Saturday, November 18, 2017

A Quiet Place Trailer

Very impressed by the trailer for John Krasinski's 'A Quiet Place'. One of the most compelling horror trailers I've seen. Big fan of Emily Blunt, so looking forward to her performance.

On second viewing, I noticed something in the daughter's ear. A hearing aid, other device? Can't tell. Given the conceit -- monsters will attack if they hear noise -- this element is quite interesting.

That the family must walk on sand is one of the best devices.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Michelle Pfeiffer 'Afraid of Failing?'

Few days ago at NYT, Michelle Pfeiffer said she was 'afraid of failing' and 'You cannot bomb in front of Judi Dench.' From the footage in this trailer for Kenneth Branagh's 'Murder on the Orient Express' Pfeiffer is looking pretty good.

Nice to see her back.

Friday, November 3, 2017

German Trailer for 'Aus Dem Nichts' (In The Fade)

Just posted domestic trailer for Diane Kruger's 'In The Fade' (directed by ) then watched this German language trailer. 

As usual, it totally blows our version away. Quicker to the point, faster to the punch, with sharper lines -- almost too powerful. Definitely too scary for American auds.

'In The Fade' Trailer

Love Diane Kruger in this. She comes off real, avoids that movie star 'out to get you' vibe.

Hard to be objective, but this German production looks typically deeper, more incisive than an American movie. However, genre through line of, "They'll be punished, I promise you." is more in line with our expectations -- so, there's remake potential.

Kruger's upcoming, 'Butterfly in the Typewriter', about novelist John Kennedy Toole's effort to get his Pulitzer winning book 'A Confedercy of Dunces' published (directed by David DuBos), looks very interesting.

According to Wiki, title refers to:

The book's title refers to an epigram from Jonathan Swift's essay, Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting: "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him." 

which, yeah, can't argue with...

Thursday, November 2, 2017

New 'Downsizing' Trailer -- or -- E x 135m = $0

About 30 seconds into this I realized it was existentialist, and, I'm like..."Is that still a thing?"

Also -- runtime is 135 minutes.

So: Existentialism x 2 hours 15 minutes = bomb. Further, release date of December 22 only adds to the pain.

Plays like a novel or short story, and I'd be interested in reading same, but as a movie, I wouldn't rent this. Renting movies is still a thing, right?

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Iona Opie

Very interesting the obit for Iona Opie at NYT. She and her husband, Peter, authored the Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, which, normally I don't think would cause a ripple with me, but I found their story compelling.  That authorship of 'Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon' could be traced to 16th century playwright Thomas Preston is astonishing to me. What are the mechanics of such an effort? I wouldn't mind knowing.

Was impressed that the couple amassed 90 tons of children's toys and books. Really?

She collaborated with Maurice Sendak on 'I Saw Esau'. I only know of Sendak's 'Where the Wild Things Are', and the association between someone like him and Opie is remarkable.

The couple also wrote 'The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren', which I'm looking forward to.

Opie's simple observation -- "...mishaps might be funny rather than tragic, that tantrums can be comical as well as frightening, and that laughter is the cure for practically everything." -- reflects my own thinking.

Pomsidilious, indeed.

Friday, October 27, 2017

David Crowley's 'A Gray State'

I have no idea what to think of David Crowley's story. Murder vs. suicide? His house just went up for sale.

Story at CP:

"Curb appeal is enhanced by a new roof, cobalt blue paint, and shrubs so new they have tags. The interior improvements are even better, with an overhauled kitchen and baths, an added bedroom, and shiny new floors. List price: $279,900."

Apple put up a trailer for Erik Nelson's documentary.