For many world cinema fans like myself South Korean director Park Chan-wook has been somewhat of a hero. Whether it’s with his uncompromising Vengeance Trilogy – consisting of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy and Lady Vengeance – or wacky I’m A Cyborg but That’s Okay he has consistently proven himself to be one of the best working today, in any language.
Continuing a long tradition of foreign language directors making the jump, it wasn’t long before Hollywood took notice of Park’s talents and brought him on board to direct Stoker, a “sort of” vampire tale (the screenwriter insists it’s not exactly that, however) which marks the director’s English language debut. The story centers on a teenage girl whose father dies in a car crash. Just then her mysterious and enigmatic uncle comes back into her life setting his sights on her and her unsuspecting mother. You can probably guess what the deal is from there.
Hey, fans of Christopher Guest and his rather unique and impressive collection of films which include Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, This is Spinal Tap (which he wrote and co-starred in), and, well, if you’re a Guest fan, you know the others. I have some good news for you.
The New York Times is reporting that Guest is developing a comedy series for HBO titled Family Tree – and so far, we know that it stars Chris O’Dowd, but also, according to THR, Guest regulars Fred Willard, Michael McKean, and Ed Begley Jr. on also on board. NYT describes the show:
The series will be presented in a documentary-style format (à la “Spinal Tap”) and star Chris O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids”) as Tom Chadwick, a 30-year-old man on a journey of personal discovery. As HBO described the storyline: “Having recently lost his job and girlfriend, Tom has a rather unsure sense of his own identity. But when he inherits a mysterious box of belongings from a great aunt that he never met, he starts investigating his family lineage and uncovers a whole world of unusual stories and characters and a growing sense of who he is and who his real family are.”
This should be some more quality television in a time where we are already having to keep up with more quality television than ever before. I suppose we can’t complain about that.
For those avoiding watching any trailers or marketing material for Rian Johnson’s wonderful time travel flick, Looper (Kurt’s Review) we implore you to give this trailer a look. Certainly the strangest way to cut a trailer, I believe from the director’s cousin who also did this wonderful one-sheet for The Brothers Bloom. The trailer is free of any narrative, narration but is gorgeous, evocative and en-captivating. In terms of the latter three adjectives, so is the film.
For quite some time, I have been hoping that Harrison would make a drastic transition in his career. In the trailer for 42, the upcoming biopic about baseball legend Jackie Robinson, it looks like he is finally taking a step in that direction. It looks as if Harrison will be doing his first real acting in a decade. While some people might have trouble getting past Harrison Ford doing something that isn’t, well, Harrison Ford, I’ve always found him to be the best when he is taking on a role that is slightly on the eccentric side – roles such as those in films such as Peter Weir’s The Mosquito Coast, Roman Polanski’s Frantic, and, of course, Blade Runner. I remain hopeful (as I always am with a new movie with Harrison Ford), especially since he hasn’t made a worthwhile movie since 1997’s Air Force One (although I actually appreciate his much maligned 2002 film K-19, even if he, Neeson, and Kathryn Bigelow didn’t quite pull it off).
As for the trailer, it actually looks pretty slick. Brian Helgeland, director of Payback (a movie I like an awful lot) and screenwriter of films such as L.A. Confidential, Mystic River, Man on Fire, and Green Zone, is doing double duties here also as writer and director. Chadwick Boseman, a relatively unknown actor who has primarily done bit TV roles up to this point, looks as if he is going to nail the part of Jackie. The film also co-stars Alan Tudyk, Christopher Meloni, Lucas Black, T.R. Knight, and the gorgeous Nicole Beharie who really shined in 2011’s Shame.
So, yeah. I’m hopeful. What do you think of the trailer?
According to Hollywood Reporter, Looney Tunes is set to be “rebooted” by Warner Bros. with former SNL scribe Jenny Slate and some Harry Potter producer on board to make it happen.
For many of us who are 25+, Looney Tunes is sacred. Still, we can already admit that they were shit on in 2003’s Back in Action and whatever Cartoon Network tried to do with its recent Looney Tunes Show, which was like a Friends version of Bugs, Daffy, and pals, but hell, if Warner Bros. further shits on these characters and makes the next Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, well… well… I’ll probably Tweet something very angrily about it. So, take that Warner Bros.
There was a time when three names like this in a single film would inspire not only confidence, but ecstatic pandemonium throughout the movie-loving community. Of course, that was before Al Pacino had a decade of movies which suggested he didn’t give a shit about his career anymore (with exception of You Don’t Know Jack). Christopher Walken, of course, is always awesome, but his idea of continuously working and never stopping for a break means he doesn’t always have the best judgement either. But hey, toss them together with Alan Arkin and even if the script is terrible, can it possibly be bad?
Directed by Fisher Stevens (you know, Ben from Short Circuit), the film follows a group of aged con men who get back together after one of them (played by Pacino) finishes a long-time stint behind bars. They like stealing. They like drugs. They like drinking. They like women. They like guns. They’re also a little rusty.
Pacino is actually pretty lowkey in the trailer, which I appreciate. Walken is typical Walken, which I also appreciate. It’s looking to be a pretty Walken-heavy next year between this, Seven Psychopaths, and A Late Quarter with Phillip Seymour Hoffman. And who doesn’t love Arkin? Even if the trailer didn’t inspire much confidence, a movie with a cast like this can’t be bad, right? You know, just like when Pacino and De Niro teamed up for Righteous Kill…
Oh yeah. Crap.
Check out the trailer below and be sure to leave your thoughts! Will these three awesome actors pull off what should be nothing less than epic?
For many people, a Spielberg movie is not simply a movie, but an event. For many people, a Daniel-Day Lewis movie is not simply a movie, but an event. For many people, just the thought of combining those two events into a mega-event is enough to make them squeal with anticipation and joy.
And there is no doubt about it, this sure does look like a Spielberg movie. For some, that’ll make them run away screaming “melodrama” and “John Williams” and “please stop it, Steven.” For others, like me, we are susceptible to the hysteria. We get caught up in all the hooplah. There are those of us who love and embrace Spielberg for his flaws, for his sentimentality, for his sweeping scores. And hell – love him, hate him, indifferent, you’ll be there too on November 16 (or shortly after) to see this.
What do you think of DDL’s interpretation so far? His voice? The general tone? Leave your comments below!
I love the idea of Disney’s upcoming Wreck-It Ralph. A video game villain, voiced by John C. Reilly, decides he no longer wants to be a video game villain. When Ralph – a sort of human version of Donkey Kong in a support group of video game villains which include Bowser, M. Bison, and a Pac-Man ghost, mind you – says, “It sure must be nice being the good guy,” Zangief of Street Fighter fame consoles him by saying in his heavy accent Russian ancient, “Ralph, you are bad guy… but this does not mean you are bad guy.” Soon, he decides to leave his game after thirty years in a quest to become a video game hero.
While the trailer plays the nostalgia card pretty heavy and is looking for a double dip of audiences that will include not only children but adults who grew up playing old-school games, there very well could be a movie there behind all the Sonic and Q*bert cameos. The trailer did was Disney aimed to do. It has me intrigued. I won’t be looking for a Pixar quality animated movie and I expect most adults who go won’t. Instead, I’ll be looking for some amusing references and a trip down memory lane – and all we can hope is we get a pretty good movie to entertain us along the way.
Other voice-actors for Wreck-It Ralph include star Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer, Adam Carolla, Mindy Kaling, Ed O’Neill, and Alan Tudyk.
Old-school gamers, check it out. Does the trailer do anything for you or do you think the concept will lose its charm before the credits roll?
Many Breaking Bad fans have wondered what next for Aaron Paul, since he’s already wrapped filming the final season and he’s only in his early-30s. Sure, Bryan Cranston can quit acting today and between Malcolm’s dad and, more importantly, Walt/Heisenberg, he’ll be going down as a legend. But Aaron’s just plenty of career ahead of him and we’re wondering whether that’s going to be on another television show or in films (or, hey, maybe both). Since Breaking Bad itself is quite cinematic, I figured the transition from TV actor to movie actor would be relatively natural for him.
Thus comes Smashed, a quirky indie drama about a drug and booze loving couple hoping to get clean in a world that doesn’t make it easy for people to get clean. Reviews were favorable out of Sundance, particularly for both Paul and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, with the movie itself garnering decent reviews. With a supporting cast including Octavia Spencer, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and Mark Kay Place, one can hope that this both helps ignite Paul’s movie career and maybe wins he and Winstead an award or two.
Check out the rather light-spirited trailer below.