The Box

The Box

So the trailer for Richard Kelly's (Donnie Darko, Southland Tales) next movie The Box is online and I gotta say it looks like one helluva Made for TV movie. Sadly, it's an actual theatrical release. I'm guessing this won't be my last post on the works of Richard Kelly but my interest level has now officially dropped to zero in terms of caring what he's up to.

Via Davis.


  • I was thinking it looked pretty good but once they actually got the box, it really started to look cheesy. It's too bad cause I don't think the concept is all that terrible.
    JAson on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 @ 10:52am
  • oh boy ... watching now. fingers crossed!
    caspar (v) on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 @ 10:55am
  • okay, come on. for a trailer that was just fine. you can rarely tell anything about movies of this kind from trailers and from what they did show, it could happily be very bad or very good. just imagine it without the stupid text / taglines, lame 3D graphical spinning shapes and soundtrack from SAW. of course, being a fanboy of kelly i am bias, but i'd happily admit it if it looked horrid from the trailer (mulholland drive's trailer was atrocious, but it was an incredible movie). however this, honestly, sits in the middle. given kelly's usually solid soundtrack / score choices and pacing (even if you didn't like the story / characters / plot of southland tales), this could easily work out nicely as a film, i think.
    caspar (v) on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 @ 11:01am
  • "imagine it without the stupid text / taglines, lame 3D graphical spinning shapes and soundtrack from SAW." haha, but it DID have all that stuff. Isn't that a decent indication of where this thing is headed?
    Michael on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 @ 11:02am
  • well, i see your point. but what i meant is that that stuff was done by the people who made the trailer. not necessarily kelly. as is often the case the trailer team are a bunch of retards who entirely fail to capture the essence of the movie & push the film towards completely the wrong audience. case in point, the first teaser trailer for 'in bruges' makes the film out to be a lighthearted slapstick comedy when actually it's a dark & brutal comedy now with a strong cult following.
    caspar (v) on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 @ 11:09am
  • The Box is based off an excellent short story by Richard Matheson titled "Button, Button". And it looks like they're not going to follow that story at all. I believe it was Twilight Zone episode though. It's true, there are companies devoted to just making trailers, it's rare for the director to have much say in how their movie is marketed.
    Jesse on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 @ 12:56pm
  • It was a Twilight Zone episode, and it was awesome. I'm curious to see how they extend it into a feature length story??although probably not curious enough to go see it.
    Jed on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 @ 1:11pm
  • Twilight Zone episode = proves my point about it feeling like Made for TV
    Michael on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 @ 1:25pm
  • i'm still holding out hope for this. richard kelly's in do-or-die territory. if it's as uneven as southland tales, he turns into a one hit wonder.
    davis on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 @ 1:28pm
  • Man i read the synopses of the movie and thought what unique idea. I really think this trailer did a horrible job of promoting the idea of the movie. Sometimes less is more. I rarely judge a movie based on the trailer because some are better than others at promoting the movie no matter how good or bad the end product may be.
    kevie on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 @ 2:04pm
  • I'll watch it.
    Robbie on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 @ 2:33pm
  • not excited for this one. Either don't attempt a period-set, accented film (especially when it's doesn't seem integral to the story) or don't get Cameron Diaz. Why anyone would gamble on trying to achieve both after Southland Tales is crazy. Her face at the :45 mark is enough to make you throw away your copy of Being John Malkovich. Don't get me wrong, I own and enjoy Donnie Darko, but I think people were exaggerating his filmmaking chops from minute one. It's not like he came out of the gate with the 400 Blows. I haven't seen the Twilight Zone episode, or read the short story, but I'll be money this thing ends with one of them going door to door with the button in the same way Frank Langella is.
    Jordan Gray on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 @ 3:04pm
  • oh come on, michael. you know you love the box.
    bryan on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 @ 4:43pm
  • I thought Southland Tales was fun as hell! Might not be rocket science but it was completely entertaining...
    rocco on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 @ 7:23pm
  • I think this is a dumb premise myself. Sort of like something a couple of 8 year olds would ponder on a road trip, then stretched out into a serious feature film. Then again, I haven't seen it yet.
    Amir on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 @ 8:20pm
  • if i press the button twice would i get $2mil? i mean, people die everyday anyway, and ive got student loans. whats the big deal?
    plainhuman on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 @ 8:37pm
  • It is from the lame mid-eighties run of TZ. Button, Button Part 1: Part 2: Wait for the sweet vibraslap noise when he first sees the box at 2:30. That woman plays a good bitch.
    kevins on Friday, July 3rd, 2009 @ 1:34pm
  • The Vibraslap made it all worth it.
    Michael on Monday, July 6th, 2009 @ 11:07am

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