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Nine Trailer

Posted by: Matthew Turner 15/05/2009 @ 12:54
Subject: Film

Films seen so far this year: 141
Films seen last week: Mesrine: Killer Instinct – Part One, Mesrine: Public Enemy Number One – Part 2, Sunshine Cleaning, Viva, French Film, Night at the Museum 2, Fighting, Doghouse

Five Random Things I've Found On The Internet This Week
1. Scorsese to (finally) direct a Sinatra biopic. I think this is the best piece of film news I've heard in a long, long time. Okay, so it's not the Dean Martin biopic (Dino) that's been a rumoured Scorsese project for years, but it's brilliant news all the same. It also offers wonderful fantasy casting opportunities. DiCaprio's probably a shoo-in for Ol' Blue Eyes, but who'll play Dino? Who'll play Ava Gardner? Who'll play Mia Farrow? And will Don Cheadle get to reprise his role as Sammy Davis Jr from the 1998 TV movie The Rat Pack?

2. 2008 films montage. Some genius on YouTube has put together this a terrific montage of 2008 films, set to Sigur Ros's Hoppipola. The full list of films featured -in order- is available by clicking “more info” on the right.

3. Le Wrath di Khan. And another YouTube genius has created this opera version of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, using action figures. Genius.

4. My serious case of Cannes Envy is now in full flow. In between sobs, I'll be avidly following film critic Mike D'Angelo's Cannes reportage for The AV Club. Highly recommended reading.

5. And finally, the fabulous trailer for Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus. Because sometimes, all you want from the internet is some footage of a giant shark attacking a giant octopus. Best bit: a toss-up between the shark attacking the Golden Gate Bridge or the octopus whipping a fighter jet out of the sky.

Films I'm Looking Forward To: Nine
This is either a testament to the wonders of the internet or a damning indictment of my own rubbishness, but I'd never even heard of Nine until yesterday, when a link to the trailer popped up on my Twitter feed. Directed by Chicago's Rob Marshall, it's based on the stage musical that was itself based on Federico Fellini's autobiographical film 8 ½. It stars Daniel Day-Lewis as film director Guido Contini, who appears to be struggling with his career and his personal life. That's not all that surprising, when you consider that the women in his life include Marion Cotillard (as his wife), Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Judi Dench and Sophia Loren. The footage in the Nine trailer is beautifully shot and the cast look absolutely stunning. I like the music in the trailer too, so if the finished film is in a similar vein, it should be a real treat. This looks like a film even the presence of Kate Hudson can't spoil. Unfortunately, it doesn't open here till November 25th, but it looks like it'll be worth the wait. See below for the Nine trailer.

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
Only one new entry this week: Charlie Kaufman's deeply weird Synecdoche, New York, which will definitely be on my Best of 2009 list at the end of the year. You can also read our interview with writer-director Charlie Kaufman here. I'll also put in a good word for low-key British romcom French Film, which is basically at position 12 (after Momma's Man, at number 11).

1. Sounds Like Teen Spirit
2. Star Trek
3. Synecdoche, New York
4. Let the Right One In
5. Coraline (3D)
6. I Love You, Man
7. Encounters at the End of the World
8. Shifty
9. Blue Eyelids
10. O'Horten

DVD of the Week: Role Models (out now, RRP £19.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is Role Models, a comedy starring Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott as two energy drink salesmen who are assigned to a mentoring program for community service and wind up trying to help two kids: a nerdy adolescent (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and a foul-mouthed tween (Bobb'e J. Thompson). Although it's not quite on the level of I Love You, Man or Pineapple Express, it's still an enjoyable comedy with likeable characters, strong comic performances and several big laughs.

Features include a commentary by writer-director David Wain, a couple of backstage featurettes, three in-character featurettes with some of the minor characters, a blooper reel and a bumper crop of no less than 20 deleted scenes and alternate takes. (Frankly you have to feel sorry for the extra whose topless sex scene with Seann William Scott didn't make the final cut). Publicity suggests that at least one version of the DVD contains both the theatrical and extended cuts (a welcome trend, as I mentioned last week), but I could only see one cut on my review copy.

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