Viggo Mortensen has a plan.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably always wanted to see Viggo Mortensen and Viggo Mortensen star together in a Spanish language thriller, well, wait no longer. Everybody Has a Plan is the Argentinian film about a man who takes on the identity of his dead twin, only to discover he has also taken on a whole shitload of other problems in doing so.

Co-starring many Argentinian actors that I don’t know, the film was released in its home country on August 30, 2012 and recently premiered at TIFF 2012 where it has been met with decent reviews. For many of us, the presence of Viggo alone is enough to get us to see a movie and, although I wasn’t overly intrigued by what was supposed to be a suspenseful trailer, that will probably be the case for me here.

Check out the trailer and leave your thoughts (or TIFF impressions) in the comments!

Trailer: The Company You Keep

Shia LaBeouf may be a clown, but even though his comments during interviews get increasingly stupid (to the point where his Hollywood persona is becoming almost a parody of itself), people love to hire the guy. Directors have often said, he’s the first one on set and he even usually sticks around for scenes he’s not even in rather than pampering himself in his trailer. It might be more his work ethnic than his talent that has made it so he’s worked with some of the biggest and best names in the business. Now, he’ll be starring alongside Robert Redford (his first acting role since his well-intentioned, but dreadful Lions of Lambs in 2007) in The Company You Keep, which Redford also directs.

The film is a political thriller about a former Weather Underground activist (Redford) who goes on the run after a journalist (LaBeouf) discovers his identity. With a monster supporting cast that include Anna Kendrick, Stanley Tucci, Julie Christie, Sam Elliot, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Susan Sarandon, Stephen Root, and Brendan Gleeson, critics definitely won’t be able to claim a lack of talent if it turns out to be subpar.

And really, the trailer itself is good. I love an intelligent political thriller and even LaBeouf, who can easily get under a viewer’s skin, can be damn good in the right role. I’ve also missed Redford’s charisma on the screen, so it will be great to see him on the big screen again. It’s impossible not to love the guy.

The film will be premiering at the Venice International Film Festival in a few days before going on to screen at TIFF later in September.

Trailer: The Iceman

Boy, do I love me some Michael Shannon. Whether a bit role or a lead, the dude’s always on. Plus, he’s only seemed to get better with each movie he takes on, regardless of the quality of the film itself. With his latest, I’m excited to see him not only as a lead, but with such an array of facial hair.

Yet, I remain cautious. The film is backed by Millennium Films, a production company with one of the worst track records in Hollywood – always leaving me sting worse, because it gets such high-profile stars to make such abysmally bad movies. I’ve complained about them as a company on here plenty (I’m convinced that they lure stars with high paychecks and very short shooting schedules), but check out their credits and you’ll see plenty of awful movies with big stars which you’ll recognize – movies that I’m convinced were written in undergraduate screenplay courses. And probably received a C- from a forgiving professor. At best.

Back to the topic at hand, I’m hoping The Iceman bucks the trend and turns out to be good. It’s impossible to tell from the trailer (it looks sloppy), but the story is interesting enough (if not overly familiar), following a family man and contract killer played by Shannon. The supporting cast of Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, Chris Evans, David Schwimmer, and Stephen Dorff also solidifies that this could either turn out great… or be a complete disaster. The film will be screened out of competition at the Venice Film Festival, so I’m sure we will be hearing more about it soon.

Man is not an Animal: The latest Trailer for The Master says one things, shows another.

I know a lot of you folks out there have a policy that if you are going to see a film anyway, if you are already salivating for it, then you avoid trailers. It might be worth a reconsideration of that policy when it comes to these micro-narratives that have been assembled for P.T. Anderson’s riff on Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard, The Master. All three of them have been absolutely magnificent.

Trailer: Sightseers

Ben Wheatley likes people getting run over by cars and other assorted shockingly-quick-yet-quite-funny manners of demise. Sure, he creeped the hell out of everyone with last years riff on The Wicker Man with Kill List, but if you look at his BBC commercial work, and his debut film, Down Terrace, you see that his sense of humour is dark and saucy. Sightseers already formed a bit of a cult-following at Cannes and is coming to TIFF in the smart-and-sexy Vanguard Programme. This one wants to play out in an analogous fashion to Bobcat Goldthwait’s God Bless America, but the humour is decidedly British. And lookie there, Edgar Wright is on a producer. Check it out the trailer below.

Films To Come In 2012

These days, there are nearly endless options for personal entertainment. Much of this is thanks to the expansion of the Internet and the ability to have access to it at all times through smart phones and other mobile devices. Now, if you have some time to simply entertain yourself, or you get bored or have a break, you can easily pull up a gaming app, or even watch an episode of your favorite TV show on a device small enough to fit in your pocket! However, despite all of these advances in entertainment convenience, there is still no substitute for the enjoyment of seeing a great film at the cinema – and the second half of 2012 is looking like a great time for film. Here are a few specific films to keep your eye out for.

The Master – Already generating a great deal of buzz for the major awards of the year, The Master tells a dramatic story of a World War 2 veteran who decides to create his own religion after the way. Philip Seymour Hoffman will play the role of “The Master,” heading up a cast that also includes Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix in what is sure to be a brilliantly acted film.

 


 

Cloud Atlas – The latest effort from Matrix creators the Wachowski brothers will be a sprawling drama that deals with how decisions and events affect the lives of other people in the past, present and future. Specifically, the film will center on a former killer who is transformed into a hero by the events that surround him. Cloud Atlas stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, and Susan Sarandon, among others.

 


 

Lincoln – Though the film is perhaps more relevant to American audiences, it is sure to be a very engaging picture regardless. Directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring Acadamy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln, this has the ingredients to be one of the most powerful historical biopics in recent memory.

 


 

Skyfall – The 23rd James Bond film is finally almost here, and will feature Daniel Craig in his 3rd turn as the tougher, more brooding Bond character debuted in Casino Royale. In this installment, Bond must choose between his allegiance to M (Judi Dench once again) and MI6 itself.

 


 

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – The majority of the world of entertainment mourned the end of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, as it was seen as one of the most stunning achievements in modern film. This is why fans are extremely excited for Peter Jackson’s return to J.R.R. Tolkien’s world. “The Hobbit,” the adventurous prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, has been developed into its own film trilogy, and this first new film ought to be the most significant remaining cinema event of 2012.

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.