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  1. lordcookie

    Damsels in Distress

    Synopsis: DAMSELS IN DISTRESS follows a trio of beautiful girls who set out to revolutionize life at a grungy East Coast College – the dynamic leader Violet Wister (Greta Gerwig), principled Rose (Megalyn Echikunwoke) and sexy Heather (Carrie MacLemore). They welcome transfer student Lily (Analeigh Tipton) into their group which seeks to help severely depressed students with a program of good hygiene and musical dance numbers. The girls become romantically entangled with a series of men — including slick Charlie (Adam Brody), dreamboat Xavier (Hugo Becker) and the mad frat pack of Frank (Ryan Metcalf) and Thor (Billy Magnussen)—who threaten the girls’ friendship and sanity. http://youtu.be/co9MJINfLWU It is the first film by Whit Stillman in over a decade but whilst his previous films (Metropolitan, Last Days of Disco) were pretty good I'm not really feeling the forced tone of the trailer, nor the fact it shows so much.
  2. lordcookie

    The FP

    Despite some good word of mouth from its showing at SXSW it is hard to see how this will work as a feature length film. It is based on a 2007 short film but I'm struggling to find it online, if anybody can let me know. NSFW Trailer:
  3. lordcookie

    Of Bugs and Heroes

    Synopsis: BUGS AND HEROES is a romantic thriller combining live action with CGI animation. It’s a tale of lonely, broken people and insects who are, both in their own ways, searching for, longing for the lost loves of their lives – an introverted NIGHT GUARD, his demanding, father, a delusional SUPERHERO wannabe, and the ORPHAN child, who spend their time in an abandoned shopping mall. In order to reconstruct his shattered psyche, the amnesiac SUPERHERO sends the ORPHAN out on the streets with a camera, and tells him to film random people. He then edits that footage into narrative films, which, he hopes, will help him remember his past and reunite with his long lost wife and son. The NIGHT GUARD, who is living an unfulfilled, static life with his father, slowly befriends these characters he is meeting in the mall and falls in love with the beautiful and lonely NURSE, who also happens to be the woman the ORPHAN is filming, and which, for some reason, reminds the SUPERHERO of his wife. Meanwhile, none of the humans are aware of the parallel microcosm of insects inhabiting the walls of the mall. These beings have struggles and dreams of their own, which they try to overcome and fulfill. Suddenly, their seemingly insignificant actions begin to affect the lives of the human characters, until both their destinies become intertwined in an unusual way, through a series of events which will forever change their lives, and, ultimately, even the fate of all mankind. Hard to tell how the finished film will turn out but the trailer certainly looks promising. The stop frame animation looks particularly good, it will be interesting to see how these two worlds work in the film.
  4. Synopsis: Ewan is a secret service agent faced with the task of pursuing and eliminating a suicide bomber and his terrorist cell. http://youtu.be/a44PI7bIOyU A bit of a Bond crossed with Taken vibe but it probably won't be a patch on either. However, these days there aren't many examples of Britain doing these types of film well so hopefully this can be the exception. It's released March 9th.
  5. lordcookie

    Film 2010 with...

    I had to quickly make sure it wasn't April 1st. Press Release: Well that is the last time I bother watching the programme then.
  6. lordcookie

    The 84th Academy Awards

    There is a live stream of this years nominations below and it should be starting now: Any guesses for the big awards? It seems that the embedded video doesn't work, just click on the video to take you to the live stream or click here - http://www.youtube.com/oscars/ The nominees: Best Picture "The Artist" Thomas Langmann, Producer "The Descendants" Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" Scott Rudin, Producer "The Help" Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers "Hugo" Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers "Midnight in Paris" Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers "Moneyball" Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers "The Tree of Life" Nominees to be determined "War Horse" Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers Directing "The Artist" Michel Hazanavicius "The Descendants" Alexander Payne "Hugo" Martin Scorsese "Midnight in Paris" Woody Allen "The Tree of Life" Terrence Malick Actor in a Leading Role Demián Bichir in "A Better Life" George Clooney in "The Descendants" Jean Dujardin in "The Artist" Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Brad Pitt in "Moneyball" Actor in a Supporting Role Kenneth Branagh in "My Week with Marilyn" Jonah Hill in "Moneyball" Nick Nolte in "Warrior" Christopher Plummer in "Beginners" Max von Sydow in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" Actress in a Leading Role Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs" Viola Davis in "The Help" Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady" Michelle Williams in "My Week with Marilyn" Actress in a Supporting Role Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist" Jessica Chastain in "The Help" Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids" Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs" Octavia Spencer in "The Help" Animated Feature Film "A Cat in Paris" Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli "Chico & Rita" Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal "Kung Fu Panda 2" Jennifer Yuh Nelson "Puss in Boots" Chris Miller "Rango" Gore Verbinski Art Direction "The Artist" Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan "Hugo" Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo "Midnight in Paris" Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil "War Horse" Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales Cinematography "The Artist" Guillaume Schiffman "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Jeff Cronenweth "Hugo" Robert Richardson "The Tree of Life" Emmanuel Lubezki "War Horse" Janusz Kaminski Costume Design "Anonymous" Lisy Christl "The Artist" Mark Bridges "Hugo" Sandy Powell "Jane Eyre" Michael O'Connor "W.E." Arianne Phillips Documentary (Feature) "Hell and Back Again" Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front" Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs "Pina" Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel "Undefeated" TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas Documentary (Short Subject) "The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement" Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin "God Is the Bigger Elvis" Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson "Incident in New Baghdad" James Spione "Saving Face" Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom" Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen Film Editing "The Artist" Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius "The Descendants" Kevin Tent "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall "Hugo" Thelma Schoonmaker "Moneyball" Christopher Tellefsen Foreign Language Film "Bullhead" Belgium "Footnote" Israel "In Darkness" Poland "Monsieur Lazhar" Canada "A Separation" Iran Makeup "Albert Nobbs" Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng "The Iron Lady" Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland Music (Original Score) "The Adventures of Tintin" John Williams "The Artist" Ludovic Bource "Hugo" Howard Shore "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Alberto Iglesias "War Horse" John Williams Music (Original Song) "Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie "Real in Rio" from "Rio" Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett Short Film (Animated) "Dimanche/Sunday" Patrick Doyon "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg "La Luna" Enrico Casarosa "A Morning Stroll" Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe "Wild Life" Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby Short Film (Live Action) "Pentecost" Peter McDonald and Eimear O'Kane "Raju" Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren "The Shore" Terry George and Oorlagh George "Time Freak" Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey "Tuba Atlantic" Hallvar Witzø Sound Editing "Drive" Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Ren Klyce "Hugo" Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl "War Horse" Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom Sound Mixing "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson "Hugo" Tom Fleischman and John Midgley "Moneyball" Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin "War Horse" Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson Visual Effects "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson "Hugo" Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning "Real Steel" Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier Writing (Adapted Screenplay) "The Descendants" Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash "Hugo" Screenplay by John Logan "The Ides of March" Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon "Moneyball" Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin Story by Stan Chervin "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan Writing (Original Screenplay) "The Artist" Written by Michel Hazanavicius "Bridesmaids" Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig "Margin Call" Written by J.C. Chandor "Midnight in Paris" Written by Woody Allen "A Separation" Written by Asghar Farhadi
  7. lordcookie

    The Hurt Locker

    Bigelow is one of my favourite action directors of the 80s/early 90s and then she went off the boil with The Weight of Water and K19: The Widowmaker. It didn't even look like she could direct action anymore after the terrible Uma Thurman Pirrelli advert. But she's back with an Iraq war movie (don't run for the exit just yet) and festival reviews from Venice and Toronto seem unanimous - this is a return to form. The film is about the lives of three bomb disposal experts and their time in Iraq. The three leads are played by relatively unknown actors but there is a very experienced supporting cast around them (including Guy Pierce, David Morse and Ralph Fiennes). Interestingly the film seems to be low on the usual 'should they be there' moralising that dominates most of these movies and is quite heavy on the action (which is arguably Bigelow's strong suit). No trailer yet (although it has now been picked up for distribution so we should see one soon) but there are a couple of atmospheric shots below.
  8. According to the Hollywood Reporter both Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain really has done wonders for his career) and Sean Penn are in talks to star in The Tree of Life. The film has been around in many guises since the 70s (then known as Q) and it originally sounded a lot more like The Fountain in that it spanned many years (with added Minotaur) but very little is known about its current state. According to IMDB the projected budget is <ccc style="font-size: inherit; background-color: yellow; " title="$150">£94.74</ccc>m which I don't really buy as I can't see any studio giving Malick that sort of cash as he doesn't make films that will draw in an audience big enough to recoup the costs. But these are encouraging times and a 3-4 year turn-around from his last film is quite surprising. At the very least it will be a stunning looking movie.
  9. lordcookie

    The Borrower Arrietty

    Studio Ghibli's next film was announced today and it is to be directed by first time director Hiromasa Yonebayashi. From GhibliWorld: <!--quoteo--><div class="quotetop">QUOTE </div><div class="quotemain"><!--quotec-->After yesterday's exclusive warming up on Twitter by GhibliWorld, today Studio Ghibli made the official announcement of their new full length feature film titled Karigurashi no Arrietty (The Borrower Arrietty). <b>The film will be an adaptation of Mary Norton's Carnegie Medal winning novel The Borrowers and, as hinted earlier on GhibliWorld, will be directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi. Unlike the original novel, which tells a story about tiny people who "borrow" things from normal humans during the 1950's in Enland, Studio Ghibli have transferred their version to Tokyo Koganei in 2010 (Koganei is where Studio Ghibli is settled) and tell the story of 14-year-old little Arrietty (Chiisana Arriety was the films original title).</b> Yonebayashi earlier worked as a key animator on previous Ghibli works like Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo and Spirited Away and was animation director for Miyazaki Goro's Gedo Senki. Karigurashi no Arrietty will be his directing debut which is something he did not expect to happen (as told by Ghibli producer Suzuki Toshio earlier this week). Nowadays Yonebayashi is encouraged by Miyazaki Hayao every single day, who also happens to be the one handling the planning of the film. Production, as always, will be handled by Suzuki Toshio. Karigurashi no Arrietty's theme song has been co-written by the French celtic harpist/singer Cécile Corbel who also is responsible for its performance. The theme song will be digitally released in Japan starting December 19. <b>Karigurashi no Arrietty is to be released summer 2010 and will have a length of about 80 minutes</b>.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd--> <img src="http://www.ghibliworld.com/images/Karigurashi_no_Arrietty.png" border="0" class="linked-image">
  10. lordcookie

    Upside Down

    The film stars Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst and is about a man who searches an alternate universe for a long-lost love from his youth. http://youtu.be/qahaiYkf-Bc The love story looks pretty standard fare but the switching top and bottom worlds looks pretty intriguing and well realised. Hopefully they'll use these alternate worlds to good effect.
  11. Not only did I have to endure Twilight: Breaking Dawn at the cinema they also showed a trailer for this hideously mawkish film. Synopsis: A nine-year-old amateur inventor, jewelry designer, astrophysicist, tambourine player, and pacifist searches New York for the lock that matches a mysterious key left by his father when he was killed in the September 11 attacks. Reading the above synopsis gives you a flavour of the potential shitness of the film but the trailer really sells it. I just feel sorry for Max von Sydow, I really hope the pay was fantastic. Anybody read the book and is the story as toe-curlingly awful as the film makes out?
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