There are a fair few films I don’t know much about right now except that cool people are involved, so this makes me want to know more. Here are a few FUTURE FILMS that have either just been announced, just started pre production, just started filming etc that there’s not much information on yet, but you should keep an eye on them.
The To Do List (2013)
This has recently changed its title from The Hand Job, which realistically it wasn’t going to get away with.
Synopsis: “A recent high-school grad feels pressured to become more sexually experienced before she goes to college.”
Why I’m interested: The cast includes Andy Samberg, Rachel Bilson, Aubry Plaza, Bill Hader, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Glover, Johnny Simmons and Mae Whitman. Four of these people were involved in one the greatest films ever, Scott Pilgrim so you know they’re going to be good. The rest are super funny people so that’s why this should be on your radar.
The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)
Synopsis: “A motorcycle stunt rider considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician.”
Why I’m Interested: Directed by Derek Cianfrance who made the heartbreakingly beautiful Blue Valentine last year would be enough alone, except this film also stars Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper. Gosling I think is one of the greatest actors going (if you disagree go watch Blue Valentine, then come back to me) and recently I’ve got a new found respect for Bradley Cooper. He was excellent in Limitless, can speak fluent French and does the best goddamn Owen Wilson impression I’ve ever heard. It will be good to see these two together under this direction.
(For best goddamn Owen Wilson Impersonation see here at 2.10)
Bop Decameron (2012)
Synopsis: The only thing out about this film is from the director himself, Woody Allen: “It’s a broad comedy, not a romantic comedy, of various tales interwoven. I’m one of them, in one of them. All the parts are quite significant, there are no cameos. There just happened to be a part that I could play. I can’t play the love interest anymore, which is tremendously frustrating. My wife and myself go to Rome because our daughter is going to marry an Italian boy that she met there, and we go over to meet him and meet his family, and what ensues. The film is very broadly funny.”
Why I’m Interested: Well for one, it’s a Woody Allen film so yeah, you got me there. But also his latest film, still not out just yet Midnight In Paris is, I’ve heard on good authority (Twitter), his best yet. This can only mean he is back on form. The cast for this has just been announced too and it includes Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz and the man himself shall be back in front of the camera. This is why I’m excited. I’m pretty sure Eisenberg was created for the sole purpose of being in a Woody Allen film.
Moonrise Kingdom (2013)
Synopsis: “A pair of lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them.”
Why I’m Excited: In my top 3 favourite ever filmmakers list in my head, Wes Anderson hasn’t moved since I first watch The Royal Tenenbaums many years ago. Every time he has a new film out I get ridiculously excited and I’m never dissapointed. I don’t know too much about this but the cast looks stella as per, and they’ve started filming already. So the cast includes Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Harvey Keitel, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman, Edward Norton and Owen Wilson. Here are some pictures from the shoot so far, I’m excited:
I got the fantastic opportunity to not only review the brand new film by Paul Campion, but also to interview the man himself! Check out the review of The Devil’s Rock on HorrorTalkhere and then go see what he had to say about the film HERE!
He is a super talented guy. Before making this film he was a Special Effects MASTER as he worked on The Lord Of The Rings, X-Men The Last Stand, Sin City and The Chronicle of Narnia. This is his first film as a director.
While I was chatting to my friend last night I remembered I had been planning to do a blog about my favourite opening credit sequences in a film. A lot of people won’t care for opening credits and won’t pay attention. I think however, they can often be very entertaining. Sometimes it’s cool to see how the director wants to start off the film, sometimes they can be like a mini film of their own, other times I like to geek out over actors/writers/directors etc that are involved in the film that I didn’t know about. One example of that is Zack and Miri Make a Porno, can you believe I had no idea that was a Kevin Smith film until I saw View Askew pop up in the opening credits? Neither could I, I nearly squealed in the cinema. Maybe I did…
Anyway, here are a few of my favouites. These ones are all about style.
1- Se7en (Dir David Fincher)
I was talking about the opening credits to this film last night which is why I was reminded about this blog. So, not only is this one of my favourite films ever, it also has one of the best opening credits ever. It’s very creepy, stylish, slow and slightly sexy due to the music by Trent Reznor.
Also (and this is pretty random) If you’ve never seen the film Idle Hands I suggest you do, but I also suggest you watch it with the directors commentary where you’ll hear Seth Green ask director Rodman Flender, “Big fan of Seven, huh?” They use a very similar set up for the titles too. Not as good as this though:
2- Ginger Snaps (Dir John Fawcett)
This is such a cool sequence, the opening titles of this awesome Werewolf film show sisters Ginger and Bridget in a array of dead positions- they’ve committed suicide, they’ve drowned, they’ve been run over by a car, they have even been impaled on a garden fence. It’s all set to some creepy violin music and is slightly out of focus making it look very bleak. The film then cuts to a classroom where it appears this has all been done for a class project. Great set up to the film.
3- Watchmen (Dir Zack Snyder)
Say what you want about the film, the opening sequence is beautiful. Not only that, but it manages to give you a wealth of back story in just a few minutes. It keeps a graphic novel style look to it, I love the colours of it especially. Also it’s set to Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A Changin’” which fits perfectly.
4- Reservoir Dogs (Dir Quentin Taratino)
Probably the most iconic opening credit sequence ever. Very, very simple but very,very cool. After an opening sequence where a bunch of dapper looking dudes argue on whether to tip waitresses, we get to see them slow mo walk to George Baker’s Little Green Bag. Click on the pic below to view it.
5- Zombieland (Dir Ruben Fleischer)
Another awesomely gory opening is from Zombieland. I didn’t think it would be this grim and bloody when I heard it was another “zombie comedy”. It set the tone for the rest of the film and the massively exaggerated gorefest is very impressive. I also love the way the titles pop up at you in all sorts of ways.
6- Delicatessen (Dir Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
Everything about the way this film is shot is beautiful and the credits do it perfect justice. Jeunet’s style is mesmerising and the opening titles introduce everyone in a unique and poetic way. Click on the photo below to view them.
7- Halloween (Dir John Carpenter)
Basically, the Halloween credits is just a camera zooming in on a pumpkin, but mix that up with the insanely chilling Halloween theme by Carpenter himself and you’ve got this creepy as hell opening sequence. Unforgettable.
8- The Royal Tenenbaums- (Dir Wes Anderson)
This is one of my favouite openings to a film. The film starts with a prologue giving us a background to the Tenenbaum family, (perfectly narrated by Alec Baldwin) and then the opening credits bring us up to date on where they are now. It is all set to the String Quartet in F major (Second Movement) played by Ysaye Quartet. Just lovely.
So these are just a few of my favourites, what are yours?
I really like the look of this film Bellflower, it has a really nice style and it’s kinda intriguing. At first I thought it was going to be just another car movie, but it looks like it has depth, a decent story and visually looks very cool. My kind of thing, I hope.
Next is the new film with Brad Pitt, Moneyball. It’s a film all about one of the most boring sports on the planet- Baseball. Oh yeah, I went there! However this film looks really good; funny, warm and compelling but the stand out performance looks like it’ll come from Jonah Hill, still being the funny guy but doing serious too. This teaser went up today so it may get taken down a lot for the moment but check it out here first:
Released November 4th
The next is a bizarre mix, trailer starts off like a big goofy comedy, and then it goes all murder and crime! What’s best about this film is that it stars Colin Hanks and I love watching Colin Hanks films because I just wait for the acting elements that make him look JUST like his dad. There are a few alone in the trailer. Looks like it could be fun.
Last up is The Help starring one of my favourites Emma Stone. It’s the story of a courageous young woman who breaks social taboos by writing of the segregation between her and the black women who basically raised her. Looks like it’ll have some good performances.
Any fans of Chris Lilley would have been watching BBC3 last night as the first two episodes of Angry Boys premièred. I’m a MASSIVE fan of Summer Heights High so it was much anticipated for me. I reviewed it for Den of Geek here. If you’ve not seen it check the trailer below.
Also if you’ve never seen Summer Heights High YOU NEED TO:
There’s been lots of talk about the casting of Django Unchained, one of my most anticipated films at the moment. Anything Tarantino related and I’m obsessed really.
So the big news at the moment is that Leonardo DiCaprio is in talks to play the evil Calvin Candie in Tarantino’s spaghetti “Southern” revenge flick. QT did originally want Leo for Inglourious Basterds so I’d say this is pretty much going to happen if all the talks go well. I’m very ok with this, I really love DiCaprio and I think people often forget the amazing performances he has done in the past like in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and The Basketball Diaries.
There’s still those rumours that he also wants Will Smith to play the other lead, the hero of the film, Django a freed slave who becomes a bounty hunter. I honestly do not see Will Smith in a Tarantino film and am actually hoping he goes with some other choices like Idris Elba (The Wire). Saying that, two other names that have also popped up in the mix are Chris Tucker and Jamie Foxx…hmm they make Will Smith look like a better option definitely.
The bottom line is though, whoever gets cast, I have total faith because I have never seen a QT film where I thought someone was miscast. When John Travolta was put in Pulp Fiction a lot of people thought it wouldn’t work…when Brad Pitt was cast in Inglouirous Basterds, I was uncertain (am I the only one who just doesn’t get it about him??) and Kurt Russell in Death Proof seemed random, these were not obvious choices but they worked amazingly. So whoever it is, they’ve been cast for a reason and I’m excited to see the outcome…already!
I had the chance to review this lovely little DVD for Den of Geek, please go look at the review here. I really wasn’t expecting to like it that much, but I would definitely recommend it. There are some great performances and as I say in the review, there’s a great soundtrack too. Check out the trailer below:
I recently reviewed The Dilemma which came out on DVD this week. You can check it out on the Den Of Geek site here. I hope you all appreciate what I do for you. I watch the bad shit so you don’t have to. Oh ok, It’s not *that* bad, I’ve definitely been put through worse recently. Anyway please read it, share it, comment etc.