an emotional, yet stoic dramatization that reminds us why we love this country hitting theaters for another couple years…[Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy] are faced with the difficult task of keeping their film tasteful and respectful to the victims it depicts. Even two years after it’s injured, a city can still have open wounds.” – Samantha Wilson


Could You Really Kill “Jaws” with a Scuba Tank and a Rifle?

jawstruth-2“Yes (but not exactly like we thought) [Steven] Spielberg hasn’t shied from the fact that the ending of the film might be utter hogwash. He made the change from the original novel (in which the shark dies from being harpooned multiple times by Quint) because he felt the scene was a downer, and the film needed a rousing ending…However, while the SCUBA tank in Jaws might not have led to such a spectacular explosion, it very well might have torn a hole in the shark’s body, effectively killing it. There’s enough compressed air in a SCUBA tank to propel it with such force that it can bust through stone and concrete.” – Kevin Carr


Essential Guide to the Filmmaking Talents of V/H/S/2

vhs2-kelsy-abbot-television-screens“Modern horror’s dynamic duo…[Adam] Wingard and [Simon] Barrett have been crafting indie horror films for awhile now, including feature productions like A Horrible Way to Die and What Fun We’re Having and even their own very funny short in that other big recent horror anthology, The ABCs of Death, but they’re poised to break out with You’re Next, hitting theaters on August 23rd. After that? The pair are working on a new thriller called The Guest, which only promises us a story about what happens when “a family befriends a man who is not who claims to be.” – Kate Erbland

More on V/H/S/2:
V/H/S/2 Review: Laughs, Scares and One Effed-Up Visit to a Commune


History of Abortion in the Movies

Where Are My Children?, 1916

“A history of representing abortion in American cinema likely begins with Where Are My Children?, a 1916 silent that follows a district attorney pursuing a doctor performing illegal abortions who finds out that many citizens of the town, including his own wife, have utilized the doctor’s services. While the film, in placing the doctor as its moral center, openly condemns and vilifies the town’s women for getting the procedure, Where Are My Children? also outlines the socioeconomic circumstances in which abortions typically occur. A resolute anti-abortion project, the film also (like many films at the time) promotes birth control (showing some first-wave feminism consciousness; it’s probably worth mentioning here that the film was co-directed by Lois Weber) as a means to avoid abortion. In short, it exercises an ideological position particular to the early 20th century that is largely unrecognizable today.” – Landon Palmer

More on film history:
Andrei Rublev: Tarkovsky’s Epic Summer Blockbuster


Rather than a reject, Christopher Campbell is a film school dropout. But he has since gotten a master’s degree in cinema studies and has been blogging about movies since 2005. Earlier, he reviewed films for a zine (a what?) that you could buy at Tower Records (a what?). He is married with two children.

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