Monday, December 22, 2008

Warm and Fuzzy Feelings

This video sums up everything I want to say to all of you, just in case I didn't get a chance to do it myself.

Happy Holidays!



Friday, December 19, 2008

Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby

If you haven't heard the news by now, here it is. Nikke Finke of Deadline Hollywood Daily revealed that Baz Luhrmann's next film is going to be an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, and that he has already purchased the rights to the novel.

The reason I am posting about this news is because the novel is absolutely fantastic, and I think Baz Luhrmann has the ability to make a film adaptation of the novel that could be extraordinary. Apparently Baz is in the process of looking for actors to cast in his new adaptation. Now I don't often like to play the "Who Will Be Great in This Part?" game because the effort is usually fruitless and completely off from what the final result is, but with this film I just could not help myself. So here are my personal choices for who I think would be fantastic in The Great Gatsby.

Leonardo DiCaprio for Gatsby, Kate Winslet or Rachel McAdams for Daisy Buchanan, Ryan Gosling for Nick Carraway, Ryan Reynolds for Tom Buchanan, Anne Hathaway for Jordan Baker, Mark Ruffalo for George B. Wilson, Rachel Weisz for Myrtle Wilson. So basically this will be the best movie ever, with the best cast ever. Well except for one missing ingredient...

I vote that Rinko Kikuchi plays either Pammy Buchanan, the three year old daughter of Tom and Daisy, or Meyer Wolfsheim the Jewish gambler and crime kingpin. Or both. Please Baz, do this for me.


[Source Deadline Hollywood Daily]


Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Little Off Topic

While a lot of the film blogs I'm reading are busy reflecting about the films of 2008, I thought it would be a nice change of pace to look back at our world in 2008. Over at they have a section titled "The Big Picture" which is a collection of photographs taken in 2008 documenting what happened in the world and how this year changed our world.

While it is nice to talk and think about some of the amazing films that came out in 2008, it is just as nice to see the beautiful (and harrowing) photographs that documented what happened in the real world.

You can find the first third of the collection, along with descriptions of each photo, here. As far as I know, the other two sections of the piece have not yet been posted.




Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Coming Soon

Nathaniel over at The Film Experience created this hilarious little teaser trailer for the upcoming Supporting Actress blog-a-thon that is happening over at StinkyLulu. I for one will be participating and creating a special little post about a supporting actress I think deserves some recognition this year. If you want to know who it is, you are just going to have to wait until January 4, 2009.

So until then!

P.S. If you wish to participate, you can go here to see all of the details. Any blog (it doesn't have to be a movie blog) can participate, so why not? Here are the links for The Class of 2006 and The Class of 2007.

P.P.S. I love Amy Adams in that trailer!!


[Source The Film Experience]


Friday, December 12, 2008

TRAILER: Mei Lanfang is Forever Enthralled

This post comes with some good news and some bad news. I will tell you the bad news first. The English title of Chen Kiage's new film Mei Lanfang has been retitled Forever Enthralled. This is probably one of the most vomit-inducing changes in a film's title I have heard in awhile (another film that comes to mind is another Zhang Ziyi film, The Banquet which was retitled Legend of the Black Scorpion for its American DVD release).

Now it's time for some good news as well. Twitch has just unveiled a new trailer for the film which actually looks decent. This is great news for me because I have been dying to see Zhang Ziyi on the big screen for awhile now... the last time I saw her, it was at the Toronto International Film Festival Gala Screening for The Banquet back in 2005.

I have no idea if anyone out there is a fan of Zhang's work, but this film looks as though it could be something special. The director's past credits include The Emperor and the Assassin and Farewell My Concubine. The estimated $15 Million film not only boasts Zhang Ziyi, but also Honglei Sun (who also appeared in Mongol and Zhou Yu's Train) and Leon Lai (from Comrades Almost a Love Story and Fallen Angels) who is taking on the title character.

Above is a still of Leon Lai in costume as Mei Lanfang. The trailer and a little something extra is available after the jump.

I also have an extra tidbit for those of you who are interested. There is a music video with Zhang Ziyi and Leon Lai titled "You Feel My Love" which also (in between shots of both of the stars singing) shows off some gorgeous stills from the film. (Unfortunately if you don't speak Chinese, the lyrics will do nothing for you.)


[Source Twitch]


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Queen of Hearts

Julianne Moore is the queen of tears. She is also the queen on choosing the wrong movie as a vehicle for herself (The Forgotten).

However, her greatness outweighs any shadows that may be cast over her presence, and for that I salute her. Happy 48th Birthday Julianne Moore!

P.S. I personally do not believe this woman is a day over 40.