Archive for May, 2012

Joseph Gordon-Levitt did most of the bike riding for Premium Rush, a feat which earned him 31 stitches through various mishaps.  All 31 can be felt in the frenetic teaser trailer.  The bike is a serious messenger bike known as a “fixie” because it only has one gear and no brakes.

Jeremy Renner, motorcycle stunts and a great pair of shades are enough to recall Steve McQueen in the new trailer for The Bourne Legacy.  This spawn of Bourne timeline overlaps with that of The Bourne Ultimatum, Jason Bourne’s action directly causing the action in the reboot.  Edward Norton provides bad guy support and Rachel Weisz  the heroine peril.


Rodrigo Cortes (Buried)  has gathered a great cast of Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy and Elizabeth Olsen for the supernatural thriller Red Lights.  A team of paranormal debunkers led by Murphy and Weaver may have met the real deal in blind psychic De Niro.  Expect a diabolic twist à la Angel Heart involving De Niro.  Releases wide Friday the 13th of July.

Summit releasing has released a very cool poster  and even cooler motion poster for Sinister opening August 24th.  Talk about seeing the writing on the wall!  Sinister stars Ethan Hawke as a true crime novelist struggling to find his next big story, who moves his family into a house where the horrific murder of an entire family took place.  But after finding a box of home videos in which other families are also brutally murdered, his investigation leads him to a supernatural entity that is placing his own family in harm’s way.  Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) directs.    Vincent D’Onofrio and James Ransone also star.

The motion poster can be found at:


Anne Hathaway haltingly singing in the rain.  Russell Crowe looking Napoleonic.  Hugh Jackman both scruffy beard and clean-cut debonair.  Some barricades and red, white and blue flag waiving.  Lots of close-ups of the major players and a touch of spectacle make the “Les Miserables” teaser trailer worth a look.  Tom Hooper of “The King’s Speech” fame directs, achieving poignancy and intimacy by having the songs done live during filming.

The last thing “The Intouchables”, a French buddy film about a paraplegic aristocrat and a brother from les banlieues cares about is that it has that Lethal Weapon, Driving Miss Daisy, Coming to America vibe.  “Et alors?” or   “So What?” would be the casual Gaelic response, “We are the country your great  black artists, writers and musicians went to find respect and inspiration”.  The film has a sweet but never saccharine tone,  the comedy a playful and slightly subversive bite.  “The Intouchables” knows full well that lessons will be learned, friendships formed,  class and racial lines dissolved and everyone will leave knowing they have watched a $300 million continental hit real fairy tale come true .  There is a straight forward purity of emotion, non-condescending humanity and charm that over powers the most cynical of heart.  “The Intouchables” gets a B+.

The Muppet movie was last year.  The next not till 2013.  Yet the gang will live on in the minds of their fans for their mistakes and out takes.  Come to think of it every Muppet movie and TV show ever made is just one long blooper reel.  That makes them the most perfectly imperfect comic gang ever to grace the silver screen.  The blooper reel runs over eight minutes and shows the gang at their silliest.  Enjoy!


The character animation in “A Cat in Paris” is a cross between Picasso and Modigliani, with colors floating pastels in the middle hues.    The effect is like watching a piece of modern art walk of the canvas, to its office job across the street or to its tiny chambre full of squiggly geometry.  This being French animation noir and chat and policier merge into a tale of an enfant mime, her detective mom, their chat who shares its affections with them and a chat burglar, and a gang of bumbling art thieves.  The chat’s temperament is loyal to its mistress and monsieur but nasty enough to remind one why the French fancy dogs so much.   As much as it is nice to see some old style hand-drawn 2D animation, “A Cat in Paris” is filled with 1D plot and characters, only coming alive when the chat strides across the wonderful geometry of roof top Paris.   “A Cat in Paris” gets a B.