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A few weeks ago we posted about all the crazy remakes in the pipeline right now from Hollywoodland that, at best, seem questionable.    Not to let ya think all we do around here is kvetch about things we just know will suck, here are some links to trailers that we hope don’t suck, and in some cases might be perfect antonyms to suck:

Where The Wild Things Are

Adapting a beloved children’s book for the big screen is, these days at least, a very dicey affair.  For more proof see The Cat In The Hat.   Once upon a time, Hollywood was actually good at this, even if they did make changes to the source material (see the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory with a brilliantly creepy Gene Wilder).

Having Spike Jones attached to this does ratchet up hope for a good flick considerably.  Then again, Tim Burton’s take on Roald Dahl’s Charlie  & the Chocolate Factory – though inspired – pales considerably to the original and is overall dissappointing.

Alice In Wonderland

Speaking of Burton, Mr. Dark n Scary (but not really) returns to his roots at Disney with another take on a children’s fave.  This time, though, unlike Willy Wonka, there is no real beloved film version of Lewis Carroll’s famous story.    Disney’s own take last time around, in 1951, has it’s moments but largely falls flat.  Burton’s take looks intriguing, even before one factors in Mrs. Burton Helena Bonham-Carter, hot actress of the moment Anne Hathaway, and resident whackado’s Johnn Depp, Alan Rickman and Crispin Glover.

The Fantastic Mr. Fox

Idiosyncratic Wes Anderson takes on perhaps the 20th century’s most beloved children’s writer Roald Dahl’s (author of many books beyond that chocolate factory one, and also author of one James Bond screenplay – You Only Live Twice – AND the screenplay of Bond author Ian Flemming’s own kids book turned silver screen gem, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) The Fantastic Mr. Fox is the most unexpected match of auteur and kids animation I can imagine this side of Jean-Luc Godard making a claymation version of Babar.   (and that may be the longest run-on sentence I’ve penned yet for TLOS!)

Either way this one has the potential to be the most interesting and surprising of the fair of animation coming up.

A Serious Man

Lest you think all we do here is watch cartoons and eat cookie dough right out of the container, here’s the trailer for the latest from the Coen Brothers.   After going nearly 3 years between full lengths with No Country For Old Men following up their lone dissappointment (the remake of the Alec Guinness vehicle The Ladykillers), the brothers are back on track for a movie a year with this one, described as (shockingly) a black black comedy.

I love the Coen brothers, and have since I discovered Raising Arizona back in the video store I worked in in the late 80s, but really, has any of their films NOT qualified as a “black comedy”?   Still looking forward to this one.

Also noteworthy to report:  it appears chinese director Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers, opening and closing ceremonies of last summer’s Beijing Olympics) will be directing a remake of the coen’s potent, spare debut, Blood Simple.

Wonder who will be expected to fill THAT GUY extraordinaire M. Emmet Walsh’s shoes.


It seems I’ve already posted the A Serious Man trailer earlier this summer….  and so while I posted about this (and a video from it) back in the spring, here is an official trailer of

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

No, The Dark Knight wasn’t Heath Ledger’s last film.   The latest epic from Terry Gilliam apparently was.    From Jabberwocky (made around the same time as Monty Python’s Holy Grail) through the film version of  Hunter Thompson’s Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, Gilliam was one of my favorite directors.      Then his attempt to make a film version of Don Quixote was beset with disaster after disaster and finally had the plug pulled (documented heartbreakingly in the documentary Lost In La Mancha).    Since then Gilliam has made mediocre fare (The Brothers Grimm) and then made what I can only term as a “fuck you” to film goers in general (Tideland).

I cannot recall before seeing a film from a director I loved so that appeared to be so loudly screaming “FUUUUCK YOU!!!!” to the viewer.   Filled top to bottom with vile and demented characters, Tideland centers on little girl Jeliza-Rose and how she copes with the tragedy of both her parents ODing (at different times) by going into a fantasty world.   But it’s view of humanity, despite Gilliams explanations that it’s ultimately hopefully about how children survive horror, is so dispicable and utterly without redemption, well, I’m not really sure what else to say about it.    I’ve only been able to sit through it once, and though I normally love watching Gilliam in particular over and over again, I don’t think I could sit through this again (and I have tried).

So, this will be interesting to view in light of all that’s come in the last 10 years or so of Gilliam’s career.   It received very mixed reviews at Cannes, but then even the best Gilliam films seem to receive mixed reviews.   Not everyone appreciates the man’s asthetic.     Anyhow, a new La Mancha project is back up and running for Gilliam (this time, according to IMDB, titled The Man Who Killed Don Quixote), so hopefully this film finds the man back in better spirits.  I, for one, am very hopeful.  I mean, it has Tom Waits for god’s sakes!  Tom Waits!


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Yeah, I know.    I wrote that I would do Part Dos at the end of last week (read part uno here).  But then I didn’t.   So sorry to leave you all hanging.  No!  Seriously!  I didn’t mean that to sound snarky, I swear.   Ok, enough of this nonsense – onto the flicks.


Yeah, this is the month that it all really goes to pot:  The new Harry Potter, the new Judd Apatow movie (Adam Sandler as a comic with terminal cancer, Seth Rogen as an up and coming comedian hired to be his personal assistant and friend… my spidey sense is tingling here and it ain’t tingling with good things),  a movie called G-Force that combines the unholy forces of Jerry Bruckheimer AND Disney into a combined live action-CGI film about a crack force of highly trained guinea pigs saving the human race, and if all that weren’t enough (ok, the harry potter is probably fine), a third fucking Ice Age.

Now, here’s what I’d wanna see.   Maybe.

Public Enemies stars Johnny Depp as John Dillinger, and includes Billy Crudup,  oscar winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose), dour a-hole Christian Bale and auteur Michael Mann (Miami Vice, Munhunter) going all hand held digital camera.  This could be great.  Or it could be, much like other overrated Depp fair Donnie Brasco and Blow, unsatisfying.

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Sascha is back.   And somehow, someway, he’s still able to find people who have no idea who he is or how he is playing them….


The write up makes me 50/50 on this one… and the trailer veers back and forth.   With Joseph Gordon-Leavitt (who was great in “Brick” – which I find some people really like and others really, er, don’t) and Zooey Deschanel, though, it seems a worthwhile gamble.


This french comedy/thriller looks very interesting.  Not sure why most of the trailers I found online only had greek subtitles… (had one in english, but she dissappeared).   Also, mildly not safe for work above, as there are boobies in a shot.


1974 – the Rumble In The Jungle.  Ali versus Joe Frazier.  (As a kid the only sport my old man really watched – really got into – was boxing, and.  I kinda miss that.  And so I have a soft spot for docs about Ali and boxing pre-Tyson).   But the promoters also envisioned a great concert bringing together american soul stars with african pop stars.  And this documentary covers that – The Spinners, BB King, Bill Withers, an amazingly mustachioed James Brown along with Miriam Makeba and Afrisa (among others).   Very psyched to see this.


Just seeing James Gandolfini and Steve Coogan listed in the cast made me wanna see this (although the trailer has very little Coogan), before I read some comparisons to a modern day Dr. Strangelove.   And then I watched the trailer and caught such choice dialog as “climb the mountain of conflict?  like some Nazi Julie Andrews??!?!?”


And the scary films just keep coming.   a live action GI Joe.  Bandslam – with Vanessa Hudgens and directed by the guy who did Camp, how can this not be High School Rock Band Musical?  Final Destination 3D!?!?!  3 fucking D!?!?!?!    & H2: ie Rob Zombie now remaking the second Halloween movie.  really?  why not Friday the 13th 3D, Rob?  dang.  thank god the following will give me at leastsome hope:

Lost in the hullabaloo over the first modern Hulk movie and the sketchy Lust/Caution, once upon a time Ang Lee made some great films.  The Ice Storm, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and some cowboy movie with Heath Ledger that I admit I have not gotten around to seeing (I have an open invitation to my old man – an old school John Wayne fan and as you know, a boxing fan – to watch this modern shit kicker with me.  as of yet he has not taken me up on the offer.)

Add weirdo comedian Demetri Martin to the cast and this movie about the people who organized the original woodstock seems like it could be far more interesting than simply another piece of nostalgia to remind the baby boomers how much more awesome their youth was than anyone else’s.


Peter Jackson presents (not directs) this sci-fi allegory on institutionalized racism & internment camps.  Some web press I’ve seen calls this a possible big sleeper hit.


Not sure why it’s seemingly impossible to find a trailer to this documentary that already aired at sundance (video above is from the Q&A that immediately followed the premiere), but this is apparently Davis Guggenheim’s (An Inconvenient Truth) documentary about rock guitar.  Supposedly with The Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White pontificatiing through out.   (I’m always a sucked for a music doc – whether or not I like the musicians involved)


Descriptors like faux-documentary style and post modern love story make me wanna hurl in my rice crispies and then mail the bowl to Diablo Cody.  As does the appearance of Michael Cera yet again.   However, this was apparently a sensation at Sundance this year.  Not that that really means anything.   At least it’s not about a crack commando force of guinea pigs…


Philip Seymore Hoffman, Bill Nighy, and Nick Frost (Simon Pegg’s partner in crime in Spaced, Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz) are plusses.   The writer behind 4 Weddings and a Funeral (which I liked, cheesey as it was), Notting Hill and Love Actually makes it a possible minus.


Tarantino’s first foray into the summer blockbuster season.   Dude has his detractors, but overall I dig him.  Yeah, his work tends to be more an original pastiche of his dizzying array of influences (often seemingly presented in a way to remind us how clever he is), but damn if he doesn’t do a good job of it most of the time.

Bonus to have Tarantino accolyte and supposed torture porn king Eli Roth taking a turn in front of the camera (while not a big fan of the whole idea of torture porn, the one roth film I’ve seen – Hostel – was admittedly a beautifully shot, well written, solid flick that more than knew it’s film history and how to fuck with it’s audience).


So there you have it.  Our summer film preview.  Not all the films.  Just the ones I wanna see.  Have to wait til October for the latest Coen Brothers epic (A Serious Man which seems to be destined for an October release right now).

Let’s meet back here in september and compare notes.  hopefully I will have seen at least two of these by then. (ok ok, get me a lotta drugs – or even just some – and I could be convinced to see the damned guinea pig movie cuz it’s sounds so damned ridiculous – Nick Cage, Will Arnet, Tracy Morgan and Steve fucking Buscemi)

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