Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Tim Burton's next foree into film will be ALICE IN WONDERLAND, which will hit theatres sometime next year. AINT IT COOL NEWS has released a photo that may or may not be JOHNNY DEPP in his costume as the MAD HATTER.
Check it out:
What do you think?
Posted by Luke Granlund at 5:35 PM
Monday, November 17, 2008
This March, Zack Snyder, director of 300, brings us a cinematic adaptation of the most celebrated graphic novel of all time, THE WATCHMEN. Based on the trailer below, I have no doubt that the film will prove to contain ultra visual and styllistic eye candy, but the depth and richness of the storytelling is what gives me the most reservation. 300, though at times visually stunning, had a weak story, week characters, and presented a world in which pointless violence was celebrated, along with a false sense of machoism and heroism. I am weary but hopefull that THE WATCMEN will prove different.
Posted by Luke Granlund at 12:48 PM
Let me just say, when I heard JJ Abrams was rebooting the STAR TREK film franchise, I was a little worried. Abrams last directorial effort, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 3, was good, but felt more like an action packed episode of Alias then a full blown cinematic experience. But, with the trailer below, and Abrams apparent love of the various STAR TREK television series, most notably THE NEXT GENERATION (my favorite), my interest has now shot through the roof. Abrams hope was to introduce STAR TREK to a whole new generation and if the following is any indication, Abrams may very well achieved just that.
Posted by Luke Granlund at 12:22 PM
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Sam Mendes, the director behind AMERICAN BEAUTY, ROAD TO PERDITION, and JARHEAD brings us the the reteaming of TITANIC'S Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in a story about a young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s who struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. The film is based on a novel by Richard Yates. It opens wide this January!
Here is the trailer:
Posted by Luke Granlund at 3:58 PM
Friday, October 24, 2008
Danny Boyle is a filmmaker of many different tastes. He has taken us into the world of drugs (TRAINSPOTTING), dropped us in an apocalyptic London filled with zombies (28 DAYS LATER), sent us on a space adventure to save the Earth by regenerating the sun (SUNSHINE) , and my personal favorite, he has given us a parable about what happens when a bag of a money lands in the hands of a boy wanting to use it for all the right reasons (MILLIONS). The amazing part of Boyle's films is that they are all distinctly different, yet all deal with the harsh realities of the human condition. I expect his next fore on the silver screen, the Fox Searchlight released SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, to be any different. SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE revolves around a poor Indian teen who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of "Who Wants to be A Millionaire?" the outcome of which will change his life forever. The film hits theatres this November!
Posted by Luke Granlund at 4:48 PM
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Clint Eastwood delivers a one-two punch with CHANGELING, opening next Friday wide, and THE GRAN TORINO which opens in December. This is a similar pattern we saw when Clint released FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS in the fall of 2006, and then LETTERS FROM IWA JIMA in December just in time for Oscar contention. The former wen't on to garner and Oscar nomination for Best Picture. IMDB describes GRAN TORINO as...Disgruntled Korean War vet Walt Kowalski (Eastwood) sets out to reform his neighbor, a young Hmong teenager, who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possesion: his 1972 Gran Torino. With CHANGELING receiving mixed reviews, could GRAN TORINO be this years LETTERS FROM IWA JIMA? With many Oscar contenders falling to next year (THE SOLOIST, THE ROAD), it very well could be.
Posted by Luke Granlund at 1:51 PM
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Posted by Luke Granlund at 5:08 PM
Monday, October 20, 2008
"We knew that the journey of making a movie out of McCarthy’s book 'The Road' would be both physically and emotionality challenging. There is a certain degree of sadness, fear and regret that 'The Man' carries inside as he strives to protect his son and ensure their survival in an impossible world." — Viggo Mortensen (Interview)
My excitement for this film only continues to grow with every ounce of given detail, and they are few to come by. Now with the possibility that the film will be moved to a 2009 release, we at least have this haunting photo of Viggo Mortenson and the young star playing his son to wet our appetites. The look in Viggo's eyes says it all, this is a man of extreme sadness. His soulful eyes speak of tragedy and pain. His thin and dirty hands reveal an essence of hunger, and survival. Though, the most impressionable part of the image is of a father's hands holding his son, offering a simply notion of care, protection, and comfort. This father/son apocalyptic tale feels almost certain to break our hearts, my only fear is that it will fail to offer a sense of hope that our hearts can be mended once more. Can't wait for this one!
Posted by Luke Granlund at 1:40 PM