Errors of the Human Body
Let’s start off with some genetic horror. Or is it genetic joy? I don’t know. But the trailer for this movie is really dark and broody. I can’t say I have much of a clue on what the actual story is but it looks fantastic! It’s set in the mysterious world of genetic engineering and I’m guessing the main character is trying to discover immortality or something.
Finally! I’ve been waiting for some photos or anything from this movie for ages now. And now there’s a full trailer that looks all kinds of amazing. It’s the latest movie by Brick and the Brothers Bloom director Rian Johnston. Those two movies are really different from each other and both really unique so when I heard the director was making a sci-fi movie I got really excited. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the younger version of a character played by Bruce Willis. They’re playing a hitman who is hired by future gangsters to kill and dispose of people they send back in time. One day they send back the characters older self for him to kill. With the directors previous movies in mind this should be at least interesting.
The Cabin in the Woods
Here’s a movie that has been in limbo ever since the production company collapsed with the financial crisis. But things seem to have been sorted out and it’s finally getting released. And it’s good timing as the producer/writer of the movie just got his big break with the success of The Avengers. The movie is by none other than living god Joss Whedon. I’m personally a huge fan of his because of Buffy and Firefly but the movie is also getting some good buzz with reviewers saying it’s a highly enjoyable little film. It seems to be some sort of celebration of the whole “college kids getting murdered in the woods”-genre. With some sort of sci-fi spin.
And now finally here’s Cronenbergs triumphant return to sci-fi! He started out doing some really bizarre and interesting body horror sci-fi films but has mostly done genuinely good and gritty violent dramas these last couple of years. He returns to sic-fi after movies such as A History of Violence and Eastern Promises with this one set in a near but unspecified future. The casting of Robert Pattinson as the lead got me a bit worried but I have faith in Cronenberg. This might just be the thing to redeem the actor after the Twilight movies.
If you’ve been looking for another Napoleon Dynamite you need to look no further! This might be it. It might even be much more interesting. It’s about an hermaphrodite kid in high school named Spork. She/he wants to dance or something. I don’t know. It has this really nice 80’s/90’s style and all the trailers are wonderfully vague.
Safety Not Guaranteed
Safety Not Guaranteed is the unlikely movie adaptation of some random joke add in a paper. The add was seeking for people to come along on a trip through time but your safety can’t be guaranteed (which explains the title). Making a movie from something as random as that might not be the way to success but the movie actually looks kind of entertaining. I could go for this. The appearance of the beautiful Aubrey Plaza probably helps too.
Sound of My Voice
I’ve previously written about another movie by the same people as this one called Another Earth. I haven’t been able to see that yet but this movie seems to be yet another well made low budget sci-fi film. It’s getting amazing reviews and it’s refreshing to hear you can make quality sci-fi without needing a gigantic budget. It’s about two reporters going undercover into some sort of cult run by a woman claiming to be from the future. It looks really slick and good and not at all low budget.
Robot and Frank
Robot and Frank is the unlikely movie about the actor Frank Langella living with a robot. Or Frank Langella might just be playing a man named Frank, I don’t know. But anyway, it’s about this lonely elderly man that gets a robot to help out at home. He’s not too happy about it but I’m guessing he warms up to it. It seems wonderfully quirky and the stuff like this movie portrays will probably happen all over in a future closer than we think.
Made In China
This movie is about a novelty toy maker who decides to go on a trip to the land where all novelty toys are made, China. What follows seems to be a really goofy and funny tale of culture shock and traveling. But the most interesting thing seems to be the strange blend of drama and documentary footage. Almost like a much nicer and not at all mocking Borat or something. Just the goofy mood of this puts a smile on my face as I watch the trailer.
I really have no idea what this italian movie is about but the trailer is just packed with wonderful visuals and effects. It’s gorgeous and moody with a lot of ghoulish stop motion effects. I’m guessing it’s about some sort of artist or filmmaker or something. Anyway, it looks beautiful. Hopefully there’s a great story in there too.
La Fée (The Fairy)
Many years ago I watched this extremely french comedy about a woman getting obsessed with icebergs after being locked into a freezer. It was filled with quirky and insane visual comedy. Really french in it’s mime-like quality. I forgot all about the movie until now when this movie shows up. It’s the latest movie by the same troupe of actors and after watching the trailer all the memories of the iceberg starts flooding back. This movie looks just as insane and quirky as that movie, if not more. It’s just filled with really well done physical and visual comedy. It’s about a man meeting a fairy who grants him three wishes. His first wish is for a scooter and his second for infinite gasoline. And I’m guessing the third wish is related to the fairy as they seem to fall in love.
A Fantastic Fear of Everything
I’ve been a huge fan of Simon Pegg for years. Ever since I saw Spaced for the first time. However, most of the films he’s done since (except those with Edgar Wright) has been kind of shit. I’ve been really confused about the stuff he’s decided to do. He hasn’t been terrible or anything but the movies has been annoyingly forgettable. But here finally comes something worth his talent. In this movie Pegg plays a haunted childrens author that goes further into madness with some beautiful and hilarious imagery as a result.