Jul 162013
 


 
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.

Thoughts?

Jan 212012
 

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Addiction is a subject which has been the topic of many films before. Some films take the comedic route, while others play it out in a more dramatic fashion. Usually the protagonist realises they have an addiction after hitting “bottom”, and then we follow them as they seek help. Shame is not either of these films. Shame is not about redemption or seeking help. It’s about how addiction guts the lives of those trapped in its embrace, leaving them a cold and hollow existence.

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