Week in Review: 7/31/17

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


Okja1/10 – An ill-advised production; Okja was filmed and distributed for a target audience that doesn’t exist, rendering the $50 Million budget maddeningly reckless.  Netflix needs to go back to the drawing board because Okja is not the breakthrough hit they were hoping for.

Theeb6/10 – British-Jordanian director Naji Abu Nowar creates a vast and authentic world for which his actors play out a timeless and simple story of innocence lost and natural selection.

Dunkirk5/10 – As with any Christopher Nolan film, viewers can expect the very best in terms of camerawork, musical accompaniment, and production design; but a week plot and manufactured feel to the parallel narratives keep Dunkirk from even coming close to the best Nolan has to offer.  


Matthew McConaughey’s Top 10 Film Roles: Take a look back at the best performances of his career; from his debut in 1993’s Dazed and Confused through ‘the McConnaisance’ and beyond.

In Memoriam:


Sam Shepard

November 5, 1943 – July 27, 2017


New Trailers From This Week:


First They Killed My Father – Angelina Jolie’s burgeoning career as a director continues with her most recent ‘passion project’ about child soldiers during the Khmer Rouge rule in Cambodia. This one looks serviceable at the least, but only time will tell.

What Happened to Monday? – Netflix seems to have another miss in their poorly crafted campaign into film production.

Other Interesting Film News:

Color Theory and Disney – Very interesting examination of how Disney animators use the psychology of colors to affect our perception of villains.

4DX Theaters – Fledgling theaters are trying to come up with anything they can to keep customers coming out and buying tickets.  3D didn’t work, now it’s 4DX.  Why can’t audiences just be satisfied with great film?

The Dark Tower Production Woes – This is an illustration of how not to make a movie – no wonder it’s tracking at 20% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Charlie Sheen’s 9/11 Movie – Not sure what is worse – how bad this film is going to be or how ignorantly earnest the actors involved are.

New Movies in Theaters Worth Seeing:

Trial By Films hasn’t been loving Detroit previews so far, but I guess it’s worth a shot based on the talent involved (Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Anthony Mackie, John Krasinski).



One Comment Add yours

  1. Jenny B says:

    Charlie sheen’s 9/11 movie? Is that a real title?


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