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AT FIRST SIGHTs: ‘Black Swan’ trailers up, ‘Blood Simple’ gets a remake

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

I was just gonna Facebook status these, but then I was getting kind of wordy and I thought to myself, ‘Gee I wish I had an appropriate venue for sharing movie news and thoughts…’

I wrote about Black Swan what feels like ages ago, finally some pictures were released of Natalie Portman bird’ed out and now tada! a trailer hits.  And it is as Aronofsky as you could hope.

And by Aronofsky I mean troubling and intriguing and I’ll probably only see it once while certain images will be burned in my brain for forever (thanks but no thanks Requiem for a Dream…)
Check it:

See what I mean?  What do you think?  Brain Donors meets District 9?  Just me??

And then also!  Thanks to FilmDrunk for this- Blood Simple is getting a Chinese remake by none other than Zhang Yimou.  BOOM.  That’s awesome.  I only know of Zhang Yimou because I took that one class in college, so in case you didn’t have the same requirements as me, let me inform you, he’s serious biz.

A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop is a pretty cool title if you can forget that there was ever a thing called Two Guys, A Girl, and a Pizza Place.  AmIright??

I seriously can’t wait to movie night Blood Simple in preparation.  Who’s in??!!!  (Ahem, Aaron, I’m lookin’ at you…)

AT FIRST SIGHT: Green Zone

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Word is they want to do a fourth Bourne movie but Paul Greengrass isn’t attached and Matt Damon is like ‘mmm, I don’t know…’ Ok, truth time, I’m too lazy to look up the latest on this story, but my point is still relevant.  Let’s just say, those two were too busy making this movie to do a fourth Bourne:

Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh… This looks good and all, but they’re joking right?  Sure, he seems to have an intact memory and a different name but this looks pretty much EXACTLY the same as the previous two Bourne movies no?  Which isn’t a bad thing, it’s just a … really? thing.

Other thoughts:

I can guarantee I will be confused through 30% of this movie.

Always happy to see Beadie on screen, big or small.  Fun fact: Actors from ‘The Wire‘ are the most gratifying to spot in other roles.  Fun fact 2: It is accepted to eternally refer to them as their ‘Wire’ character names.

And the title: ‘Green Zone’ – that sounds safe.  Or environmental.  Please don’t be environmental.

AT FIRST SIGHT: Or as I like to call it – Talkin’ with Dudes

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

I recently made a list of people I wish success upon.

It reads like this:

Bobby Cannavale (Cupid was a big failure, but he made me chuckle.  And he sings karaoke and plays poker regularly with Paul Rudd.)
Josh Charles (I did not make it 3 episodes into ‘Sports Night’ but still, he seems cool.)
Dominic Cooper (NOT Dominic West.  Minus 10.)
Frankie Faison (He’s from ‘The Wire’ – insta-cred.)
Will Forte (MacGrubes forever!!!)
Benjamin Gibbard (I own exactly one Death Cab for Cutie album.  Counts.)
Timothy Hutton (Oscar winner!  ‘Ordinary People’ is the JAM.)
John Krasinski (Duh-town)
Chris Messina  (I had to look him up, Julie’s husband in ‘Julie & Julia’.  He can stay I guess.)
Max Minghella (Your dad was the bomb!)
Christopher Meloni (When a dead hooker has no one else to call…)
Lou Taylor Pucci (You can stay too.)
Ben Shenkman (Withhold your ‘who the?’s until the end of this post.)
Julianne Nicholson (another one on the order side of ‘Law & Order’ – always the cooler side.)

So imagine my surprise when I saw the recently released trailer for :

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Poster says: Click on me, I will take you to the trailer.

What a coincidence right?!  JK, but for real, there’s some real quality up in this thing.

And if not exactly quality, there’s definitely a lot of ‘awww, that guy, I like him.’

(Please insert here whatever cool thing someone would say about David Foster Wallace who had actually read stuff by him.)

(Why did Will Arnett not make the poster?)

(Oh and in case you didn’t know- Ben Shenkman is the climax blurter.)

Good luck to you Mr. Krasinski, I feel the urge to support your endeavors.  Let’s all go, we can get dressed up.  Like hideous men.

AT FIRST SIGHT: Nolan’s Inception

Monday, August 24th, 2009

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Christopher Nolan – looking awfully intense.

Chris has a pretty damn good track record with me. Of course, my first encounter with him was Memento which was mind-blowing for us all. Then, I had the fortune of discovering his film school shorts in a Criterion collection while attending film school in jolly old England and found Doodlebug – his early mind-teasing product of genius. Look it up if you haven’t seen it yet.

So I’m not too surprised to see that the teaser-trailer for his next movie, Inception, is just as intriguing. Haven’t found an embed-able one yet so check it out on Yahoo trailers here.

While I have only a slight idea on what the storyline is, it SO gives me enough that I want to see it. The only synopsis on IMDB is this: A CEO-type becomes involved in a blackmailing scandal. It does have an amazing cast, as expected, including our dear Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy and Michael Caine. Oh I’m all excited now. Chris is making his way into my director hall of fame.

AT VERY FIRST SIGHT: Avatar, this is a big deal I hear

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

‘Avatar’ – James Cameron’s long in the works, super highly anticipated sci fi alleged masterpiece released a teaser.

Go HERE to check it out and then we can discuss.

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Eyeball.

Welp.  I’m underwhelmed.

Maybe this is a leap, but I think ‘District 9′ is gonna fuck all this up.  Sorry for the crudeness, but after seeing that rooted, raw, terrifyingly real aliens-on-earth scenario this… just… seems… meh.  Like it’s trying too hard, right??

CGI on CGI kissing?  Care.

D9′s Prawns were so tactile.  These blue guys?  Not so much.  If I care when that one Avatar? (Zoe Saldana I’m gonna assume) starts to cry I will be shocked.  And the oh-so-blue (today’s theme) makes it look too fantasy.  Which I mean in a bad way, not in a legitimate genre kind of way.  Sci-fi and Fantasy are different, says Roman from ‘Party Down.’  But those creatures do look kind of dragon-y so maybe it is both sci-fi and fantasy and wow, stop me, I’m going in circles.  Basically, I thought James was a sci-fi guy, therefore fantasy would be an insult.

Honestly though, there’s just no way this movie could hold up to the amount of anticipation, and I feel kind of bad.

It all has such a feeling of ‘out with the old, in with the new’ to me and Neill Blomkamp is the new James Cameron, all perfectly timed and up in his face like that.

Poor James?  Or is this what happens to self-proclaimed kings of the world…

AT FIRST SIGHT: Benicio Del ‘Lobo’

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

FI. NALL. LY.

A trailer is released.  Benicio Del Toro as a Wolfman and Emily Blunt as his lady has kept me interested in this project for a long while and what a long while it has been.  This thing was shot eons ago and the release date just kept getting pushed back.  Now it’s set to come out in February, still a ways away, but at least now we have something to look at:

Hmmmm.  Shoot.  I have doubts, just like Sister Aloysius.

I think what puts me on the fence the most is the ‘The.’  ‘THE Wolfman’ just doesn’t right for some reason.

And it might look a little too stylized for me.  All that blue.  That hue just puts me in the world of ‘Van Helsing’ or ‘Underworld’ and I don’t think that’s where this movie should be.

Also, we need to keep our eye on this because the director, Joe Johnston, has been tapped to direct the upcoming ‘Captain America’ movie.  Which still has time to be re-named ‘THE Captain America,’ then we’ll know who’s to blame here…

At First Sight: Gerard plays the badie.

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Gerard

{{sigh}} Gerard.

Maybe it had something to do with being introduced to the world as a bad ass good guy with rippling abs, but Gerard had me at “This is Sparta!” I think it’s the accent that really did me in. Anyway, after some romance comedy and heist gigs, we finally get to see Gerard as the bad guy (even though he starts out as the good guy) and I’m all for it. Not to mention he’s teamed up with Jamie Foxx. Trailer? Why sure:

So um, yea. Plot is interesting enough but really? Law Abiding Citizen? Look. Some words to film execs everywhere: if you need to hire someone to think up a better film title, please do it. Don’t setlle for things like Law Abiding Citizen. Yeesh.

AT FIRST SIGHT: ‘New York, I Love You’ but what if I don’t?

Friday, August 14th, 2009

I mean I do.  But in an easy-going, yeah New York is cool, duh, kind of way.  So I’m going into ‘New York, I Love You’ more intrigued at the idea of established filmmakers making shorts with well known actors, some of whom I adore, with a common thread.

And finally we have a trailer.

1 – The common thread is ‘Love’ apparently.  Now I saw ‘Paris, Je t’aime’ when it came out and I don’t remember it being all ‘mwah mwah gushy gushy Paris let’s make out.’  Or was it?  All love stories?  The one I remember most (big shocker) is the Coen Bros entry and that wasn’t exactly romantic.

I just hope the characters don’t actually talk ABOUT New York.  If I hear ‘the greatest city in the world’ even once I’ll walk out.  Not really, but I’ll definitely roll my eyes.  Cause, ugh, if my last trip to NYC left one impression it was that the flames of New Yorkers’ superiority complex don’t need any fanning.

2 – My boy LaBeouf gets only ONE second of screentime?  I think I heard from someone somewhere that maybe his film was kind of … good?  But I do admit that Drea De Matteo and James Caan in a scene is rather delicious.  Even if that segment is directed by my nemesis Brett Ratner, I’m opening my mind, forcibly.

3 – The b inside of me loves that Scarlett Johansson’s film, one she directed, didn’t make the final.  They were careful to say it just didn’t fit in, not that it sucked, but choose what you want to believe.  I have.  (Not sure if I’ve mentioned, but it’ll be a running theme that she is way overrated on the talent scale, IMO.)

It’s a bit hard to know what to expect from this trailer, we can only hope it’s not as gooey as it looks.  Going all romance was kind of a gamble no?   Was the city itself not a strong enough theme on its own??   Am I just down on love at the moment and feeling bad for my hometown???  Los Angeles, I love you.  I do.  I’m planning my installment for the ‘L.A. I Love You’ that will never get made.  It’s also a love story.  One in which I fall in love with a back yard….

AT FIRST SIGHT: Tron Trailers Up

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

‘Tron Legacy’ got itself a trailer:

Ooooooh, ‘not anymore’ thwack!

Ok, so who remembers the first one anyway?  Oh, all of you?  Ok well I’m putting it on my queue right now.  It comes out in 2010, when exactly, it doesn’t say but I have some time.

What else is interesting?  The guy who did the sound effects in the first one is back on the job, Frank Serafine is his name.  Daft Punk is doing the music, they come with their own helmets!  6 credited screenwriters, yeek.  The director Joseph Kosinski… hmm, I had to search him even after I clicked on his imdb.  He hasn’t directed a film before this, but was an accomplished commercial director.  His next movie – a ‘Logan’s Run’ remake.  Joseph, this here is a pigeonhole….

We’re gonna keep our eye on this one for you, I imagine it won’t get that much press…  Cause I mean really, what does $300 million really get you these days??

AT FIRST SIGHT: Mr. Nobody

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Mr. Nobody

Leto in Mr. Nobody. Stunning.

First, how could you not love this photo? Second, Jared! We’ve missed you! I don’t know bout ya’ll but I’ve been crushing on Jared since he was grungy My So Called Life Jordan Catalano. He’s been MIA for a bit, but I’m glad he’s back in such an interesting way.

The French film, Mr. Nobody, is tearin’ it up in Venice. Being French, the film is all kinds of confusing. According to Wikipedia:

In the year 2092, a time when Mars is a vacation spot, Nemo Nobody is a 120-year-old man who is the last mortal among humans who have become immortal due to scientific advances. When Nemo is on his deathbed, he reviews the three possible existences and marriages he might have experienced.

Riiiight. It is kind of refreshing to have these simply be his memories – or possible memories – rather than some alternate universe. I think we’ve seen that trend fizzle out (see our Cold Souls post) and die. Here’s the trailer:

Mr. Nobody trailer

And the WEBSITE. There’s lots of yummy media for this film, but it has no US distribution yet. Aw, come on US! I want to see this! Maybe I should start a petition…