Sep 302014
 


 
To call this trailer highly-anticipated would be an understatement. Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film Inherent Vice is set to screen at the New York Film Festival (currently underway) ahead of its theatrical release. Australia isn’t going to get this until early 2015, so by then I’m sure we’ll have a pretty good idea of how the film has been received.

The film is adapted from Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name, which I made it 1/4 into reading before abandoning. It’s not that the story wasn’t interesting, it’s that I found the way it was written incredibly hard to digest. I’m hopeful that the film will be more accessible, we’ll see…

The official synopsis is as follows:

When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say.
It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble.
With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists… Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp—all Thomas Pynchon.

So, what do you think?

Aug 162014
 

Oh boy.

I first heard about Nightcrawler when this ad was posted on Craigslist. The ad contained a link which led to the video resume of one Lou Bloom, aka the lead character in Nightcrawler. I must say I appreciate when marketing tries something a little different.

The official synopsis is as follows:

NIGHTCRAWLER is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents.

Jake Gyllenhaal is one of my favourite actors right now. Between Enemy, Prisoners and End of Watch , he is so on form. This is director Dan Gilroy’s first feature film, however he is no stranger to Hollywood. Gilroy has behind the pen for films which include The Bourne Legacy, The Fall and Reel Steel.

Madman Entertainment has picked up Nightcrawler for a 2014 release in Australia. The film will première at TIFF (where I hope to see it) in September.

Jul 212014
 


 
The 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival opening night film Predestination has an official trailer and we think it looks pretty swish.

Based on the famous science fiction short story “All You Zombies” by Robert A. Heinlein, Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.

The film is written and directed by the Spierig Brothers and stars Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook and Noah Taylor

Predestination releases nationally in Australia on August 28

Jul 212014
 


 
Well this looks fun. Set in a fictional city which is San Fran meets Tokyo, a super intelligent boy named Hiro Hamada and he robot he built (Baymax) stumble across a criminal plot and pull together a team of inexperienced crime-fighters to bring down the baddies.

I wasn’t surprised to learn it’s based on a Marvel superhero team of the same name, if anything, I’m surprised that it’s taken this long for Disney to include Marvel characters in an original animated film.

My only question – why couldn’t the super nerdy science genius be a girl? Just saying….

The film is set for a release in Australia on Boxing Day, the same spot Frozen opened in last year and Wreck it Ralph the year before.

May 192014
 

David Michôd’s The Rover premiered at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday, where it received mixed to positive reviews.

The Guardian – Peter Bradshaw (★★★)

The Rover is an undoubtedly atmospheric and brutal drama set in an apocalyptic future after a “collapse”: the endless bush has telegraph poles on which crucified bodies are displayed from some unspecified insurgency or crackdown and the economy now depends on US dollars. It has something of a surlier, meaner Mad Max, a flavour of Australian New Wave pictures like Wake in Fright, and even something of Spielberg’s Duel

Variety – Scott Foundas

Pearce is fiercely impressive here as a man who gave up on the human race even before the latest round of calamities, and if there are occasional glimpses of the kinder, gentler man he might once have been, we are more frequently privy to his savage survival instincts. But it’s Pattinson who turns out to be the film’s greatest surprise, sporting a convincing Southern accent and bringing an understated dignity to a role that might easily have been milked for cheap sentimental effects.

Michôd’s Animal Kingdom is one of the most critically acclaimed Australian films ever made, so to say that this film was highly anticipated by the film community in Australia would be an understatement. I love the idea of the outback as a setting for an apocalyptic film and the photography in the trailer hints at something special. I’m looking forward to seeing Pattinson in a more gritty role, and am encouraged by the positive reactions to his performance.

The Rover has its Australian Premiere on June 7th at the Sydney Film Festival, before being released nationally on June 12th.

May 012014
 


 
Written and directed by Kiwi duo Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi What We Do In The Shadows is a vampire mockumentary/ comedy-horror about three flatmates who share a house together in Wellington, New Zealand. Filmed in Wellington in 2012, it is Waititi’s first film since the 2010 hit Boy.

The official synopsis is as follows:

Flatmates Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are three vampires who are just trying to get by in modern society; from paying rent and sticking to the housework roster to trying to get invited in to nightclubs, they’re just like anyone else – except they’re immortal and must feast on human blood.

When their 8000 year-old flatmate Petyr, turns 20-something human hipster Nick, into a vampire, the guys must teach him the ropes and guide him through his new-found eternal life. And in return they are forced to learn a thing or two about modern society, fashions, technology, and the internet. But it’s the introduction of Nick’s human friend, Stu, that really changes the vampire’s lives and attitudes towards the ever-changing world around them.

When Stu’s life is threatened, the vamps show us that maybe humans are worth fighting for, and that even though your heart may be cold and dead, it doesn’t mean you can’t feel anything.

The film premiered at Sundance where it received positive reviews, and it has been picked up for release in Australia by Madman Films.

This trailer is just about the funniest thing I have seen for a while. I really do love a clever jab at genre films. I really hope this plays Sydney Film Festival ahead of its release, because it’s just the type of film which is so fun to see with a big, rowdy crowd.

For more details visit the official website, or search the rather amusing hastag #DELICIOUSNECKS on Twitter and/or Instagram.

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.