We’ve been teased for years. Will there be a movie? Maybe another season? On May 26, we will finally be gifted the thing that has been on our minds since that one friend let you borrow his “Arrested Development” DVDs, more. Many an “Arrested Development” fan undoubtedly has this day clearly marked on his calendar and plans to do nothing more than sit down and devour all fifteen new episodes, interrupted only by the odd bathroom break. During the years of waiting, two fans set out to tell the tumultuous story of the show and the amorous relationship with its small and exceedingly loyal fan base, the result is “The Arrested Development Documentary Project”.
In the past few years, the feeling of excitement and wonderment I’d once gotten out of big-budget summer tentpoles has been missing; I assumed I’d outgrown it. But with the latest entry in the “Star Trek” franchise, J.J. Abrams has brought that anticipation back to the summer movie line-up. With “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” Abrams shows us that not only can he build a masterfully crafted sci-fi action adventure, he can make a damn good movie around it.
Foreign Friday is back to give you the opportunity to sound more interesting. Not all films are flowers and rainbows, sometimes it can get dark and international cinema has no problem embracing the ugly. This week we head over to Austria for the thoroughly disturbing “Michael”.
“The Office,” has been the flagship Thursday night comedy staple for NBC since 2005. An adaptation of the heralded British Show from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the Greg Daniels led “American” office started as a mirror of its counterpart. It wasn’t until the show started to deviate from the source material that it really found its legs. The incredible chemistry of its talented cast paved way for successful careers for all of its stars, especially for Steve Carrell, who starred as Michael Scott, the awkward leader of the office.
As you peruse Rotten Tomatoes, it can be easy to forget that there are actual people behind those numbers. These people have a job that sounds great to the common moviegoer. However, this shiny surface hides a plethora of complexities. Sure, they watch and talk about movies for a living, but film criticism requires dedication and hard work, in a field that is drastically different from when Siskel & Ebert first started using their thumbs. I sat down with Monica Castillo, a freelance film critic who has written for The Phoenix (RIP), DigBoston, Paste Magazine, Bitch Magazine, serves as co-host of Film Geek Radio’s “Cinema Fix” podcast, and is co-founder and current co-chair of The Boston Online Film Critics Association (BOFCA), to talk about film criticism, Boston and the evolving film scene.
Happy Monday readers! This great recut of the 1974 trailer using the style and music of Luhrmann’s adaptation dropped over the weekend. Expertly done. Enjoy!
Foreign Friday is your weekly adventure outside the United States to explore the cinematic offerings of the rest of the world. This past Sunday, America celebrated a holiday the best way that it knows how, by shoveling a great amount of food in its mouth hole and washing it down with a torrent of alcohol. As a belated celebration of Cinco de Mayo, I make the trek to Mexico by way of Netflix for “Sleep Dealer”.
Ray Harryhausen’s name was one you would mention only to your friends who were really into movies. Or if you had just met someone and you wanted to test their credits-throw in a Harryhausen reference. If they nodded and agreed, you knew you were in good company.
The Southern Gothic genre has a long and storied history. For a period of time it seemed like filmmakers were abandoning the genre. Thankfully, it has been experiencing a resurgence as of late. Mostly independent features have been quietly slipping into theaters exploring a gritty South entrenched in violence. “Mud” is an entry that proves the genre still has plenty of interesting stories to tell.
One filmmaker stands against a world in turmoil, fighting a power that nods disapprovingly in his direction. He fights for three things: explosions, Miami and bikini clad girls. That’s right, Michael Bay is back and this time he’s not messing around with battling robots or Shia LaBeouf. ”Pain & Gain” promises muscles and sweat but might be just as empty as its characters’ heads.