Sometimes, you hear about a film and you just know that it’s either going to be brilliant or it’s going to be disaster.
Take 1917, for instance. The film is World War I epic and right now, a lot of people are predicting that it’s destined for Oscar glory. I’m one of those people and I’ve said that despite not having seen the film. What we do know about the film sounds intriguing. Apparently, much like Hitchcock’s Rope and Birdman, the film is being put together to appear as if it’s just one, long continuous shot, without any breaks, with the idea being that 1917 is going to an immersive film about the horrors of war. While the film’s two leads are played by unknowns, supporting roles have been taken by Colin Firth, Mark Strong, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Sounds pretty good, right?
Here’s my concern. The film is being directed by Sam Mendes, who is one of the most pretentious filmmakers of all time. Mendes did brilliant work with Skyfall but have you tried to sit through American Beauty or Away We Go recently?
Anyway, I hope that 1917 lives up to the promise of its premise and that we get the Mendes of Skyfall as opposed to the Mendes of SPECTRE. The trailer looks good and here it is:
So, I just finished watching the trailer for The Lighthouse and I am now officially excited!
Robert Eggers previously directed one of the best horror films in recent memory, The Witch. Well, he’s back now with The Lighthouse, a black-and-white film about two men (Willem DaFoe and Robert Pattinson), one lighthouse, and one secret. The trailer is wonderfully creepy and the black-and-white cinematography is gorgeous. I can’t wait to see this film!
Queen & Slim is a film that’s been getting of positive buzz. Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith play a couple on a first date whose lives are turned upside down when they’re pulled over by a racist cop. The cop ends up dead and Kaluua and Turner-Smith end up on the run.
And here’s the just-released trailer!
Queen & Slim will be released in November, just in time for Oscar season. Judging from the trailer, this film is either going to be very powerful or way too heavy-handed. Daniel Kaluuya is probably one of the most interesting actors around right now so I’m always happy to see anything he’s involved with.
The trailer for Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman has been released!
In The Irishman, Robert De Niro plays Frank Shearan, a hitman who was active in the mob for decades. Before his death, he claimed that he was not only responsible for the death of Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa, Sr. but also that he played a role in the assassination of John F. Kennedy!
Robert De Niro plays the Irishman. Al Pacino plays Hoffa. Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Ann Paquin, and Ray Romano all have supporting roles! (Don’t roll your eyes at that last one. Romano has actually developed into a fairly interesting character actor.) Apparently, a huge amount of money was spent on de-aging CGI so that the elderly De Niro, Pacino, Pesci, and Keitel could all play men in their 30s and 40s. It’s either going to be brilliant or it’s going to be like Captain Marvel, where you were happy to see Samuel L. Jackson looking so young but you couldn’t help but notice that he didn’t seem to be quite as expressive as usual.
Listen, I love conspiracy movies. I love gangster movies. I love historical movies. And I love Scorsese movies!
Is Gordon Cole having another one of his Monica Bellucci dreams?
Well, we can always hope. However, the upcoming film Spider In The Web appears to be an espionage thriller that has little do with the Black Lodge or JUDY. Instead, it features Ben Kingsley as an aging spy who is apparently seeking some sort of redemption. To be honest, I’m not sure what this is about but Ben Kingsley’s a good actor who really doesn’t get as as many decent roles as he deserves.
This one is coming out on August 30th, in select theaters and VOD.
In case you were wondering what SyFY was going to do now that the Sharknado franchise has concluded …. well, here’s your answer!
Zombie Tidal Wave features underwater zombies, just like one of my favorite horror movies, Shock Waves. Shock Waves was a rather disturbing film, the type of thing that inspires nightmares. Zombie Tidal Wave looks like it might be a little bit more light-hearted.
Okay, so apparently, some people find the just-released trailer for Cats to be kinda creepy.
Speaking for myself, the trailer pretty much looks like what I would expect a film version of Cats to look like. I mean, the entire point of the stage production is that everyone dresses up like a cat and sings their heart out! The cat costumes and the makeup are a part of the production so I don’t know what everyone’s complaining about….
Well, okay, I will admit that I cringed when Rebel Wilson showed up but that’s just because it was so inevitable that Rebel Wilson would be in this movie. She’s like the female version of James Corden and …. oh wait, he’s in the film too?
Listen, I’m going to say it right now. Cats is going to be great. Well, maybe not great but it’s definitely going to be something that you’re going to want to be able to tell your children that you witnessed firsthand. A friend of mine hasn’t done shrooms in like ten years but he’s planning on indulging for one night only, the night that he sees this film. That’s type of cultural phenomena that Cats has the potential to be! (That said, he won’t be seeing the movie with me because I don’t want to be around if he has a bad trip. I’m never really sure what my exact obligation is in a situation like that.) Some people are going to hate this film but I like the whole idea of the film encouraging people to believe in something more than just pure cynicism, I just wish the film starred actual cats.
Anyway, here’s the trailer. Taylor Swift’s in it so you know the movie’s going to be a financial success no matter what the critics say.