It was another scorcher of a week here on FSR (isn’t it always, though?) in which we reviewed the weekend’s big releases, talked incessantly about the latest H’wood developments and for good measure, made fun of everyone in the process. In fairness, we did plenty of snarking but we’re always fair. Even with the likes of McG and Joel Schumacher. It’s what sets us apart from other movie blogs. Also setting us apart is the giant mound of excellent content that you can read after the break, in a little ditty we like to call The Week That Was…
We review movies here. That’s probably why you’re here.
‘Battle: Los Angeles’ is Better Action Than You’d Expect in March
From the sound of it, Rob Hunter didn’t expect to like Battle: Los Angeles. A big alien invasion flick released in the month of March? Not promising. Marketing based on Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez? Not guaranteed to blow your mind. But as it turns out, Battle: LA is the movie you need right now — a solid invasion flick that gets action, a pro-American vibe and all the Aaron Eckhart you can eat. Yummy.
‘Mars Needs Mom’ Steps in to Awe Inspiring Territory
Says Robert Levin: “an awesome display of computer animation molded to a standard Disney story template. The soppy moralizing about families and the sanctity of the mother-son bond would be far more difficult to take were it not in the service of some awe-inspiring 3-D work that offers a richly textured, luxuriously detailed vision of life on Mars.” Didn’t see that one coming.
‘Kill the Irishman’ is an Authentic, Existential Gangster Movie
I was not aware that this movie was filmed and is about Cleveland, Ohio. I’m from there. The movie sounds interesting as well.
‘Red Riding Hood’ is a Period Piece Designed by MTV
Based on the buzz I heard from the screening here at SXSW, Red Riding Hood is a big, smelly mess of a film. Just the sort of thing you’d expect from the ever-edgy Catherine Hardwicke. According to Cole, that’s exactly what it is. Words like “moronic” and “plot holes” and “MTV” are used in his review. Talk about huffing and puffing and blowing this house down… Oh wait, wrong fairy tale.
Original content that would blow your mind.
Everything You Need to Know About SXSW 2011
All that stuff that doesn’t include “hey, read our coverage” appears in this article.
Reject Radio Rebooted
I implore you to listen to the newly reformatted Reject Radio podcast. It is going to revolutionize the way your brain processes information about movies. On a less ambitious level, it’s very entertaining.
Reel Sex: Sex in the 60s
This week Gwen takes on one of my favorite sexy decades, the 1960s. Also, she mentioned James Bond. That guy is an original hustla. With an a.
Short Film of the Day: Eagles are Turning People into Horses
This week we expanded the Sunday Shorts weekly concept to a daily Short Film of the Day. This one about eagles turning people into horses is sort of a love story, but mostly a break-up story. It’s also very oddball and insanely enjoyable.
Culture Warrior: Why Studios Need to Fail
Filling in for Landon this week, Cole writes deeply about the situation with Universal and Guillermo Del Toro’s now dead At the Mountains of Madness adaptation.
How the Crisis in Libya Affects Movies
An adept analysis by our own Cole Abaius, recently relocated to our Siberian offices.
Behold the five most popular, if not most interesting news stories of the week.
The Thought of doing an ‘Oceans Fourteen’ Causes Steven Soderbergh to Retire
I really like this title. I’m glad you did, too.
Amblin Makes It’s Comeback with the ‘Super 8’ Trailer
Look, it’s referencing every movie you loved from the 1980s. (Spoiler: It also looks very cool.)
The Next Big Trend in Adaptations: Movies About Public Events
Following the three movies about WikiLeaks, there will be movies about everything else happening around you. The next next step will be movies about things that are going to happen a week from now.
Everyone Wants to Be Around Aubrey Plaza for ‘The Hand Job’
You just can’t make this stuff up.
Lara Croft is Being Rebooted
I like tight shirts on busty girls as much as the next guy, but this feels unecessary.