Screen Junkies » Troll Hunter http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 04 Sep 2014 20:13:02 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 What’s Playing This Weekend? (June 10th) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/what%e2%80%99s-playing-this-weekend-june-10th/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/what%e2%80%99s-playing-this-weekend-june-10th/#comments Sat, 11 Jun 2011 00:23:41 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215766 Finally, I'll get to see what that damn alien looks like. Then again, maybe not. It's not like J.J. Abrams is big on closure.

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After months of waiting, Super 8 has arrived. Finally, I’ll get to see what that damn alien looks like. Then again, maybe not. It’s not like J.J. Abrams is big on closure. After spending years watching “Lost,” I still don’t know what the hell was going on. It was so hard to follow, like “Heroes” or “Will and Grace.” Hopefully, that’s not the case with Super 8.

Here’s a look at what’s playing.

8 photosNew ‘Super 8′ Stills Show Everything (But The Monster)

Super 8

If you like Steven Spielberg, you’re probably anxious to see J.J. Abrams’ Super 8. The film is basically a love note to the acclaimed director of E.T., Close Encounters, and lest we forget, 1941.

See, even geniuses shit the bed once in a while.

Best Review
Super 8 is a wonderful film, nostalgia not for a time but for a style of filmmaking, when shell-shocked young audiences were told a story and not pounded over the head with aggressive action.

Roger Ebert – The Chicago Sun-Times

Worst Review
Sadly, the helmer seems too smitten working with Steven Spielberg to recognize that his idol-turned-champion created the very paradigm that limits his passion project, forcing this modest nostalgia trip to function as a blockbuster.

Peter Debruge – Variety

Our Recommendation
Over all, there seems to be a lot to like about this film, provided you haven’t bought into the hype. If you set out with realistic expectations, you’ll probably enjoy it. But if you are already expecting a classic, be prepared for disappointment…just like my wife.

Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen‘s latest film is finally getting a wide release. And that’s great news, if you like Woody Allen.

‘Midnight In Paris’ Trailer: Now It’s Owen Wilson’s Turn To Imitate Woody Allen

If you don’t like Woody Allen, then why they hell are you bothering to read this? Get out there and live, damn it!

Best Review
As a filmmaker, Allen has grappled with the temptations of repeating himself instead of forging a fresh path. You can feel that conflict here, and watching him work it out is exhilarating.

Peter Travers – Rolling Stone

Worst Review
Pure Woody Allen. Which is not to say great or even good Woody, but a distillation of the filmmaker’s passions and crotchets, and of his tendency to pass draconian judgment on characters the audience is not supposed to like.

Richard Corliss – TIME Magazine

Our Recommendation
If you’re OK with a guy banging his pseudo step-daughter, be sure and check out Midnight in Paris!

Troll Hunter

Troll Hunter is not your father’s troll hunting film. Unless of course you are very young, and your father worked on this film, in which case, it is.

Trolls Are Larger Than Life In 'Troll Hunter' Trailer

Either way, this film about Norwegian film students trolling for trolls is unlike anything you’ve seen before, unless you’ve seen another movie about trolls. God, I’ve got to stop making such sweeping statements.

Best Review
You’ll want to catch this clever movie before Hollywood ruins everything with a dumb remake.

V.A. Musetto – New York Post

Worst Review
Here’s what’s not so good in Troll Hunter: the actual troll hunting.

Noel Murray – AV Club

Our Recommendation
If you’re in the mood for something different, this film will certainly deliver. The premise isn’t for everyone, but with genuinely positive reviews, you can do a lot worse.

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Chris Columbus Discovers ‘Troll Hunter’ Remake http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/chris-columbus-discovers-troll-hunter-remake/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/chris-columbus-discovers-troll-hunter-remake/#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2011 14:56:13 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215665 Brace yourselves for 3D trolls.

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Chris Columbus has discovered he loves Troll Hunter. The Home Alone and Harry Potter director’s 1492 Pictures has partnered with CJ Entertainment & Media to purchase the remake rights to the Norwegian film. In current release in the US, the festival favorite follows a group of students working on a documentary about a recent string of bizarre bear murders (I don’t know if that means bears were murdered or bears were murdering people. Or other bears for that matter. (Somebody make this film)), who discover something far more terrifying. They then document a man known at the Troll Hunter as hunts the giants throughout the woodside.

Troll Hunter was a visceral, thrilling cinematic rock and roller coaster ride of a movie.  Visually, there are scenes in this film that American audiences have never seen.  We want to introduce an International audience to this amazing moviegoing experience!” said Chris Columbus.

I think I can speak for the American movie-going public when I say, the movie needs to end with a giant troll swallowing a huge bomb, and then grumbling “Oh, shhh–” mere seconds before exploding. That’s why you guys didn’t like Cloverfield, right?? (Deadline)

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Review: Trollhunter http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-troll-hunter/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-troll-hunter/#comments Wed, 04 May 2011 16:01:52 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=210380 Dare I say, the best found footage movie ever?

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Trollhunter is the best “found footage” movie ever. Cloverfield had a good take on it, but Trollhunter takes it to the next level. Being a comedy helps, because it can satirize the disingenuous seriousness of presenting the “last known footage” of “victims.”

Trollhunter claims to be edited down from hundreds of hours of found footage that was authenticated. The sheer number of text screens explaining this has to be satire. Yes, every movie from Blair Witch to Paranormal Activity and The Last Exorcism claims to be made out of reverence to the victims. So does the troll movie.

The camera team is Thomas (Glenn Erland Tosterud) in front of the camera, Johanna (Johanna Morck) who appears from time to time and Kalle (Tomas Alf Larsen) on camera. They’re investigating Hans (Otto Jespersen), a supposed bear poacher, but really he’s hunting trolls.

Writer/director Andre Ovredal knows how to build drama with hints of troll damage and this mysterious hunter. Hans’ attitude only builds the mystique more. He’s so matter of fact and organized about using troll scent to blend in.

Trolls Are Larger Than Life In 'Troll Hunter' Trailer

Ovredal gets to the trolls in the first act though. When the shaky camera runs through the forest, it’s a lot funnier when the filmmakers are running from goofy trolls. Still, don’t you want to drop the camera when you’re running for your life? But that’s the “found footage” genre. They even work camera damage into the footage at one point.

The trolls look like Jim Henson creatures. They could be guys in suits, which is a triumph of CGI. The creatures have personality and they look so silly. It’s only their massive destructive power that makes them a threat. They look like they just want to be left alone to eat rocks in peace.

In between troll attacks the film remains entertaining. The government has a whole system in place to cover up troll attacks, and the filmmakers chronicle the entire procedure. The film delivers all the practical interests one could have about trolls: trapping them, disposing of them, even the scars and haunting memories Hans bears. Ovredal and his cast approach the material with the gravity of Blair Witch and Paranormal, and that makes it funny.

Trollhunter has more of an ending than any of the other found footage movies. Maybe they had it easier because they could make it a joke, but even without the final tag, Trollhunter provides a satisfying resolution and leaves plenty of room for a follow-up team of investigators to uncover Trollhunter 2.

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Trolls Are Larger Than Life In ‘Troll Hunter’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/trolls-are-larger-than-life-in-troll-hunter-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/trolls-are-larger-than-life-in-troll-hunter-trailer/#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2011 19:06:33 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=208920 They're like Cloverfields that you kind of want to hug.

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Magnet has debuted a U.S. trailer for Troll Hunter, so now the Norwegians have nothing to lord over us anymore. That’s right, Sven. You and your subtitles are powerless here now!!

Anyhow, the film is making festival rounds now and follows a group of college film-makers as they venture into the Norwegian woods in search of trolls. Seems like a lot of trouble when you can find plenty in Break.com‘s comments section at any given moment.

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