Man on Wire

Joseph Gordon Levitt in The Walk

Many remakes of documentaries are announced but very few wind up being made. The Walk is the latest exception, as we at least got sight this week of some footage in a teaser trailer for the Robert Zemeckis film, which is basically a redo of James Marsh‘s Oscar-winning 2008 doc Man on Wire. Both are based on Philippe Petit‘s autobiographical book about his famous tightrope walk between the Twin Towers in New York City. Man on Wire is told by Petit and others with archival and reenactment material thrillingly illustrating the unbelievable story. The Walk stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the French funambulist, and this new fully dramatized version is going to play in IMAX 3D. Maybe it will play like an acted-out rehash what we’ve already seen done quite well in the doc, but from the teaser it looks like Sony (via TriStar Pictures) is selling this more for the spectacle. The two-minute spot features only one scene, of Gordon-Levitt (looking nothing like Petit, I have to say) arriving on the roof of one of the buildings of the World Trade Center (looking quite incredible in its reproduction, I have to say) and then balancing on a girder while triumphant music lets us know there’s something magical or magnificent going on. If you don’t know what it’s all about, you might think this was a superhero movie teaser about a guy who can fly, until he doesn’t jump off the tower and start soaring and the words “based on a […]


9/11 on Film: World Trade Center Movie Cameos

When Zoolander came out on September 28, 2001, the production had digitally removed The World Trade Center’s Twin Towers from the New York City skyline in an effort to avoid displaying a devastating image in the middle of a comedy about the world of fashion. If they’d have left it in, it wouldn’t have been the first time the buildings had been featured on film or television. Since they didn’t, it marks the first time the buildings were ever erased. With the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9/11 coming this Sunday, it’s impossible not to be consumed a bit by the gravity of an action that killed so many and lowered a different world view onto all of us. Landon and I talked on Reject Radio regarding the effect that the day had on movies and movie-watchers, but that mostly dealt with the last decade – the world that came after that morning. As a counterpart, here’s a simply-edited montage of the past. Dan Meth has built a view to the movies where the Twin Towers either stood proudly in the background, made prominent appearances in the front of the action, or acted as the set. It’s stirring in its matter-of-factness, and it’s more than a little moving, but it’s ultimately a celebration of a symbol that no longer (physically) exists. Check it out for yourself:



As you may have noticed, the blogosphere is all a-twitter with Best of the Decade lists. To our credit, we here at FSR have published two lists. Now it is time to look at what everyone else is saying…



The Hollywood Reporter is reporting this evening that producer extraordinaire J.J. Abrams is working on a deal to produce a feature film version of Colum McCann’s award-winning novel “Let the Great World Spin.”



Director James Marsh, who brought us last year’s best documentary (in my opinion) Man on Wire, is taking the jump to genre filmmaking with the upcoming supernatural thriller The Vatican Tapes.



The equivalent of the wallflower you knew in high school that blossomed into a college beauty, here are eleven films that flew under the radar in 2008.



As is customary this time of year, it is my duty (and honor) to present you my list of the Ten Best Films of 2008. And in the past year we’ve seen an interesting range of films, have we not?



Are you an awards season junkie? Do you love to be able to sit there and look smart in front of your friends and family, most of whom only make it out to the movies once a year to see the latest Jim Carrey comedy, by being able to talk endlessly about all of the “important” movies of the year? If so, consider this your awards season to-do list.Fr



Yesterday the Los Angeles Film Critics Association announced their 2008 awards, recognizing Pixar’s WALL-E as best picture.



Brian Gibson loves to buy DVDs. Come with him on his weekly journey into the depths of credit card debt as he tells you what to buy, rent and avoid.



Not a necessarily large update from the awards season warpath today, but there are quite a few different stories to talk about.



Magnolia Pictures’ documentary release Man on Wire, which tells the story of Frenchman Philippe Petit’s daring dream of walking a tight-rope between the towers of the World Trade Center in ’74, has emerged as the ‘Best Reviewed Film of All-Time.’

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published: 01.25.2015
published: 01.25.2015
published: 01.25.2015

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