Saturday, 14 June 2014

It's been a while....

I haven't posted in a while, I know.  This is because there hasn't been anything that's excited me that I haven't already posted once before. And I have no interest in The Fault in Our Stars or Dumb and Dumber 2. 

It is tempting to add trailer #1, #2 and so on of what I've already posted, but I avoid various editions of a trailer because they almost give away the whole film...possibly all the good bits.

But I have now come across something I would like to share....Birdman. 

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Lucy (2014)

Director: Luc Besson

Principal Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman

I love Luc Besson's films. They are quite silly at times but so enjoyable. Leon: The Professional and The Fifth Element being two of my favourites.

In this Sci fi a woman accidentally caught in drug trafficking transforms into a 'super' human after the drugs that have been planted inside her leak and allow her too use over 80% of her brain capacity. Silly but good.

Palo Alto (2013)

Director: Gia Coppola

Cast: Emma Roberts, James Franco, Val Kilmer

Based on the short stories of James Franco this is a dark drama about a group of teens.

Ida (2013)

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski

Cast: Agata Kuleska, Agata Trzebuchowska

In this Polish drama, Anna, a noviciate nun in 1960s Poland is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of Nazi Occupation.

The Drop (2014)

Director: Michaël R Roskam

Principal Cast: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini

Bob (Tom Hardy) finds himself at the centre of a robbery gone wrong. This is the last film appearance of James Gandolfini.

Hateship Loveship (2013)

Director: Liza Johnson

Cast: Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Stansfield, Nick Nolte

A teenage girl orchestrates a romance between her nanny and her addict father.

Blue Ruin (2013)

Director: Jeremy Saulnier

Cast: Macon Blair, Amy Hargreaves

An outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out vengeance.

The Signal (2014)

Director: William Eubank

Cast: Sarah Clarke, Laurence Fishburne

In this Sci-fi a group of college students lured to the middle of the desert by a hacker.

Tom at the Farm (2013)

Directed: Xavier Dolan

Cast: Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal

In this French thriller a grieving man meets his lover's family who were not aware of their son's sexual orientation.

Wake in Fright (1971)

It is the 40th Anniversary of the Australian classic Wake in Fright which is being re-released in UK.

In Wake in Fright, John Grant, a teacher arrives in the rough Australian outback mining town planning to stay overnight before starting his holiday…

Directed: Ted Kotcheff

Cast: Donald Pleasance, Gary Bond, Jack Thompson

The Past (2013)

Directed: Asghar Farhadi

Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa

This French film is about an Iranian man who deserts his French wife and her two children to return to his homeland. Four years later he returns after his wife seeks a divorce and has in the meantime begun a new relationship.

Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

Last year I discovered a book that contained photographs taken by Vivian Maier a nanny in the US. The photographs are stunning, but what made this intriguing was that the photos she had taken were never developed during her lifetime. She liked taking photos but never developed them.

Finding Vivian is a documentary on the nanny whose cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers. I can't wait to see this.

Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel.

The Trip to Italy (2014)

Director: Michael Winterbottom

Cast: Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan

I don't usually add trailers for TV shows but I really loved the first Trip series with Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan around the UK. This time they do a road trip around Italy. Here's a clip of what to expect…

The latest X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) trailer

A few months ago I posted a teaser for the latest instalment in the X-Men franchise. Here is the latest official trailer…

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Sin City: A Dame to Die For (2014)

Director: Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez

Principal Cast: Jessica Alba, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mickey Rourke, Eva Green, Bruce Willis

The trailer for the next instalment to Sin City (2005) is finally here. It's due out August 2014…

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Director: James Gunn

Principal Cast: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldan, Karen Gillan, Benicio Del Toro

From the Marvel universe, something a little different….

The Two Faces of January (2014)

Director: Hossein Amini

Principal Cast: Kirsten, Dunst, Oscar Isaac, Viggo Mortensen

Based on the Patricia Highsmith novel this thriller centres on a con artist, his wife and a stranger who try to flee a foreign country after one of them is caught up in murder. This year's Talented Mr Ripley….

Transcendence (2014)

Director: Wally Pfister

Principal Cast: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy

Wally Pfister's directorial debut. He is chiefly known for his work as a cinematographer on Christopher Nolan's films. A terminally ill scientist (Depp), downloads his mind into a computer, this gives him great power and he becomes unstoppable.

Godzilla (2014)

Director: Gareth Edwards

Principal Cast: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen

The new Godzilla film looks exciting… ooh and that creepy Space Odyssey 2001 music at 1:01!

Sunday, 2 February 2014

The Amazing Spider-man 2 (2014)

Director: Marc Webb

Principal Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Sally Field, Paul Giamatti, Dane DeHaan

Here's the new trailer for Spiderman 2 which was screened at the US Superbowl today. Looks better than I anticipated…

Saturday, 1 February 2014

2014 Year of the Doppelgänger: The Double vs The Enemy

Every year or so there is at least one pair of competing films that follow a very close premise. Some examples are: 1998's Antz and A Bug's Life, 2006's The Illusionist and the Prestige and 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror, Mirror.

Well, 2014 (both made in 2013) is the year of the Doppelgänger:

The Double (2013)

Director: Richard Ayoade

Principal Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Chris O'Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, Paddy Considine, Noah Taylor, Yasmin Paige

In this comedic thriller a man (Eisenberg) is driven insane by the appearance of his doppelgänger. Directed by Richard Ayoade, Moss of the IT Crowd and director of Indie hit Submarine, this should be good.

The Enemy (2013)

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Principal Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Isabella Rosselini, Sarah Gadon

In this thriller a man seeks out his doppelgänger after spotting him in a movie. This looks really good…

The Rover (2014)

Director: David Michôd

Principal Cast: Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce, Scott Mcnairy, David Field

David Michôd's next Aussie film is about a loner who tracks a gang who stole his car with the assistance of a guy wounded during the theft. Set in a desolate Australian outback town. Looks interesting, here the teaser trailer…

The Lunch Box (2013)

Director: Ritesh Batra

Principal Cast: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

And now for something a bit lighter. The Lunch Box is about a mistaken delivery in Mumbai's efficient lunchbox delivery system (which sounds awesome) connects a young housewife with an older man. This looks really charming…

The Babadook (2014)

Director: Jennifer Kent

Cast: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall

Aussie Horror Flick, The Babadook, creeps me out each time I watch the trailer. Essie Davis plays a single mother, plagued by the death of her husband, who battles to cope with her son's fear of monsters only to discover it may be real.

A Long Way Down (2014)

Director: Pascal Chumeil

Principal Cast: Aaron Paul, Rosamund Pike, Imogen Poots, Toni Collette, Pierce Brosnan, Sam Neill

A Long Way Down, based on the novel by Nick Hornby (About A Boy, High Fidelity), is about four suicidal strangers that meet on a rooftop on New Year's Eve and form an unexpected friendship. Looks good…

The Zero Theorem (2014)

Director: Terry Gilliam

Principal Cast: Christoph Waltz, Melanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Matt Damon, Ben Whishaw, Tilda Swinton

Because Terry Gilliam can't just make any ol' ordinary film be prepared to be dazzled by the colour and pop of The Zero Theorem which follows a computer hacker trying to find the reason for Human Existence…

Maleficent (2014)

Director: Robert Stromberg

Principal Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning,Sharlto Copley

I posted the teaser in November 2013 and now here's the first trailer.

This is the Sleeping Beauty tale from the perspective of Maleficent and the events which drove her to curse Princess Aurora.

Under the Skin (2013)

Director: Jonathan Glazer

Principal Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan

This looks like something very different for Scarlett Johansson. In this Sci Fi Johansson plays an alien seductress who preys upon Hitchhikers in Scotland. Reminds me of Kubrick. Here's the teaser...

Grand Piano (2013)

Director: Eugenio Mira

Principal Cast: Elijah Wood, John Cusack

Not sure if this will come to cinemas or straight to video but I was intrigued by this trailer because of it's Hitchcock-ian feel. And I love a good Hitchcock.

Stars Elijah Wood as a pianist who suffers from stage fright and is put under some unexpected pressure during his comeback… Hitchcock would love this

New year, new films

I've been waiting for some inspiration and have finally got a selection of trailers to put up…