FILM: Alfonso Cuarón’s “Gravity”

I have an intense amount of love for Alfonso Cuarón’s film, “Children of Men“.  The single-shot opening scene alone is so intense, so fully realized, so seemingly real, that it’s hard not to get emotionally involved with the rest of the story. And trust me, you will.  It’s a powerhouse of a film.

Since “Children of Men” (a 2006 film), I’ve been waiting patiently for his next feature film, “Gravity”, and yesterday the first teaser trailer for it dropped. It sure looks like more of the same from him.  Near-futuristic, emotional “what  if?”  themes, over-layed on top of beautifully shot visuals.  I got chills from it. And those last couple of seconds… (gulp!)

Here’s the trailer. And yeah, it’s now officially on my short list…

Film: Skyfall

Meant to write about this when the trailer dropped last week but MAN… having been brought up on James Bond in the Roger Moore era? Boy I am super psyched for the kids today to have a James Bond that is a total bad ass!

I’ve loved Daniel Craig in the role since day one. It was inspired casting that I know initially, had A LOT of folks were concerned. But it was all totally unfounded! He’s been perfect for the role since “Casino Royale”. Not sure how long his contract is, but I hope it’s a long one!

The cuff link adjustment at the end of the recent trailer (below), is spot on perfect! Add Sam Mendes directing it all and I honestly can’t wait for Skyfall!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kw1UVovByw]

 

Film: Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master”

One of my all time top five favorite films is Paul Thomas Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood”. There isn’t one single frame that I can find fault with in that film. The acting, the stunning wide shots, the cinematography, Jonny Greenwood’s soundtrack… from the opening shot, to the closing seconds, it is simply perfect! I’ve loved his other films too (Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk Love and Magnolia all come imediately to mind), but TWBB takes first place in my head. No contest.

So after that movie came out in 2007 I naturally clamored for his next and finally,finally, there are some signs of life that it even exists in 2012 beyond set reports and rumors. At this year’s Cannes film festival the Weinsteins unveiled some sneak peaks of films they were unloading on all of us this year. Anderson’s next, “The Master”, was one of them (along with a first look at Tarantino’s much anticipated “Django Unchained”). Here’s that teaser:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WTM8eO1Oec]

Now, I don’t know about you, but this is how a trailer should be made. Simple, perfectly paced, beautiful photography, no distracting music, simple on screen fonts… giving you just a nibble, but not the entire entree. You are simply intrigued after you watch it.

This week they released another teaser and I just figured I’d post them both here since, after a couple viewings, they continue to amaze, and I wanted to share. Pheonix looks absolutely amazing, along with Hoffman, who I think has been in every single one of Anderson’s films. And for good reason too, he’s one of the best actors alive today in my humble opinion.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5U8eyMFCpJw]

So there you go, in a world of explosions and nudity in cinema, we finally have a large studio-backed, slow burn of a film that isn’t another god damn remake of a movie from my childhood.

Honestly? I can’t wait for what’s coming out in the theaters this year! It’s a good feeling to have for a change wouldn’t you agree?