Posts Tagged ‘Pierce Brosnan’

Berlin 2010 Preview: Competition, Part 1

February 3, 2010

The Berlin Film Festival is often overshadowed by Cannes Film Festival as it’s very difficult to dock a yacht in Berlin. It’s endured for 60 years, though, as an early warning system for the best of the year’s international art house fare. The Competition strand features those films vying for the Golden Bear, which in past years has gone to Jose Padilha’s The Elite Squad and Claudia Llosa’s The Milk of Sorrow. The field’s first half features Japanese war stories, the making of one of the worst films ever made, criminals old and young and the returns of Polanski, Baumbach and Popogrebsky.

Bal (Honey)

Turkish director Semih Kaplanoglu’s fifth film is a father/son story set in the remote mountains. Young Yusuf is ostracized at school for his stammer, but worships his beekeeper dad, who tends to a network of precarious treetop hives. When his father is called away on business, Yusuf follows him into the forest.

Kyatapira (Caterpillar)

Lieutenant Kurokawa returns from the front of the second Sino-Japanese War. He’s had his arms and legs blown off. Shigeko is expected to dutifully attend to her immobile war hero husband. Director Koji Wakamatsu’s previous film, the acclaimed United Red Army, still awaits release in the U.S. Based on the story by Edogawa Rampo, which was censored by the Japanese authorities in 1939.

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Must See Movies: February 2010

January 31, 2010

With the dregs of January swirling down the drain, audiences can prep themselves for classier fare. This month marks the return of two cinematic masters in the form of Scorsese and Polanski. Their works might look a little loosey-goosey, but there’s little doubt about the razor-sharp talents behind a pair of crime dramas from Israel and France. Finally, get some uplift as Shah Rukh Khan battles Homeland Security for his dignity.

Ajami
Release date: Feb. 3
The pitch: Israel’s problems—and lord knows there’s a lot of them—are filtered through several interlocking stories set in a tough neighborhood of Jaffa. It’s an Arab-Israeli Wire!
Fun fact: Jaffa gets a nod in the Bible as the port where Jonah boarded a ship on his ill-fated escape to Tarshish.
Why it could be great: After earning acclaim on the festival circuit, this tough drama won Best Picture and Director at the Israeli Oscars last year.
Why it could suck: There are very few happy endings in Israel.

My Name is Khan
Release date: Feb. 12
The pitch: An autistic Muslim (Shah Rukh Khan) finds happiness with a single mom (Kajol) in San Francisco. Then 9/11 turns his world upside down.
Fun fact: Last August, Khan was detained by Newark Airport security for questioning while promoting the film.
Why it could be great: SRK stars in a story that’s sure to tug the heartstrings of discriminated-against immigrants and angry liberals alike. There’ll be a few musical numbers, too.
Why it could suck: The emotional maelstrom reaches fever pitch when Khan embarks on an odyssey to meet Barack Obama himself.

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Trailerama: The Ghost Writer

January 29, 2010

A ghost writer is hired to help pen the memoirs of an ex-prime minister who resembles Tony Blair but looks more like Pierce Brosnan. When a body turns up off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard and the PM is charged with war crimes, meeting that deadline seems more and more remote. Roman Polanski returns to thriller territory, with Robert Harris adapting his bestseller The Ghost. It’s our hope that Polanski exposes the political world as a pool full of Noah Crosses. The crazy cast, which includes Ewen McGregor and Kim Cattrall, suggests that it’s more likely to descend into absurdist nonsense.

Roman Polanski’s Ghost Gets the Green

April 15, 2009

roman-polanskiRoman Polanski has enjoyed something of an autumn harvest, with both The Pianist and Oliver Twist showing a director finally comfortable with his late period-style. Now Variety reports that Polanski has the go-ahead for his next movie, The Ghost. The political thriller has received a cash injection from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, a German film subsidy board.

In Robert Harris’ novel, Britain’s former prime minister Adam Lang is putting together his memoirs. His collaborator drowns in Martha’s Vinyard, and an unnamed writer is hired to take his place. Then Lang is called up before a war crimes tribunal, and the ghostwriter ends up in possession of the hottest manuscript in town.

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The Slate: Wolverine vs. American Jesus

March 26, 2009

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  • Is anybody interested in writing a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Simon Beaufoy isn’t. The Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire scribe was no sooner mooted by Ain’t It Cool News when he politely rebuffed the suggestion. Then Fox announced there weren’t even any plans for a W2, although we’re sure Hugh Jackman wouldn’t want this cash-cow turned into hamburger just yet. Based on all the homo-eroticism going on in the trailers and TV spots, we’re wondering if maybe they should just remake Boys in the Band but with more spandex and ninjas. ( Entertainment Weekly)
  • James Mangold has a movie. Now he just needs Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz to star in it. The Walk the Line director has signed up to helm an untitled romantic comedy about a woman whose enigmatic blind date leads her on an unexpected adventure. The film was originally tailored for recluse Chris Tucker and extrovert Eva Mendes. Now some script re-tooling is going on and money is being waved in front of the toothsome twosome. Can Cruise do enigmatic? Will Cameron Diaz dance in her underwear? We can but dream. (Variety)
  • Uma Thurman is going back to her Greek roots, sorta. Having made her big screen debut as Venus in Baron Munchausen, she’ll be playing the real deal in Chris ColumbusPercy Jackson. Actually, she’ll be playing Medusa. The fantasy film follows Poseidon’s son (Logan Lerman) as looks for Zeus’ lost lightning bolt in contemporary America. Pierce Brosnan will play a centaur. He’s not going back to his roots. He just has no shame. (Variety)
  • Orlando Bloom is headed south. He’s going to play a cop in a small-town whose ordinary lives are ruffled by an extraordinary stranger in Main Street. The film is the last screenplay of Horton Foote, who died earlier in the mouth. The role of local cocksman will be played by Andrew McCarthy (Weekend at Bernie’s). Other townsfolk will be played by Patricia Clarkson, Ellen Burstyn and Colin Firth, with Tony-winner John Doyle (Sweeney Todd) directing. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Director Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake) had such a wonderful time turning the excitable Mark Millar‘s graphic novel Kick-Ass into a movie, he wants to do it again. Vaughn and Millar are talking about bringing the American Jesuscomics into theatres. The story centers on Jesus (a plum part for Joaquin Phoenix, we think) returning to earth to battle the Antichrist (Howie Mandel) in modern times. Previously, this film was known as Rocky IV. (Hollywood Reporter)