The Witch not of Halloween

This is the kind of Halloween movie I can get into.  I saw the trailer a couple months back, so was expecting it by the fall, but it’s not to be — we’ll have to wait until the end of February.  Perhaps because of the crowded field of horror films this fall.

It’s from A24, which is a good sign.

OH — and speaking of Halloween — the original Halloween (1978) is finally available via iTunes rental.  I’ve never seen it, so expect a report forth-with.  I saw a chunk on TV and became quite fascinated.

A Pigeon on a Branch is Just Getting Started

Looks like a lot of potentially good and/or interesting films are coming up… which could make up for the relative desert we’ve been in so far this year.  This is but a small sampling, so explore iTunes for more.  The first one below makes me want to learn Swedish.

Click or tap on each image for trailer; shown below (top to bottom) are A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, The Wolfpack, Manglehorn, and Glass Chin.

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Trailer: The Theory of Everything

EVERY TIME THE MACHINE VOICE kicks in, I get goose bumps.  I should have posted this one earlier; my apologies.  If you’ve been to the movies in the last couple months then you’ve already seen a version of this trailer; it took a couple times to work its way into me.  As followers of my blog may recall, the  last trailer that seeped slowly but deeply in was that for Men, Women & Children.  I think we are safely assured that we’ll have something better to see with this one.

Michael Keaton and Edward Norton on Charlie Rose

The early returns on Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman are in, and it is hitting universal praise.  I’ll be seeing it soon enough and will report on it then; in the meantime, the director and veteran actors Michael Keaton and Edward Norton appeared on Charlie Rose.  And check out the Charlie Rose website for other interviews with luminaries inside entertainment and out — there is no better talk show.  If you bear with an annoying 30-second ad, you will be treated with an alternate trailer at the beginning of the segment.

I Feel Love for Men, Women & Children

I love this trailer.  Those who have been to the movies in the last few weeks have probably seen it.  I saw it a couple times and was slow to react, but it got burned in my brain.  Why?  Largely because of the music, a sensual, slowed-down but equally mesmerizing version of the Donna Summer disco hit “I Feel Love”.

Apparently there’s a lot of covers of “I Feel Love”, mainly keeping up the pace — but this one by a group called the Plantains turns it into a haunting groove that syncs perfectly with the visuals.  The soundtrack for Men, Women & Children is not available, but when it is I hope the song is included.  It would help the movie, but as we’ve seen from Silver Linings Playbook, underhanded marketers will sometimes use music to promote a movie that isn’t anywhere to be found in the movie itself.

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As much as I like the trailer it seems like a movie that could be either truly fabulous, or just as easily one where nothing much happens.  I’m hoping for the former.

iTunes Trailer

iTunes Trailer

Upcoming Movies — for the Awards Season

Happy Thanksgiving!  These are some of the trailers I’ve been seeing in the theaters lately; we may be thankful if they live up to their promise.

First off, The Wolf of Wall Street was first promoted in theaters in July or August.  Next, I’ve yet to see the currently released Dallas Buyers Club; you’d have to be living under a rock not to have seen an ad or trailer for this one.

That leads to the new Coen brothers flick, Inside Llewyn Davis.  This is getting some advance praise and as a Coen brothers film has the potential for greatness.  We’ll see; the trailer doesn’t inspire me much (yawn…) and the title even less.  Can we banish forever movies or books called “Inside ____ (fill in the blank)”?  But it is the Coen brothers, and therefore a must-see.


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Next is the new Spike Jonze film, Her.  A couple things going for this: the precedent of Being John Malkovich, a masterpiece in my opinion.  And Joaquin Phoenix, who looks great here.  I’ve been incredibly impressed with him starting with Walk The Line, and then in last year’s The Master.  He’s become like Ryan Gosling — or John Malkovich for that matter — in the sense of anything he does, it doesn’t matter: he’s interesting and enigmatic.  Just seeing him on the screen is enough to hold you.


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This one reminds me of that Al Pacino film that was generally panned,  Simone, and of The Truman Show, and of the “Siri” episode of The Big Bang Theory, and also, inevitably, of P.T. Anderson films and Being John Malkovich.

On a more conventional bend, there’s The Book Thief.

American Hustle has benefitted from a lot of early marketing including TV ads, so I will not post a trailer here.  It’s blockbuster cast includes Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Bobby De Niro.  Like the Yankees, anything less than giant success will be seen as a disappointment.

Nebraska, with Bruce Dern, falls in the same category as Dallas Buyers Club: it’s already released; I plan to see it; I will post a trailer when I do, if it’s good.

Looking at the Apple trailers site, there are a ton of other interesting pics out there, but I think the last one I wanted to mention today is Spike Lee’s new film, his remake of Oldboy (I have not seen the Korean original from 2003, but had heard about it a couple years ago as something to check out).  This looks like it could be really good; the type of movie I dig — and an interesting project for Spike Lee — where’s he been lately anyway?

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Two Spikes in one post!  Click for Trailer

Machete Sequel

I saw Machete in the theater in 2010, and don’t have an exceptionally clear memory of it — which means it was not outstanding to me at the time.  I remember being entertained, but I don’t now recall enough to recommend it one way or the other.  Nonetheless, Robert Rodriguez is another of those directors, like Woody Allen, Quentin Tarantino, and Wes and Paul Thomas Anderson, who has an idea — though certainly less so than those esteemed filmmakers.  But an idea is better than no idea.  Hopefully Machete Kills, to be released October 4, will live up to its promise — because it looks like it could be a blast.