Trust Me, You Want to Watch This: Eldorado Trailer

How I missed this in my reader on Wednesday is anyone’s guess. It probably has something to do with the fact that Todd’s post has an incredibly long title and I’m too lazy and have far too much to get through, so I just skipped over it. But how would you like to see David Carradine again in what is surely his last on-screen hoorah? Me too.

Add to Carradine some Rodriguez/Tarantino regulars, Darryl Hannah, Michael Madsen, Tom Savini, Lapidus, Ivan Drago’s wife and about three “holy shit” casting decisions: Sylvester McCoy (the seventh doctor for you kids), Peter O’Toole (yes, Peter fucking O’Toole) and the icing on this proverbial cake? Ladies and gentlemen, Steve Guttenberg. Drop all this amazingness into a movie musical about wild west hillbillies, Nazi strippers, zombies, the “Jews” brothers and whole slew of carnage violence, comedy and mayhem and I’m actually surprised that this film actually exists. But apparently it does!

This is a live action 3D comedy/horror/musical/road movie and is the first ever British movie to be shot in 3D.

After wrongly being sent to a Neo Nazi fund raiser instead of the stripper, Blues Brothers tribute band ‘The Jews Brothers’, Stan and Ollie get offered a gig in El Dorado to make amends for a gig gone sour.

At the very same time Jessica a beautiful but despondent wife is on the run with a million dollars from her cheating husband’s night club.

All roads lead to Eldorado, these lives intersect and at this point it means trouble. While these small lives revolve around each other a bigger power is controlling the action to make their visit to this town one they will never forget.

It’s Eldorado’s 200th anniversary, the townsfolk are hungry to celebrate, which does prove unfortunate to the tourists who come to visit and find that they are the dish of the day.

A parody of films including THE BLUES BROTHERS, SWEENEY TODD and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, ELDORADO is more than just bad table manners and a little light music, it becomes a way of life.

I think I’m willing to break my no 3D rule for this one. Check out the trailer under the seats and thank again to Twitch for the linkage.


Friday One Sheet: Rubber


Very classy and very nice. Except for that Tagline, ugh. Nevertheless, the featured tire on an angle with an eye does a nice (if maybe a tad obvious) job of underscoring both the ‘psychic’ nature of the the radial, but more importantly, the ‘watching,’ as the film (Kurt’s Review) is very much about how and why we watch these sorts of high-concept B-films. I’d love to see this hanging in the lobby of my local multiplex, if only to see the perplexed looks on the regular cinema-goers (the same perplexed looks the film is probably going to get from many viewers.)

First Look: Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man

Andrew Garfield is a hell of a talent. When I first saw John Crowley’s fantastic Boy A back in 2007, I had a feeling we would be seeing plenty of this guy in the future, and while it took a couple more years, his career has ignited as of late. First, his Golden Globe nominated role in The Social Network, then his highly praised work in the adaptation of Never Let Me Go, and finally, to top it all off, he snagged the much coveted, movie star making role of Peter Parker in Marc Webb’s upcoming Spider-Man reboot.

One can’t help but be at least mildly interested in this, with the highly talented Webb behind the camera directing all of this talent in front of it – Andrew Garfield as good ol’ Pete, Emma Stone as love-interest Gwen Stacy, Martin Sheen as Ben Parker, Sally Field as May Parker, Rhys Ifans as Curt Connors, Denis Leary as George Stacy. The cast is not too shabby.

Now, we get our very first look at Garfield in the costume and the changes are quite noticeable – and if you take a close look, that looks like some web shooters on Spidey’s wrists. Despite my constant reassurances that I am not interested in this, the child in my can’t help but wonder if this might turn out to be a whole lot of fun… and most importantly, cleanse that bitter taste that Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 left in my mouth.

Be sure to leave your thoughts on this entire reboot in the comments. We are interested to hear what you have to say.

Mamo #188: The Green Mamo

The first big movie of 2011 is the long-in-development, big-in-hype, one-of-two-superhero-movies-with-“green”-in-the-title, Green Hornet. Hot off a preview screening at Yonge and Eglinton in Toronto, how did the boys from Mamo fare with the boys from Hornet? And who’s the sidekick on this show, anyway?

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Best of 2010: The Posters

The end of the year is always enjoyable to me because it finally feels like the right time to make lists, and I LOVE making lists. So forgive me if I indulge in at least one more before get too far into 2011. It may be the last, but I’m not promising anything! The poster is usually the first piece of marketing released for a film, the first thing that’s supposed to generate interest in an upcoming film. Too many posters resort to selling a film based purely on floaty-headed stars, but the ones that do something more, that manage to encapsulate the film in a single image or composite of images or are beautiful and evocative on their own, become something more than simply marketing. Here are some posters for 2010 films that particularly stood out. Click any image to see a larger version of the poster.

The Best



The Social Network

Just when full-face posters seem to be played out The Social Network takes the concept and in tandem with one of the more memorable taglines of the year, turns it into something that fits the film perfectly. It’s a Facebook profile picture, it’s an image of the man at the center of Facebook, and both revealed and obscured by text, standing in for the searing script that is at least half the reason the film is so much fun to watch. The other half? The great performances led by Eisenberg, whose mug fills the poster.


True Grit

Just words on a page, maybe, but I love me some good typography, and this is great. Plus, making the whole thing look like a wanted poster in blacks and tans (plus the slight bit of red that just makes it even better) gets across the theme and feel of the movie right off the bat. Also, kudos for not bowing to the temptation of putting the faces of your very big stars on the poster.


Rabbit Hole

It’s difficult to get across a sense of time and change in a still image, but that’s what this poster does really well, showing different stages in the relationship between Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as they grieve for their son – the slight gradation in color adds to the emotional range as well.

See the rest under the seats – LOTS of images, so beware slow or mobile connections.
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Winslet and Pearce tackle HBO miniseries.

A five-part HBO miniseries starring Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, and Evan Rachel Wood that is directed by Todd Haynes (I’m Not There, Far from Heaven) was made and nobody around here noticed? Hard to believe, but it’s true and HBO has released a trailer to prove it. Based on the 1941 novel (which was adapted once already by Michael Curtiz in 1945), the miniseries follows a middle-class woman during the Great Depression who, after being cheated on by her husband, leaves him to open up a restaurant and support her and her daughter, providing her strength and independence along the way.

Everyone around her loves Winslet, but it is always great to see Guy Pearce working also. I’ve always been so stunned by his career – the promising late-90s run of L.A. Confidential, Ravenous, and Memento, then fizzling out for the next decade, taking leads in quite a few stinkers, showing up in bit supporting roles here and there, and starring in only one truly great film (The Proposition). I am always hoping something will reignite his career, so who knows, maybe this could be that spark. Either way, this promises to be a highly worthwhile television experience.

The miniseries airs on March 27, 2011 on HBO.

Adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Sunset Limited’ is Previewed

Holy smokes! Who knew that the adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s philosophical play The Sunset Limited was only a month away from airing on HBO? It seems like it was only a few months ago that I found out that Tommy Lee Jones (who also directs) and Samuel L. Jackson would be playing the roles of “White” and “Black” – but as if often the case, time has slipped, and a glimpse in our archives reveals that the announcement came back in August of 2009, where I said I awaited this with the “eagerness of a young child on Christmas Eve.” And eager I am. I’m perplexed that I hadn’t noticed the released of two teasers and a whole slew of photographs for The Sunset Limited were released in the past few days. Here is how I described the play (or the “novel in dramatic form” as McCarthy labeled it) back in ’09:

The one-act play (which again, is unconventional in that it is completely driven by the dialogue of a single conversation) has but two unnamed men: a black, uneducated ex-convict who now does his best to go through life with the Bible as his guide (“I think for the most part people are good to start with. I think evil is somethin you bring on your own self. Mostly from wantin what you ain’t supposed to have”), and a white, atheist college professor who just before the play begins is saved by the other from attempted suicide by hurling himself in front of a train (“If people saw the world for what it truly is. Saw their lives for what they truly are. Without dreams or illusions. I don’t believe they could offer the first reason why they should not elect to die as soon as possible”). Through their interactions, more about their characters are revealed as we look at two very different men with two very different outlooks on life, as they discuss the existence of a high power, the nature of man, and the moral implications behind White’s attempted suicide. If you and friends have ever had similar conversations (as the lone atheist amongst my close friends, it a topic that comes up often over some beers in our circle), this is a must-read, as Cormac’s dialogue is some of the best of any writers today, with shades of Dostoevsky and Faulkner very apparent in both his writing and the themes his stories tackle.

The Sunset Limited premieres Saturday, February 12 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO.