The Mad Max franchise will always hold a special place in my heart. They were movies that I grew up with. So far all of the promotional material for Fury Road has me intrigued. Warner Brothers is doing absolutely everything in their power to sell this movie and as a film lover I have to say I’m impressed. It looks as if the filmmakers know exactly what they want from the movie and it looks as if they have delivered. The trailer showcases the absolute insane premise and visual style that George Miller has chosen for this movie. George Miller isn’t exactly a household name but after directing Happy Feet and it’s sequel, it’s nice to see him return to the product that made both him and Mel Gibson a star. Now the biggest question that it faces this movie is, “Will this reinvent the series or fail on impact?”
Another year, another Nicolas Cage film. You know it’s going to be a bad movie when it co-stars Hayden Christensen as Nic Cage’s former brother-in-arms. It’s is upset to see Nicolas Cage’s career fall to such terrible depths but he does bring it on himself accepting such horrible roles. Thankfully we have to wait until February to see this atrocity but Chinese audiences are quite as lucky since it is debuting there before ever coming to the states.
When the heir of the Imperial throne becomes the target of assassination by his despised older brother, the young prince’s only hope is the protection of his sister, and the reluctant aid of war-weary Crusader, Arken (Hayden Christensen), who must overcome his own personal demons and rally the assistance of the legendary Crusader-turned-bandit, Gallain (Nicolas Cage), to return the prince to his rightful place on the throne
So some of the biggest news yesterday was the reveal of The Hateful Eight trailer. Crazy right? A trailer for a movie that hasn’t even started production or a secured release date. So what exactly can be shown in the trailer? So many questions over such news. Quentin Tarantino wasn’t even sure he was going to be making this movie a couple months ago. After cancellation, a lawsuit, a live read, and now confirmation that the movie would be made, The Hateful Eight has officially started its marketing campaign. This is a really weird track history for a movie and it only makes me interested in this movie more.
In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception.
The idea of Into the Woods is an interesting one. It brings together many fairy tales under one roof and use the musical format to tell the tale. Based on the Tony Award winning play Into the Woods brings together a big cast to play many of the characters that Disney has brought to life. After Chicago, Rob Marshall movie career hasn’t really gone anywhere special. To me it seems that Chicago may have been a fluck with the filmmaker. To me he may be able to reclaim his former glory but it seems he may have another Nine on his hands.
Set in an alternate world of various Grimm fairy tales, the film intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from “Little Red Riding Hood“, “Jack and the Beanstalk“, “Rapunzel“, and “Cinderella“, as well as several others. When a Baker and his Wife learn they’ve been cursed childless by a Witch, they must embark into the woods to find the objects required to break the spell and begin a family. The film is tied together to the original story of the baker and his wife, their interaction with the Witch who has placed a curse on them, and their interaction with other storybook characters during their journey. What begins as a lively irreverent fantasy musical eventually becomes a meaningful tale about responsibility, the problems that come from wishes, and the legacy that we leave our children.
Directed by Rob Marshall. Starring Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, and James Corden. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures.
Here is another film that is set to make it’s debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. Jake Gyllenhaal isn’t a stranger of the festival as of late, both Prisoners and Enemy premiered there last year to praise for both of his performances and the vision of the director Denis Villeneuve. Nightcrawler seems to be banking on the very weird style and interesting storyline. I don’t expect this to be an award contender but it is certainly one of my most anticipated films of the year.
Lou Bloom, a driven young man who discovers the nocturnal world of L.A. crime journalism. Joining a group of freelance camera crews who film marketable mayhem, Lou makes his own place at the table, aided by Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news. Blurring the line between observer and perpetrator, Lou finds his calling in a murderous world reduced to transactions.
Directed by Dan Gilroy. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Paxton, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Eric Lange, and Jonny Coyne. Produced by Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony Gilroy and distributed by Open Roads Production.