Lars von Trier detractors often accuse the Danish director of being little more than a provocateur, and his impetuous demeanor when dealing with the media doesn’t dispel that impression. That leads some — even our own Germain, in his review of Melancholia — to suspect that Trier’s actual films are constructed, in part, as nothing more than button-pushing exercises. I tend to believe in the director more as an imp who has a healthy, if perverse sense of humor, and who takes the opportunity to enjoy unorthodox fun when he can.

Such is the case, I suspect, with the new character posters for Melancholia.

In anticipation of the film’s UK release this weekend and October 7 VOD bow in the US (to be followed by a November 11 theatrical release) there are six new character posters for the film. They feature actors Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgård and John Hurt. But there’s also a poster for Lars himself, which is even stamped with a ‘persona non-grata’ seal, mocking his expulsion from the Cannes Film Festival this past May. See all six below. Read More »

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We’ve been very excited to see Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the new film from Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson that stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke.. The film is essentially both a remake of a BBC mini-series that starred Alec Guinness and an adaptation of the novel of the same name by John Le Carré.

The author wrote two more books that round out what is called ‘the Karla Trilogy:’ The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley’s People. The George Smiley character, played in this version by Gary Oldman, also shows up in other Le Carré novels. And now there is the intimation that the positive response to Tinker could lead to at least one more film adapting the follow-up novels. Read More »

‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ US Trailer

We’ve seen a couple international trailers for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, as the film opens this week in the UK. It won’t hit the US until December 9, and so we’ve only just been given a US trailer. But the upshot of waiting is that this trailer features some footage you might not yet have seen, much of which focuses on Tom Hardy‘s character. Looks like Universal is responding to increasing interest in the actor, based in part upon the fact that he’s playing Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.

Regardless, Tomas Alfredson‘s follow-up to Let the Right One In still looks as good as some of the early reviews suggest it will be. This trailer for the adaptation of John le Carré‘s jargon-laced cold war novel shows off a great many members of the stellar cast, which also features Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke. Read More »

One of the most anticipated films of the Venice Film Festival was Tomas Alfredson‘s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which is a new take on John le Carré‘s 1974 cold-war thriller novel. The film remakes the well-loved 1979 BBC version starring Alec Guinness as retired MI6 agent George Smiley, called back to action to uncover a mole infesting the agency, aka ‘the Circus.’ This version features  Gary Oldman as Smiley, with supporting players Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke.

The first reviews of the film came out of Venice over the weekend and they position the film as one that fulfills most of the hopes we’ve developed based upon the material and cast. Notes from a handful of reviews follow after the break, along with four artful posters and one clip from the film.

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‘Melancholia’ US Trailer

There’s not a whole lot in this first official domestic trailer for Lars von Trier‘s Melancholia that we haven’t seen in previous trailers and clips. (Such as the great UK trailer we just saw a few days ago.) But what the hell, the film is among our most-anticipated of the year, and this trailer offers up a great HD look at the gorgeous and subtle cinematography from Manuel Alberto Claro.

So hit the jump and get one more look at the ways in which sisters played by Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg deal with the possibility of the impending end of life on Earth. Read More »

It’s been a big, loud year for Lars von Trier, thanks in part to his new film Melancholia, and more so to the Cannes press conference comments that saw the director banned from the festival. But getting beyond that controversy, there’s the fact that Melancholia is one of the best-reviewed films of the director’s career, and remains one of my most-anticipated films of the fall.

We’ve seen one trailer for the film, in which Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg play sisters with very different dispositions who are staring down the end of the world on the eve of Dunst’s character’s wedding. Now here’s the UK trailer, which nicely shows off the ensemble cast (which also includes Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Alexander Skarsgård, Stellan Skarsgård and Udo Kier) and opens on a surprisingly upbeat note before settling into the anxious mode that you’d expect from a film about the end of the world. Read More »

At this point I can’t imagine that I have to reiterate the basic facts that have many of us anticipating Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy like crazy. There’s the source material: John le Carré‘s jargon-laced cold war novel, which has already led to a great 1979 BBC version starring Alec Guinness. There’s the director: Tomas Alfredson, whose last film was Let the Right One In. And there’s the cast, which speaks for itself: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke.

This is essentially a shorter version of the last trailer that arrived for the film; you won’t find much (if any) new footage here. But if you’ve missed the previous trailers, or don’t want to see too much too early, this one-minute trailer is a good look at the picture. Read More »

‘Immortals’ Trailer #3

Here’s the third trailer for Tarsem‘s stylishly violent Immortals. (See the first and second ones if you haven’t already.)

I like this trailer a lot more than either of the previous ones; there’s a good voiceover that explains the background and early plot beats, and helps contextualize some of the pretty shots we’ve been seeing in previous trailers and clips. A few new shots offer additional eye-candy, too. While I remain unconvinced that this will really work as a piece of storytelling (it still looks a bit like a Dune/Clash of the Titans mashup) I can at least get a much better idea of what Tarsem is looking to accomplish. Check it out below. Read More »

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