How did the director of Anchorman and Step Brothers manage to pull off this remarkable achievement? Adam McKay achieves an improbable task here with The Big Short; turning the dauntingly impenetrable catalysts for the 2007-08 Global Financial Crisis (GFC), and the terrifying-to-consider effects, into a tremendously entertaining comedy-drama. He also never ignores the tragedy of the event and isn’t afraid to dig deep into the world of complex mortgage derivatives and use inventive approaches to make it accessible. The film is a damning indictment of Wall Street, from the angle of men who saw the crash coming and who begin to realise what their unexpected profit opportunity meant for the U.S financial system, and the rest of the world.
David Ayer’s (End of Watch) WWII-set tank epic is a hulking, mechanical beast of masculine adrenaline that rumbles along to Steven Price’s (Gravity) incredible operatic score. It does a lot of the heavy lifting in this rousing drama, that in bursts thematically resembles great war films like Platoon or Saving Private Ryan, only to fail on a few fronts – with its stock characters, romanticised machismo and somewhat extreme depictions. Still, the tanks have heft and character and Fury is an intense, grueling, visceral and claustrophobic representation of the sheer horrors of war – the incineration of life, the loss of innocence, the transformation of an ordinary human being into a monster– and the authentic mud-drenched combat sequences are very well done indeed.
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.
Killing Them Softly is one of my most anticipated films of 2012, and this trailer does nothing to damper my enthusiasm. It looks good! My logic is if Richard Jenkins is starring in a supporting role, then the film can’t be anything less than awesome (see The Cabin in the Woods and Liberal Arts). How about that music? If the music throughout the film is anything like the trailer, then I am very excited. Nothing makes me happier than a film with a fantastic soundtrack.
Based on the George V. Higgins 1974 crime novel “Cogan’s Trade,” “Killing Them Softly” has been updated to modern times. As previously reported by Indiewire’s blog The Playlist, “Softly” actually begins with an excerpt from Barack Obama’s 2008 Democratic Convention speech: “What is that American promise? It’s a promise that says each of us has the freedom to make of our own lives what we will, but that we also have obligations to treat each other with dignity and respect…
…Of course, beyond all the political allegory and undertones lies a gritty crime drama filled with grizzled character actors…”
Killing them Softly is directed by New Zealand-born Australian director and screen-writer Andrew Dominik. It stars Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, and James Gandolfini.
The film is set to be released in Australia & New Zealand on October 11 2012 and in the USA on October 19 2012.
The first time I watched The Tree of Life I did not like it. I thought it was a very pretty 2 hour+ meditation video – not a film. People told me the second time was better and I really should re-watch. For some reason I resisted for quite some time…
This week I finally relented and watched it again. Read my thoughts on revisiting and reassessing the film after the jump. Warning: this blog post contains spoilers for The Tree of Life.