“Time to meet the devil.” is spoken as red filters abound in this International trailer for Nicholas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives which offers promises of the exotic, the lurid and the quite violent. A vampy Kristen Scott Thomas calls for vengeance with extreme F-bomb prejudice while guns are fired, kick-boxing is going on in the background and other tightly coiled tensions unwind. Hey Girl! This film has Ryan Gosling in it.
And this international French one courtesy of Twitchfilm is tucked under the seat.
The scope and tone of the Zack Snyder directed Superman feels earnest and emotional in all the right ways. This is the best execution of ‘pure epic’ that I’ve ever seen in a modern comic book superhero movie. Here is hoping that Man of Steel lives up to the incredible expectations engendered by this trailer.
It has been a couple years since the rousing success of Neil Blomkamp’s District 9, and the man has been busy playing with more money and a significant larger scale, but by the looks of the trailer, not abandoning his social-commentary one little bit. Here a shiny-domed Matt Damon straps on his own sleek exoskeletion Robocop suit in the slums of Earth and looks to bring a little hell in the paradise of Elysium, a satellite in orbit that has a very nice “Ringworld” (If you’re a fan of Larry Niven) aesthetic. I can’t wait for this, and it is coming at the tail end of Summer.
In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet’s crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium – but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens’ luxurious lifestyle. The only man with the chance bring equality to these worlds is Max, an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.
Ryan Gosling, welcome to your prime. Even though Gangster Squad didn’t quite work out the way you wanted it to, The Place Beyond the Pines goes wide this weekend, you’re helping out Malick release his third film in as many years and now your Winding Refn follow-up to Drive, Only God Forgives.
The anticpation continues to grow for me on this one. The one sheet stunned and now this red band will mesmerize. This is pretty stellar marketing so far and I feel I can assume that the marketing is made easy because the picture is going to absolutely rock us.
Ten years ago in Bangkok Julian killed a cop and went on the run. Now he manages a Thai boxing club as a front for a drugs operation. Respected in the criminal underworld, deep inside, he feels empty.
When Julian’s brother kills a prostitute, the police reaches out to retired cop Chang, known as the Angel of Vengeance. Chang allows the father to kill his daughters murderer, then restores order by chopping off the man’s right hand.
Julian’s mother Jenna, the head of a powerful criminal organization, arrives in Bangkok to collect her son’s body. She orders Julian to find his killers and raise hell.
Increasingly obsessed with the Angel of Vengeance, Julian challenges him to a boxing match, hoping that by defeating him he might find spiritual release but Chang triumphs. A furious Jenna plots revenge and the stage is set for a bloody journey through betrayal and vengeance towards a final confrontation and the possibility of redemption.
Take a look at this newest shocker of a trailer and tell me you’re not interested. Wanna fight about it?
Director: Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later) Screenplay: Joe Ahearne, John Hodge Producers: Danny Boyle, Christian Colson Starring: James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, Rosario Dawson MPAA Rating: R Running time: 101 min.
Hot off the heels of having the world in the palm of his hand with the Olympic opening ceremony, Danny Boyle delivers his first feature film since the harrowing 127 Hours. Trance is a bewitching puzzle of a thriller that’s off-kilter fun from start to finish, reminding us of Boyle’s amazing ability to surprise his audience.
James McAvoy plays Simon, a fine art auctioneer who teams up with a gang of criminals in order to steal an expensive painting. However, the robbery doesn’t exactly go to plan, the painting goes missing and Simon apparently can’t remember what happened to it after taking a nasty blow to the head. The leader of the gang (Vincent Cassel) then decides to enlist the help of a hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) in order to unlock the memory in Simon’s head of where the painting is located.
. In honour of finally seeing a 2013 movie that I’ve been eager to catch (Chan-wook Park’s Stoker – which was a heaping batch of candy and colour coated fun), I thought I would lay out some of the films I’m most excited to see in 2013. I’m sure I’ve missed a bunch (I’ve heard that Lucretia Martel has a new one coming out this year, but haven’t found any confirmation) and I could make the list even longer (sorry Richard Kelly and Terry Gilliam – you guys just missed the cut), but these 13 stand out as my most anticipated:
Mood Indigo – Michel Gondry
I’ve already mentioned in a previous post that this became my number one “can’t wait for it” movie of the year the second I heard about it. I’ll always be curious what Gondry does and this looks to have a great sense of wonder to it.
A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence – Roy Andersson
This would likely be my number one if I could only be assured it was actually coming out this year…I was over the moon for Andersson’s last film You, The Living from 2007 (not to mention adoring his 2000 film Songs From The Second Floor), so I’ve been waiting somewhat, though only somewhat, patiently for the follow-up…After seeing The Story Of Film at TIFF 2011, I was able to chat very briefly with director Mark Cousins and he said he had seen Andersson’s new film and that it was amazing. And now that this is the third year in a row that predictions are being made about it’s arrival at Cannes, the patience is, ahem, wearing thin. The word “eager” doesn’t even come close to describing my anticipation.
Michael Winterbottom, as prolific as he is, has had a particular brand of commercial success in his collaborations with Steve Coogan. The latest one is a biopic of Paul Raymond, a UK entrepreuner who opened up the UK’s first strip club, had a publishing empire, and was at one point the richest man in Britain. The Look of Love has all the trappings of 24 Hour Party People, stylized and slightly tawdry subject matter, fourth wall breaks, and splashy editing. And, with the addition of Imogen Poots, here playing Raymond’s daughter who was primed to take over the big business in the early 1990s, but then had a turn of her own, it looks like this one has another ace in the hole. I’m in.
We’ve already seen a poster and then a first trailer for Oblivion, the upcoming big-budget sci-fi flick starring Tom Cruise. Now a new trailer has appeared and it’s bringing us more of the same vibe – a little bit WALL-E, a little Minority Report, a hint of War of the Worlds, a nod to Alien 3 and Pitch Black, some dashes of the video games Portal and Half-Life – a little bit of everything sci-fi really. It looks shiny and fun though it could provide for one of those hollow sci-fi experiences that’s all snap, crackle and pop but with nothing to make it last long in the memory. Hopefully that’s not the case.
The film is directed by Joseph Kosinski, whose previous and debut film was TRON: Legacy (which I actually really enjoyed), and has quite an impressive supporting cast including Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Seven Psychopaths), Andrea Riseborough (Shadow Dancer), Melissa Leo and Morgan Freeman looking as cool as ever. I’m filing this one under “cautiously optimistic.”
Yeah yeah, yet another standard biopic with “courage, inspiration and heart.” An important story to be remembered and honored to be sure, but likely to be full of standard, Hollywood schlock. Still it’s got a few things I’m looking forward to: Alan Tudyk, Harrison Ford and baseball.
Harrison Ford has yet to redeem himself of the last fifteen years or so, but with each subsequent release in which he stars, I always hold out hope. Maybe this will be his comeback performance? *coughseriouslycoughdoubtitcough*
And hey, I’d be lying if I weren’t somewhat intrigued by the prospect of a new face in Hollywood that might turn out to be the next big thing in new-comer actor, Chadwick Boseman, playing the titular character.
Anyway, the poster below is kind of cool and you can catch the trailer under the seats if you’re interested.