Having now watched the trailer for Dune, I have to say that “The House Atreides accepts!” might replace “I declare him to be an outlawwwwwwwww!” as my favorite over the top Oscar Isaac line reading. Seriously, Isaac is just one of those actors who can take a slightly silly line and deliver it with just enough gusto to make it memorable.
As for the trailer itself, it appears to have a little bit for everyone. There’s humor. There’s explosions. There’s sand. There’s Zendaya. There’s Timothee Chalamet. There’s Duncan Idaho! I know that a lot of folks here at the Shattered Lens will be excited about that.
Warner Bros. is pouring a lot of their hopes into this film, which will be available both on HBOMax and, hopefully, in theaters. The trailer attempts to keep both Dune readers and Timothee cultists happy and I imagine that it probably succeeded.
Neill Blomkamp, the director behind District 9 and a few films that were not District 9 and have since been kind of forgotten, has a new movie coming out! It’s called Demonic and it’s about a mother and a daughter and demonic forces and the Vatican apparently funding a black ops team. That sounds like a lot! Actually, it sounds likes it could almost be too much. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.
Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel has been a project that has had several projected release dates. It was originally expected to be a 2020 Oscar contender but, like many highly anticipated films, it kept getting moved back due to the Coronavirus pandemic. That was unfortunately, though I am ultimately glad that the film waited for the theaters as opposed to going the streaming route. One thing that all Ridley Scott films, good or bad, have in common is that they’re best viewed on a big screen.
This October, we should finally get to see The Last Duel. The film tells a a true story and features such Oscar-friendly actors as Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Adam Driver. Though Gladiator may have won best picture, Ridley Scott is still in the hunt for his first directing win. This year, he not only has The Last Duel in the hunt but he’s also going to have House ofGucci, featuring Lady Gaga, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, and, once again, Adam Driver.
The trailer for TheLast Duel was released today. From what I saw on social media, the reaction was a bit mixed, with many pointing out that the visuals had a bit of a washed-out look to them. Indeed, watching the trailer, one wonders if it ever stopped snowing in 14th century France. Personally, though, I’m a little bit more concerned with Ben Affleck’s hair. Adam Driver and Matt Damon are usually well-cast in period films but, in the past, Ben Affleck has always come across like he can’t wait to catch the next train back to Boston. That said, there was a lot about the trailer that I did like. The sets look impressive and it really does seem like the type of story that usually brings out the best in Ridley Scott as a director.
Plus, I have to say that I really like the film’s poster, which has something of a Ken Russell feel to it. If anything, the poster actually has me more excited about seeing the film than the trailer does.
With all of that said and in mind, here’s the trailer for Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel!
As I said when Titane’s victory at Cannes was announced, I loved Julia Ducournau’s previous film, Raw. I can’t wait to see Titane, even though I get the feeling that I’ll be watching it through my fingers as I hold my hands in front of my face.
The previous Palme d’Or winner, Parasite, went on to become the first non-English language film to win the Oscar for Best Picture. To be honest, I don’t expect the same from Titane, which looks like it might be a bit too extreme to win over the Oscar voters. Though the Academy has recently shown more of a willingness to consider the unconventional, they still probably aren’t quite ready for Titane. In fact, there’s even some speculation that the film might be considered too extreme for the French to even submit it for the Best International Film Oscar. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since the French also never submitted anything from Jean Rollin either. And before you scoff at the idea of Jean Rollin getting nominated for an Oscar, allow me to suggest that you watch The Grapes of Death, Two Orphan Vampires, Nightofthe Hunted, and The Living Dead Girl. Jean-Luc Godard wishes he could direct a vampire film as memorable as Two OrphanVampires! Anyway….
Ultimately, awards are forgotten but art is immortal. While the film, based on the trailer, seems to be obviously influenced by Cronenberg, it also promises a unique experience, which is something that I think we’re all craving, even if some people don’t realize it yet. Sometimes, you see a trailer and you think to yourself, “Well, that’s a film that’ll never appear on Disney Plus and the characters will probably not appear in Space Jam 3” and that’s enough to get you excited about the prospect of viewing it. I can’t wait to watch Titane and review it.
Earlier this week, Blue Bayou made quite a splash at the Cannes Film Festival, with many critics predicting that it might not only be a contender for the Palme d’Or but also an Oscar contender as well.
We’ll find out about the Palme d’Or tomorrow. For now, though, check out the trailer!
Tilda Swinton has several films coming out this year. Here’s the trailer for one of them!
In Memoria, Swinton plays a Scottish woman who has some strange sensory experiences while in the jungles of Colombia. The trailer does a very good job of keeping things vague. The title, itself, refers to memory so I’m going to guess that …. well, I’m not going to guess anything. It’s an intriguing trailer and I look forward to watching the film and discovering its secrets for myself.
Memoria will be premiering the Cannes Film Festival on the 15th.
I apologize for being a few days late in sharing this. It’s been a busy week. What if …. it hadn’t been a busy week!? Well, I probably would have shared this trailer yesterday.
Anyway, What If….? is the first official animated series in the MCU. It appears to take moments from MCU history and ask, “What if…..” Like, What If Clint Had Sacrificed His Life Instead of Natasha? That’s something I’d like to see.
This is one documentary that I’m truly looking forward to seeing. Val Kilmer is an intriguing figure, about who much has been written. His talent is legendary. So is his reputation for being a bit …. well, I guess eccentric would be a good way to put it.
I’m looking forward to hearing Val’s side of the story.
The movie looks like it might be cute for kids but I have to admit that I’ve never really been a dog person. In fact, I’m pretty much scared to death of dogs. I always have been. When I was like ten, I nearly got over my fear because my family went to the lake for the weekend and there was a dog there that was really friendly. But then, he took a nap and when he woke up, he looked at me and started to growl and my mom told me to hide behind the car while she shooed him away. Of course, as soon as I got behind the car, the dog lunged for me and I ran all the way down to the lake, with him barking after me. Later, his owners explained that he was a nice dog but that he could be unpredictable, especially when waking up. They didn’t really seem to be that concerned about the fact that I had been traumatized as a result of what had happened. That incident pretty much ended whatever chance there was of me ever becoming a dog person. That said, I’d probably like Clifford, just because he’s red.
According to my New York friends, the only thing more unrealistic than the big dog is the big Manhattan apartment.
Clifford The Big Red Dog will be charging into theaters on September 17th.