I Declare War is a great indie that takes an unusually perceptive look at the games kids play, and how they can be a lot more than a simple way to pass time. The film follows two factions of kids playing “war” in the woods, and sees the game through their eyes — so sticks and balloons used as weapons are visualized on screen as guns and grenades.
Sure, it’s all a game, but the meaning behind it, and the ways the kids interact as they try to nab a win, turns into pretty big deal for each one as they try to forge and fit into friendships.
The film made its debut at Fantastic Fest last year and is on VOD/ iTunes/ digital download now, and in theaters on August 30. We’ve got an exclusive clip below.
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Just hours ago we talked about the fact that Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre director Cary Fukunaga had teamed with Idris Elba for a lead role and producing gig in his long-developing film Beasts of No Nation, based on the novel of the same name.
Now Fukunaga has been announced as the likely director for another adaptation. Noble Assassin, a Dreamworks project, is based on the proposed book of the same name, by Paul Kix. The film doesn’t have any cast at this point, but the story — about a Frenchman who worked as a spy for the British during WWII and pretty much set the template for James Bond — is insanely great. Get details below. Read More »
Studios have been experimenting with trailer lengths of late; we’ve seen long three-minute trailers and we’re seeing short one-minute looks at new films, too.
This latest international trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire is a one-minute blast of stylized action peppered with very serious proclamations of doom. It barely bothers to set out any sense of the story, which features the machinations of Persian naval commander Artemesia (Eva Green) as she pushes Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) into vengeful fury, pitting Persian forces against Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) and his army. It just goes for style and movement.
If you think that trailers often give too much away, in other words, this one should fall in the safe zone. Read More »
Here’s the first trailer from The Monuments Men, the new film from director George Clooney. It’s based on a true story, and features Clooney and Matt Damon as two members of a team that ran through the battlefields of World War II trying to save art from destruction by various war machines. As Clooney’s character says in the trailer, ”if you destroy an entire generation of people’s culture, it’s as if they never existed.”
It’s a noble purpose, and since these guys weren’t soldiers — they were museum directors, curators, and art historians — there’s some opportunity for comedy, too. That’s why the rest of the cast includes actors like John Goodman, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, and Hugh Bonneville.
Check out the footage below.
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Thursday August 8, audiences will get their first look at George Clooney‘s latest directorial effort, The Monuments Men. Featuring one of the most impressive casts in recent memory (Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban), it’s the true story of art historians who attempted to protect the world’s greatest pieces of art from a thieving Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. It’s scheduled for release December 18.
The trailer will be out Thursday, but below, check out the first image from the film. Read More »
Director Peter Berg‘s last movie was Universal’s gigantic Battleship. By comparison, his new movie, Lone Survivor, is really sneaking up on us. The first trailer for the film was released relatively quietly today, and it shows Mark Wahlberg in the role of a Navy SEAL on a mission to take out a Taliban figure. It’s a true story, based on the book Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10, by Marcus Luttrell. The actual tale has gone down as a dramatic moment in recent military history, and this trailer suggests that Berg is taking it very seriously.
Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch and Eric Bana are also part of the story, but as the title suggests, things don’t go super-well for some of them. Oh, and as soon as the trailer really kicks into gear it plays out to the tune of Peter Gabriel mournfully covering David Bowie’s “Heroes.” Check out the trailer below. Read More »
The last time Brad Pitt visited World War II, he was scalping Nazis. Now he’s going to drive over them. Pitt, the star of Inglourious Basterds, has signed to headline Fury, the latest film from End of Watch director David Ayer. The film tells a fictional tale of a five-man tank crew who go into battle with the German army in 1945.
“I want to bring a fresh execution to the genre,” Ayer said in February when QED Entertainment purchased his script. “What these men went through is worthy of a complex, honest, hard portrayal. This will have incredible, visceral action and complex, rich characters. I plan to bring tank combat to life in a way that lands with a modern audience.” Read More »
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That “something else” turns out to be an adaptation of Sebastian Faulks‘ novel Birdsong, which Wyatt scripted and will direct. The novel spans 1910 to 1917, with some dalliance in the late ’70s as well, and is the story of an Englishman who indulges in an affair with a married French woman before the war, and is later seen as a dedicated officer on the front lines. Read More »