Continuing the trend I started last week, today I’m bringing another Netflix instant stream recommendation your way in the form of director Eric Walter‘s documentary My Amityville Horror. The pic made its U.S. premiere at last year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin and earns its recommendation by presenting the oft-told Amityville Horror story from a unique perspective: that of Daniel Lutz. Mr. Lutz lived in the house as a 10 year old boy when the haunting events of this story unfolded. In My Amityville Horror, he recounts his experiences on record for the first time and the result is a fascinating, sometimes heartbreaking, look at the impact of living the story first-hand.
Moving from one form of recommendation to another, this week’s Top 5 includes the first trailer for director José Padilha‘s RoboCop remake, a new installment of Cinemath that analyzes our perception of Woody Allen‘s career with IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes scores, an overview of the massive movie year that 2015 is shaping up to be, a terrifying new trailer for Gravity as well as a strong endorsement of the film by James Cameron, and our kickoff coverage of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. As is often the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above makes its home after the jump.
1. First Trailer for ROBOCOP Remake
There’s no doubt that I fall under the “Internet grumps” category referenced by our own Dave Trumbore in his write-up for the first trailer from the RoboCop remake. I’ve been openly pessimistic about the idea of a remake for as long as I can remember which, in my own estimation at least, isn’t characteristic of my general approach to movies, life, etc. Regardless of my better wishes, the movie is coming out and this trailer, while certainly not terrible, doesn’t give me any reason to start looking forward to its release now.
2. Cinemath: Tracking Our Perception of Woody Allen’s Career
It’s no secret that I love Brendan’s semi-regular feature, Cinemath. I include it in the Top 5 every chance I get and while the bad news is that I haven’t had the chance in over a year, the good news is that Brendan has declared this “Cinemath Month” and claims he’ll release a new article every Sunday until he “runs out”. In its triumphant return, this edition of Cinemath takes a look at our perception of Woody Allen’s career by way of his IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes scores. Click here for all the numerical details and be prepared to wish you had taken at least basic statistics in college.
3. Could 2015 Be the Biggest Movie Year Ever?
Like many, I struggle with living in the present when there’s so much historical data and future possibilities vying for my attention. In this case, I’m happily throwing aside both the past and present in order to focus on Adam’s overview of the gargantuan movie year 2015 is shaping up to be. There’s Batman and Superman in the same film, a new Star Wars movie, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Bond 24, Ant-Man, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, a new Terminator, so on and so forth and you get the point…
4. New Trailer for GRAVITY and A Rousing Endorsement from James Cameron
In case you’re new here, I’ll have you know that I can’t wait to check out Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. Based on what I’ve seen, the film looks beautiful, captivating, inventive, and horrifying all at once. That said, this new trailer embodies all of the four adjectives I just named to the nth degree. Moreover, someone whose cinematic opinion holds infinitely more weight than my own (James Cameron) has already seen it and calls it the “best space film ever done”. That’s gotta be a good sign, right?
5. Our TIFF 2013 Coverage
The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the best in the world and pretty much always brings with it a slew of films that I can’t wait to 1) see myself and 2) read my colleagues’ reviews and reactions to. While there are several on this year’s programming slate that fit this bill, some of my most anticipated are Prisoners (Matt’s review here), The Sacrament, 12 Years a Slave, and the aforementioned Gravity. For all of our continuing coverage of the festival (which runs through the 13th) click here.