Network executives love spinning off movies into TV shows. With a popular title comes instant brand recognition. Sometimes this works (‘M*A*S*H’). Often it doesn’t. Two of the most promising shows currently on the air (‘Bates Motel’ and ‘Hannibal’) are spun-off from movies. In this week’s Roundtable, we try to think of some other movie titles that might work in episodic TV form.
What does this mild weekend have in store for us? Nothing great. There’s a moral-pushing sports drama and the fifth title in a spoof franchise that never should have made it past the first. The only thing that these two movies have in common is that both have numbers in their titles.
Hannah Fidell’s directorial feature debut, ‘A Teacher’, is a disturbing film that has a brilliant performance from Lindsay Burdge. From the sulking score to the long camera shots, this tale of forbidden and illegal sexual desire spins out of control fast, but has a heavy psychological tone as we watch our main character descend into a steep downward spiral of madness and obsession.
I’ve never felt such a personal attachment to someone I didn’t know personally. Upon hearing the news of Roger Ebert’s passing last week, I couldn’t help but get teary-eyed. America had lost one of its great writers, but I felt like I had lost a close friend.
There’s really no pattern or theme to this week’s selection of trailers, except that they all look like pretty decent and fun movies to enjoy this summer. First, we have another remake of a cult horror favorite that devoted fans will argue is completely unnecessary. Then, James Franco and Seth Rogen reunite for another stoner comedy, while Matt Damon faces off against Jodie Foster for the future of humankind.
Hey, cheer up! No need to look so blue. Last week, we promised to give one of our readers a free copy of ‘Les Misérables’ on Blu-ray, and the time has come to announce which of you will take home that prize.
[Editor's Note: The 2013 Dallas International Film Festival runs from April 4th-14th. Our Bryan Kluger is there this week to look at some movies that may or may not ever play in a theater near you. He begins his coverage with the Irish crime thriller 'Jump'. –JZ]