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Sucker Punch Trailer

Posted by: Matthew Turner 04/03/2011 @ 14:54
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Films seen so far this year: 75
Films seen in past two weeks: Terry, The Big Sky, The Tempest, The Adjustment Bureau, Waste Land, Passenger Side (again), Unknown, Carmen in 3D, 13 Assassins, A Gorgeous Girl Like Me (Une Belle Fille Comme Moi), Rango, Patagonia, The Eagle, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, Point Blank, Hall Pass


Oscar Post-Mortem 2011
Worst. Oscars. EVER. Yes, even worse than the year Rob Lowe danced
with Snow White, the year David Letterman hosted it or the year they
had that excruciating gimmick of having five actors on stage to pay
tribute to a nominee each and Adrien Brody started shouting “You know
Richard Jenkins! He's THAT GUY! He's in lots of things!” At least that
year they had some decent montages. So what went wrong? First and
foremost, it just wasn't funny from the opening sketch onwards. Even
the comedy song fell horribly flat. Normally you would expect a decent
list of highlights, funny lines and enjoyable montage moments after an
Oscars show. Unfortunately, this year's highlights are as follows:

1. Melissa Leo accidentally saying “fuck” (or “dropping the f-bomb”,
as the kidz would have it) and it going out unbleeped.
2. Kirk Douglas putting the moves on Anne Hathaway and then stalling
for comedy effect when he read out the Best Supporting Actress result.
3. Billy Crystal's story about Bob Hope blowing him a kiss on camera
and then flipping him off immediately afterwards (not that funny,
really, but a treat to see Crystal on stage again).
4. The auto-tuned clips of Harry Potter, Twilight, etc. Glee has a lot to fucking answer for if you ask me. It was still funny though.
5. Co-host James Franco dressed as Marilyn Monroe.
6. Christian Bale's beard.
7. That's it.

But more than anything else, it was just so BORING. Franco barely even
said anything, which meant that co-host Anne Hathaway (who was,
admittedly, adorable, particularly when she did her twirl) had to
resort to desperate mugging and whooping to compensate. However, the absolute lowlight of the show, and the moment that stands as a symbol of the whole evening, was when the president of the ABC network came out to announce that they'd extended their deal to broadcast the Oscars until the year 2020.

As for the awards themselves, they were crushingly predictable from start to finish, with only Wally Pfister (for Inception) beating Roger Deakins (for True Grit) to Best Cinematography constituting anything resembling a surprise. (Tom Hooper had won the Director's Guild Award, so he was very likely to win Best Director, despite a general feeling that Fincher might get it). Even the speeches were disappointing, in part because we'd already seen all the winners on stage before. For my part I was convinced The Social Network would win Best Picture so now I owe Phil On Film a breakfast bap. Bah. Still, as Spielberg so memorably put it, in perhaps the best line of the night when presenting the Best Picture Oscar, “One of these ten movies will join a list that includes On the Waterfront, Midnight Cowboy, The Godfather, and The Deer Hunter. The other nine will join a list that includes The Grapes of Wrath, Citizen Kane, The Graduate, and Raging Bull.” Good point, Spielberg.

Films I Am Dying To See: Sucker Punch
Anticipation for Sucker Punch has been at fever pitch ever since the
teaser trailer screened at ComicCon and MovieCon last year. Now that
the full length trailer has been released, it's fair to say that Sucker Punch has gone right into the top five of my Must See list (currently populated by the likes of Source Code, Tree of Life and Thor). The long trailer gives you a much better idea of the general plot: Emily Browning plays Babydoll, a teenager who's imprisoned in an insane asylum for the drop-dead-gorgeous after she murders her abuser. Once there she bonds with four of her foxy fellow inmates (played by Vanessa Hudgens, Jena Malone, Abbie Cornish and Jamie Chung) and apparently learns how to free her mind and enter a fantasy world, courtesy of a Russian-accented Carla Gugino (who's always been one of my favourite actresses). I am not quite sure how their subsequent fantasy adventures form part of BabyDoll's plan to escape from prison but I'm looking forward to finding out. I only hope that when Jena Malone says “We're already dead,” it does not, in fact, turn out that they're already dead.

No sign of co-star Jon Hamm (aka Mad Men's Don Draper) in the trailers yet but we do get Scott Glenn as “Wiseman” telling BabyDoll that she needs five objects: a map, fire, a knife, a key and ... um ... mystery. Cheers, Wiseman. It's the visuals that really stand out though – if the film lives up to the trailer in that regard it will be absolutely stunning. As it is, it looks like a huge amount of fun and has the perfect ingredients for any movie: Hot girls! Killer robots! WWII fighter planes attacking dragons! Dragons! Trains! A giant machine-gun wielding samurai! Really, how can it lose? Opens 1st April, which, mystifyingly, is the same day as Source Code. Can. Not. Wait.

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
Several new entries into the top ten this week, owing to there being no new blog last week. The latest additions include: Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom (which would have been last week's Film Of The Week), heart-warming Oscar-nominated documentary Waste Land, Liam Neeson stolen identity thriller Unknown (I'm a sucker for a decent stolen identity thriller, no matter how preposterous), Archipelago (British director Joanna Hogg's follow-up to the excellent Unrelated) and Alex Gibney's Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer. I'll also put in good words for West Is West, The Adjustment Bureau, Ironclad and Rango, just for the hell of it. Interview-wise, we have a round table interview with James Purefoy (for Ironclad), semi-exclusive interviews with Om Puri and Aqib Khan for last week's West Is West, a semi-exclusive Frost/Pegg interview and our excellent round-table interview with Barney's Version star Paul Giamatti (who also features in Ironclad).

1. True Grit
2. The King's Speech
3. Animal Kingdom
4. Black Swan
5. Unknown
6. Waste Land
7. Archipelago
8. The Fighter
9. Tangled
10. Client 9

DVD of the Week: The Illusionist (out now, RRP £19.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is Tantric Tourists, a British documentary
directed by Alexander Snelling, in which New York City tantric guru
Laurie Handlers takes a group of ten tantric tourists on a spiritual
trip to India. The publicity quotes trumpet the film as “a spiritual
Spinal Tap”, which is slightly misleading, because you then spend the
entire film wondering whether it's meant to be real or if it's meant
to be a Tap-style mockumentary. However, once you settle into the
film's rhythms (and realise that it's not really funny enough to be a
mockumentary), it's actually rather enjoyable – it's essentially the
sort of thing that would be right at home on Channel 4 in the 9pm
Sunday evening slot.

The tourists themselves are an amiable bunch and it's amusing to see them guiltily accruing souvenirs, despite the fact that that's rather against the spirit of the whole thing. There are a number of comic highlights (such as a sexual exercise session on the bus that gets a little out of hand) and Handlers is a real character, though you do end up wishing she'd lose her temper occasionally. The film also works really well as a travelogue – the shots of India are genuinely stunning. In short, this is worth seeking out, even if it won't necessarily win you over to the tantric cause. Extras include: a lengthy Making Of documentary, deleted scenes, the trailer, an alternative voiceover by Steven Berkoff and, um, a tantric exercises featurette.


by  Phil_on_Film  10/03/2011 @ 12:53
Man, I'm looking forward to my breakfast bap.
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