Trailer: Kenneth Branagh’s Murder On The Orient Express

Here is a classic murder-mystery property, made many, many times in one form or another, from Agatha Christie’s classic novel of the same name. Kenneth Branagh, who has been making special effects heavy Disney pictures for some time now (Thor, Cinderella), merges this talent with his tastes for classical British properties, to offer a glossy blockbuster version of the The Murder On The Orient Express with a cast that seems far more eccentric than obvious. There is the given casting of Judy Dench, and Branagh himself, sporting spectacular facial hair, as super-detective Hercule Poirot. There is also new Disney favourites Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad, certainly not a Disney favorite, Johnny Depp (who release bomb after bomb lately), as well as the magnificent Derek Jacobi (always welcome in affairs such as these) as well as a sweet celebrity grab-bag of Michelle Pfieffer, Willem Dafoe, and Penelope Cruz.

This all looks like good ‘murder party’ fun, stilted-grandiose line deliveries and all, and will be getting an ultra-wide release November 10th from 20th Century Fox.

Teaser: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Joachim Rønning, the Norwegian director of Kon-Tiki and Max Manus has been brought in to make another Pirates of The Caribbean movie for Disney, of which you can find the teaser trailer below. As noted in the recent episode of Mamo!, there is no actual Johnny Depp in the trailer, even though the actor remains top billed in the venerable franchise. Instead you are treated to a black blood spewing Javier Bardem, monologue-ing effectively to a very good Orlando Bloom look-alike.

Cinecast Episode 411 – We Wanna See The Business

Despite seeing nearly 100 films combined at TIFF 2015, Ryan from The Matinee and Kurt indulge Andrew by getting out to the multiplex to see the latest Johnny Depp performance, as James “Whitey” Bulger in Black Mass. We have a spoiler discussion on that, but needless to say, no one was overly pleased with Andrew for suggesting it. Kurt and Ryan attempt to wrassle TIFF to the ground after 11 days of shared screenings and food. They, in part, hash out the bests, the beasts and the worsts (or in the cast of Love 3D, the wurst) of some of the films on hand.

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Ryan and Andrew have a Watch List which includes re-evaluated Spielberg, various Afflecks and a new-ish film starring Matthew Broderick. Hunker down with your favorite blankie, take out your blue contact lenses, and settle in for the show!

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Mamo #312: The Train Job

The summer of 2013 has revealed what will doubtless be recorded as its all-time mega-bomb: Disney’s The Lone Ranger, which might be the nail in the coffin of the Western, 2-D, and Johnny Depp himself. Special guest star Ryan McNeil joins us for a gab session about what went wrong and why.

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Cinecast Episode 316 – Pleasantly Tickled

Critics be damned. The Lone Ranger is one of 2013’s best films. Kurt goes to bat against the nay-sayers and does a fairly good job at convincing us. Meanwhile we both agree that the vampire sub-genre has been disserviced (is that a word?) for the past many years thanks to sparkles and tween nonsense. But then along comes Neil Jordan and reminds us he’s actually pretty good at these types of films; even if it doesn’t appear so at the outset. Also, Bullock and McCarthy do the best they can with what they’re given in their female-centric, buddy-cop film. In the Watch List, Kurt shits on Christopher Nolan, gives props to Charlie Chaplin, watches illegal films and Andrew realizes Spielberg is actually still pretty great in the new millenium; even if the Brothers Grimm don’t quite acclimate as well. Oh, and not really any spoilers this week… except maybe in Andrew’s GoT Blu-ray review (sorry).

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There is Nothing Wrong with this Horse. 2nd Lone Ranger Trailer.

Lone Ranger

This is how you cut a trailer folks. Strange and improbable situations, excellent and communicable character moments, and music for giving good montage demonstrate the craft of good trailer cutting. Most importantly, however, the second trailer for the Johnny Depp/Armie Hammer starring The Lone Ranger offers a feel for the tone of the storytelling and a good look at the world you are going to pay $12 to see. Gore Verbinksi gets better with age, and I have the utmost faith that this film is going to be a lot of fun. Heck, I might even go see Pirates of the Caribbean 3 based on this trailer.

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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Review: The Rum Diary

Director: Bruce Robinson (Withnail & I, Jennifer 8)
Producers: Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski, Graham King
Starring: Johnny Depp, Michael Rispoli, Aaron Echkhart, Amber Heard, Giovanni Ribisi, Richard Jenkins.
MPAA Rating: R
Running time: 120 min.

The work of the late Hunter S. Thompson has been brought to the big-screen a couple of times now with Where the Buffalo Roam and more famously Terry Gilliam’s appropriately bizarre Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Now to add to the pile we have The Rum Diary, from writer/director Bruce Robinson (Withnail & I), a decisively less memorable and infinitely safer film than one would hope for based on the work of such a fantastically unique author.

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Trailer: Hugo (Cabret)


With its very high profile cast, and Martin Scorsese’s first foray into 3D terrain, the film adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, first shortened to Hugo Cabret, now apparently just Hugo (maybe by release time, this Thanksgiving, it will simply be called “H”) is as much an interest to cinephiles as it may be to family audiences. I’ve not read the novel, but it is loosely based on the life and obsessions of trailblazing magician, inventor and filmmaker Georges Méliès (Le Voyage Dans La Lune) as seen through the eyes of a child. We’ll see if it can break out in a crowded Christmas market – I might even break my 3D embargo to see how Scorcese handles/balances the 3D technology, the storytelling, the history and the fantasy.

There is a high profile cast in supporting roles: Christopher Lee, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Stuhlbarg, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer, Jude Law and Johnny Depp.

Hugo Cabret is an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station in the early 1900s. When Hugo encounters a broken automaton, an eccentric girl, and the cold, reserved man who runs the toy shop, he is caught up in a fantastic adventure that could put all of his secrets in jeopardy.

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