Trailer: Take This Waltz


Sarah Polley’s follow-up drama to Away From Here is really, really good. It is kind of similar in its inevitable, conflicted melancholy tone, but that is perhaps even more jarring due to the young age of the characters. It is also likely the most Toronto-heavy film since Bruce McDonald’s Picture Claire (or perhaps Atom Egoyan’s Chloe) but don’t hold that as a value judgement or comparison! The prop-details right down to the brands of micro-brew and eccentric Toronto neighborhoods, including nostalgia stops and touristy attractions reveal that Take this Waltz making a bid for some seriously textured Canadiana. Consider it all easter eggs for the locals, the movie has crumbling relationships and existential crises of happiness on the brain and certainly at the forefront.

The Leonard Cohen song is covered by Feist, and really, that should blow your mind in some small way (albeit it’s not used in the trailer below.) It’s equal parts Blue Valentine and Closer, and if you are in any way familiar with the tastes of Mike Rot, you will in no way be surprised that it was his favourite TIFF film entry from last year. He politely dragged me to see the film when it played at Canada’s Top 10 2011 retrospective and yea, I’m pretty comfortable saying that is indeed really good (lagging only slightly behind Cafe De Flore and Monsieur Lazhar – a strong year for Canadian Cinema). It’s finally getting a cinema release, and that means we are blessed with this fairly linear and standard bit of advertising below.

Take This Waltz will first come to VOD on May 25th and then get a theatrical release on June 29th.

When Margot (Michelle Williams), 28, meets Daniell (Luke Kirby), their chemistry is intense and immediate. But Margot suppresses her sudden attraction; she is happily married to Lou (Seth Rogan), a cookbook writer. When Margot learns that Daniel lives across the street from them, the certainty about her domestic life shatters. She and Daniel steal moments throughout the steaming Toronto summer, their eroticism heightened by their restraint.

Trailer: Trishna


Thomas Hardy is no stranger to Michael Winterbottom, this is his third kick at this particular can, the other two being The Claim, an loose adaptation of The Mayor of Casterbridge and Jude, an adaptation of Jude the Obscure. Trishna is a modern retelling of Tess of the d’Urbervilles, and while I didn’t love it (when I caught it at TIFF last year) there is no denying that it is beautifully shot, and features some impressive location shooting in both urban and rural parts of modern India. As the resident Winterbottom geek, I’d say that it continues his tradition of exploring stories through landscapes (mainly urban, but not always) but the acting and overall pacing get in the way of some wonderfully verite-like film-making. A disappointment for me, both the leads (Freida Pinto and Riz Ahmed) but your mileage may vary. The second trailer is below.

Based on Thomas Hardy’s classic novel story of one woman whose life is destroyed by a combination of love and circumstances. Set in contemporary Rajasthan, Trishna meets a wealthy young British businessman Jay Singh who has come to India to work in his father’s hotel business. After an accident destroys her father’s Jeep, Trishna goes to work for Jay, and they fall in love. But despite their feelings for each other, they cannot escape the conflicting pressures of a rural society which is changing rapidly through industrialisation, urbanisation and, above all, education. Trishna’s tragedy is that she is torn between the traditions of her family life and the dreams and ambitions that her education has given her.

Trailer: To Rome With Love

Is that title a play on words? Formerly called Nero Fiddled (and before that, the more esoteric Bop Decameron) Woody Allen continues his roaming tour throughout large European cities – and putting Penelope Cruz in tight fitting clothing and speaking fiery EspaƱol. This time, the Woodman steps back in front of the camera for one of the four vignette segments. And playing off the great Judy Davis (no stranger to Woody Allen’s films and always magnificent in them) no less. Greta Gerwig, Alex Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Alison Pill, Ellen Page and (sadly) Roberto Benigni round out the ensemble. Shot by Darius Khondji (Midnight in Paris, My Blueberry Nights, Seven) the film of course, looks stunning.

“If you are going to screw your best friends boyfriend, does it really matter what the venue is?”

What’s in a White Trash Name? Ted.

What can I say, this shit makes me laugh. I think what works best is not that a teddy bear is swearing and making sexual suggestions. What makes this work for me is how honestly Wahlberg is taking it. His reactions are perfect and treat the bear just like a frat house buddy. Seth MacFarlane seems to know my particular brand of potty joke, humor.

This ain’t safe for work, but who gives a rat’s ass. Check this out. Probably my favorite trailer of the year this side of Prometheus.


Trailer: Total Recall (is indeed Total Recall)

OK, so there is no getting of asses to Mars, and the chances of a three boob-ed lady or Kuato showing up are slim, but this new (full) trailer for Len “Underworld” Wiseman certainly delights in recycling images from the Paul Verhoeven film – only glossier and 21st century CGI-ier.

I sure hope that Kate Beckinsale gets her arms severed in this one, because the trailer seems to indicate that her character is a composite of both the Sharon Stone and the Michael Ironside characters in the 1990 version (but “See you at the party, Lori!” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.)

Colour me biased to Verhoeven’s excessively trashy ways and unimpressed by Wiseman’s previous record as a slick – if totally bland – action director.

I remain unimpressed. The trailer is below.

Vintage Cronenberg is back with Cosmopolis Teaser

After detouring into period setting and psychoanalysis with A Dangerous Method, the more aggressive, violent and contemporary David Cronenberg is back: Hand shootings, eye stabbings, monsters running amok downtown. This looks like the most aggressive and genre-ish work the filmmaker has made in years. I am reading the Enter The Void stylings of the titles in this trailer as a good sign. And yes, Robert Pattinson looks great here.

Samantha Morton, Paul Giamatti, Matthieu Amalric, Juliette Binoche, Kevin Durand and Jay Baruchel round out an impressive supporting cast. Cosmopolis is based on Don DeLillo’s novel of the same name:

Eric Packer, a 28 year old multi-billionaire asset manager, makes an odyssey across midtown Manhattan in order to get a haircut. Covering roughly one day of time and includes highly sexed women and the theme of father-son separation. Packer’s voyage is obstructed by various traffic jams caused by a presidential visit to the city, a funeral procession for a Sufi rap star and a full-fledged riot. Along the way, the hero has several chance meetings with his wife, seeing her in a taxi, a bookstore, and lying naked in the street, taking part in a movie as an extra. Meanwhile, Packer is stalked by two men, a comical “pastry assassin” and an unstable “credible threat”. Over the course of the day, Eric loses vast amounts of money for his clients by betting against the rise of the yen. Packer seems to relish being unburdened by the loss of so much money, even stopping to make sure he loses his wife’s fortune as well, to ensure his ruin is inevitable.

Trailer: The Sound of My Voice

“I just feel like we are in over our heads.” “Yea, That’s investigative journalism.”

Undercover reporters, cults, and possible time travelers abound in this indie drama/thriller. The Sound of My Voice not only turned some heads at 2011’s SXSW & 2012s Sundance, it stars indie science-fiction favourite Brit Marling (Another Earth) as the enigmatic and charismatic cult leader. There is definitely a claustrophobic vibe to the tone and cinematography here. The trailer is below.


New “Snow White and the Huntsman” Trailer

We bunched the 2012 Snow White films together in one post back in November. The comments were ablaze with praise and scoffing for one director’s take over the other. I was kind of on the fence for Rupert Sanders’ version as A) he’s a first time director and B) the trailer didn’t really give us much and it looked like it might be kind of “Twilight-y”.

So here’s a second trailer today. Funny. The Rupert Sanders version actually looks more like a Tarsem movie than Tarsem’s slap-sticky, fun version of the story. So while I’m not 100% sold yet, I like the Timur Bakmembetov (Night Watch) look to this trailer and if the film was playing this weekend, I’d very likely go check it out (after The Hunger Games of course;) for the visual style alone.

Also, I’ve lived long enough now to not doubt the powers of Charlize Theron. Not to mention Nick Frost, Eddie Marsan, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Ray Winstone, and Ian McShane. Snow White and the Huntsman open wide on June 1st.

What say you? Trying too hard or balls on the ceiling wicked?



A Title Can Say a Lot

Recently RowThree has been amazed by a lot of great marketing and we’re happy to post it. Usually teaser trailers and one-sheets. And occasionally we get the big, epic, summer blockbuster trailers that blow us all away. At other times we find little tid bits that simply pique our curiosity. Which in turn can lead to buzz, then full-on excitement and hype.

There’s a lot that goes into a movie’s title. More often than not, it’s uninspired garbage that “appeals” to the broadest audience as possible in order to hopefully just get the most safe/moderate of film goers in the seats. I think there was a joke about that in one of the Naked Gun movies. Other times, the title really drop hints about what we can expect from the film in terms of tone, plot and/or characters. And other times, the title is so inspired, that everything we thought we were going to get from a movie based solely off of its title is 180 degrees in the other direction; yet still makes sense. I like this.

So scrambling through the flutter of film news and tid-bits going around the netz, I stumbled on our buddy Gary King’s latest film title:

F*ck Marry Kill


We know the film starts shooting in North Carolina this July, but that’s it. Nothing else to go by (not even the film maker would let on any more at this point). And yet, how can you not at least be intrigued by this? I have no idea what the movie is about yet already I have some ideas. Tarantino grind house stuff? A prostitution ring? A revenge thriller? A dark wedding comedy? Or a drama about a bunch of teens playing a stupid gossip game? Who knows. I think it sounds awesome and by the title alone I’m kind of excited to see what Gary King will pull off with this one.

Any thoughts on what the story/plot might be? Make some shit up in the comments section and we’ll see who comes closest once the film rolls around.