The Gushing Cinephile: September 30, 2013
Now that TIFF has come and gone and my reviews are all wrapped up. Things should be getting back to normal here at The Cinema Monster…starting with The Gushing Cinephile. Speaking of, welcome to the segment’s latest edition! Oh, and just so we are all clear, by “wrapped up” I mean I’ve finished scribing them, not posting. You can expect my final three reviews this week. Now, without any further ado, let’s get started!
“Mad Men” Final Season Split
Much like the highly successful AMC series “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men’s” final season will be split into two halves. The first 7 episodes of the seventh and final season of the award-winning series is set for release early in 2014, while the second part, also featuring 7 episodes will be airing early in 2015. Personally, I don’t mind having to wait an extra year. I am madly in love with “Mad Men” and quite content that the show will be running longer than anticipated. Having to wait in agonizing anticipation for the conclusion is a small price to pay.
First Images From “The Imitation Game”
Below you’ll find the first official images from the set of Morten Tyldum’s World War 2 biopic “The Imitation Game” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightly, and Mark Strong. The film surrounds mathematician and logician Alan Turing as he assists in cracking the enigma code during world war 2. The film is slated for release sometime in 2014.
First Image of “Fury”
Starring Brad Pitt and Shia LeBeouf, David Ayer’s “Fury” is another world war 2 flick about a group of Americans who embark on a dangerous mission. Check out the image below. The film is set for release on November 14, 2014.
Neill Marshall Planning “Troll Hunter” Remake
It looks as if cult-hit “Troll Hunter” will be getting a makeover at the hands of Neil Marshall. The director of “The Descent” is reportedly attached to write and direct the remake with an early 2014 shoot date targeted.
Hugh Jackman Joins “Chappie”
Neill Blomkamp’s follow up to “Elysium” added Hugh Jackman this past week. “Chappie” already locked up the amazing Sharlto Copley earlier and is set for release in 2015. The film is a mix of science fiction and comedy dubbed robo-com.
“Under the Skin” Trailer
Soon after the release of a brief teaser, Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin” let loose a full-length trailer. The film stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien sent to Earth to abduct weary hitchhikers. The film just recently finished its film festival swing and I was fortunate enough to catch it at this year’s TIFF. I will be posting my review tomorrow so be on the look out for that.
“Little Favour” Teaser
This brief little teaser of Patrick Viktor Monroe’s short “Little Favour” starring Benedict Cumberbatch packs quite the wallop. The film is about a man who is contacted by a former colleague to assist in a deal gone wrong.
“12 Years a Slave” Clip
The first official clip of Steve McQueen’s slavery epic “12 Years a Slave” was officially released recently. The film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Michael Fassbender. You can check out my review of the film from TIFF 2013 by clicking here.
New “Nymphomaniac” Clip
Lars Von Trier’s long-awaited, sex addiction epic “Nymphomaniac” released another short clip this past week. The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shia LeBeouf, and Stellan Skarsgard. The film itself does not have a domestic release date as of yet.
Bryce Dallas Howard Headed to a “Jurassic World”
Not long after confirming an official title and release date, it appears as if the fourth instalment into the successful dinosaur series has found its leading lady. The immensely talented and easy on the eyes Bryce Dallas Howard is set to take on the long-extinct species in 2015. As of now, there are no further details into her character, but I’ll keep you posted.
“The World’s End” and “Europa Report” Headed to Blu-ray
The final instalment into the “Cornetto” trilogy, “The World’s End” is hitting home video on November 19, 2013. Check out the specs and artwork via the Daily Dead. Check out our review by clicking here.
Indie sci-fi thriller “Europa Report” will be blowing up your TV screens when it comes to Blu-Ray on October 8, 2013. This is one of my favourites of the year. Be sure to check out our review here.
That’ll do it for this week’s edition of The Gushing Cinephile, hope you all enjoyed it! Have a great week!
The Gushing Cinephile: September 16, 2013
Well, it’s been quite a while since I’ve done The Gushing Cinephile, let’s see if I remember how to do it. Usually I’d start off with a meaningless introduction, but I think I might just skip that this week and jump right in. I’ve got a lot of news to get you all caught up on so its probably best if we get to it! Oh, and I know I might be a little late divulging this information, but give me a break…I’ve been busy.
Matt Damon added to “Interstellar”
As if Christopher Nolan’s hotly anticipated next project “Interstellar” didn’t have enough high-profile talent. The sci-fi epic added Matt Damon in a limited role. The film already stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine, and John Lithgow. Set for release on November 7, 2014, the film will follow a group of explores who make use of a recently found wormhole to travel vast distances across space.
James Spader is Ultron
When news broke at Comic-Con that the title of Joss Whedon’s sequel to the overwhelmingly successful blockbuster “The Avengers” would be The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Speculation was never in short supply as to who would voice the menacing robot. Well, we finally have our answer. James Spader will be dismantling the Avengers on May 1, 2015.
Tom Hiddleston Replaces Benedict Cumberbatch in “Crimson Peak”
Tom Hiddleston will be stepping in for fellow Brit Benedict Cumberbatch in Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming gothic horror “Crimson Peak.” The film already stars Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, and Charlie Hunnam. The film is set to begin shooting February 2014 in Toronto for a 2015 release date.
Cumberbatch Joins “The Lost City of Z”
Is there a hotter commodity than Benedict Cumberbatch as of the moment? According to Brad Pitt, there isn’t. Cumberbatch is set to star as Percy Fawcett, an explorer trekking through the Amazon Jungle during 1925 who claims to have discovered a lost, mythical city. The film is spearheaded by Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B and is yet to set a release date.
Michael Shannon in “99 Homes”
Shannon has officially signed on to star opposite Andrew Garfield in the upcoming drama, “99 Homes.” The film centres around a young man who is in severe debt and has his home foreclosed. In order to get his life back, he takes a job with the real estate broker who took away his home in the first place. The film does not have a release date.
What was arguably the sleeper hit of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival for me personally. Ti West’s “The Sacrament” officially has a poster, check it out below. I’ll have my review for the film up as soon as I can.
Check out the first trailer for the cannibal horror “We Are What We Are.”
“The Last Days On Mars” might appear a bit generic through this first trailer, but still looks like so much fun.
Another sleeper hit of TIFF 2013 was “Under the Skin” starring Scarlett Johansson. Check out a brief teaser below. I will be posting my review as soon as possible.
Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor” has released a couple of new, incredible clips. Check them out below.
In some positive news regarding “Snowpiercer,” Joon Ho-Bong edited the American release. It still sucks that the film will be edited at all for North American viewers, but it’s not as bad as it could have been.
Derek Cianfrance, director of “Blue Valentine” and “The Place Beyond the Pines” is set to direct the film adaptation of “The Light Between Oceans.” The film is based around a man who takes his young wife to live on a secluded island as a lighthouse keeper. After several miscarriages and a still-birth, the woman hears a baby’s cries on the wind. Soon, they find a shipwreck with a living baby inside.
Ben Wheatley will direct the adaptation of “High Rise.” A story about the denizens of a luxury high-tech tower who descend willingly into a murderous melee of chaos and destruction.
NEW J.K ROWLING SERIES
J.K Rowling and Warner Bros announced that they will adapt the author’s Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” into a full length feature about the book’s scribe Newt Scamander.
“Pacific Rim” will be hitting home video on October 15, 2013.
“The Conjuring” will be getting its home release on October 22, 2013.
JURASSIC PARK 4 GETS A RELEASE DATE AND TITLE
Jurassic Park 4 gets an official title and release date. Set for release now on June 12, 2013, the newly titled “Jurassic World” is no longer hopelessly delayed!
That’ll do it for this week’s edition of The Gushing Cinephile. Hope you all enjoyed it!
My TIFF 2013 Schedule
Okay, okay, you got me, the title of this post is a tad misleading. Considering the likelihood of additional screenings being added to my festival schedule, this is merely the first wave. Now, for those who don’t know, TIFF tickets officially went on sale yesterday at 9:00am ET.
I was up bright and early, various internet accessible devices at my dispose, and a gentle, tingling excitement pulsating from my body. Then, not too long after the initial start time, I began to realize that certain films I had intended on attending were temporarily off-sale. However, one thing you come to realize about the festival upon attending numerous times, is to not get too discouraged when a couple of your preferred screenings go off-sale early on. The reason being, there are several, alternative ways to obtain tickets after the start-date. Each day during the festivities at around 7am, additional tickets typically go on sale. If you strike out again, you can always join the rush line which forms just before the screening you’re hoping to be apart of. Essentially, you line up, then roughly 10 minutes before the film’s start time, the empty seats are counted up and sold to those who are waiting in line…so don’t get too down.
I am not going to lie, it was a bit of a let down. I would loved to have gotten all my tickets from the beginning. Then, I would have nothing to worry about other than getting to the screenings and enjoying the films. Oh well, it’s all apart of the experience and to be completely honest, a lot of fun.
Alright, that’s enough of a summarization, let’s get into my initial schedule. Below you will find screenings in which I have tickets bought and ready to go. Click on the title of the film for all you need to know. For those wondering, Premium Screenings contain a red carpet, celebrity appearances, an intro by the filmmakers, and usually a Q and A. Midnight Madness takes place everyday during the festival at midnight, it is always horror films or thrillers.
Saturday September 7, 2013:
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (premium screening), Roy Thomson Hall: 6:00pm.
Dallas Buyers Club (premium screening), Princess of Wales: 10:00pm.
The Green Inferno (midnight madness), Ryerson: 11:59pm.
Sunday September 8, 2013:
Gravity (premium screening), Princess of Wales: 6:30pm.
Monday September 9, 2013:
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her, Visa Screening Room: 2:00pm.
Tuesday September 10, 2013:
Joe, Princess of Wales: 3:00pm.
Don Jon (premium screening), Princess of Wales: 6:30pm.
Friday September 13, 2013:
The Sacrament, Scotiabank: 6:45pm.
Next up, I will lay out what films I will be doing everything in my power to obtain tickets to. Odds are, I’ll be attending these screenings, I just don’t have the tickets as of yet.
Thursday September 5, 2013.
The Fifth Estate (premium screening), Visa Screening Room: 6:30pm.
Friday September 6, 2013.
12 Years a Slave (premium screening), Princess of Wales: 6:00pm.
Monday September 9, 2013.
Philomena, Visa Screening Room: 11:00am.
August: Osage County (premium screening), Roy Thomson Hall: 6:30pm.
Wednesday September 11, 2013:
Tracks, TIFF Bell Lightbox: 2:45pm
Okay all, this is my TIFF 2013 schedule thus far. I will be posting pics and videos from the events before, during, and after the screenings, so be sure to follow me on twitter (cinema_monster). In addition, I will be posting reviews for each film I see as fast as I can write them up. I’ll let you all know whenever I add screenings and try to keep you updated everyday. Let’s have a great week and a great festival!
The Gushing Cinephile: July 15, 2013
I hope everyone had a great weekend, enjoying the heat, I know I did. But now, it’s time to get back to business here at The Cinema Monster and to start off the new week as we always do, here is the newest edition of The Gushing Cinephile.
First up, a slew of high-profile films released their Blu-ray/DVD release dates. If you turn your attention to the header image, you’ll see that J.J Abrams “Star Trek Into Darkness” is the first film on our list. Scheduled for home release on September 10, 2013. Below you will find the specifics courtesy of IGN.
- Feature film in high definition
- Creating the Red Planet: Experience the creation of a never-before-seen alien world, as featured in the action-packed opening sequence of the film.
- Attack on Starfleet: Go behind the scenes with the cast and filmmakers and witness the creation of the shocking attack on Starfleet Headquarters.
- The Klingon Home World: Discover the stunning world of Kronos, and see how the filmmakers reinvented the Klingons for a new generation.
- The Enemy of My Enemy: Find out how, and why, the identity of the film’s true villain was kept a mystery to the very end.
- Ship to Ship: An in-depth and thrilling look at the filming of the iconic space jump sequence, which both defied the laws of physics and pushed the limits of visual effects.
- Brawl by the Bay: Sit in with Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch as they revisit their intense preparation for the film’s breathtaking climax.
- Continuing the Mission: An inspiring look at the partnership between the film’s crew and the organization that assists returning veterans to find meaningful ways to contribute on the home front.
Next, perhaps the most underrated film of 2013 to date, in my eyes anyway, “The East” will hit Blu-ray and DVD on September 17, 2013.
Finally, the utterly polarizing “The Great Gatsby” will hit home video on August 27. 2013. You will find the specific below.
· The Greatness of Gatsby
· “Within and Without” With Tobey Maguire
· The Swinging Sounds of Gatsby
· The Jazz Age
· Razzle Dazzle: The Fashion of the ’20s
· Fitzgerald’s Visual Poetry
· Gatsby Revealed
· Deleted Scenes
I don’t know about you, but I’ll be picking up all three.
Next we have some terrific news. Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig officially confirmed this past week that they will be returning for “Bond 24″ which is set for theatrical release in North America on November 6, 2015. What are your thoughts on this dynamic duo returning?
Up next, a rather quick look at Wally Pfister’s directorial debut “Transcendence.” For those who don’t know who Mr. Pfister is, he was Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer for a majority of his films. The Film stars Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Cillian Murphy, and Kate Mara, set for release on April 18, 2014.
FInally, a couple high-profile, up-coming releases released their first trailers this past week, “Out of the Furnace” and “Oldboy.” Instead of rambling on about each flick, i’ll let you all just check out the trailers. Be sure to let me know what you think!
“Out of the Furnace”
Okay guys, that’ll do it for this week’s edition of The Gushing Cinephile. Make sure to comment your thoughts down below, look forward to hearing from you. Also, if you’re looking for up to the minute film news, just check out The Cinema Monster’s twitter feed or follow @cinema_monster. Everyone have a great week!
The Gushing Cinephile: June 24, 2013
Hello all and welcome to another week of The Gushing Cinephile. I’ve got a bunch of awesome news to share so let us jump right in, shall we?
First and foremost, the news that I feel to be the most important of the past week. Steve McQueen’s “Twelve Years a Slave” released a plethora of new images which you’ll find below, well a few anyway. In addition, the first trailer for this highly-anticipated Oscar contender is rumoured to be premiering on July 4th, so keep an eye out for that. For those who don’t know about McQueen or his new film, I’ll supply a breakdown. Steve McQueen has directed two full-length features to this point, “Hunger” and “Shame.” Michael Fassbender has stared in both of these flicks. These two films have been met with critical acclaim and McQueen is being hailed as one of the to filmmakers to look out for in the future and for McQueen, the future is now.
Essentially, “Twelve Years a Slave” is about a free black man who is abducted and sold into slavery before the civil war. McQueen’s latest project, which also stars Fassbender and an abundance of high profile talent such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, just to name a few. While Pitt’s role is somewhat limited, his action behind the scenes really secured this films fate. As the main producer, Pitt was insistent that this film be made, which should speak a lot to the charisma and talent of McQueen and company. Not only does this film have the all-star cast both on and behind the camera. “Twelve Years a Slave” is scored by none other than the supremely gifted Hans Zimmer. I don’t know what else to say, look out for this flick cause it is going to take the world by storm, a seemingly major Oscar contender. Check out the images below.
Let’s keep this train chugging. Next up, the radiant and mesmerizing Sarah Gadon has been added to the cast of “The Amazing Spider Man 2.” I couldn’t resist putting this news up, as a fellow Canadian, I am so proud. Gadon has starred in such films as “A Dangerous Method” and “Cosmopolis, she is insanely talented. Also, how many beautiful women does this film need? Emma Stone, Felicity Jones, and now Sarah Gadon. “The Amazing Spider Man 2″ has officially secured my ticket.
All right, next, Wally Pfister, the cinematographer for the majority of Christopher Nolan’s films, directorial debut “Transcendence” is set for release in 2014 and its scribe Jack Paglen is already moving on to bigger and better things. He is set to write the hotly-anticipated sequel to “Prometheus” and I think it is safe to say that Michael Fassbender is equally as excited as I am.
Finally, it seems I can never have a week of The Gushing Cinephile without some Christopher Nolan news and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Casey Affleck recently joined Mr. Nolan’s next blockbuster entitled “Interstellar.” Affleck is set to co-star alongside Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, and Matthew McConaughey. I am so excited for this flick I think I’m going to scream!
Oh, I almost forgot. “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” has been pushed back again, but seriously, what else is new? It seems like this film will never be made. In all honesty, after so many setbacks, does anybody really care about this sequel anymore? I was skeptical of a follow up to 2005s hit “Sin City” from the get-go so this is really destroying any hope I have for this film. Plus, Clive Owen isn’t returning, what’s up with that? Anyway. there is a picture below of his replacement Josh Brolin.
The Gushing Cinephile: June 17, 2013
Hello all and welcome to another week of The Gushing Cinephile! This past week was a big one in the cinematic community as the highly anticipated (a huge understatement) reboot of the Superman franchise was finally released. “Man of Steel” was met with generally mixed to positive reviews from critics but the box office numbers and die-hard fans everywhere beg to differ. “Man of Steel” had the biggest June opening in film history and had one of the highest grossing weekend’s for a film that isn’t a sequel. Looks like fanboys and cinephiles everywhere have spoken, “Man of Steel” is officially a smash hit. I loved the film and look forward to the day when its sequel is released.
Speaking of a “Man of Steel” sequel. Apparently the follow up to Zack Snyder’s 2013 hit is already in the works and has been fast-tracked. David S. Goyer, the first film’s scribe, and the aforementioned Zack Snyder have already been contracted for the sequel which could release as early as 2014. Now, my question to all of you is…how do you feel about the sequel being fast-tracked? Granted, I had a feeling this news was inevitable, but it is still a bit alarming. After taking so long to re-imagine the series and create “Man of Steel,” to rush the sequel seems idiotic. Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy wasn’t rushed and look how well that turned out. If they can pull off a sequel that is as vivid, riveting, and heartfelt as its predecessor in limited time, all the power to them. However, I’d rather them take their time and get it right, what do you think? What did you think of “Man of Steel?” Let me know in the comment section below. I’ll be posting my review for “Man of Steel” hopefully Wednesday or Thursday.
Next up, the brand new, first poster from “Insidious: Chapter 2.” Upon seeing how brilliantly terrifying the trailer looked and how eerie and haunting this poster is, my anticipation for the film has skyrocketed. Check out the poster below.
Finally, a slew of new trailers were released this past week and the few below really caught my attention.
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” released its first trailer and the sequel looks even better than the first.
Next up we have the second trailer for “Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.” I know many of you have no idea as to what or who Alan Partridge is, but check out the trailer anyway. If it catches your attention, check out my review for the television series staring Steve Coogan. It is insanely hilarious, take my word for it.
This is a big one, the first trailer for Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, and a plethora of high-profile names.
Last, but certainly not least is the first trailer for “Snowpiecer.” Directed by Joon-ho Bong (The Host, Mother, and Memories of Murder), “Snowpiecer” stars Chris Evans (Avengers) and Kang-ho Song (The Host, Thirst). I am really looking forward to this one, check out the trailer below and let me know what you think.
That’ll do it for this edition of The Gushing Cinephile. Be sure to comment all thoughts below and everyone have a great week!
The Gushing Cinephile: June 10, 2013
Another week of The Gushing Cinephile and I am starting to really enjoy this segment. Have I got a few little tidbits of exciting news for you!
Let’s start off with what I feel to be the most important development of the week. Apparently, acclaimed filmmaker Takashi Miike, director of cult favourites such as “Ichi the Killer,” “Audition,” and “13 Assassins” is set to make his hollywood debut. After directing in excess of 50 Japanese films, Miike’s first english-language film will be entitled “The Outsider” and will star none other than the illustrious Tom Hardy. The film is supposedly set in post-World-War II Japan and follows a former american soldier who has now become involved with the Yakuza. Other than this information, very is little known about the upcoming film. Production is scheduled to begin early in 2014.
Moving on, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” director Bryan Singer tweeted this epic photo of Michael Fassbender as Magneto from the set of the film.
Up next, we have two new images from ”The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” Before I get into that, be sure to keep your eyes peeled on Tuesday as the first trailer from the film is supposedly going to drop.
First is a look at Evangeline Lilly as elf-warriror Tauriel.
Second, a poster for the film released a couple of days ago.
Now, onto more upsetting news, well, at least for me anyway. As you know, I am an avid fan of the television show “Shameless” and if you follow the show like me, you know that Justin Chatwin’s character Steve/Jimmy’s fate was left open-ended after last season’s finale. It recently broke that Chatwin would not be returning to the show, seemingly ending his relationship with Fiona, played by the radiant Emmy Rossum. Hopefully, somewhere down the line, Steve/Jimmy can return.
FInally, a couple of new trailers were released this past week. The first is for James Wan’s highly anticipated “Insidious: Chapter 2″ and the second is the new trailer for “Filth” starring James McAvoy.
Insidious: Chapter 2.
Okay guys, that’ll do it for The Gushing Cinephile this week. Remember that Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack for “Man of Steel” drops Tuesday. Also, let me know what you guys think about this week’s edition. Any bit of news you’re particularly looking forward to? Let me know! Everyone have a great week!
The Gushing Cinephile: June 3, 2013
Here we are yet again, another week of The Gushing Cinephile. I would like to clarify exactly what this segment consists of, other than my sheer excitement for cinema, obviously. I know that many of you are very busy from day to day and might miss something significant. So, with this weekly post, I compile what I feel to be relevant to the cinematic community and display it for all to see, well, whoever chooses to read it. I know that this week has been relatively slow for the film industry, as I assume other weeks will also be, but I will also do my best. So, let’s just get started.
We are now mere days away from the release of one of the most anticipated films in recent memory, Man of Steel. There is this slowly building, ascending excitement or anxiousness in my gut that gets stronger with each passing moment we get closer and closer to its release. My pre-purchased tickets are starting to burn a hole in my pocket! Well, at least the soundtrack, composed by Hans Zimmer, is set for release in a week. I am eagerly looking forward to that. Here is something to tide us over another 10 days or so. It is possibly the greatest thing I have ever seen.
Speaking of Hans Zimmer. He has officially signed on to score Christopher Nolan’s upcoming picture “Interstellar.” Having previously worked together on countless films and combining to create revolutionary and addictive cinematic combinations, I am eagerly looking forward to this collaboration as well.
Speaking of Christopher Nolan, the rumours have died down regarding his possibly direction of Bond 24. It seemed earlier in the week that big name directors such as Ang Lee (Life of Pi) and Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive), amongst others, were being contacted about signing on to helm the next James Bond picture. However, now it seems that Sam Mendes is returning after his successful go-around “SkyFall.” Who would you like to see direct the new Bond film? Regardless, at least we can take solace in the fact that Skyfall scribe John Logan is returning and has already started working on the new script.
Sticking with Christopher Nolan a bit, check out this video inside Heath Ledger’s Joker diary, found recently. It is a really haunting, eerie look into the immense investment Ledger put into the character.
In other news, Dan Harmon is finally making his return to Community. This is a huge turn around for the show considering it was losing momentum and one its lead characters in Chevy Chase. Now, it seems more likely it will make its quota of “6 seasons and a movie.”
Finally, we may not know much about Lars Von Trier’s upcoming picture “Nymphomaniac,” but we do know the title of its chapters which were released earlier this past week. Check them out below.
Chapter 1: The Complete Angler, Chapter Two: Jerome, Chapter 3: Mrs. H, Chapter 4: Delirium, Chapter 5: The Little Organ School, Chapter 6: The Eastern & Western Church (The Silent Duck), Chapter 7: The Mirror, Chapter 8: The Gun.
That concludes The Gushing Cinephile for this week. Please comment below on the content because I am, oh, so lonely…haha…kidding…have a great week!
The Gushing Cinephile: May 27, 2013
Well now, it’s been quite a week. I recently surpassed 100 posts and it really caught me off guard actually. I started this blog to better myself as an aspiring writer and it turned into something else entirely. I’ve kept up the pace of one post a day which has been fairly easy since all I do in my spare time is watch movies and write about them. This blog has been one of the best things that’s happened to me and I can’t wait to see where it’ll lead me. By far the most rewarding aspect of my film website is getting to meet each and every single one of you. I love conversing, at times arguing with you guys and having the chance to read up on others opinions of cinema. I can assure you that I am in this for the long haul and I hope it just continues to grow. The truth is, every time I see a new comment, like, or follower, I beam with joy. I adore meeting fellow cinephiles and I hope those I know and for the ones still to come, the best of luck.
Okay, now that the mushy bit is through, let’s get into some movie news shall we?
First and foremost, the thing that has been weighing the heaviest on me is the abundance of negativity streaming from Cannes over Only God Forgives. I literally cannot believe it, or maybe I just refuse to. Apparently the film was booed and received numerous criticisms over its violent, vulgar, and highly vivid imagery. Not to mention that the most disconcerting aspect of the film was Ryan Gosling’s short and sparse dialogue. Personally, I don’t have a problem with these traits and I absolutely adore Gosling and Refn. Nonetheless, it is rather unnerving to hear such terrible things over such a highly anticipated film. If you want to hear more read the articles and reviews for yourselves and let me know what you think.
I think we should lighten the mood, things are getting a bit melancholic over here. Next up, we have a couple of images from two highly anticipated returns, one from television, the other from the big screen. First up, a rather seductive look at Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique from the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past. I don’t know about you but, this pic is enough evidence for me to check out the sequel to 2011′s successful prequel First Class.
Following that up will be difficult, but I think I’ve got something just as riveting. The first image from on the set of Sherlock season 3. While it may not be as serious and complex as the show itself, it does show the immensely serious Benedict Cumberbatch lightening up a bit.
Finally, a slew of trailers made their mark this week and a few of them really grabbed my attention. First is the hotly anticipated directorial debut for Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Don Jon. JGL will also be starring in the picture alongside the radiant Scarlett Johansson. Check out the trailer below.
Next up, a very obscure and dim look at Ben Wheatley’s follow up to Sightseers, A Field in England. I don’t really know what to make of this trailer yet, all I know is that I’m excited to see the film.
Lastly, the first trailer for Ain’t Them Bodies Saints starring Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, and the hugely underrated Ben Foster. Garnering positive reviews out of Cannes, David Lowery looks to have created an award season contender.
This concludes The Gushing Cinephile and I hope you all have a great week!
The Gushing Cinephile: May 20, 2013
Well now, I hope you all had a terrific weekend and for those in Canada, like me, enjoy the extra day off. It is time for the second edition of The Gushing Cinephile and I think I’ve compiled a few treats that all of you should really enjoy. Let’s jump right in!
First up, a few new trailers released this past week. The first is for James Franco’s As I Lay Dying. I had no knowledge of this films existence until I saw the trailer. This Franco directed adaptation of William Faulkner’s timeless novel has got my attention to say the least. I’m not really sure what to expect, but I’m looking forward to seeing how Franco and company handle this delicate piece of literature.
Second, the red-band trailer for V/H/S 2. The teaser trailer had me shaking and cringing, but this new look at the follow up to V/H/S has me hiding under the sheets. It is fair to say that I am eagerly awaiting its release.
Lastly, the official trailer for Europa Report. I am really into science-fiction films that have to do directly with space, physics, and reality. It may not entirely deal within these facets, but the trailer looks fantastic, can’t wait to see it.
Next up, there was a couple of finales this week and they really got to me. Saturday Night Live said goodbye to long time “Weekend Update” host Seth Myers and more than likely Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and Jason Sudeikis. They aren’t leaving at the best time I’d say. The show, without doubt, had a tough year compared to its previous seasons. Now, with the departures of four, popular regulars, SNL really has its work cut out for it. It’ll be interesting to see who they bring in to replace the four comedic geniuses and how they plan on upping their game next season. What do you guys think will happen with SNL?
Sadly, we had to say goodbye to The Office this past week. However, it was a bittersweet moment as there were a few surprises and laughs to accompany the occasional tears. What did you think of The Office’s final sendoff?
In more, positive news, Christopher Nolan is reportedly in talk to direct Bond 24 and I am perfectly fine with that. While the odds of it actually happening are slim right now, there is no problem with dreaming is there?
We’ve got some new pictures from a couple of highly anticipated releases. The first pic is from Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac.
Finally, the first official picture from Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups set for release later in 2013.
Lastly guys, I found this terrific article on Terrence Malick this past week. If you are a fan of him and his work, you should definitely check this one out, it is an outstanding read. I’ll post the link below. Also, don’t forget to check out this past week’s top 19 which featured films that are the most difficult to watch. Have a great week!