Trailer: Trespass Against Us

Despite a turn for intensity at the end of this trailer, do not be fooled, Trespass Against Us is kind of Sundancey-cute for all of its big themes of sins of the father, academia-vs-‘school-of-life’ and the United Kingdom’s social isolation of gypsies. It’s a glossy package perfectly suited for middle-brow consumption.

The very high profile cast including Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson and Sean Harris (going full retard in this one, and defying the old Robert Downy Jr. commentary on this – he is excellent here, but not featured at all in the trailer. First time director (he is normally a documentary guy) Adam Smith goes for smaller moments, but cannot resist a ‘big finish’ that the movie seems to completely earn, but is nevertheless (kind of) pulled off by the sheer magnetism of Fassbender’s presence. At this point, by my editorializing, you can guess I caught this at TIFF where it debuted to kind of muted satisfaction afterwards. Trespass Against Us passes the time, but hardly leaves much of an impression. Considering all the car chases in the film, your mileage may vary.

Trailer: Suffragette

“I‘ve worked there part-time since I was 7, full-time since I was 12.”

Sarah Gavron’s Sufragette, is set in the early 20th century film about the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement in the UK, stars Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter and Natalie Press. Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson are on hand to represent the types of male authority at the time.

In 1912 England, women were forced underground to pursue a dangerous agenda with an increasingly brutal State. In other words, the film is a document on being a working filmmaker in Hollywood these days. The trailer even ends with Ms. Streep solemnly intoning, “Never give up, Never surrender.”

Suffragette opens in UK cinemas on October 30, 2015. The trailer is below:

Cinecast Episode 365 – Conversations on a Beach

We’re calling this the overlap episode. From Mickey Rourke to M. Emmet Walsh to Brendan Gleeson to Chris O’Dowd; everyone seems to be in everything (if only Andrew had finished MI:2). But Calvary is where it all stems and a lengthy and meaty discussion we have on that one – unfortunately we’re not on a beach. Sin City the go-around-again edition tempts Andrew while Kurt falls for pretty great marketing from the team at CBS films and their picture, The Kings of Summer (aka not to be confused with Stand By Me). Star Wars and meticulous, unrelenting fans of the original brings humanity together with their “Despecialized” version (2.5) and the circle is now complete.

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Trailer: The Company You Keep

Outside the Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redford is kind of a cottage industry for earnest political tinged thrillers. The Company You Keep is indeed one of these, focusing on the trials and tribulations (and family) of two Weather Underground members. It came and went without a peep at the 2012 edition of TIFF.





Robert Redford, Julie Christie, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Susan Sarandon, Sam Elliott, Brendan Gleeson, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Shia LaBeouf, Anna Kendrick, Brit Marling, and Stanley Tucci.

Furthermore, it’s penned by Lem Dobbs (The Limey) and scored by Cliff Martinez (Solaris, Drive)

Cinecast Episode 225 – We Saw the Future

Thanks so much to Jandy Stone for dropping by to help talk movies this week. It would not have been much of a conversation without her. Hope you kicked arse for the lord with your trivia contest! At any rate, there’s surprisingly lots to dig into this week despite it being that odd time of year when not much is going on in the multi-plexes and people are spending their time tooling up for school and enjoying the beautiful weather. That of course, does not deter us from sitting indoors, ignoring the children and watching film. In limited release, we talk about Miranda July’s sophmore feature, The Future. Also on the platter is some British, sci-fi, humor action in Attack the Block and lastly Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle in The Guard. Grab some Pepsi for our discussion on the ins and outs and what have you’s of Kubrick’s Spartacus, Disney showing signs of life and film noir is still alive and kicking in the Netflix Instant realm. We remain relatively spoiler free throughout, so enjoy!

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Review: The Guard

[The Guard opens in limited release in the US today, so we’re bumping our LA Film Festival Review. It’s definitely one of the best comedies I’ve seen so far this year.]

If you’ve seen the dark-comedy-with-a-streak-of-philosophy In Bruges, the name “McDonagh” may not be wholly unfamiliar to you, as that film brought Irish playwright and director Martin McDonagh to international attention. The Guard is directed by his brother and frequent collaborator John Michael McDonagh, and besides the obvious use of wonderful actor Brendan Gleeson in both films, they also share some of the same sense of humor mixed with morbidity, though The Guard ratchets up the comedy a bunch, becoming one of the laugh-out-loud funniest movies I’ve seen all year.

Gleeson plays a Galway policeman who really doesn’t give a crap about his job, and spends most of his time on the first case we see ridiculing his young new partner, both for his earnestness and because he’s from Dublin. No color or national origin is safe from non-politically-correct jokes in this film, not even the Galway cops themselves. When an FBI agent (Don Cheadle) shows up investigating a drug trafficking case, it becomes clear that Gleeson’s murder case is connected, and the two start working together, despite their initially strained relations. It would be easy to expect the film to be about race, given the setup in the trailer and the premise of a bigoted Irish cop working with an African-American, but this film cannot be so easily pigeon-holed, and ends up being far more of a character study (albeit an uproariously funny one) of Gleeson’s character.

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“The Guard” Trailer Plays Up the West…of Ireland

When I first saw The Guard on the LA Film Fest lineup, I was intrigued by the cast – Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle – but not totally convinced by the premise of an Irish cop teaming with a black FBI agent on an international drug trafficking case, which seemed to me could get In the Heat of the Night-style heavy-handed in a real hurry. But then I saw this trailer for it, and immediately rushed to make room for it on my schedule, because this trailer looks fantastic. And according to Twitch’s Todd Brown, it’s actually even better than the trailer suggests.

Writer/director John Michael McDonagh (making his feature debut as director) is brother to Martin McDonagh, who teamed with Gleeson and Colin Farrell on the underrated dark comedy In Bruges, and The Guard definitely looks like it has some of the same genes, maybe with even a touch of a less over-the-top Hot Fuzz in there. Add in the admittedly precious conceit of overlaying the trailer with a spaghetti western feel, and I’m charmed and totally on board.

The Guard plays the LA Film Festival on the 22nd and 24th (it already played Sundance in January), and will be released by Sony Pictures Classics in the US at a yet-to-be-determined date. It opens July 8th in the UK.

Take a look under the seats to see the trailer.

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Bourne 4 Trailer

green_zone_stillWell not really; but it might as well be titled that. The new movie from Bourne director, Paul Greengrass, entitled Green Zone will hit theaters in March of next year. Rope of Silicon is talking 2011 Oscar love for this thing which truly baffles me.* I mean sure this might be the next great action picture (ala Dark Knight), but if what is essentially Jason Bourne in Iraq gets Oscar love while Greengrass’ United 93 got almost no mention at Award season (a complete traveshammockery) then I will officially sever myself from any tethers I have to the Academy (which, A] is zero and B] I always say but watch and discuss Oscar anyway).

At any rate take a look at the trailer (tucked below the seat). It does look fairly well shot and action oriented and likely entertaining as hell. Besides Damon, we’ve got Greg Kinnear, Brendan Gleeson and (the we need much more of this actress) Amy Ryan in co-starring roles.

What do you think? Am I off base in calling this yet another Bourne movie?

* UPDATE: Now that the Oscars nominate ten best pictures, I suppose damn near anything is eligible. Which doesn’t put a nomination for Green Zone completely out of the realm of possibility.

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