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  1. Synopsis: Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work. I've been following this film for a while as it seemed such a strange collaboration between the director of Gummo and the likes of Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson. Yet that is exactly what has happened and if the festival buzz is anything to go by then the results are interesting to say the least. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weftUojsqwI
  2. Synopsis: From the uniquely imaginative mind of writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann comes the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. The filmmaker will create his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before, in a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. “The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher. Despite hating Australia (the film, not the country) with a passion I've really been looking forward to seeing Luhrmann's take on this classic novel, particularly with such a good cast. Knowing Luhrmann's visual flair it will be interesting to see how he uses 3D for such a story. The trailer isn't perfect (mainly down to the music choices) but it is unmistakably from Luhrmann, although that won't be a positive for some.
  3. Synopsis: Chris (Steve Oram) wants to show Tina (Alice Lowe) his world and he wants to do it his way – on a journey through this sceptred isle in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan. Tina’s led a sheltered life and there are things that Chris needs her to see – the Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Keswick Pencil Museum and the rolling countryside that separates these wonders in his life. But it doesn’t take long for the dream to fade. Litterbugs, noisy teenagers and pre-booked caravan sites, not to mention Tina’s meddling mother, soon conspire to shatter Chris’s dreams and send him, and anyone who rubs him up the wrong way, over a very jagged edge… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIh-LlbtFks Ever since the release of Wheatley's debut feature (Down Terrace) he has been promoted as the great hope for British genre cinema. Personally I've not been overly impressed with any of his films so far but this looks like it might be worth a watch with a good blend of humour and violence.
  4. Just days after posting about how the recasting of Indiana Jones would mean I could never buy into any reboot of the franchise comes the latest travesty; Ed Helms is to star as Lt. Frank Drebin in a reboot of the Naked Gun franchise. Paramount has hired the writers of 'Night At The Museum' to pen a script for the film and want comedic actor Helms in the lead role, massively missing the point that Drebin only worked because Nielson played him 100% straight. Nielsen WAS Drebin in the way that Sellers was Closeau; he can't be replaced
  5. Synopsis: The Four Horsemen, a magic super-group led by the charismatic ATLAS (Jesse Eisenberg), perform a pair of high-tech magic shows, first astonishing audiences by robbing a bank on another continent, and then exposing a white-collar criminal and funneling his millions into the audience members’ bank accounts. FBI Special Agent DYLAN (Mark Ruffalo) is determined to make the magicians pay for their crimes—and to stop them before they pull off what promises to be an even more audacious heist. But he’s forced to partner with ALMA (Melanie Laurent), an Interpol detective about whom he is instantly suspicious. Out of desperation he turns to THADDEUS (Morgan Freeman), a famed magic debunker, who claims the bank heist was accomplished using disguises and video trickery. One thing Dylan and Alma agree on is that the Horsemen must have an outside point person, and that finding him (or her) is key to ending the magicians’ crime spree. Could it be Thaddeus? Or Alma? Or could it really be…magic? As pressure mounts and the world awaits the Horsemen’s spectacular final trick, Dylan and Alma race to find an answer. But it soon becomes painfully clear that staying one step ahead of these masters of illusion is beyond the skills of any one man—or woman. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNfiXZzmhjw The film has an impressive cast but Louis Leterrier is a weak director so it could go either way.
  6. After no doubt asking his agent why an ageing Norn Iron man had cornered the market in the mid-budget action stakes, Kevin Costner has decided to get in on some of that sweet action and is to star in 'Midnight Delivery', a thriller being produced by Guillermo Del Toro. Costner will play a man forced to traffic cocaine on a transatlantic flight to London, in order to save his daughter from the clutches of a ruthless Columbian gang, in a plot seemingly inspired by the alibi's of the Peru Two. The film hasn't even started per-production yet so we're probably a couple of years away from seeing whether Costner can cut it in the " I literally AM too old for this shit" action stakes but I'm personally thrilled at this announcement. Costner has always been a terrific actor and now that he's moved away from the lead roles in epics/flops that tarnished his reputation, he's ready for a career resurgance. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/kevin-costner-guillermo-del-toro-654232
  7. L'Extravagant voyage du jeune et prodigieux T.S. Spivet http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1981107/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_1 Jean-Pierre Jeunet' next film is out now (according to imdb). Amelie, Mic Macs, Delicatessan etc. I've heard nothing at all about this anywhere. I'm a big fan of his French language films but this isn't in French although, it's set partly in Canada. Brief synopsis It's based on a novel but Jeunet has screenwriter credits. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/5324405/The-Selected-Works-of-T-S-Spivet-by-Reif-Larsen-review.html Having watched the trailer, it looks a little like a road movie and reminded me slightly of David Lynch's The Straight Story. It's not at my local cinema
  8. Synopsis: The Iceman is the true story of Richard Kuklinski: loving husband, devoted father, ruthless killer. He is believed to have killed more than 250 people between 1954 and 1985. The cast features Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, Winona Ryder, James Franco and Ray Liotta and is directed by Ariel Vromen (a director I know nothing about). The trailer looks solid enough and Shannon looks ideal for the part.
  9. Synopsis: Just when the streets seemed safe, a serial killer with a fetish for scalps is back and on the hunt. Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and Frank’s obsession escalates, it becomes clear that she has unleashed a long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmgg7c-E6YA *The teaser footage from the Cannes site had issues with syncing the audio and video. First Showing have tried to fix it but a few seconds were lost from the end in the process.
  10. Synopsis: Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and–if he has his way–every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop…except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart. “Gangster Squad” is a colorful retelling of events surrounding the LAPD’s efforts to take back their nascent city from one of the most dangerous mafia bosses of all time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yc3Ab52uqM8 It has a great cast, including Sean Penn,Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, Giovanni Ribisi and Anthony Mackie. I'm still not entirely convinced by Fleischer but the trailer certainly looks promising.
  11. For my money he is the best American director working today so I'm always looking forward to what he will do next. From Variety: <!--quoteo--><div class="quotetop">QUOTE </div><div class="quotemain"><!--quotec-->“There Will Be Blood” writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson has found religion, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, for his next film. <b>Anderson has written an untitled period drama that is set up at Universal. Hoffman, who has played supporting roles in most of Anderson’s past films, would this time be the centerpiece. Hoffman will play “The Master,” as in “master of ceremonies,” a charismatic intellectual who hatches a faith-based organization that begins to catch on in America in 1952. The core is the relationship between The Master and Freddie, a twenty-something drifter who becomes the leader’s lieutenant. As the faith begins to gain a fervent following, Freddie finds himself questioning the belief system he has embraced, and his mentor</b>. Anderson's treatment of religion was cynical in "There Will Be Blood." Here, the scrutiny isn't specifically directed toward faith-based movements like Scientology or Mormonism that are newcomers compared to established religions. Anderson explores the need to believe in a higher power, the choice of which to embrace, and the point at which a belief system graduates into a religion. Universal, which has become very selective about green lighting adult dramas, won’t make a decision on Anderson’s <ccc style="font-size: inherit; background-color: yellow; " title="">£22.11</ccc> million budget pic until he delivers his finished script. His hope is to make the picture next year, sources said. Anderson’s frequent collaborator, JoAnne Sellar, is the producer. Hoffman made his breakthrough in the cast of Anderson’s “Boogie Nights,” and has also appeared in the Anderson-directed “Hard Eight,” “Punch-Drunk Love” and “Magnolia.”<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->
  12. I am a huge admirer of Genndy Tartakovsky but I have serious reservations about this one. The only positive so far (apart from Genndy directing) is the fact so little is known about the film so it could be better than the following elements suggest. Synopsis: Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s (Adam Sandler) lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world’s most famous monsters – Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more – to celebrate his daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis. Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez are the big stars which is bad enough but the small images released so far only make things worse. I realise these aren't the best size to adequately tell if this looks okay or not but they have none of the style of Genndy's usual work and even by normal standards they look downright ugly. I am trying to remain a little positive (in Genndy I trust) but this is not looking good.
  13. I've read a couple of books lately that got me thinking about the movie making process, and how brittle and open to complete chance it all is. The two books are What Just Happened? by Art Linson, and Easy Riders, Raging Bulls by Peter Biskind. Enormously famous books that I'm sure many here would have read. Anyway, we're very familiar with tales from Hollywood of behind-the-scenes drama and catastrophe... Francis For Coppola going apeshit in the Phillippines and emerging with Apocalypse Now, George Lucas working himself into a near nervous breakdown before unleashing Star Wars upon us, Hitchcock squirrelling away Vertigo for a decade, and countless cult (and now mainstream) classics trashed upon their original reception and consigned to box-office doom and obscurity. The thing that got to me the most was the idea of all the middle-men sticking their oars in. Yes, I know they stump up the cash and grease the wheels, but it seems pretty damn clear to me that nobody really knows what the hell they're doing. Chance is the only meaningful factor, and often they're capable of doing way more harm than good. Linson to his credit makes numerous mentions of his own suspicion that producers get by on nothing but blind luck (or lack of it). There is no formula for success, and nobody really knows for sure what might be a hit, critically or commercially. However, this doesn't stop them labouring under the illusion that they do. Case in point: The Godfather. Coppola had to constantly fight for his vision of the film, while executives hit him with complaints and doubts about the script, the setting, the casting, the daily rushes, the music. Everything. Brando is too fat. Can't hear what Brando is saying. These scenes are too dark. Pacino isn't handsome enough to play someone who's been to college(!). The film is too long. Too short. Coppola fought tooth and nail for it, the film came out, made over a hundred million dollars and won a shitload of Oscars. It seems that if you're not a Spielberg, Cameron, Kubrick, Nolan, or a clutch of basically untouchable filmmakers it's quite frankly a miracle that your film ever makes it to the screen intact. I wonder how many masterpieces have been killed in the womb by clueless studio suits. Or finish your movie and hand it over to a marketing department who singularly fail to understand it, or who flat-out dislike it, and watch them bury it without trace. At least in that instance it can be rediscovered down the line (Blade Runner, Brazil, etc.) 'The Talent' can be just as clueless, by the way. Let's not forget the many tales of on-set tantrums, hubris and battles of ego that have threatened to collapse many a movie. I know the movie industry is inextricably tied to big business, and this post is rather Hollywood-centric, but it's just sobering to think how close we tend to come to not getting our classics. A total roll of the dice. "Can't sing. Can't act. Balding. Can dance a little."
  14. After the brilliant stop-motion adaptation of Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson is back in more familiar territory with a live action offering starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and regulars Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray. Synopsis: Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, MOONRISE KINGDOM tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore — and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl. Trailer The trailer is unmistakably Anderson (whether that is good or bad depends entirely on you) but the film looks pretty good and it is interesting to see a few actors play against type.
  15. Not sure if this was more appropriate for ATF or here, but anyway. I'm probably not alone in having occasionally browsed various channels at dead times of the day and spotted some genuine, absolute bottom-of-the-barrel shite that once got released to almost universal disapproval. I mean, quality can be subjective, but it's not uncommon to see the likes of Catwoman and Evan Almighty on ITV2, or Meet Dave and Son of the Mask on Film 4, with the highest score on Rotten Tomatoes amongst them being a piddling 23%, which is probably the most "official" condemnation of these films as being total shit. And it probably wouldn't be so bad if these films were only on once in a blue moon, except for the fact that they're generally shown several times a week, and usually for a consecutive number of weeks as well. I mean, we have to contend with the fact that many bad films do exist, but there's not even a variety of awful films, instead just the same few in blocks of multiple airings repeated every few months for every year from now until television ceases. Without wanting to answer my own question and stunt discussion for this thread, what the fuck is going on? Is it some kind of shit package that stations need to take in order to show a big critical hit, that is not at all unrelated to shady practices of Hollywood accounting from the last century or so? Relatedly, I assume these shitty packages are why the BBC tends to stick to older/Nic Cage films which might not come with so many strings attached, unless they get some other kind of joke of a bill so they can only show LA Confidential once every two years.
  16. Synopsis: When 22-year-old Chris (Emile Hirsch) finds himself in debt to a drug lord, he hires a hit man to dispatch his mother, whose $50,000 life insurance policy benefits his sister Dottie (Juno Temple). Chris finds Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a creepy, crazy Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer. When Chris can’t pay Joe upfront, Joe sets his sight on Dottie as collateral for the job. The contract killer and his hostage develop an unusual bond. Like from a modern-day, twisted fairy tale, “Killer Joe” Cooper becomes the prince to Dottie’s Cinderella. Based on the play by Pulitzer and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts, “Killer Joe” is a garish, proactive black comedy from Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection) and stars Emile Hirsch, Matthew McConaughey, Juno Temple, Thomas Hayden Church, and Gina Gershon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W16OlLoB5Fw
  17. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/arnold-schwarzenegger-star-zombie-film-573404
  18. Toiling silently amongst the residents of an everyday Barcelona apartment building, doorman Cesar (Luis Tosar) harbors a dark secret: his sole desire in life is to make others unhappy. When he sets his sights on Clara (Marta Clara), one of his building's cheeriest residents, his sick need blossoms into a full-fledged obsession, and Cesar becomes determined to ruin her life by any means. I was on the lookout for a few new horror films to watch, and this stood out on one of the many 'best of horror movies of last year' lists that I read. It's not really an out-and-out horror (although one part, possibly for the first time ever, made me feel more than a little queasy), it's more of a 'stalker-horror-drama', but I found it incredibly watchable and it hooked me right until the end. It's a Spanish film and it's from one of the directors of [REC], which I also really enjoyed. The guy who plays Cesar is particularly brilliant too, and is one of the reasons the film works so well - the entire film is seen from his point of view. Surprised I couldn't find any other mention if it, either a dedicated thread or in the horror thread, so thought I'd put this out there as it's clearly easy to miss, and it's available to rent in the usual places (including iTunes and Blinkbox). So yeah, highly recommended, and a breath if fresh air among the CGI borefests of late.
  19. Just read an article about how John "Die Hard, Predator, etc" McTiernan is 2 months in to a 12-month prison sentence for perjury. I know he hasn't really done much recently, and hasn't really done anything to match his earlier days (in itself a massive shame), but I'm still not sure how this case slipped by me. His sentence seems a bit harsh, and it doesn't sound like he's in the best of shape either.
  20. I know this film has been mentioned on the forum but I'm guessing it hasn't had a dedicated topic yet. Synopsis: After watching their respective partners die, a cop and a hitman form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy. The film is directed by Walter Hill (who hopefully is back on form) and stars Stallone, Jason Momoa, Christian Slater and Sung Kang (which looks a pretty decent action cast to me). It looks pretty entertaining, we'll probably get a better idea once the inevitable redband trailer is released.
  21. Picking up directly after the first film, thus ignoring all other sequels, we get to see what happened to the family back in 1974. Synopsis: Lionsgate’s TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D continues the legendary story of the homicidal Sawyer family, picking up where Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic left off in Newt, Texas, where for decades people went missing without a trace. The townspeople long suspected the Sawyer family, owners of a local barbeque pit, were somehow responsible. Their suspicions were finally confirmed one hot summer day when a young woman escaped the Sawyer house following the brutal murders of her four friends. Word around the small town quickly spread, and a vigilante mob of enraged locals surrounded the Sawyer stronghold, burning it to the ground and killing every last member of the family–or so they thought. Decades later and hundreds of miles away from the original massacre, a young woman named Heather learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she never knew she had. After embarking on a road trip with friends to uncover her roots, she finds she is the sole owner of a lavish, isolated Victorian mansion. But her newfound wealth comes at a price as she stumbles upon a horror that awaits her in the mansion’s dank cellars… Meh.
  22. A few years since the first movie, but here's the trailer for the sequel...
  23. This premiered in Toronto a couple of years ago, but is just getting a release. Looks like it might be interesting.
  24. Synopsis: Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night. Five years ago, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished from their suburban neighborhood without a trace. Since then, their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain), have been madly searching for them. But when, incredibly, the kids are found alive in a decrepit cabin, the couple wonders if the girls are the only guests they have welcomed into their home. As Annabel tries to introduce the children to a normal life, she grows convinced of an evil presence in their house. Are the sisters experiencing traumatic stress, or is a ghost coming to visit them? How did the broken girls survive those years all alone? As she answers these disturbing questions, the new mother will find that the whispers she hears at bedtime are coming from the lips of a deadly presence. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxbL-65S9BI The last few Guillermo del Toro produced films have been a little disappointing (even if they were all beautifully shot) so it is hard to judge Mama based purely on the trailer. However, it has a good cast, looks pretty and has a good sense of atmosphere. It is a shame it shows a little too much but that seems to be a given these days.
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