Martin Scorsese’s next movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, a very successful stockbroker in the 1990s. Yes, the entire trailer (expertly cut to the catchiest song on “Yeezus” [By far? By far]) basically screams “Goodfellas, But On Wall Street,” which is obviously a good thing because this looks pretty damn great? This looks pretty damn great.
“Man of Steel” opens in just under a month. It’s funny to think about how some of us (me, specifically) were not sure how to feel about this movie because, you know, Superman as a character is kind of dull and Zack Snyder is Zack Snyder. We (and by “we” I mean “me,” because whatever, I already wrote it, let’s just move on and never mention it again) weren’t against this movie, because it had potential, but it wasn’t atop our summer must-see list, you know? (You know.)
Now I can’t wait to see this thing. The last few trailers really won me over. The last one was great, sure, and this latest (and last) one is even better. It focuses a lot on Michael Shannon’s General Zod, the villain of the movie, which is wise because you can’t go wrong focusing on Michael Shannon playing a crazy person. And the new ad spotlights the action, which — based just on the trailers so far — looks nifty but also doesn’t seem like it will be the sole focus of the movie. (Each trailer does a great job selling different aspects of the movie. I realize I’m just complimenting the marketing here, which is odd, but the marketing has been very good!)
The point here is that “Man of Steel” looks great and I’m very excited, just in case you were wondering:
As I’ve written before, “Man of Steel” has potential. The initial trailers and information made it look perfectly fine, but there are some aspects (namely, Zack Snyder and Superman as a big-screen character) that have kept me from being too excited.
This trailer, which arrived on Tuesday, moves me firmly into the excited camp. It’s a really good trailer! And at the very least, it looks like they found a different way to tackle Superman. (Having Amy Adams and Michael Shannon in the cast, in addition to Christopher Nolan’s involvement, does inspire confidence.) I still feel like we have no idea how the actual movie will work if it’s a two-hour exegesis of Superman’s tortured psyche, but I am curious to see how they mix that with a superhero origin story.
Neill Blomkamp’s last film was “District 9,” a wonderful movie and probably the best sci-fi film to land over the last several years. So quite a few of us are eagerly, hungrily anticipating his follow-up, “Elysium,” which arrives this summer. We know he has assembled quite a cast — Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner and Diego Luna, among others — but today we got our first look at the movie:
Well, that definitely looks terrific. I like how the scenes on Earth evoke the similarly lived-in feeling of “District 9,” that sense he created of a world with its own texture and history, rather than another cold, polished CGI construct. Remember how Blomkamp almost directed the “Halo” movie, but that fell apart, so he went ahead and wrote and directed two sci-fi movies instead? I’m sure his “Halo” would have been interesting to see, but instead we got a pair of original films: a phenomenal one in “District 9” and, now, a very promising one “Elysium.” I can’t wait.
We all woke up to a lovely surprise today: The first look at “Inside Llewyn Davis,” the latest film from the Coen Brothers. The highly-anticipated movie, in the way that all of their films are eagerly awaited (but also in a way that their movies since “No Country for Old Men” have been particularly hoped for), is about a 1960s folk musician in New York City.
Oscar Isaac (“Drive,” “The Bourne Legacy”) stars as the titular Davis, while the film also includes Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Justin Timberlake (sigh), John Goodman (in his first Coen Brothers movie since “O Brother, Where Art Thou” in 2000) and F. Murray Abraham.
This is a terrific trailer:
Last year, New York took a peek at the set, demonstrating how the Coens transformed modern-day New York into the Village of the 1960s.
It’s nice to see Terrence Malick tackle a nice, straightforward romantic comedy:
Look: I recognize that Malick is not everybody’s taste. I get that! But personally, I cannot wait to see this thing. It looks so gorgeous, so luminous, so…Malick-y. The world rarely looks quite so beautiful as it does through Malick’s lens.
And we’re getting our second Malick film in as many years. TWO Malick movies! In back-to-back years! And he has a few other movies already in the pipeline! Between 1973 and 2005, Malick made just four films. This alone is cause for celebration.
Here’s the latest trailer for “Man of Steel.” The Superman reboot, due next summer, is directed by Zack Snyder (“300,” “Watchmen” and “Sucker Punch”) and produced by Christopher Nolan (duh). The Nolan involvement, in particular, gives us hope that the latest attempt at forcing a Superman movie will finally prove worthwhile.
Remember, the last decent Superman film (“Superman II”) came out in 1980. Since that movie came out, we have seen two crappy sequels, one so-so sequel/reboot (“Superman Returns”), 14 seasons of live-action television (“Lois and Clark” and “Smallville”) and at least two aborted cinematic nightmares (the Kevin Smith/Tim Burton version and the J.J. Abrams version, both of which would have been SO BAD in SO MANY WAYS, if the scripts are to be believed) (and that doesn’t even account for all of the other Superman film ideas/projects that went nowhere, by the way). That is a long, long, long time without what can be accurately described as a high-quality caliber of live-action Superman.
Superman is an unusually hard nut to crack, at least in terms of superheroes. The character is inherently disinteresting, or at least less interesting than Batman, Spider-Man, Wolverine and the other top-tier comic book heroes. The first “Superman” movie, released in 1978, worked at the time (and still operates as the inspiration for every single superhero origin movie released since), but we have entered an era where that doesn’t cut it. Making a decent comic book movie (see: “The Amazing Spider-Man”) doesn’t rev anyone’s engines or rake in jaw-dropping numbers; you need to deliver something different, something special (“The Dark Knight,” “Iron Man,” “The Avengers”).
Superman, the godlike guy with so many powers it becomes dull and the vanilla main story, is not that intriguing of a central character. But as “Iron Man” proved, the comic book character doesn’t need to be tremendous for the movie to work. All it takes is an interesting take. Nolan seems to have brought his trademark seriousness and realism to this project, and he and Snyder have assembled a stellar cast around Henry Cavill (Amy Adams plays Lois Lane, Michael Shannon is the bad guy, Russell Crowe is his birth father and Kevin Costner and Diane Lane play his adopted human parents). I’m still not convinced Superman is an essential big-screen character, but this trailer shows a lot of potential. It looks like it could finally make the strained efforts at rebooting the franchise worthwhile.
The fifth “Die Hard” movie is still called “A Good Day to Die Hard,” so I’m going to continue ignoring that and just calling it the fifth “Die Hard” movie. It has a new trailer! You can watch it over at Apple, or check out the embedded version below:
What to make of “Iron Man 3,” the third film in its own series and the seventh film in Marvel’s larger “Avengers” franchise?
The first trailer is out for “Lincoln,” a Steven Spielberg movie with a Tony Kushner script about President Lincoln (played by Daniel Day-Lewis) that also stars Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Jared Harris, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Lee Pace, John Hawkes, Adam Driver and Hal Holbrook.
Based on the trailer, this…looks like medicine. Well-shot, beautifully constructed, artfully acted, soulless-seeming medicine to be prescribed in the event of dangerously low levels of prestige in movie theaters. That’s just my view from the trailer, of course. I’m sure Day-Lewis will be astonishing, because QED, and I’m sure the movie will really look wonderful, and I’m sure the rest of the cast will be great. This is a must-see because of the people involved. I’m not sure if it’s also a “I want to see that” kind of movie.