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.”
Are you liking the look of Oblivion?
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.
Back in April, it was reported that Disney acquired the rights to Neil Gaiman’s fantastic children’s novel The Graveyard Book. When it was announced, Henry Selick – the stop-motion director behind The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, and Coraline – was set to direct what would be another stop-motion film. Somewhere along the way, the project fell apart or Disney lost confidence.
But the project is seeing new life, according to the Hollywood Reporter, this time with Ron Howard in negotiations to direct what will be a live-action adaptation.
This is great news, of course. The Graveyard Book is the best children’s novel I’ve read since Harry Potter – and in many ways, it was a much more enjoyable read for me. The book follows a young boy named Nobody Owens who is taken in and raised by the inhabitants of an old graveyard after his family is brutally murdered by a man named Jack. Ghosts from all centuries, vampires, werewolves, and a variety of ghouls make up the rich cast of characters where it is the supernatural who fear the humans – not the other way around. It’s thrilling and scary and genuinely touching, hitting on some very mature themes and beautifully exploring the trials and tribulations that come with growing up.
The book also won both the Carnegie and Newbery medals for best children’s book.
Have you read the book? If so, what do you think of Howard behind the camera? And are you relieved or bummed that the film will be live-action rather than stop-motion?
As reported by, well… just about everybody. Discuss.
Playing a quite convincing General MacArthur during the late 1940s American occupation of Japan, Tommy Lee Jones puts in another solid performance and Matthew Fox holds his own. Emperor is a Good-Morning Vietnam!-ish (minus the comedy) drama directed by Peter “Girl With A Pearl Earring” Webber. I managed to catch it at last years edition of TIFF and it is a solid bit of emotional/sentimental filmmaking that should appeal to The King’s Speech crowd even as it smoothens over many of the nuances of Japanese cultural strife of the era.
As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, Gen. Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.
Auto playing trailer under the seats!
Promising a lurid mixture of sleaze, entertainment, and the appropriate corruption of famous Disney starlets, I’ll the the trailer for Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers (already with a cult following) tell the tale. Is the perhaps the film that folks wanted with Oliver Stone’s The Savages?
It is Michael Shannon day here at Rowthree, as the trailer for Jeff Nicols’ thriller Mud pops up online. While Shannon is only is a supporting role here, the actor got is big break showcased in Nicols’ first feature, Shotgun Stories and of course starred in the very successful follow up panic-family-drama Take Shelter. Here the ubiquitous Matthew McConaughey takes the lead in what appears to be another excellent performance as a man living in hiding (in a boat) on the bank of a river in the middle of the south. He is discovered by two kids one of whom bears alarming resemblance to River Phoenix circa in Stand By Me; a film that seems to be a bit echoed here in tone (albeit with a modern timeframe.) The film made some waves at Cannes, but was curiously absent at TIFF last year. Can’t wait to see this when it is released this April. Reese Witherspoon and Sam Shepard (and the wonderful Joe Don Baker) also appear in the film, while one of the two kids (the one that doesn’t look like River Pheonix) was one of the brothers in Tree of Life.
When I saw the first trailer for 42, the upcoming biopic about baseball player Jackie Robinson, I was hopeful. With the new trailer, I’m impressed. Combining numerous things that I love – baseball, Harrison Ford, and demonstrating how idiotic white people are – the new trailer is slick.
Directed by Brian Helgeland (writer of the screenplays for L.A. Confidential, Payback, Man on Fire, and Mystic River), the film follows the early years of Jackie Robinson (played by Chadwick Boseman), the first African American to play in Major League Baseball. It’s a damn important story and one of which fewer and fewer kids today know the story. As for the film, not only is the trailer slick, I’m pretty excited to see Harrison Ford doing something other than phoning in a performance. Perhaps this is the start of a new era in his career.
Also, the Jay-Z was a superb touch to the trailer.
The film hits theaters on April 12, 2013… just in time for baseball season.