The first trailer for Moneyball, that movie about baseball statistics starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, was just released by Yahoo! Movies today and I’m going to call it a standing double in baseball terms. It’s a good, clean trailer that sets up the movie well but doesn’t really make convince me there’s going to be a whole lot of drama to it. Also taking away from the drama is the fact that Billy Beane’s Oakland A’s never really won anything… The man started a baseball revolution, but he was pretty quickly surpassed by every other team and general manager who bought into his line of thought.
Moneyball screenwriter Aaron Sorkin did well with The Social Network though, so it definitely has the potential to be good. We’ll all see when Moneyball opens on September 23rd.
One of our longtime users, Abe Moran (“waveofmutilation” on Flickchart), asked us to take a look at a new venture he’s undertaking as associate producer on an independent feature film called “So Falls The Shadow”. The creators’ goal of the film is to create a more realistic lycanthropic horror story that sharply contrasts the empty and emotionless trend of vampire films that have recently gained favor. Less Twilight, more Let the Right One In - but for werewolves.
The story’s set in the deep south of Tennessee – where a pastor of a small town tries to justify a rash of killings as the will of God, but slowly comes to a more personal realization as his hurried investigation reveals his worst fears and immeasurable loss. Here’s a first look at their proof-of-concept teaser trailer:
If your interest is piqued, you can follow the film’s progress on Facebook and Twitter. We’re told the creators of the film have some high-level studio execs keeping a close eye on them after hitting some industry meetups, but that they’re looking to the online community to keep the buzz strong as they acquire funding and a distributor for the picture.
With microbudget genre films getting further exposure through direct rentals and purchases online (via Netflix, and other on-demand video services) small films from young filmmakers, like“So Falls The Shadow”, have a real shot at a larger audience – with your support.
We’ve been working real hard to push some new things for Flickchart. Here’s a breakdown of the latest changes:
BUGFIX: Ordering of items on Users page and homepage Recent Activity should now be correct
BUGFIX: “I’ve Seen It” links are now correctly hidden for profiles other than your own
BUGFIX: Alerts are now deletable on User Profile pages
UPDATE: Movie Info pages have an improved layout
UPDATE: Charts pages have an improved layout
UPDATE: Favorite Movies pages have an improved layout
UPDATE: More movie information is now available on the Movie Info pages, such as Genres, Actors, and movie trailers
FEATURE: Rank Any Movie – now you can rank any movie by going to a movie’s Movie Info page and clicking “Rank This Movie”, this will give you the opportunity to get any movie into your list
FEATURE: Haven’t Seen Stickiness – now when you choose “Haven’t Seen” on the left or right movies, the one that you HAVE seen will remain up for the next pair, and you will be presented a movie from your current list for the new movie. This will keep you from having to miss ranking a great movie that comes up against movies you haven’t seen, and also hopefully keep you from having to click Haven’t Seen as often.
FEATURE: Global Ranking Charts – we have integrated line graphs showing the movement of movie’s rank over time – a very cool visualization of how your favorite movies are changing position at Flickchart
Coming Soon: Major updates to the commenting and Discussion pages that will allow you to make comments on matchups more easily from the homepage, and visualize the conversation in a more streamlined way.
As always, we’ve sent out our next batch of invites – so if you haven’t gotten on the list yet, sign up now!
Big thanks to all of our beta testers for all of the excellent feedback. If you have more ideas, questions, or problems, be sure to check out our Community Help at Get Satisfaction. Take a look at what others have been contributing and let us know what’s on your mind!