Trailer Round-Up

This week has seen the release of the first trailer for new Bond movie Skyfall and the teaser for Anchorman 2. Also featured are The Campaign, Killer Joe and Cosmopolis.

Skyfall

Well isn’t this exciting? Albeit with less of the unreserved glamour of the Roger Moore days, Bond is back in what’s looks to be another frenetic adventure. The tube train excerpt is sure to strike fear in the heart of any London commuter. Quantum of Solace was a bit disappointing, but hopefully director Sam Mendes will return Daniel Craig’s Bond to the form of Casino Royale. Skyfall is released on 26th October 2012.

Anchorman 2

A belated sequel to a much-loved film is always tricky. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was a fantastic film, so the idea of a sequel is received with equal parts glee and skepticism. This teaser reveals nothing really about the film itself, but it is great to see Will Ferrell reunited with Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell and David Koechner. Hopefully that hot piece Baxter will also return for the sequel.

The Campaign

Before Anchorman 2 is released, here is another slice of Will Ferrell. The Campaign is a new comedy starring Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and Jason Sudeikis. Ferrell’s line during the trash talking sequence alone makes me want to go and see this film. The Campaign is out on 28th September 2012.

Killer Joe

This looks like it will be a combination of tense and absurd. William Friedkin directs Killer Joe, based on a play by Tracy Letts. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch and Juno Temple. Killer Joe is released in cinemas on 29th June 2012.

Cosmopolis

David Cronenberg’s last film, A Dangerous Method, was a letdown. From this brief teaser, Cosmopolis immediately looks inherently more Cronenberg, which is definitely a good thing. Starring Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti, Samantha Morton and Juliette Binoche, Cosmopolis is released on 15th June 2012.

Film Review: A Dangerous Method

David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method is a competently-produced drama which should engage audiences for the most part. Momentum and intrigue peter off in the final third, but the film is an interesting watch overall.

Sabina Spielrein, a young Russian lady, is committed to the care of psychoanalyst Dr Carl Jung after suffering from manic episodes. Jung tries to treat his patient using Freud’s methods, enlisting the revered doctor’s opinion on the case. As Jung and Spielrein grow closer, the pchoanalist’s relationship with mentor Freud becomes strained…

A Dangerous Method explores a fascinating period in the history of psychology. Cronenberg’s film could have been more rooted in historical fact, and covered the main thinkers of the era. Instead, A Dangerous Method is more of a personal story, concentrating on Jung and his relationship with others. It is better for taking this option; the film shows a fallibility and humanness to the esteemed psychoanalyst.

The film begins at a good pace and captures the audience’s interest with the burgeoning relationship between Jung and his patient. The final third of the film loses its way a little, ending on more of a whimper than a bang. The issues of race and religion are highlighted a number of times throughout the film. Nonetheless, the lasting impression is of a narrative focused upon the power of intellectual discourse and the implications of difficult choices.

Michael Fassbender is superb as ever as Jung. Viggo Mortensen also delivers a strong performance as Freud. Keira Knightley is almost unwatchable at the beginning of A Dangerous Method, with her over-the-top mannerisms and suspect accent. Her performance is a lot better once the madness in her character subsides.

A Dangerous Method is flawed, but should be commended in illustrating what is essentially a series of intellectual discussions in a manner which makes the characters most human.

A Dangerous Method is being screened at the BFI London Film Festival in October 2011.

London Film Festival 2011 Launch

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Well ok, it isn’t quite Christmas yet, but it is almost time for the BFI London Film Festival! Today was the launch of the festival in a heavily-gridlocked Leicester Square. BFI chief executive Amanda Nevill took the stage first to introduce this year’s event, and to say thanks to the numerous parties involved. Following this, the festival’s artistic director Sandra Hebron spoke, mentioning with sadness that this was her last LFF. A reel of clips and trailers from selected films due to be screened at the October festival was then shown.

The range of films being shown at the London Film Festival is as diverse as ever. Some of the big films have already been screened at Venice, even so there are some interesting prospects such us A Dangerous Method and Madonna’s W.E. Also being shown are Coriolanus, Shame, Anonymous and The Ides of March. Other films which peaked my interest included Let the Bullets Fly (currently China’s highest grossing film), Nick Broomfield’s Sarah Palin – You Betcha!, Norwegian film Headhunters and Tales of the Night, which is the Family Gala screening. Perhaps the film I am most looking forward is The Artist, a French homage to the silent movie era.

To see the full programme and find out more about the London Film Festival 2011 click here.

A Dangerous Method Trailer

Here is the trailer for David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, an adaptation of Christopher Hampton’s play about the relationship between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. The film, starring Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Vincent Cassel, due for release in the UK on 10th February 2012.