In case you were away from your computer this past weekend, check out nine of the top stories published over the past two days on indieWIRE and the blog network. Included are box office reports, reviews, New York Film Festival coverage and more.
Box Office: “Human Centipede” Sequel Scores In Midnight Screenings
The anticipated (or at least, for people with capable stomachs) sequel “Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence” hit theaters this weekend, and according to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier this afternoon it found perhaps the most promising results of a generally unimpressive batch of opening films.
NYFF REVIEW | “My Week With Marilyn” Has Charm, But Michelle Williams Can’t Do the Subject Justice
“My Week With Marilyn” is exactly the type of tolerably superficial crowdpleaser that it looks like. Lacking the meaty role she may have hoped for, Michelle Williams delivers an airy interpretation of Marilyn Monroe without digging too deep into the persona.
Weekend Box Office: “Real Steel” Clobbers “Ides of March;” “Dolphin Tale,” “Moneyball” and “50/50” Show Legs
DreamWorks delivered another hit to distributor Disney as Real Steel dominated its weekend box office rivals. George Clooney’s political drama The Ides of March, in fewer theaters, got off to a solid start. Meanwhile, holdovers Dolphin Tale, Moneyball and 50/50 all showed good legs.
The Playlist | NYFF: “It Was A Very Slow Process”—Michelle Williams Talks Challenge Of Portraying Marilyn Monroe
We’ve now reached the midpoint of the New York Film Festival, which means that tonight will see the World Premiere of the festival’s Centerpiece, “My Week With Marilyn.” While most of NYFF’s films have stopped elsewhere on the festival carousel, this is one of the few films to make its world premiere at the fest.
NYFF DISPATCH | Ken Jacobs, George Kuchar and Digital 3-D Kick Off Views from the Avant Garde
“There are some situations that leave you utterly speechless,” says one of the committed performers in Wim Wenders’ fine 3-D dance movie “Pina,” screening this week at the New York Film Festival. But that assertion could just as easily apply to the other 3-D event at this year’s festival, the transcendent “Upending” playing in the Views from the Avant Garde sidebar, not to mention many of the other outstanding works that screened on Friday to kick off the program.
NYFF REVIEW | Long-Lost Sara Driver Debut “You Are Not I” Comes Home to New York Film Festival
Not quite a short or a feature, Sara Driver’s long-lost 1981 production “You Are Not I” exists on some alternate plane that renders the distinction irrelevant. It’s more like a haunting cinematic journey that leads directly into its mentally disturbed protagonist’s head. “You Are Not I” adapts the Paul Bowles short story of the same name and turns it into a disorienting psychological experience where nobody’s sanity can be trusted, including that of the audience.
Caryn James | NYFF Review: “Paradise Lost 3” and Its Serpent’s Tail of Media
The legal bargain that freed the West Memphis 3 after 18 years in prison is Lewis Carroll by way of Orwell. They proclaimed their innocence in court while pleading guilty to the murders they were accused of – a trick that prevents them from suing the state of Arkansas. (And what a suit that would have been.)
Spout | In the Year of the Dance Doc, Wim Wenders’ “Pina” is Tops
Mark down 2011 as the year when I got very excited about dance. At least on the big screen, in documentary form.
Reverseblog | NYFF: Béla Tarr’s “The Turin Horse”
In Turin on 3rd January, 1889, Friedrich Nietzsche steps out of the doorway of number six, Via Carlo Albert. Not far from him, the driver of a hansom cab is having trouble with a stubborn horse. Despite all his urging, the horse refuses to move, whereupon the driver loses his patience and takes his whip to it.