Writer/Director of Ben Banks, Bryce Clark, was kind enough to send through a screener of the movie ahead of its home video release due sometime over the coming months. The movie stars Ben Banks (as Ben Banks) and essentially explores a few odd scenarios that end up re-igniting a sense of ambition in this stoner guy who had spent many years coasting along. Mischa plays Amy, a coffee shop employee with a sordid past.
Ben Banks has some great qualities and some not so great qualities. If you’re used to general Hollywood movies, then like me, you’ll probably find the movie a little disconnected. There are a few storylines and several characters going on that don’t really merge together. There is also a religious undertone to the film which is a bit of a head scratcher. Having said that, in some ways it works because the movie is being told through the eyes of Ben Banks so we’re supposed to experience his life the way he’s living through it.
Moving on to the highlight of the movie, which, no surprises, is Mischa’s chemistry with Ben Banks. I did see one review that called them “uncomfortable” which I guess is true, but it’s precisely that awkwardness that makes their on screen relationship all the more charming. Their scenes together are warm and endearing. And Mischa as an actress has always had that girl-next-door vibe about her, which works a treat especially in the context of this movie as you see why Ben Banks would be protective of her despite the revelations of her past. Plus, there are a few cute little details like Amy writing Ben’s name on his coffee cup accompanied by a little smiley face.
The other highlight of the movie is how beautifully it’s shot. I don’t know anything about technical film-making jargon, but there is something in the colour saturation and the sharpness of the image that is stunning. Some of the shots are truly breathtaking, especially the outdoor work. If this weren’t a movie, it could easily have been a tourist commercial for Utah.
One of the other highlights of the movie is seeing Melora Hardin pop up – who you might know from The Office. Her presence gives a little extra kick of life into the movie and it would have been great if she had a few extra scenes.
Movies work best when you have your lead actors with all the other supporting actors and their scenes working to service and enhance the leads. In this instance, I found myself struggling to understand if the movie was an indie rom-com, a stoner comedy or a small town conspiracy theory expose because I wasn’t sure who the leads were. It then becomes apparent that there is only one lead – Ben Banks – so it makes you realize that Amy is also just a supporting character. That, however, leads me to question the ‘why?’ of it all. Why Ben Banks? A song has a chorus to hook you into listening, a character needs to hook you too and I don’t know that a set of unusual circumstances is catchy enough. I think Ben the regular guy colliding with Amy the not-so-regular girl is a much more effective hook – the story of them, not just the story of him – but that could just be my Mischa bias showing. I’m not saying we don’t get the story of them in the movie, I think it just would have benefited from re-focusing the tone to Ben and Amy as equal leads so that she’s involved with the stoner friends and the small town conspiracy too.
I’m sure you guys will enjoy Amy – she’s a great character with a lot of heart, so for that alone, I hope you’re able to check out Ben Banks when it lands on DVD or VOD in the near future.
If you’ve already seen the movie, let me know what you think by hitting the comments.
Mischa’s 3D horror movie Apartment 1303 3D had its world premiere in Russia last week and actually seems to have done pretty well at the box office.
The movie opened in 9th position which would seem pretty low, but it was shown on fewer screens than many other releases. Its total of $685,189 was for the weekend of December 6th-9th inclusive showing on 402 screens with a per screen average of $1,704. Beauty & the Beast 3D opened just above Apartment 1303 3D with $698,984 but that was shown on 502 screens bringing its per screen average down to $1,344. I guess it’s a bit unusual to compare a live action movie to an animated re-release, so let’s move up the list to #6 where Lawless (starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy and Jessica Chastain) opened to $791,898 on 650 screens making its average $1,218. Among other English-language releases, Here Comes the Boom (starring Kevin James and Salma Hayek) opened in fifth with a total of $1,198,034 across 460 screens ($2,604 average per screen) and Playing for Keeps opened in 2nd with $2,022,740 across 554 screens ($3,651 per screen). Although, Here Comes the Boom and Playing for Keeps opened much higher, these titles are backed by large studios and have had international press consisting of premieres and worldwide publicity. Considering Apartment 1303 3D is more or less an indie, I think we can call this opening a success thanks to a respectable per screen average – especially when you consider that it quite comfortably out-paced Lawless per screen.
Making Apartment 1303 3D’s opening even better is if we go back to February 2011 when You and I also opened in Russia. That movie came in 7th but had a weekend total of $411,263 or just $827 per screen. You and I had the added benefit of being filmed in Russia, featuring a Russian band and was backed by a promotional visit including press and a premiere just before it was released. Apartment 1303 3D achieved over double the per screen average with just a trailer and TV spots as the main source (possibly only source?) of promotion.
It’s a shame we don’t have any box office
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forecasts to compare the actual result vs expectations. I hope the producers are satisfied with the result.
Box Office numbers courtesy Box Office Mojo.
Another trailer for Mischa’s upcoming 3D horror film Apartment 1303 3D has been shared by Shock Till You Drop. The movie premieres in Russia today – December 6th, 2012.
Check out a teaser trailer of one of Mischa’s upcoming movies L.A. Slasher. She literally just completed filming this before she left for London, so it’s pretty impressive that footage has already been uploaded online.
Also, please be aware that this teaser trailer is not suitable for everyone. If you’re underage or just sensitive to gruesome murder/slightly pornographic scenes, then do yourself a favour and watch the trailer for I Will Follow You Into the Dark which is a lot more romantic than it is horrifying.
Movie Synopsis :
“L.A SLASHER” is a stylish horror movie based in the dark heart of Los Angeles. The city is in turmoil as one by one various ‘reality stars’ go missing and are subjected to brutal mutilation in twisted comparisons to their claims to fame. The publics’ obsession spreads like a virus as people take to social media networks in the hundreds of thousands to watch the online bloodbath and “follow’ the L.A Slasher watching him as he begins his quest to rid the world of these infamous, talentless, hapless no bodies. Through the intense media hype created by the kidnappings we explore the extremities of ‘reality’, fame and misfortune in the ultimate homage to the Hollywood through the dark, shadowy world of the L.A Slasher with an end that will get your kickers in a twist!
Check out the new trailer for Mischa’s upcoming movie Ben Banks. The film opens in limited release from December 7th in select megaplex theaters in Utah. Visit the Ben Banks Facebook page for details.
Check out the new trailer for Mischa’s upcoming movie Resurrection – aka The Sibling. The movie also stars Devon Sawa and the late Michael Clarke Duncan.
Set during a single horrific day and night at a high school, a guidance counselor (Barton), the school principal (Duncan) and local police officer (Sawa), must save the lives of several trapped students before a paranormal entity kills them all.
Source: Bloody Disgusting
Ben Banks is finally making its way to limited release in the US where it will screen in select cities. Visit the Ben Banks Facebook page for updates. The movie is also currently available on DVD in certain European countries under the title Beauty and the Least.
Well, it’s been quite an adventure, longer than anyone could have anticipated, but we are finally getting a small theatrical release for Ben Banks. It’s all in MEGAPLEX theaters in Utah – we’ll see how it does, but at least the folks in St. George will get to see it in a theater.
After that, we’ll do the whole VOD, iTunes, RedBox etc. thing…
Here is where it will be playing starting DECEMBER 7th, 2012:
ST. GEORGE: WASHINGTON RED CLIFFS
CEDAR CITY: FIDDLER THEATER
SOUTH JORDAN (SLC): THE DISTRICT 20
Check out the cool new poster for the movie.
With the premiere screening of I Will Follow You Into the Dark now over, check out a glowing extract of Mischa’s performance from the first review of the movie.
As Sophia, Mischa Barton is strong, confident and cynical; you gravitate towards and understand Sophia’s emotions, her hesitancy at attachment and then her fervent desire to hold on once she crosses the emotional bridge and allows herself to care, connect and love with Adam. What makes Barton’s performance such a standout, however, is that THANKFULLY, she maintains that fervor and determination once Adam disappears and they head up to the 21st floor. There is never any sign of panic. She remains confident and rational in her resolve. Barton’s performance as a strong woman in a supernatural setting ranks right up there with Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Buffy while her emotional cadence as a woman battling her own heart and mind is exquisite.
Read the full review here.
And ‘like’ the I Will Follow You Into the Dark page on Facebook.