The trailer for mother! starts off with a loving couple (Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence…..kind of a big age gap there even for Hollywood, guys) fixing up their house and domestic tranquility. However, this is a Darren Aronofsky film and if you managed to survive Requiem for a Dream, Pi, The Black Swan, or The Wrestler, you know things are going to get very weird, very quickly, you’ll see a lot of amazing acting and also probably a lot of things you’ll wish you could unsee later. It’s a weird balance of wanting to see the performances Aronofsky draws out and having some things from Requiem for a Dream wandering the dark hallways of your mind for the rest of your life. My autocorrect, Darren, also thanks you for sticking a lowercase letter and punctuation mark in the one-word title of your film. mother! will open September 15, 2017.
It’s easy to dismiss the Winnie the Pooh books as fluff, and in modern incarnations for kids they’re often presented that way, but they’re absolutely brilliant. Goodbye Christopher Robin, directed by Simon Curtis, and starring Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie, tells the story of A.A. Milne’s creation of the Hundred-Acre Woods and the inhabitants therein. The second trailer oudoes the first, keeping the father/son relationship (his son was really named Christopher Robin), but also underscoring the effect WWI had on Pooh just as the same war had on Tolkien’s writings. Perhaps the only good things to come out of that useless bloodbath. The Pooh stories are simple fun as a child, but read as an adult, you begin to understand that Milne’s Woods are the mindscape of his own child and each character within represents an aspect of his own personality. This reminded me a bit of Finding Neverland, and if it can meet that bar, then it will have succeeded without qualification. Goodbye Christopher Robin opens October 29, 2017.
GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?
The Vault starts as a fairly typical bank robbery film until the bank manager (James Franco) insists that the real money is kept in the sub-basement vault, and opening that sends things pear-shaped for the robbers in short fashion. It’s an interesting twist on what separately are very tired tropes, but could be interesting if combined. Non sequitur: James Franco is in at least 10 movies a year. Does no one else realize this? Is he trying to win a contest? The Vault opens (heh, pun) on September 1, 2017.
There was a time when Rob Reiner was, hands-down, one of the five best directors working in Hollywood. From the mid-80s to the mid-90s, Reiner helmed some of the best movies I’ve ever seen, including The Princess Bride, Stand by Me, The American President, and A Few Good Men. Then he disappeared from the ranks of Hollywood’s top directors. LBJ looks like he’s back on his game, and it also looks like a perfect role for one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors: Woody Harrelson. You need a LOT of personality to begin to be able to capture who Lyndon Johnson was. He was a complex, contrary, outrageous lion of a man. The film looks to focus on his finest hour, which was the continuation of the work begun by Kennedy on the Civil Rights Bill after JFK was assassinated. Even with Johnson’s swing (and few have ever walked through Congress with more), shoving that bill through was a monumental achievement. That Harrelson, who is coming off his best comedic role since Cheers in last year’s Edge of Seventeen, and the psychotic Colonel in War for the Planet of the Apes, to slip into the skin of this giant of a man, shows his astounding range. I’m really rooting for this when it opens November 3, 2017. Continue reading LBJ Trailer #1 (2017) *Woody Harrelson in a Powerful Presidential Biopic*
Suburbicon looks like classic Coen Brothers fare in which a small, seemingly insignificant event spins an entire town out of control, testing what people are really capably when pushed to the breaking point and adding in a good dollop of absolute absurdity (the last shot in the trailer with Damon peddling away on his son’s bike is awesome lol). The summary below from Coming Soon encapsulates the entirety of the the Coen library in one phrase: “very flawed people making extremely bad choices”. Directed by George Clooney and starring Matt Damon, Oscar Isaac and Julianne Moore, Suburbicon will open October 27, 2017.
Continue reading Suburbicon Trailer #1 (2017) *The Coens, Clooney and Damon at it Again*