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The Lorax Film Trailer

Posted by: Matthew Turner 04/11/2011 @ 14:09
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Films seen so far this year: 440
Films seen in the last week: Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), In Time, The Rum Diary, Straw Dogs, Justice, My Week With Marilyn


Five Random Things I Found On The Internets
Yes, that's right, it's the glorious return of Five Random Things. So without further ado, here are five random things I recently found on the internets.

1. Ryan Gosling Fever Sweeps The Internet. You can't move on Facebook or Twitter at the moment without someone alerting you to a new Ryan Gosling-based tumblr (photo blog). The two clear winners in the Battle of the Gosling Blogs so far are: Feminist Ryan Gosling and the delightful Is Ryan Gosling Cuter Than A Puppy?

2. Sticking on an animal-related theme, here are Seven Film Favourites Recast With Cats. Or rather, seven films with cats photo-shopped over the characters on the posters. Still funny though. The Twilight one isn't even that well done but it made me laugh more than it should have.

3. This tumblr of Awesome People Reading (although they don't seem to update very often).

4. I'm a sucker for a vintage poster gallery, so I enjoyed this collection on The Guardian to illustrate an upcoming book on Cinema Sex Sirens (*cough* Christmas present *cough*).

5. And finally, an amusing pair of videos brought to my attention by my friend Emma Green: This nicely assembled montage of God's Eye View shots (i.e. straight down shots) used in movies and this get-the-joke-immediately-but-still-amusing video, Transformers In 1D.

Trailerwatch: The Lorax
This week the trailer for Dr Seuss' The Lorax “dropped” (as industry types like to say) and I have to say, I'm not convinced. Call me a traditionalist if you will but I can't see the point in making a film of a Dr Seuss book if you're going to strip out the very thing that makes his books so magical in the first place, i.e. the verse.

None of the Dr Seuss-based movies have really worked so far (The Grinch and Horton Hatches The Egg are probably the best of a bad lot, The Cat in the Hat comfortably the worst) and it's fair to say that the further away they get from the source material, the worse they are. The Lorax in particular seems to have gotten so far away from the original story that only the character and a vague eco-friendly message remains. That said, the animation looks good and I like the casting of Danny DeVito for the voice of The Lorax but there are very few laughs in the trailer (this out-of-synch alternative trailer has even fewer laughs) and the depiction of the Lorax's world is already annoying me.

So the plot here revolves around a character voiced by Zac Efron and his attempts to find a tree (in a world where trees have long since vanished) in order to impress the girl next door (voiced by Taylor Swift). He then meets a mysterious stranger in a rickety shack who tells him the tale of The Lorax and ... er ... a human character voiced by Ed Helms. Like I said, I'm not optimistic.

The film doesn't actually open here until 27th July and in looking up that fact I have just discovered that there's yet another Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie coming out on 3rd August, so now I'm doubly annoyed. To paraphrase Partridge, “STOP GETTING DR SEUSS WRONG!” Grrrr. And so on.

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
Only two new entries into the top ten this week and coincidentally, they're both British: low-budget romance drama Weekend and record shop documentary Sound It Out. The rest of this week's releases are all rather underwhelming – if I gave half stars almost all of them would have been two and a halfs so I had to make a series of 2 vs 3 decisions and wavered back and forth on a couple of them so many times that it started to do my head in a bit. Consequently there's none of them that I really want to give an extra shout out to, so I'll just put in a good word for the two films that have been pushed out of the top ten this week: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and Tyrannosaur.

Interview-wise this week we have a press conference interview with Philip Seymour Hoffman for Jack Goes Boating, which, unfortunately, I didn't like very much. Elsewhere, you can still read our exclusive interview with Stephanie Sigman and Gerardo Naranjo (star and director of the excellent Miss Bala), a press conference interview with George Clooney for The Ides of March, press conference interviews with Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and director Tate Taylor for The Help, our exclusive interview with Albatross star Jessica Brown Findlay (aka Downton Abbey's Lady Sybil) and an exclusive interview with The Greatest Movie Ever Sold director Morgan Spurlock.

Come back next week for semi-exclusive interviews with Withnail & I director Bruce Robinson and star Amber Heard for The Rum Diary.

1. We Need To Talk About Kevin
2. Weekend
3. Miss Bala
4. Melancholia
5. Jane Eyre
6. Midnight In Paris
7. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
8. The Help
9. Sound It Out
10. The Silence

DVD of the Week: Retreat (out now, online RRP £8.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is British thriller Retreat, the latest film to receive one of those promotional theatrical releases before going (almost) straight to DVD a few days later. Directed by Carl Tibbetts, the film stars Cillian Murphy and Thandie Newton as Martin and Kate, a married couple who take a vacation in a remote island retreat in the hopes of working through some relationship problems.

However, their solitude is abruptly shattered by the arrival of Jack (Jamie Bell), a blood-soaked stranger who claims to be a soldier and tells them that an airbone disease has devastated the mainland. With their power down and no way of contacting the mainland, Martin and Kate are forced to take Jack at his word as he barricades the three of them indoors and insists that they don't go outside. But is he telling the truth or is he a delusional psychopath?

To be fair, Retreat is likely to play quite well on DVD, not least because at £8.99 it's already cheaper than most cinema tickets in London. On top of that, the performances are excellent (Bell is particularly good, making his character surprisingly sympathetic) and Tibbets maintains a nicely claustrophobic and suspenseful atmosphere that keeps you guessing throughout. It's also fair to say that the film's various logic flaws lend themselves nicely to post-DVD viewing discussion-slash-derision.

Extras include: a 16 minute Making Of featurette, a photo gallery (featuring a variety of faces pulled by Jamie Bell) and the theatrical trailer.


by  mapeter  05/11/2011 @ 04:14
Although this is unrelated to the Lorax Film Trailer, I'd like to comment on Matthew Turner's quote regarding, "Soul Surfer" on the Rotten Tomatoes site. He writes, "heavy handed sentimentality and over-abundance of Bible bashing.." It is an opinion piece, but he should have done at least some elementary research and read Bethany Hamilton's autobiography or checked out her website. Then Matt would have discovered that faith is an integral aspect of her ability to overcome the tragic attack and return to surfing. It isn't suprising that a critic from a post-Christian, postmodern and increasingly Islamic nation would make a such a remark. He really has no clue as to the underlying worldview contained in the movie. I'd like to challenge Mr. Turner to cite 5 specific examples of "Bible bashing" and logically explain how they do so. Otherwise, please refrain from the logical fallacy of over-generalization and ad hominem.
Mark A. Peter, MA, MA
University English and Debate instructor
PR China
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