Trailer: Cabin in the Woods

Somewhere along the long line of delays and hold-backs, I had forgotten that this film was not directed by Joss Whedon, but rather by Lost writer/producer Drew Goddard. This trailer is a very solid reminder of that fact. I am not sure if I have seen high-tech/puzzlebox combined with spam-in-a-cabin horror in this fashion. (Editor’s Note: Actually there...

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Have a look at Daniel Day-Lewis with his Lincoln beard.

It has been quite some time since Spielberg has excited audiences – by my calculations, the last time was with his 2005 masterpiece Munich. Lately, it seems he is more interested in the producing side of filmmaking than the directing – although he now has The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse, neither of which excite me in the least, being released...

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Dates of “Shame”

If you’re like me, Steve McQueen’s last feature, Hunger, was an exquisitely torturous affair. Which means you’re probably excited for his follow-up feature, the NC-17 rated, Shame. Some of us in the third you’re have already managed to catch the film, but the rest of it’s have had to wait. Well that wait is almost over. Next month,...

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Trailer #2: Shame

Want the heart and soul of Steve McQueen’s second feature, Shame (Kurt’s Review) in 2 minutes? Marvelous editing, it’s like a micro-film in itself. Clearly the ad company have identified the signature scene in the film, one Carey Mulligan crooning New York, New York in a private performance for her brother in the film, played by Micheal...

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Pixar’s Brave Gets a Full Trailer

After releasing a teaser trailer a few months ago, Pixar has just dropped the full theatrical trailer for their upcoming Scottish warrior princess film Brave. There’s been a lot of hype about this being Pixar’s first film with a female lead, and good on them for finally doing that and seeming to largely stay away from the Disney-esque princess mold,...

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Forget the Dwarves! It’s SNOW WHITE vs. SNOW WHITE

As happens often enough in Hollywoodland, one studio gets a whiff of what another is making, and then greenlights their own. Well they are going at this battle furiously, as both released their trailers this week. In one corner, Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman stars Kristen “Bella” Stewart, Charlize “Monster” Theron and...

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Trailer: The Hunger Games

I am quite amazed that after seeing Kinji Fukasaku’s wonderfully violent satire Battle Royale more or less banned/undistributed in Canada and the US, we are getting a huge glossy franchise that involves teens killing teens for sport. With Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin and the host of other interesting school shooting films, I guess the...

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Trailer Cutting 101: Haywire

With Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion being one of the best films of the year, many may have forgotten that Mr. Threaten-to-retire-but-remain-prolific has another film in the works. This one has Lem “The Limey” Dobbs on screenwriting duty and MMA fighter as the star, but I’m not going to talk about that. The below trailer is a master class...

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Trailer: We Need to Talk About Kevin

Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher, Movern Callar) takes the ‘school shooting’ movie (now a subgenre, there are a lot of ‘em) and exaggerates emotion, dumps in dozens of foreboding signs and signifiers. The film is directed to play like a full blown horror film. Quite simply: We Need to Talk About Kevin is one of the best films of the year....

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Trailer: The Innkeepers

  Albeit a bit spoilerish if you ask me, and totally misleading to boot. Nevertheless, Ti West’s excellent ghost story – a mixture of scares and laughs that somehow manages to do something new with the horror comedy while feeling like a bit of classic spook cinema – now has a trailer. This means it is one step closer to being released by...

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