Australia, new trailer

Can’t find an embeddable version, so you’ll need to click the Australia logo Click above to be carried off to very pretty Luhrmannland. Looking more and more like Out of Africa meets The African Queen — not that there’s anything wrong with that. But not...
Posted On 29 Sep 2008

Seven Pounds, trailer

Official sales pitch: “The emotional story of a man who will change the lives of seven strangers.” [None of them in the audience, however.]
Posted On 29 Sep 2008

The Circuitous Course of Benjamin Button

The zig-zag path from Fitzgerald short story to Fincher epic is outlined in the NYTimes, following The Curious Case of Benjamin Button across a minefield of interpretations (a comedy starring Martin Short!), as the property was passed many hands over the past two decades...
Posted On 29 Sep 2008

Paul Newman and the Evolution of the Anti-Hero

Roger Ebert, reviewing Cool Hand Luke in 1967, a 1400-word history lesson on the evolution of our attitudes about heroes and how Paul Newman became the ultimate personification of the anti-hero: “He’s been in movies where he is a fairly ordinary guy in a fairly...
Posted On 28 Sep 2008

New Benjamin Button trailer

Epic in the purest sense of the word. Apple HD trailers here. I think now we’ve seen enough so that this qualifies as more than a guess: Best Cinematography nomination for Claudio Miranda, and I’m all in for another 7-8 nominations in categories across the board.
Posted On 27 Sep 2008

The Spirit, final trailer

[UPDATE: Much sharper version to replace the previous youtube clip. A movie that depends on the strength of its graphic impact to deliver the full force of its style deserves the best presentation possible.] Hope nobody’s getting tired of trailers. Try to enjoy the surplus;...
Posted On 26 Sep 2008

Hunger trailer

Thanks to Alex Billington at Firstshowing.net for the reminder about Cannes Camera d’Or winner, Hunger, the story of IRA martyr Bobby Sands’ last days during his 1981 hunger strike. Though a difficult movie to watch, Alex thinks Hunger deserves recognition for its...
Posted On 26 Sep 2008

Synecdoche, New York

Maybe not as dreamlike and tantalizing as the teaser poster, but a beautiful Metropolis-under-glass terrarium all the same. Probably best that promotional teasers for Synecdoche, New York stay away from trying a literal explanation of the puzzle-box complexity of the film, but...
Posted On 26 Sep 2008

Valkyrie trailer

Poster after the cut. [UPDATE: Featurette we've seen before, but higher quality than the one posted months ago.]
Posted On 25 Sep 2008

Head of Skate, trailer

Remember the Matt Damon interview that we all enjoyed and admired 100%, when everybody joined hands, sang Kumbyah, made s’mores, and told ghost stories before we paired off in unlikely couples and slipped off to zippered tents to make out? Oh, happy hopeful topic!...
Posted On 25 Sep 2008