Trailer: The Disaster Artist

 

Based on Greg Sestero‚Äôs best-selling tell-all about the making of Tommy Wiseau’s cult-classic, The Room, which has taken the title of the “Best Worst Movie Ever Made” from other inept stalwarts like Plan 9 From Outer Space, Troll 2, Fateful Findings and Manos: Hands of Fate, The Disaster Artist looks, from this trailer, to strike a good balance between the personalities of its stars, James Franco and Seth Rogan, and actually having a script (written down and everything) this time.

It has been impressive to see the cult of The Room grow over the past decade, but cinephiles are kidding themselves if they think the vast majority of moviegoers are even aware of Tommy Wiseau’s odd romantic tragedy. This new comedy tell-all stands a good chance of kicking things (or rather, casually tossing the football) into the widest popular culture frame. I like this trailer in particular, in that it is essentially just one scene from the movie, both The Room and The Disaster Artist, and a scene that fans of will know pretty well. It encapsulates everything that one might imagine behind the scenes, but everyone gets the humour of the situation instantly, it appears that this could indeed stand confidently beside American Movie, Ed Wood, and not just be another throwaway Rogan-Franco spliff.

The film debuted to excellent reviews at the SXSW Festival and will be released by A24, wide, on December 1st, 2017.

Another Coppola in the Director’s Seat: “Palo Alto” [trailer]

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Pretentious wankery or honest emotional depth? It’s tough to tell from the trailer and it’s also tough to say when it’s a first time director. Still, this is not some no-name trying their hand at the cinematic arts. This is a Coppola. And the name Coppola does hold a little bit of water. Sophia has proven herself and now the family name’s torch is being lit yet again with her niece, Gia.

Have a look at the trailer below and see what you think. The film will star Emma Roberts, James Franco and Val Kilmer among others. Always nice to see Kilmer getting work – hope he can pull something significant together.

As one other small bit of trivia, Christian Madsen also plays a role in the film. Son of Michael Madsen and nephew of Virginia Madsen. In short, I had no idea Virginia and Michael were brother and sister. There you go.

Cinecast Episode 314 – Punchy, Punchy

 
Thanks to our buddy Anthony (@fullantho) for dropping by to be Superman’s bodyguard as Kurt and Andrew flop around with Zack Snyder’s very expensive wet noodle of a Superhero film. Since three’s a charm, we have three feature reviews in this episode before getting to The Watch List. We will not only be talking about Man of Steel, but also the quasi-indie thriller The East and the current who’s who of young stars facing the book of Revelations and more dick jokes than you can shake a stick at, in This is the End. Jerry Seinfeld makes somewhat of a return in our Watch List as a man with exotic cars and famous friends and a taste for java and pastries. Kurt talks wuxia films both past and present while focusing on the awesomeness of King Hu on the big screen. We wax positively on the careers of Tom Cruise and Mark Ruffalo as well as how to elevate a simple genre film into a classic using just great cinematography and good screenwriting. Have at it, folks.

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Cinecast Episode 303 – Prolificity

With Andrew’s new night school/work schedule things are a bit weird in the Cinecast scheduling department, but we still manage to get to a lot of new ground (and some old Australian ground) in this 3+ hour episode of The Cinecast. Two definitely “off the beaten path” films from a Hollywood standpoint to talk about. Yet both as different from each other as they could possibly be. We introduce a new segment to The Cinecast this week with our weekly “Game of Thrones” recap in which we realize that although this week’s episode covered more ground in 55 minutes than most television covers in half a season, it still left about a third of the character threads off the screen this week. A healthy Watch List harkens back to Australian (not really) blockbusters, Harmony Korine’s previous works and a couple of straight to DVD pictures that might (might) surprise you.

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In Which Hermione Granger Says Fuck and the World Ends. A Trailer.

I know, I know, Red Band trailers spoil all the fun. But really, it looks like Seth Rogan, Danny McBride and James Franco want to out-stupid Your Highness (or Neighborhood Watch if you prefer) by way of Bill Murray’s cameo in Zombieland. Beware all enterprises whose chief joke is an actor playing a fictional version of themselves dying onscreen for the pleasure of its audience.

(And while the title of this post slightly misleading, it is very much indeed Emma Watson who drops F-Bombs whilst wielding an axe.)

I’ll wait for the Edgar Wright’s The World’s End which has a shockingly similar title and premise and comes out a bit later later this year. It also promises to be a lot smarter, if this trailer for This Is The End is accurate.

Mamo #296: Sweet As

One month later to the day, Matt Brown returns from Middle Earth and Matt Price regales him with everything that’s happened in Hollywoodland since he’s been away. New Zealand travel tips abound! Plus, yet another random stranger asks our opinion about Episode VII! It’s like nothing’s changed at all.

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Trailer: Disney’s Oz – The Great and the Powerful

Disney Corp’s supersized Wizard of Oz prequel trailer just appeared and while it is tempting to compare it to the recent Tim Burton helmed Alice in Wonderland, the more apt comparison, I think is the Naria series. You could still see the Burton-isms all over his foray into Disney tentpole territory, however, I fail to see (at least from trailer below) how this is actually a Sam Raimi film. I must admit to a distinct lack of curiosity as to how a con-man conjurer tricks his way into being Oz the Great and the Powerful, that wasn’t adequate in its implication from the 1939 MGM version of the story. I hope there is something sinister or wonderful beyond the vanilla over-baked CGI surface here.

Cinecast Episode 224 – Sundancey

 
 
Sorry for the delay folks. We had a problem with a batch of bandwidth gremlins, as Kurt like to call them. But fear not, the show is as strong as ever and continues on with a more positive wave length than I can remember for a long time. Since we’re in such high spirits, it’s only natural we talk about dentistry and weather patterns to start the show. But then it’s to reviews for Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Mike Cahill’s Another Earth. Beware, both of these discussions are ** VERY HEAVY ON SPOILERS!! **. If you’re worried about the spoiler thing, just fast forward ahead as we have lots to dive into with this week’s Watch List; from afro-hair to life saving taxi drivers to Donald Sutherland in a toga, it’s quite the diverse show. And because it’s Andrew’s birthday… he is always correct for the duration of this recording.

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Cinecast Episode 208 – It’s Gonna Be Ass-Tastic!

 
 
Welcome to another edition of the Cinecast, wherein the boys talk a little Joe Wright and Super-Spy-Assassins with the weekend release of Hanna. There is no Gamble on the show today, but in order to properly plumb the depth and nuance of Your Highness, we bring in a mystery guest. Then it is on to Kurt’s 3 days in Asheville, NC watching action films and stunt folks from around the world ply their trade at ActionFest. A recap of some of the highlight titles (from Bangkok stunt-reel filmmaking to white knuckle mountain climbing thrillers and Mixed Martial Arts Kumite) along with plans to revisit next year. DVD and netflix picks round out a show that is on-target and efficient, but a tad on the foul-tongued side. Fair warning.

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