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.
Let’s be honest, there isn’t much in here that is worthy of huge laughs and I would guess a lot of people are disappointed in this trailer for one of the better comedies of the previous decade. But the truth is, Derek, that the trailer for the first movie didn’t look very good either; sort of cheap, safe humor that would appeal to only the simpletons among us (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Then the genius of the comedy nuance mixed with the obvious really struck a chord with people and it’s now beloved enough that a sequel is getting released.
It might turn out to be a boring, lazy, cash grab, but with Ferrell returning in tip-top physical condition and the new faces of The Cumberbatch, Penélope Cruz (I trust her) and Kristen Wiig, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is actually a runaway critical success. So what I’m saying is, I guess you can derelicte my ballz el capitán.
Well it clearly isn’t a David Mamet script, but it looks like a fun, through probably a plot hole level 10, actioner. It seems like the big plan heist movie has been done about 1,323 times. And nearly every time, some screen writer’s creativity boosts and the film is something new and fun (even when it isn’t); so I’m in.
When their attempt to rob a casino owned by the feared gangster Pope goes awry and a shootout ensues, Vaughn and Cox are forced to flee on foot and hijack city Bus 657 and take the passengers hostage. Now, in a high speed chase, Vaughn will not only have to outwit the police, led by Officer Bajos who are in hot pursuit, but he will have to contend with Pope’s maniacal right hand man, Dog, in order to make it through the day alive. But we quickly learn that things are not what they seem, and Vaughn has more than one card up his sleeve.
HEIST stars Bob DeNiro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, a talking Dave Bautista, Gina Carano, Morris Chestnut, Kate Bosworth… and would you look at that: Mark-Paul Gosselaar! And I’m kind of hoping D.B. Sweeney plays a bigger role while driving that bus. I’ve not seen any of the shorts or straight to VOD stuff that director Scott Mann has churned out, or writer Stephen Cyrus Sepher for that matter.
Have a quick look at the plan and see if you think we need one more…
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Mia Wasikowska is back with the further adventures of little (sometimes tall), sweet Alice in Through the Looking Glass. Tim Burton is on board as executive producer this time round and director James Tobin is in the director’s chair. The name is familiar to me but it seems his only real experience in feature films so far are the recent Muppet movies – which arguably could make him very qualified for something like this.
I know Burton’s take on “Alice in Wonderland” was fairly polarizing but this author was on the side of positivity. However, this trailer for the next chapter in Alice’s fantasy doesn’t do much for me. Feels like another bland, fantasy picture for kids under 12 ala Golden Compass, Narnia, et. al. Plus the Depp schtick is over for me. I do really like the otherwise stacked cast (Spall, Rickman, Sheen, Fry, Hathaway, etc. etc.), but not sure if this will be particularly digestible. I hope to be proven wrong.