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New “Carnage” Trailer

August 19, 2011 Leave a comment

As far as a great cast goes, there’s definitely not many upcoming films that rank higher than “Carnage,” directed by Roman Polanski and based on the Tony-Award winning play (which, when on Broadway, featured practically as good a cast as the film). It tells a very confined, yet immensely layered, story of two sets of parents dealing with repercussions of one’s child beats up the other’s.

While right at home on the stage, this is an ambitious project to see on the big screen, and so not because of a scale too large, but instead one incredibly small. The film takes place entirely in one apartment and sits on the shoulders of only, and I do mean only, four actors. Newly minted Oscar winners Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet play the parents of the offending child, while veteran performers Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly portray the guardians of the victim. What ensues has been called, by critics and audiences alike, some of the most poignantly funny comedy ever to grace the stage or, now, the cinema.

Aside from seeing these actors strut their stuff, I am most looking forward to seeing Roman Polanski directing such a small story, once again. Since the incredibly claustrophobic horror classic “Rosemary’s Baby,” the director has spent much of the last few decades on sprawling mysteries and epics. It will be nice to see him handle such a tightly wound little comedy with huge aspirations. If all works out well, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Polanski net himself his sixth and seventh Oscar nominations (for directing as well as penning the script) as well as a nod for one performer, or perhaps even more.

Check out the new trailer, below:

NEW – Teaser Trailer for Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse”

It’s no mystery that, through the course of my entire life, I have been an absolute Steven Spielberg fanatic. It seems that stating that truth is practically a mortal sin for any person who’s gone to school for filmmaking, yet, I have no shame in admitting it. No matter what genre, mood or style, Spielberg usually finds a way to nail it.

Despite all of this, both projects that the man is releasing in 2011 have never rung any bells for me. The whole concept of Spielberg directing a 3D animated feature, such as “The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn,” is a little irritating. Being released within a few days of that film is his epic story of animal/human comradery and history, “War Horse,” which now has a teaser trailer.

Spielberg has always had a penchant for sentimentality, in different-sized doses per film. However, from what we see here, this theme has been taken to ridiculous heights. We can fully expect at least two hours of heart-warming sap, complete with a tear-jerker ending. On the bright side, the film looks absolutely gorgeous. Janusz Kaminski, the director’s longtime collaborator and my personal favorite cinematographer working today, has produced some fantastic images. I’m also quite excited to see the work of French actor Niels Arestrup, who absolutely devoured his role in Jacques Audiard’s “The Prophet,” last year.

Can’t say for sure yet whether this film will have the right qualities to return Spielberg to the Kodak theater in February. However, the original source material just won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Play, along with four other awards. Hopefully, the same magic that made the theater version so popular will shine through on the big screen.

Check out the full HD version of the teaser below.

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