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“Moonrise Kingdom” Trailer

January 13, 2012 Leave a comment

I suppose it’s never too early to start getting excited for next year. In my case, with my feelings of malaise and relative fatigue from this relatively underwhelming 2011 season, I honestly can’t wait to get on with it. Right now, I’m trying to be patient with these final months before I can get to my Top 25 Most Anticipated List. Granted it won’t be released until two months into the new year, but let’s be real. Not much of value is going to be coming out before March that will be missed from said list.

One film that will definitely make its way into my schedule is Wes Anderson’s latest quirky, operatic tale, “Moonrise Kingdom” It’s a simple story of puppy love that drives a small town into pure insanity. The film’s cast includes a few of the writer/director’s regulars, including Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, as well as some exciting newcomers like Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Frances McDormand.

I’m not gonna lie. Wes Anderson is a great filmmaker, though I do not hold him up to the same auteuristic pedestal that so many of his devoted fans do. I believe that “The Royal Tenenbaums” is a near comedic masterpiece and “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is one of the most inventive and entertaining animated films of the last decade. The rest of his work, I can take or leave. This project, on the other hand, has me strangely intrigued. Perhaps its the notion of Anderson taking on the theme of adolescent romance as a primary topic. Seems like a match made in heaven.

I could also listen to Bill Murray say that final line of the trailer, over and over.

Without further adieu, here’s the new trailer:

Michael Shannon Gets Incredibly Adorable

January 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Okay, it took me a while getting around to watching this, but thank god I finally did. As many of you may or may not know, Michael Shannon is one of the finest actors currently blossoming in Hollywood. He previously received a surprise Oscar nomination for Sam Mendes’ “Revolutionary Road” and is currently in the running for his second for his astonishing performance in this year’s psychological mind-screw “Take Shelter.” Currently, he’s fighting with Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender and Gary Oldman for the final spot.

Now, I’m currently on the fence for whether I want that to happen, for he’s dueling with some stiff competition. However, this video may just put me over the edge. I’d like to see Jean Dujardin attempt to be this ridiculously adorable, adorable of course being the first word that comes to mind when one thinks of Michael Shannon. If you can’t see the satire in what I just said, then you need to go on Netflix and start watching some of his films. On top of that, you can check out the video, below:

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“2011 Portfolio” Montage

December 6, 2011 Leave a comment

 

Oh, how much I love a good montage. They really are the central core of my happiness every once in a while. That’s another reason why I love this time of year, when some young whiz with Final Cut Pro creates a montage of all the films of the past year. I’m not gonna lie, this has got to be one of the best that I’ve ever seen. Credit given to the folks at Awardsdaily for finding this gem. Even though it runs a little long and is a little too action-oriented at times, it honestly makes me wonder why I seem to have such a disdain for this year in film (which has been growing in my mind as of late). In particular, it makes me wish that I hadn’t missed “Like Crazy” when it played only a couple of blocks from where I live.

The montage goes through five rounds of music and never seems to get boring or repetitive. Perhaps the only thing I bemoan is the amount of illegally downloaded content might have been achieved for the success of this. Hopefully, I’m mistaken.

Regardless, enjoy this fantastic montage. It makes even the bad movies look pretty damned fantastic.

New “Blood on the Plain” Trailer and Poster

November 2, 2011 Leave a comment

This is a little film that I have been following closely over the past year. As some of you may recall, I made a few posts about the short as it was in the midst of production, and since then, it has grown by leaps and bounds. Director Mac Eldridge leads a stellar cast and crew, made up of dozens of rising stars in the Chicago film scene. Here they have crafted a visceral and entertaining short film that is about to take the world by storm.

Here’s a brief synopsis of the film, as stated by the film’s website:

Part western, part horror, “Blood on the Plain” is a self-aware pulp exploration of a small town in the wake of tragedy. Following a savage massacre at the Wadsworth High School homecoming dance, the townspeople take up arms and under the guidance of four seasoned trackers, set out in search of justice. Those who survive will be forced to square off with the assailants; a breed of man never before seen and born under a previous generation’s offense.

All in all, the concept is a virtual cross between “No Country for Old Men” and “Predator.” If you’re wondering how those two films could mesh, I believe that’s evident of the stark originality of this piece. Right now, the film exists as a short narrative that focuses on the massacre and the events that lead up to it. However, the film is now gaining a lot of traction in different film communities and is about to begin its international festival tour. From there, it will hopefully gain enough support to become to the full feature it deserves to be.

Everything I say about this exciting project could not do enough justice as the trailer below. I must warn that were it viewed by the MPAA, this preview would certainly carry a red band rating. It contains some footage of the film’s fantastic make-up and special effects which can get a little gory at moments. Yet, considering the movies I have mentioned above, that shouldn’t be unwelcome or a surprise.

Check out the trailer, along with photos, cast and crew biographies, and behind the scenes footage, at the link, below:

“BLOOD ON THE PLAIN” TRAILER AND WEBSITE!

NEW “Shame” Trailer

October 14, 2011 Leave a comment

I know that I said I would have my new Oscar predictions up, and I am working on that. However, this is something that any self-respecting movie aficionado should not miss. It’s almost a plain and simple fact that no film has been more talked about on the festival circuits then Steve McQueen’s visceral and provocative “Shame.” Michael Fassbender took home the Volpi Cup for Best Actor and the film had to have come close to taking down the grand prize both at Venice and Toronto. When Fox Searchlight picked up the distributing rights for the film, it was going to be very curious as to how they would go about marketing it. It seems that they have hit the nail on the head.

For those that don’t know, the film tells the story of Brandon (Michael Fassbender) a rising New York City businessman who has an insatiable and unwavering addiction to having sex. Things become more complicated when his needy sister (Carey Mulligan) moves in with him and attempts to help fight his situation. The film has been heralded as a masterpiece, while also cited for its unrelenting sexuality. It will indefinitely receive an NC-17 rating, with little doubt of a fight from its maverick director. Usually, this would potentially injure an independent film quite badly in its fight for viewers. However, if Searchlight continues to pump out incredible trailers like the one below, they should have no problem building up a cult army of box office supporters. All this is making a Best Actor nomination for Michael Fassbender more and more likely.

I will definitely be first in line when it is released. In the mean time, I think I’ll watch this trailer again. Enjoy.

New “War Horse” Trailer and Poster

October 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Over the summer, everyone questioned what I said when I declared that what we had seen of Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” was only a teaser and there would surely be more to come. Well, here I stand on my own high horse with a new trailer for the upcoming film. Unfortunately, the new trailer doesn’t really seem to do much more than rearrange and expand on a lot of the footage shown in the last preview.

Many pundits, at the moment, are calling this film the frontrunner for Best Picture. While it definitely has a boatload of nominations in line, I would not put it at the front of the gate. The Oscars seem to enjoy Spielberg most at his grittiest, and this appears to be perhaps one of the most sentimental ventures he has ever made. One thing’s for sure about the film, however. It looks absolutely gorgeous. If all plays out, one award we can definitely say that “War Horse” is leading the field in is Best Cinematography. Should it win, my favorite active DP, Janusz Kaminski, would have three Oscars on his mantel, putting him among a group you could count on one hand, including Robert Surtees and the great Conrad L. Hall.

Recently, Dreamworks bumped up the release date to Christmas day. This now puts it within four days of “The Adventures of Tin Tin”‘s official opening. Mr. Spielberg does love to face off against himself. Not that he has anything to lose, really. Both films are sure to gross well over the 100 million mark. Combined with the success of “Super 8,” “Transformers 3,” “Terra Nova,” and all coupled with his reception of the David O’Selznick award from the Producers Guild, this will be a pretty good year for one of Hollywood’s greatest sons. And “Lincoln” hasn’t even started shooting yet.

Check out the new trailer, below:

NEW “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” 2nd Trailer

September 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Ironically, less than twelve hours after I published my post of My 25 Most Anticipated Films of the Season, in which I ranked David Fincher’s new film as No. 1, Sony Pictures has released a brand new trailer for the thriller.

At three minutes and forty-five seconds, it’s possibly the longest studio-made trailer I’ve ever seen. Perhaps that is a testament of the film, being that they can reveal that much of the film and still have plenty left with which to play with their audience. I won’t lie, this trailer does not raise my heart rate and blow my mind like the effective teaser trailer did. Yet, I have now watched it three times, and I still have a nagging urgency to watch it again. Another testament, perhaps?

One thing’s absolutely for sure. Outside of Fincher’s outstanding crisp, desaturated, gloomy style that he brings to the look and feel of the film, it appears that the reason to see this is going to be Rooney Mara. Her transformation from the sweet, brunette, girl next door in her first big roles like the “Nightmare on Elm Street” remake and “The Social Network” into this devilish, tatted-up, pierced-out heroine with an insane attitude is remarkable. I cannot wait to see her chew up this role.

Enjoy the new trailer, below: