Trailer: Mr. Right

We’re fans in these parts of Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell (and Tim Roth). But I will tell you, after Seven Psychopaths, this kind of film is staring to leave me a bit cold. In Mr. Right Kendrick for the “perfect” guy, who happens to have a very fatal flaw: he’s a hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him. I’ve seen Spanish director Paco Cabezas loathsome gangster picture, Neon Flesh (That review is here), and I am not sure if Mr. Right is right for me.

You can judge for yourself with the trailer below.

Cinecast Episode 277 – He’d Pass a Polygraph But He Ain’t Innocent

In which Andrew and Kurt Argo fuck ourselves trying to get at the pleasures and the frustrations of Benna-fleck’s latest film. We grade homework in the middle (lots of good choices in there). Then we encounter the same set of frustrations and pleasures in counting up the Seven Psychopaths in Martin McDonagh’s latest offbeat violent comedy. The Watchlist is mainly Kurt as he digs through a diverse trio of films (Bernie, Watchmen, The Living Daylights) before waxing rather prosaically (sorry folks) on the great George Carlin. We have a fun time chatting Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” to close out the show.

Thanks to Nat Almirall for this week’s poster promo sitting to the right. Yeah! (sorry, we had to censor it. Non-censored version can be found HERE.

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Cinecast Episode 273 – It’s TIFF 2012!

Thanks once again to Ryan McNeil of The Matinee for dropping back in for our huge TIFF recap (and almost spoiler-free!). Andrew sits in quiet solitude on the sofa, acting mainly as an audience member (admittedly, mostly fiddling with Pinterest and playing Tiger Woods Golf) with much amusement as Ryan and Kurt recap a large chunk of their TIFF experience. Sadly, due to the late hour of recording, there was no time left for The Watch List. We are happy, hoever to kick of the Fall Semester of homework assignments. The discussion gets pretty spirited where there is agreement and disagreement on many of the films screening at this years festival. Drop in again next week for a return to our usual programming: a lengthy discussion on PT Anderson’s The Master and responses to this first volley of homework assignments.

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Seven Psychopaths Trailer Parses the Long Term Consequences of “An Eye For An Eye”

If there is a fun genre theme this year it is crazy events being kicked off by kidnapping or otherwise messing around with dogs. Quentin Depieux’s Wrong, UK Mock-doc Black Pond, and now Martin “In Bruges” McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths. This one wins to contest of most A-List character actors, featuring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woodey Harrelson, Christopher Walken and Tom Waits. It looks to be a lot better version of the equally loaded and promising (but not great) Welcome to Collinwood from 2012 which also starred a younger Sam Rockwell.

A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu.

The film is playing the Midnight Madness sidebar at TIFF this year, and should be great with a crowd, particularly the pretty damn funny, ever so slightly Reservoir Dogs-y “Eye for an Eye” car conversation shown at the end of this trailer.

A Wagonload of Stills and a Trailer for “Cowboys & Aliens”

Oh God oh God, pleeeze tell me Harrison Ford finally kicks some ass in this sci-fi gunsliger picture! Now granted this is from the director who brought us the likes of Iron Man and Zathura (neither of which were particularly inspiring), but LOST co-creator, Damon Lindelof, helped out with the screenplay. So I’m keeping my hopes up that this is as full of awsome as it looks.

 

 

1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Daniel Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford).

But as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents – townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors – all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.

Besides what we get in the stills/trailer, the film also stars Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano and Keith Carradine.

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Cinecast Episode 179 – CGI Blood

 
Gamble returns to bestow much love on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (SPOILERS!) and naysay anyone else in the process. The discussion gets more confusing as you go along, brevity (or coherence) is not our strong suit, Andrew was significantly disappointed by the film and Kurt does what he can to remain aloof of the whole ‘fan-culture’ thing. The conversation eventually segues into video game experience (and that is a first on this show). Also on the docket, Sly Stallone’s retro-action picture The Expendables (SPOILERS!). There is a little Roman Polanski talk and Martha’s Vineyard Green-Screening in The Ghost Writer, a revisit of Vicky Christina Barcelona as well as mucho love for Sam Rockwell in Safe Men and Matchstick Men. To complete the ‘man quadrilogy’ there is also mention of Michael Douglas’ A Solitary Man and Jeff Daniels/Ryan Reynolds comedy Paper Man.

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Cinecast Episode 166 – A Heavy Maritime Layer

 
Please give a warm welcome to Dr. James Gillham from Wherethelongtailends.com for providing a counter to our generally favorable views of The Human Centipede (SPOILERS!) – and not always fun being the one guy in the room willing to defend Scarlett Johansson – obviously stemming from a quick review from Matt Gamble on the deep existentialism of Iron Man 2. We get back into the habit of tangenting away from the focus which usually leads to good things but here ultimately ends up going back to the Star Wars saga (yes, again). Retro Hot Docs titles are finally caught up with as well as some (un)decent exploitation films of years past and coming soon. Our DVD picks this week are fairly unanimous, but give way to a nice argument about fat Alec Baldwin vs. skinny Alec Baldwin. Enjoy with a smile.

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The Return of Stanley Kubrick (kinda)

 
Kubrick seems to miraculously keep working on films posthumously. There are a couple of them already on display (A.I., Eyes Wide Shut) and a few more on studio back burners. If you know anything about Kubrick, you probably know that the guy spent the majority of his adult life doing research on anything that interested him – which was pretty much everything. File cabinets crammed full with documents relating to his never-to-be-made Napoleon Bonaparte bio-epic for example.

Coming via a tweet from Production Weekly, this latest bit of intel has the underrated Sam Rockwell and the top-heavy Scarlet Johansson starring in Lunatic at Large; which was supposed to be Kubrick’s next film after Spartacus before the original manuscript was lost. Going through all of Kubrick’s “archives” after his death in 1999, his son-in-law, Philip Hobbs, discovered the lost manuscript and with the help of screenwriter Stephen R. Clarke fleshed out a final product.

The highly unreliable IMDb profile for the movie has zero information, but looking at the IMDb profile for relative nobody, Chris Palmer has Lunatics at Large in his in development section. God knows what this means.

In the meantime, playlist dug up a New York Times article from 2006 that discusses the plot conceived from pulp author, Jim Thompson (The Grifters, The Killer Inside Me):

Set in New York in 1956, it tells the story of Johnnie Sheppard, an ex-carnival worker with serious anger-management issues, and Joyce, a nervous, attractive barfly he picks up in a Hopperesque tavern scene. There’s a newsboy who flashes a portentous headline, a car chase over a railroad crossing with a train bearing down, and a romantic interlude in a spooky, deserted mountain lodge.

The great set piece is a nighttime carnival sequence in which Joyce, lost and afraid, wanders among the tents and encounters a sideshow’s worth of familiar carnie types: the Alligator Man, the Mule-Faced Woman, the Midget Monkey Girl, the Human Blockhead, with the inevitable noggin full of nails.

Sort of sounds maybe like Freaks meets Shutter Island? I don’t know if or when this movie will ever actually see the light of day, but being that it is something at least conceived from my favorite director, I’ll be keeping a close eye on this one in hopes I can see it sometime in the next few years.

 

Cinecast Episode 161 – Nightmares of Incomprehensibility


 
Picking up where we should have started last week is easy (at least we think so) as nothing really noteworthy was theatrically released over the weekend anyway (Those looking for yet another round of movie pundits bagging on the bad 3D and lack of coherence in Clash of the Titans look elsewhere, we wisely skipped this one). Instead we munch on some mumblecore-tinged Noah Baumbach, Greenberg starring Ben Stiller and a little How To Train Your Dragon earns some love for CG Animations second fiddle, Dreamworks. As a bonus, some retro goofery with Hot Tub Time Machine, depressed Danes in Terribly Happy and some steamy Canadian voyeurism with Chloe. As a further bonus, extensive Mad Men love from Gamble, cannibalism in the rain forests of Tasmania, Harrison Ford in the dirty back alleys of Paris with Roman Polanski and joined in the jungles of South America by Andre Gregory. Oh, and the joys of The Dude as President eating a shark sandwich. To confuse things further, some of our DVD picks are from this week and some are from last. It is a nightmare of incomprehensibility (in the parlance of our times), but it is a good time (parts of it, anyway) as we managed to make up for a messy part of the release calender with a lot of older movies on TV and Netflix. Enjoy.

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Jared Hess’ Gentlemen Broncos Trailer

Gentlemen Broncos One SheetEarlier in the week WTLTE brought my attention to Gentlemen Broncos by posting some viral videos of Dr Ronald Chevalier in action. I was curious about the film though admittedly, the fact that it’s directed by Jared Hess had me a little worried.

Napoleon Dynamite was funny for about 5 minutes and Nacho Libre wasn’t much better but I will give Hess this: his films have a unique look and feel to them that is a little alien. Are they modern or set in the 80s? It’s like a timeless vacuum of a world and it works for the characters he creates.

The trailer for Gentlemen Broncos has now arrived and it has alleviated some of my concerns though I’m still on the fence. The film stars Jemaine Clement as Dr. Chevalier, an established science fiction author who has run out of ideas. He stumbles on a story called “Broncos” which was written by a home schooled teenaged fan of his (Michael Angarano), and doing what any desperate writer would do, he makes a few changes and turns it into a best seller. The rest is pretty obvious but what isn’t is the way in which it unfolds.

I have a feeling sci-fi fans will love Hess’ film which looks like it will provide fantastic 80s style, ubber cheese sci-fi moments while I’m quietly crossing my fingers that I can sit through it without chucking popcorn at the screen. It certainly looks like it could be a winner if it manages to strike the right cheeseball balance.

Gentlemen Broncos opens on August 30th.

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Sam Bell in Duncan Jones’ Next Film

Sam RockwellWe really really liked Duncan Jones’ directorial debut, Moon; yes we did. We are also big fans of Sam Rockwell – a well kept secret for years he finally may be coming into his own and getting the due respect he deserves. At any rate, in a recent interview over at Cinematical, Rockwell mentions that he’s actually going to be in Jones’ (“Blade Runner-esque”) next film, again playing Sam Bell, his character from Moon.

When asked if that was true, he responded, “Yeah. I think it’s a cameo. Something like that. I think so, yeah.”

So take that as you will. Next question.