At ScreenJunkies, Fred Topel spoke with Uwe Boll. Here's a clip:
Thursday, June 30, 2011
At ScreenJunkies, Fred Topel spoke with Uwe Boll. Here's a clip:
Continue to be impressed.
Just works somehow. They found the right energy.
Soundworks Collection: The Sound of Transformers: Dark of the Moon from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.
Directed by Tomas Alfredson who crafted 'Let The Right One In'.
Couldn't ask for more.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
An interview with Knight, the only photog at Led Zeppelin's first show:
The cover of Knight's book.
Aniston has very good things to say about the screenplay.
Again, here, Jason Bateman expresses sincere appreciation for the quality of the writing. Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day follow suit.
The interviewer seems genuinely impressed with the film. Good signs.
No interview with Jamie Foxx, though. Bummer. His scenes are my favorite. He's unreal funny. When he introduces himself to the guys it's pure gold.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Total dead fish. Then again, how do you get all four main characters in one shot and give them something to do while making it understandable and compelling? There must be something better, but this might be as good as it gets, come to think of it.
No way. This can't be best. There has to be a better option.
Just love this from AO Scott's assessment of 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon':
Coming in August, Vanity Fair with Emma Stone:
Juli Weiner interviews Optimus Prime for Vanity Fair:
The subtlest and most promising performance of the year belongs to a 28-foot-tall, 4.3-ton young actor from Cybertron named Optimus Prime. A slip of paper with a very pretty young woman’s number on it now also belongs to the hulking Transformers: Dark of the Moon star. The gorgeous redhead had wandered over a few minutes before from her chaise at the Chateau Marmont’s pool and dropped the note in front of Prime. “Freedom is the right of all sentient beings,” Prime said, unblinking. A magnet on a car key zoomed across the patio and stuck to his shoulder. Opposites attract.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Don't be afraid of the dark - Come take a look... by teasertrailer
Don't be afraid of the dark - It's not safe for... by teasertrailer
Don't be afraid of the dark - There's a door in... by teasertrailer
From AICN's review of 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon':
...in this film – you’re going to see a dynamic to his action that is nothing short of jaw-dropping. I say “Jaw-Dropping” not with any sense of hyperbole – in the last hour of this film you’re going to see shit go down that will physically cause your jaw to drop. Hang open and perhaps end with a smile.
Anne Hathaway with Harper's Bazaar:
"In the grand scheme of things, I got to have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I met great people, wore beautiful clothes. And I got to put on a show. I don't see a downside. Anyone who disliked my personality probably disliked my personality before the Oscars."
Above poster matches the original. It's got the same energy (well, the girl brings it, the guy not so much). Somebody in Marketing worked hard and it shows.
Coming on the heels of the first poster, which was very solid -- classic, well-structured and cool -- the campaign is gaining steam. This one, hate it all you want, is going to rock the box office. With a budget of $25m, the profit margin will be too juicy not to make more like it. So, expect to get your hate on again real soon for 'Footloose 2: (INSERT CUTE, PREFERABLY RHYMING TITLE HERE)' and a slew of low-budget knock-offs.
Of course, you won't be able to see any of these movies at the theater. Tickets will not be sold to geezers, fogies, old farts, or basically anybody over 30. You can try sneaking in like we did when we were kids, but that's about your only hope.
Let's leave that unfortunate business behind us and watch this featurette. Yay!!
Somebody please get this guy some donuts. He looks like he could use them. Hurry.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Sure. Why not like it? Looks like fun.
Then, when a later trailer came out featuring a throbbing rock soundtrack everyone hated the music and thought the movie might just suck.
Okay, that one's good too. The rock adds energy. I like it.
Comments ranged from concerned to negative.
Weird. Myself, I didn't even notice. Who cares what kind of music plays over a 13th century battle with swords, arrows, and trebuchets? Besides, do they expect lutes plucking and panflutes tooting? Who'd want to hear that? 'Ironclad' isn't a period drama that happens to include battle sequences, it's an action-thriller with hard-core combat scenes that takes place in the 13th century. What difference does it make that it's set before The Rolling Stones landed? Rock covers a battle sequence nicely, even one set in merry old England.
When the first 'Cowboys & Aliens' trailer hit everyone, as expected, loved it.
Sure. Why not like it? Looks like fun. Back in April, though, we got this, which isn't subtle about the rock intro:
The anachronistic soundtrack was hardly noticed. In fact, the only comment I was able to find was positive. Movieline said:
The vibe in this trailer is energetic, fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek, even - and if the rollicking music heard here is any indication of the final film, Cowboys & Aliens could have a very mainstream-friendly, Pirates of the Caribbean-type appeal.
Now, we get a new trailer with music that, if anything, is even more throbbing, hard hitting. Still no protests. Is it that rock music in a medieval battle scene is more grating, or just seems more wrong, than the same type music in a western because one takes place in the 13th century, like 700 or 800 years before the advent of rock and the other takes place in the 1700s and early 1800s, which was just a few years ago by comparison? (Sure, that makes sense). Just how is one more anachronistic than the other? Or, is it that we understand Jon Favreau loves hard-rocking soundtracks, and this is the guy that gave us all that 'Iron Man' goodness, so nobody says anything for fear of disturbing the Favreau-ness of it all?
It's a funny thing. I remember 'A Knight's Tale' got ripped for using a rock soundtrack and that's a medieval setting as well. Go figure.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
If this one hits it would make for two bad-girl comedies in a row coming after the rauch-fest 'Bridesmaids'. A move in the right direction to be sure. At least, I think so. I'm so tired of candy-ass girly comedies that flirt with funny but are too scared to cross the line (or even toe the line) of political incorrectness, as if that would be too unladylike to consider. Comedies with central characters which are male go there. They don't just cross the line they stomp it into the dirt and dance on the other side. Movies with female characters, by and large, at least in the past, have daintily sidestepped such controversy. The comedy falls flat, is too safe, boring, and often the movie gets anemic box office as a result which, in turn, gives rise to protests of bias against movies with female leads.
Aren't we passed that? I'm thinking we are, or should be. Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and crew were. Looks like the folks that made 'Bad Teacher' were, as well. However, the film's edgy sensibility is drawing fire.
Karina Longworth (a woman, it should be noted) contends Diaz's portrayal is a step backward for movies with female leads, saying in her write up 'Bad Teacher and the Downside of Equal Rights in Hollywood':
Diaz's character, a middle school teacher, drinks (at work), sleeps it off (at work), drops the f-bomb (at work), calls her students stupid to their faces, etc. Behavior that would get you fired. The world the movie inhabits is too preposterous (and offensive) to accept. And, that's the point. 'Bad Teacher' is once removed from reality. It lives in a space that allows its protagonist the freedom needed to behave in an impossibly outrageous manner which, in turn, provides the foundation needed for comedy to breathe.
Kofi Outlaw at ScreenRant decodes the problematic premise:
That established, he continues:
Seems just about right to me. 'Bad Teacher' looks very 'WTF'. Totally.
Roger Ebert did not like it but for reasons that are both confusing and yet fall in line with some reviewer's comments:
My favorite assessment comes, surprisingly, from Manohla Dargis (another woman, it should be noted). Don't know why, but I just thought she wouldn't like the film. She says:
If you can accept that the elementary school setting is a comedic platform not to be taken seriously, the offensive behavior of the character (an emotionally shattered woman who was just dumped by her sugar-daddy fiancé who has to scramble to secure a new meal ticket by any means necessary) might seem funnier. On the other hand, if you're offended by the premise you shouldn't see the movie.
But, for some, setting and character may be so closely intertwined that the fact that one is clearly farcical does not nullify the shocking reality of the other, and the result is they take offense. For those people having the story unfold in an elementary school makes the character's behavior unpalatable even though it seems funny and they want to laugh. Diaz's character's criminal lack of regard for others would be funny, way funny, if it occurred in any place other than an elementary school.
I'll hazard a guess that's probably why there's such a split in the opinions of reviewers. Some like the movie for its raunchiness, some hate the movie because of its raunchiness. It's a matter of perspective.
'Bad Teacher' may be good, or bad. It may have script issues, or it could be brilliant. But, at least they went there. They tried. They had the balls to execute edgy material in a movie with a female lead and not play it safe. For that I'm glad. We need more movies with smart, funny women. Like those gals in 'Bridesmaids' (I think someone called them "smart and funny"). If 'Bad Teacher' helps pave the way, that's a victory.
Still, my kind of movie. Complex, with misdirection. Very Hitchcock.
Here's a trailer, which plays enticing and off-putting in equal parts, which may or may not be by design. Kind of a gamble, this one.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
'Cowboys & Aliens' has the same setup with Daniel Craig (again, British) in the lead and Harrison Ford playing a secondary role.
Make no mistake. Ford and De Niro represent masculinity pretty well. We know that. Raging Bull, Air Force One, all that stuff. We get it, loved it. But, they're not young men anymore. And now we're getting to the core of the issue.
Young American men are getting more and more scarce in Hollywood action movies. Is it something in the water that makes young guys in this country so damn...um...delicate?
Why do we have to look to other countries where they speak English to find our leading men? We turned to Russell Crowe (from New Zealand) to man up for the action thriller 'The Next Three Days'. He's seen next in big guy roles in 'The Man with the Iron Fists' (like an American
Of course, the example that carries the most sting is 'The Dark Knight' directed by Christopher Nolan (England, wouldn't you know). With Heath Ledger (an Aussie) as The Joker and Christian Bale (from Wales) playing one of the most iconic of American figures that we all grew up with and loved -- Batman. No Americans guys around with enough fortitude to fill those shoes, I guess. Nice. Great. Just great.
It gets worse. 'The Dark Knight Rises' stars Bale again, naturally. Gary Oldman (England) returns as Commissioner Gordon (was he British?), and Liam Neeson (Ireland), a man's man who is coming off leads in action flicks like 'Taken' 'The A-Team' 'Unknown' and the upcoming 'The Grey' (also starring the rugged Joe Anderson who is from, that's right, England), plays Ra's al Ghul.
Of course, Michael Caine (very British) is back as Batman's butler, Alfred. I guess he's okay, though, as a butler should be British. But still, that's a lot of Britons and such pulling down leads in a corn-fed all-American action thriller.
Then there's that American comic book superhero 'Thor'. Okay, okay. I know. He's a Norse God, but we know of him, a Hollywood movie was made featuring him, because of the all-American Marvel Comics in which he appeared that were read by boys in this country for decades. The movie would have been a much tougher sell if we only knew of Thor from studying mythology in college. So, thanks to comic books, Thor = American. Here's a look at some of the he-man actors from the movie and where they were born:
Sturdy Chris Hemsworth -- (Thor) Australia (and because there's a shortage of American tough guys, he'll be taking the lead in the action flick 'Red Dawn', thank you very much USA pretty boys).
Trim and fit Tom Hiddleston (Loki) -- England. Because of the dearth of macho American leads he'll be playing a captain in 'War Horse'.
Ever virile Anthony Hopkins (Odin) -- Wales.
The challenging Stellan Skarsgard -- Sweden.
The penetrating Kenneth Branagh directed -- he's from Ireland, where men are men.
Buffed up Ray Stevenson (Ireland).
Whew. That's hard to take. I'm thirsty. I need some water. Better get a brand bottled in another country lest I dainty up to the point of no return.
Oh, wait! This just in! Guess what. Tough as nails Idris Elba who is/was up for a lead in 'Django Unchained' (A Western. Nothing gets more American than that. Nothing), who also just wrapped the smash 'em up 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance', and is filming 'Prometheus' -- an action/horror -- has just secured a lead in the action movie 'Pacific Rim'. Is he American? Please. The man was born in England, nursery and country of origin for rough and tumble brawny guys who will grow up to star in Hollywood movies when the part calls for a stout fellow and no American guys can be found because they're at the salon for treatments or a manicure or maybe to get their eyebrows plucked, or perhaps just getting some beauty sleep.
The movie, about giant robots piloted by humans that fight alien invaders, also stars Charlie Hunnam (England), and is directed by Guillermo del Toro (Mexico).
Ouch. Where's that non-American water?
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
GIRLFRIEND new trailer from Justin Lerner on Vimeo.
This poster is perfect.
"GIRLFRIEND is exactly the kind of brave little film one goes to a festival hoping to find. It’s memorable and moving – an unexpected backyard treasure with an irresistible star."
-- Janice Page, THE BOSTON GLOBE
Written and directed by Justin Lerner. Here's his site.
Here's a hint: "It was so disappointing"
Yeah, that's how I relax on a Sunday afternoon.
Vanity Fair with Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis:
Trailer rocks. Rocks you like a hurricane. (No, I'm not that cheesy. Watch it, you'll see what I mean).
Couldn't watch this at the theater. Thirty-foot tall ape faces aping those awful fake/weird looking humanoid eyes at me for two hours would be too much. (Thank god this isn't in 3D. People would run.)
Plain ole ick.
Um, do her fingers form the letter "C" for a reason?
My only criticism is the boilerplate text over image of girl should be moved down (and not sure why the shadow of the banister is included. Doesn't contribute and interferes with the ghoul arms). Otherwise, creepy with a sense of character and plot throughline. Nice.
Much better than the American version, which was all glitzy tech, hammy enthusiasm, and unnecessary dialogue -- it came off as schtick.
I'm thinking DreamWorks may have been influenced by the success of heartfelt 'Super 8' clips and trailers. Good move.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Karina Longworth takes a look at 'Bad Teacher' and the implications it carries for (female) actors in Hollywood:
Monday, June 20, 2011
I'm reading this guy's account, 'Bellhop Confidential' in the Seattle weekly The Stranger, of being a bellhop at one of Seattle's boutique hotels and thinking, 'This sounds like voice-over in the beginning of a movie'. Here's a bit of it:
I can just see the steady-cam tracking shot now.
For the movie rights contact Ben Bishop. I'm sure it'll be a hit.
Clip from Cnet's coverage of the tech side of Pixar's 'Cars 2':
But some sequences were especially complex, particularly those involving ray tracing--which involves simulating light hitting surfaces, essentially "trying to simulate photons." And as a result, a huge amount of computing power was needed to process frames that took as much as 80 or 90 hours to render, Shah said. And that meant that the studio "bulked up our render farm."
Looking forward to it.
The Retirement of Joe Corduroy - Trailer from Mike P. Nelson on Vimeo.
Here's the producer's write up:
Bad guys die, Summer 2011.
The first trailer for my Minnesota Grant funded film.
Shot on RED with a Cooke T3 18-100 zoom.
Joe Corduroy is retiring. He has approached the beginning of the end. After his nephew is the victim of a violent crime, this gentle dentist declares payback on the lowly scum of the streets. In an act of vengeance, Joe seeks out unsuspecting criminals to enforce his own form of vigilante justice; a bullet in the back.
Nice calling card. Can imagine this as a feature. Good luck.
Largely free of dialogue and done in one take. I think I saw the movie twice (at the theater) just to catch this final scene again.
Tucci and Tony Shalhoub carry this effortlessly. Not required viewing, not well-known, however the movie is a gift.
Somehow, maybe it's the body suit the woman wears or the wink-wink kitschy hammy loaded looks that say 'there's not really going to be any violence' or the sterile artsy decor, it reminds me of the intro to The Avengers series with Patrick Macnee and Diane Rigg.
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