Oh hey, they’re rebooting Hellraiser because of course they are.
Here’s the trailer. It looks like they really want to make sure that we understand how the box works. The best horror films don’t overexplain. Anyway, this comes out in October so I guess look forward to the review.
Dead For A Dollar is director Walter Hill’s first film in six years and Christoph Waltz’s first western since his Oscar-winning turn in Django Unchained. The film will bring Waltz together with Willem Dafoe, as they play two rivals in the old west. Waltz is playing a bounty hunter who is hired to track down the runaway wife of a prominent politician. Dafoe plays a gambler and an outlaw who apparently has a score to settle with Waltz. Rachel Brosnahan (star of the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) plays the woman for whom Waltz is searching. The film is scheduled to premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 6th.
Look back on the 2020 Oscars, it now seems pretty obvious to me that, of the nominated films, The Father was the one that should have won Best Picture. Of course, as far as I was concerned, The Father was actually a 2021 film but, due to the extended eligibility window, The Father was nominated for the 2020 Oscars. Regardless of how one feels about all of that nonsense with the extended eligibility window, The Father was the best film out of the nominees and Anthony Hopkins fully deserved his second Oscar. There are moments from The Father that were so powerful and heart-breaking that I feel as if I just watched them yesterday. On the other hand, I can’t remember a thing about Nomadland, the film that actually won.
The Son has been described as being director Florian Zeller’s follow-up to The Father. However, despite the return of screenwriter Christopher Hampton and the presence of Anthony Hopkins in both films (and despite the fact that Hopkins is playing a character named Anthony in both films), The Son is apparently more of a “spiritual sequel” to The Father than a direct sequel.
Well, no matter! Sequel or not, The Son is expected to be an Oscar contender. The teaser below doesn’t reveal too much, beyond Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern struggling to connect with their son. Hopkins makes a brief appearance. To be honest, the trailer feels a bit tense. One gets the feeling that this is a movie about people who could explode at any minute.
To be honest, the trailer for A Jazzman’s Blues looks a bit better than the average Tyler Perry film but…. well, it’s still a Tyler Perry film. Perry seems like a genuinely nice man and he’s given valuable opportunities to a lot of actors and technicians. But, as both a writer and a director, he has a tendency towards being more than a little heavy-handed. He’s one of those filmmakers who, because of his personal qualities, you always hope will eventually make a great film but it’s debatable whether he’s even made a good one yet.
We’ll see how he did with A Jazzman’s Blues when it drops on Netflix in September.
Earlier today, the trailer for Noah Baumbach’s upcoming White Noise dropped. This film, which is an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel, is expected to receive a major awards season push from Netflix. It’s a film that not only reunited Baumbach with Marriage Story‘s Adam Driver but which also co-stars Greta Gerwig, who has yet to receive an acting nomination despite directing two films that have been nominated for Best Picture. It’ll be curious to see how Baumbach does with White Noise. DeLillo is one of our most acclaimed novelists but other filmmakers have often struggled to capture the essence of his prose on film.
This is the time of year when the haze around the Oscar race starts to clear up. On paper, Empire of Light certainly looks like it should be contender. It’s British. It’s a period piece. It’s a love story. It stars Olivia Colman. It was directed by Sam Mendes. And judging from the trailer, which was just released today, the film looks like a visual treat.
Will the actual film live up to the hype? We’ll see. As a filmmaker, Sam Mendes can be inconsistent but he’s certainly improved quite a bit since he somehow won an Oscar for the abysmal American Beauty. I am looking forward to seeing and judging Empire of Light for myself.
Cars is the only PIXAR franchise that has never made me cry. This is largely because it’s about talking cars. It’s easy for me to get emotionally worked up over toys fearing that they’ll be forgotten or WALL-E losing its personality and returning to collecting trash. Don’t even get me started on some of the emotional trauma that I suffered from UP and Inside Out. But Cars …. I mean, I know that cars don’t talk to each other so it’s difficult for me to get too emotionally involved in their issues. In PIXAR’s defense, though, the Cars films have always been pretty honest about the fact that they’re just meant to be silly fun. No one is going to mistake Cars for Toy Story but then again, PIXAR has never asked anyone to.
Cars on the Road is the latest entry in the franchise. This original series will be premiering on Disney Plus on September 8th. Here’s the trailer:
The upcoming Disney+ original series, Star Wars: Andor, is a prequel to Rogue One, which was itself the fourth prequel to Star Wars: A New Hope. If Andor is a success, I’m sure it will lead to another prequel and then a prequel to that and then a prequel to that and eventually, we’ll have a Star Wars series that takes place right before the Big Bang.
(As you may have guessed from the tone of that last paragraph, I’m a bit skeptical of prequels in general. It’s rare that they’re ever worth the trouble. Better Call Saul is really the only prequel that I can I think of that actually enriches the experience of watching the show from which it was spun off.)
Anyway, Star Wars: Andor will be available to stream on September 21st. Here’s the trailer:
Just to state the obvious, this trailer definitely has a Top Gun feel to it. I imagine that can be said about any film that features aerial combat. Plus, Top Gun: Maverick‘s Glen Powell has a role in this film as well. However, unlike Top Gun, Devotion is based on a true story and it takes place during the Korean War.
Devotion is due to be released in November, which is typically the Oscar season. I have a feeling that, fairly or not, Devotion might be overshadowed by the monster success of Top Gun: Maverick but you never know. Audiences might show their devotion to another film about planes and the pilots who fly them.
There are some people out there (mainly on Twitter) who are convinced that Andrew Dominik’s film adaptation of Blonde will be the first NC-17 film to win the Oscar for Best Picture.
Well …. maybe. If I’m skeptical, it’s because I can still remember suffering through Dominik’s previous non-documentary film, Killing Them Softly. That said, Ana de Armas seems like she’s destined to be nominated some day and playing the lead role of Marilyn Monroe in a controversial film adapted from a controversial Joyce Carol Oates novel seems like the sort of thing that will get the Academy’s attention.