Sunday, October 28, 2012

Tom Hanks on genius marketing performance for "Cloud Atlas"

Here's the five-minute trailer for Cloud Atlas (2012), written and directed by the Wachowski brothers and Tom Twyker, based upon the book by David Mitchell, starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, and many others who, like these, play many roles.

Friday, October 26, 2012

A huge 2012 Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival at sight

Last year's was a high-profile program with national premieres of flicks like Carnage (Roman Polanski, 2011), A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg, 2011), The Ides of March (George Clooney, 2011), Drive (Nicolas W. Refn, 2011), The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodóvar, 2011), or Killer Joe (William Friedkin, 2011) - just to name a few. Plus a retrospective of Wes Craven's career (The Last House on the Left (1972), Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)) and an homage to William Friedkin (The French Connection (1971), The Exorcist (1973)). David Cronenberg and Paul Giamatti were the main attraction, following legends like Abbas Kiarostami, Francis Ford Coppola, David Lynch, Pedro Almodóvar, Bernardo Bertolucci or John Malkovich.

In 2012, I could pick around twenty movies I've been growing desperate to see and I could point other twenty I'm awfully excited about. Paulo Branco maintaining the streak would mean a line-up able to compete with some of the biggest film festivals in the world. And so it happens, as the 6th edition of the Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival brings us not only the most anticipated movies of the year but also a handful of them that might figure their way into the history books. From the best of the young Hollywood generation, to the best of European cinema, to Sundance pearls. So far, no masterclasses have been announced but Willem Dafoe and Paul Giamatti will be here to pay us a visit. I'm placing a bet on Brian DePalma, because of the retrospective on his work. My greatest highlight is Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master (2012), probably the most talked-about film since it premiered in Venice almost two months ago. What I'd like to watch:

(2012, written/directed by Paul Thomas Anderson)

(2012, written/directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Twyker, based upon the novel by David Mitchell)

(2012, written by Benh Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar; directed by Benh Zeitlin, based upon a play by Lucy Alibar)

(2012, written/directed by Michael Haneke)

(2012, written/directed by Brandon Cronenberg)

(2012, written by Bruno de Almeida, Frederico Delgado Rosa and John Frey; directed by Bruno de Almeida)

(2012, written/ by Brian DePalma, Alan Corneau and Natalie Carter; directed by Brian DePalma)

(2012, written by Randy Brown; directed by Robert Lorenz)

Friday, October 12, 2012

"Hitchcock" surprisingly awesome trailer

I wasn't sure about this one despite believing in Hopkin's capacity to deliever, but I am extraordinarily surprised as it becomes one of my most expected films of the season. Amazing trailer. Directed by Sacha Gervasi (writer of "The Terminal"), adapted from Stephen Rebello's book by John McLaughlin ("Black Swan") and star-powered by Anthony Hopkins, Scarlett Johanson, Hellen Mirren, Michael Stuhlbarg and Jessica Biel, the biopic Hitchcock (2012) tells the story of the making of "Psycho" through the Master's relationship with his wife, Paramount, his crew and the most attractive Janet Leigh.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

"Autumn Leaves" - Help financing a short film by Filipe Coutinho

Filipe F. Coutinho is a L.A. based Portuguese young filmmaker studying at New York Film Academy and he is producing his next film, Autumn Leaves, a 15-minute drama short film chiefly inspired in one of the greatest family dramas of all time, Ordinary People (1980).

"Autumn Leaves tells the story of Peter Sanders, a mid-30s wheelchair-bound man who comes home to die after being diagnosed with liver cancer. The story follows his relationship with Joanne, an adulterous wife who desperately tries to reach to him, and Lindsay, his six-year-old daughter who tries to cure him with love and Bob Dylan songs. Peter soon realizes that he’s not fighting cancer but his own fears and frustrations.  "

The call for crowdfunding is hosted by IndieGoGo and they have twelve days to plummet their already achieved $1.250 towards the aimed $7.000. I challenge you to visit the page of the project, check their notes and intentions, their team, their commitment. And to contribute if you can.