Trailer: Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups

Instantly recognizable as a Terrence Malick film, Knight of Cups has the same low-and-wide photography, the philosophical voice-overs, the general human malaise peppered with joy, that has been his signature directorial style since his coming out of hiatus with 1999s The Thin Red Line. Christian Bale plays a rich asshole in California who is reflecting on whether rich asshole was a good of life-goal. Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman co-star, and he extended cast is across the board exceptional: Imogen Poots, Kevin Corrigan, Brian Dennehy, Jason Clarke, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Shea Whigham, Ryan O’Neal, Ben Kingsley, Michael Wincott, Nick Offerman, Wes Bentley, (and Antonio Banderas is apparently on hand in the trailer to reflect women as fruit flavours.)

Whether or not the subject matter is appealing to you, the West coast vistas, and insides of mansions and nightclubs make this one of the top visual looking films of the year.

Friday One Sheet: Uncle Nick and CGI Beer

Strange that Errol Morris is Exec-Producing a movie about a drunk uncle who attempts to score with his flirtatious step-niece on Christmas Eve. Nevertheless, the sideways nature of the poster is catchy if you can forgive the CGI beer flowing from out of the can. Still the ladies show clasped in Brian Posehn’s hand is compelling, as is the warm holiday tones of brown and green offset with the overall ridiculousness of, that ‘drunk uncle.’

Friday One Sheet: The Lady In The Car With Glasses And A Gun

My micro-obsession with French-Belgium thriller The Lady In The Car With Glasses And A Gun continues with this handsome, high-contrast and big typeset poster. Emphasizing wardrobe and poise, and the titular sunglasses and firearm, the posters gives off a vaguely exploitation vibe (in some ways it is reminiscent of the I Spit On Your Grave poster, just from a classier angle. This is commensurate with the trailer released yesterday that showcases the sleazier elements of Hitchcock and De Palma (mmm, split screens). I’m always a fan with designers play around with the position of the credits block and ‘above the line’ names, and this does indeed feel aesthetically pleasing.

One minor gripe, is she in fact holding the gun, or is that just kind of photoshopped where her hand is. I’m not sure if it is the illusion of photography or simply weak photoshop.

Trailer: The Lady In The Car With Glasses And A Gun

Attention all trailer cutters. This is certainly one way to do it. The right song, the right rhythm, and beautiful cinematographic imagery to tease and delight anyone who like as a good noirish time at the movies. The Lady In The Car With Glasses And A Gun is a French-Belgium co-production, and for a more English speaking audience, Magnolia, offers it dialogue free, which was usually a sign of being dishonest with the audience about the films spoken language, but here, the perfect and only line of dialogue in the trailer, owns it. Bravo, I say, Bravo.

Based on the novel by Sébastien Japrisot (who also wrote A Very Long Engagement which was adapted into a film Jean-Pierre Jeunet), the trailer reminds me of a recent Canadian film called 88 which despite my affinity for Katherine Isabelle and Christopher Lloyd, is unfortunately a sloppy, and rather uninspired, piece of crap. The Lady In The Car With Glasses And A Gun looks like quality all around; just the kind of Hitchcock/DePalma sensual-sleazy gumbo I like.

Curiously, this is not the first time someone has adapted this novel into a film, and the 1970s version from Colombia Pictures stars Samantha Eggar and Oliver Reed. If you want a lesson in two eras of trailer cutting, and are not afraid of copious spoilers, you can find the original it is here. Fun Fact: Eggar and Reed would go on again to star together in David Cronenberg’s divorce cult classic The Brood

A beautiful secretary steals her boss’ sports car to go joyriding in this stylish psychological thriller. She goes to visit a seaside town she swears she’s never been to, but everyone knows her name. And when a body turns up in the truck of the car, she is suddenly the lead suspect in a murder she knows nothing about. Is she going crazy?

The 2015 film will be getting a day and date release in the US on December 18th.

Trailer #2 for John Hillcoat’s Triple 9

Here is faster paced, more plot and character heavy UK trailer for the increasingly awesome looking new John Hillcoat picture, Triple 9. A collection of corrupt cops attempt a massive heist, and to distract the rest of the cities branches of law enforcement, they plan to murder one of their fellow officers to create a ‘999’ call which would have most of the police in the city converge in a location as far away the robbery as possible. Featuring the very well stocked cast of Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Norman Reedus, Casey Affleck, Aaron Paul, Anthony Mackey, Gal Gadot, Clifton Collins Jr., and Kate Winslet.

Triple 9 hits US theatres in February 2016, and apparently the European market will get a chance to see it as well, albeit no release date is indicated in the trailer.

Trailer #2: The Hateful Eight

In all the James Bond and Star Wars kerfuffle this weekend, we missed the second, more spoiler-heavy trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s forthcoming 70mm Western. It is nothing you do not already know if you have been following the films production (or perhaps have read the screenplay online?) So, here it is in all its cabin-fever glory.

“When you get to hell, tell ’em Daisy sent you.”

Friday One Sheet: Star Wars Matron

Here is Carrie Fisher, all made-up, photoshopped, and ready for her solo character poster. And I must say, it looks fabulous. Fisher always had the energy and intensity (something Natalie Portman had trouble with in the Prequel trilogy) of the key heroine of the series, and now she has some serious gravitas and somehow, this makes her even more human. I’m ready for her to become the franchise’s Judi Dench.

Unlike the other rather ugly character posters, where the designers thought it would be aesthetically pleasing to put vertical objects in front of the characters faces (hint: It’s not pleasing), the simple green lighting cues are much more subdued and subtle.

Shane Carruth’s The Modern Ocean Gets A Hollywood Cast

Good news for fans of cult science fiction director Shane Carruth (Primer, Upstream Color)! He’s got financing and a big-name cast for his next picture, which is being produced by FilmNation (not on the indie-micro budget that financed his previous two pictures). The film stars Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Chloë Grace Moretz, Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield, and Jeff Goldblum. And it’s going to need this star power, considering the plot revolves around…Shipping Routes for Huge Cargo Freighters. Fasten your seat belts folks, Carruth is the Captain now. Also, be prepared to wait a while, as Shane Carruth is a perfectionist used to doing everything himself.