Posts Tagged ‘Leonardo Di Caprio’

The Immaculate Inception

10 May, 2010

Following last week’s news of J J Abrams’ latest hype-fest, Super 8, sneaking its way onto screens Brit director Christopher Nolan is hot on his heels with a new trailer for Inception. The third trailer shows a little bit more of what to expect from Nolan’s upcoming, super-secret, super-complex thriller. With cast and crew still tight-lipped about the film, despite the upcoming July release, it’s probably best to make the most of this video and start throwing wild theories about what is going on across the internet in the hope that you might just land on something eventually. Despite the confusion though, this looks absolutely stunning and comparisons are already being drawn to the first Matrix film in relation to the technical accomplishments of Inception. There’s a little bit more on the narrative here as well, with shots of what we can assume is mind thief Leonardo Di Caprio’s wife and a few scenes with Michael Caine looking cool.

Check out the trailer here and, please, if you have any idea what is happening, let me know.

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.

Giallo

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.

Film news fun

24 April, 2009

It’s been a while since there has been a round-up of what’s in production on this fine film blog. And with an abundance of sequels, prequels and sequel prequel prequels on the horizon, I’ve decided to focus on the more interesting and innovative offerings currently in development – just to remind Hollywood that people actually CAN cope with a new story/character/franchise every now and again without weeping uncontrollably for hours and shaking in a corner, afraid and lonely.

First is news that filming of the latest Martin Scorsese/Leonardo Di Caprio shindig, Shutter Island, is well under way, with Empire unveiling a gripping set shot of the great man and his cast shooting away merrily. The film’s premise follows Di Caprio and fellow US Marshall Mark Ruffalo as they travel to the eponymous location in search of a vanished murderess who has recently escaped from a psychiatric hospital. By all accounts the plot is truly mental and twists and turns in just about every direction imaginable. Scorsese is apparently going all out with this one, following on from the Departed’s Oscar success and going for all kinds of weird, crazy-man techniques to get this made. The film is due for release early October over here.

Hot on the heels of Napoleon Dynamite comes the equally exlposive Black Dynamite. Offensive, rude, crude and brutal, this spoof blaxploitation flick looks like it could sneak in under the radar to become this year’s hit cult comedy. You can check out the fully-offensive red band trailer here, but it contains naughty words and rude bits, so it’s brilliant.

Neil Marshall is an excellent director. Dog Soldiers was fun, The Descent was the first horror film to really blow me away for a good five years and his upcoming historical-thriller-come-creepy-cool film, Centurion, looks just as promising. The premise is ace: Michael Fassbender (300, Hunger) stars as part of the mysterious Roman Ninth Legion, who ventured over Hadrian’s Wall into Scotland to fight the Scots and vanished forever… Although Wikipedia (where I do none of my research) laughs in the face of this historical nonsense it still makes for a cool pitch, with Marshall going down the line of the Romans being picked off by a mysterious presence in the woods. I’ve got faith in Marshall, keep your eye on this one

More historical tomfoolery is also in the pipeline with Outlander, a sci-fi Viking story starring Jesus. The film, directed by newcomer American, Howard McCain, will stand back and watch the madness as a humanoid from the future played by James Caviezel (the guy with the beard from The Passion of The Christ) falls from space and is taken prisoner by Vikings. According to the Guardian, McCain is a big Beowulf fan and you can expect plenty of mythical undertones as our misplaced alien attempts to warn his captors of a monster called Moorwen and all the terrible things that lie in wait for them. Interestingly though, there’s promise of a back story in which the alien’s race have a long, bitter history of persecuting the monster and it really has good reason to be annoyed. I promise none of that was made up.

Finally there’s Zombieland, a horror-comedy starring Woody Harrelson as a zombie fighter named Albuquerque fighting for survival in a world overrun by the pesky living dead. Harrelson makes up one half of a pair of mismatched survivors in this tale of friendship and redemption. There’s some cool set pictures on Flickr here which look pretty interesting. I like Woody Harrelson, mainly because he is absolutely mental. My fondness of him has increased ten fold after reading this story of him attacking a photographer who he claimed he mistook for a zombie. The good folk at filmjunk have it all here along with the most fantastic PR statement ever released and the following video of the whole affair. Enjoy.