Archive for December, 2009

Trailerama: Cop Out

December 31, 2009

Squally can understand why Kevin Smith might want to turn his hand to less personal projects. But what sane studio would hire the untutored Silent Bob to just direct? Warner Bros. handed him a 48 Hours clone that should turn out to be an easy assignment. Willis looking a little crinkly, though.

Happy Birthday, Pola Negri!

December 31, 2009

Trailerama: Sex and the City 2

December 30, 2009

After “Empire State of Mind” has played and NYC views flash by for a third of this trailer’s length, we learn that marriage to Mr. Big and the digital intermediate has done wonders of Carrie’s skin. And er, that’s it. Like a Louis Vuitton bag in a shop window, the content takes second place to an image sold of attractive people, attractive locations, and flirtatious social interactions, all given maximum “wow” factor by DP John Thomas (Whit Stillman’s Barcelona(!)). Too bad we’re hooked on this kind of stuff. Written and directed by Michael Patrick King, who vulgarized the first installment to the tune of a $146 million BO take.

Happy Birthday, Carol Reed!

December 30, 2009

Trailerama: Mine Vaganti (Loose Cannons)

December 29, 2009

Ferzan Ozpetek’s film is a family comedy, with the patriarchal pasta maker fretting about the shenanigans that the younger generation is getting up to. The humor may be lost on non-Italian speakers, but it certainly looks like Steve Martin never had to put up with this kind of nonsense.

Trailerama: El Camino entre dos puntos (The Way Between Two Points)

December 29, 2009

The first feature from video artist Sebastian Diaz Morales examines the effects of oil exploration on Patagonia. The results look like a cross between There Will Be Blood and No Country for Old Men, which is never a bad thing. Due to screen at the 2010 Rotterdam Film Festival.

Happy Birthday, Barbara Steele!

December 29, 2009

Happy Birthday, F.W. Murnau!

December 28, 2009

Happy Birthday, Michel Piccoli!

December 27, 2009

Trailerama: Europa, East

December 26, 2009

Ukranian-born Canada-based filmmaker Anita Doron travels to Hungary for this “minimalist political drama.” A young woman (Eva Gabor) spends her time documenting Hungary’s political crisis while maybe falling for another man. Due to screen at next year’s Rotterdam Film Festival. Doron has made films for the City Sonic project and music videos, too. Watch an example below.