Hey, oh! It is now July, which means that we have somewhat of a clearer pictures of what movies we're going to be getting excited about later in the year (I'm looking at you, Black Swan). Alas, we still do have a ways to go till the fall movie schedule takes its true shape, so we'll have to make with what it is we have: trailers. Here are three trailers for, what I consider, three exciting end of the year films:
The word from Cannes was that Inarritu made a film that was almost pornographic in its display of suffering, but then again, they gave Javier Bardem their Best Actor prize, so they must not have disliked it too much. This seems to be something a little different for Inarritu, whose previous three films were all exercises on multiple parallel narratives. This film seems to follow one character, Uxbal (Bardem), and while the actual details of the film's plot are still in the shadows, it becomes very apparent just by watching this trailer that whatever he's going through isn't very good. Well, harsh or not, Inarritu has built up enough good will in my book for me to get excited about this film--and let's not forget, this is his first collaboration with Bardem. Can these two masters make magic together?
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
So, in his latest film, David Fincher decides to tackle Facebook and the legal battle that followed site creator Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg). After Benjamin Button, I considered turning my back on Fincher, figuring he had descended into bigtime Hollywood filmmaking narcissism. Then I gave Zodiac another watch and realized that nobody who could make a film that good is bound to make two clunkers in a row (well, Button did get about a thousand Oscar nominations, so to call it a clunker may be a stretch--actually, it's not. CLUNKER!). By the very nature of its plot, the film seems incredibly modern and topical, and who better to make a film about the now then Fincher? This appeal to the young is also evident in the casting, as the film stars two budding stars in Eisenberg, Rashida Jones, and--holy but fuck, is that Justin Timberlake?!
To finish off my trio of autuers, there is the latest film from Sofia Coppola. Lost In Translation was supposed to make her one of the top filmmakers in the business, and may predicted that she would be the first woman to win the Best Director Oscar. Well, Kathryn Bigelow has beaten her to that, so that's no longer a burden she has to carry. When the disastrous Marie Antoinette happened, we decided to give her a pass. But where has she been since then? Somewhere is her latest film, and it seems to be a return toward what made films like Lost In Translation so successful. A dissection of personality and family dynamic. Focus on the mundane, to help us realize that those are usually the more magical moments in life. This may be my most anticipated film of the fall. Too bad I have to wait till after Christmas to see it.