This isn’t some joke. They’ve made a film, called 100 Years, which is being placed in a special time-locked safe that won’t open again until November 18, 2115. Why? Well, because it’s promotion for Louis XIII Cognac, an ultra-luxury liquor that is aged 100 years. Bottles currently on shelves were made in 1915 so they decided a piece of art that speaks to their commitment to quality was something worth doing.
If you don’t possess a time machine take solace in the fact that one of your descendants may be among the lucky one thousand people to sent – somehow – a ticket for the screening in a century’s time.
Their latest comedic offering, Hail, Caesar!, with Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, and Josh Brolin, among others, and due for release this February, looks like fun though. Check out the trailer, and see what I mean. I’m just hoping they haven’t put only the best parts of the film in here…
The Walk, directed by Robert Zemeckis, of Back to the Future fame, is a dramatisation of the death defying 1974 attempt by French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, to walk between the two World Trade Center towers in New York City, on a tightrope slung between both buildings.
The illicit undertaking was also the subject of a documentary, Man on Wire, made in 2008 by James Marsh. Aside from what I imagine will be protracted scenes of Petit making the walk, some six hundred metres above the ground, it’ll be interesting to see what the Zemeckis production, that stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Petit, can add to the story.
There is no actual motion footage of Petit’s… walk, the accomplice charged with its filming was too tired to operate the camera, when the time came. Knowing that somehow made “Man on Wire” a little easier to watch, though I’m not sure I could sit through an actual reenactment, something the trailer for “The Walk”, offers a glimpse of.
It stars Michael Fassbender (“Shame”, “Frank”) as Jobs, is directed by Danny Boyle (“Trainspotting”, “Slumdog Millionaire”), and Aaron Sorkin (“A Few Good Men”, “The Social Network”) wrote the screenplay, so it will be good, right?
All trailers are the same. For action films, that is. Or could it be that all action films are the same? Pretty much. Different character, similar sort of story?
It may be sacrilegious to say, but I’m steering clear of superhero type movies for the moment, on account of their sheer quantity recently. Batman, Iron Man, Spiderman, Superman, The Avengers, Thor, Transformers, and X-Men. They’re fast becoming one inextricable blur.
What does this… trailer, that was cut together with excerpts from three hundred films, tell us about contemporary film production? Are movies, especially action titles, becoming increasingly homogeneous, or are trailers?
I’ve seen 2001: A Space Odyssey a thousand times, yet feel like I’d be watching it for the first time after seeing this brand new trailer, which is for the United Kingdom only, sadly, re-release of Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 classic.