Venice Trailer: Roman Polanski’s Carnage

The day’s news, nuggets and notables:

Christian Bale reportedly cast in yet another Terrence Malick film
This is one after the next one which still doesn’t have a title but stars Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz. Mind you, this is a guy who only directed 4 films between 1973 and 2005. (Twitch)

(above) Venice Trailer: Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly in Roman Polanski’s Carnage

Mary Louise Parker in negotiations for R.I.P.D.
This is the undead cop thing with Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Bacon. (Variety – firewall)

Trailer: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Yeah, you forgot they were sequelizing Ghost Rider, didn’ t you? (THR)

You didn’t really believe Stallone when he said no more Rambos, did you?
Number 4 was a piece of shit, but everyone loved it, so this one is inevitable whether anyone will admit it or not. (Empire)

5 Responses to “News du Jour: 8/19/11”

  1. Is this next Rambo the one he talked about previously where he’s hired by the government or something to go after a Wolverine-style rogue military experiment in the Rockies, or something? Whatever. The last movie was better than that one where he fought the Russians in Afghanistan, at least. The bar’s not terribly high for these movies, so whatever.

  2. The trailer for Carnage might be the best trailer I’ve seen in quite some time.The movie could suck, but that’s a top notch piece of editing right there. Definitely want to see this train wreck of a human calamity pronto.

  3. Re Carnage – with the right director, strong source material, and compelling acting plays can transform well to screen (e.g. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Closer, a bunch of Tennessee Williams stuff) even though ways of making them cinematic have to be contrived. Polanski did a good job with Death and the Maiden so he has shown an ability to work within the constricted scope of this type of adaptation.

  4. Polanski, when he wants to be, is a master of the “one setting as indicative of life” subgenre (Knife in the Water, Repulsion, Death and the Maiden). I’m in.

  5. Bob, I’ve had hangovers that were better than Rambo 3. I have no idea what this next Rambo is going to be about and I don’t care. I’m not seeing it. I got burned once by good word of mouth on #4 and I’m not falling for it agian.

    Joel, I have to admit I didn’t watch the trailer. I’m pre-sold. I’m jazzed to hear it melts your butter though. For all the niggling plot issues that Ghost Writer had, it really was a terrific movie.

    Sartre, plays can be a tough transition… it’s odd because they’re half way to being movies already. For me where the fall down is not usually in their scope (which is a frequent criticism of plays to movies) it’s in the dialogue. I’m not a drama expert, but the dialogue in stage productions often seems “bigger” in order to put the reality over on an audience and to play to the cheap seats. Movies with their closeups and whatnot sometimes demand a more intimate, natural style. Not always of course. There’s nothing natural about the Coen Bros, but if you’re going to be stylized, you have to own it.

    Chuck. Don’t forget the pirate ship. Just kidding. (not fair, I know it was bomb, but I’ve never actually seen Pirates)

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