After “Enough Said” had gone under my radar (and it is now sitting on my shelf looking at me begrudgingly, because I still haven’t seen it) I was convinced I wouldn’t get to see the late James Gandolfini on the big screen any more. And it turns out I was wrong, because not only you would have the opportunity to see the man in the flesh, but it looks like it’s going to be a sight to behold.
Interestingly, “The Drop”directed byMichael Roskam(known for “Bullhead”, which is also sitting on the ‘to watch’ pile) is going to be the closest to a perfect ending of Gandolfini’s career, as it is nothing but a dark and gritty gangster drama about a guy who runs a bar, which the local crime syndicates use to move capital. When the bar gets robbed, things get quickly out of hand and it’s not going to end well…
With a stellar cast (Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini andNoomi Rapace) and playing of a script penned by Dennis Lehane(author of “Shutter Island”, Mystic River” and “Gone Baby Gone”), “The Drop” has landed firmly on my radar as one of the films to watch this year.
“The Drop” drops on the 19th of September in the US and on the 14th of November in the UK.
The basic premise of “Lucy” (by the way, Luc Besson apparently has a thing for turning people’s names into titles) is as follows: A girl (Scarlett Johansson) wakes up to discover that somebody has surgically inserted a bag of drugs inside her abdomen. Accidentally, some of that drug gets into her bloodstream and makes her uber-powerful to a point where the only thing that’s missing is Laurence Fishburne standing in the background saying ‘she’s the one’. It might not be the freshest idea ever, but – still – if there’s anyone capable of shooting aciton in a compelling way, it’s Luc Besson. And that makes me feel a bit excited, or even titillated…
“Lucy” kicks behinds on the 8th of August in the US and on the 22nd in the UK.
The general consensus about James DeMonaco’s “The Purge” seems to reflect my own opinion – it was a case of a short-changed potential that reduced a theoretically very interesting high concept to a home invasion horror with very little to say. It seemed to me that the only reason for developing such an elaborate universe was to explain why the people in the house under attack couldn’t run away, seek help, or even call the police. It would normally be sufficient to just put the house in the middle of nowhere and cut the phone lines, but “The Purge” invented a world where for one night a year everything was legal – a world we didn’t get to see at all…
And here’s our chance, as the sequel – casually titled “The Purge: Anarchy” is going to take us into the very heart on that one night where nobody is safe. Thanks to the full theatrical trailer, we can now have a look at what is to come – and I think that last year’s disappointed is going to be compensated, at least in terms of scale. Continue reading →
Is it going to now become a rule of thumb for Tom Cruise to do the voice-over exposition whenever he’s in a Sci-Fi film? In “Oblivion” he said he was the mop-up crew… Now, he claims to be stuck in a Groundhog Day, where he’s forced to (as the film’s tagline goes) live, die and repeat, until he gets everything right.
II have to say that going by the visuals alone, “Edge of Tomorrow” (formerly known as “All you need is kill”, directed by Doug Liman) might be rather interesting. Based on a manga by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, it is supposed to be a Sci-Fi of the alien invasion variety, where a soldier (Tom Cruise) upon dying on his first day of battle discovers he’s stuck in a time loop and has to relive the last day of his life over and over again.However, with each single passing, he becomes a much better soldier…
At the minute, I’ll try to reserve judgement. Though, going by history alone, Tom Cruise lately doesn’t have a particularly strong record in delivering good quality entertainment. I din’t care much for “Jack Reacher” and rolled my eyes at “Oblivion”, but we’ll see soon enough. Meanwhile, enjoy the trailer.
“Edge of Tomorrow” opens on the 6th of June in the US and on the 30th of May in the UK.
Jesse Eisenberg, Peter Sarsgaard and Dakota Fanning in an indie thriller as environmentalists who take matters into their own hands and plot to blow up a dam… Directed byKelly Reichardt, “Night Moves” might be one of the independent films to look forward to this year and the cast alone would be enough of a reason to check it out. On that note, I think it would be the first time to see Dakota Fanning on the big screen since she was that whiny little girl in Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds” (I know she was in the “Twilight”, but I couldn’t care less about watching those films).
“Night Moves” opens on the 30th of May in the US and on the 29th of August in the UK. It also plays during Tribeca Film Festival this year in April.
Side note: I hope it’s going to be better than “The East”. What a disappointment that film was…
Hot off the screens of this year’s Sundance Festival there comes this mysterious indie science-fiction film “The Signal” starring Laurence Fishburne and directed by William Eubank. The trailer gives away exactly zero information about what this film is going to be about (and I refuse to read reviews prior to seeing the film myself), but given the buzz it has generated so far and the content of said trailer, I am definitely interested in seeing it.
“The Signal” opens on the 13th of June in the US of A.
I’m definitely pumped to see this now. There’s some new footage in this newly released tease of the upcoming Gareth Edwards’“Godzilla” and I’m already loving it. Now I can safely say that this film is right up there as one of my most anticipated summer films f this year.
“Godzilla” smashes through on the 16th of May. Don’t miss it!
Here’s a little something I’m definitely interested to see. From the dark recesses of the world of independent cinema along comes “The Suffering”, an indie horror/thriller about a man who seems to be digging for truth where he’s not supposed to. I’m really excited to see it, especially because it’s always the indie folks who are willing to play with the genre. Sadly, as of yet I have no information as to when and where I’d be able to see “The Suffering”. For any updates, visit the film’s website and aFacebook page.
Some things in this world are inevitable and such is the fact that at some point in time, someone somewhere would put together a film about the life and career of James Brown. And here it is: directed by Tate Taylor (known for “The Help”) and starringChadwick Boseman, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, “Get on up” is going to bring the colourful life of the godfather of soul to the big screen.
Now, it might be my inner cynicism surfacing here, but unless this film wows me in some way (preferably with the acting, because it’s a biopic, so the story is pretty much self-explanatory), I have a strong feeling that “Get on up” is going to go down in history as this year’s“The Butler”, i.e. a shameful Oscar-baity empty shell of a film… But don’t quote me on that. Nevertheless, it might be worth a poke.
“Get on up” opens world-wide on the 1st of August 2014.
If there’s anything good besides the artsy stuff coming from film festivals, it would be horror. Somehow, whatever spins out of the festival circle into the wide cinematic release is always pushing the envelope in some fashion and plays with the genre in a frivolous way. Case in point – “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” and “You’re Next”…
Directed by Daniel Stamm (of “The Last Exorcism” fame) “13 Sins” promises to become this year’s genre delicacy. Although the trailer reveals a bit much for my liking, it nevertheless might be a fun, refreshing and gory watch. Starring Ron Perlman and Mark Webber, the film seems to be a story about how far a person could go, if he was promised a lot of money.
“13 Sins” opens on the 18th of April in the US. Sadly, there is no information as of yet about the international release of that film.