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Archive for June 1st, 2011


Trailer Watch: General Orders No. 9

/Film compared the trailer for Robert Persons’ upcoming film General Orders No. 9 to Terrence Malick, and I think it’s a pretty apt comparison. Ostensibly, it’s a documentary “told entirely with images, poetry, and music” about “the signs of loss and change in the American South,” and you can sort of see how that might reveal itself in the longer film, but just looking at it on its own, all I know is, it’s hypnotically beautiful.

Some people — not here, necessarily — will say it looks pretentious, but there are ideas bigger than plain language can contain, sometimes.

The film is only slated to play in one theater for a week later this month, as of this writing, but hopefully we can all check it out sooner rather than later.

You can watch the trailer in HD over at Apple, or read more about the film at the official website. The full synopsis follows after the jump:

Trailer Watch: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (green band, updated)

Although a bootleg, hand-held camera-in-a-theater, red band version of the teaser trailer for David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo readaptation hit the internet a while ago, I don’t post that crap here. But, whatever. Here’s a slightly different, green band version that should give you a feel for what the movie looks like, if very little else. Not being familiar with the books or the original films — due to my near-total lack of interest in serial killer anything — I have no idea what it’s about. But David Fincher directed it, so I’ll see it.

The film stars Roonery Mara and Daniel Craig, and it hits theaters on December 21.

Fans of the book (or the original films, or neither of those): What do you think?

Trailer Watch: Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins

Prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) is on a bit of a samurai kick lately. His Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai came out earlier this year in Japan, but in the States, his previous foray in to the genre, the big-budget 13 Assassins, is only just hitting theaters.

The film centers around “a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a wartorn future,” and its 45-minute climactic battle has been hailed as “inventive and ingenious” and “just plain mind-blowing.”

13 Assassins is playing in limited release now — and in Chicago at the Music Box Theatre. I’m planning on going to the 2pm showing on Friday. Anyone interested in joining me?