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Trivial Top Ten

In Film News, Film Reviews, Netflix Recommendations on December 27, 2011 at 12:05 am

As the year draws to a close, I feel the annual urge to post my own Trivial Top Ten–a list not exhaustive by any means, but more a private crib sheet of my personal favorites from the past 12 months.

My perpetual caveat: there are SO MANY films I haven’t yet seen, many of which would probably end up on a more professional, exhaustive list, so don’t hold that against me.  These are just the ten films I enjoyed the most/found the most interesting over the past year.  Notes as to how you can see each of them are included, as are links to my own reviews of each title, as applicable.  Enjoy!  🙂

  1. MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE – Read my review here!  See the official site for screening locations.
  2. WEEKEND – Read my review here!  Now available on NETFLIX streaming!
  3. SHE MONKEYS – Read my review here!  See the official site here…so far, no distribution in the USA, but keep your fingers crossed.  Whet your appetite with the trailer (here)!
  4. SHAME – Read my review here!  Visit the official site here to find where it’s playing near you!  Beware, its NC-17 rating has made it difficult to find outside of major cities and art houses.  You may have to make a pilgrimage for this one, but it’s worth it, I promise.
  5. INSIDIOUS – Read my review here!  Ok, I know it technically came out last year, but it made such an impression on me–and I was so late in finally seeing it–that I felt it was worth adding to this list.  Plus, genuinely good horror films are so few and far between these days that one practically has to reach back a year or two to be able to recommend anything good.  Available on NETFLIX streaming!
  6. LAST NIGHT – Another Tribeca premiere that still made it to this list about 9 months later.  A truly excellent romantic drama starring Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington as a couple who married too young and are struggling with the consequences.  Great acting, tight direction and a fast pace keep the tension crackling in this sexy ensemble drama.  Available on NETFLIX streaming!
  7. DRIVE – Ok, I got to this one late as well, but it was so worth it.  Check out Kevin Bowen’s review over on Screen Comment for a full rundown, and the official site for screening locations near you.
  8. BUCK – Read my review here!  Now available on NETFLIX streaming!
  9. ANGELS CREST – Read my review here!  See the official site for release dates and screening venues.
  10. TROLLHUNTER – Read my review here!  Now available on NETFLIX streaming!

What were your favorite (or least favorite) films of 2011?  What were some that should have been on my list?  Let me know!

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Trollhunter Already Slated for US Remake

In Film News on June 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm


Well, that was inevitable.  Only a few months after its US premiere at Sundance, Andre Ovredal’s Norwegian creature feature Trollhunter (reviewed here!) has been snapped up by Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures for an American remake.

Deadine Hollywood reports that Columbus will act as producer for the film, and that a couple of the original film’s producers will also be involved.  Columbus was quoted by Deadline as saying, “Troll Hunter was a visceral, thrilling, cinematic rock and roller coaster ride of a movie. Visually, there are scenes in this film that American audiences have never seen. We want to introduce an international audience to this amazing moviegoing experience.”

As Film School Rejects points out, the international audience could simply, you know, go and see Trollhunter now rather than waiting for an American remake.  But of course the real goal here is to lift some awesome material, increase the budget by about 500%, mount a multi-media promo campaign, and cash in big time.  Hell, if people love watching vampires so much, what’s not to like about trolls?  Stay tuned for casting news…

Trollhunter

In Film Reviews on May 29, 2011 at 7:49 pm

 

What hasn’t been done?  We have films and tv shows galore about vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts, and all other manner of shape-shifting beasts.  Anything missing?  What about TROLLS?!

Done.  Norwegian festival favorite “Trollhunter,” which enjoyed good reception at both Sundance and Tribeca this year, is—I can safely say—the definitive creature feature about trolls.  And to the delight of monster fans everywhere, I can also happily report it’s actually a darn good film.

Director Andre Ovredal’s second feature follows a group of college students who set out to find a legendary, mysterious bear hunter and figure out what he’s up to.  When they catch up with the archetypal mountain man (a perfectly cast Otto Jespersen), they discover he’s not after bears at all; he’s a government employee in the super-secret Troll Security Service whose job is to keep tabs on, and sometimes kill, gigantic trolls.

Cue the special effects, which are perfectly serviceable even though they occasionally border on the cartoonish (for example, the first troll we see has three heads, which is a little hard to take).  But as the film progresses, things get more intriguing and scary; we learn there are several different types of trolls, some more violent than others, and that the Norwegian government is involved in a decades-old cover up of the troll population.

Conspiracy theory plus giant beasts equals pretty good fun in my book.  This film is fast, action-packed, and totally enjoyable to watch.  Its relatively shallow characters don’t prevent it at all from being totally absorbing—in fact, there’s a cut-to-the-chase feeling especially in the beginning that really pulls you in.  No time is wasted in establishing who everyone is—the premise is set up, and then it’s off into the dark, windy Norwegian woods.

If “Trollhunter” has a weakness, it’s that its premise relies on the passé schtick of being found footage, shot by the college students before they vanish after a final, epic troll confrontation.  But even this acquiescence to convention isn’t enough to suppress the film’s essential merriment—after all, they’ve got freaking trolls to deal with.  How awesome is that?

 

“Trollhunter” opens in the US on June 10, 2011