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Easy A Trailer

Posted by: Matthew Turner 13/08/2010 @ 10:46
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Films seen so far this year: 288
Films seen this week: Benda Bilili, Tapeheads, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, The Secret in Their Eyes (again), Dinner For Schmucks, Black Dynamite (again), Le Refuge, The Final, The Girl Who Played With Fire, Scott Pilgrim vs the World

Five Random Things I Found On The Internet
1. This wonderful graphic novel recreation of the Scott Pilgrim trailer, in which YouTube user themrblonde2010 has pain-stakingly overlaid all the film's images with their corresponding images from the comic books. It works amazingly well and also allows you to see just how closely Edgar Wright has stuck to the original text.

2. This amusing sketch / short about the importance of Common Film Ground in a relationship. I think they could have tried a little bit harder with the script and the jokes but the reveal made me laugh and I have to confess, it struck more of a chord than I'd like to admit. Essentially, relationship-wise, this is every film fan's worst fear.

3. This rare photo of Marilyn Monroe in what looks like a Jackie Kennedy wig.

4. These ten fantastic illustrations for Inception, some of which would have made terrific posters. These seem to have caught on – there are more of them out there if you care to look. Note that some of them attempt to explain the film by giving you a guide to the levels. There are a lot of those out there too, though nothing will ever come close to this timeline for the even-more-mind-bending film Primer.

5. And finally, a personal example of how the internet can sometimes be a wonderful thing. Yesterday, on Twitter, @Live_For_Films posted up this intro to The Andromeda Strain from Alex Cox's fondly-remembered Moviedrome series on BBC2. The clip also contains the opening credits sequence to Moviedrome, a nicely-shot parody of The Third Man. The wonderful part is that my dad (who died in 1995) can clearly be seen as the man on the right at the 0m28s mark – he was a sound recordist for the BBC and he did the sound for Cox's to-camera pieces for this series of Moviedrome. I knew he'd been roped in as an extra and I'd seen it before, but not since it first aired in 1994. Really made my day, that did. I could also go on at length about how great Moviedrome was and why they should show them all again or, even better, have a new series, but that's a topic for a future blog.

Films I'm Looking Forward To: Easy A
I had never heard of Easy A until I saw this poster for the film in the foyer of the Empire Leicester Square after The Expendables screening last week. Like most red-blooded film fans I'm a big fan of Emma Stone and this looks like it could be a lot of fun, although, to be fair, it does seem like that Scarlet Letter reference is crammed in a little too hard. Still, I laughed several times in the trailer (“I fake-rocked your world!”) and that's a pretty good sign. The plot seems to involve Stone's character pretending to sleep with nerds (and her homosexual best friend) so that they'll seem cooler and not be bullied. Unfortunately, as the poster indicates, she picks up a reputation as a tramp in the process.

I'd happily watch the film if Emma Stone was the only well-known cast member, but happily the superb supporting cast also includes Stanley Tucci (whose delivery of the line “A high-end stripper, for governors or athletes” is the one of the highlights of the trailer), Lisa Kudrow, Amanda Bynes, Thomas Haden Church, Malcolm McDowell (not in the trailer, sadly) and Patricia Clarkson, who steals the trailer with a killer punchline: “I had a similar situation when I was your age. I had a horrible reputation.” “Why?” “Because I slept with a whole bunch of people. Mostly guys.” Oh, and Gossip Girl's Penn Badgley is in it too. I like Gossip Girl and have seen every episode but even I can't bring myself to get excited about Penn Beigely. The film opens here on October 22 and I'm very much looking forward to it.

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
Three new entries this week, with Best Foreign Film Oscar-winner The Secret in Their Eyes, hilarious blaxpoitation spoof Black Dynamite and The Sorcerer's Apprentice (starring Nic Cage as a wizard and Jay Baruchel as his reluctant protégé) all making it into the top ten. I have bumped The Karate Kid for The Sorcerer's Apprentice, even if The Karate Kid is technically the better film. I'm also pleased to see that Down Terrace is still showing, though it probably won't be around for much longer, so catch it while you can. Interview-wise you can still read our interviews with A-Team stars Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper and Sharlto Copley as well as our exclusive interview with Expendables star Charisma Carpenter.

1. Toy Story 3
2. Inception
3. Heartbreaker
4. Splice
5. Leaving
6. The Secret in Their Eyes
7. Gainsbourg
8. Down Terrace
9. Black Dynamite
10. The Sorcerer's Apprentice

DVD Of The Week: The Joneses (out Monday 16th August, RRP £19.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is The Joneses, a black comedy starring David Duchovny and Demi Moore. If you somehow avoided reading about the film on its theatrical release, please note that it's impossible to discuss this film without giving away a key plot point, so if you want to go in cold, please stop reading now. Okay then. Duchovny and Moore play Steve and Kate Jones, a seemingly perfect couple who move into a posh suburban neighbourhood with their seemingly perfect teenage kids (Amber Heard and Ben Hollingsworth) and set about befriending their neighbours. However, it quickly transpires that all four family members are actually employed as professional trend-setters, whose job it is to show off all the latest products.

Complications ensue when Steve finds himself falling for Kate, while the kids both have problems of their own. This is a hugely enjoyable, superbly written black comedy that works just as well as an unconventional family drama as it does as a sharp satire on consumer society. The performances are note-perfect (Moore and Duchovny are perfectly cast and have genuine chemistry together) and the script crackles with great dialogue, all of which suggests that first-time writer-director Derrick Borte (who, tellingly, used to work in
advertising) could be a talent to watch. No extras at all on the DVD though, which is a real shame – for one thing, it would be interesting to hear Borte's own advertising experiences. Four stars for the film, no stars for the DVD. Must try harder, DVD people!


by  MichaelPC1974  17/08/2010 @ 19:44
Hi Matthew. Just wondering where you have seen The Secret in Their Eyes. I can't see it anywhere in the listings for Sheffield - can you help? Cheers. Mike
by  Matthew Turner  13/02/2011 @ 16:23
I'm based in London, so it was showing here, though I first saw it at the Edinburgh Film Festival. The reviews show across all the View sites so that happens occasionally, I'm afraid. It's out on DVD now though - did you see it in the end?
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