New Annie trailer lacks dance numbers. Maybe they did it on purpose?


Musicals are not typically my thing but even my coal heart couldn’t say no to the adorableness of Quvenzhané Wallis in the upcoming Annie remake.

Wallis stars as the titular character, an orphan girl living with a mean foster mother, played here by Cameron Diaz, who finds herself at the center of a media circus when a business tycoon and mayoral candidate, Jamie Foxx as Benjamin Stacks, takes advantage of the media’s love with the little girl in order to advance his career.

I was vaguely curious about the project because of Rose Byrne’s involvement and the fact that it’s directed by Will Gluck, but beyond that, I had no interest in Annie pre-trailer but now that I’ve seen Wallis being all cute and big haired and charming and stuff, I can’t help but think that this might be really sweet. Still not sure it’s for me but boy, that Wallis sure is adorable.

Annie opens December 19th.

Cinecast Episode 214 – I Hate that I Know That

We start things off simple. No Kurt. Just some Pirates and Priests. With unpleasantness out of the way, Kurt jumps in with both feet for a indie post-apocalyptic film out of Toronto, a re-evaluation of Inglorious Basterds and Tarantino’s career. Trains and Toni Collette keep the conversation chugging along and with Gamble here, “Game of Thrones” is sort of unavoidable. We all revel in the love for Rip Torn and South Korea before rounding everything out with a talk about sequels that are crazier than a rat in a tin shithouse (ala Caddyshack II and Gremilns II). Nobody dies.

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Cinecast Episode 131 – Visually Elegant

Episode 131:
Back to our roots with a classic shoot the proverbial shit episode. Just Kurt and Andrew with a short review of a mediocre film and then our general rambling of this and that complete with a debate on Boyles and Fresnadillos. Have a ball. We did.

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Adam Trailer: Cute New Couple in Worn Out Story

Adam Movie StillWhy do so many indie romance stories have to feature one (or sometimes both) characters working through some sort of condition? I realize that there needs to be some sort of tension that helps move the story along but this is getting a bit old. That said, I can’t help but feel the need to see Max Mayer’s entry into the overcrowded cannon. Blame it on the casting.

Winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at Sundance, Adam is the story of an autistic guy who develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbour. I know, I know; it’s been done before but with Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne in the leading roles, I can’t help but want to see it. It’s not that it looks bad it just feels like a rehash of hundreds of other movies but I’m hopeful that the performances alone will make up for what the story appears to lack in originality.

On a side note, if this is up your alley, I recommend checking out Dedication (with Billy Crudup and Mandy Moore).

Adam opens in limited release on July 29th.

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Cinecast Episode 116 – Knowing is Half the Battle


Episode 116:
We’re back with a little Knowing this week. A lot of Knowing actually. Then it’s on to some other tidbits of goodness, DVDs and Spike Jonze.

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