The Zero Theorem Sheet Has a “Brazil” Feel, Last Vegas: Getting Past Rat Pack to just being rats, American Promise: Only if you can get through High School and Your Parent Documenting You, Plush: Is Not Quite Almost Famous, Informant: Knowing You Did It over and over again, Running Wild: avoiding the wild horse stampede, Plus Internationals for Prince Avalanche and Wadja

Posted: August 22, 2013 in Movies


Man tied to machine and machine tied to man is the visual stimulus for the first poster from Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem about a hacker (Ben Whishaw) trying to discover the meaning of human existence despite The Management’s (Matt Damon) attempt to distract him from that task. Zero Theorem is Gilliam’s first film in four years and the retro look of the poster with its vacuum tubes, diodes and dot matrix printers gives it a “Brazil” echo. Gilliam in a released statement calls it “a film that is honest, funny, beautiful, and surprising; a simple film about a complex modern man waiting for a call to give meaning to his life; about inescapable relationships and the longing for love, full of quirky characters and sparkling performances; raising questions without offering obvious answers.” “When I made Brazil in 1984, I was trying to paint a picture of the world I thought we were living in then. The Zero Theorem is a glimpse of the world I think we are living in now.”


The “Rat Pack” echoes in the Last Vegas poster are entirely intentional for this senior comedy that looks like a cross between the Hangover and Ocean 11 series. Michael Douglas is the one getting married and the other three are there to ensure that he has one legendary weekend.  Jon Turteltaub directs (National Treasure) from a Dan Fogelman’s (Crazy Stupid Love) script. Opens November 1st.


American Promise has Director Joe Brewster documenting the progress of his son Idris and his friend, Seun from Kindergarten to High School graduation. American Promise (according to a statement on the film’s website, “Over the 12 years, we see the boys and their families struggle with stereotypes and identity, navigate learning differences that later become diagnoses, and ultimately take increasingly divergent paths on their road to graduation.” American Promise had a premier at Sundance and is part of the Main Slate lineup for the 51st New York Film Festival. Also, American Promise will air on the PBS series POV later this year.


Nothing says generic thriller more than duplicating the famous Kate Hudson poster from Almost Famous.


The Informant staring at his own wanted poster can come off  being to smart for its own good if the whole thing wasn’t so highly ironic to start with in the first place. A very smart poster.


I am sure this is going to be a well praised documentary, but as a poster it’s a dud. The horses look like they are going to stampede him, and unless he is a professional rodeo clown use to that sort of thing, it is not something a picture about saving wild horses wants.





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