Archive for July, 2009

Trailer Treats!

14 July, 2009

There has been a string of particularly good looking trailers since my last post, spilling over the internet like shiny goodies, showering down from a  beautiful celluloid pinata.  I would like to think of myself as the agitated, dangerous, bat wielding 10-year-old in this blossoming metaphor, and so – itching to share these e-number riddled, cinematic treats with you all – let the swinging begin…

Shutter Island

I wasn’t sure about Martin Scorsese wandering down the eerie road of horror, but trailer for his upcoming psycho-thriller has dispelled most all of the doubts in my mind. If it was ever going to work it would have to incorporate the taught, tense atmosphere the eye-browed one built in the superbly paced The Departed (although it still angers me to see the lack of recognition for the incredible Infernal Affairs on which the film was based/ripped off). Scorsese has clearly found his kindred spirit in Di Caprio, who looks to be putting in another fine performance after an overly long dry spell, while Ben Kingsley does the honours on creepy Brit duty.


Sticking to the horror vibe, Italian horror aficionado Dario Argento will be making his return to the genre that made him when Giallo gets its release later this year. The film follows Adrien Brody as a detective prowling the streets of milan for an unknown killer, picking of models one by one. This may sound very same old, same old but Argento is THE man to turn to for innovative horror cinema. Tenebrae is still, in my opinion, one of the greatest horror films ever to be made and with any luck this old hand will be back to the tricks we all know and love when Giallo hits the big screens.

Dead Snow

Dead Snow was a huge hit when it arrived at Sundance earlier this year. This sophisticated documentary focuses on a group of Norwegian holidaymakers who encounter an army of undead Nazi zombies in the wilderness and are forced to fight for their survival. Quite what more you would need to know to be sold on this is beyond me.

District 9

This Peter Jackson produced sci-fi is out to grab attention. Ok the effects aren’t amazing, and the handicam filmography has been done to death a hundred times now, but put aside the budget constraints clamped on this South African offering and there’s the promise for a very interesting, innovative looking story behind it all. Say what you want about Peter Jackson, but he’s an ambitious director who goes 100 per cent into all of his projects, and I highly doubt he would have tagged his name onto this without it showing signs of something special.

Flame and Citron

Flame and Citron has slipped in under the radar this year and has all the makings of becoming the most acclaimed foreign language film of 2009. The film follows two infamous resistance leaders in this relentless espionage thriller set in nazi Germany. Based on true events, the film stars Casino Royale’s Mads  Mikkelsen and has been written and directed by Ole Christian Madsen with ‘Award Winner’ written all over it.

Inglourious Basterds

After the first trailer emerged for Quentin Tarantino’s latest snippet of madness I was utterly opposed to the idea of a Dirty Dozen style, star-driven, ultra-violent WW2 adventure, but this second trailer has reinstated a little of the hope I always hold for a Tarantino film. Although the outspoken one may well be on his last chance to shine after a slurry of abysmally disappointing films.

The Informant!

Following on from the hugely popular, if much maligned, Ocean’s 11 trilogy, and his ambitious two part Che Guevara biopic, Che, Steven Soderbergh returns to top form with the utterly brilliant looking The Informant! Not only is it exciting because it has an exclamation in the title, but it also has Matt Damon in his funniest form since this Youtube gem.