Trailer: The Revenant

Bears, Hypothermia, Buried Alive and Tom Hardy, O My! Leonardo DiCaprio goes full on Grizzly Adams in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s long take snow-caked visceral revenge western. We were teased earlier this year with the bleak gorgeous images and ambitious shot-length strategy of the film earlier this year, but this new trailer offers a lot more Tom Hardy, who plays the villain of the piece, and a fair bit more of the plot of the film.

After being left for dead and buried alive after a bear attack, Hugh Glass (A Grizzly Adams bearded Leonardo DiCaprio) seeks out the sonuvabitch (Tom Hardy) who also had a hand in murdering his son. Vengeance and long-take action sequences ensue.

The whole thing looks to be gloriously next-level-big-canvas epic, as Alejandro González Iñárritu continues his mission (along with his Mexican cohort, Alfonso Cuaron) to re-evaluate film grammar and the long take the digital age of cinema.

Cinecast Episode 202 – Obviously You’re Not a Golfer


It is a cornucopia, a smörgåsbord, a veritable potpourri of cinema, as the Cinecast regulars get together with nothing on the agenda other than to talk about what they have watched, in the cinema, on the DVD and streamed from the internet or (in an exciting technology development, from the Computer Hard Drive.) Andrew continues to dig into the Foreign Language Nominees with Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Biutiful. Kurt comes at Oscar a different way with the new documentary on the man with the midas touch when it comes to little gold men, Harvey Weinstein. And Gamble talks best animated film of 2011 with a preview of the flat out awesome Gore Verbinski/Nickelodeon/Industrial-Light-And-Magic Johnny Depp western, Rango. From there, we go from the occult, to Penelope Cruz DTV failures, to two vastly different takes time travel from the 1980s to Chinese shopping malls. Then it is onto Romans wandering about Scotland, Aussie crime dynasties and suburban teenage prostitution rings! It is all a part of your complete breakfast.

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Official Trailer for Iñárritu’s “Biutiful”

Holy Hannah is this a beautiful looking trailer. It doesn’t really give us much to go on in terms of plot or characterization, but you can find all of that pretty easily by doing a little web work. I know this was a pretty big hit at TIFF last month and if this trailer coupled with Iñárritu’s past efforts are any indication, I think we’re in for a real treat in Biutiful.

The film follows Uxbal (Bardem), an underworld figure and devoted single dad, through his attempts to reconcile with a past love and secure a future for his children as his own death draws near. Biutiful represents something of a departure for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, even as it confirms the pervasive bleakness of his worldview. Less invested in themes of fate and convergence than his previous work, this gritty, slow-burning melodrama nonetheless offers a very long descent into a private purgatory, and its scant emotional rewards can’t shake off the sense of a prodigiously gifted filmmaker stuck in a grim rut.




TIFF10 Initial Volley of Films


Here comes the 35th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, and the line-up thus far of Galas and Special Presentations (that is code for High Profile Films) is looking quite stellar. You want new films from Stephen Frears, Mark Romanek, Darren Aronfosky, François Ozon, Kim Ji-Woon, Michael Winterbottom, Mike Leigh, Guillaume Canet, Andrew Lau, John Cameron Mitchell, Woody Allen, Sylvain Chomet, Tran Anh Hung, Danis Tanovic, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Julian Schnabel and Im Sang-Soo. Yes you do. No signs of Terrence Malick yet, but fingers crossed!

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A “Biutiful” Trailer

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Biutiful, starring Javier Bardem, has yet to get a North American distribution deal but word out of Cannes was quite positive and I imagine it won’t be long before we’re able to see this potential masterpiece on this side of the pond.

Iñárritu’s previous films have all done well critically including this little nook of the movie nets. Also, with the recent success of Javier Bardem as he gains American favor and recognition (No Country for Old Men, Vicky Christina Barcelona) and a best actor win from Cannes this year, I see no reason why the film can’t do very well over here.

Here’s hoping the picture as a whole is as quality in story and excitement as it is biutiful. We previously found a few clips and behind the scenes stuff, but now the international trailer has arrived. Aside from the overly heavy narration (though the words do sell well), check me off the registrar’s list; I’m there.

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Alejandro González Iñárritu’s World Cup


We are all well aware that Alejandro González Iñárritu’s specialty is connecting disjointed narratives to a central, worldly theme, with maximum drama (some may say melodrama.) What better than the adoration or failure motif in the wide world of sports? Nike seems to have discovered this as well. Here is the Mexican directors wonderfully dense World Cup advertisement for the shoe company (that constantly takes branding to the next level by throwing gobs and gobs of money around) that underscores, culturally, how much pressure is on these guys. Adoration or Failure? This thing is bombastic, glossy as hell, and well, still pretty wonderful. Look for the hilariously meta Gael Garcia Bernal moment.

The time has come for players to carve their name in history. One touch, tackle or free kick could crush a nation’s hopes or cause them to build a statue in your honour. Drogba, Rooney and Ronaldo are ready to Write The Future.

Promo Trailer for Iñárritu’s “Biutiful

Here’s hoping our own David Brook can get to a screening for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Cannes entry Biutiful during the few days he’ll be attending the festival. The critical reception I’ve read so far has been very much all over the place. Some loving it, some hating on it quite a bit and many in the middle talking about how well it’s shot and the actors’ performances are terrific, but also a little bit on the boring side and some have even suggested “pointless.” Ouch. So it’d be nice to have one of our own give us some insight. But either way, after his pretty terrific death trilogy and some early Oscar talk for star, Javier Bardem, I’d say I’m on board no matter what whenever a wider release hits the states; probably later this year.

The film stars Javier Bardem as Uxbal, a former drug addict living on the fringes of Barcelona, Spain, who has cancer and only two months to live. Amplifying his problems are his two kids, a part-time prostitute ex-wife who suffers from bipolar disorder, African immigrants, gay Chinese lovers who supply his bootleg goods and his touchy relationship with a crooked cop. [playlist]

Cannes released the following promo trailer with some bits from the film as well as shots of Iñárritu directing his cast and crew.