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Now Playing: Jackson Rattles ‘The Lovely Bones’

15 Jan

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The Lovely Bones (PG-13) 120 min. Directed by: Peter Jackson Written by: Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon Cinematography: Andrew Lesnie Original Score: Brian Eno

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Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones is a decidedly creepy and insubstantial adaptation of Alice Sebold’s best-selling novel. Recounting the after-life of young Susie Salmon, a 14-yr old Pennsylvania girl who is raped and murdered by a neighbor, Bones is being sold as a kind of bittersweet fantasy with an eye on family tragedy. Beautifully photographed, with a haunting wistful score by Brian Eno, Jackson and company bring all of their technical expertise to bear on the film and attend to its tricky narrative taboos with a  delicate hand. The acting is mostly very good, with the centerpiece being a thoughtful and sweet performance by Saoirse Ronan, who seems to have a bright cinematic future ahead of her. And yet, for all of this, The Lovely Bones falls flat on its face. Hard. Continue reading

Trailer Round-Up: The Boondock Saints 2:All Saint’s Day, Gentlemen Broncos, Agora and More…

3 Sep

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September 3rd, 2009–

Good morning everyone! I don’t know about anywhere else, but its a wonderfully temperate and beautiful pre-fall morning over here in Baltimore. I wan’t expecting it get to cooler so soon, but I’m hoping it sticks around. The promise of autumn is right around the corner, and I’m eager for it to arrive. Winter, however, can feel free to hold off for a bit.

 Anyway, in an attempt to streamline and organize the blog a bit more, I’ve decided on doing regular features that will be repeated each week. The first of these is Trailer Round-Up, which grabs five or six new and interesting up-coming movie trailers from around the web and plops them all down right here at Cinematropolis. I’ll try to stay as current as I can, although due to my absence all last week there are a few here that I missed. First up for this week, it’s another Direct-to-DVD sequel to a cult classic–hooray! Continue reading

Trailer for Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lovely Bones’ finally arrives

5 Aug

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August 5th, 2009–

I read Alice Sebold’s odd and oddly touching novel The Lovely Bones a few years ago, while making daily trips on the Light Rail. It was an interesting and at times haunting read; simple, elegant prose and compelling imagery layered onto a human story. I enjoyed it very much but never quite understood the desire to make it a film. Peter Jackson is a great filmmaker and can bring some amazing visuals to the big screen (I even love King Kong) but he seemed like a far too literal minded director for this material.

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The trailer here suggests that I was wrong and that Jackson has found a way to take Sebold’s words and visualize them in his own way. Check out the otherworldly splendor and earthly heartache deep down in The Lovely Bones.