Apr 152014

Amy (played by Rosamund Pike) mysteriously disappears on the day of her wedding anniversary and her husband (played by Ben Affleck) soon becomes the prime suspect.

A few weeks ago I decided I would read the best-selling novel Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn before the film adaptation by director David Fincher, adapted for the screen by Flynn was released. The book was incredibly addictive, a really good ‘who done it’ with intriguing characters and an interesting construct. As I was reading the book I was imagining how Fincher might portray a particular scene or how intense certain moments would feel and I started really looking forward to this film.

The just-released trailer doesn’t give much away at all, but it does point to a dark, moody film. This case isn’t straight forward and I’m sure Fincher is going to throw some curve balls in there. I’m also really looking forward to hearing some more original work from composers Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor. There is no release date set in Australia at this time.

Apr 062014

I’ve been a Scarlett Johansson fan since Lost in Translation and I’m excited by how prolific she has been in recent years. From superhero films, to sci-fi thrillers and now a sci-fi action, the lady does pick interesting and varied projects. In Lucy Scarlett appears to undergo an incredible transformation after a drug package bursts in her gut. The trailer makes it seem like a darker, more violent version of Limitless.

According to the film’s website, Lucy is “an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic”.

Writer-director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional) has brought us impressive female-led action in the past(such as La Femme Nikita), but I haven’t really liked many of his more recent films. I’ll be interested to see how this one pans out come August when it is set to be released.

Feb 082014

I don’t know if Australian audiences will get to see Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy on the big-screen, but I’m hoping like hell it happens. I loved the atmospheric and emotional Prisoners, it lingered with me for weeks after. This looks creepy as hell.

In his review for Indiewire, Ryan Lattanzio writes

Cinema embraces psychosexually tortured doppelgangers. If Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” were remade and recast with Jake Gyllenhaal as a gloomy professor in place of Natalie Portman’s psycho ballerina, it might look something like Denis Villeneuve’s “Enemy,” a nifty bit of murky fun rife with unsettling imagery and a sense of taut dread even Alfred Hitchcock would have admired.

I’m sold. Now just tell me when and how I can see this.

Jan 092014

Those who know me/read An Online Universe know how much I obsess about music in film or films about music. I received the trailer for this documentary in my inbox today and I couldn’t help but think, this is my sort of film.

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Red Bull Music Academy has invited award-winning director Ralf Schmerberg to create a full-length feature film. What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music was shot at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York and will see its première in movie theatres across the globe on February 17. From February 18, it will be available for free viewing on redbullmusicacademy.com. What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music explores the challenges that a life in music can bring. It seeks to go beyond music, and ask questions about life itself.

“Why am I doing this and what difference does it make?”

Brian Eno

I love listening to artists talk about the creative process, about why they make the art they do and what they hope to achieve. I find it all so inspiring, it’s a window into a different way of thinking about the world. I’m very much looking forward to seeing the film next month when it will be online for free viewing(!!)

Dec 152013

Teaser trailers have gotten a little bit of a bad reputation, and rightly so. They’re often very short clips that say nothing about the film and signal the start of a relentless marketing campaign which results in audiences having seen a sizable chunk of a film before it even gets to cinemas.

The teaser for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, well… it has something to say. The voiceover from lead Matthew McConaughey waxes lyrically about the pursuit into space and the unknown and how we have all but given up on that dream. However, he adds, “…perhaps we’ve just forgotten that we’re still pioneers. That we’ve barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us”. Wow, now that’s a message. I’m not saying that there won’t be an overblown marketing campaign for this film, but I can say that the teaser trailer has done it’s job. I am teased. Sign me up for Interstellar.

Oct 182013

The trailer for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is here, and I do believe that Wes Anderson has created the most Wes Anderson film possible. In saying that, this film looks like a heck of a lot of fun – with more pastel colours than you could find in an 80s Barbie Dream Home and a cast including: Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, Jeff Goldblum and Tilda Swinton, what’s not to like?
The Film is set for a March 2014 release in the US.

Sep 202013

Australian director Warwick Thornton (Samson & Delilah, The Turning, DOP of The Sapphires) is back with another unique Australian story.

Synopsis: Aboriginal people live on the threshold of two worlds – one of everyday reality and the other of spirits, demons and entities. They can live an ordinary life with dead ancestors and demons all vying for space. Director Warwick Thornton assembles a collection of poignant, sad, funny and absurd ghost tales from across Australia and brings them to life with some of Australia’s most iconic actors as the storytellers. Honest, matter-of-fact firsthand accounts illuminate a black perspective on the other side.

The Aboriginal culture is filled with such rich and interesting stories about the after life, so I’m very interested to see these stories expressed via film.

The Darkside premieres at the upcoming Adelaide Film Festival, before its [staggered] national release from November.

Aug 282013

The full length official trailer for Tim Winton’s The Turning has now been released.
From 26 September 2013, the film will release as a unique cinematic event starring Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, Brenna Harding, Richard Roxburgh, Callan Mulvey, Dan Wyllie and numerous others. Seventeen talented Australian directors from diverse artistic disciplines each create a chapter of the hauntingly beautiful novel by multi award-winning author Tim Winton. Under the guidance of curator Robert Connolly (Balibo), first time filmmakers Mia Wasikowska and David Wenham make their directorial début amongst acclaimed directors such as Warwick Thornton and Justin Kurzel.

All sessions currently on sale as part of the limited season will screen with an interval, audiences at these screenings will receive a special 40 page programme.
I’m very much looking forward to what appears to be a rather unique cinema-going experience. Also it has an interval!! For those of us who struggle to make it through longer films, this is excellent news.

More information about the film can be found on the official website: http://www.theturningmovie.com.au/