To me, this sounded like heaven on paper. As a fan of Rian Johnson and time travel - this seemed like the Recee's Cup of cinema for me in 2012. As the days counted down til it's release I found myself worried that it would be too much of one and not enough of the other. What I got was, I guess more like a Mallow Cup? I don't know I think I lost it with the candy metaphors here. The point is, this isn't a perfect film but it's well acted (especially from JGL) and has some of those signature Rian Johnson flourishes I've come to appreciate so much. I think I said this on the show but this is one that I think I need to revisit - and soon.
4.) THE RAID: REDEMPTION
3.) CABIN IN THE WOODS
2.) HOLY MOTORS
One of the asskickers from our massive SUMMER OF SHRAPNEL series in August, this film took me totally by surprise. Double crosses, triple crosses, pop-art sets, chase scenes, finger traps, secret blueprints, and a snazzy soundtrack make for a fun filled watch. I'd like to think that this would play well on the show. Might be worth the gamble. It's a shame more people haven't seen this one.
Admittedly this is cheating in every sense of the word. This was my programming, I've seen it a million times, and we covered it on the show with much fanfare. I can't stay away. I absolutely love this film. When I booked it for our NEARLY DISTANT FUTURES series in March, I have to admit, it was mostly for me. I quickly realized that we had a real opportunity though. Over the course of the screenings we were able to have director Douglas McKeown out for 2 screenings and producer Ted A. Bohus out for one. The two men gave vastly different accounts of the making of the film and added a Rashomon element I was not expecting. I feel like I learned a lot about not only the trials and tribulations of making this specific film but films in general. I had seen THE DEADLY SPAWN as a youth and reveled in the gore and now as adult I was able to appreciate it in a whole new way. Experiences like this one are some of my favorite parts of the theater and I hope that Spectacle can do that for everyone in some way. Also, if you were wondering, I totally got the colored wax on that Mondo soundtrack release.
3.) EDEN & AFTER
1.) EL DEPENDIENTE