Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Beat Generation Revisited & a Teaser Trailer For a Trailer...

With a glittering, all-star cast, On the Road looks to be what the Beat Generation was all for, socialism and a wild time. The Beat Generation created an aesthetic which retains its unique identity today, but proved unsustainable (all the "stars" either died when they were young or lived too long and became irrelevant). No release date has been set for it yet:
Touchback, due for release in April, is a bit more uplifting to me because, unlike On the Road above, it's about capitalism; if we take his injury to be the "country's injury" and the game of football to be--as in Moneyball--the game of free markets and innovation, then his "second chance" is about undoing the mistake we made that got us in the mess we are in:
I know that you have all ready seen this trailer for The Cabin In the Woods, also being released in April, but I waited to post it because, for a long time, it has seemed like a sore thumb sticking out; it makes a little more sense now.
We can answer these questions on our own: what is it that isn't what it appears to be? What is it that is wanting to punish us? What is it that wants us to "split up?" We all have our own answers to these questions, but the point is, six years ago, would these have been questions that we would even have considered asking ourselves?
Did you doubt me about Ridley Scott?
Who in Hollywood releases a teaser trailer for a trailer? If you are interested, you can view a few new glimpses of Prometheus here in anticipation of a new trailer about to be released...
 The newest James Bond installment, Skyfall, is starting to look very interesting indeed; the simple black and white logo design lets us know that nothing will be black and white in this film and, along with a look at Oscar winning villain Javier Bardem (below) we get this delicious little snippet: Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.  
It's always bad when the villain is "disguised" as a good guy, but what villain is trying to disguise himself as a good guy in today's world?
It also appears that the 1987 flop Garbage Pail Kids will be remade... In the Book of Proverbs, it is written that he who does not learn from another's  mistake is a fool; it doesn't even bother to say what one is who doesn't learn from his own mistake.
And, here is a new image from the upcoming Mirror, Mirror being released March 30:
Before Mirror, Mirror comes out, I will be examining both the original Grim Brothers fairy tale of Snow White (both the Grimm Brothers are given credit as screenwriters) and the Walt Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (which is how most people are familiar with the tale). What should we be looking for? Well, in Mirror, Mirror, we know that the wonderful Sean Bean plays "The King," so we may actually see the king dying (which, in today's economy, and questions of violations against the American Constitution, could be very important) but the real hook in the trailer for me is when the Evil Queen (Julia Roberts) proposes to sweep the young prince Andrew (Armie Hammer) off his feet so her financial troubles will be over; who else, in the government, is having financial troubles?
AND...
Good news for fans of Chronicle, YES (I have never been so happy about a sequel except maybe for A Game of Shadows)! There will be a sequel! Hooray! Bad news for people everywhere, Project X is also set to have a sequel. Wow, it must really be nice to have so much money that you can just blow on really stupid stuff.
 Keira Knightley's and Jude Law's Anna Karenina has a US release date of November, followed by a remake of Robocop in 2013. . . . the only good thing about this remake of AK, is that the incomparable Tom Stoppard is the screenwriter.
This Is Not a Film, documenting Jafar Panahi's house arrest in Tehran, Iran, for making films (he has been sentenced to six years in prison and banned from making films for 20 years) was filmed primarily on is iPhone and smuggled into France via a wedding cake so the rest of the world could see. It shows discussions with his lawyer and family, detailing the importance of art and films in our lives and his sacrifices. If you have a chance to see it, do.
Mr. Daniel Craig as James Bond, press release photo for Skyfall
Along with a tagline more revealing of what James Bond will be battling in the November release of Skyfall are a couple of new photos. Bond films have done an expert job of providing the landscape in-sync with Bond's moods and spiritual states so what we are seeing above and below is probably going to be indicative of the greater film.
The villain's hideout called the "Skyfall Lounge."
Bond's British super-car, the Astin Martin, returns.