Metáfora (English: “Metaphor“) opens with a gorgeous black and white shot of the moon, fading out to classical music and a narrating voice over. It is hard to summarize the film’s plot, mostly because there isn’t any actual plot in the traditional sense of the word or at least from what we are used to in 99% of the films we watch. Metáfora chooses to be the odd 1% of cinematic experiences that decides to take an alternative narrative approach and subvert the viewer’s expectations. But to what effect? Continue reading
Contemporary horror master Eli Roth is back in the director’s chair, after 7 years of not directing a feature film. After releasing Hostel: Part II in 2007, Roth directed the short film within a film Nation’s Pride for Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, he wrote two rather disappointing films (Aftershock and The Man with the Iron Fists), he tried acting again (please, don’t) and of course he’s been super busy slapping his awesome name on every new horror film, I’m sorry, I mean he’s been doing a lot of producing. Continue reading
Gia Coppola‘s debut feature Palo Alto (2013) is currently my most anticipated film. It should be available in less than one month, but it seems like eternity. In the meantime I’ve been playing the trailer on repeat, I’ve been watching Gia’s short film Non Plus One and I’ve also been listening to the amazing song from the trailer. As I re-watched the trailer multiple times certain lines started sticking out for me and I know I should be cautious, because it’s only a trailer, but it looks like a well-written film. Continue reading
Exciting news for David Cronenberg fans: The Canadian auteur is back with a new film called Maps to the Stars. The film was written by novelist and screenwriter Bruce Wagner, who’s not exactly a fan of Hollywood. According to Wikipedia, it’s a satire/drama, but looking at this first trailer it seems a lot darker than that. Cronenberg’s last two films (A Dangerous Method and Cosmopolis) have been incredibly dialogue-heavy, but this looks like it could be a return to old school Cronenberg. I mean it’s not going to be body-horror, but it could be a thriller. Continue reading
After releasing a teaser trailer back in August last year, it seemed that everyone had forgotten about Gia Coppola‘s debut feature Palo Alto. The film played at various film festivals, in Venice most notably, and is based on short stories by James Franco. Franco also stars in the movie as a supporting character. Emma Roberts is clearly the lead of the film, which looks to be a coming-of-age story about bored high schoolers. Also co-starring in this movie is Val Kilmer and other Coppola family friends (and relatives). Continue reading
It looks like Jason Reitman‘s career is taking a turn in a different direction with his upcoming drama Labor Day. Up until this point all of his films had comedic elements to them, yes, even Young Adult. However Labor Day looks to be a dead serious drama, with a heavy/tense atmosphere and possibly featuring some thriller elements. Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin play the lead roles. Eric Steelberg, cinematographer extraordinaire is once again on board and Reitman himself is back to writing and hoping to be nominated for best adapted screenplay. As a matter of fact the film will open in limited release on December 25th, 2013 just to make sure it eligible for Oscars, but most people will be able to see it only on January 31st, 2014.
The film is about a Adele (Kate Winslet), a single mother and her son (Gattlin Griffith), who help out a wounded mysterious man (Josh Brolin). Turns out Brolin’s character is wanted by the police and so it seems that Adele and her son will find themselves in a tricky situation. The supporting cast includes Tobey Maguire, Clark Gregg, James Van Der Beek and Brooke Smith. On a personal note I must say that even though I’m quite the Jason Reitman fan and this trailer looks good, I’m a bit skeptical about the end result. In theory I’m all for director’s branching out and trying new things, but deep down I guess there’s a certain comfort, similar to brand consistency and knowing what to expect. I’m sure it will turn out fine though, but I am worried that there hasn’t been more buzz or people talking about Labor Day so far. Then again, people mostly ignored Young Adult and that was a masterpiece, so…
After being confirmed for a 2013 Christmas Day release, and thus still eligible for the Oscar race, here comes the second trailer for Martin Scorsese‘s 165 minutes 80s epic The Wolf of Wall Street. Personally, I won’t be watching this, because I’ve heard it shows a lot more story, and since I’m already sold on the movie I don’t really need spoilers at this point. However some of you might be too curious to wait and so this one’s for you!
The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey. Like I’ve been saying all along this might just be the year Di Caprio gets his golden statue. Every year however the best actor category is one of the most crowded and difficult ones between Weinsteins, Academy darlings and locks it’s hard to say who’s going to win. It is also true however that the Academy has a tendency to make up for past “mistakes” and many feel that Di Caprio should have won best supporting actor for his portrayal of Calvin Candie in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained last year.
We’ll see how this all works out for Martin and Leo. First of all let’s hope the movie is good, but if the first trailer was of any indication we’re in for a treat.
Wow! Way to strike while the iron’s hot. Just a couple days ago we got a first poster for Wes Anderson‘s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel and now here comes the first official trailer. It is spectacular. Funny, beautiful and full of action, just like my ladies (just kidding). It seems like Wes has shot this in full frame (4:3 aspect ratio), which is how films were presented back in the 1920s, where the film is set. This trailer could be considered “spoiler-y” so I won’t go into any plot details. It is a very fast-cut trailer, which shows a lot scenes and sets and characters (hey, with a cast like that I would too).
The film basically about a hotel concierge (Ralph Fiennes) and his friendship with a lobby boy (Tony Revolori) who becomes his protégée. Like all of Anderson’s films I’m sure there will be themes of surrogate family, bourgeois living and romance. Personally, I am very excited for this film and I can’t wait to see it. However I will avoid any further trailers, because they could spoil too much, this one is more than enough to get me excited. On an odd note: Johnny Depp was supposed to be playing the lead role (now taken over by Ralph Fiennes) and looking at this trailer I am so glad he’s not.
The film will be released on March 7th, 2014 in the States. Anyone else looking forward to this?
Finally! The first trailer for the much-anticipated and critically acclaimed new film from Alexander Payne: Nebraska. The film premiered at Cannes this year and Bruce Dern, who is co-starring with Will Forte, won the best actor award. This looks like a funny, quirky road-trip comedy/drama from the director who has brought us great films such as About Schmidt and Sideways.
The film was shot in black and white and looks gorgeous. As a fan of the director, the talent involved and the good buzz it’s been getting I can’t wait to see this film. The film opens November 22nd, 2013 and already seems to be a top contender for next year’s Academy Awards. Take a look yourself! Oh, and here’s the first b&w poster as well. Looking good?
Not really a trailer, more like a scene from the movie, but it does say bande annonce, which I understand is French for trailer. So I guess that’s the route they decided to go. There’s not much to see in this first look at Catherine Breillat‘s new film Abus de faiblesse (Abuse of Weakness en anglais), except for dialogue between the two leading actors Isabelle Huppert and Kool Shen, who I understand is a rapper.
The film just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and will play at the New York Film Festival in October as well. As for an official release date, it’s not clear when the film will be available for general audiences. According to IMDb it is set to be released in February next year in France. I hope they’re wrong, because I happen to be a big fan of Breillat’s work and that just seems like a long ass wait.
Abuse of Weakness is an autobiographical film about “[a] stroke-afflicted filmmaker is manipulated by a notorious con man” (IMDb). Much like pretty much every Catherine Breillat film this will be probably a very personal film dealing with female sexuality. I love this trailer visually, because it feels very European and in-keeping with the style of her previous works.