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Trailer Round-Up: The Expendables, Toy Story 3, Parnassus and more..

14 Oct

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Oct 14th, 2009–

Welcome back to another installment of Trailer Round-Up. This one is gonna be short and sweet but not lacking in content. Here are some of the latest and greatest trailers buzzing out there on the net.

Of most notice right now is the sneak peak at Sly Stallone’s 80s-charged action flick that brings the Italian Stallon into the orbit of action mainstays like Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and then throws in colorful faces like Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, Terry Crewes and a hinted at Ahnuld cameo. The trailer itself looks like what you would expect, and chances are it will be all that the fanbase hopes for and everything those waiting for Stallone ‘s return to his indie  roots (ala Rocky)  feared it would be. Continue reading

‘Alice’ Looks Curioser and Curioser! A trailer for Wonderland finally arrives!

23 Jul

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Fantasy seems to be in the midst of it’s second wind here in America, finally recovering from the glut of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter imposters; not completely though, afterall what WAS that new Chris Columbus trailer in front of Potter 6?  Part of this new re-birth includes a return to stories and ideas that while fantastical, are a little more difficult to translate to screen. Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are looks to be one of the best movies of the year, but I don’t see any kind of epic structure there. Alice is like that too. The trailer is full of recognizable imagery, especially if you are a fan of the books and not just the Disney film, but the actualy story is rather loose when it comes to narrative. Will Burton work around that by focusing on the characters and the creatures of the world, and letting Alice play tour guide? It looks that way so far. Hey, Im just glad that  we  have a Cheshire Cat that isn’t just Whoopi Goldberg’s face in Zoobilee Zoo make-up. Continue reading

Movie Review: Mann Alive! ‘Public Enemies’ Is An Old-School Epic With New Tricks

29 Jun

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Public Enemies (2009) R. 140  min. Directed by: Michael Mann. Written by: Ronan Bennett, Michael Mann, & Ann Biderman. Starring: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup.Cinematography:Dante Spinotti. Original music by: Elliot Goldenthal.

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Now this is how you do summer movie escapism. One of our best and brightest movie stars paired with one of the most consistently interesting directors available in the larger than life story of  America’s canniest career criminal, John Dillinger. For all of those shaking under the tromping robotic boots of Bay’s blustering summer monstrosity, take heart, that other Mike has come to town and he’s brought Johnny Depp, Marion Cotillard and  Christian Bale along for a thrilling ride that recreates Depression era cop and robber games with all the precision of a master storyteller. Continue reading

Remember…what the doormouse said! Burton’s trippy ‘Wonderland’

22 Jun

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June 22, 2009-

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves, Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
  All mimsy were the borogoves,  And the mome raths outgrabe.

Thus opens the nonsense poem Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll featured in ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’, the continuation of her adventures in Wonderland. With Disney finally releasing pics from Tim Burton’s newest version, that above bit of surreal grotesquery seems appropriate. Just take a look at the three characters! That’s Depp as the Hatter, looking like a cross between Wendy(yes the fast-food one) and Madonna with a bit of Andy Warhol thrown in for good measure. The frightening doll-like creature with the John Wayne Gacy make-up is The Red Queen by way of Helena Bonham Carter. The last is Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, the only image that halfway ‘resembles’ the typical Burton style. The article over at USA Today also mentions that Michael Sheen is the White Rabbit and in my favorite bit of casting, Chris Lee is the ‘Jabberwock”. If you go over to the site, there are larger versions of the production art that visitors can wander around in and magnify at their leisure. Continue reading

Gilliam’s Parnassus enchants at Cannes and the reviews are coming in!

22 May
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Christopher Plummer as the titular character in Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

 Terry Gilliam is one of the most unique directors working today. Alas, just because he has been working today, doesn’t mean there has been much fruit as of late. Mostly, it’s not his fault. The infamous The Man Who Killed Don Quixote with Jean Rochefort and Johnny Depp crumbled under events outside of his control. His follow-up film The Brothers Grimm was entertaining enough but it was hacked and hampered by the Weinstein Bros and his next venture, Tideland, felt like the artist in meltdown mode. He was cramming every irreverant idea he had into a thin little whisp of a movie and without any sort of constraints it exploded into delirious, over-cooked pieces.

Then, he began work on The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, an all-out folk fantasy with a great cast; Christopher Plummer, Heath Ledger, and Tom Waits. It sounded like the kind of great stuff that had made me fall in love with the man’s work originally. I still consider his trilogy of Time Bandits, Brazil and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen to be some of the finest examples of fantasy filmmaking ever concieved.

When Ledger died, it seemed like the curse of Gilliam had struck again. But, remarkably, Parnassus was raised from the ashes like a Pheonix when Depp, Law and Farrell came alongside Gilliam and allowed him to finish making the movie by playing different facets of Ledger’s character, and donating all of their salary to Heath’s family in the process.

So this week, the amazing happened. A new Gilliam film premiered at Cannes. And so far, the word is great. Right now the idea of a great new Gilliam movie is a bit overwhelming. All of the current reviews, including ones written prior to Cannes, are available below. I’ll keep updating as they come in.

Variety’s Todd McCarthy gives Gilliam his due HERE.

Kenneth Turan applauds Parnassus and Gilliam’s gumption HERE.

Aint It Cool News’ Harry Knowles cheerfully slobbers over it HERE.

Another AICN alumn, Quint, calls Parnassus “unadulterated Gilliam” HERE.