Trailer: Trainspotting 2

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From now on, when I say “T2”, I’m not talking about shapeshifting robots and time traveling assassins. I’m talking Sick Boy and Danny Boyle.

There really isn’t much to go on here other than an announcement, but it’s nice to see the four guys back together again. I’m really hoping Kelly Macdonald makes an appearance as well. Normally I’d be skeptical about something like this – and there have been a lot of “something like this” as of late – but for me, Danny Boyle is a go to screenwriter/director that can do (almost) no wrong. So I have faith in this cast and crew to make T2 something special.

I sort of wonder if Boyle and co. can go back and capture the gritty, independent spirit that the first film had to make it somewhat of a cult classic. Afterall, Boyle has been pretty glossy ever since then and something this dark hasn’t been part of his repertoire for some time. But hey, like I said, I have faith. Anyone else excited for this?

Trailer: Wonder Woman

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About 3/4 of the way through Batman v Superman (which was not very good by the way), Bruce Wayne finds an old photo of Wonder Woman hanging out with some soldiers that looked to be from World War I. I noted to my wife that one of those guys sure does look a lot like Captain Kirk. Well, this explains that then doesn’t it.

 

Trailer: In a Valley of Violence

valley-violence-posterIt seems Ethan Hawke didn’t want to hang up his spurs and six-shooters quite yet after filming the remake of The Magnificent Seven. He’s ready and willin’ to help the western movie renaissance continue! And when we talk about the wild wild west, as of late film makers have been putting the emphasis on “wild” and “wild”.

Last year started with the more traditional westerns such as Slow West or Salvation or even The Keeping Room. But they’ve also been sprinkling in things such as Sweetwater and Bone Tomahawk. And the truth is, I love it all – though it remains to be seen how well a 2016, John Traviolta as “evil cattle baron” will work out.

Still, it seems I should be a happy camper through the rest of 2016 with both In a Valley of Violence being released, as well as a big studio production of The Magnificent Seven (see previous post).

In a Valley of Violence stars Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, James Ransone with Karen Gillan and John Travolta. The film is directed by Ti West (Prey, House of the Devil).

Synopsis:
A mysterious drifter named Paul (Ethan Hawke) and his dog Abbie (Jumpy) make their way towards Mexico through the barren desert of the old west. In an attempt to shorten their journey they cut through the center of a large valley – landing themselves in the forgotten town of Denton – a place now dubbed by locals as a “valley of violence.” The once popular mining town is nearly abandoned, and controlled by a brash group of misfits and nitwits – chief among them, the seemingly untouchable, Gilly (James Ransone) who is the troublemaking son of the town’s unforgiving Marshal (John Travolta).

As tensions rise between Paul and Gilly, Denton’s remaining residents bear witness to an inevitable act of violence that starts a disastrous chain reaction, infecting the petty lives of all involved and quickly drags the whole town into the bloody crosshairs of revenge. Mary-Anne (Taissa Farmiga) and Ellen (Karen Gillan), two bickering sisters who run the town’s only hotel, try to find the good in both men, while desperately searching for their own salvation. Only the world-weary Marshal struggles to stop the violent hysteria, but after a gruesome discovery about Paul’s past…there is no stopping the escalation.

Have a looky at the trailer below pardner…

Trailer #2: The Magnificent Seven

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Just call Wednesday the 20th of July as western trailer day at RowThree. But the truth is, I didn’t watch the video posted below. This movie easily already has my money so I want to go in as clean and fresh (mentally) as possible. I gotta say, with films like Tombstone or Desperado or heck, even the final 30 minutes of Open Range amongst my favorite films of all time, it’s no surprise that Antoine Fuqua’s bullet flying fiesta looks like something I’ll happily sit through twice in one afternoon/evening.

We posted the first trailer a month and a half ago and I was sold immediately. I pretty much give up a portion of any paycheck the week a Peter Sarsgaard film opens, so putting him in a western alongside Denzel and Vinnie Jones and Ethan Hawke and Chris Pratt and Byung-hun Lee and the original Thor is just a straight-up given. I’m up and down with Antoine Fuqua, but the dude is due and I’m excited for this. Yee-haw!

Sunday Video Essay: The Darjeeling Ltd.

Everyone has a favorite Wes Anderson movie – or some just don’t like any of them. But for those that love to argue about which is his best, the only way you can be wrong is if you haven’t seen them all at least twice. Almost no other director is as auteur as Wes Anderson in my mind… OK, maybe Almodóvar, Wes Anderson is auteur in not just visuals, tones and style. He auteur in that his films (all of them; yes, even Fantastic Mr. Fox) take at least two viewings to fully take in. Love them or hate them, I insist you give them each a fair shake. And by fair shake I mean watch it again.

This fellow sticks by his Darjeeling Limited love. And I can support that. Even though Tenenbaums is still my personal favorite. Enjoy this defense piece Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson, starring in Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited.

 

Trailer: Hell or High Water

Not a particularly clever title, but it’s great to see Ben Foster getting back on the proverbial horse. Ten years ago and I would’ve said this guy is going to be an A-lister among A-listers. But he’s been virtually nowhere to be seen.

 

A story about the collision of the Old and New West, two brothers — Toby (Chris Pine), a straight-living, divorced father trying to make a better life for his son; and Tanner (Ben Foster), a short-tempered ex-con with a loose trigger finger — come together to rob branch after branch of the bank that is foreclosing on their family land. The hold-ups are part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that powerful forces beyond their control have stolen from under their feet. Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves in the crosshairs of a relentless, foul-mouthed Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges) looking for one last triumph on the eve of his retirement. As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their plan, a showdown looms at the crossroads where the last honest law man and a pair of brothers with nothing to live for except family collide.

 

 

Hell or a High Water is a modern action drama set in West Texas where the distinction between honest men and outlaws has blurred beyond recognition. Besides Ben Foster, Hell or a High Water features a cast that includes Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Gil Birmingham.

CBS Films will release Hell or a High Water in select theaters on August 12th and nationwide on August 19th. See you there?

Anton Yelchin: 1989 – 2016

On a recent Cinecast, I believe it was during our review of Green Room, Kurt and I briefly went through Anton Yelchin’s filmography and noted that any film is just that much better whenever he shows up. So it’s with a heavy heart we have to report that the actor has met an untimely demise at the all too young age of 27.

Apparently Yelchin was found early in the morning pinned between his car and a mailbox. It appears that his own car, which was in neutral, somehow hit him and pinned him into a brick mailbox.

‘This is unreal,’ the actor’s friend Anna Kendrick tweeted on Sunday. ‘Anton Yelchin is such a talent. Such a huge loss.’

His Star Trek co-star John Cho added: ‘I loved Anton Yelchin so much. He was a true artist – curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal and a great son. I’m in ruins.’

Chad Michael Murray tweeted: Just heard about Anton Yelchin. What a great talent and good young man. Gone far too soon…Terrible loss. You will be missed.’

Yelchin fled with his family to the United States as political refugees from St. Petersburg Russia when he was just 15. Which puts him at just 18 years-old before starring in a film in which he is the titular character alongside Robert Downey Jr in Charlie Bartlett. From the moment you saw Charlie Bartlett and saw him holding his own alongside the big guns, you could tell this was going to be a big star.

Yelchin chose wisely with his roles and tended to go with more intimate and interesting roles, rather than the big flashy ones. And he always succeeded – even if the movie did not. All of this of course until taking a huge role in 2009’s Star Trek as Pavel Chekov, navigator of the USS Enterprise which led to playing Kyle Reese in a sequel to the Terminator franchise one year later.

It’s too bad when something like this happens as all told he was a great guy and I’m positive he had dozens of fantastic performances ahead of him. You will be missed sir. God speed.