'Taken 2' may have held onto the top spot at the box office, but that doesn't mean there weren't other winners this weekend. Actually, most of the new releases opened well and the overall top ten is significantly stronger than it was last week. With a few exceptions, it was a good showing for all involved.
Matt had just typed out the title of his 'Seven Psychopaths' review, his byline, and the rating (seven -- no, make that eight --out of ten?) when his wife Melissa walked into the room.
"How was the movie?" she asked as she flopped down on the couch and flipped on the television.
"Good. Really good," Matt replied. "Interesting."
"Interesting? Why interesting?" Melissa said. She started flipping channels.
"It's about a writer who writes himself into his work. Colin Farrell plays this struggling screenwriter named Martin -- and the movie was written and directed by this guy, Martin McDonagh, who wrote that play we saw on Broadway with Christopher Walken in it."
"Right. That was weird."
"It was," he said, nodding. "Weird but good. So, anyway, Colin Farrell plays this writer named Martin. He's come up with a title he really likes for a screenplay -- 'Seven Psychopaths.' But that's all he has, the title. He doesn't even have the seven psychopaths. But then these people in his life -- or perhaps these characters he's invented -- are all revealed to be psychopaths, and he gets caught in the middle of this elaborate gangster-slash-revenge comedy with them involving a kidnapped dog."
Melissa yawned again. "A writer writing himself into his work? That sounds like a terrible idea."
October is upon us, which means we've got some delightfully scary movies hitting theaters, but it also means we're approaching awards season. So there's some serious contenders getting releases as well, like Ben Affleck's 'Argo' and the Wachowski's 'Cloud Atlas.' Scary or serious this month? Why not both? Treat yourselves!
Oh guerrilla marketing. 'Seven Psychopaths' was an audience favorite at Toronto's International Film Festival, and director Martin McDonagh is highly respected, but it takes a lot for a quirky film to find an audience these days. And so the film has now produced some snarky in-character material to help sell the film.
Of every film festival award, few seem to matter as much as the People's Choice Award (i.e., audience award) at the Toronto International Film Festival. Sure, the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival has an air of prestige that Toronto can never achieve (not quite French enough), but the big winners in Toronto tend to make a big splash when they hit theaters. Or, in the case of 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'The King's Speech,' they take home a Best Picture Oscar. This spells good things for 'Silver Linings Playbook,' which won the the People's Choice today.
A few days ago, the trailer for 'Seven Psychopaths' arrived and reminded the world that Martin McDonagh, the mad genius behind the truly incredible 'In Bruges,' has a new film out this Fall. Now the film has a series of posters: one main one-sheet and an additional poster for each of the titular psychopaths, showcasing the movie's mind-blowing cast.