Appaloosa Preview

(Watch it in higher quality at Film School Rejects.They also have images from the film posted)

2008 Oscar-Bait

Well, it’s been a good year at the movies so far. There are only a few films that I’m interested in seeing this Summer (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Pineapple Express, and Tropic Thunder)

My Top 5 for 2008 So Far:

1. The Dark Knight
2. Wall-E
3. American Teen
4. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
5. Iron Man

That said, I’m really looking forward to Oscar season this year. I have a feeling that the Academy Awards are going to be insane with competition. Last year was good, but this will probably be better. This afternoon I hunted down the upcoming films for the rest of the year.

My Top 11 Must-Sees:



The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Directed By: David Fincher
Starring: Brad Pitt / Cate Blanchett / Tilda Swinton

Zodiac was royally shafted at the Academy Awards this year. I thought it should have been nominated for picture, adapted screenplay, supporting actor (Robert Downey Jr) and visual effects. It probably wouldn’t have won any, but it should have had some recognition.

That said, I think Benjamin Button is going to get Fincher back in the game.


(Apple Trailers)

Burn After Reading
Directed By: Ethan Coen / Joel Coen
Starring: Brad Pitt / George Clooney / John Malkovich / Tilda Swinton / Frances McDormand

After the amazing No Country for Old Men last year, it looks like the Coens are back in action with a dark screwball comedy (their forte) with a great ensemble cast. It will be nice to see Frances McDormand in a Coen film again.


(Apple Trailers)

Revolutionary Road
Directed By: Sam Mendes
Starring: Leondardo DiCaprio / Kate Winslet / Kathy Bates

Looks like a Titanic cast reunion. Add in the director of American Beauty and Road to Perdition and you have an awesome combination.

The Soloist
Directed By: Joe Wright
Starring: Robert Downey Jr. / Jamie Foxx / Catharine Keener

Robert Downey Jr. has been in an insane number of films the last few years. That’s all.

Australia
Directed By: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Hugh Jackman / Nicole Kidman / David Wenham

Quite simply, this looks epic, and I do not want to miss seeing it on the silver screen. It may end up being the next Lawrence of Arabia for all we know. And you can’t go wrong with Hugh Jacman.


(Apple Trailers)

Appaloosa
Directed By: Ed Harris
Starring: Viggo Mortensen / Renée Zellweger / Jeremy Irons / Ed Harris

As long as it’s better than Hidalgo. Solid cast, and the amazing Ed Harris.

Lakeview Terrace
Directed By: Neil LaBute
Starring: Patrick Wilson / Kerry Washington / Samuel L. Jackson

What can I say? The preview sold me. This looks to be quite the tense film.


(Apple Trailers)

Body of Lies
Directed By: Ridley Scott
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio / Russell Crowe

Since 2002, DiCaprio hasn’t disappionted me once as an actor. He just keeps plugging away. With 8 films in the next two years, he’s going to be a busy man. And to top it off, the preview reminded me a little bit of Michael Mann’s Heat, which is never a bad thing.

Doubt
Directed By: John Patrick Shanley
Starring: Meryl Streep / Philip Seymour Hoffman / Amy Adams

I’ve heard really good things about the Shanley’s play, which this is based on. And what a great cast.

The Reader
Directed By: Stephen Daldry
Starring: Kate Winslet / Ralph Fiennes

Defiance
Directed By: Edward Zwick
Starring: Daniel Craig / Liev Schreiber / Jamie Bell

You can’t go wrong with Edward Zwick.

What films are you looking forward to the most?

Wow

Joss Whedon Strikes Again

The first webisode of Joss Whedon’s latest creation has sneaked online and taken the Internet by storm. If you’re lucky you can see it at their main website HERE…provided that everyone else in the ‘verse isn’t trying to get on as well. 🙂

My recommendation? Pick up a season pass on iTunes. It’s cheap and best of all…available. I really enjoyed the first episode. It’s way too short, so I hope that the next two webisodes (Due out this Thursday and Saturday) are longer.

Coen Bros’ Burn After Reading Gets More Posters!

*The posters have been removed at the request of Focus Features*

This film is going to be a barrel of oddball fun. I think Ethan and Joel are making this to relax after doing No Country for Old Men last year. 🙂

Tuesday’s Coming: DVD Releases 7/15

Upcoming DVD releases for the week of July 15th:

1. The Bank Job
Why? Jason Statham

2. Penelope
Why? Great cast. Intriguing preview.

3. Trafic [Criterion Release]
Why? Criterion.

4. Bill
Why? Harv…Aaron Eckhart.

5. Step Up 2: The Streets

6. Shutter

7. College Road Trip

Death to the Tinman

Death to the Tinman
Directed By: Ray Tintori
Starring: Jeff Delauter / Sophia Holman / Marvin Illman
Rating:

Death to the Tinman is one of the most original and fascinating short films that I’ve seen. (It reminded me of Wes Anderson’s style a bit) I first saw it at the Nashville Film Festival last year, when it was shown before another film. It was one of those rare  experiences where I tuned into what I was watching 100%. It’s hard to describe, so I’m not even going to try.

That said, I recommend paying $2 for this at the iTunes Store. I’m curious what you think about it.

DVD Releases 7/8

Well, there’s only one new DVD that I’m interested in this week. I guess that means I’ll have more time to catch up on my backlog. 🙂

1. Batman: Gotham Knight
Why? It’s a collection similar to The Animatrix that bridges the gap between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Sounds cool.


2. Joe Strummer: The Future is Written


3. Stop-Loss


4. The Ruins (Unrated)


5. Superhero Movie

Swiveling the Spotlight: Joe Johnston

I was just checking through some of my favorite films, looking for others to add to my must watch list. One of the directors I found was Joe Johnston. I didn’t realize this before, but I’ve seen all of his films. Here’s a quick ranking:

1. October Sky (1999)
2. The Rocketeer (1991)
3. Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989)
4. The Pagemaster (1994)
5. Jurassic Park III (2001)
6. Hidalgo (2004)
7. Jumanji (1995)

It turns out that Joe Johnston is directing The Wolf Man, which will be released next year. Benicio Del Toro stars in the titular role. Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving, and rising actress Emily Blunt are in this as well.

Metropolis: The Real Deal

Hat-tip to Pluck, You Too! for the news.

Paula Félix-Didier, head of film museum Museo del Cine in Buenos Aires, discovered an uncut version of the 1927 science fiction film when she looked into reports that a tape in the archive was unusually long. She travelled to Berlin with a copy of the film and met with experts who say they are certain it is the missing original-length version of Lang’s masterpiece that reveals key plot scenes and an expansion of minor roles, Die Zeit said ahead of the publication of its Thursday edition.

I am immensly pleased by the news. I watched Metropolis in a class on European Cinema last semester and loved it. It’s a crazy, awesome silent film directed by Fritz Lang. I’m looking forward to the day when I can watch the whole film.