Feel free to Love/Hate Brian DePalma with this Trailer for Passion

A textbook case between the differences in French and American cinema, Brian DePalma’s remake of Alain Corneau’s final film, Love Crime, emphasizes the sleaze and downplays the brains. Or you could just blame this on specifically Brian DePalma who delights in doing this sort of thing. I was a very big fan of the icy precision of the original which starred über-controlling Kristin Scott Thomas and sizzling hot Ludivine Sagnier. I’m not saying that Corneau didn’t indulge occasionally in sending things into the gutter, but there was a lot of brains going on behind the actors performances, which I do not see in the below trailer. Also, I am rather less interested Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams as two competing corporate women than I was the original cast. But hey, nobody makes these kinds of films anymore for the multiplex, the last one being Atom Egoyan’s Chloe, which coincidentally enough, was also a remake of the french film Nathalie.

Trailer: The Impossible

With summer in full swing, and for some of us, TIFF right around the corner, we’ve been neglecting our trailer posting duties. Take for instance the English friendly trailer for J.A. Bayona’s disaster drama The Impossible, which the TIFF Programme Book describes as both epic and intimate and yep, the trailer confirms that.

For those lucky millions of us who only saw it from the comfort of our living rooms, the images were unforgettable. The day after Christmas 2004, the ocean rose and crashed down on paradise. Eight years after one of the most devastating natural catastrophes in recent memory, director J.A. Bayona brings the Indian Ocean tsunami and its aftermath to vivid, terrifying life in The Impossible.

Bayona’s The Orphanage was a significant hit on this side of the pond, and particularly memorable due to his focus as much on the actors as on the supernatural horror. It looks like he is going to squeeze the most out of Hollywood A-Listers Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts in this one. Have a look.

Kim Ji-Woon directs Arnie in The Last Stand Trailer

A favourite in these parts, South Korean director Kim Ji-Woon is the sort of genre-hopping director reminiscent of Danny Boyle or Gore Verbinski, his horror film A Tale of Two Sisters ranks amongst the best Asian horror movies to come out in he last 20 years, and his Gangster film A Bittersweet Life as sumptuous and magnificent as his kimchi-western The Good The Bad and The Weird is manic and kinetic or his serial killer satire I Saw The Devil was gory. For his English language debut, he has got the ex-Governator himself as the lead in a gun ‘n action picture. Schwarzenegger plays the sheriff in a small town that is the last stop before the Mexican border. He and his inexperienced staff have to stop a very well armed drug cartel from making the crossing. What is a pretty swanky collection of character actors, Forrest Whitaker, Harry Dean Stanton, Luis Guzman, Eduardo Noriega, Johnny Knoxville and Peter Stormare are on support in a movie that has a lot of guns, vehicles and explosions.

Seven Psychopaths Trailer Parses the Long Term Consequences of “An Eye For An Eye”

If there is a fun genre theme this year it is crazy events being kicked off by kidnapping or otherwise messing around with dogs. Quentin Depieux’s Wrong, UK Mock-doc Black Pond, and now Martin “In Bruges” McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths. This one wins to contest of most A-List character actors, featuring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woodey Harrelson, Christopher Walken and Tom Waits. It looks to be a lot better version of the equally loaded and promising (but not great) Welcome to Collinwood from 2012 which also starred a younger Sam Rockwell.

A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu.

The film is playing the Midnight Madness sidebar at TIFF this year, and should be great with a crowd, particularly the pretty damn funny, ever so slightly Reservoir Dogs-y “Eye for an Eye” car conversation shown at the end of this trailer.

Teaser Trailer for Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty

Kathryn Bigelow was the talk of the town a few years back when she won Best Director and Best Picture (among others) at the Oscars for her visceral war film The Hurt Locker. This year she’s back with another war-related film, the sure-to-be controversial Zero Dark Thirty (previously referred to as Kill Bin Laden), again working with her Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal.

The film is about the manhunt and eventual killing of America’s public enemy No. 1 Osama bin Laden. The project was already in the development stages as a film about the search for Bin Laden but the news of his killing, to be quite blunt, gave it the perfect conclusion.

The first teaser for the flick has appeared online which you can view below, complete with a gritty style and blacked out lettering. I’m getting a Homeland meets Body of Lies vibe from this one, what do you think?

Zero Dark Thirty stars Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler and Edgar Ramirez. It is scheduled for release in the U.S. on December 19th, 2012 (after being moved from its pre-election October spot in response to accusations of it being an Obama administration propaganda film) with other release dates sure to be announced soon.

Trailer: Trouble with the Curve

If you had thought that Gran Torino was Clint Eastwood’s last time in front of the camera, think again. He has returned – and this time in a film that he isn’t directing, his first time in front of the camera for a director other than himself since 1993’s In the Line of Fire. In this case, it happens to be for the directorial debut of Robert Lorenz, one of Eastwood’s producers and first assistant directors over the past fifteen or so years.

Trouble with the Curve looks more light-hearted than most Eastwood-starring movies. He stars as a retiring baseball scout who is reconnecting with his daughter, played by Amy Adams. If Eastwood isn’t enough to get your seat in the butt (and yes, even though he’s celebrity-endorsed that clown Mitt Romney, I’ll still see anything the dude does), the cast is rounded out with Justin Timberlake (come on… admit you like him nowadays), John Goodman, Robert Patrick, Matthew Lillard, and Clint’s son Scott Eastwood.

The film will be released in the US on September 21, 2012 and expand to other markets in the following weeks.

What do you think of the trailer? Wishing Clint would have hung up his hat or are you excited to see him grumble and mumble his way through another film?

10 Years

Channing Tutum is one of the very delightful surprises of 2012. After his successes in Haywire, 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike, it’s obvious the guy isn’t the action meat-headed type-cast we all thought he was going to be and he’s clearly going places; particularly looking at his upcoming filmography including collaborations with Soderbergh and The Wachowskis to name a few. /RunOnSentence

But every actor has got to go through some growing pains and mixed in with the Soderbergh vehicles, there is the potential for some stumbling blocks upcoming as well. Case in point, 10 Years.

With only a handful of festival screenings under its belt, hence not much talking about it on the internets, it’s difficult to get a handle on exactly what the film is. On its surface, it appears to be another in this new trend of “massively cast, multiple, loosely-related story threads dramedy” (or MMLD) sub-genre pieces (e.g. Love, Actually, Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Eve). These types of films always hinge on a holiday and thereby trick audiences into feeling like they’re obligated to see them on the weekend that coincides with that particular holiday. The three films above are three very distinct levels of quality; starting with great and moving very quickly to garbage – so the trend does not buckle favorably towards this. On the flip side, 10 Years is not a holiday movie but it does revolve around a very specific type of event. Also, in general I’m pleased with most of the releases from Anchor Bay, so somebody must’ve seen something of merit here. So what can we expect with 10 Years?

Jake is deeply in love with his girlfriend and ready to propose—until he runs into his high school flame for the first time in ten years. Jake’s friend, Cully, married his cheerleader girlfriend and has been looking forward to the ten-year high school reunion so he can finally apologize to all of the classmates he bullied in high school. However, after a few too many drinks, the jock-turned-family man ends up reverting back to his old ways instead. Meanwhile, longtime rivals Marty and A.J spend the night still trying to one-up each other to impress the coolest girl in class, who now has a secret. The famous one of the group, Reeves, is now a well-known musician, but is still too shy to talk to the high school crush who inspired his one hit wonder.

Fascinating. Sounds like it really has a lot to say. Perhaps the cast will make it delightfully charming and worth ten dollars. Well, outside of Tatum and Rosario Dawson, I’m not seeing anyone here that really warrants a hip-hip-hooray:
Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Chris Pratt, Justin Long, Oscar Issa, Kate Mar, Ron Livingsto, Lynn Collins, Ari Graynor, Anthony Mackie, Max Minghella, Aubrey Plaza, Scott Porter, Brian Geraghty, Aaron Yoo, Eiko Nijo and Nick Zano.

Considering the movie was officially released in 2011 and I haven’t heard word one about it until today, does not bode well.

Upcoming advanced screenings:
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I didn’t write this post to drum up (potentially) unwarranted hatred towards a film that has yet to be released officially (maybe it’s amazing, who knows?). More, I wanted to ask about Channing Tatum and where his career is headed and also to ask readers about these MMLDs and whether you enjoy them and/or think they are a viable entity in the world of cinema for any length of time.

First Look: Daniel Day-Lewis as Abe Lincoln

We don’t always post single first look photographs here in the third row, but when we do, it’s Daniel Day-Lewis knocking our socks off with some sort of transformation And here, courtesy of EW, we have our official first look of DDL in full makeup and costume as President Lincoln.

According to the article, Lincoln will focus on “the last four months of the president’s life and the political strategizing he undertook at the close of the Civil War to ensure that slavery would be forever outlawed.” Steven Spielberg said of it:

“Our movie is really about a working leader who must make tough decisions and get things done in the face of overwhelming opposition … [The film begins with] Lincoln’s realization that the Emancipation Proclamation, the thing he is most known for, was simply a war powers act that would easily be struck down by any number of lawyers after the cessation of hostilities after the Civil War. He needed to abolish slavery by constitutional measure — and that’s where we start.”

Spielberg also said that while he did refer to DDL as “Mr. President” on set (along with referring to all actors by their character names), a lot of the hooplah about DDL’s immersion into his roles is “more about gossip than it is about [his] technique” and DDL was “always conscious of his contemporary surroundings.” So, sorry for those of you imagining him giving brilliant speeches to cast and crew off-camera as well as on.

Lincoln opens on November 16, 2012 with a monster supporting cast that includes Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Strathairn, Tommy Lee Jones, Jackie Earle Haley, Jared Harris, Lee Pace, James Spader, John Hawkes, Bruce McGill, Walton Goggins, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tim Blake Nelson, Gulliver McGrath, David Oyelowo, and Hal Holbrook. I’m sure most of us will be there opening day.

Trailer: Liberal Arts

How I Met Your Mother Fans might be surprised to discover that Josh Radnor – aka Ted Mosby – has began to prepare himself for a career after his sitcom. So far, he’s written and directed two films. The first, Happythankyoumoreplease was a moderate hit in indie circles although it received less than stellar reviews from critics.

His sophomore effort as a writer-director may prove that Radnor has refined his writing-directing skills since, as he was able to round up a cast that includes Elisabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, and Michael Weston. IMDb also lists Zac Efron in the cast, although he is nowhere to be seen in the trailer, leading me to believe his role is little more than a cameo – probably another college-aged kid Radnor’s character encounters at some point.

In the film, a 35 year old (played by Radnor) returns to his old college where he finds himself falling for a 19 year old sophomore student (Olsen). Then there are lots of feelings. Then the characters sometimes discuss those feelings.

The vibe from the trailer is that you’ve seen movies like this a thousand times – which means that it will be the strength of the actors that determines whether it hits the right notes or not. The film will be released in the U.S. for a limited run on September 14, 2012, so we will find out then.