Friday One Sheet: In The Fade

A gorgeous one-sheet featuring a gorgeous actress: Diane Kruger. Here she is working with German-Turkish director Fatih Akin examining the after-effects of a terrorist bombing on one woman who loses her son and husband in the attack. It’s difficult, exactly, to tell this from this glittery urban-lit poster, that is as reminiscent of Blade Runner as it is of Old Boy. Maybe the rain makes things seems sad? But the first rule of old-school marketing is sell the star, and this picture does so magnificently. It even drops the laurel in the top left corner indicating Ms. Kruger picked up the best acting nod at this years Cannes festival. And just to show you how much Photoshop is used these days (you know this already, of course) here is Ms. Kruger not in the rain.

Cinecast Episode 223 – Just the Alien from Cloverfield and Super 8?

 
 
A bit of a break in the usual routine as summer comes closer to a close – In this episode of the Cinecast director Jim Mickle (Stake Land and Mulberry St.) joins Kurt and Andrew for a chat on Jon Favreau’s Cowboys and Aliens and Errol Morris’s Tabloid. We mix up the typical show order and do DVD picks first (as Stake Land hits DVD shelves this week!), then our main reviews, with liberal sprinkling of Netflix instant watch suggestions throughout the show before finally ending on The Watch List. This allows for a lot of delightful tangents and director/screenwriter insights. Hope you enjoy this one, it’s a keeper.

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Cinecast Episode 175 – There is no Spoon

 
The gang is all here, with the addition of RowThree contributor Bob Turnbull to talk the glossy mega-budget blockbuster that has been getting a lot of folks yammering. Yes, we spend an hour plus dissecting the themes and complex plotting of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice to help you understand the significance…er…If you wake up at a different time, in a different place, could you wake up as a different person? Inception has big dreams and those dreams look like action movies and video games. But what is hiding amidst the fancy wardrobe, the bombast and the talky exposition? Gamble, Kurt, Andrew and Bob investigate the meaning and magnificence of Christopher Nolan’s brain teasing Blockbuster SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! and throw out a few criticisms to temper the love in. While they are at it we rank our favourite Nolan pictures which leads to Kurt and Gamble in flat out war over The Prestige. There is another heady-dreamy-glossy science fiction picture sneaking in under the radar (if you are in Canada), Jaco Van Dormael’s busy mix of destiny, love and string theory (this one is Spoiler Free). Opinions on the film vary, but we all agree that Mr. Nobody should be seen on as big of a screen as possible. Matt and Bob talk docs on iconic personages (Joan Rivers and Rush). Andrew makes a case for The Rock and The Race to Witch Mountain. Gamble makes a case for micro-budgeted comedian driven cult mayhem in Operation: Endgame. To cap it all off, it is a Powell & Pressberger and Bong Joon Ho love-in on the DVD front.

As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!


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Days of Darkness Sees Light on IFC

Days of Darkness Movie StillI wonder what happened to Denys Arcand’s most recent film. Days of Darkness (in some circles referred to as The Age of Ignorance) was an official Cannes selection in 2007 and though it didn’t win any prizes and the reviews weren’t exactly stellar, the film showed promise. Alliance opened it in Quebec where, of course, it made a killing while the rest of Canada sat around twiddling thumbs waiting for it to open. The film did finally make an appearance outside of Quebec when it was featured as one of Canada’s Top Ten and it even screened at the MoMA but I assumed we’d seen the last of it. Thankfully I was wrong.

IFC picked up the film for distribution in the US but rather than release it to empty theaters (Arcand may be a national treasure but The Barbarian Invasions and The Decline of the American Empire may be the extent of his American repertoire) they’ve chosen to release the film on Festival Direct where it will make its debut on June 17th. Canadians can expect to see it appear on DVD in the next few months.

I don’t like this new trailer quite as much as the teaser which I posted earlier this year, but this full trailer captures the mood of the film much better than the teaser did. Days of Darkness stars Marc Labrèche as Jean-Marc, a civil servant bored with life who constantly imagines different realities; from a superstar author, to a great lover and even a knight in shinning armor. But are they all fantasies or are some of these “dreams” realities? When his wife leaves him, Jean-Marc is faced with reality and forced to make some decisions about his life.

It sounds dry and boring but Arcand has a witty and biting sense of humour which shines here. Though funny all around (though not always laugh out loud), Canadians will appreciate some of the regional specific comedy (like the fact that the government office is housed in a deteriorating sports arena). As always, Arcand manages to make interesting points about modern society while keeping us entertained throughout.

With excellent supporting performances from Diane Kruger and Rufus Wainwright this is a great “hidden gem” and one worth checking out on a Saturday night.

New trailer tucked under the seats!

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