New Films for The Weekend of April 23rd

It’s Oscar weekend, and I’ll probably spend some time catching up on a few films I still need to watch before the ceremony on Sunday, there are a few releases out this weekend worth checking out, including what would otherwise be a solid springtime blockbuster for Warner Brothers. Let’s take a look.

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New Movies Weekend of March 26th

It’s been a week of shake-ups in the movie release calendar, as Disney shifted they MCU back by a few months, including putting Black Widow (and non-MCU Cruella) to a joint theatrical-streaming model, and the hotly anticipated Chris Rock/Samuel L. Jackson entry into the Saw franchise, Spiral, got bumped up a week to 14 May. But as we head into the traditional Spring blockbuster season, and as HBOMax preps the first major tentpole to hit since Tenet quitely bowed last summer mid pandemic, we’ve got a few movies dropping this week worth checking out, both in theatres and on streaming.

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New Movies Weekend of March 5th

Happy first weekend in March! As we approach the one year mark since theatres initially shut down, with big news that Alamo Drafthouse filed for bankruptcy protection (it’s just so they can restructure and stay afloat, we’re all hoping Alamo Drafthouse makes it). My vaccine goes into full effect on Monday, so I’ll start returning to my local, non-Drafthouse cinemas next week, but for now, I stick to streaming. But in addition to the online offerings, there are a few that will be waiting for me in theatres:

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New Movies Weekend of January 8th

Under normal circumstances, the first few weeks of the year are light on new releases, and generally reserved for expanding the theatrical releases of the awards contenders that got a December 30th limited release to be awards eligible. Or we get a schlocky horror movie that no one was gonna see anyway and has no real competition in some markets, so might as well put it up against the 5th week of whatever mega-blockbuster had the mid-December release date. In 2021, we’ve got just two 2020 releases going to streaming, a festival winner and an Irish drama, and a generic looking erotic(?) thriller going to VOD/Home Cinema.

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How Hollywood Should Navigate Post-Pandemic Movie Releases

I originally sat down to write this piece back in early April, when everything was just untested waters, and no one really knew what was going on, and we legit thought we’d be back to normal by May. A lot has changed in the past several months. Fortunately, the past several months have only solidified the ideas I was formulating for this piece.

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Stuff That’s Streaming: Troll Hunter

Troll Hunter

Troll Hunter
Troll Hunter

The nicest thing I can say about the “found footage” sub-genre is that it exists. Cloverfield is its beacon of quality, while Oren Peli tries beat it to death every year with a “new” Paranormal Activity, and I didn’t even bother with Apollo 18 (did anyone?). But what started way back in 1999 with The Blair Witch Project (say what you will, I liked it), finally climaxed in 2010 with the Norwegian film Trolljegeren (Troll Hunter).

I say the sub-genre climaxed because this is the ultimate in found footage. One question I always raise is who, within the confines of the narrative, is taking these hours upon hours of footage of people being slaughtered (since this sub-genre is usually horror), and cutting it together into a 90 minute narrative? Whoever does is a terrible human being. But that wasn’t a big hang up for me in this one, I was with it all the way through and afterwards… it was only much, much later that the thought even crossed my mind.

Troll Hunter tells the story of a student documentary crew who trek out to investigate mysterious animal killings in Norwegian farmland, only to encounter the equally mysterious Hans. They’re able to convince him to let them join his hunt for whatever beast is killing the farm animals. While they’re all speculating that it’s bears or wolves, he reveals the dark truth: that he’s been in the employ of the Norwegian government to keep the Troll menace at bay. What ensues is a beautifully shot (easy on the shaky-cam) cat & mouse monster film.

Not to sound like a snob, but I’m one of those film nerds who can’t stand dubs, and will only watch foreign films subtitled. It’s a better presentation, and it helps get over the cultural hump. And because of this, I became much more invested in the film.

If you like monster films, this is definitely the one to check out.

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