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Theatrical Trailer: the official theatrical piece, usually cut from the first (very long) cut of the picture or sometimes (if there is no first cut yet) from dailies (all the shot footage, including all the different takes and angles), maximum length of a trailer is two and a half minutes.
Teaser Trailer: A first, short theatrical preview piece (usually not longer than a minute and a half), cut from a few selected takes and scenes while the picture is still being shot.
For those of you who think it’s okay to show up to a film after the coming attractions – move along. No self-respecting movie geek would dare miss the previews. And don’t get us started on the individuals who arrive during the trailer you’ve been dying to see only to move through your line of sight during the all-important money shot.
In most cases, trailers are »
- Movie Geeks
Listing the best films of any year comes down to a matter of ordering -- Which film will I say was the absolute best? Listing the worst films of a particular year comes down to being honest with yourself -- Did I dislike it enough to call it one of the worst? However, when it comes to disappointments it's a different story. As a movie critic, maybe it's different for me. People tend to believe critics should walk into every movie without anticipation or excitement. Then, if that perception is held up, those that disagree with your opinion will either say "Yeah, but you didn't want to see it anyway!" or "You were always going to like that film." I do my best to let my opinion be known before seeing most films (running a blog of daily opinions helps). I do my best to avoid expectations (not watching trailers »
- Brad Brevet
An effective trailer can do wonders for a film. For every movie that is guaranteed to have an audience, there are many more that need to build their own buzz, and there’s no faster way to do that than with a good trailer. A well made trailer can turn a monster movie from a first-time director starring a bunch of then-unknowns into the most-buzzed about movie for weeks, while a poor trailer can doom a movie right from the start. Every year sees some trailers that, independent of the film they’re promoting, capture one’s attention, and make people keep returning to them. Here are the trailers of 2012 that were able to do that best.
30) The Avengers
The sheer impossibility of conceiving of a large screen movie about a team of Marvel superheroes even 15 years ago cannot be understated. While the technology needed to adequately show their true might may have been present, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Given that for most people reading this website, Christmas brings with it the coldest and most treacherous of outdoor experiences, it’s little wonder that cinema plays such a big part of the holiday season. Families gathering in their warmly lit living rooms next to the tree and watching classic films of heartwarming sentiment or epic scale is as much a part of common tradition as gift opening or alcohol fuelled social faux pas. While for the Us the classic is It’s a Wonderful Life and over here in the rocky United Kingdom it’s The Great Escape, we all have our quintessential Xmas movie looping every year at the same time ad nauseam. ‘Tis the season for such folly, after all.
But rather than simply highlight the virtues of the Harry Potter franchise or predictable screenings of Die Hard and Doctor Zhivago, Unsung Gems takes this opportunity to »
- Scott Patterson
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 29, 2013
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
A dog, a screenwriter and the criminal underworld get entangled in Seven Psychopaths, which scored high points with critics and moviegoers when it was in theaters.
The comedy movie stars Colin Farrell (Horrible Bosses) as Marty, a struggling screenwriter in Los Angeles who just needs some focus and inspiration to finish his screenplay. His focus gets a little astray, however, when he inadvertantly gets entangled with the criminal underworld after his unamployed actor best friend (Sam Rockwell, Conviction) and his partner in crime (Christopher Walken, Catch Me If You Can) kidnap a gangster’s (Woody Harrelson, The Hunger Games) beloved Shih Tzu.
Critics praised Seven Psychopaths, »
If you were already a fan of writer/director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges), whether it be for his theatre work or film work (or both), then the skill, insight, and quality on display in Seven Psychopaths was hardly a surprise. But even if you knew McDonagh's work backwards and forwards, while the story structure of Seven Psychopaths may have appeared familiar, the film's content and mobius strip-style storytelling were somehow still a complete (and pleasant) surprise. »
- Alejandro Stepenberg
Despite a splendid cast, a wild premise, and a relatively low budget, Seven Psychopaths didn.t make a large impression at the box office during its theatrical run, pulling in a little under $15 million. If you missed it in theaters, you.ll be able to catch the twisted comedy when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on January 29. Seven Psychopaths stars the chronically under-appreciated Sam Rockwell, as well as Christopher Walken and Colin Farrell, in a film about writing screenplays and kidnapping dogs from dangerous and psychopathic gangsters. The flick also benefits from having Woody Harrelson play said gangster, that, and the fact that a fluffy and cut dog also features prominently in the flick. The R-rated flick was produced by Martin McDonagh (who also directed), Peter Czernin, and Graham Broadbent, the latter who also produced In Bruges, thus explaining the Farrell connection. Surprisingly for a movie lacking in box office »
If you missed out on the ultra-violent hilarity that is Seven Psychopaths during its theatrical run, here's your chance to right that wrong! We've got the artwork and all the details you need to prepare you for the lunacy to come.
From the Press Release
Golden Globe® winner Colin Farrell (2009, Best Actor – Comedy, In Bruges) leads an all-star cast in the comedy Seven Psychopaths, available January 29th on Blu-ray™ and DVD with UltraViolet™ from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and CBS Films. Directed by Academy Award®-winning writer/director Martin McDonagh (2009, Best Writing - Original Screenplay, In Bruges), the film follows a Hollywood screenwriter and his oddball friends, who all end up embroiled in an outrageous kidnapping scheme gone wrong. The acclaimed cast includes Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2), Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games), Academy Award® winner Christopher Walken (1978, The Deer Hunter, Best Actor in a Supporting Role), Tom Waits (The Book of Eli »
- Uncle Creepy
Directed by: Len Wiseman
Running Time: 2 hrs 10 mins (extended), 1 hr 58 mins (theatrical)
Rating: Unrated (extended), PG-13 (theatrical)
Due Out: December 18, 2012
Plot: A perfectly average factory worker (Farrell) goes to Rekall to spice up his life, but ends up on the run after discovering he may be a spy.
Who’S It For? So long as you aren’t going in expecting a whole lot more than some flashy visuals and entertaining action sequences you should come away relatively happy. Also, anyone of age who wants to play a lens flare drinking game, don’t. You will die.
Even if, like me, you’ve never seen the Verhoeven/Schwarzenegger version of Total Recall, there’s a certain level of familiarity with this new take. I was often reminded of past films that take place in similar worlds, »
- Shane T. Nier
DreamWorks Animation's fantasy caper causes sun to set on Twilight, ahead of The Hobbit's expected journey to first place
For most movies, a successful opening weekend is vital for hanging on to play dates and show times. With Christmas flicks, it's more of a steady jog than a sprint, and cinema bookers understand that playability will be strong right through to 24 December, and particularly solid after schools break up for the holiday. DreamWorks Animation's Rise of the Guardians hardly turned heads when it landed in third place last week, behind Skyfall and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.
Now it's top of the heap, thanks to a slender decline of just 19%. Three-day takings of £1.60m push the 10-day tally to £4.06m. Fellow festive offering Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger! fell an almost identical amount (20%) and has totalled £4.38m after 17 days. It now remains to be seen how »
- Charles Gant
Film buffs know Martin McDonagh as the writer-director of In Bruges, the most wickedly well-written and snappily directed thriller debut in years − it won the 2009 Bafta for Best Original Screenplay − but before the movies he took the theatre world by storm. His two trilogies of plays, set in the west of Ireland and the Aran Islands, were modern deconstructions of the works of John Millington Synge. They took the wild and amoral milieu of Synge's Playboy of the Western World, and played about with it, conjuring a community where, for instance, food could be bought at the local shop for a currency of news and gossip alone. The results were surreal and funny, if a touch too clever by half: McDonagh seemed keener on playing games with the possibility of theatre than evoking strong dramatic emotions. »
After establishing his reputation as a playwright, Martin McDonagh made a remarkably confident movie debut in 2004 directing the Oscar-winning, half-hour Six Shooter, set on a train in his native Ireland, where grieving widower Brendan Gleeson is confronted by a gun-toting psychopath. He followed it up in 2008 with his first feature, the dazzling, accomplished In Bruges, a conscious cross between Hemingway's The Killers and Beckett's Waiting for Godot in which Gleeson and Colin Farrell play Irish hitmen waiting for their psychopathic British boss to dictate their next assignment. Now McDonagh has moved to the States, where his hero, Colin Farrell, is Marty, an incipient alcoholic Irish playwright working on a Hollywood film, and the number of psychopaths involved has exponentially advanced to seven.
At the opening of the startling and funny Seven Psychopaths the camera pans across the hills above Los Angeles, taking in the iconic sign that has loomed over »
- Philip French
Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2′s fortnight long stint at the top of the box office chart has come to an abrupt end. What big new smash hit has knocked the Vamps off top spot? I hear you cry. A little known spy flick known as Skyfall of course. Yes, after six weeks on release, Bond moves back up to the top of the pile in the very same week where it surpassed Avatar to become the highest grossing film at the UK Box Office of all time.
I don’t think anybody foresaw it being quite this succesful and hats really do need to go off to Sam Mendes and everyone involved for such an impressive feat. Skyfall has currently taken £94.28 million and you wouldn’t put it past it to be the first film to break the £100million barrier in UK cinemas. Breaking Dawn Part 2 meanwhile, despite a hefty »
- Rob Keeling
False advertising! There’s way more than seven psychopaths here -- I count as many as 11 or perhaps even 12 psychopaths. Then again, very little about this twisted lark of a meta movie is what you’d expect it to be, even if you’ve reveled in the genius that is writer-director Martin McDonagh’s previous film, In Bruges. This feels, in fact, very much like McDonagh’s direct response to what we can only imagine was the industry’s response to Bruges. For he has made a movie -- bursting with equal parts exasperation, despair, cultural criticism, and black comedy -- about how he doesn’t want to make the kind of movie that Hollywood surely would like him to make, surely courted him to make after the success of Bruges. (It was probably too much to expect that he could actually get Hollywood to back such a film: this is a British production. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Seven Psychopaths, 2012.
Written and Directed by Martin McDonagh.
Starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko, Željko Ivanek, Michael Pitt, Kevin Corrigan, Gabourey Sidibe, Michael Stuhlbarg and Harry Dean Stanton.
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved dog.
Before we begin, I have to confess – I didn’t really “get” In Bruges when I saw it at the cinema. I liked it don’t get me wrong, but I didn’t love it. It wasn’t until I saw it on DVD a few years later that I finally understood what the fuss was about. I get the feeling Seven Psychopaths will have the same effect on a lot of people because it’s a film where you get more out of it the more you think about it. »
In the latest Empire Podcast, Seven Psychopaths' Sam Rockwell and Martin McDonagh talk about the latter's follow-up to In Bruges and the former's love of dancing on screen. Expect references to Matchstick Men, shih tzus and some information that Mickey Rourke may not want to hear any time soon...Elsewhere, Warp Films' 10th anniversary is celebrated and Sightseers writers and stars Alice Lowe and Steve Oram stop by for a chat about odd jumpers, caravan etiquette and how to deal with not winning an award (think table flipping and you're just about there).On top of all that, the team try to work out exactly what it is about The Wolf from Pulp Fiction that makes him worthy of such a reputation, a whole heap of movies get reviewed and the reason behind Skyfall's immense success is finally discovered. Hint: it's all thanks to Empire's Skyfall spoiler specials. Possibly. »
Seven Psychopaths is one of those titles, like 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag, or 9 Dead Gay Guys, which is trying that bit too hard. And what is strange is that this disappointing movie is written and directed by Martin McDonagh, the brilliant and prize-garlanded author of stage and screen who made it look like he didn't need to try at all. After a string of superb stage plays, and his Oscar-winning short film Six Shooter in 2004, McDonagh wrote and directed In Bruges, a sparklingly scripted and utterly distinctive black comedy about a couple of hitmen forced to lay low in a European city they find oppressively boring. It was a treat from beginning to end, and so expectations could hardly be higher for his first Hollywood movie, which »
- Peter Bradshaw
One of the most controversial and acclaimed playwrights of the 1990s, Martin McDonagh -- the man behind stage hits like "The Beauty Queen Of Leenane," "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" and "The Pillowman" -- found equal success when he moved into the movies. He won an Oscar for his first short film, "Six Shooter," and a few years later wrote and directed the hilarious, soulful black comedy "In Bruges," which became a serious hit on the festival circuit and earned him an Oscar nomination for the screenplay. This year, he returned to screens with the follow-up, "Seven Psychopaths," a giddy, glorious mess of storytelling involving Hollywood screenwriters, dognappers, murderous gangsters, vengeful Quakers, killers on the run, and much, much more. The film opened in the U.S. back in October, but arrives on U.K. screens this week. We got to speak to McDonagh at the BFI London Film Festival in October, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
From Barton Fink going mad in a hotel room to William Holden face down in a swimming pool in Sunset Boulevard, we’ve had plenty of films about the misadventures of screenwriters in Hollywood. Playwright turned film-maker Martin McDonagh’s second feature after In Bruges isn’t exactly original. It’s a self-reflexive affair about a hard-drinking writer (Colin Farrell) who can’t finish a script – a plight one guesses McDonagh himself must have been suffering from when he started work on it. As he struggles for inspiration, Marty is caught up in the middle of a real-life, shaggy-dog kidnapping story. »
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 30th November to Sunday 2nd December 2012...
In its sixth weekend of release, Skyfall overtook The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 to return to the top of the UK box office with £2.28m for a grand total of £93.77m at the close of play on Sunday. 007's latest adventure has subsequently surpassed James Cameron's Avatar to become the highest-grossing film of all-time here in the UK with £94,277,162 after just 40 days in play. At this rate, Skyfall looks set to become the first film to crack £100m on these shores and could go on to top $1 billion globally, which would make it only the fourteenth release to do so (and the third this year after The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises).
Despite being knocked down into second, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 also »
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