Zero Dark Thirty
This is the new film from the team behind The Hurt Locker, director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal. I really enjoyed The Hurt Locker and believe that Zero Dark Thirty could be another great entry from those two. The cast is also something I’m looking forward to with the likes of Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreation), Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life), Joel Edgerton (Warrior) and Mark Strong (John Carter) in the line-up. The film has already gained some controversy due to the nature of the story (the Osama Bin Laden assassination) but Boal promises that it is not political, which is what I liked about The Hurt Locker. You can tell a good story involving the military without preaching one’s pro or anti-war stance.
Lloyd the Conqueror
This indie comedy looks fun and stars comedian Brian Posehn with a mostly fresh-faced cast, though I did see Harland Williams in the trailer. Role Models seems to have inspired a small amount of LARPing comedies, including the upcoming higher profile Knights of Badassdom (which stars Peter Dinklage, Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn, Danny Pudi and Summer Glau). I’m not quite sure when this will be released or if it’ll hit the big theater chains, my guess is that it will be seen by most on DVD/Blu-ray.
Killing Them Softly
This trailer premiered a little bit ago but I wanted to share it here because of the sheer badassness that it contains. It’s written and directed by Andrew Dominik who last gave us The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. It stars Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn and Sam Shephard. I think the trailer speaks for itself. I’m really looking forward to seeing this one.
I’ve never heard of Picnicface, a Canadian sketch comedy troupe, but I’m curious to check out their stuff after seeing this trailer. Roller Town looks like it could be really funny. I love the logline for the movie: When a roller-skating-obsessed town is over-run by video game shilling gangsters, only one man has the funk deep enough to boogie them back to oblivion. I like the 70s/80s vibe and quite a few of the jokes really land for me. Hopefully, this is not the case where all the best stuff is in the trailer as I’m hoping to have a good time with this flick.
This film is co-written by Lena Dunham who is gaining some notoreity for her HBO show Girls and for her previous film Tiny Furniture. It stars Olivia Thirlby, John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt, Dylan McDermott and Jane Levy. I’ve yet to see any of Dunham’s work but this film looks pretty interesting and I think it will make for some thoughtful drama.