Trailer: 007 in SPECTRE


“It was me, James. The author of all your pain.”

Lots more Christoph Waltz as Blofeld…er…Franz Oberhauser here, a lot of showcase of cars, computers and locations, specifically Mexico City on the Day of the Dead, London, Icy Wilderness reminiscent of foggy Scotland in Skyfal. There are few ‘wow’ moments in the trailer, as the Daniel Craig era of 007 settles into what is is. Not that this is in anyway a bad thing, just familiar. Have a look at the trailer below.

Teaser: 007 in S.P.E.C.T.R.E.

The magnificent cinematography, the continuing story line from Skyfall, and the sense that the filmmaking on display has unequivocally gotten to absolutely the A-Level after the franchise crossed the 50 year mark.

Enjoy the teaser trailer for the latest chapter in the Daniel Craig era of James Bond. Plus, some bonus silky, shadowy vocal stylings of Sir Christoph Waltz.

Cinecast Episode 364 – Fetishizing the Pen

And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack. And you may find yourself in another part of the world. And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile. And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife. And you may find yourself in the seats of the third row. And you may ask yourself, well…How did I get here? We ask ourselves the same questions. With no main review this week, we’re stuck with our home viewings and The Talking Heads. Which is plenty when you consider the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Woody Allen, John Turturro, Fisher Stevens and James Cameron. With nothing to talk about, it’s a mouthful folks (two, actually).

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Cinecast Episode 295 – I Wouldn’t Wear That. Even in the Future!

This week sees a return to form with all sorts of negativity and disagreement. But [in best DeForest Kelley voice] for God sake man, it’s Anne Hathaway. She’s worth fighting for! Outside of that little tussle, Sean Kelly from joins in on the discussion with a bit more of a unique Oscar experience having seen the whole thing in a packed theater. For the majority of this Cinecast it is a look back at Sunday nights Hollywood back-patting at the Academy Awards. We talk about it all: from winners to losers to hosting to gowns (OK, not really) to stage direction to orchestration. Look no further; it’s all in here. From there we venture into the Watch List with Kurt proving Matt Gamble’s prognostication mostly correct with a viewing of Margaret. We grind the axe a bit more (though less enthusiastically) about modern biblical epics while Sean looks at a couple of Oscar-nominated documentaries and Andrew continues his Star Treking.

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Review: Django Unchained


After watching Jamie Foxx boldly strut on a chestnut mare with circular-lensed shades through the sunny Mississippi countryside, I find it almost impossible to imagine Wil Smith doing the same without bringing the bulk of Quentin Tarantino’s Western/Southern enterprise crashing down. There is a steely gravitas to Foxx (see also Jarhead, Miami Vice) that works when he evolves to cowboy super-shooter (and instrument of revenge), but more importantly, there is a generous yet unassuming vulnerability when he plays off Christoph Waltz that makes the picture decidedly human amongst all the heroic bloodshed, sweaty mandingo wrestling, horse murder, and flowery language. The look and tone of the film is as grab bag as the range of its cinematic influences. Moments that recall John Ford’s Monument Valley grandeur and snowy echoes of Sergio Corbucci’s The Great Silence sit uneasily against the farcical parody of Birth of A Nation‘s ride of the Klan (feat. Jonah Hill!) or a man being violently torn apart by dogs. Django Unchained may feel like a 10 hour HBO miniseries crushed down to just under 3 hours, but it is a cornucopia of delights and it does what its director does best. That is to say, let great actors have memorable scenes of dialogue (or silence) together, whilst setting the non-acting scenes to exceptionally curated music.

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Django Unchained Poster

So the folks over at Yahoo! gave us this wee teaser of a poster today. Normally we’d wait for Friday to post something like this, but quite honestly this poster leaves a little bit to be desired on the imagination front and really isn’t worthy of the prestige that is our Friday One-Sheet posts. But it does promise us one thing: blood. Lots of it. And to tell the truth, I could care less how uninspired this poster may be. This is my #1 most anticipated film for the rest of the year. If it’s Tarantino, I’m in. End of story.

Quentin is a Rambunctious Sort Ain’t He? [Django Unchained Trailer]

There are about 4 or 5 film makers (probably less) living today that are batting 1.000 in their film making career. These are the sorts that don’t even need a trailer. I’d walk into this movie blind without question. Sure Leo, Christoph Waltz and Jaimie Foxx do their fair share of awesome as well, but when you tuck QT behind the camera, you’re guaranteed a wild, hootin’ hollerin’ good time at the movies… with a slice of perfection riding side-saddle.

Sure I would’ve preferred some Will Smith in here to see what would happen, but you don’t really need to check out this trailer to know you’re going to the movie opening night do you? Of course you don’t. But what the hell, pull the trigger anyway. Cause it’s a helluva tease for Christmas time!

Leonardo’s got a Hammer. The Maid has a bow on her head. Django Unchained Pictures.

I‘m quite excited to see Quentin Tarantino do his Blaxploitation/Spaghetti Western mashup, Django Unchained. It has been somewhat obvious that he has been working towards this point for years and while the hoity-toity of film critics lament that Tarantino is not the ‘populist art-house’ filmmaker they wanted him to be after the one-two punch of Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown, I am pretty happy that he finds ways to make arty-genre films (my personal sweet spot). There isn’t quite a trailer to be seen at the moment, but Entertainment Weekly has a few stills to give you a hint of what the picture is going to look like. Jamie Foxx is looking charmingly grizzled and bad-ass. And Christoph Waltz in a duster! In a word: Awesome.

I Believe in the God of Carnage

…And his name is Roman Polanski. He wreaks havoc of awesome with every piece of celluloid he touches and now he’s got another A-list set of stars to carry on the tradition in this seemingly dark comedy based on the play by Yasmina Reza.

Two sets of parents meet an apartment to talk over the violent dispute between their 11 year-old sons on the school yard. Slowly, what starts as friendly banter turns into verbal blood-shed. aka Carnage.

Maybe a little bit more over the top yet light-hearted version of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe? See the trailer below and make the call. I for one have a new most anticipated film for this year…