Looper (Teaser Countdown)
If you haven’t heard about this one get ready because it’s about to become a top priority in your movie going future. Director Rian Johnson, the man behind Brick and The Brothers Bloom, is about to introduce Looper. The sci-fi thriller follows a young anti-hero, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, working as a hit man for the mob. His latest mark, however, is his future self, played by Bruce Willis. That is all I know. So, don’t ask me about the physics of this world, the futuristic tech that exists in it, or how JGL grows up to become Bruce Willis. I don’t know. What I do know is that Johnson is known for crafting beautiful intricate dialogue and tricky plot lines. Also, it appears that trailers in preparation for trailers is officially the new protocol. Here they are at least calling it a teaser. Tomorrow we’re getting the full preview and I can’t wait!
Lately, we’ve all noticed the popular trend of remakes by the Hollywood studios. We all know and love (or should love) Hitchcock’s Rear Window. A few years ago, director DJ Caruso made a not-so-subtle re-imagining of the classic film, Disturbia. The movie followed the same basic storyline and although the familiar plot was all too obvious, it was still an enjoyable movie if for no other reason than it reminded us of a great Hitchcock film.
Now, it seems the Norwegian film community is taking leaps by cleverly repurposing the classic tale. Babycall is about a single mother, Anna (Noomi Rapace – the original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), who moves to a big flat outside of Oslo with her 8 year old son to get away from her violent husband. She gets the idea of buying a baby monitor so that her son doesn’t have to sleep in her bed, only to discover that the babycall picks up another troubled situation somewhere else in the flat. I can only imagine the Hitchcockian moments as she runs into her neighbors, never knowing who to trust and who to suspect. The reliance on sound as opposed to sight adds to the thrills in this trailer and really strikes a creepy tone.
Kurt Kuenne is the director who shocked audiences everywhere with his chilling documentary of the murder of his best friend in Dear Zachary. His follow up film, Shuffle, is a feature about what happens when a man starts to experience life out of chronological order. The production value looks poor and the actors are unrecognizable, but don’t be quick to write this one off. He’s surprised us once before and his last film alone grants this one a chance to be seen. It’s doubtful that this will be able to touch the genius of Dear Zachary, however, it’ll be interesting to see how he handles a narrative. Mr. Kuenne is both writer and director of Shuffle.
Lola Vs (Trailer)
This film is a Fox Searchlight picture, but it feels like an honest-to-goodness-gosh-darn indie film. In fact, they blatantly tell us it’s another (500) Days of Summer-type experience (which was another big studio film with a small film feel to it). Only this time, instead of Zooey Daschanel, the indie queen of the silver screen is Greta Gerwig! She plays Lola, a 29-year-old woman dumped by her longtime boyfriend just three weeks before their wedding. With the help of her close friends, she embarks on a series of desperate encounters in an attempt to find her place in the world as a single woman approaching 30. It’s a chick flick with some real honest moments and a lot of potential.