Winner of this year’s Ironic Film Title ribbon (SARAH PALIN: THE UNDEFEATED was disqualified for failure to complete a term — talk about ironic) DREAM HOUSE marks director Jim Sheridan’s attempt to explore the world of the psychological thriller, with a few surprising twists thrown in along the way. The tale of man whose family life begins to crumble with the revelation that the beautiful house they’ve just moved into was the scene of an horrific crime, the film has the atmosphere, has affecting performances by stars Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, — backed up by Naomi Watts as a sympathetic neighbor — and lays its story out in a way that casts events already witnessed in new lights as secrets are progressively revealed, but does its old-school approach still have relevance? Join Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski and Dan Persons as they root around the cellar of a beloved genre and try to sweep away the cobwebs to find what works and what doesn’t in this latest attempt to draw chills from the infinite convolutions of the human mind.
Also: a discussion of the announced short-list of directors for Leonardo DiCaprio’s upcoming TWILIGHT ZONE project; and what’s coming in theatrical and home video releases.
The penultimate entry in the Harry Potter film series opens nationwide; advance screenings begin just after Thursday midnight (technically Friday morning.) The film will be available in standard engagements and in IMAX 3-D. Eying the approaching demise of their profitable franchise, Warner Brother has divided the final Harry Potter book into two films. Presumably this is the first time in cinematic history that the 7th installment in a franchise carried the designation “Part 1.” The plot: As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows.
Director: David Yates. Writers: Steve Kloves (screenplay), J.K. Rowling (novel). Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Bill Nighy, Richard Griffiths, Julie Walters, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Brothers Pictures has abandoned its plans to release HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS Part I in 3-D.
In a statement released today, October 8th, the Warners said that when the New Harry Potter film is released to theaters on November 19th, it will be in 2-D, and at IMAX venunes.
“We will not have a completed 3-D version of the film within our release date window. Despite everyone’s best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality. We do not want to disappoint fans who have long-anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey.”
DEATHLY HALLOWS directer David Yates is quoted as saying: “This decision, which we completely support, underscores the fact that Warner Bros. has always put quality first.”
Seeing as the studio’s CRASH OF THE TITANS post-production 3-D conversion was judged as of varying and questionable quality by many fans and critics, this is probably a wise move on Warner’s part.
My opinion: 3-D films should be shot in 3-D, at least until the conversion process is perfected — and even so, it will probably never equal true 3-D production in quality, assuing that technology also progresses.
I’ve always seen 3-D as a gimmick, and a personal cause of eye strain. Kind of fun, but you wind up paying for it, in more ways than one, considering the additional charges for 3-D admissions now commonplace.