Cold Comes the Night Has Bryan Cranston Still Breaking Bad; James Franco and Kate Hudson Are Good People Doing Some Bad Things; Thor 2 German Sheet Has Loki in a Dark Kingdom; SnowPiercer French Sheet Has a Cool Eloquence; 12 Years a Slave Gets a Hanging Tree and a Cotton Field; Plus Join the Linsanity

Posted: September 10, 2013 in Movies

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The First UK poster for Cold Comes the Night has a shadowy Bryan Cranston still breaking bad.   In the background is Alice Eve (from Star Trek Into Darkness) ready for the fight of her life.

If you look closely at Eve’s eyes you will notice that one is slightly darker than the other.  Eve has heterochromia; her right eye is green and her left blue- a fact the poster has a hard time disguising.   The trailer features some blue to green eye changes, for those who love looking for continuity errors.

Cold Comes the Night’ tells the story of a struggling motel owner ( Eve) who, along with her daughter (Ursula Parker), is taken hostage by a career criminal (Cranston) as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop (Logan Marshall-Green).

Cold Comes the Night is directed by Tze Chun and written by Chun alongside Osgood Perkins and Nick Simon. Chun’s acclaimed debut feature,  Children of Invention, premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and won 17 festival awards.

 

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Good People first cast poster is a little blah.   Money, guns, weary looks mixed with pissed off ones,  and running away all the standard hallmarks of your average crime sheet poster.  

James Franco and Kate Hudson star as a  couple who become the target of a deadly adversary (Tom Wilinson) after they discover discover a cache of cash in their dead tenant’s apartment. 

Omar Sy (The Intouchables) also stars.  Henrik Ruben Genz directs. 

Opens 2014. 

 

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The latest Thor 2 poster features Loki with a sneaky look on his face and a dagger in his hand.   He should be more worried about being picked off from all the star cruisers flying in the background or being burned alive since he is standing right in the middle of a fire pit.   Posters just have to be be cool (and that this one is).  Scientific and logical sense don’t apply if you are an immortal god.   

If you are confused about the title change, you should be.  This poster is intended for a German audience.   Apparently Dark World doesn’t translate well in  German but Dark Kingdom does.

Googling and Wikipedian the Dark World and Germany resulted in a few possibilities for the change. 

A few articles referred to Die Schwarzer Velt or Dark World of the Afro-Germans (Afro-Deutsche) of which there are close to a 1/2 million living in Germany today.   Like the Jews, Afro-Germans were rounded up and sent to concentration camps during WWII.  About 50,000 Afro-Germans were gassed.  

Changing the title avoids that connotation but adds an even more disturbing one:  Kingdom translates to Reich in German.  So pasting Malekith and his minions and the world they come from with the Reich word associates them as automatically evil in most Germans mind.  The marketing folks for Thor 2 are hoping that by using the English “Kingdom” they would be avoiding the unsettling layers that rise by calling it Die Schwarzer Reich. 

James White of Empire magazine also speculated that there might be a clash with some other film or tv series that uses the title.  Recalling The Weinstein Company losing legal battle to keep “The Butler” that also makes perfect sense.  I was not able to come up with any conflicting German film/TV titles though.  

So what do you think?  Makes sense or complete hooey?

 

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The Snow Piercer French sheet is streaked through and through with icy cool eloquence.  

Bong Joon-ho Bong (The Host, Mother) directs this weird cautionary tale about global warming and the last of humanity reduced to to living in a train that is always traveling around the globe.  

It is based on the graphic novels Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Le Grand and Jean-Marc Rochette. 

Chris Evans, Allison Pill, Tilda Switnon, Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer and John Hurt star. 

 

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The incredibly evocative Spanish poster for Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave has what looks like a poplar tree with its overarching branches (the lynching tree of choice in the South) overlooking a cotton field.   Death, sweat and toil come together in the images most representative of slavery.  

The film is coming off great Academy Awards buzz from Telluride, The New York Film Festival and TIFF 2013.  That and positive test screenings prompted Fox Searchlight Pictures to move up 12 Years A Slave release date from late December to October 18th.  

12 Years a Slave is based on the same titled autobiography by Solomon Northup a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery.  Published soon after Harriet Beecher’s Stowe Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Northup’s book (as told to journalist David Wilson) provided another bombshell in the national political debate over slavery leading up to the Civil War, drawing endorsements from major Northern newspapers, anti-slavery organizations, and evangelical groups. 

The filmstars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, Alfre Woodard, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ruth Negga, Adepero Oduye, Paul Giamatti, Garret Dillahunt, Sarah Paulson, Scoot McNairy, Dwight Henry, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Michael Kenneth Williams.

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Linsanity started as a KickStarter project which raised over 197K from over 2 thousand backers. 

The documentary started filming long before Jeremy Lin became an NBA phenomenon and a pop cultural reference.  

What began as a film project to document the life of an overlooked NBA walk-on became an all-access pass to one of the unlikeliest stories ever to be told. 

Producers Christopher Chen, Brina Yang, Allen Lu and director Evan Jackson Leong gained exclusive footage with friends, family, teammates, pastors, and Jeremy himself, from home videos of a young Jeremy taking it to the hoop, his personal reflections as he struggled through stints in the NBA D-League, being cut by the Rockets, to joining the Knicks with a coach he had yet to speak to and a playbook he hadn’t even seen. 

It’s an intimate portrayal of a rising hero fighting unbeatable odds.

 

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