This past weekend was the Super Bowl. I know that it’s a sports thing in America that gets about a third of the country in front of their TVs at the same time. But that’s basically the full extent of my knowledge. The only other thing I know is that Americans (specifically Hollywood) love using the opportunity to release a ton of new TV adverts. Which means new peeks at upcoming movies. Here’s the selection:
Remember Cloverfield? Well JJ Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot, who also produced the 2008 found footage monster/disaster film directed by Matt Reeves, released a teaser for 10 Cloverfield Lane on Friday. The teaser was a big surprise, as the general public wasn’t aware of production on any Cloverfield sequel or spin-off. Instead, Bad Robot announced Valencia – a micro-budget horror movie set in a bunker, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman to be directed by relative newcomer Dan Trachtenberg. Trachtenberg has previously directed an impressive video game fanfilm called Portal: No Escape.
“Janis was fearless with her pain and with her truth.”
The first trailer for Janis: Little Girl Blue is out. This documentary feature, directed by Amy Berg (of Deliver us from Evil previously), recently debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. The biography of Janis Joplin (a troubled and misunderstood rock & roll legend from the 60s) paints a familiar picture to anyone familiar with (the more recent member of the 27 club) Amy Winehouse. The film, which promises to show the human being behind the rock icon, got favourable reviews and generated positive buzz after showing at TIFF, and I can’t wait for a local release.
Remember Biting Elbows’ Bad Motherfucker music video? Also sometimes sold as a short film called “Insane office escape 2”? Remember Sharlto Copley? Youknow, Wikus van der Merwe from District 9? Remember all those violent first-person shooter video games you love playing? Well, all those things are coming together in a very unique feature action film called Hardcore.
I had a dream once where Scarlett Johansson tried to seduce me. Then it came true in the first teaser trailer for The Jungle Book. That’s the upcoming 3D live-action remake of the 1967 Disney classic. I absolutely love the look of the film, and the amazing cast is sure to impress: