Hobo with a Shotgun, like Robert Rodriquez’s Machete, is much better as a trailer than it is as an actual movie. And like Machete, it is based on a trailer– the award-winning trailer from Rodriquez’s own South by Southwest Grindhouse trailers contest. It is a single punch line stretched into an feature film. Fortunately, the punch line is a pretty good one. Read more…
(In no particular order and totally non-definitive.)
Pan’s Labyrinth – Guillermo Del Toro understands that the purpose of fantasy has always been an escape mechanism. Set in Franco’s post-civil war Spain, Pan’s Labyrinth follows a young girl, Ofelia, as she shifts between a mystifying dream world and an oppressively cruel real life living under her despotic and cruel army officer step dad. Pan’s Labyrinth is a thoughtful examination into the duality between our fantasies and the harsher realities of life and how the two can intermingle and bleed into one another. Pan’s Labyrinth is sublime, beautiful, and easily the best fantasy film of the decade.
By Tim Morrison and Kevin Wetmore
Biggest Movie Theater Scam: Imax
The newest excuse big theater chains have found to jack up ticket prices is by showing new blockbuster films on an ‘Imax’ Screen. However a large portion of such theaters actually do not possess an Imax screen. A true Imax theater projects the best film format out there onto a 76 foot tall screen. Now many multiplexes are advertising a 28 foot screen as Imax. For this they charge five extra bucks. Over-charging for popcorn was one thing, I just don’t buy popcorn anymore. When movie tickets surpassed $10 I was angry but I can deal with it if that’s what it will take keep to the movie theater business going in this day and age. Now multiplexes have resorted to damaging the actual viewing experience in order to make a few extra dollars. First many started dimming the projection, a heinous act. False-advertising of an Imax experience shows that they will allow their greed to continually damage the theater going experience deep into the 21st century. -KW