Sundance 2012: Bones Brigade: An Autobiography Review

Bones Brigade: An Autobiography
Directed by: Stacy Peralta
Featuring: Tony Alva, Steve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain, Rodney Mullen, Stacy Peralta, George Powell

In his break-out documentary, Dogtown and Z Boys, director Stacy Peralta told us the story of how he and his friends turned skateboarding from a goofy novelty for dorks and children into an extreme sport. Now, with Bones Brigade: An Autobiography, Peralta shows us how the next generation of skaters (that he personally scouted, coached, and sponsored) turned skateboarding into a worldwide phenomenon. Prepare yourselves for 90 minutes of fluorescent t-shirts and Flock of Seagulls haircuts.

Like most historical docs, Bones Brigade is driven by talking heads and archival footage, but there is such an incredible array of amazing archival footage here, much of it from Peralta’s own personal collection, that the film is never dull. What is surprising about the footage, most of it culled from old VHS tapes, is the athletic and technical level the Bones Brigade skaters were at so early on. These guys, particularly Rodney Mullen and Tony Hawk, were often doing tricks that wouldn’t be popularized until nearly a decade later. It is truly incredible how influential they guys were on the world of skateboarding. From the most fundamental skateboarding tricks, to the first-ever skate videos, to a keen eye toward marketing that made skateboarding into a viable business, most of what we know as skateboarding today can be traced back to Peralta and his crew. As Bones Brigade team member Lance Mountain says in the film, “We pioneered the way to make money at skateboarding.”

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Ferris Bueller 2 Trailer or Super Bowl Ad?

I can remember hearing rumors about a sequel to the classic John Hughes film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off since the late ’90s. Back in 2007, Sean reported that there was actually a script called Ferris Bueller 2: Another Day Off penned by Rick Rapier with the hope of Hughes to direct. Matthew Broderick denied a sequel in an interview with Variety back in ’07. “Ferris Bueller is about the week before you leave school, it’s about the end of school. It doesn’t have a sequel,” Broderick said. “It’s a little moment and it’s a lightning flash in your life.”

Now, five years later, with John Hughes gone and Broderick grey-haired and bloated (he turns 50 this year), we get the following teaser (mysteriously posted on YouTube this morning as “Coming Soon” with little description) that most are saying is an ad for… another ad. A Super Bowl ad. That would be a first, as far as I know, but it is almost more believable than a sequel at this point. There are no clues on the IMDb Pro pages for either Broderick or Rapier. Still, I have hope. Maybe Alan Ruck finally sat Broderick down for an intervention after Tower Heist because rumors about a film based on Rapier’s script began circulating again last year.

The teaser features Broderick recreating a piece of the opening scene from the esteemed original film, by pulling open his curtains and delivering into the camera, “How can I handle work on a day like today?” (a twist on the original line “How can I possibly be expected to handle school on a day like this?”). Check out the video after the jump.

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Casa de mi Padre Trailer: Will Ferrell’s Spanish-Language Comedy

A YouTube video surfaced today for what appears to be the trailer for a feature-length western/comedy in which Will Ferrell speaks only Spanish. Chase Whale, the blogger responsible for “finding” the trailer, claims he has no idea as to whether the trailer is official or not. He reports that he accidentally happened upon it on YouTube. The trailer is high-quality, seems to have final production elements completed, and it does not appear to be bootlegged. Where did it come from? No one is sure.

There have been rumblings of this film in the past on various podcast interviews with both Ferrell and Adam MacKay and an “Untitled Spanish Comedy” appears on Ferrell’s IMDb page, so it is safe to assume that this Gary Sanchez Production is more than a Funny Or Die skit — although, according to IMDb, the film is being directed by Funny Or Die alum Matt Piedmont. Casa de mi Padre, as the title appears in the trailer, includes a supporting cast of the oft-cast-together Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, both native Spanish speakers. Hit the jump for the trailer and a full synopsis.

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Sundance Report: Kevin Smith Announces Retirement and Self-Distribution Plans at Red State Premiere

After four plus hours of waiting in the bitter-cold, surrounded by protesters affiliated with the “God Hates Fags” Westboro Baptist Church (along with a pretty impressive counter-protest by students of Park City High School and Kevin Smith supporters), we were finally lead into the Eccles Theater for the Sundance Premiere of Smith’s new film, Red State (spoiler-free mini review below). The audience seemed to react well to the film, but in classic Kevin Smith fashion, it was the Q&A following the film that will likely go down as the historic Sundance story.

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Edward Burns’ Homage Trailers

With it’s sappy-sweet first trailer premiering to much online criticism, Edward Burns has taken the marketing of his new film, Nice Guy Johnny, into his own hands and, in my opinion, in a very exciting new direction. Burns, with the help of someone named “Reel Movie Guy“, has recut the Johnny trailer in the style of several classic films. So far, five such trailers have been released.

Want to test your own movie knowledge? You can play along at home. See if you can figure out which classic films’ trailers are being homaged by Burns et al. Nice Guy Johnny Homage Trailers (and the original trailers they are homaging) after the jump.
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Eli Roth Confirms Thanksgiving in Development

When Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez released their epic exploitation double-feature Grindhouse, they also asked some of their filmmaker friends to make fake trailers for grindhouse films they’d like to see. Preceding the double-bill was a fake trailer by Rodriguez himself for something called Machete. Sandwiched between Rodriguez’s Planet Terror and Tarantino’s Death Proof were fake trailers for Edgar Wright’s Don’t, Rob Zombie’s Werewolf Women of the S.S. and, the most brutal by far, Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving.

With a real full-length version of Machete amping up toward release, Eli Roth has been getting a lot of questions about his own rumored Grindhouse-trailer-turned-feature-film. Roth has talked about the possibility of a full-length Thanksgiving for some time now, almost since the trailer was first leaked online, but he finally confirmed, in an interview with Cinema Blend’s Eric Eisenberg yesterday, that the project is in the works. Roth speaks after the jump!

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AMC’s The Walking Dead Trailer and Premiere Date

AMC has officially released a trailer for their new Frank Darabont produced and directed zombie drama series, The Walking Dead. The trailer was first seen at this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con and has had fans buzzing ever since. Along with the release of the trailer, AMC has confirmed a Halloween premiere date (at 10pm EST) and has announced that the pilot episode has been expanded to 90 minutes.

The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Adam Minarovich, Chandler Riggs and Michael Rooker. Watch the four-plus minute trailer right now after the jump!

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Drew: The Man Behind The Poster Documentary Trailer

Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Blade Runner, The Thing… the list goes on and on. Drew Struzan is one of the few “names” in movie posters. He is responsible for illustrating some of the most famous posters in cinema history and his work accomplishes what so many other movie posters fail to do, creating images so memorable that they become the key iconography of the films they represent.

Frank Darabont, who hired Drew Struzan to create the posters for The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, later based the main character in The Mist on Struzan himself. In fact, The Mist Collector’s Edition DVD includes an interesting 7 minute featurette called Drew Struzan: An Appreciation of An Artist. Now, the first trailer for a new feature-length Drew Struzan documentary, entitled Drew: The Man Behind the Poster, has been released. Watch the trailer after the jump:

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John Carter of Mars Wraps Filming In Utah

Disney’s upcoming John Carter of Mars adaptation just wrapped filming in Utah after five months of production. For those unfamiliar with the project, this is Wall-E director Andrew Stanton’s first jab at live action in a planned epic trilogy starring Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) as the titular John Carter.

This film is an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough’s 1917 pulp novel, A Princess of Mars, in which Carter (a freakin’ Confederate soldier!) inexplicably awakens on Mars after having fallen asleep in a cave on Earth. He then proceeds to fight martians and have sexy time with the princess. The John Carter character went on to star in a dozen or so novels and, later, several comic books, including brief appearances in Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

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I’m Still Here Poster

The first poster for Casey Affleck’s moc/doc, I’m Still Here, was posted on the film’s IMDb profile today. It is simply a mug shot of a disheveled Phoenix and it is a look we’ve become all too familiar with since the announcement of the film oh so long ago.

Does this make you any more excited to see the film? No, of course not. How could it? I guess the sole point of this poster is just to let us know that this movie is actually coming out whether we are interested or not, or put another way, “I’m Still Here.” Full poster after the jump.

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Shyamalan Denies That His Career is Going Downhill

Since the release of M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film, the big screen adaptation of Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, he has been taking a lot of heat from his critics. Yes, his popularity has been on a steady decline with some as early in his career as Unbreakable, and distaste for the man and his movies hit new heights with The Happening, but only recently have journalists been comfortable telling Night that he sucks right to his face.

For the most part, these open criticisms haven’t seemed to make a big dent in Shyamalan’s self-image. In fact, I’ve read several such interviews over the past month and in most cases Night has been able to deflect or spin or change the subject. He does the same here, but is unable to mask his anger.

At a recent foreign press conference, a reporter tells Shyamalan straight-up: “The audience has lost faith in your work […] Airbender feels like you want to captivate the audiences again by becoming more commercial.” To which Night answers, among other things, “If I thought like you, I would kill myself.” Guess what? We’ve got the video after the jump!

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Let Me In International Trailer

Fans were incensed when it was announced that an American remake of the Swedish masterpiece Let the Right One In, was going into production. Then, when the first stills were released with Chloe Moretz, (who had since become a much-too-young geek goddess, thanks to her role as Hit Girl in Kick-Ass) tunes started to change.

This morning, UK time, Deadline posted the first look at the international trailer for the Matt Reeves-directed remake of the brilliant Tomas Alfredson film. My first thought is that is appears much more subdued and faithful than I’d have expected from the director of Cloverfield. The cinematography is beautiful, the child actors look solid, and the setting seems very similar. The style seems a little more flashy and the tone seems a little more amped-up from the original’s creepy slow burn, but that could just be the music and editing of the trailer. All in all, it looks as if this movie could actually be good.

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