23 10 2012

Tuesday Trailer: IRON MAN 3

By Jonathan Fisher in Trailers

As if the insipid Iron Man 2, in addition to Tony Stark getting all the juicy lines in The Avengers weren’t enough, here comes Iron Man 3. The latest trailer is just a teaser that gives away little of the film’s plot, but it certainly hints at the movie’s feel — the star of this one looks [...]

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16 10 2012

Tuesday Trailer: CARRIE

By Jonathan Fisher in Trailers

 

Chloë Grace Moretz (KickAss, Hugo, Let Me In, Dark Shadows) stars in this adaptation of the Stephen King novel Carrie, which was also filmed in 1976 by Brian de Palma. The story is about a young girl with a telekinesis who unleashes her considerable powers on those around her after being bullied in high school. This new trailer is a tease, not offering much by way of suggestion of the movie’s tone, style, or treatment of the material. Being big King fans here at The Film Brief, we had to give this one a look this week.

This new version of Carrie is directed by Kimberley Peirce, the interesting director who made the Academy Award-winning Boys Don’t Cry (Best Actress, Hilary Swank) as well as the insightful Iraq war film Stop-Loss, which featured yet another fine performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

 

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09 10 2012

Tuesday Trailer — ARGO

By Jonathan Fisher in Trailers

The trailer for this week is the upcoming Ben Affleck-directed Argo, a thriller about the bizarre lengths that the CIA went to in order to rescue six Americans who escaped from the Iranian hostage crisis at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

This film proclaims to be based on real events, but only loosely. Ben Affleck, who was already an accomplished mainstream actor who could guarantee a $100 million opening with his name alone, has demonstrated himself to be a literate director able to coax fine performances out of his players — his brother Casey Affleck in Gone Baby Gone, and a range of cast members (including himself) in The Town.

Argo, from the trailer (not always the best indicator of a film’s tone), looks to be a peculiar mix of oddball and thriller — a distinct change of pace and material from Affleck’s last two efforts. We watch with interest to see if Affleck’s stab at versatility pays off…

Argo opens in Australia on October 25th

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05 10 2012

Friday Movie Review: Looper

By Jonathan Fisher in Reviews,Trailers

The Verdict

 4.5 out of 5

 Looper is an exciting and thrilling science fiction film with panache and an active interest in the development of its characters. The world that director Rian Johnson details here is creative and thoughtful, and he manages to keep control of his film’s winding time-travel plot. With its exciting build-up, action-packed mid-section and satisfying conclusion, Looper is one of the best films of the year.

The Background

Looper is the second film by young director Rian Johnson. His first feature was the widely acclaimed but underground high school drama Brick, also starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. That film was one of the best films of 2006, and was noteworthy for the way in which Johnson managed to insert the essence of film noir into a story about a middle school student playing detective in a modern-day high school. Continue reading

26 09 2012

Tuesday Trailer: Knuckleball!

By Jonathan Fisher in Trailers

We’re massive ball fans here at The Film Brief, and we’re tickled pink by the trailer for this upcoming documentary about the rarest, most out-of-place pitcher there is in the game of baseball: the knuckleballer. Knuckleball! is this week’s Tuesday Trailer (yes, I know it’s Wednesday…), and is a movie that any ball fan should be excited [...]

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18 09 2012

Tuesday Trailer: Robot and Frank

By Jonathan Fisher in Trailers

This week’s Tuesday trailer is a movie that caught my eye because of how odd the trailer looks. Will it be Frank Langella’s Bicentennial Man? Judging from the hackneyed trailer, quite possibly. But this is also the actor that played Nixon to such good effect in Frost/Nixon and was absolutely stellar in Starting out in the Evening. He was also in the woeful The Box, but let’s keep trying to forget that that movie happened, shall we?

Unforunately this is the kind of trailer that gives away most of the movie, so consider yourself warned…

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11 09 2012

Tuesday Trailer: Skyfall (Extended Trailer)

By Jonathan Fisher in Trailers

One of the year’s most anticipated movies, Skyfall‘s marketing campaign has been tantalisingly shadowy. At last an extended trailer has been released, giving us a look at Ben Whishaw as Q and, perhaps most intriguingly of all, Javier Bardem as the villainous Raoul Silva. As directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Jarhead, Road to Perdition), Skyfall looks to be a [...]

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04 09 2012

Tuesday Trailer: Man of Steel

By Jonathan Fisher in Trailers

 

It’s still 9 months or so until its release, but MAN OF STEEL has us pretty excited here at the Film Brief. Recently on an edition of KCRW’s To The Point, the question was posited and discussed about whether America’s “Batman Moment” is coming to an end. I urge you to listen to the show — it’s a fascinating discussion featuring some experts on the subject (Larry Tye, author of “Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s most Enduring Hero” and Christopher Vogler, Hollywood story consultant and author of “The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers”) about the ebbs and flows of certain superheroes’ popularity according to economic and geopolitical circumstances. Continue reading

03 09 2012

Total Recall [2012]

By Jonathan Fisher in Reviews,Trailers

 

The Verdict

 

2 out of 5 – Overall, a pretty disappointing effort after an intriguing set-up. The film lurches from one overlong, badly rendered action sequence to another, with the odd moment of very contrived character development. The original film was a kind of triumph of gonzo action and sci-fi ideas. This film doesn’t hold a candle to it, or the original book by Philip K. Dick, which surpasses both productions.

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27 08 2012

Bernie

By Jonathan Fisher in Reviews,Trailers

The Verdict 4 out of 5– A twisted, fascinating story about an engrossing character played to terrific effect by Jack Black. Smart directing choices by Richard Linklater – including testimonials by real townspeople that knew Bernie Tiede – gives the film a real verisimilitude. One of the year’s best. The Background Bernie Tiede was an [...]

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