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:

Dark Shadows Character Posters

The trailer was released earlier this week and seemed to be received fairly positively. Including by this correspondent. While very Burton-esque including all of the usual suspects within a Burton film, I must say that the title of the film doesn’t seem to be very apropos for what we’ve seen out of the marketing department thus far. What I’ve seen has been very flashy with splashes of lightning-like color all over the place. Here is the most recent example – 9 new character poster. Feel free to click any of the images to get a slightly larger perspective.

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Everyone Loved “The King’s Speech” – Especially Britain

About a month ago I told everyone I know to mark David Fincher’s The Social Network on their Oscar ballot right now. It was a lock. It’s over. Guaranteed. While I will be sticking with that pick, it’s looking more and more like a closer race than I thought. The King’s Speech has been eating up audiences and the buzz is pretty much at its peak. On top of that, it nabbed 7 BAFTA’s last night (winning half of their 12 nominations) which just keeps the freight train a truckin’. Having said that, Fincher did get the win for Best Director and Best Screenplay, so I think there’s still a chance his film will get Best Picture come Oscar day.

Other than that, nothing here all that surprising or hard to predict. Another ho-hum Oscar season in which just about everything is either a lock or a 1 in 2 chance of winning. So just like last year, it seems there are really only two horses in this race. Who will cross the finish line first?

BAFTA Winners:

Best Film
The King’s Speech

Outstanding British Film
The King’s Speech

David Fincher – The Social Network

Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer
Chris Morris – Four Lions

Leading Actor
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

Leading Actress
Natalie Portman – Black Swan

Supporting Actor
Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech

Supporting Actress
Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech

Original Screenplay
The King’s Speech – David Seidler

Adapted Screenplay
The Social Network – Aaron Sorkin

Film Not In The English Language
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Animated Film
Toy Story 3

Original Music
The King’s Speech – Alexandre Desplat

True Grit – Roger Deakins

The Social Network – Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter

Production Design
Inception – Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowa

Costume Design
Alice in Wonderland – Colleen Atwood

Inception – Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A Rizzo, Ed Novick

Special Visual Effects
Inception – Corbould, Franklin, Lockley, Bebb

Make Up & Hair
Alice in Wonderland – Valli O’Reilly, Paul Gooch

Short Animation
The Eagleman Stag – Michael Pleas

Short Film
Until the River Runs Red – Paul Wright, Poss Kondeatis

Orange Wednesdays Rising Award
Tom Hardy


TIFF Winner, “The King’s Speech” Gets a Fancy Trailer

Until about five minutes ago, all I knew about The King’s Speech was that it won the people’s choice award at The Toronto International Film Festival this year and it stars Mr. Colin Firth completely kicking ass (per usual). Now with this trailer being released I see that Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Timothy Spall, Guy Pearce and Michael Gambon are also involved. Good heavens does this scream amazing or what?

As someone who majored in Speech Therapy in college, the plot of the film further intrigues me as it seems to be focusing on the King of England’s inability to speak properly due to a fairly sever stutter. With war on the horizon the King must speak for a nation. But for someone who stutters… not the easiest task. In what looks to be a pretty dramatic story but carried out in an almost playful manner, I have no doubt these actors are going to pull off something special here.

Early Oscar predictions are already buzzing all about this picture. Which isn’t all that surprising consider director Tom Hooper already has loads of award nominations under his belt for the excellent television mini-seires John Adams and the much fawned over, The Damned United. Take a look at the trailer below and see what you think. At the very least, it’s shot wonderfully.


R3view: Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Director: Tim Burton(Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Batman, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Novel: Lewis Carroll
Screenplay: Linda Woolverton
Producers: Joe Roth, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd, Richard D. Zanuck, Tim Burton
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, Crispin Glover, Anne Hathaway
Additional voices: Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Alan Rickman, Barbara Windsor, Paul Whitehouse, Timothy Spall
MPAA Rating: PG
Running time: 108 min

For every generation a new version of Alice in Wonderland must arise I suppose. With this newest incarnation, Tim Burton puts on a visual treat fest in which a much older Alice, now in her late teens, once again falls down the rabbit hole into a strange wonderland. Meeting several odd and zany characters, both friendly and beastly, Alice must discover her true wit and help lead the good Queen of White in defeating The Red Queen and her minions for control of Wonderland Underland.

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New “Alice” Poster

Tim Burton’s Alice in Woderland is certainly anticipated round here. If for no other reason than we’re curious to see just how the darn thing pans out. While this new poster isn’t quite as imaginative and detailed as the Dr. Parnassus poster, there is a nice aesthetic here that should get more people talking as they browse the marketing materials in the multi-plex this weekend while wading into 2012.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

HP6 One Sheet

Director: David Yates
Screenplay: Steven Kloves
Producers: David Barron, David Heyman
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, David Bradley, Jim Broadbent, Jessie Cave, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Frank Dillane, Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch, Helen McCrory, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Natalia Tena, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Julie Walters, David Thewlis, Bonnie Wright
MPAA Rating: PG
Running time: 153 min.

Harry Potter tends to sneak up on me. The films come at regular intervals, they look good, have a great cast of actors I can get behind and a story I like but I’ve never walked away from a new Potter film feeling wowed. My Harry Potter experience can and will now be divided into two: before Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and after.

HP6 Movie StillThe sixth entry into the franchise, Half-Blood Prince is a little darker, a little more comfortable in its skin and a film that knows exactly where it fits into the cannon. More than its predecessors, this one feels like part of a bigger story, a starting point for something important, urgent and dangerous which is likely to unfold in the final two instalments. The previous films were all entertaining enough but none managed to create an air of impending doom and gloom something this one does so in spades. Perhaps it’s the fact that this feels like a “set-up” film but there’s a definite sense that something big is brewing and as the closing credits rolled, I couldn’t help but wonder what is in store for the next one. So much so that I seriously considered giving the books a chance and reading ahead.

As someone who is largely unfamiliar with the minutia of the Potterverse, Half-Blood Prince starts off a little abruptly. I couldn’t recall how the previous film left off, what Harry was up to or why he was doing what he was doing and this film doesn’t hold your hand. It drops you in, assuming you know the details but also taking care to provide a little information for us ludites to follow along without feeling like I was wondering through a dark maze. I like the fact that writer Steve Kloves and director David Yates don’t feel the need to fill the opening few minutes with flashbacks or a retelling of what we’ve seen up to now and the opening beautifully sets up the rest of the film: hold on tight and don’t look away otherwise you’re going to be one lost muggle.

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Down The Rabbit Hole Into Burton’s Alice

Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland Art Image

There’s only one thing that can even match Disney’s original Alice in Wonderland: Tim Burton’s vision of Lewis Carroll’s classic story. I gushed, at great length, my excitement when the film was first announced and outside of a few behind the scenes images, we haven’t seen much of the production. Until now.

USA Today has been given some gorgeous (and a little terrifying) character images and design sketches for the upcoming film and they’re exactly what I had expected: twisted. They’re bright and colourful and beautiful but the doodling on the edges suggests something dark and not quite right and that’s exactly what this story needs – an overall air of creepiness.

The film doesn’t open until March 2010 but it’s nice to get a glimpse at what Burton has in store and if these images are any indications, this is going to be a marvel. Check out the character images here (I’m particularly loving the look of Anne Hathaway as The White Queen) while some art design images of the various locales and characters can be found here. And for the record, the White Rabbit looks creepy as heck.

Finite Focus: End of a Century (Fight Club)

Fight Club One SheetWhat a strange and prophetic thing that Fight Club would have an airplane crash, terrorism (albeit of the domestic kind) and bomb-making on its mind. While the film was somewhat dismissed critically, failed commercially, and had only a small by loyal cult loving it upon its 1999 release despite an avalanche of column inches and publicity, by the time it came out on DVD is a luscious 2 Disc special edition (a rarity at the time) and in the wake of September 11, 2001, the world was ready for this film to fully enter the pop culture mainstream.

David Fincher’s third film is scored with a gritty Dust Brothers score (that almost does to film scoring the same thing that the Seven opening credits sequence did to opening credits sequences), it is The Pixies “Where is My Mind” coupled with the collapse of a dozen or so skyscrapers (the result of domestic terrorism) that seals the deal. Throw in a graphically ugly frame of the male penis (another form of mischief propagated throughout the film – not only in anarchist Tyler Durden splicing in explicit nudity into family films, but also in the director inserting frames of Tyler himself in the early reels prior to the character’s introduction) and the connection of sex, “contemporary manhood” and violence is underscored (and shot at with sharp satirical barbs). Not so simple, it is also a moment of tenderness between two characters who have been at odds with each other (at least in the context of the viewer’s viewpoint) for most of the film.

Truly one of the best individual scenes in the 1990s from a film that captures a snapshot of the decade whilst being prescient on what is to come. Until seeing the ad campaign for The Dark Knight, which featured very explicit 9/11 imagery on a very mainstream piece of pop entertainment, I would have said that Fight Club could not have been made in this century, but now I am not so sure. Nonetheless, Fincher’s film is still relevant, sharp and very, very funny.

Terminator Salvation Comic-Con Panel Video

I‘ve talked at length at the possibility that maybe, just maybe, the upcoming Terminator Salvation will not only be good, but perhaps manage to restart the franchise. Then I got a little excited about the teaser trailer and now, the folks at IFC have edited together a good chunk of the panel discussion from SDCC. It’s an interesting watch and I’m particularly impressed by Anton Yelchin’s serious approach to the material and how well McG works the room. This guy is a charmer.

Thanks to /Film for the linkage.

Terminator Salvation Teaser ONLINE!

A few weeks back I mused as to whether the upcoming Terminator Salvation film could reboot the franchise. I was hopeful but not completely sold and though the teaser for the new film is now online and looking pretty decent, I’m still not sold.

The trailer is heavily reminiscent of the trailer for Cloverfield – shaky cam, looks like it’s cut together from handheld footage, destruction everywhere – and I was about to moan about how it was cut together from B-roll footage since we don’t get to see any of the stars but lo-and-behold, there pops Christian Bale. It’s only for a second but he’s in there.

I’m sold.

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