After getting the chance to see the first 10 minutes of Pete Doctor’s Inside Out, the Pixar animated film told from the POV of inside a 12 year old girls subconscious, a few weeks ago, I have been rapidly raising my anticipation levels for the film after its middling first trailer.
Because the film was announced as part of the 2015 Cannes line-up today, Pixar offers this treat, a short scene from the film, on how anthropomorphisized feelings prepare for the first day of school.
A low-key Sundance-y romantic comedy starring Cobie Smulders, Guy Pearce and Kevin Corrigan? Sure, Why Not! Writer and Director Andrew Bujalski makes a significant shift from his micro-indie hit Computer Chess by moving into the under-serviced (quality-wise) Rom-Com genre, with, Results. The fact that it is difficult to completely convey what the film is, seemly as distant from Bujalki’s Funny Ha Ha mumblecore roots as it is from a Studio picture, gives me hope that the film will be good. Plus, Kevin Corrigan is one of those character actors who is a sniper for finding greatness in seedy characters. And oh, lookie there, Giovanni Ribsi is also hiding in the cast.
Recently divorced, newly rich, and utterly miserable, Danny (Kevin Corrigan) would seem to be the perfect test subject for a definitive look at the relationship between money and happiness. Danny’s well-funded ennui is interrupted by a momentous trip to the local gym, where he meets self-styled guru/owner Trevor (Guy Pearce) and irresistibly acerbic trainer Kat (Cobie Smulders). Soon, their three lives are inextricably knotted, both professionally and personally.
Yes it has been 6 Years since Joe Dante released a feature film. The Hole is a so-so picture, with surprisingly good (and restrained) 3D, that very few folks in Canada or the US got a chance to see due to poor distribution, so more or less, it has been 12 years since Mr. Dante has had a theatrical feature in the multiplex (Looney Tunes Back in Action). As much as I quite adore his Trailers from Hell website (Seriously, spend some time there, it’s great!) and his occasional TV work, I’d really like to see a return to form.
By all accounts, Burying The Ax is not going to be that thing, and a muddled, often obvious trailer (cut rather artlessly considering trailer editing was Dante’s Truck & Trade for years under Roger Corman) seems to confirm this.
Most Joe Dante pictures have a way of aging rather magnificently, from The Howling to The Burbs to Gremlins 2. So I look forward to being wrong on this.
Max (Anton Yelchin) is a nice guy. Evelyn (Ashley Greene) is his overbearing but incredibly beautiful girlfriend. Max knows it’s time to call it quits, but there’s just one problem: he’s terrified of breaking up with her. Fate steps in when Evelyn is involved in a freak accident and dies. Evelyn returns in zombie form and is determined to take her boyfriend back from her nicer, cuter, possible soul-mate replacement, Olivia (Alexandra Daddario).
Burying The Ex comes to VOD in June (with very limited theatrical.) To that I say, sorry folks, despite the success of both Warm Bodies and the Evil Dead remake (note image above, and how it resembles the original Evil Dead poster) Joe Dante’s multiplex days appear to be over. I remain hopeful that this is not the case, but we will always have Trailers from Hell.
The space goes down, down baby, down, down the roller coaster. Sweet, sweet baby, sweet, sweet, don’t let me go. Shimmy, shimmy, cocoa pop. Shimmy, shimmy, rock. Shimmy, shimmy, cocoa pop. Shimmy, shimmy, rock. I met a girlfriend – a triscuit. She said, a triscuit – a biscuit. Ice cream, soda pop, vanilla on the top. Ooh, Shelly’s out, walking down the street, ten times a week. I read it. I said it. I stole my momma’s credit. I’m cool. I’m hot. Sock me in the stomach three more times.
You probably do not need to be sold any more on this project, you are either in or out at this point. If not, watch the latest Mad Max: Fury Road trailer in 1080p
This trailer had me until Antoine Fuqua. Jake Gyllenhal as a boxer who took one too many punches, Rachel McAdams as his beautiful wife, hyper tracking shot along the ropes. But then Fuqua, wife beautifully dying, child in peril, overly glossed up nonsense with only a veneer of grit that panders to lowest common denominator. Am I wrong? After a wonderful 2014 for Gyllenhaal where he gave perhaps the three best performances (both his Enemy doppelgangers and Nightcrawler, both the half-hearted Nailed release and now this, hmmm. I hope it gets better.
The magnificent cinematography, the continuing story line from Skyfall, and the sense that the filmmaking on display has unequivocally gotten to absolutely the A-Level after the franchise crossed the 50 year mark.
Enjoy the teaser trailer for the latest chapter in the Daniel Craig era of James Bond. Plus, some bonus silky, shadowy vocal stylings of Sir Christoph Waltz.
Lionsgate mysteriously pulled this film from the schedule of the 2014 edition of Toronto International Film Festival at the last minute. Now the studio is quoting the TIFF festival guide in their trailer. Hmmm. Either way, Arnold Schwarzenegger joins the ongoing Zombie party with this tale of a father-daughter relationship strained by her infection with undead-ness in Maggie.
Comfortably wearing his years, and giving the film (or at least, the trailer) a melancholy tone, this is very much a new page in the Ex-Governor of California film career as he fully embraces his age, even if it feels like we’ve had far too many variations on the undead at this this point. Abigail Breslin, no stranger to the genre after appearing in Zombieland a few years ago, plays his daughter.
Have a look and leave your thoughts in the comment section.
Ahh, westerns. We love ’em so much here in the third row, they have their own category.
Slow West premiered to positive reviews at Sundance this year and by the looks of the trailer, I can see why. The film, which is directed by John Maclean, stars Michael Fassbender as a gunslinger guiding a young man, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road), across the west to find his love. It co-stars Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises, Killing Them Softly), Rory McCann (Game of Thrones), and Brooke Williams.
It looks a little less gritty and a little more fun–that’s to say a little less Wild Bunch and a little more Josey Wales.
Slow West drops in select theaters on May 15, 2015.
In its fifth entry, the Mission Impossible franchise doubles down on crazy-real stunts involving its aging leading man, Tom Cruise. Previously, he was climbing around on the outside of Dubai’s Burj Kalifa skyscraper. Here he is struggling on the outside of a gargantuan military aircraft as it takes off. Impressive stuff.
The rest of the trailer is more of what you would expect from the fifth entry of a franchise. Christopher McQuarrie taking over for Brad Bird in the director department seems like an OK choice, but the screenplay, written by Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce and video game writer Will Staples, involves a shadow-agency — an evil mirror of the IMF — and is as lazy as one can get; probably another indication of Bad Robot being the ongoing shepherd for the franchise.