The Hangover Part 3 in Tijuana
I hope I’m not the only person who wishes The Hangover had never been given a sequel, let alone have another film in the works. I loved the first instalment, but the second just seemed to have the same template with a different location; there were so many similarities that I found myself sitting in the cinema feeling cheated out of my money. I couldn’t concentrate after Bradley Cooper said c**t, I dislike him at the best of times but his performance in these films infuriates me for some reason, so that didn’t help either. The third and final (hopefully) instalment of The Hangover will have the same writer as Part 2 (Craig Mazin) and will apparently be set in Tijuana, Los Angeles and maybe Vegas again. Director Todd Phillips has said that the third film will be completely different, and I hope it is, but more than anything I think I’d have preferred The Hangover to quit while it was ahead.
Happy 49th birthday, Johnny Depp!
So the trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s new film Django Unchained was unveiled yesterday, I don’t like it as much as I thought I would. Obviously I’ll love anything Quentin makes by default because of films like Pulp Fiction and Death Proof but this seems so different. There’s obviously a change in how the film looks, it’s his first feature since the death of his long time editor and friend, Sally Menke. I really dislike the use of modern music next to a film set in the 1800s too, another recent example is the trailer for The Great Gatsby which was great apart from Kanye West providing the soundtrack, ugh. Other than that, the film does look good, Leo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz’s characters look amazing and there’s signs of Tarantino’s signature ultraviolence. Hopefully the trailer just didn’t do the film justice, I’ll have to wait till next year to find out.
A ‘Drive’ Sequel?
I don’t really keep up with James Sallis or book releases in general but I found out yesterday he’s brought out a sequel to his noir book-to-film ‘Drive’. The follow up is called ‘Driven’; the reviews don’t seem as good as they were for the other book but I’m more interested in whether they’re going to develop this one into a film too. Don’t read any further if you want to avoid spoilers:
“Seven years have passed since Driver ended his campaign against those who double-crossed him. He has left the old life, become Paul West and founded a successful business back in Phoenix. But walking down the street one day, he and his fiancee are attacked by two men and, while Driver dispatches both, his fiancee is killed. Sinking back into anonymity, aided by his friend Felix, an ex-gangbanger and Desert Storm vet, Driver realises that his past stalks him - and will not stop. He has to turn and face it.”
As long as they get Ryan Gosling back for the part I think this could be a great follow up to the soon to be cult classic Drive.
Knight of Cups
I say Knight of Cups because I don’t know which of Terrence Malick’s new films these photos are from, and I’m not sure if Lawless is still called Lawless. I totally forgot to post these the other day; I think I was too over excited seeing Natalie Portman’s comeback with my own eyes, she is probably my favourite actress. That, coupled with Christian Bale was just too much and now I’m even more excited for these films to come out.
I literally just posted a load of new stuff I read about The Dark Knight Rises last night and then woke up to some new footage and a tv spot! The new footage was a clip shown at the MTV Movie Awards last night, and it’s been removed in most places so it may well be removed here, so watch it while you can. One more thing, the film is going to be 2 hours and 45 minutes long.
I said a few days ago I was going to start reviewing or at least re-capping on the films I’ve watched throughout the week and see how it works out! So this week I watched Jackie Brown, Lost In Translation, Prometheus, Snow White & The Huntsman and Brokeback Mountain.
- Jackie Brown (1997) - Quentin Tarantino’s first major release after Pulp Fiction and the last before Kill Bill: Vol. 1. A great cast including Samuel L. Jackson, Pam Grier, Bridget Fonda, Robert De Niro and Michael Keaton combined with Tarantino’s gift of storytelling and writing dialogue make this a must see.
- Lost In Translation (2003) - I’m a fan of all of Sofia Coppola’s films but this is probably my favourite. I adore Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson is beautiful opposite him. Watch if you enjoy whimsical, romantic stories and dry humour.
- Prometheus (2012) - You can read my full post about Prometheus here. This was obviously the first time I’d seen the film but I can safely say I’m going back before it’s out of the cinemas.
TDKR (warning, spoilers)
- Christian Bale is the first actor to portray Batman in three live-action films, and said he wouldn’t play Batman if Robin appeared in the trilogy.
- Anne Hathaway’s character Selina Kyle is never referred to as Catwoman in the script. She beat Jessica Biel, Gemma Arterton, Kate Mara, Charlotte Riley and Keira Knightley to the role. People were unsure if Catwoman would appear in the film until Hathaway let it slip on Oprah. She worked out 5 days a week to prepare for the role. Anne starred in Alice In Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton who also directed Batman/Batman Returns. She originally thought she was auditioning for Harley Quinn.
- Tom Hardy stars as Bane. Bane was chosen as the new villain because he would challenge Batman physically as well as mentally. Hardy was chosen by Nolan because of his performance in RocknRolla. He gained 30 pounds in weight for the film and studied many forms of martial arts. He accepted the role of Bane without reading the script.
I can’t get over how good Prometheus was last night! I was gonna wait till the end of the week but I think it deserves its own post. I ended up being super tired and regretted going to a midnight showing until the trailers started; there were full length trailers for the new Bourne film, The Dark Knight Rises and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, I’m really excited for all three. For some reason I expected the film to take a while to get going but within minutes I was on the edge of my seat and the visuals were beautiful. The acting was incredible from all the cast members, Michael Fassbender as android David and Charlize Theron as Meredith Vickers really stood out though. The cinematography is stunning and for once I actually really enjoyed the 3D; Ridley Scott’s direction combined with both the intricate internal and breathtaking external sets really make the film. Obviously there’s a few unanswered questions but I can only hope that means there’s a sequel in the works, if it’s put together as well as Prometheus I think it’d be worth the wait. Go see this film on the biggest screen you can find.
Ryan Gosling: "Carey and I, our relationship off camera was very similar to our relationship on camera. We really just kind of looked at each other. It just felt good. I just liked looking at her. And I didn't want to blow it by saying anything. Also, I really wanted to kiss her, so I asked the movie's director Nick if I could do it in the elevator scene before I smash a guy's head in."