|Posted on January 25, 2013 at 4:25 AM|
Inside Llewyn Davis
It's Coen Brothers, do I need more of a reason? Good lord, does this visually capture the 1960s. There's two kind of "period" films, those that try too hard and those that feel naturally part of the period. This feels as though we've been transported back to the period. Organic. Grounded. Spot-on, as they say. I can't wait for this great looking movie, it's been a few years since Coens' last picture. True Grit feels like a lifetime ago.
There hasn't been a good alien abduction movie in a while. There's been movies, sure, but none particularly good. I guess the standard is still Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and that's still a hard one to top. Maybe taking a stronger horror angle is the way to go. It has so mod actors in it, JK Simmons is always great and nice to see Russell again, but these trailers always seem to look better than the film ends up being (see The Fourth Kind). So let's hold off for now. Scott Stewart has yet to make a good movie.
The first movie was a hell of a lot of fun, so why not another adventure for them? Malkovich's role has obviously been upped, and that's just fine and dandy.
This is obviously an early trailer, it kind of just throws in some scenes and slaps it all together, but the point is made. If you liked the first, you'll probably like the second. This one also gets Dean Parisot back in the saddle as a director. Galaxy Quest was brilliant, though Dick and Jane…well it wasn't. Still, he's more than capable of getting this right and you have the same writers, so it's in capable hands at least.
Though those writers also wrote Battleship…
Look, we get what Red is, and what this is, so if you liked the first then there's a good chance this one will be up your alley.
I swear, ever since Inception, trailers have just been copying the same style. Paced cuts, accompanied by a base noise or tone in syncopation with an orchestral hit, sometimes accompanied by an "alarm" or "distorted alarm" sound. Then it usually rises in meter, and you know the drill. Getting old. This trailer does it three different times. Three times. Dark Skies above kind of did it too, but it wasn't overkills like this was.
Oh and the film looks horrible. Sad considering the director also did Transsiberian, The Machinist and Session 9. This was to be his make-good after the horrible Vanishing on 7th Street. Looks like that's a no-go.
Olympus has Fallen
"Die Hard in the White House." That kind of says all you need to know and is exactly what it is. For a movie that's pretty basic in concept like this one is, it all relies on the execution which means it all relies on the director. The director here is Antoine Fuqua, which I consider a bit of a "push" considering he has as many misses as hits. Ok, probably more misses. So…yeah, this one might just end up forgotten about rather quickly even though it's got a decent little cast (Aaron Eckhart as the President is actually really good casting, and I'll see Freeman in just about anything).
There's another film in the works with this is exact same concept. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Jamie Foxx. Channing Tatum. Exactly the same plot and situation. Also out later this year. Still a decent cast. Not sure who's playing the president in that one but I know James Woods is in it. Bet he's a "rogue agent" or some such nonsense.
Ray Winstone, one of my (and your) favorite British actors, kicking ass and taking names? Yeah, no complaints here. When Winstone is given a chance to be "bad ass British" he's just hard to beat. 44 Inch Chest, Sexy Beast, hell I'd even say Beowulf to an extent. He's got that voice and presence to really pull it off, kind of like the way the often-mistaken-for-Ray-Winstone actor, Brendan Gleeson, does when he lets loose his Irish tough-guy side.
Both were in Beowulf, now that I think about it.
I can take or leave the writer/director, but Winstone taking on criminals and just being an all-around bad ass is all good in my book.