Monday Edition, 8th July 2013

America celebrating their casting off of the loving yoke of British Imperialism brings a fortunate side effect to those rounding up film related news, inasmuch as there’s much less of it than usual. Check these out.

The Beeb join ESPN in shelving their 3D services, which shouldn’t really come as a surprise. I can just about see the logic of expecting folks to sit in clunky 3D glasses in a cinema where you’re theoretically engrossed in the big screen antics with nothing else to divert you, but at home, in a world of smartphones and iPads and making cups of tea during ads and dealing with screaming kids who on earth can be bother donning the VR helmet and sitting in the optimum position for 3D-ness?

Speaking of 3D, here’s the architect of all our modern problems Jimmy Cameron saying Man of Steel and Iron Man 3 didn’t need to be in 3D. Fine, he’s actually right on that point, but Avatar didn’t need to be in 3D either, and if I had my way wouldn’t be on film at all. But that’s not Cameron’s point, as he’s railing against films not shot in 3D being converted into 3D, at which point he’s drowned out by the clanking and whirring moises that this steampunk hypocrisy detector I bought of eBay makes, with its ticker tape output just repeating “TITANIC 3D re-release” over and over. I don’t know how to shut it off. I’m scared.

This Guardian piece on The Bling Ring is terrible for my health, as it covers so many things that are so very threatening to my blood pressure levels. Even leaving aside the larger point that Sofia Coppola’s latest is mind-bendingly boring, my “favourite” part of the piece is the apparently famous Mischa Barton complaining of a passing reference to her arrest while driving while stoned as something Coppola should be ashamed of, rather than, say, endangering the lives of others while in impaired control of a ton of speeding metal. Just say “no”, kids.

David Bordwell makes Johnnie To’s Drug War sound quite appealing. By which I mean that Johnnie To directed a film called Drug War. He’s not on a one-man mission to destroy all of the drugs. I think.

A new John Woo film! Woot! I commence looking forward to The Crossing.

Here are a number of things to watch with your eyes:

  • Only God Forgives gets another bundle of spoilerific clips and featurettes.
  • R.I.P.D. also gets a featurette designed to whet your appetite
  • Snowpiercer can have a few more clips and such too.
  • The Curse of Chucky – how cute! They’re still making Chucky films. Bless their hearts.

Well, that’s it for today. Catch you lot on Thursday.

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