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.
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.
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/
Okay, so I feel like I’ve had my head in the sand. Until the trailer for Her dropped today, I had never heard of the film. Considering the pedigree of those involved, I’m wondering if I need my head checked.
Written and directed by Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adapatation, Where the Wild Things Are), the film stars Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix.
The official synopsis is as follows (via The Playlist)
In the not so distant future, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely writer purchases a newly developed operating system designed to meet the user’s every needs. To Theodore’s surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system. This unconventional love story blends science fiction and romance in a sweet tale that explores the nature of love and the ways that technology isolates and connects us all
Apart from the fact the premise sounds interesting (Siri to a total new level?), I was completely blown away by the fact Joaquin Phoenix can actually smile. Seriously, watch that trailer and see for yourself! It’s magical.
What do you think? Is this film now on your must-see radar?
The first trailer for director Steve McQueen’s, 12 Years A Slave which is currently set for a late 2013 release, is here.
The film is a historical drama, based on the autobiography Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Chiwetel Ejiofor (End Game, American Gangster) plays Solomon, with Michael Fassbender planning the cruel plantation owner, Edwin Epps. The film also stars Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Scoot McNairy, Quvenzhané Wallis and more! (seriously, check out the full cast listing here).
I can’t help but get a Shame vibe from the score. It doesn’t look as tightly photographed as McQueen’s previous films (with a large amount of the film set outside, it would be difficult), but it’s really hard to tell from the small amount of footage in the trailer. Personally, I am very much looking forward to it.
With a cast like that and a director as talented is McQueen, this is a film that is sure to gain a lot of attention closer to release.
Fresh from its strange 90′s garage rock band poster début a few days ago, Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy has its first trailer, and its [NSFW] red band brutality is essential and welcome. Starring Josh Brolin in the title role this time around, the remake has been dreaded by many the minute it was announced, and it’s understandable why. The Park Chan-wook 2003 revenge manifesto is pretty damn immaculate and original. However, there are at least a handful of us who heard Spike Lee was helming the remake, and became excited rather than concerned.
Although this trailer may look a little familiar here and there, there’s still an air of innovation that Lee brings to every film he makes. Don’t let the Hollywood trailer cut fool you, just take note of some of those shots and close-ups. I believe that Lee won’t let us down and this trailer, although not mind-blowing, is a forewarning of the insanity and originality that Spike Lee’s Oldboy is going to bring us in October.
One last thing, did you notice that you don’t ever see a single frame revealing the villain? I’ll take it as a sign!
By Chris Elena
The trailer for Martin Scorse’s The Wolf of Wall Street has dropped, and it’s a strange beast. Starring Leonardo Dicaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler and more, the film is based on Jordan Belfort’s best-selling memoir, about his rise, and subsequent fall as a stockbroker on Wall Street. Dicaprio stars as Belfort, who refused to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, the corporate banking world and mob infiltration.
The film has a November 15 release date in the US. There is no Australian release date at present.
Please share your thoughts! Is anyone else getting some [unfortunate] Gatsby vibes from this trailer, or is it just me..?
By Sam McCosh
The first trailer for writer-director Alfonso Cuarón’s (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men) sci-fi thriller Gravity is here and it’s a beauty. The film stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock and is set for release in Australia on October 3 2012 (USA, October 4).
Based on the footage in the trailer, it looks like we’re in for a visually-specular, thrilling adventure in space.
I loved Children of Men and I think Cuarón’s Harry Potty film was the strongest in the franchise; so before I even saw this trailer I was intrigued. Now, I’m officially excited. For a man who wanted to become a film-maker or an astronaut, this film seems like the perfect fit.
What do you think? Is this a movie you’re looking forward to seeing later in 2013?
By Sam McCosh