12 October 2012
So this week we have Bradley Cooper with dreads, a naked Kristen Stewart and an insight into Paul Dano’s deepest carnal desires, while the most star-studded film is a documentary about an ex-homeless guy in New York. As always, click the images to open the trailers in another window.
Here Paul Dano writes about a girl only for said girl to suddenly appear in the flesh. Obviously he makes her the ultimate manicpixiedreamgirl and they inevitably end up in arcades, sitting outside cafes, goofing around at the beach and other indie-boy fascinations, but the biggest issue facing the movie is, with Dano able to create her and their relationship using his ideal ideals, where can any conflict come from to make this at all interesting beyond the opening act.
This is the second of three animated Halloween films that are being released way too early for Halloween. Obviously having three in the market on the same weekend would be daft, but no more daft than having three animated Halloween movies released in the same year. This one has Adam Sandler and Kevin James in lead roles so, despite my total ambivalence towards Paranorman, this has to be the shittest.
A British remake of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Danish debut feature that spawned a trilogy for the director of Drive, this film has Refn executive-producing alongside two of the producers who worked with him on Bronson. It is this combination that appears to be the selling point that the studio are trying to work with, and Refn has appeared for Q&As for this version. Unfortunately I have the original trilogy on my shelf but am yet to watch so I can’t really shed any light on this beyond the trailer.
Radioman is a previously homeless guy who has not only become a famous New Yorker, but is one of the most famous extras in the world. It is this aspect that the film is sold on with talking heads from George Clooney, Meryll Streep, Johnny Depp, Tom Hanks, Ron Howard, Matt Damon, Jude Law and many more as they all discuss their interactions and opinions on the guy. I was lucky enough to be in Radioman’s company briefly earlier this week and he seems genuinely excited about this film and life in general, and I am hoping to catch this on extremely limited release. Check the film’s website for more information.
This film has flick-past-on-netflix written all over it. Dax Shepherd is dating Kristen Bell (yeahiknowthatmakesnofuckingsense) when Bradley Cooper turns up with dreadlocks and unveils the true past of Shepherd much to the initial distress of Bell. This looks so pointless that not only I am surprised it got made, but I need to see it to understand why it did.
This is one of three book adaptations intended for this winter that seemed unadaptable (Cloud Atlas and The Great Gatsby being the others). A book that revels more in longing and the pleasure that longing brings for possibilities and open-endedness, than it does plot or a successful narrative, I’m not entirely sure why they feel this is ripe for a big screen adaptation. However, Walter Salles managed to make The Motorcycle Diaries into something that enthralled me and so I am hoping he has managed to do the same here.
My Pick: On The Road
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