Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night. [directed by Andy Muschietti]
The Pirate Bay, originally founded in 2003 as a search engine, grew into a leading go-to website for illegal file sharing post-Napster. The Pirate Bay founders ultimately were placed on trial in Sweden, where they received short-term prison sentences, the blocking of The Pirate Bay ISP around the world, and a fine of more than 3.5 million USD. Now, filmmaker Simon Klose takes a look at the history and founders of The Pirate Bay in this documentary, due to be released online for free in conjunction with a major film festival (TBD).
The film opens stateside 28 October 2011.
Ah, Banksy. That unrequited love I have for him and his mischievous ways.
Those of you who have followed my sporadic and indeed eccentric posts know that I am a lover of street art, in all of its forms. I haven’t written about it in a while, but Banksy has changed that.
The notoriously private individual who has lauded us with his stencils for so many years now has made a film.
Oh yes. He has. EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP is a documentary/film about street art, of which Banksy is an expert. The film is basically the story of a French shop keeper who films his journey to find – and befriend – Banksy. Banksy apparently turns the camera on the shop keeper, and, well, you have to watch the film to find out.
It’s in limited release (bummer) but it will be in my area soon, so I will be sure to blog a review.
Take a good look, ladies and gents, because you’re going to remember this face.
Anthony Mackie, a 30 year old native from New Orleans, LA, is one of Hollywood’s most underrated actors of the moment, this man has played alongside some of the heavy hitters in the industry, including Hillary Swank, Matthew McConaughey, and Spike Lee, to name a few.
But in the next couple of years, you’ll be seeing more of him.
I first noticed Mackie while watching an episode of Law and Order: CI. He played a reporter whose girlfriend was killed in his apartment and he became a prime suspect. But his confidence, talent, and charisma shined, and I looked him up. He’s been in some of the most defining films in the past five years, and he’s not a household name.
His last role was as a Major in the major flop Eagle Eye. But his next role as Tupac Shakur in Notorious should be an interesting take on a legend’s life.
I wasn’t a fan of the original X-Men movies. I’m young, I wasn’t about some old mutants. Give me mutants my age any day, like the new comic book NYX. But so many comic book movies are being made (and not well) nowadays that it’s getting a little tiring.
So imagine my surprise when I saw the trailer for Push:
We’ve seen three X-Men movies, one Wolverine movie scheduled to hit this year, Jumper, Elektra, Sin City, Wanted, Watchmen (scheduled to hit), and on and on.
So what makes this movie special?
Well, it’s about the search for an escaped mind-control “agent” (played by Camilla Belle – The Quiet) who was forced to work for the government agency known as The Division (scary!). Dakota Fanning plays a Watcher (clairvoyant) who tracks Chris Evans (a Mover – someone with telekinetic powers) to Hong Kong, and together they search for Camilla’s character because SHE might have the answer to getting rid of Division.
Did I mention that Division is trying to turn these kid mutants into an army, and that one of the villains is played by none other than Djimon Honsu (Constantine, Blood Diamond)?
I lived in Asia for a long time, so the landscape and background mean something to me, but the fact that they keep trying to remake a story that’s been told a million times tells me something else:
This story works. It speaks to all of us, especially my generation, the Matrix generation. We are continually seeing ourselves as outside of the norm, and at odds with our own institutions, government and otherwise.
However, there are just so many times you can tell a story badly without paying for it.
There is one thing I absolutely love about Hollywood – those supremely talented actresses who seem to actually have a knack for wanting to evolve in their craft. Some examples – Cate Blanchett (The Gift), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Science of Sleep), Rachel Weisz (The Fountain), etc.
So go ahead and add Rachael Taylor to that list. First noticed by American audiences in the 2007 blockbuster Transformers, this 25 year old Aussie-born actress has moved from mainstream back to the independent world in order to fulfill her need to evolve as an actor.
‘Transformers’ was important and defining for me because it taught me about what kinds of movies I want to make and the kind of actor I want to be, and I have a long way to go before I become that actor.” (special thanks to Rachael Taylor)
Since doing Transformers, she’s been busy, filming the Japanese remake Shutter (2008), BottleShock (available on DVD 2 February 2009), and getting ready for her leading role in Washingtonienne, a show about the ins and outs of Washington life, produced by actress Sarah Jessica Parker.
Maybe it’s because I love film, or maybe it’s because talent is becoming harder to find, but Rachael Taylor is one girl everyone should look out for.