Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Is this a movie trailer?

Apparently this is on a new video game but at this point I'm not sure if it's a trailer for a video game or a fake trailer for a movie. It looks kinda interesting, maybe it will actually get made like Hobo With A Shotgun.

Trailer for The Devil's Double.

This looks like an interesting film. Dominic Cooper plays both Saddam Hussein's son and a man forced to be his double. Could get confusing if they don't figure out a way of differentiating the two.

It was picked up by LionsGate in the US so will be released by Maple here in Canada. Current release date is Aug 5th. Hopefully it doesn't just play the larger cities.

Interesting Trailer - Another Earth.

Never heard of this film before but trailer looks interesting. I wonder how much sci-fi content there is or if it's just a backdrop for the drama?
It's from Fox Searchlight so likely will never play at Western Film.

Friday, April 08, 2011

This looks Cool. 4 minute trailer for Green Lantern.

I'm a sucker for comic book movies, especially ones starting Ryan Reynolds. Comic Book movies always seem to either work really well or not very well at all. The first trailer didn't get too many people excited but this new footage looks pretty cool.

This looks cool. Attack The Block

A British film that's been picked up for distribution in the US. I haven't heard about Canada. I hope it plays around here.

Trailer for Crazy Stupid Love.

This movie looks like it has potential. I'm not sure Ryan Gosling pulls off his character but he's usually pretty good so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. Pretty much everyone in it is good so hopefully the whole package will come together.

New Trailer for Warrior with Tom Hardy

I'm normally not into fighting films. I find it weird that people get paid to do what can get you arrested in other situations. This movie does look interesting though. I'm already hearing that Nick Nolte will be up for awards.

Funny trailer for upcoming film.

Not quite sure what to make of this one.... I think Helen Mirren is so cool, She can act the pants off anyone but still be in on the joke. The only reason I would see Arthur is for her.

Midnight Movies and The Room aftermath.

This was an interesting year as far as Midnight movies go. I was able to bring back the series after not doing it for a few years. We stopped doing it because so many movies were no longer available on 35mm film.

With the purchase of a high definition professional video projector I was able to bring the movies back by playing them off Blu-Ray. The new projector made an image about the same size as our flat film picture and almost as good. I wasn't comfortable charging money to see anything with the old projector we had in the room but that's not the case now.

Overall the Midnight series made a good profit. Only a few films lost money, there were some surprises as to what didn't do well ( Office Space, The Notebook) and what did do well ( V For Vendetta, Christmas Vacation).

The biggest surprise was The Room. A movie I had never heard of until students started asking for it. In case you are unfamiliar, it's a very bad movie that people see to laugh at how bad it is as well as some Rocky Horroresqe actions like throwing plastic spoons as certain points. We ended up playing it three times, the first two times we did about 300 people, the last time 150. Considering the last showing was just before exams started I was expecting about that number.

We made quite a bit of money off The Room showings as not only did we sell a lot of tickets but they bought a lot of food. I forgot to bring my camera for the last showing or I would have taken pics of the hundreds, maybe thousands, of plastic spoons all over the theatre.

The midnight series made money even without the money from The Room so it was definitely worth doing, plus everyone had a great time at the movies.

The series will be back next year with some of the same movies and some that haven't shown before. Some of the films after Christmas didn't do as well as I thought they would which I think is purely timing. Students are busier in the spring than fall. As an experiment I'm going to play some of those films earlier next year and see if it make a difference. For example Monty Python's Holy Grail did about 100 people in September but Life of Brian only had about 45 in March. Next year I'll play them in the opposite order and see what happens.

I'll be doing up the Fall schedule in August so feel free to e-mail suggestions to wfilm@uwo.ca

Vintage video about how Disney made Snow White in 1938.

I bet a lot of younger people used to computer animation don't realize just how much tedious work it used to take to make a animated film.