Funny Games Movie Trailer

Funny Games

I must reluctantly admit that I have yet to see Funny Games, the home invasion horror/thriller from Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke. The film got some great reviews and was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival in 1997. Time Out described it as “a masterpiece that is at times barely watchable”.

Warner Independent hired Michael Haneke back to direct an American remake of the the film, starring Naomi Watts and Tim Roth as a wealthy couple who are trapped and tormented in their Hamptons vacation home by a pair of vicious psychopaths. Check out the trailer after the jump, and tell me what you think.

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In The Valley of Elah Movie Poster

In The Valley of Elah PosterWarner Independent has released this new poster for Paul Haggis’ (Crash) In The Valley of Elah (movie trailer).

His new drama is inspired by the true-life case of a retired Army veteran (Tommy Lee Jones) who discovers his son was killed by his own platoon members after they returned stateside but failed to shake battlefield mentality. To be fair, this is director/screenwriter Paul Haggis’s eagerly anticipated follow up to the Oscar-winning 2004 indie-hit Crash. The other films I mentioned above he wrote but didn’t direct. The film is based on an article from Playboy Magazine (who knew they had articles?) written by Mark Boal. Haggis’ fictionalized version also stars Charlize Theron, James Franco, Susan Sarandon, and Josh Brolin. Looks like it has potential. Click on the poster to the right to enlarge.

For me Paul Haggis has been off and on. I thought Million Dollar Baby was okay if not overrated, I loved Crash, Casino Royale, and Letters From Iwo Jima. I liked The Last Kiss more than most, and somewhat disliked Flags of our Fathers. I’m seeing this movie this week, and I’ve heard great things thus far.

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Warner Independent has released 15 new photos from Paul Haggis new film In the Valley of Elah (movie trailer). For me Paul Haggis has been off and on. I thought Million Dollar Baby was okay if not overrated, I loved Crash, Casino Royale, and Letters From Iwo Jima. I liked The Last Kiss, and somewhat disliked Flags of our Fathers.

His new drama is inspired by the true-life case of a retired Army veteran (played here by Tommy Lee Jones) who discovers his son was killed by his own platoon members after they returned stateside but failed to shake battlefield mentality. To be fair, this is director/screenwriter Paul Haggis’s eagerly anticipated follow up to the Oscar-winning 2004 indie-hit Crash. The other films I mentioned above he wrote but didn’t direct. The film is based on an article from Playboy Magazine (who knew they had articles?) written by Mark Boal. Haggis’ fictionalized version also stars Charlize Theron, James Franco, Susan Sarandon, and Josh Brolin. Looks like it has potential. Check out the photos after the jump.
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 In the Valley of Elah

Warner Independent has released the movie trailer for Paul Haggis new film In the Valley of Elah. For me Paul Haggis has been off and on. I thought Million Dollar Baby was okay if not overrated, I loved Crash, Casino Royale, and Letters From Iwo Jima. I liked The Last Kiss, and hated Flags of our Fathers.

His new drama is inspired by the true-life case of a retired Army veteran (played here by Tommy Lee Jones) who discovers his son was killed by his own platoon members after they returned stateside but failed to shake battlefield mentality. To be fair, this is director/screenwriter Paul Haggis’s eagerly anticipated follow up to the Oscar-winning 2004 indie-hit Crash. The other films I mentioned above he wrote but didn’t direct. The film is based on an article from Playboy Magazine (who knew they had articles?) written by Mark Boal. Haggis’ fictionalized version also stars Charlize Theron, James Franco, Susan Sarandon, and Josh Brolin. Looks like it has potential. Check out the trailer at MSN.com

The 11th Hour

Yes, another climate crisis documentary. But this one is produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. While Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth was a powerful film, it was essentially a big screen adaptation of his slide presentation. And in effect, it sometimes lacked the cinematic qualities of a documentary (although they pulled it off well). The 11th Hour seems to focus more on that aspect of the production. And while Gore’s movie tried play up the enviorment as an unpartisan issue, The 11th Hour seems to get more political. But don’t take my word for it, watch the trailer below with a special introduction by Leonardo DiCaprio.
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Night of the Living Dorks to Invade the US

Night of the Living DorksIt’s not often that we get blind-sided by a foreign film remake that gets us excited. The Japanese horror movies we usually anticipate, but this new German comedy sounds like it has A LOT of potential.

Warner Independent Pictures plans to remake Night of the Living Dorks, which is being described as Revenge of the Nerds meets Shaun of the Dead.

The Horror Channel has this to say about the original:

“Night of the Living Dorks will satisfy your latent craving for 80’s teen comedy, and provide zombie gut munching to boot. It’s more American Pie than Breakfast Club, and the zombies are decidedly Night of the Creeps rather than Day of the Dead, but despite lacking in Ringwald-age/Bub-age, this flick kicks ass.”

Okay, I’m sold. Where do I buy a ticket? Oh you want to hear more?

The movie follows three geek friends who decide to try an old voodoo ritual. When they later die in a car crash, they find themselves reborn as zombies, and try to take advantage of their new lifestyle.

Who’s behind this? Adam F. Goldberg, the guy whose writing credits include the Revenge of the Nerds remake (which has now fallen into development hell) and the upcoming geek film Fanboys.

Television show writer Chris Bishop (Drew Carey Show, Still Standing) has been hired to write the script.

Let’s hope this one gets fast tracked into production.

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