Friday, February 24, 2012

More Trailers

The more I see of this film, the more I can hardly wait for it! My original discussion of it, including a political comparison to Spielberg's upcoming Lincoln, is here at Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter: Oddity Explained. A Separation, an Iranian film winning tons of international awards, about a married couple facing difficulties about whether to move and better their life or stay and take care of a father with Alzheimer's, is up for the Oscar for Best Foreign Picture and has an awfully good chance of winning (I hope to see this within the next month):
Cleanskin is an intelligence codeword for someone who doesn't have a record of criminal activity and is now being pursued; Sean Bean stars as an intelligence officer trying to trace down a suicide bomber in London, it's scheduled to open in March in Ireland:
I've been talking a lot about the expansion of the visual vocabulary to bridge the communication gaps between audiences and film makers, gaps that will help to cut down on cinematic formulas because everyone will have more options for saying what they want to say, and that's why a film dedicated to choreographer Pina Bausch, being shown throughout select theaters in the world, looks pretty amazing. Just as dance is a means of "saying something" in The Artist, so Pina is exploring all the different languages of the language of dance:
From dance, we go to the gothic.
Official synopsis of the newest Johnny Depp film Dark Shadows, based on a British cult TV-series. "In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet-or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy...until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better." There are no trailers for the film as of yet, but with a release date scheduled for May, they are bound to be out soon and I will post them asap.
Johnny Depp as Barnabas and Michelle Pfeiffer.
And now for something completely different.
The Raid: Redemption, set for release this year in the Netherlands,  is about a group of cops going into a 30-story building to take out a drug lord:
 Headhunters has all ready been released in Norway, but just looks too interesting to pass up for lovers of art (PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS SOME NUDITY IN THIS TRAILER):
And now, unless you are truly not connected to the world of social media at all, you must have heard of the bickering between Sacha Baron Cohen, who will be portraying a Mid-Eastern dictator in the upcoming film, The Dictator, and the Academy Awards. The actor wanted to walk the red carpet in the character of the dictator, and supposedly, the Academy revoked his tickets for that; all has been smoothed out, with Cohen getting his way and participating in some way in the awards ceremony. Yet before "concessions" were heeded, he issued this video warning, rather like other Middle East personages:
This is the point: the more serious the conflict humor wishes to address, the more absurd the joke will be because it has a greater width to span between the joke's recipient's intellect and fear. Cohen is actually performing a service by making these videos because his absurdity allows us to release anxiety about Jihadists and suicide bombers, about rumors of nuclear reactors and violence against the United States and our allies. I, or others, could say more, but this is the point: we can't. Cohen can, in disguise and as a joke, but the "joke" is only hiding the reality and seriousness of the feared confrontation. No, these are not publicity stunts (for example, as pointed out above, the Iranian film A Separation is up for an Oscar, a fact Cohen intentionally ignores just like, in the trailer for The Dictator, he says, "America, the birthplace of AIDS," when it has been scientifically proven that it is not), only attempts to draw attention to this terrible fear of attack that is having to be suppressed and Baron is able to address it.
The supreme ruler of the Republic of Wadiya, has released this statement concerning his invite to this Sunday’s Oscars ceremony: “STATEMENT FROM ADMIRAL GENERAL ALADEEN:  ”VICTORY IS OURS! Today the Mighty Nation of Wadiya triumphed over the Zionist snakes of Hollywood. Evil and all those who made Satan their protector were vanquished and driven into the Pacific Sea. What I am trying to say here is that the Academy have surrendered and sent over two tickets and a parking pass! TODAY OSCAR, TOMORROW OBAMA!”