Frustrating to have a good feeling about a film but be unable to confirm our gut instinct because it’s still in the protected pocket of limited release. We’ve posted as many relevant items as we can find about I Am Love (click the topic tags to find them), but it’s been hard to get a handle on what an exquisite thing of beauty it might really be. Three clips after the cut help to give us a sense. The music by John Adams is especially vibrant, and its unusual prominence on the soundtrack gives it a striking front-and-center emphasis. Such an opulent stylistic flourish is a risky artistic choice — reminds me of the shifts in color intensity in A Single Man — so it’s a good thing the decision seems to work brilliantly.
The chatter on the web about how there aren’t enough Oscar hopefuls to fill ten slots this year, let alone five, is heating up. I’ve already read several of them, including the most recent piece by Dave Karger.
While I usually tend to agree with this line of thinking, this year I’m inclined to debunk it. The main reason for this is that the Academy is enduring one of its best periods right now, one of its bravest, and one of its most detrimental. Best, because they’ve been picking great films over the past few years, brave because they aren’t “popular choice,” and detrimental because it comes at a time when the American public’s taste in general has plummeted in the mainstream and supposedly, their ratings have suffered because of it.
The shocking apocalyptic poster for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is somehow more disturbing than seeing an aircraft carrier surf a tidal wave toward the White House in 2012. Maybe because Roland Emmerich never creates a realistic sense of location or characters we care about as much as the completely imaginary world of Hogwarts. Slashfilm discovers an extended version of the trailer we saw a few days ago, including previously unseen footage and more graphic shots that were scrubbed up for PG-preview audiences. You’d otherwise need to be playing the Lego Harry Potter video game to be mature enough to handle Hermione’s bloody hand.
Full-size poster and full-gore trailer after the cut.
Oscar-nominated in the role of 100-year-old Rose DeWitt Bukater when she was 87, Gloria Stuart becomes a genuine centenarian on Sunday. Born July 4, 1910.
Remember a year ago when the only clue we had about Inception was this puzzling summary: ‚Äúa contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind‚Äù? Now in a neat twist two weeks from the premiere that abstract concept is climbing high-rises around Manhattan in the form of monumental tromp l’oeil building facades. Thanks to First Showing for passing these along from Slashfilm. There’s another one after the cut.