Trailer: The Shape Of Water


Beautiful and emotional and quiet. The latest film/fairy-tale from Guillermo del Toro, features a deaf Sally Hawkins tentatively courting a merman (Doug Jones) a Cold War 1960’s government laboratory where she works as a janitor. Michael Shannon and Michael Stuhlbarg are the G-Men, and Octavia Spencer Richard Jenkins, in full beard, are the nice folks. But really, the star as always is the visuals and the tone that the director is aiming for. Remember all those parts where Hellboy hangs out with Abe? This appears to be the feature length, even more romanticized version, and it looks wonderful.

The Lure, Disney’s live action remake of The Little Mermaid, Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid, Jason Mamoa’s Aquaman in Justice League, and now The Shape of Water. Mer-people are clearly in vogue at the moment. And while on that subject, so is sign language. The War For The Planet Of The Apes, and Baby Driver also made good use of sign as quiet character building.

Trailer: Blue Jasmine

It looks like all the right ingredients for another great Woody Allen film, with this trailer for Blue Jasmine. The Woodman is back in America for this outing, and has Cate Blanchett (channeling Judy Davis as much as all lead characters in his films channel Allen himself) looking to out-drunken-rage Kate Winslet (from Carnage) playing a woman on the downward slide of wealth and happiness and forced to leave her extravagant Manhattan lifestyle behind and move in with her sister (the always excellent Sally Hawkins) in Brooklyn. Many man orbit the pair of women, played by Bobby Cannavale, Louis CK, Andrew Dice Clay and Alec Baldwin. Somewhere in there is Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stuhlbarg, but clearly the show belongs to Blanchett who is playing a narcissistic monster with major issues.

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Trailer for British Wes-Anderson-esque Submarine


There are the inevitable comparisons to Rushmore when considering Richard Ayoade’s debut film, Submarine. Strong and interesting musical integration, self-aggrandizement, family issues, quirky adults and quirkier young folks. But do not let that be considered a detriment, because Ayoade (perhaps best known from TV’s The Mighty Boosh and The IT Crowd) easily puts his own stamp and style on things. The seaside British locales go a long way towards giving this a unique visual look (along with Erik Wilson’s earth-tone and sunlight cinematography), and the supporting actors include Noah Taylor, Sally Hawkins and Paddy Considine all at the top of their game. Having seen the film, I think they (UK’s Optimum Releasing) could have, somehow, sold it better than this trailer, something I am finding hard to articulate is missing, but nonetheless, it shows off the look and hints at the tone.

Based on the novel by Joe Dunthorne, Submarine follows one 15 year old boy who must fight to save his mother from the advances of a mystic, and simultaneously lure his girlfriend in to the bedroom armed with only a vast vocabulary and near-total self-belief. His name is Oliver Tate.

After very successful runs at major festivals (TIFF, London Film Festival, Sundance) you will want to check this one out when it drops theatrically sometime later on this year (likely a lot sooner if you are in the UK.)

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It’s here! Trailer for Cary Fukunaga’s “Jane Eyre”

Jane Eyre OnesheetIs it spring yet? Can it be spring already? Please? Pretty please?

Yes, I’m begging for spring for good reason. I promise. That reason? Cary Fukunaga’s follow up to Sin Nombre (review). A take on the famous Charlotte Brontë romance. Jane Eyre stars Mia Wasikowska as Jane, the “mousy” governess, and Michael Fassbender as her beloved Rochester along with Judi Dench, Jamie Bell and Sally Hawkins in an assortment of supporting roles.

I was already keen on seeing the film and the release of the gorgeous poster, seen to the right, yesterday peaked my interested and now, quick on the heels of the poster release, we get a trailer for the production which features everything I could have wanted and more. Lots of grey, a little melodrama, a bit of mystery and enough Fassbender in period drab to make me smile from ear to ear.

You’d better believe that Michael O’Connor, who won an Oscar for his costume design in The Duchess (review), will be a front runner yet again in 2011. As for the use of the Goblins’ Suspiria theme at the beginning…an odd but effective touch.

Jane Eyre opens March 11, 2011. Not soon enough.

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Cinecast Episode 110 – Paint by Numbers


Episode 110:
Quite the rambly show that covers a lot of ground today. So come on in and listen to a couple of geeks talk everything from French avant garde to animated documentaries to grade B, popcorn cinema for a couple of hours. It’s good fun.
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