Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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In the wake of Inglourious Basterds, Daniel Brühl hasn’t been nearly as speedy in booking new roles as other breakouts like Christoph Waltz and Michael Fassbender. That might be in part because those two actors overshadowed him slightly, but Brühl’s turn as a German sniper hero was certainly impressive, and a linchpin of the film.
Now he’s got two new projects booked. Details on those, plus tales of four great actors vying for the lead in The Sweeney, after the break. Read More »
Strand Releasing has released the official US trailer for Florian Gallenberger‘s historical drama John Rabe. The film tells the true-story of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the 1937 Nanjing massacre. German actor Ulrich Tukur (The White Ribbon) stars as John Rabe, alongside Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds), Steve Buscemi, Anne Consigny, Jingchu Zhang, and Teruyuki Kagawa. The film won the Outstanding Feature Film, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role at the German Film Awards.
The trailer is now online and embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Intacto and 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo hasn’t done much since he helmed the sequel to Danny Boyle’s zombie film. He’s been working on the feature version of the video game BioShock since last summer, but that seems to be stalled. So Fresnadillo is moving on to a horror/thriller picture called Intruders, based on a script by Jaime Marques and Nico Casariego, which will star Clive Owen and Inglourious Basterds vet Daniel Brühl. Read More »
Imagine being director Lynne Ramsay watching Peter Jackson’s terrible version of The Lovely Bones. Ramsay made two excellent films, Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar, the latter way back in 2002, then was attached for quite some time to film The Lovely Bones. That obviously didn’t happen, but for the past year she’s been working instead on an adaptation of We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver‘s novel about a troubled husband and wife dealing with the fact that their son perpetrated a murderous school shooting.
Tilda Swinton joined the cast last year, and now it is confirmed that John C. Reilly is on board to play her estranged husband. Movieline reports that the film is fast-tracked now, and will shoot in the spring. Can’t wait to see what Ramsay delivers.
After the break, a new film for Paz Vega and Daniel Brühl, and, er, some stuff about Demi Moore and Miley Cyrus. Read More »
The Weinstein Co has released a faux trailer for Nation’s Pride, the movie within the movie of Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourious Basterds. Here is some context: In the film, the world premiere of Joseph Goebbels’ Nazi propaganda film Nation’s Pride is a setting for one of the key moments in the story. The film tells the story of German War Fredrick Zoller (Daniel Bruhl). Bits and pieces from the film appear during Basterds. I could explain more but it might ruin part of the film (if you’ve seen the trailer then you can likely connect some of the dots).
The faux trailer was actually directed by Eli Roth, who also stars in Tarantino’s film. Technically I guess you could call this Roth’s follow-up to Thanksgiving, the faux horror trailer he created for the Grindhouse double feature. Of course, the faux trailer is in English and has all sorts of modern day trailer editing effects. It would have been nice to see a faux aged retro looking German language English-subtitled trailer, but maybe I’m asking for too much. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourious Basterds premieres tonight at the Cannes Film Festival, and three clips from the film have shown up online. Watch them now after the jump.
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Universal Pictures International has released a batch of new photos from Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourios Basterds on CineMovies (found via ThePlaylist). The new production photos take a look at some of the characters not included in the character posters we’ve been featuring over the past few weeks (as well as some of the “Basterds” we’ve seen before) and some of the location shots from the movie. Above is a photo of Til Schweiger as Sergeant Hugo Stiglitz, an ex-Nazi who is recruited into the Basters unit. More photos after the jump.
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