Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street!

Looks excellent. My thoughts on the trailer below.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

BREAKING: The Monuments Men moved to 2014!

First The Wolf of Wall Street moved to Christmas Day, but now we have a shake up bigger than the one for Foxcatcher: George Clooney's latest is pushing for a February 2014 release date instead of a December one, stating "the film's visual effects could not be completed in time". Based on the article from the LA Times, it appears Clooney was under a lot of pressure to make the film by the deadline, and that seemed impossible.

Way back in July, when GoldDerby released a claim that The Monuments Men would gun for below-the-line categories due to the film being 'popcorn fare'. Visual Effects was one of them, before the theory was debunked. It is now fully possible that it was Clooney's intention to make a good film instead of what appeared to be Oscar bait. It's a smart move by Clooney, especially since the film was caught in the middle of a jam packed year. I mean, if filming concludes in July, you can't expect to get the desired film without more time.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Hunt (2012)- Movie Review

After the explosive acclaim of The Celebration, Thomas Vinterberg hit a rough patch in his filmmaking. In 2012, The Hunt was released to great reviews and resulted in lead actor Mads Mikkelson winning the Best Actor prize at Cannes. He was 100% worthy of the award.

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Great Beauty (2013)- Movie Review

Federico Fellini just might be my favorite director. He was a man that could handle humanity, emotions, and all-out goofiness into one satisfying movie experience. One of his best films (not saying much or anything) is La Dolce Vita, a film that may display a high life of sex and glamour, but has a heart as bitter as brown tea. To say that Pablo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty owes something to La Dolce Vita is an understatement: This film is a spiritual remake of the film, down to the sex-filled parties and the disillusioned writer.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Gravity (2013)- Movie Review

I've always wanted to be a part of an movie 'event'. I've always envied the youth that lined the block on the opening weekends of Jaws and Star Wars, those that witnessed Apocalypse Now on the grand Cannes stage. Despite seeing Avatar twice in one week, I feel that I've finally seen a future classic while it was a new film. This masterpiece is Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, one of the greatest sci-fi films ever made, and easily one of the best films of the year.

In 2006, Cuaron released the uber-realistic sci-fi Children of Men, a film where a yet-to-be-born child is the ray of light in the soon-to-be-extinct dark world. With the help of Emmanuel Lubezki, Children of Men had incredible, almost dreamlike shots stretching into ranges of up to four minutes. Since seven years have passed between Men and Gravity, expectations have been unrealistically high.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

It's a pity for Walter Mitty... mixed reviews trickle in.

Derek Zoolander: I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking.
Ben Stiller's ambitious and ambiguous directorial effort The Secret Life of Walter Mitty premiered today in New York for the Film Festival. The consensus is in, but there is no real word on the film's quality since it is so... divisive. The Huffington Post calls it 'Earnest Sap', in one of the film's few positive reviews (link).The Wrap says Stiller's Mitty 'tries too hard' (link), and The Playlist gave the film a C- (link). Definitely count this film out on Best Adapted Screenplay, and the chance it has at earning a Picture nomination is looking incredibly slim. However, it may play well to older audiences and audience members needing a Christmas movie diversion. Nothing more, nothing less.

Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)- Movie Review

2013 marks the year of cinematic beauty. Visually,  Terrence Malick's To the Wonder presented the ideas of undying love in fields of eternal wheat, and Shane Carruth's Upstream Color discussed the eternal longevity of life, transferred from organism to organism. Based on poetic reality, there was the warm hearted Before Midnight and the youthful The Spectacular Now

But the most beautiful film of the year (so far) is debut director David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints. It is a postcard of a film: You are invited to see only small blips of Texan life that happens to form a cohesive narrative. It is a film with humanity so deep and soft, that it aches the heart. It is one of the year's best films, and a masterpiece of the decade.

Rush (2013)- Movie Review

Ron Howard is a director that easily falls prey to melodrama, cheese, and sentimentality. His Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind is an audience favorite, but that film is soapier than Tide and Dove. However, his 2008 boxing-match of a film, Frost/Nixon avoided sentimentality like the plague. It brings me great pleasure to say that Rush is in the same boat as Frost/Nixon: a ruthless, unforgiving film that will leave you satisfied once out of the theater.