Scott Tobias http://tspr.org en In 'Sightseers,' A Killing Spree Gone South http://tspr.org/post/sightseers-killing-spree-gone-south Scrub away the gore and the nastier bits of provocation, and Ben Wheatley's <em>Sightseers</em> belongs squarely in the tradition of British classics like <em>Kind Hearts and Coronets</em> and <em>The Ruling Class — </em>satires that transformed simmering class resentment into brittle, nasty dark comedy.<p>The key to these films is a disciplined tone: Whatever contempt the filmmakers have for their characters, or whatever types those characters represent, is harnessed by dry wit and an instinct not to overplay their outrageous premises. Thu, 09 May 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 33511 at http://tspr.org In 'Sightseers,' A Killing Spree Gone South 'Pain & Gain': Michael Bay's Suffering Fools http://tspr.org/post/pain-gain-michael-bays-suffering-fools For Michael Bay, the director of <em>Armageddon</em> and the <em>Transformers</em> movies, to comment on the excesses of American culture would be a little like — well, Michael Bay commenting on the excesses of American culture.<p>And yet that's exactly what he does with <em>Pain & Gain</em>, a stranger-than-fiction yarn about a South Florida crime spree that points and snickers in the direction of precisely the supersized grotesquerie that's long been Bay's stock-in-trade. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 32706 at http://tspr.org 'Pain & Gain': Michael Bay's Suffering Fools Effects-Heavy 'Oblivion' Pines For An Analog Past http://tspr.org/post/effects-heavy-oblivion-pines-analog-past The score for <em>Oblivion</em> was composed by M83, a superb French electronic outfit that derives its name from one of the spectral pinwheels known as spiral galaxies. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 32306 at http://tspr.org Effects-Heavy 'Oblivion' Pines For An Analog Past Zany 'It's A Disaster': Anything But http://tspr.org/post/zany-its-disaster-anything For all his success as a stand-up comic, as one half of the brilliant HBO sketch comedy <em>Mr. Show</em> W<em>ith Bob & David</em> and as the hapless Tobias on <em>Arrested Development</em>, David Cross has struggled to find his footing in the movies, remaining relegated mainly to forgettable character roles. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 31913 at http://tspr.org Zany 'It's A Disaster': Anything But What Happened In The Overlook's 'Room 237'? http://tspr.org/post/what-happened-overlooks-room-237 Of all the great filmmakers, Stanley Kubrick may be the one most associated with control — there's nary an inflection, gesture, camera movement or prop out of place in his movies, and significance invested in every detail.<p>Tales of his perfectionism have become the stuff of legend: projects developed over years or even decades, open-ended shoots where actors were bullied into 100 takes if necessary, special lenses crafted just to achieve a certain lighting effect in <em>Barry Lyndon,</em> obsessive micromanagement of every aspect of a production.<p>And with a body of work that includes such Thu, 28 Mar 2013 23:46:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 31193 at http://tspr.org What Happened In The Overlook's 'Room 237'?