Week In Review: 7/3/17

A quick recap in the happenings on Trial By Films over the past week…along with elsewhere in the film industry.


Reviews:

Force Majeure9/10 – A sophisticated and mature dramedy plays out in a French ski resort thanks to writer/director Ruben Östlund and his excellent cast.

The Lost City of Z7/10 – James Gray makes another singular addition to his filmography, and continues to assert himself as one of the best storytellers today.  However, this classic adventure story is brought down by miscast acting talents.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: 3/10 – With sophomoric storylines and hollow characters, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is going to be a favorite with only very young Disney viewers.  For the rest of us, don’t test your nostalgic memories unless you want to risk being disappointed.

War on Everyone6/10 – Great performances from Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Peña will keep audiences entertained throughout, but writer/director John Michael McDonagh’s razor-sharp pen misses out on the sort of indelible moments that would make War on Everyone a distinct or exceptional black comedy.


Opinions:

Overdue Industry Recognition For Stunt Work:  A plea proper recognition and award for an often overlooked corner of the film industry – the stunt community.  This piece focuses on what the obstacles are to full industry acceptance of stunt contributions, and why they are essential to film production.


New Trailers From This Week:

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Borg/McEnroe: Sverrir Gudnason of Sweden and the always intriguing Shia LeBeouf star in this English language Swedish film detailing the tennis rivalry that came to a head between the two greatest players of their time at the 1980 Wimbledon Championships.  Interesting premise and a strong initial trailer but this is Janus Metz Pedersen’s narrative film debut, so let’s be cautious until we hear more.

Geostorm:  Not going to see this.  Never going to happen.  Keep walking.


Other Interesting Film News:

Happytime Murders Muppet/Noir Film Project – The Jim Henson company might make an R-rated muppet murder mystery?  Can’t wait to see where this goes…

Neil Blomkamp’s newest short-film  – District 9’s Neil Blomkamp teams back up with District 9’s star Sharlto Copley in this quick short about God’s indifference for his occupation.  Looks like it’s the first in a series.

Robert Downey Jr. Might Retire from Marvel? – Yes please.  Robert – you have made enough money; stop wasting your talents and do something new.  We’ve seen Tony Stark enough.

Details about James Gray’s ‘Ad Astra’ – It sounds like Apocalypse Now in space with Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones.  Glad to see Gray is continuing to push himself after this year’s The Lost City of Z.


New Movie in Theaters Worth Seeing:

Skip Spider-Man: Homecoming and go see this one instead…

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