August 10, 2011

Trailer Watch: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Anonymous, Coriolanus, Like Crazy, The Sitter

This week the British take over movie trailers. We have a gripping trailer for a famous thriller with an all-British prestige cast, two very different Shakespeare projects - Anonymous and Coriolanus - and a romance between a British and an American student. Additionally, David Gordon Green tries to cast away his most recent failures with a new Apatow-esque comedy, The Sitter.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)
Release Date:
November 18th, 2011
Cast: Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, CiarĂ¡n Hinds
Director: Tomas Alfredson

The skilled Swedish director Tomas Alfredson makes his English-language debut with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by John le Carré. The book was previously adapted into a TV mini-series in 1979 starring Alec Guinness in the iconic role of George Smiley, this time played by Gary Oldman. Alfredson previously directed Let the Right One In which was very well-received with a MRQE Metric of 84 and has since been remade by Matt Reeves into the more briefly titled Let Me In which had a solid Metric of 74. Let the Right One In was especially noted for its excellent atmosphere and the trailer for Tinker continues that record with well-framed cinematography and excellent use of music from X-Men: First Class earlier this year.

Anonymous (2011)
Release Date:
October 28th, 2011
Cast: Rhys Ifans, Venessa Redgrave, David Thewlis,
Director: Roland Emmerich

What happens when the director of 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day, and Godzilla directs a biopic of William Shakespeare? We’re not sure either, but the trailer for Anonymous gives us some idea. All we know is that the movie assumes Shakespeare a fraud and somehow has explosions. Emmerich’s genius subtly mocks Shakespeare’s specific mistakes – such as the famous anachronism of mentioning a clock in “Julius Caesar” – by anachronistically using Radiohead to layer the trailer. The only question is – which international landmark will Emmerich destroy in this movie?

Coriolanus (2011)
Release Date:
December 2nd, 2011
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, Jessica Chastain, Vanessa Redgrave
Director: Ralph Fiennes

On the opposite side of “how to use Shakespeare in cinema,” Ralph Fiennes makes his directorial debut with Coriolanus, an adaptation of the Shakespeare drama of the same name about the eponymous character, played by Fiennes himself, attempting to take revenge on Rome after being banished from it. Fiennes is coming off great notices for his performance as Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Jessica Chastain was launched into the spotlight as one of the stars of The Tree of Life earlier this year. The trailer emphasizes that the movie was written by John Logan, writer of Gladiator and The Last Samurai by being displayed as an action movie. Coriolanus first played at the Berlin Film Festival in February followed by immediate Oscar buzz for Vanessa Redgrave’s performance. The studio must agree, judging by the December release date.

Like Crazy (2011)
Release Date:
October 28th, 2011
Cast: Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence
Director: Drake Doremus

Like Crazy is a chick flick about a couple, played by Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones, separated after Jones’s character overstayed her US visa and was subsequently banned from the United States. The movie played at Sundance this year to positive notices, primarily praising the two main characters for their chemistry. Jennifer Lawrence, since finding success last year in Winter’s Bone (MRQE Metric: 81) plays in a supporting role, apart from the mainstream projects she’s been involved in such as X-Men: First Class and the upcoming The Hunger Games.

The Sitter (2011)
Release Date:
December 9th, 2011
Cast: Jonah Hill, Sam Rockwell, Ari Graynor, Erin Daniels
Director: David Gordon Green

The Sitter is David Gordon Green’s second movie this year. In April, Your Highness flopped at box office and received largely negative reviews. Despite a cast headlining Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman, and Zooey Deschanel, it ended up with a weak Metric of 42. This December, we’ll see if The Sitter can restore Green’s name among the great Apatowian directors of the modern age – a title he won with Pineapple Express in 2008. Jonah Hill is the only real star in The Sitter and he’s still relatively unproven when it comes to carrying a movie in a starring role. Mostly, Hill is cast in supporting roles such as Moneyball coming this September.

Poster Watch: Moneyball (2011)

The new one-sheet for Moneyball is beautifully rendered with clean and clear shapes, colors, and fonts. The simple design is elegantly places around Brad Pitt, who is clearly the movie’s biggest box office draw, while also providing prominent placement on the names of Jonah Hill and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

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