The Gushing Cinephile: August 5, 2013
Let’s pretend that you all noticed The Gushing Cinephile’s absence last week and just move on, shall we? It is the first Monday of August and we are exactly one month away from the start of the Toronto International Film Festival! In case you missed it, late last month TIFF unveiled the first two batches of films that will be playing at the festival. You can click on the TIFF button in the main menu at the top of this page to check out all the films released thus far. The Cinema Monster will be continuing to post every film announced henceforth and any other TIFF news up until the start of the festival. Then, I will be attending a bunch of screenings at the festival itself and post reviews, Q and A’s, and any news deemed significant daily. Or, you can follow The Cinema Monster on twitter (@cinema_monster) and Facebook for up to the minute news regarding TIFF.
That’s enough about TIFF, let’s get into The Gushing Cinephile and check out the most important movie news released in the past two weeks. Remember, you can check out past editions of The Gushing Cinephile by clicking the news button in the main menu at the top of this page.
X-Men: Days of Future Past: Viral Campaign:
First up, Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” started its viral marketing campaign earlier this week. Released was the first images of the Sentinel robots and an introductory video regarding Trask Industries. You can check out both below. It is the sequel to 2010′s smash-hit “X-Men: First Class” and is scheduled for release on May 23, 2014.
Next, we get our first, albeit rough synopsis for Academy Award winner Wally Pfister’s directorial debut “Transcendence” and a behind-the-scenes image. Pfister has collaborated with director Christopher Nolan on many occasions and won an Oscar for his cinematography in “Inception.” Check out the brief synopsis and the cool pic below featuring Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany.
“Will Caster, forefather of A.I., has his consciousness uploaded onto the internet. Once there, is it really Will who is interacting with humanity in order to make things better, or a darker sinister clone bent on the termination of the world as we know it?”
Now, below you’ll find a brand new clip from Lars Von Trier’s upcoming film “Nymphomaniac” staring Shia LaBeouf and a sexy picture as well.
Finally, we have a trio of new trailers. The first is a rather quick teaser that does nothing more than frustrate and add hype to the new season of “Sherlock.” Then we have the first trailer for David O. Russell’s follow up to “Silver Linings Playbook.” “American Hustle.” Last, but certainly not least is the first trailer for “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” staring Ben Stiller. This trailer really caught me off guard, it looks phenomenal.
Sherlock: Season 3 Teaser Trailer:
American Hustle Trailer:
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Trailer:
Well, that’ll do it for this week’s edition of The Gushing Cinephile. Be sure to let me know what you think about this week’s post and leave any comments or questions below. Have a great week!
Top 10 Films of 2012
We might be a bit late to this particular list’s party, but better now than never. This was a difficult list to compile, lots of great pictures to chose from. But myself (monster1711) and my bud (cinema2033) think we’ve created a diverse and respectable list. If you feel that we overlooked a certain film or have any suggestions for future top 10′s, please comment below. Without further anticipation, let’s get started.
10. Looper. Easily the best science fiction film of the year. Featuring terrific performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, Looper is a brain scrambler that will leave you stunned.
9. The Cabin in the Woods. Speaking of brain scramblers. The Cabin in the Woods is definitely the most bizarre film of the year. Mixing the hilarious and terrifying elements of horror and poking fun at them, it is sure to be a cult favourite.
8. Skyfall. Quite possibly the best Bond film to ever grace the big screen. Skyfall is witty, charming, and one hell of a ride. With towering performances from Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem, Skyfall is not to be missed.
7. Seven Psychopaths. Another entry into Martin McDonagh’s violent comedies. Seven Psychopaths is full of violence, hilarity, and outstanding performances from Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken.
6. Argo. Winner of the 2012 Oscar for best picture, need we say more? Directed and starring Ben Affleck, Argo is history come alive.
5. Silver Linings Playbook. Thought by many to be the best picture of 2012. Silver Linings Playbook is another solid outing from David O. Russell and features a return to form for Robert De Niro. Not to mention the emergence of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as real acting heavyweights.
4. On The Road. Possibly the most controversial film on the list, On The Road left audiences divided. Based on Jack Kerouac’s generation defining novel. On The Road features entrancing performances from Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, and especially the lovely Kristen Stewart.
3. Django Unchained. The second chapter in Tarantino’s yet to be finished history trilogy. Django Unchained landed Christoph Waltz another supporting actor Oscar. Also starring Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson, and a deliciously evil performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained is violently hilarious.
2. Zero Dark Thirty. Best picture nominee Zero Dark Thirty is brought to you by the creators of The Hurt Locker. There really isn’t anything else that needs to be said. Incredibly tense, monumental performances, and impeccably scripted. Zero Dark Thirty is an unstoppable force.
1. The Dark Knight Rises. The conclusion to the Dark Knight trilogy, directed by the brilliant Christopher Nolan. With Tom Hardy as Bane, The Dark Knight Rises has the best villain performance of the year. Including an unmatchable cast and an epic finale no one saw coming, The Dark Knight Rises might be the greatest comic book adapted film in the history of cinema.
Honourable Mentions. Lincoln, Sightseers, Prometheus, The Avengers, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, End of Watch.