122508 Happy Holidays!
. . . . . . .From me and mine to you and yours, have a great holiday which ever it may be and drink plenty of your poison what ever that may be. -Nate


122208 'Defiance', 'Uprising' and a little bit of 'Wolverine'

. . . . . . .There was a once a very underrated TV movie called ‘Uprising’. If you get the chance, give it a try, it is a gripping drama that follows a group of Polish Jews who fought back against the Nazis during World War 2. The film is directed by Jon Avnet who recently directed the disappointing Al Pacino vehicle '88 Minutes'. (He also directed the film 'Righteous Kill' with Pacino and Robert DeNiro in lead roles... I'm hoping it is better than its reviews were.) Regardless of what you think of '88 Minutes' or 'Righteous Kill', 'Uprising' is still a great film. Stephen Moyer (who more recently plays a vampire on the enjoyable HBO series 'True Blood') stars with Hank Azaria, Leelee Sobieski, David Schwimmer, Jon Voight, Donald Sutherland, Cary Elwes, and Sadie Frost. While some might be suprised with the casting in 'Uprising', it does work and Azaria,

Schwimmer, and Moyer are especially good as three leaders of the Jewish resistance force. 'Uprising' is certainly not a happy film but it is a good one and it can be picked up pretty cheap (like at Amazon, to the right.) ‘Uprising’ keeps coming to mind because of a soon to be released feature called ‘Defiance’ (which I actually first mentioned HERE.) ‘Defiance’ is also about a group of Jews (lead by three brothers) who form a resistance against the Nazis. The film looks like it will be very enjoyable and I like the three leads: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell. I'm hoping
it may bring some attention to ‘Uprising’ which never got the notice it deserved. If you are looking forward to ‘Defiance’ and can’t wait, give the ‘Uprising’ DVD a try. The official site for ‘Defiance’ is HERE. The latest trailer can be seen in small
HERE, medium HERE, and large HERE.
. . . . . . .Awhile back I posted an unreleased bootleg trailer for ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ that showed up online. I totally forgot that the trailer finally was released. I thought the bootleg looked cool and this one still does but... IMDb says that director Zack Snyder passed on this film because he wanted to make it with R-rated material. Look, I’m not saying this film has to be as violent and bloody as say, the recent ‘Rambo’ film (reviewed HERE) but I do wonder if keeping it held in the world of PG-13 might drain the film of some grit and intensity.
. . . . . . .I actually have the
same question about ‘Terminator Salvation’. It is also worth mentioning that the character Gambit looks like a homosexual stripper instead of a badass card flinging superhero. (Maybe it is just the impression that I got from the trailer.) Still, ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ has a strong cast with the above mentioned Schreiber, Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Dominic Monaghan, and Danny Huston (who was great in 'The Proposition', reviewed HERE.) Plus, 'X-Men 2' managed to have some great action scenes that were intense while still staying safely below R-rated imagery. Maybe director Gavin Hood will pull it off with ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’. Jackman makes a great Wolverine and with Schreiber and possibly Reynolds as villians the movie could be very entertaining. You can see theofficial ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ site HERE. You can see the trailer in small HERE, medium HERE, and large HERE. -Nate


122108 Quick update on 'Public Enemies' and 'Terminator Salvation'....
. . . . . . .I’ve already written about Michael Mann’s upcoming prohibition era film ‘Public Enemies’ (see the past update HERE.) I love many of Mann’s films and can’t wait to see this one. ‘Public Enemies’ is about the real life gangster John Dillinger with Johnny Depp as Dillinger and Christian Bale as the lawman after him, Melvin Purvis. posted a couple of high resolution images of the two leads. (Click the images to the left to go to the full resolution picks or go to the BeyondHollywood page HERE. For some
reason I often enjoy anything about the prohibition era. I mentioned this before but a great film about the same men is the John Milius film ‘Dillinger’ that has Warren Oates in the titled role and Ben Johnson as Purvis (you can see my review HERE.) Anyway, 'Public Enemies' will hopefully be hitting theaters next year. I meant to post about the release of the new
‘Terminator Salvation’ trailer. I’ve written about this one before too (at this update HERE.) You know a film about the man vs. terminator war in the apocalyptic future always seems like it could be cool to me but something about this trailer just makes me wonder. It makes me picture a PG kid friendly amusement park ride... I somehow get the feeling that this may not have some of the harder imageryof the first two Terminator films. I'm probably the only one that cares but I think that the first two films hold up pretty well. The third one had its moments but it just seemed less enjoyable somehow.... I don’t know, I certainly hope it will be entertaining and Bale
could certainly be good in the lead but I just don’t know what to make of the trailer. See it in small HERE, medium HERE, and large HERE. The official 'Terminator Salvation site can be found HERE. -Nate


120908 See the trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s film ‘The Wrestler’.
. . . . . . .Darren Aronofsky’s film ‘The Wrestler’ has had its trailer hit the web. This film looks great and I’ve been itching to see it for a long time. The film follows a former wrestler Randy “The Ram” Robinson who is a down and out retired wrestler, attempting to make a living on the independent wrestling circuit. That may not sound like engrossing material but the trailer looks good and the film stars Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood. Critics are already singing Rourke’s praises. The thing
is, even though his film career as a whole is spotty, he can be really great in films. Don’t believe me? ‘Diner’, ‘Angel Heart’, ‘The Pope of Greenwich Village’, ‘Barfly’, ‘Buffalo 66’, ‘The Pledge’, ‘Domino’, and ‘Sin City’ and more all have Rourke in supporting or leading roles and he is good in every one. It is nice that he is getting wider attention again as a quality actor (even if some of the films he is in are not that successful.) Aronofsky directed the way underrated film 'Requiem of a Dream' and I have been looking forward to 'The Wrestler' for what seems like ages now. Watching the trailer, I couldn't help but think that 'The Wrestler' looks something like a darker, grittier version of 'Rocky' (I meant that as a compliment.) Anyway, 'The Wrestler' will be getting a theatrical release in December. You can check out the official site for 'The Wrestler' HERE. You can see the trailer in small HERE, medium HERE, and large HERE. -Nate


120808 Benicio Del Toro is 'Che'
. . . . . . .I had been waiting to post about 'Che' until an American trailer showed up on the web. Now there is one and it looks like the film will be distributed by the independent Film Channel. 'Che' has been in development forever and now that it has an approaching US theatrical release, audiences will finally get a chance to see the film. The interesting thing is, it could be in one of a few versions. There will be a limited release of 'Che' in its full length form, followed by a wider release of the film, split into two parts and shown as 'Che: Part 1' and 'Che: Part 2'. Overseas the film has at least a few different titles like 'The Guerrilla' and 'El Argentine'. I guess to try and keep from confusing American audiences IFC opted to have the film released just under the 'Che' title. I generally enjoy films by 'Che's director Steven Soderbergh and even if I don't
enjoy his films as a whole, there is almost always something in them that I appreciate. Soderbergh deserves some serious credit for releasing the film in Spanish and for having a finished film with such a long runtime. (In its complete form 'Che' runs nearly 4 and ½ hours.) Del Toro is one of my favorite actors and he has an uncanny resemblance to the real life revolutionary that inspired the film. There is no official website for 'Che' and no official word on how extensive of a theatrical release the film will get. Personally, I am just psyched to see the film in any form that I can. In the meantime you can see the US trailer in small HERE and large HERE. -Nate

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