With The Fighter getting some attention and Warner Bros. developing Grudge Match, are we soon going to see a mini-glut of boxing movies? There are worse things, if so. The latest to hit the development decks is Hands of Stone, which would see Gael Garcia Bernal playing Roberto Durán, who famously lost to Sugar Ray Leonard in the ‘No Mas’ fight in 1980. Read More »
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Funny or Die Presents director Matt Piedmont will soon be directing Will Ferrell in the Spanish-language comedy Casa de mi padre. That’s odd enough, and now Ferrell has two great co-stars: Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, who are making quite the career of working in films together. (They’ve acted opposite one another in Y tu mamá también and Rudo y Cursi, and exec produced films like Sin Nombre and Sólo quiero caminar, in which Luna also starred.) But working opposite Farrell could be something altogether different. Read More »
In the latest edition of TCxBD (Television Commercials by Big Directors), we have an awesome three minute long World Cup spot that two-time Academy Award-nominated writer-director Alejandro González Iñárritu directed for Nike. Of course, Iñárritu’s filmography includes Amores Perros, Babel, 21 Grams and the Cannes Film Festival premiere Biutiful.
The spot is titled “Write the Future,” and takes a Run Lola Run approach to the world cup of soccer. The advertisement features soccer legends Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Landon Donovan, Ronaldinho, Los Angeles Lakers’ star Kobe Bryant, a pingpong-playing Tennis star Roger Federer, actor Gael Garcia Bernal and even Homer Simpson.
It is definitely the most stylized thing I’ve ever seen from Iñárritu, but also features some of the intimate doc-style sometimes-claustrophobic cinematography we’re use to from the filmmaker.
Trust me, watch the spot after the jump.
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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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Huh? LeBron James? Yeah, you read that right. Today might be the slowest news day I can remember in 2009, I’m still not going to break each of these into their own story. Because how much do you really need to know about romances and fantasy basketball movies? Exactly this much. Read More »
When iconic New York director Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man, Down By Law) and cinematographer Christopher Doyle (Ashes of Time, Paranoid Park) collaborate to immaculately fetishize guns, Spain, babes, and concentration, take a second to enjoy what’s in store. The first trailer for The Limits of Control has arrived, and is available after the jump.
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Alliance Films has released the international trailer for Fernando Meirelles’ Cannes hit Blindness.
Adapted from Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago’s masterwork, BLINDNESS is a harrowing tale about the fragility of mankind. Directed by the Academy Award® nominated (City Of God) Fernando Meirelles, from a screenplay by the Tony Award® winning (The Drowsy Chaperone) Don McKellar, BLINDNESS stars Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Alice Braga, Danny Glover and Gael Garcia Bernal.
Evocative of the recent SARS epidemic, or occurrences in the New Orleans Super Dome during Hurricane Katrina, BLINDNESS takes place in a city which is ravaged by an epidemic of instant “white blindness”. Those first afflicted are quarantined by the authorities in an abandoned mental hospital where the newly created “society of the blind” quickly breaks down. Criminals and the physically powerful prey upon the weak, hording the meager food rations and committing horrific acts.
There is, however, one eyewitness to the nightmare; a woman whose sight is unaffected by the plague follows her afflicted husband to quarantine. There, keeping her sight a secret, she guides seven strangers who have become, in essence, a family. She leads them out of quarantine and onto the ravaged streets of the city, which has seen all vestiges of civilization crumble. Their voyage is fraught with danger, yet their survival and ultimate redemption reflect the tenacity and depth of the human spirit.
BLINDNESS reminds us of the shocking fragility of our social institutions, the thin veneer of our “civilized” world, and the responsibility for every individual to protect their dignity at all costs.
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While watching There Will Be Blood, I found that I was drawing thematic, musical and enigmatic comparisons to Jim Jarmusch‘s American study Dead Man. It would make for an interesting essay. Jarmusch’s films are always unpredictable meditations and the director’s next movie, The Limits of Control, due in 2009, doesn’t look to break the mold. Bill Murray has signed on to star, marking his third film with the New York visionary, after Coffee and Cigarettes and Broken Flowers, which I found to be so-so efforts from both talents. Actress Tilda Swinton, hot off Michael Clayton and a Broken Flowers co-star, is also on board alongside Gael Garcia Bernal (The Science of Sleep). Their roles have not been identified as of yet, and a few star cameos are said to be expected.
The film is set in Spain and follows “a mysterious loner as he attempts to complete a criminal job.” Memorable actor Isaach De Bankole, who played the French ice cream man in the director’s classic Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, will play the loner.
Murray will next be seen in this summer’s Get Smart, followed by October’s ambitious fantasy City of Ember, which we haven’t seen much from as of yet. He’s also doing voice work for Wes Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox, which I have incredible hopes for. As for a Ghostbusters 3, animated or otherwise, Ivan Reitman was recently quoted as saying “don’t bet on it.”
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