It’s Friday morning, and once again I’m on my way out of town. Not for a fun trip this time, though; I need to go have a broken tooth repaired. Hooray. So while I’m up at the Indian Health Services center getting my tooth drilled out and fitted with a cybernetic support structure (that is what they do, right? Tell me that’s what they do), here’s your regularly scheduled dose of the Weekly Weblinks.
There’s some more Halloween horror in the blog posts, along with a couple of active agents and some film festival coverage. And in the news, some word on just how long Peter Jackson will have you in your seat for The Hobbit, plus some people possibly making unexpected returns to franchises that made them big stars. Read on to find out what’s going on.
Ruth at FlixChatter has been attending the Twin Cities Film Festival. Here she reviews a few of the final films she screened, and gives her top five favorite films from the festival.
Can a modern horror movie be scary without jump scares? Dan the Man checks out The Orphanage from 2007.
A forgotten 1987 film, Miami Connection, has been making the rounds of bargain theatres thanks to an acquisition and re-release from Drafthouse Films. Nick at Another Plot Device has a review of this campy martial arts film.
You knew Fogs wasn’t going to have his James Bond blogathon without throwing his own contribution in. Movies That Everyone Should See: Dr. No.
The Exorcist has been considered a horror classic since it’s release. Michael at “It Rains, You Get Wet” shares some of his experiences as a fan of the film.
Tyler Perry stars in Alex Cross, one of the few times he’s not in a self-produced comedy. Terrence the Focused Filmographer gives his review of the film.
Some changes and mutations are going on in the driver’s seat for X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sequel to X-Men: First Class. Director Matthew Vaughn has decided to depart, leaving Fox looking for a new director. Their first choice, if they can get him? Some guy named Bryan Singer. Pfft. What’s he ever done?
Conan the Barbarian is back. So is Arnold. Schwarzenegger is returning to the character after 30 years in The Legend of Conan, which will pick up the story with Conan’s later years; producer Chris Morgan says to think of it as “Conan’s Unforgiven“.
Ming-Na Wen has been cast as Agent Melinda May in the S.H.I.E.L.D. television series. The character is reportedly the lead role.
The oft-delayed sci-fi Gravity may be nearing completion, as it has just been awarded a PG-13 rating from the MPAA — a move that usually indicates the film is pretty near its final form. The film is tentatively planned for a release sometime in 2013.
The run time for the first Hobbit film has been revealed to be 2 hours and 40 minutes, putting it roughly in line with the (non-extended) Lord of the Rings films. It’s about what I would have expected… had they been putting the whole novel into one film. With Peter Jackson splitting it into three films, he’s going to have to be using every last scrap of the novel and a lot of supplemental material to fill it all. Hopefully it doesn’t wind up feeling like filler.