Filmstalker's Week 21st to 27th January
Here is your weekly roundup of what has been happening at Filmstalker. Inside are all the reviews, trailers and a selection of news stories from the last week.
After the death of Heath Ledger, and Britney Spears public unraveling, Richard asked if being a celebrity was actually good for you.
Richard reviewed District 13 (Banlieue 13), which has Luc Besson producing a film which integrates the sport of Parkour with a good action film.
He also reviewed Living in Oblivion, which is essentially a film about making a film. Richard was impressed and it has a good cast including Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney and James LeGros.
First we have the trailer for What Happens in Vegas. This stars Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher, they play two people who go to Vegas to forget their troubles and end up with all new ones. The trailer looks good fun, let's hope we haven't seen all the good bits already.
Pu-239 looks like a very interesting film. A man is accidentally exposed to a deadly dose of radiation at work, and with no compensation forthcoming for his family, he turns to extreme measures to secure their financial future.
A new restricted trailer for Funny Games appeared online. This one is age restricted for those in the U.S., but it does look promising. A family are held hostage in their holiday home by two sadistic young men, who make a bet that the family will not be alive the following day. It certainly looks like a different take on the home invasion film, and the cast is good too. Naomi Watts, Michael Pitt and Tim Roth star in this one.
WAZ stars Stellan Skarsgård and Melissa George, and tells the story of a string of murders. The common theme of which is an equation which is carved into the bodies. The film looks really good, very dark, and I think the casting is interesting. You can also read Richard's review in the link above.
A French horror next called Frontier(s). Paris has descended into chaos and riots are everywhere, a group of theives escape to the country and find an inn. They think they are safe there, but maybe not. The trailer kind of reminded me of Hostel a little bit, but that probably is because of the amount of gore and violence. I'd like to see this one for sure. I particuarly like the line in the trailer where the guy says, "We'll be fine here." That kind of line always means people are going to die...
Norah Jones makes her first foray into acting in My Blueberry Nights. It also stars Jude Law, Natalie Portman, David Strathairn and Rachel Weisz. The trailer is a bit muddled, but the performances look good.
In Bruges stars Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes. Two hitmen are sent to Bruges to lay low after a hit back home. They do no such thing though and end up being hunted down by their boss. I will warn you that Colin Farrell actually made me laugh during this trailer....I know, note the date and time.
Finally is Smart People, starring Dennis Quaid, Thomas Haden Church, Ellen Page and Sarah Jessica Parker. Quaid plays a man who after a seizure is unable to drive for six months. This starts a series of events which sees his family come closer together.
Oliver Stone is to make a film about George W. Bush. It will take a behind the scene look at what it's like to be the man himself. Josh Brolin is slated to play Bush. Given all that's happened in his eight years in office it's no surprise there is to be a film made.
The guessing was over when we found out that Iron Man was going to appear in a scene in the new Hulk movie. Will this pave the way for an Avengers movie?
The teaser for J.J. Abrams new Star Trek movie appeared in High Definition, and looks all the better for it.
There may be another secret hidden in the ending of Cloverfield.
The nominations were announced for this years Oscars.
We heard the sad news that Heath Ledger had died in New York.
With the news last week that the Justice League of America film is in limbo, John Favreau has been talking about the possibility of an Avengers film. This would mean a film for each character of their own before an ensemble one. This makes sense to me, especially if they could keep the same actors for the Avengers film.
And finally we can't go without mentioning Cloverfield again. Before it is even released in some countries people are mentioning the idea of a sequel. It appears though that a prequel is the more likely to happen.