137 posts tagged Movie Trailers
Michael Almereyda’s modern-day interpretation of the twisty tale of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline takes a page from Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet and, perhaps inspired by the success of FX’s Sons of Anarchy (Kurt Sutter’s own take on Hamlet), sets the sordid tale in the territory of a biker gang headed by Ed Harris’s King Cymbeline. Cymbeline is one of the bard’s more underrated works, but it contains many of the themes we’ve grown familiar with: jealousy, betrayal, ambition and forbidden love. The film, which also stars Milla Jovovich as Cymbeline’s conniving Queen, along with Penn Badgley, Dakota Johnson, Ethan Hawke, Anton Yelchin, John Leguizamo and Bill Pullman, is not Almereyda’s first foray into adapting Shakespeare. He also did a modern-day interpretation of Hamlet in 2000, which starred Hawke, Julia Stiles and Bill Murray.
6-minute trailer for Isao Takahata’s upcoming film, The Tale of Princess Kaguya. The film is an adaptation of The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, a 10th-century folktale and the oldest surviving piece of Japanese literature. The film is slated for release in Japan on November 23, 2013.
Starring Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Dane DeHaan, Bruce Greenwood, Mireille Enos, Elias Koteas, Stephen Moyer and Amy Ryan, Devil’s Knot tells the story of the West Memphis Three, a nickname coined for the three individuals who were tried and convicted of the 1993 murder of three young boys in Arkansas. The film is based on a screenplay penned by horror film scribes Paul Harris Boardman and Scott Derrickson, which certainly explains the creepy vibe of the trailer. How close the script stays to the facts of the case could be dubious; after all, this is a Hollywood adaptation. West of Memphis, a documentary produced by The Lord of the Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson and directed by Amy J. Berg, is worth checking out for another look at the chilling events that captured the fascination of a nation.
THE RAID 2: BERANDAL
Gareth Evans’ The Raid: Redemption was one of my favorite films last year, so imagine my delight when I heard that there would be a sequel to the severely underrated Indonesian martial arts flick. Iko Uwais returns in the second installment and boy, does this follow-up promise some serious showdowns. This is only the teaser trailer for the film and I’ve already got goosebumps from all the excitement. The Raid 2: Berandal hits theaters in March 2014.
Darren Aronofsky’s film adaptation of perhaps one of the most farfetched biblical tales stars Russell Crowe as the titular conduit of God, alongside Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Logan Lerman and Emma Watson. We knew about the ark, the great flood and the incredible assembly of every species in the plant and animal kingdom in preparation for God’s wet and wild tantrum, but did we know about the flash war mob? Because I think I missed that passage in the Bible. But then again I was never a very good Christian.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Trailer [X]
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
One usually comes to expect the mother of all ensembles in every Wes Anderson film. In his newest offering, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson doesn’t disappoint with an impressive cast consisting of Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Jude Law, Edward Norton and Jeff Goldblum, to name just a few. The film follows Gustave H, a concierge at the eponymous hotel, and his adventures (or more aptly, misadventures) with his lobby boy, Zero (Tony Revolori). Promising the usual dry humor and outlandish shenanigans that are present in most of the Rushmore director’s films, The Grand Budapest Hotel opens its doors in March 2014.
Why anyone would even attempt to hijack a plane with Liam Neeson in it is beyond me. Even more puzzling is trying to colossally piss him off by framing him. Haven’t we learned by now that Liam Neeson has a very special set of skills designed to shut down any and all shenanigans? Neeson reunites with Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra in Non-Stop, where he plays a U.S. Marshal who gets ominous text messages from a blackmailer aboard an international flight. It’s clear Neeson is having the time of his life playing these badass action heroes. Non-Stop looks like your typical popcorn movie, borrowing from Wes Craven’s grossly underrated Red Eye. The film also stars Julianne Moore and Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery, and hits theaters in February 2014.
Shia LaBeouf plays a man pulled into the seedy underbelly of Romania when he falls for Evan Rachel Wood’s captivating chanteuse, who happens to be the wife of a megalomaniacal crime overlord (played by Hannibal's Mads Mikkelsen). The film also stars Harry Potter's Rupert Grint, who trades in the butterbeer for drug cocktails in this exciting debut flick from Fredrik Bond.
Dr. Frankenstein’s monster gets quite the fantasy facelift in this film adaptation of Kevin Grevioux’s graphic novel of the same name. The story follows Adam, Frankenstein’s abominable creature who just so happens to look totally ordinary in Aaron Eckhart’s skin, as he awakens after 200 years of slumber to a war that threatens humanity’s very existence. The film also stars Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto and Jai Courtney. At first glance, I’m getting plenty of Constantine vibes from the film and I can’t quite wrap my head around why Frankenstein’s monster looks…not so monstrous, but I’m intrigued enough to find out more. I, Frankenstein is out January 2014.