Trailer for Tim Burtons Big Eyes starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz is pure Oscar bait

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The last time I saw a trailer this good, by Tim Burton, was his 2003 film, Big Fish starring Ewan McGregor…wait a tick…Big Fish…Big Eyes.

That film, incidentally, gained the most Golden Globe nominations that year without a single win, but that certainly wasn’t for the lack of trying and now, it would seem, Tim has shed himself of that “Depp” weight, for the time being, to give his directorial prowess that much needed enema. Look, I love quirky Tim Burton films, just like anyone else, but let’s be honest, they’ve become long winded and trite. Films, like this new one, is like the biggest cock tease EVER. From the first frame of this trailer it almost takes one’s breath away, cause it’s not typical Tim, but then it is. So, perhaps he sat in his castle and looked around his home and began thinking about what really inspired him to do films in the first place and voila! You see Tim, it’s not that hard, please tell me you were under contractual obligation to put out your last few films and please tell us that obligation is over!

A bit of a rant, now about Big Eyes.

The story stars Amy Adams as artist Margaret Keane and her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband (Waltz), who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.

Just when I thought this Oscar season was going to be a dud here comes this amazing trailer. This is going to be an awesome year.

Big Eyes is directed by the one-and-only filmmaker Tim Burton, director of films including Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Mars Attacks, Big Fish, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows, and Frankenweenie. The script is written by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski (both of Ed Wood, Man on the Moon, Screwed, Agent Cody Banks, 1408). The Weinstein Company has Burton’s Big Eyes set for release on December 25th, 2014 later this year.

Wanna know what a Star Wars airport looks like?

SW AirportComputer animator Frank Wunderlich uploaded this several months ago with tags that this was “potentially” leaked footage from the set of Star Wars VII, but for those of us who saw this, we all know that wasn’t the case. But for what it’s worth, it is exquisitely done. The footage was shot in Germany by Frank Wunderlich as he arrived home. It features all sorts of cool imperial transports that he rendered and roto’d onto this footage from an airport in Frankfurt Germany.

Looks like the Story of Star Wars plays on Earth too in the next Episode. I took these pictures on my Flight back from the States to Germany at the Frankfurt Airport. Seems like the biggest german airport plays a key role as an imperial starport in the new episode — there have just been imperial forces at the scene.
Maybe the Rebelboys hide in Berlin… :-D

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Director Takashi Miike goes all Jigsaw on us in his latest trailer As the Gods Will

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My introduction to Takashi Miike’s film’s was the ultra-brutal horror film The Audition. I would later go on to enjoy other films of his like Ichi The Killer and 13 Assassins (classics btw). His latest, As the Gods Will (based on a hugely popular manga) visually, seems like something I have seen before, but I’ll hold out and see if it is. It is just a trailer and, as these things go, may not be showing much, but right now I’ll say what I’ve heard another movie blog say about this trailer in that it looks like a blend of Saw and Battle Royal. Then I read the synopsis and they might been right.

(via.Quiet Earth)

The basic premise is that a group of high school students find themselves in a situation where they have to play traditional Japanese games and those that lose die horrible deaths. As the Gods Will opens in Japan November 15.


 

 

Amazing 2D Steampunk animation Hullabaloo still needs you’re help to complete it.

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Oh Steampunk. I remember those days, back in 2010, when my wife and I would adorn our goggles, gloves and tricked out NERF Mavericks and head out to Steampunk gatherings. Those were the days. Then we slowly begin to realize how much it was going to cost to stay on the cutting edge of Steampunk fashion, but enough about that, this post is about shining light on an amazing project that needs our help. Hullabaloo is the brainchild of James Lopez (The Lion King, Pocahontas, Paperman) and Rick Farmiloe (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin) both very skilled Disney animators whose expertise oozes from the images you’ll see in the indiegogo video. In a addition to Rick and James there are others in the mouse-camp and abroad, who are showing and possibly lending their support to this project. Artist like Bruce Smith (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), Rick Farmiloe (The Little MermaidAladdin, and Beauty and the Beast), Minkyu Lee (he Princess and The Frog and Frozen), Sandro Cleuzo (Enchanted, The Emperor’s New Groove, and The Princess and The Frog), Sarah Airriess (The Princess and the Frog, Wreck-It Ralph), Alexa Summerfield Goriup (Prince of Egypt, Spirit -Stallion of the Cimarron, and Sinbad – Legend of the Seven Seas) and Joffery Black CG Modeler (Spongebob, WALL-E, UP, and The Incredibles),   Quite frankly, I don’t know how all this is getting done considering the kung fu grip the mouse has on most of it’s animators, but I am wishing them the best.

UPDATE: They have reached their goal of $80,000.00 in fact they’ve surpassed it. As it stands the film has $180,000.00, not too shabby, but they can always use more. This isn’t just about giving Steampunk a much needed boost, but it’s is also about keeping the art of 2d hand drawn animation alive. This is a no-brainer folks!

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Synopsis:

Hullabaloo’ is the story of Veronica Daring, a brilliant young scientist who returns home from an elite finishing school to find her father–the eccentric inventor Jonathan Daring–missing without a trace! The only clue left behind points Veronica toward Daring Adventures, an abandoned amusement park used by her father to test his fantastical steam-powered inventions. There she discovers a strange girl named Jules, a fellow inventor who agrees to help Veronica in locating her missing father and discovering the secrets of his work.

Insane new trailer for MONSTERS:DARK CONTINENT arrives

Monsters-Dark-Continent-2014-Movie-ImageIt’s been awhile since I first watched director Gareth Edwards alien invasion cult classic MONSTERS. But since then, Gareth has gone on to bigger and better with the release of this years Godzilla (without a doubt ,one of the best films this summer). A sequel to MONSTER wasn’t really on my radar. It seemed like a pretty open and shut case, of course the story was bigger, but again…I could take it or leave it. Last year I learned that they were in production for the sequel to monsters, but I could count on one hand how many people really commented on that story. I really don’t think anyone knew what to expect. The director attached to the sequel, Tom Green, hadn’t blown up in the states and although I hear his BBC television series MISFITS is amazing I nor a lot of people here knew much about him. Then BAM!!!! This trailer for MONSTERS: DARK CONTINENT arrives and now he has our undying attention. Looking a bit like The Hurt Locker meets Tremors meets Godzilla meets Cloverfield, this will be the fix we need as Oscar season closes in on us and we are left with less alien-invasion-heavy cinema.

This is going to be the one to watch out for and I promise you it will own the box office! Which, if I’m correct, they are hoping for consideration this Oscar season with a fall release. Let’s see what happens.

The film is due for a theatrical release in the UK on November 28th, but, at the moment, Monsters 2 does not have domestic distribution.
 
 

These vintage music billboards from the Sunset Strip will blow you away

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I wasn’t alive when L.A. was this cool, but I wish I was. It’s hard to believe, when looking at these awesome music advertisements, that L.A. or even America, was this cool at one time. But then again, there were probably some folks who ran some underground music zines at the time, that were saying “this is bullshit”. Flash forward several decades and I bet they wish things were like they were back then…now. Photographer, Robert Landau, grew up on L.A’s Sunset Strip. These music billboards were what he saw everyday and they changed quite often, but the creativity in the designs seemed to have always remained the same. Armed with a camera at 16 years of age, he decided to take pictures of these billboards starting with the billboard for Abby Road. Those photos began to grow and grow til one day, while hosting his own gallery showing of various images, folks began raving about the billboard images in particular and voila!

The images are awesome and will immediately harken you back to a time when music was good and artist i.e. record labels, were way more creative than they are today.

If your interested in buying this “must have coffee table book” here is the LINK

Trailer for AUTOMATA starring Antonio Banderas just might save science fiction

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I really hope this film is as good as it looks. Directed by Gabe Ibanez and starring Antonio Banderas, Automata appears to be stepping out on territory that, up until now, had only been exquisitely touched by Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner. This trailer has all the makings of a really good science fiction story, if it doesn’t start taking itself too serious and begin confusing people, a pitfall films like Strange Days, Johnny Mnenomic fell into.

Synopsis:
The year is 2044. Earth is in political and ecological turmoil. An insurance agents of a robotics corporation routinely investigates the case of manipulating a robot. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.

I don’t hold Robo-apocaplypse films near to my heart, but I’m always down for something fresh, and Automata, could be just what the doctor ordered.

Meet the rest of your day. SID and NANCY mashed up with Growing Pains

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I love this shit! I especially love it when classic films are mashed up with 80’s sitcom themes. This is another brilliant example of pure eighties ingenuity! Editor Robert Jones has one up’d the Star Wars/Dallas mashup, with this amazingly edited Sid and Nancy film put to the music of Growing Pains. It’s quite hilarious, especially considering how depressing this film was. Enjoy!

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The Guardians of the Galaxy is what kids, thirty years from now, will be talking about

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First things first…who the fuck is James Gunn and where the hell has this director been all this time? Oh yeah, he’s been honing his craft like a true auteur, laying back and learning what’s most important “writing a good screenplay”.  In the early 2000’s James wrote films like Tromeo and Juliet, Scooby Doo, Scooby Doo: Monsters Unleashed and the 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead directed by Zack Snyder. Stop right there…Dawn of the Dead was awesome!

In 2006, he switched gears and started directing, his first project which was the 2006 horror film Slither. He also got together with his brothers Brian and Sean to create the web series James Gunn PG Porn. In 2010, he teamed up with actor Rainn Wilson for the movie  Super and this was it before he The Guardian’s of the Galaxy, before he seriously ROCKED OUR WORLDS!!

How long had he been campaigning for this job?! Every frame of this film oozes with his undying passion for the content, like he had been dreaming about this day since he was a child. Guardian’s is filled with tropes that reflect films he clearly loved growing up and  he cleverly squeezed them into almost every scene. You’ve no idea how hard it is trying to stifle my enthusiasm in the theater as director James Gunn pays homage to all the same films I enjoyed in the 80’s, but as if that wasn’t enough, he pairs that imagery with the sounds of the seventies. Bowie, J5, The Runaways and The Five Stairsteps are just some of the amazing tracks I heard while watching the most amazing “3D friendly” visual effects I’ve ever seen. The marriage between sight and sound has never looked better!

SYNOPSIS:

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” finds space adventurer Peter Quill the object of a bounty hunt after stealing an orb coveted by a treacherous villain, but when Quill discovers the power it holds, he must find a way to rally the quartet of ragtag rivals hot on his trail to save the universe.

As we all know, the 80’s was filled with films that were over the top, most of that over the topness came through in the acting, but that level of cheese, although “grates” on me now, looking back, still etched itself in my mind. Well this is were a bit of now-ness comes into play. The films star Chris Pratt who plays Quill, isn’t Jack Burton (Big Trouble in Little China) nor is he Buckaroo Banzai, but he eases into a part that he’s smart enough to know, has to be played with honesty. For the most part, the majority of Americans didn’t know who TGOTG were up until now. So here’s the chance for everyone to make the roles their own like Star Wars (minus the completely unknown cast) and if the cast and director James Gunn, intend to get the most mileage out of this new franchise, they all have to bring that level of honesty that’ll make kids, thirty years from now, go “I fucking loved that film” and thankfully… they’ve all done just that.

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Everything about this film is fresh and new (well that’s everything except the easter eggs), but those were respectfully done. You get a real sense, while watching, that you are in fact watching a group of misfits doing the best they can in seemingly insurmountable odds. It’s still a comic book film, but not in the Avengers/Spiderman/XMEN way. It’s fresh and undoubtedly material that studios wouldn’t have gone anywhere near ten years ago. My how time flies. TGOTG is living proof that even with a huge company like Walt Disney taking over MARVEL, there is still fresh property i.e ideas yet to be touched. The success of this film is a result of passion. Everything came together for this movie. The art direction, the brilliant cast, the director, the latest advances in vfx, the cinematography and above all…..DAH MONEY!!! This was marketing and PR done right! Again, no one except the fans, knew who TGOTG were and yet they broke 11 Million on opening weekend. There is something to be said about that kind of public relations.

(Via. THR)

Marvel Studios and Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy grossed a whopping $11.7 million on Monday, the best showing of the summer, save for Memorial Day. It’s also the best Monday gross for any Marvel title outside of The Avengers ($18.9 million).

Make no mistake, I will be seeing this film again “in the theaters”. It’s so worth the few dollars extra to to see it in 3D.  As I was saying to my wife ,while watching it, the nebulus backgrounds and colorful/visceral environments constantly popped and did what most 3D films don’t..it reminded me, all through the film, that I was watching 3D. Not like most where you forget why you paid the two dollars extra. Which in itself is more than enough reason to see this action packed, fresh and visually amazing film. I highly recommend The Guardians of the Galaxy and if you have kids bring them, this experience will hopefully stay with them forever!

An android Bonnie and Clyde story emerges in The Trail’s End

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I received an email containing a link to this unique film called The Trail’s End today. The story, written and directed by David Rosenbaum, puts two human-like androids in an 1930’s-1940’s setting and surrounds them in a Barton Fink-like scenario.  The Trails End kinda picks up where say…Blade Runner left off. The android character Clyde, played by John Scott Horton, lives a mundane life in a drab apartment, while next door a woman, Bonnie, played by Sara Fletcher, lives out her existence as an android prostitute.  It’s on one faithful night when the two finally meet, that Clyde develops a bond with Bonnie that winds up saving her life in the end.

Shot by Matt Egan, who brings, a serious Coen Brother’s gloss to the whole film, is clearly a master of lighting and composition. The art direction is super consistent and John Scott Horton work as Clyde, is beautiful as is Sara Fletcher’s work as Bonnie. The film is a fresh take on the android love story and worth a watch!

Official Synopsis:

On the final day of his life, an android has an unexpected encounter that alters the course of his existence. THE TRAIL’S END is a short film written and directed by David Rosenbaum that explores a re-telling of a classic; Bonnie and Clyde…or rather the prologue.   It highlights the moment that the two meet and how their journey together begins.  Sometimes the end, is just the beginning.

The Trail’s End *FULL FILM* from David Rosenbaum on Vimeo.

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