The Last Jedi, the first teaser/trailer

Tuesday, 18 April, 2017

And over the Easter long weekend, a trailer/teaser for the eighth installment of Star Wars, The Last Jedi, was released.

The clip has been pulled to bits, so if possible spoilers don’t concern you, have a read of Gizmodo’s interpretation of what we see.

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When you mix music from Rogue One with The Empire Strikes Back

Friday, 31 March, 2017

There’s a lot of Rogue One video clip remixes going around at the moment, and here’s another one. This time it’s a trailer for The Empire Strikes Back, blended with parts of the soundtrack from Rogue One.

Pretty sure I like the “new” Empire Strikes Back trailer better than the original.

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A Ghost Story, a film by David Lowery, with Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck

Thursday, 30 March, 2017

A woman who leaves notes, in concealed places, when she moves out of a house she has been living in. A mysterious figure, robed in sheets, the archetypal representation of a ghost, who makes regular appearances.

US director David Lowery blends some intriguing elements in his new feature, A Ghost Story, starring Rooney Mara, and Casey Affleck. See the trailer here.

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Personal Shopper, a film by Olivier Assayas, with Kristen Stewart

Wednesday, 15 March, 2017

Personal Shopper, starring Kristen Stewart, is a mystery thriller with a supernatural twist. Could it really be her deceased twin brother who is sending her strange text messages?

Directed by Olivier Assayas, who was behind Clouds of Sils Maria, also featuring Stewart, and playing a similar sort of role, as a personal assistant, this story has piqued my curiosity.

Here’s the trailer. Can’t see a theatrical release date for Australia yet, but will let you know if I do.

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The trailer for Miss Sloane, starring Jessica Chastain

Thursday, 16 February, 2017

Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is a hard nosed, formidable, and much sought after political lobbyist, working in Washington, D.C., in Miss Sloane, the latest feature from British director John Madden. It opens in Australian cinemas on 2 March 2017.

The trailer looks promising, and I can’t think of a film Chastain’s been in that I didn’t like. All going well, I’ll be going along to a preview screening next week, and all things permitting, will write a review before it opens.

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A new trailer for Ghost In The Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson

Wednesday, 15 February, 2017

A new trailer for Ghost In The Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson as a cyborg policewoman who is pursuing a computer hacker. Set about thirty years in the future, the film is based on the book of the same name, by Japanese manga artist Masamune Shirow.

The film opens in Australian cinemas on 30 March.

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Trailer for Hidden Figures, the new Theodore Melfi film

Friday, 20 January, 2017

Hidden Figures is the latest feature from Theodore Melfi, who brought us St. Vincent, starring Bill Murray, and Melissa McCarthy, in 2014.

Here he explores the story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), an African American mathematician, who, during the lates 1950s and early 1960s, calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury, the United States’ first human spaceflight program.

Based on the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures opens in Australian cinemas on 16 February. See the trailer here.

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Trailer for Dunkirk, the new film from Christopher Nolan

Wednesday, 18 January, 2017

The second trailer for Dunkirk, the new feature from US film director Christopher Nolan. A story set around the evacuation of Allied forces from France in 1940. Due for release in July. Nolan’s work is consistently top notch. I’m looking forward to this one.

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Trailer for Live by Night, the new Ben Affleck feature

Friday, 13 January, 2017

Live by Night is a gangster flick set in 1920s Boston, directed by Ben Affleck. Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana, and Brendan Gleeson, have leading roles. See the trailer here. Opens in Australian cinemas on 26 January. If the stars align, I’ll post a review.

Affleck is certainly someone who doesn’t shy away from a challenge. Not only is he directing, he also wrote the screenplay, and has a starring role. I’d like to know what time management system he has going there.

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Rogue One, a new trailer, and a new hope for the Star Wars films?

Monday, 12 December, 2016

This is a red-letter week for fans of the Star Wars films, with the first of the Anthology series movies, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, opening on 15 December. I doubt I’ll be going to the one minute past midnight screenings that some cinemas are scheduling, but I’m sure I’ll have seen it by this time next week.

In what I hope is an encouraging sign, Star Wars creator George Lucas, has already seen the film (I wonder how you manage to do that?) and, according to Rogue One director Gareth Edwards, “really liked the movie“. This in contrast to his comments after seeing the J.J. Abrams directed The Force Awakens:

“I think the fans are going to love it. It’s very much the kind of movie they’ve been looking for.”

How circumspect is that? The Force Awakens wasn’t quite the film I’d hoped to see, and I think J.J. Abrams went a little too far with his penchant for rehashing earlier storylines. Whether Rogue One will be a good film, or a better one, remains to be seen, but there’s no harm in keeping our fingers crossed, and hoping for the best.

In the meantime, immerse yourself a in little more of the Star Wars hype, with another of the latest batch of Rogue One trailers.

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