Reviewing and Previewing the World of Film


Preview: 50/50

I laughed, I cried, I smiled in just the few minutes of the trailer for Seth Rogen’s new movie, 50/50. The film is loosely based on Rogen’s personal experiences dealing with a friend, Will Reiser who is also a screenwriter for the film, with cancer and their journey together. Rogen’s friend  is played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his character is renamed Adam for the film. Adam is a healthy young man, but even his claims that he doesn’t drink or smoke (and that he recycles) do not stop  his sudden diagnosis of a tumor in his spine. Now a cancer story may seem bleak and morbid to some (or way too cliche), but the trailer promises a story with a message that “you can’t change your position, just how you deal with it.” And this message, if portrayed well, will permeate and really affect the viewer. I am really looking forward to this one, and I expect that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will put on a stellar performance as always. The film will be released September 30th.


Preview: Martha Marcy May Marlene

This is going to be an interesting one. I am partially excited, partially confused, and partially intrigued. The story centers around the character of Martha, who, until recently, belonged to an abusive cult. She escapes and finds refuge in her sisters home. The multiple names in the title show her confused and fragile state after she escapes the cult. Yet her fragile state does not allow for a smooth assimilation back into society. the most interesting part of this film is that it shifts between, present, past, and hallucination scenes. And to me, this is the interesting element of the film. The story is what it is, but the ability to show a fragile state, with frequent time transitions, by putting the viewer in one as well is almost unheard of. These films, since they are so unique, are the one that find the niches and cult status’.

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Preview: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (american)

Pulse pounding is the only way to describe the trailer for the American adaptation of the worldwide phenomena that is “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series by Stieg Larson. This American version of the novels will be directed by David Fincher (The Social Network, Fight Club) and will feature Daniel Craig(Casino Royale, Layer Cake) as Headman Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara(The Social Network) as the new embodiment of Lisbeth Salander. Trent Reznor ( who did the Social Network soundtrack) and Karen Oh (“Where the Wild Things Are” soundtrack) re-imagine Led Zeplin’s classic “Immigrant Song”  for the perfect heart pumping background music in the trailer. This will not be an independent movie by any stretch of the imagination considering the amount of talent that is in this movie, but I am extremely excited for this film. The Swedish version of the novels did a great job, yet I still felt a yearning for the more grittier and darker side that the novels did so well. And according to the actors, this film features a great amount of that dark content that really drove the message of the books home. The film comes out late December.

Preview: Drive

Intense. That’s the only way to describe the new trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn’s new film “Drive.” This film is based off the 2006 murder mystery novel of the same name by Jame’s Salis. The novel, and subsequently the script, revolves around the nameless character of Driver, played by Ryan Gosling. Coming from a troubled family and drifting most of his life, he eventually lands a job in Hollywood as a stunt driver. He quickly becomes a hot commodity among the Hollywood crews as he performs stunts thought impossible among other drivers. His talents, unfortunately, are not only being sought after by Hollywood, but by criminals as well. Driver is very careful to not join in on the crime, or carry a weapon–he drives plain and simple. For a while, Driver’s moonlight activities go on without any repercussions until one day a job goes out of control. To protect himself and the one he loves he must go on the offensive. The movie hits theaters September 16, and hopefully it will provide us with all the thrills we need. And as always I hope it gets the attention it deserves.

Preview: The Women in Black

My hair stands on end as bells chime in a bleak English moor as each doll twitches erratically and with truncated chimes. Daniel Radcliffe’s new film shows his character investigating an abandoned house in a small village. As any thriller trailer it cuts between scary eerie scenes as small girls recite a foreboding rhyme about “the house in the marsh.” As the final moments of the trailer come to an end, a familiar horror scene takes place. Radcliffe is looking out the window and something appears over his shoulder, yet instead of repeating the cliche and screaming the apparition hovers for a few moments and then the screen goes black. I’m not a huge fan of scary movies, but it will be interesting to see how this one plays out and see Radcliffe out of his Hogwarts robes.

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