Week in Review: 7/24/17

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


Reviews:

A War (Krigen)10/10 – A staggering work by writer/director Tobias Lindholm that blends multiple film genres into a thoughtful study on ethics and morality.


Opinions:

2017’s Most Anticipated Fall Releases:  We pick the ten films we’re most excited to see this fall; whether because of great story ideas, impressive casts, or returning Hitchaboo winners.  Find out what we picked and why!


Hitchaboos:

2015 Hitchaboos Update: After the recently published review, A War (Krigen) has been categorized as a 2015 Hitchaboo.  This has pushed What We Do In The Shadows out of the Top 10 and into the Honorable Mentions category.


New Trailers From This Week:

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Ready Player One – Steven Spielberg’s first sci-fi film since 2005’s War of the Worlds.  A huge cast including Tye Sheridan, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance, and Simon Pegg.  Tons of 80’s pop culture references.  Looks like a winner!

The Lego Ninjago Movie – Trial By Films needs to catch up on the last few Lego movies because this one looks like a lot of fun.

Suburbicon – This Coen brothers written, George Clooney directed dark comedy looks like a Coen brothers written, Coen brothers directed dark comedy.  Looks like it could be good, but maybe not great.

LBJ – Poor Make-up and a strange tone.  Not the type of film you’d expect Woody Harrelson would excel in.


Other Interesting Film News:

Christopher Nolan’s Film Score Trickery – Learn about what a ‘Shepherd Tone’ is and how Nolan (along with composer Hans Zimmer) use this audio trickery to create tension. Then decide if Nolan’s acclaim is still justified or if this is a cheap trick.

‘Valiant Comics’ Cinematic Universe? – Sony Pictures is getting into the Cinematic Universe game with a 5 picture deal based on the Valiant Comics source material starting with Bloodshot starring Jared Leto.  Maybe Sony should focus on one GOOD film before planning 2-5.

‘Zodiac’ – Ten Years Later – A great deep dive into David Fincher’s 2007 film Zodiac. Winner of a Hitchaboo and one of the best films in recent cinema history; ‘The Ringer‘s’ Adam Nayman discusses how Zodiac ditched genre conventions, why it has aged so well, and why audiences didn’t show up for it 10 years ago.


New Movies In Theaters Worth Seeing:

None.  Save your money this week.  Everything being released this week can be caught later on streaming services.

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