burnt-posterJust ask Jon Favreau: being a chef isn’t easy, but making a movie on the subject matter in the 2010s sure make for compelling viewing. Bradley Cooper loves it too; the heat, the pressure… the violence? Yes, try to open a kitchen in the world today and people will be out to kill you. Seems believable enough.

John Wells made one of the worst and most loathsome films in 2010 with The Company Men. Then he made a pretty angry, loathsome film with August: Osage County in 2012. Now he’s headed to the kitchen to make a pretty angry intense version of the culinary scene.

I guess I’m in.

Also, heart the sound effect during the closing credits of the trailer. Nice touch!


Trailer: Effie Gray


Funny how these things happen.

Before last week I’d never heard of John Ruskin and then his name came up in a conversation regarding Mike Leigh’s excellent Mr. Turner and here we are, only a few days later, with a trailer for a movie about Ruskin and his marriage to his young wife, the titular Effie Gray.

Directed by long time British TV director Richard Laxton, Effie Gray is written by the wonderful Emma Thompson who also stars in a supporting role but this is the Dakota Fanning show as the talented young actress stars as Effie opposite Greg Wise’s John Ruskin. Julie Walters, Tom Sturridge and Robbie Coltrane also star.

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And the Crowd Goes “Whooah!” [Brave Trailer]

The right way to market a film in my opinion (or one of the right ways): release a small clip from the film rather than a hodge-podge of elements from the best parts of a movie. This way gets me far more interested in checking out the rest of the movie. And to be honest, that last twenty seconds or so is pretty much all it took. I mean, let’s be honest, I’ll pay to see any Pixar movie that comes down the pike anyway (yes, even after the semi-disaster that was Cars 2), but I have to admit I had some serious doubts about Brave. Not anymore. I’m in. See you there on June 22nd.


Trailer: Brave


Ymight have caught this in front of Cars 2, but Pixar finally put the trailer for their 2012 Animated film online in HD. That’d be the Scottish princess/archer adventure titled, simply, Brave. You can only hear Kevin McKidd on the voice over here, but it looks as though Pixar has grabbed a lot of the hard working Scot character actors for this one, even snapping up Craig Ferguson from Dream Works (he had a significant role in How To Train Your Dragon). Robbie Coltrane, Kelly MacDonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, and Julie Walters round out the voice work in the film. If those first three names don’t get you excited, then, well, there is little help for you. This one, judging by the trailer, is going to be very earnest, and with no sign of Larry the Cable Guy. Whew.

The teaser is tucked under the seat.
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Cinecast Episode 145 – Animalistic Nature

Episode 145:

Fantastic Mr. Fox opens this weeks show on a fantastic note and is followed up quickly by a fantastically epic episode. An Education gets a lengthy (fantastic) mention as well as Cormac McCarthy’s fantastic novel adaptation, The Road – which finally got a slightly wider release last week. Not such a fantastic week in the DVD department but that is more than made up for with fantastic discussions on the fantastic Noah Baumbach, Coppola Siblings, James Cameron and introducing kids to the fantastic Star Wars trilogy. Thanks so much for checking out this fantastic show and feel free to leave your thoughts (let them be fantastic!) in the comment section below. As snobby as we may sound, we love to hear discussion and/or disagreement from any of our fantastic regular or fist time listeners.

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Cinecast Episode 143 – An Education on Amputated Toes

Episode 143:
Welcome to another episode of the Cinecast. These Richard Kelly discussions are always fun to get into and we disagree vehemently on almost each one. Enter The Box into our lives. I chose to push the button, Kurt throws the damn thing out the window. It’s a good discussion. We also have sneak peeks of Fantastic Mr. Fox and An Education. We have weekly DVD picks and some of those good old-time conversational tangents as well. An “F” this week in the home-work assignment department as we forgot to dish one out – blasphemous after seeing An Education. Next week we will dive into the portal of time for Mayan scheduled disaster and cheese, we talk bit about Roland Emmerich and rationalizing anticipation for 2012.

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The Boat that Rocked Trailer

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I was under the impression that at some point, one of the contributors around these parts had brought up the upcoming Richard Curtis comedy The Boat that Rocked which stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, Nick Frost and Rhys Ifans. It’s the story (not sure how close to real life) about a group of DJs who in the 1960’s, sent out a pirate radio signal from the North Sea.

If it wasn’t for the cast, I’d likely skip right over this story but considering the players, I can’t help but be mildly curious and having seen the trailer, I’m down-right excited. This looks like it’ll be a whole lot of fun. And I’m sorry, if Nick Frost purring doesn’t do it for you, you’re beyond help.

It’s not the best trailer, but it certainly made me smile.

The Boat that Rocked is scheduled to open in the UK on May 1st, 2009.

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Review: Brideshead Revisited

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Director: Julian Jarrold (Kinky Boots, Becoming Jane)
Writers: Jeremy Brock, Andrew Davies
Producers: Robert Bernstein, Kevin Loader, Douglas Rae
Starring: Matthew Goode, Ben Whishaw, Hayley Atwell, Emma Thompson, Michael Gambon
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running time: 135 min

There is a certain amount of expectation that comes attached to a work adapted for film from a novel as prestigious as Evelyn Waugh’s “Brideshead Revisited”. Things are even trickier when the book has already been transferred, to much acclaim, to the small screen starring Jeremy Irons in the lead role. Few novels can survive multiple treatments but Austen has done just fine and though I’ve never seen the mini-series, Brideshead Revisited is just as successful.

Brideshead Revisited Movie StillAdapted from the novel by the multiple award winning writing team of Jeremy Brock and Andrew Davies, the film is a recounting of the memoirs of Captain Charles Ryder, a painter whose life becomes intertwined with that of the aristocratic Marchmain family when he meets Sebastian Marchmain at school. Sebastian and Charles become good friends, though it’s clear from early on that Sebastian is interested in more than just friendship, but things get complicated when Charles is invited to Brideshead, the Marchmain’s ancestral home, for the summer. While there, Charles falls in love with Sebastian’s sister Julia and becomes acquainted with the family matriarch, the cold Lady Marchmain and from that point on, his life becomes forever connected with that of the Marchmain’s. That is the bones of the plot that hold up Brideshead Revisited but as with any great film, it’s the meat on those bones that makes it unforgettable.

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