Bruce Willis has been hitting them out of the park recently with his Sci-Fi endeavours, including Surrogates and Looper. So while he’s got a break between Expendables films he’s taking a trip back to the future. Only this time, he’s playing a wrong’un!
Vice is the latest film to be directed by Brian A. Miller, and sees Willis as the owner of a luxury resort where people use robots to play out their deepest, darkest desires – that is until one of the robots (played by Ambyr Childers) gets wise to the situation and makes a break for it. She also has the help of Thomas Jane, playing an unstable cop with an axe to grind against Willis. Check it out:
The film also stars Bryan Greenberg, Johnathon Schaech and Colin Egglesfield, and is scheduled for a mid-January release next year. It’s gonna be great to see Willis follow Michael Keaton’s Robocop example by breaking in his bad-boy boots. Hopefully the film lives up to the trailer.
Christmas is an emotional minefield – not just in real life, but at the movies as well. There’s always a handful of heartfelt movies that are kept aside for the winter, along with the obligatory Christmas movies that are totally going to subvert all other Christmas movies by appealing to the young people. In both cases they’re as often successful as they are flops. So we come into this season with open hearts and tissue boxes (not for that) and hope for the best, and this year is going to be no different.
Three days into December and we have Black or White. It stars Kevin Costner as the recently widowed guardian of his biracial grand-daughter Eloise, played by Jillian Estell. The story seems to play out as one-part tested parental bond and one-part heated custody battle with Eloise’s maternal grandmother played by Octavia Spencer (The Help). Add in a few sprinkles of alcoholism, drug addiction and interracial tension and you’ve got what looks like it could be a solid feature. Check out the trailer, as featured on The Wrap:
The trailer is a little uncertain. There are a few red flags, like Costner saying “but then life threw us a curve” which is a bit of a bad trope, along with a few other uninspired snippets of dialogue. But hopefully it’s heartfelt and striking enough to win over the audience.
There’s been a respectable level of hype bubbling just under the surface for Spike Lee’s latest directorial offering Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus. The premise of a non-vampiric art curator who develops an uncontrollable hankering for blood, along with a minimalist indie poster were a delightfully creepy concoction. And now we have a trailer to give us a real taste. Like most Spike Lee trailers, it’s no-nonsense and sparkle-free, giving us a frank depiction of the emotional brutality that the film is undoubtedly going to be fuelled by. Here’s the trailer, courtesy of Youtube:
Not bad, right? It’s an enticing cocktail of bleak whimsy, like a modern fairytale – and I hate using that term! Hopefully we’ll be seeing more footage before the film’s release date of February 15th, 2015.
Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus stars Elvis Nolasco as the aforementioned blood-enthusiast, and Zaraah Abrahams as Nolasco’s wife, who follows her husband on his destructive trail as their relationship becomes more and more destructive.
After a set of semi-disappointing screen shots from the set of Terminator: Genisys, people haven’t been exactly clambering for a taste of sweet sweet T-1000. Well the people at the film’s official website have upped the anti, and they’ve upped it hard, with this poster for the latest in the robo-apocalyptic saga:
Not bad right? Motion posters don’t get used nearly as much as they should, mainly because if they’re done badly they wind up looking like a botched DVD menu screen. But I’ve got to say that this one is just the right combination of creepy and foreboding. The dissolving skull raises a whole flock of questions, the main one being is there going to be some kind of techno-disease that gets used against the machines?
The poster is paving a way for the trailer that will be uploaded on Thursday, along with the latest announcements for Bond 24. The film is directed by Alan Taylor who did a decent enough job with Thor: The Dark World, and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney (playing Kyle Reese), J.K. Simmons, Byung-hun Lee and Matt Smith.
What do you think of the motion poster? Has it got you hankering for a full trailer?
Sometimes you have to go looking for weird movie news, sometimes it lands right in your lap; and sometimes Youtube posts it in your recommended videos.
This is the trailer for an upcoming French animated film set in the prehistoric era and follows a mid-evolution human-ish family. Sound a little familiar? Yeah, this is pretty much a French version of The Croods, except the animation is a little outdated and Nicholas Cage isn’t in it…as far as we know. The film’s title in French is Pourquoi j’ai pas mangé mon père, which translates into Why I Have Not Eaten My Father. Oh by the way, this is a family film!
And it’s not just the setting that feels a little familiar. Check out the trailer, straight from Youtube:
And here’s The Croodstrailer for a fun comparison:
I have to admit, I love the way they designed the animals in both of these films. Before you start worrying that lawsuits will be filed and French witnesses will be mercilessly dubbed, it’s worth mentioning that Why I Have Not Eaten My Fatheris based on a book that was written in 1960, entitled What We Did To Father.
So hopefully we’ll be seeing this French gem nominated for a foreign language/animated feature Oscar. No? Well The Croods got one!
The film is scheduled for release on 15th April 2015.
Do you ever see those enormous “1001 (blanks) you have to (blank) before you die? Do you ever consider buying one? No of course not – have you seen the size of them? Like I’m going through all that rigmarole. Couldn’t someone just tell me the films so I don’t have to bother? While I’m on the subject, why doesn’t my computer run fast enough and why do my feet hurt all the time?
Well, I can solve one of those problems for you. More specifically, Jonathan Keogh can, as he’s been kind enough to compress all 1,001 films that we must see before we die into a neat ten minute package. Just ten minutes!
Alright it’s 10:37, but what do you want from me!?
The original book, 1001 Films You Must See Before You Die, was edited by Steven Jay Schneider. Here’s Keogh’s video, straight from the good folks at Vimeo:
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) from Jonathan Keogh on Vimeo.
This is a handy little list for any film fanatic. There’s a whole mess of classics and pop culture gems in the mix, as well as a hefty dose of unknowns and rarities. According to Keogh, this video took a year to edit, and it shows in the overall quality and the melted chocolate smoothness of the transition from title to title. The video also includes 200 films that aren’t included in the book, which according to Keogh he included “not because…they’re must sees, but because I felt they complimented the video better”. I have to agree, it’s a thing of beauty. The video did have a home on Youtube but has since been removed.
What did you think of the video? Any films you think were missed out?
I have this mate. He’s mental, properly crazy. The kind of guy who parties hard and makes you forget all your problems, downing shots and making out with girls while he pays someone to stick drawing pins in his legs. Why? Just to prove he can. He’s responsible for some of the greatest drunken laugh-out-loud collapse-into-your-own-vomit nights of your life, and you’ll love him forever for it. He also forgets to drive you to the airport, hits on your girlfriend and occasionally steal from you. I call him my “Jason Statham Movie mate”.
You simply can’t pin down a Statham movie. Half the time he’s the best action star on the planet, the other half he’s Jennifer Lopez’s chauffeur.
The latest trailer has just surfaced for his latest endeavour, Wild Card. Directed by Simon West, who’s worked with Statham in The Mechanic and Expendables 2, the film follows Statham’s character Nick Wild (oh I get it) as a former marine and current gambler, trying to put his past behind him and live in peace. have a look at the trailer, straight from Youtube:
Along with the trailer is this poster, in which Statham has the look of a man who hasn’t been to this restaurant before and doesn’t know where the bathroom is, but doesn’t want to ask.
Now this is all conjecture – the film could be a diamond. But despite the decent-looking action scenes it seems a little too bland in a few too many places. Also there’s the unfortunate bad luck charm that is the incomparable Stanley Tucci, who’s been an early warning signal for a few stinkers over the last few years.
The film is written by William Goldman, adapted from his own novel entitled Heat which was adapted before in 1987 in a film starring Burt Reynolds. This latest incarnation also stars Sofia Vergara and Anne Heche, hitting theatres at the end of January. Let’s hope there’s more bite than the trailer suggests.
For anyone who hasn’t been furiously refreshing iTunes for the last twelve hours, I commend your bustling social life! As a reward, here is an early thanksgiving treat: the very first teaser trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens in delicious high def. We’ve only gotten snapshots and potential artwork up until this point, so this will be our first taste of some real action. Here’s the trailer, courtesy of Youtube.
Although we don’t get any shots of Ford, Hamill or Fisher (it was a long shot to be honest), there were a few looks at other actors we’ve heard were attached to the project, including John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. Boyega’s sporting most of what appears to be a storm trooper suit as rumours have suggested, although if you think back to A New Hope that could mean almost anything. We also got a look at a potential sith lord, whomever that might be, brandishing a pretty whacky looking broadsword-style lightsaber – a festive red, of course.
It would be really tempting to break down this trailer scene by scene, and I’m sure there will be dozens of analyses of each potential character by tomorrow morning. But for now, let’s just enjoy this teaser. No matter how these films turn out, good, terrible or otherwise, we can always remember back to today and how buzzed we were about seeing the Millennium Falcon as that old John Williams fanfare starts up. Oh, did I not mention the shot of the Millennium Falcon? It made me pee a little bit…I’m not proud of it. So check it out!
Scheduled release is December 18th 2015. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis, Warwick Davis, Domhnall Glesson, Lupita Nyong’o, Peter Mayhew and Adam Driver. Script by Lawrence Kasdan (Indiana Jones, Star Wars Episode V + VI) and Abrams.
Say what you will about Vince Vaughn, because the odds are you’re not a celebrity so he probably won’t hear about it. He’s had a few hit and misses on the big screen lately, so it was really exciting to see him added to the roster of True Detective, the cast of which is getting more and more titillating as the weeks go by. But Vaughn isn’t saying goodbye to good ol’ comedy romps just yet, and will be back in theatres with Unfinished Business, which sees Vaughn as a struggling businessman trying to close a deal that will keep him from bankruptcy. The things standing in his way are his “crack” team, played by Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson, and former-workmates-turned-business rivals James Marsden and Sienna Miller. Throw Nick frost in there for a sprinkle of English wit – or at the very least a few accent gags – and this looks to be a pretty well rounded feature. I’m a fan of Vaughn’s so I’m glad to see him in something a little more fast paced that can better match his dialogue. Here’s the red band trailer, straight from Yahoo.
As far as comedies go, the red band trailer is pretty damn red, so keep an eye out for some top-notch nudity if that’s your sort of thing. Or you can watch the green band, if you just like jokes and stuff.