Trailer - Whiplash
Directed by Damien Chazelle. Starring Miles Teller, JK Simmons and Paul Reiser.
This was a big hit at Sundance and now I know why. It’s a lot darker and intense than I was expecting and it was great. This looks quite good and definitely looking forward to seeing it.
Whiplash will play at the Toronto International Film Festival and will arrive in theaters October 10th.
(via The Playlist)
Trailer - Fifty Shades of Grey
Directed by Sam Taylor-Wood (Johnson). Starring Jaime Doornan, Dakota Johnson. With Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk and Rita Ora.
I read the whole trilogy which was okay (didn’t hate it. In the hands of a better writer it could have been something really good) but for some reason I am actually looking forward to this. The film doesn’t really look that bad. Generic, maybe but not awful. Sam Taylor-Johnson might have been able to create something with that mess of a book. Don’t get me wrong it could still be absolute garbage. We all know Secretary was better. I’m going to see it either way. We’ll see on Valentine’s Day 2015.
I think Lafayette will be the only person I will miss from this show.
"Cutting through it was the lacerating catharsis of whatever guitar she was channeling the life force of at the moment. While Annie played, her body lost the robotic rigidity and, in a couple instances, she melted onto the floor in flashes of such intense focus that I found myself tearing up from the whole spectacle of it. Toward the end, she pretended to collapse on stage, wiped out by the power of her guitar solo and revived only by the presence of a new guitar. The juxtaposition was beautiful and resonant: Here was a person escaping the robotic and the electric, becoming human through the power of music. The medium was the message. It was fucking cool and also fucking brilliant."
First Official Trailer of “Finding Fela” Documentary.
To anyone familiar with Nigeria politics, Afrobeat music and revolutionary post-colonial ideologies in Africa, Fela Anikulapo Kuti needs no introduction.
Hailed as a revolutionary by some and a rebel by others, Fela Kuti was a powerful and dangerous mixture of the two. For many, his music was and still is arguably the most relevant and most poignant testimony of the corrupt state of Nigerian affairs since the oil-rich country became independent from Britain in 1960. His Afrobeat rhythms, black pride and African consciousness, mixed with his defiant attitude, as well as his charm and charisma, made Fela both a hero and a target. From the everyday person to the elite, Fela’s music struck a chord (and in some cases a nerve or two) with people all over Nigeria, and beyond.
In Finding Fela, filmmaker Alex Gibney explores Fela Kuti’s pioneering legacy painting a portrait of a man who has succeeded in achieving his self-fulfilled prophecy, highlighted through his self-appointed name ‘Anikulapo’, of living forever.
TIFF Trailer - Miss Julie
Directed by Liv Ullman. Starring Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, and Samantha Morton.
Based on the play by the same name. I’m into this. Chastain is going to be everywhere this year and that’s okay. Miss Julie will be making it’s world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival
Trailer - Jealousy
Directed by Philippe Garrel. Starring Louis Garrel and Anna Mouglalis.
The second trailer today with Louis Garrel. Is it Christmas? I have no real idea what this film is about but WHO CARES? It’s Louis looking very beautiful.
It play in New York on August 15 and in Los Angeles on August 22. You can also see it on iTunes August 19 and on Amazon Instant, Vudu and Google Play on August 26.
(Thanks to Miss Modular for bringing this my attention)
Black Girls Talking Episode 32
We were delighted to have writer Bim Adewunmi join us for this episode to talk about the cringeworthy Straight Outta Compton casting call; Emmy nominations; Nurse Jackie and women anti-heroes; her Guardian cover story on Assata Shakur and more.
French Trailer for Saint Laurent
Directed by Bertrand Bonello. Starring Gaspard Ulliel, Louis Garrel, Jérémie Renier, and Léa Seydoux.
The two most important things about this trailer? Louis Garrel and Léa Seydoux. And maybe even Garrel and Gaspard Ullie making out. This looks like your typical biopic. Except it has beautiful smolder-y, French people which already makes it better.
No release date yet.
Movies I Saw: January 2014 - May 2014
I keep saying that I am going to start writing little reviews again and I will….someday. For the three people who read them.
2014 So Far: The Others
April 17, 1928 - July 19, 2014
Teaser Trailer - God Help The Girl
Directed and written by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of Belle & Sebastian. Starring Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray.
This was one the films on my must-see Sundance must-see. It won the Special Jury Prize and it looks quite delightful. Right up my alley.
In theaters and iTunes September 5th.
Trailer - Laggies
Directed by Lynn Shelton. Starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell. With Ellie Kemper and Mark Webber.
I really enjoy Lynn Shelton’s and this doesn’t like it will be the exception. This sort of looks like right up my alley and I’ll pretty much watch Sam Rockwell in anything.
In theaters October 24th.