31 May 2009

Update: Extended Video Clip From G.I Joe: The Rise Of Cobra

This short clip from the film was released first through MTV with viewing limitations, and now available to all.

This clip really got me worried for its horrible writing and acting. The effects and the production seems fine and polished, even if it's a little silly, but why such stupid dialogs? And I have a question - who was that woman coming out of the car in the beginning? It's clearly not Baroness - different outfit. So why is she there?


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Behind the Scenes of The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

Short footage from filming locations of The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. Nothing really new here, but I still find it fascinating to watch how movies are made.
And it's good to see that old school Gilliam still shooting on 35 mm, with wide lenses of course. Yeah, fuck HD cameras, they are for pussies like Michael Mann anyway.

And just in case you have wondered who is that tall, red-hair girl with a face of a doll, that appears in the film in one of major roles, meet Lily Cole. She is a British model, and lately actress as well, that was discovered when she was just 15. Since then she modeled all over the world in top fashion shows, participating in many top designers campaigns. She is not ashamed to take her clothes off either, as you can see below. More explicit pictures, that look like some sort of amateur porn, were taken for the French magazine Paradis by famous photographer Juergen Teller, which is known for his... ahem, unusual style.

This Is Sparta!

And here it is. A full trailer for The Storm Warriors appeared on the official website, showing some amazing achievements of CGI rendering. It's the same technology that was used in 300, and it's slowly establishing itself as big part of the future filmmaking.
Oh yeah, and the movie looks cool as well. I believe it is a story of some kind, about evil Japanese warlord that desires to conquer China, and Chinese martial artists, with such picturesque and modest names as Wind, Cloud and Dream, that oppose him.

30 May 2009

What is this, a snake skin?

Here is red band uncensored trailer for a promising comedy The Hangover. I have to say that all trailers for this movie were much better than the actual scenes from it, that I was able to catch here and there. Anyway, it looks more interesting than some other summer films this year.

29 May 2009

Short Animation - Oxygen (2009)

Trailer for Korean Crime Thriller Turtle Run (2009)

Yun-seok Kim, from the last year big hit The Chaser, is starring in the new Korean crime thriller Turtle Run (Keobokyi Dalrinda). Hoping to reproduce the success of The Chaser, which received also large international exposure, new movie tells a story of a detective in the small county, that finds himself involved in the cat and mouse game with escaped prisoner.
Judging by the trailer, the movie reminds me not only The Chaser, but awesome Public Enemy as well. For many years now I claim that Korean cinema is the best in Asia when it comes to crime thrillers, whether it's about cops or gangsters or serial killers. As opposed to silly HK stuff in similar genre, Korean thrillers have certain depth and very solid substance. I really hope it will be another master work, although the director Yeon-woo Lee is not very experienced one.

For those who speak Korean, there is also official website, where you can watch the second trailer, interviews and read more info about the film.

28 May 2009

Kick Ass Showreel

Damien Walters is a stuntman that participated in the filming of the upcoming movie Kick-Ass, based on the comics by the same name, that was created by Mark Millar.
The story is about ordinary high school student that wants to become a real life superhero. While the actor who plays the role is indeed an ordinary boy and can't do the stunts, Damien Walters stepped in and did the action scenes in the costume, as seen in the pictures above. What exactly he can do and what to expect from the movie you can see in the video.

Needless to say, the movie, which I believe now in post production stages and targeted to be released later this year, is drawing lots of attention already. There are some big names in it and the budget is pretty high, so expect to hear a lot about it everywhere.

Wow! A red band trailer for Bad Lieutenant

Don't pay attention to Nicolas Cage and his haircut, this movie directed by the one and only Werner Herzog, something that upgrades the whole thing completely. And judging from the trailer I can say that it's not really a remake of the original, as many people were afraid of, but completely different story.

Besides, Eva Mendes is in it, do you really need more reasons to watch it?

Official trailer:

Full Trailer for Pandorum (2009)

Trailer for Pandorum looks creepy, but completely messed up. Too many jumps and cuts, this trailer is a perfect example how not to edit trailers. Suddenly the movie looks less impressive than before.

First Trailer - A Perfect Getaway (2009)

Here is A Perfect Getaway, not highly advertised and R rated thriller, that will be released in August. Some familiar faces in this one, and from the looks of the trailer it's quite intense.

And here is Marley Shelton, one of the girls in this film.

26 May 2009

Movies - Last Seen

Frygtelig Lykkelig (Terribly Happy), Dennmark (2008)

Nice Danish crime drama that I can describe as a combination of early Coen brothers and The Wicker Man, with small touches of Twin Peaks.
A troubled cop with complicated past assigned by his superiors to be a temporary Marshall in a small and quiet town. He is the only low enforcement there, and suppose to have no trouble during his stay, but right upon his arrival he is forced to be involved in a family dispute, slowly sinking deeper and deeper into town's mysteries and ways of life. Without even noticing it, he finds himself surrounded by lies and involved in a murder.
The film is beautifully shot and skilfully directed, but despite good intentions and overall good performance, the movie is not without flaws. The main flaw is the relative stupidity of the main protagonist, the policeman. At many occasions during the film I rolled my eyes and wondered how did he even became a cop. His naivety is sometimes very annoying and I think he could have been written much better as a character. The story is interesting enough, despite being somewhat cliche and used to dust in other movies, but nice atmosphere and creepy town characters are helping to keep it relatively fresh. The biggest achievement is the ending, which easily ties together all loose ends ad present logical conclusion to the story.


The Limits of Control, Spain/USA/Japan (2009)

Although I do like his movies, I am not really a fan of Jim Jarmusch. His Dead Man is really great film, but except that I refuse to be over excited about anything else he did. So I was not surprised or disappointed at all when I was watching this slow and boring piece of gibberish, which you may call a stream of consciousness or subliminal symbolism, or whatever.

On one hand, the man enters here into completely different territory than all his other stuff. A territory of such personal and private expression of his thoughts through symbols and cinematic language, that you have to admire his ability to present visual ideas and concepts, connected as a single story. Yes, Jim Jarmusch is trying to be new David Lynch and to speak in enigmatic visuals, just like him.
But on the other hand, while David Lynch uses such expression to explore deep and twisted core of human nature, the secret and often forbidden desires, mostly of sexual nature, and also human understanding and comprehension of death, Jarmusch's intentions are less interesting and more political.

His long going tirade against materialism and superficial reality, produced by American corporations, is getting old. We get it Jim, simplicity of life, joy from the little things, the beauty of nature, the beauty of art with real meaning, blah, blah, blah.
It seems that Jarmusch belongs to a different era, he is the last remaining flower child, the last hippy artist. Give this man a Volkswagen van, a colorful clothes, a joint and he is on the roads cross country, seeking meaningful conversations with simple people, wondering about the nature of the world and how small we are compared to the vastness of the universe. He is the last romantic soul, that when asked to summarize the meaning of life he will say "We are just handful of dust in the wind". Yawn.

But I finally have a theory about the origin of his nature - while going against capitalism, consumerism and the culture of mass production, he is not being an anarchist, and not a socialist, he is simply a monarchist. Yes, I think what he prefers is a simple Monarchism and feudal society of middle ages, the times of great Kings and Queens, when you could make a distinction between noble bohemian artist and a village simpleton. He, of course, sees himself as a gentle artist living in the King's court and writing plays for his majesty's pleasure, participating in parties for the elite. This is the perfect world for him. He is an elitist of the worst kind, because it upsets him to see a village simpleton doing "art" for other simpletons, whether it's a singing competition on TV or a movie in which people hit and shoot each other. He sees such low form of art as a personal insult.

So with all that baggage he makes this movie about personal liberation from the materialistic possessions, a liberation of the mind from shallow and superficial nature of our existence. Add to this some old and familiar mumbling about what is real and what is imaginary, whether it's art that imitates reality or vice versa, and how can we finally find peace of mind, and you'll get The Limits Of Control. The movie can be nice spiritual experience for some people, Jarmusch knows what he is doing inside the frame he chose for his film and he is good with the cinematic structure, as always. But not everyone will be able to accept or enter that frame. Seems like Jarmusch did a movie exclusively for his favorite audience - a first year film students.


Taxidermia, Hungary(2006)

As oppose to Jarmusch's somewhat romantic approach to life, when you ask Gyorgy Palfi, the director of Taxidermia, whether he also thinks we are all just dust, he will say "no, no, no". He will say that we are definitely no dust, but bones, and guts, and blood, and skin, and sweat, and sperm, and fat, and vomit, and whatnot.
And this is exactly what is this movie about. In the film he cuts, literary, the human skin and dives in to explore what is inside, what makes us tick, in a series of disturbing and gross images, while everything is wrapped up with Freudian symbolism.
Calling this movie sick and disgusting will not be enough. It is simply shocking and unpleasant beyond many things I've seen. I find it amazing how all these people with grotesque faces and deformed bodies, participating in the movie as actors, agreed to do that. But they did, and watching them all in this beautifully filmed and masterfully directed arthouse piece is absolutely epic. The movie is so intense, sharp and smart, that the first sense of disgust vanishes, and the movie reaches truly poetic levels of expression.
Taxidermia contains many themes, rich sub context and complex psychological layers, it is a must see.


The Burrowers, USA (2008)

Not another silly studio horror. While the story is not going out of the limits of a horror movie conventions and not attempting anything bold, the actual content is really impressive.
In 1879 American settlers are being attacked by, as they believe, hostile Indians, only soon to discover that it's actually something not human.
The movie is written really good. If you ever saw a horror film, with monsters or not, and just rolled your eyes seeing how the people react to the danger, this is the movie for you.
It is most realistic depiction of human reactions and behavior under such conditions, and maybe even beyond that, that I've seen in recent movies. The characters are very real, they talk, they think, they fear, and they behave like normal human beings. I really liked the acting and the way director worked with actors on their facial and body expressions, on how they talk. This is a big plus when you watch any film, you feel that director truly respects your intelligence.
As for the story, it is interesting and suspenseful enough to hold your attention, although it is not really scary. Still, it's a good movie to watch, if you do it for correct reasons. Don't expect gore and decapitated bodies, this movie is about something else. Great ending, very chilling and provocative.


Glen and Randa, USA (1971)

Extremely low budget post apocalyptic movie. Don't pay attention for the low rating on IMDb, this film is really not that bad.
In the unspecified future, Glen and Randa, a young couple travel through the empty and devastated land after some sort of nuclear war, and try to make sense out of their lives. Barely knowing how to read and taking their information about the world only from comic books and old magazines, the future of the mankind represented through them seems bleak and depressing.
The movie is pretty sad one, it shows the extreme decline of civilization into almost stone age, and expresses some grim point of view so usual for the time when this movie was made. The reality of the cold war with nuclear threat produced many similar depressing films, about lack of trust in humanity and fear from technology.
The story is actually very smart, even if it's too slow and not much happens there. This is not for people with short attention span. Great ending here as well.
The movie came out on DVD just recently, look it up if you like that sort of stuff.


New funny clip from Pixar's UP

New clip in HD quality.

25 May 2009

News/Rumors summary

First look at the new The Tonight Show set, prepared especially for Conan O'Brien takeover. Conan starts hosting the show on June 1st and he will be Leno's last guest on May 29th. Conan's first guest will be Will Ferrell and musical guest the band Pearl Jam. And by the way, his old pal and former sidekick Andy Richter is going to be the announcer of the show and participate in the comedy sketches. So no more wacky and bizarre Joel, that decided to retire. The Max Weinberg 7 will continue to be show's band, of course.


For his promotional interviews before release of Angels & Demons, Ewan McGregor was asked about a rumored sequel for cult classic Trainspotting. Apparently Danny Boyle was ready, the whole cast was ready, but McGregor came out as the smartest one and refused to the offer. And without green light from him the idea seems to be doomed. Nice one, Ewan, total respect.


Inglourious Basterds are back to editing room. Following mostly negative responses from the Cannes screening, and despite the prize for the best male acting performance this movie has won, the studio bosses ordered Tarantino to go back and re-edit the film. The release scheduled to happen in August, plenty of time for Quentin to squeeze something worthy out of it.


Last week I wrote how Megan Fox admitted to have a lesbian crush on Olivia Wilde, and what a joy, Olivia didn't wait too long with the response. The hottie was listed as most sexiest woman on the recent list by Maxim magazine, with Megan only second, and while participating in photoshoot to GQ magazine she talked about Megan's proposal to strangle a mountain ox for her.
I came into my trailer at House (TV show House M.D) the morning after that article came out, and one of our writers had done an illustration on my mirror of a mountain ox saying, ‘Save me, save me. Please, Olivia, make out with Megan!’ [...] Of course, anything I can do to save the mountain ox, I’m happy to do.
She is probably not very serious and just making fun, but Olivia already had a juicy lesbian make out experience when she was a guest star on another TV show, The O.C. Her character was having a lesbian affair with Mischa Barton's character, highlights of which you can see in the video below.

To be continued?


Talking about lesbian affair, how about that picture of Sophie Marceau and Monica Bellucci? Promoting their new film Ne te retourne pas (Don't Look Back), the ladies took that picture for some French magazine. How do you say "Mountain Ox" in French?
Watch two teaser trailers for the film: 1 and 2.


First characters photos were released from the set of The Last Airbender, directed by none other than M. Night "I see dead people" Shyamalan. The movie is based on very popular animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and expected to be one of the highlights in next year's releases. The mean looking guy is Dev Patel from Slumdog Millionaire, playing Prince Zuko the firebender, and the little one is the main character, Aang the airbender. Somehow I though he will be older, hmm...
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Olga Kurylenko is keeping herself busy and just finished shooting Centurion, that some demo reel from it was shown to selected people in Cannes, and the rumors say it's quite impressive filmmaking. So we'll wait for that, but she also has a smaller film coming out sometime in the future, a French produced Israeli action film Kirot (Murs). Murs is French for Walls, which is how the movie originally called in Hebrew.
Kurylenko is playing a Russian assassin, forced to work for a shadowy organization, but she escapes and plans her revenge together with another victim of that organization. The other girl on the pic is Ninette Tayeb, who was actually the winner of the very first The Star is Born show, an Israeli version of American Idol. This is her first movie role. The director of the film is Danny Lerner, known for his critically successful first feature Frozen Days, which, in my opinion, is way too overrated than its actual value. Lerner is considered as future promise of Israeli cinema and one of the few film makers that trying to do genre films there. When asked what is Kirot about, he said "It's about two girls and lots of guns".
While it sounds promising and the presence of star like Kurylenko guarantees lots of international attention and festivals, I would be cautious about this film at this stage. The film is in post-production for a long time now, so I expect teaser trailer very soon.


No, Robert Downey Jr is not fighting on the streets and it's not real bruises on his face, this is his martial arts trainer for the Iron Man 2. The photos were taken on the parking lot of the film set, while they were practicing their routine.

And the last item, here is five new viral posters for Bruce Willis' action sci-fi movie Surrogates. I am starting to like this movie more and more.