Trailer: Terrence Malick’s Song To Song

After the magnificent Knight of Cups and the egregious Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey in 2016, Terrence Malick is back (so soon) with a rock and roll sour romance (Mike Nichol’s Closer with guitars and keyboards?) featuring some of the best A-list actors working today: Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Natalie Portman. Not featured in the trailer are the host of other actors, Cate Blanchette, Clifton Collins Jr., Christian Bale, Benicio Del Toro, Holly Hunter, Angela Bettis, Val Kilmer, and Halley Bennett. Nor do you see the various musicians: Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Johnny Lydon or Arcade Fire.

Shot with his signature style (lots of voice over, wide angle lenses, and pretty much zero emphasis on narrative) with his usual cinematographer, Emmanual Lubezki, if you wanted to know what an indie-rock tale would look like from the elegiac master of cinema, well, the trailer is tucked below.

Song to Song opens on March 17th.

Cinecast Episode 423 – A Confident Know-Nothing

The year isn’t quite over yet for the folks in the third row. There are some pretty amazing loose ends to tie up. Before we get into Iñárritu next week, we’ve got some David O. Russell and co. to cover as well as one of the most unlikely best films of the year, The Big Short. The Watch List has Kurt seeing some “lesser” Kubrick in 70mm, Andrew watching the biggest waste of space of 2015 and Matt Gamble having his mind blown by streaming documentaries. If only you could’ve been privy to our off-air discussions, this might have been one of the best Cinecasts in history. Wait til next week when we round off the year with all of our “best of” stuff. Until then, we appreciate you dropping by and having your ear for a couple of hours in this new year, 2016.

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Trailer: Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups

Instantly recognizable as a Terrence Malick film, Knight of Cups has the same low-and-wide photography, the philosophical voice-overs, the general human malaise peppered with joy, that has been his signature directorial style since his coming out of hiatus with 1999s The Thin Red Line. Christian Bale plays a rich asshole in California who is reflecting on whether rich asshole was a good of life-goal. Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman co-star, and he extended cast is across the board exceptional: Imogen Poots, Kevin Corrigan, Brian Dennehy, Jason Clarke, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Shea Whigham, Ryan O’Neal, Ben Kingsley, Michael Wincott, Nick Offerman, Wes Bentley, (and Antonio Banderas is apparently on hand in the trailer to reflect women as fruit flavours.)

Whether or not the subject matter is appealing to you, the West coast vistas, and insides of mansions and nightclubs make this one of the top visual looking films of the year.

Trailer #2: Exodus


A second trailer for Ridley Scott’s Moses biopic features more CGI, more Christian Bale screaming at the heavens, more sad Ben Kingsley and more bad eyeliner on Joel Edgerton. Despite its posh production value and sophisticated computer graphics, the whole thing is still rather yawn inducing.

Trailer: Exodus: Gods & Kings


Who doesn’t love a well-made, over-the-top sword and sandal flick? Despite its flaws, I’m an unabashed apologist for Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, impossibly clean facial hair for Maximus Decimus Meridius and all. So let’s just say the little kid is me is stoked for his upcoming Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings (although what an awful title, right?).

The movie stars Christian Bale as Moses, the man with the Old Testament god’s plan to lead the exodus of Israelite slaves from Egypt, an unrecognizable Joel Edgerton as the murderous Pharaoh Rhamses, Aaron Paul as Moses’s right hand man Joshua, with John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, Indira Varma, and Ben Kingsley rounding out the cast along with thousands of extras that, fortunately, will not be all CGI-generated.

The trailer is more or less what you’d expect from a modern prestige blockbuster: melodramatic and flashy with contemporary music and, frankly, not afraid of being somewhat ridiculous. Meaning it’s exactly what I was hoping for.

Exodus: Gods & Kings will be released stateside on December 12, 2014, suggesting Scott is hoping for some trophies come Oscar season. It’s been quite some time since we’ve have a good mythological epic with this much star power behind it, so we’ll have to see if it lives up to its potential.

Friday One Sheet: American Hustle

In terms of glossy Hollyood genre fare that screams “Let’s just put on a goddamn show!” The fall film to beat is Ridley Scott’s The Counselor. But the dark horse is most certainly David O. Russell’s equally star studded heist drama American Hustle. Annapurna and their distributor Columbia (Sony) Pictures have put out some high-photoshop but still damn sexy showcases of their great looking cast in swanky period attire. Clean, simple, glamorous. I offer Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence above, but the rest of them are tucked under the seat.

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Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups

Knight of Cups

With Cannes off and running, there are going to be dribs and drabs of trailers, posters and film stills as things are hawked in the large film marketplace that dominates the festival (and remains more or less outside of the bulk of press coverage.) Leading the charge is this first still from Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups Christian Bale in his third outing with the director stars alongside with Natalie Portman, who will be possibly following in the (bare) footsteps of Jessica Chastain and Olga Kurylenko. will be starring with Imoogen Poots, Cate Blanchett and Antonio Banderas supporting. The film still itself is about as typical an image from a 21st century Malick movie as one can gets: A couple on a beach, maybe frolicking, maybe twirling.

I’d give you the plot, but would it really matter? You watch a Malick film for the cinematic vitality, not the plot points. Am I excited for this and hope it finds the proper investments to get a bigger release than the woefully neglected To The Wonder? Hell yes.

Mamo #263: Up, Up and Away

The Dark Knight rises again! Our last show on The Dark Knight Rises dealt necessarily with serious and troubling events offscreen. We return to the topic of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy to uphold and celebrate the vast achievements and influences of this genre-defining enterprise, and to look ahead – to Superman, Man of Steel, Nightwing, and any other thing that might be waiting in the (bat)wings.

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Grim and Moody Trailer for Nolan’s Batman 3

With Avengers set to clean up at the Box Office this weekend, trotting out and agenda of colourful, mindless fun and popcorn, it is no surprise that Christopher Nolan and company put out the grimmest, moodiest, downer of a trailer possible for The Dark Knight Rises. *Spoilers Ahoy* in this trailer below. Enjoy the silence. Enjoy the mayhem of the last few seconds.

Ladbrokes are launching a new Batman slots game to celebrate the release of The Dark Knight Rises. For your chance to win the jackpot, fend off hordes of enemies and defeat Batman’s old nemesis, the Joker. Keep an eye on for more news.

Cinecast Episode 195 – Z-Axis

The last episode of 2010 clocks in with a triple review, as Kurt and Andrew look at David O. Russell’s earnest and farcical boxing drama, The Fighter, as well as John Cameron Mitchell’s look at how a couple (in this case, Aaron Eckhart and Nicole Kidman) grieve the loss of their young son in Rabbit Hole. Andrew and Gamble gripe on and praise Tron 2 for various reasons, before Gamble gives a double-sneakpeak of The Green Hornet and Fockers 3: Meet those Tiny Mothered-Fockers. All three of the boys discuss their Top 5 male performance picks of 2010 (and add a few honorable mentions in there to boot), and along the way there are digressions on Stanley Kubrick, Stephen King, the nature and requirement of good comedy writing and whether or not it is a good idea to watch mega-blockbusters under the influence of strong cocktails and bacon popcorn.

The Cinecast will return early in 2011. Be safe. Be happy. Be catching up on the holiday cinema offerings if the family gets to be too much for you!

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Cinecast Episode 194 (alternate version with no music). This post is simply for streaming purposes and easier access for iTunes subscribers. For full show notes and listener comments, please visit the official post for this episode.