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Random Musings on Recent Film News

Posted on the 23 June 2012 by Diana @azizaspicks
There was a lot of chatter around the film industry in these last couple of days about certain projects and I just wanted to talk about a few things that caught my attention and made me excited!
Plus, the To See This Summer list :)


Film news


Anna Karenina trailer
The trailer stood out immediately by its fantastic art direction and cinematography- everything looks breathtaking. It also made me want to read the book, as the extremely rapid succession of scenes seemed quite interesting and featured a lot of conflict and character development, something I always like to find in a movie. Keira Knightley is stunning and I think she will, once again, give a wonderful performance. The ones I am worried about are Jude Law and Aaron Johnson- I don't know if it's the costume&make up's fault or if it's simply the casting, but I don't really like or connect with their characters. You may say that is the point, but either way, I am not convinced, there is just something off about both of them. Despite those two, I am very intrigued and I can't wait to see the movie. The man who directed Pride&Prejudice and Atonement will always have my attention!
The Master trailer
Paul Thomas Anderson- There will be blood and Magnolia. Stop. Just take my money already, you know I want to see this movie and I haven't even pushed play. Ok. Let's see it anyway! Hmm..in true Anderson style, we have a complex, rather weird screenplay, with fantastic performances and a remarkable score...all that in 2 minutes. Yes, I will see it!

12 years a slave
Whenever I hear about this movie, I immediately think about Django Unchained- I don't know why, maybe it's because they have similar storylines, but I always connect those two. And, honestly, there is nothing wrong about that, as both seem to be fantastic and I am excited to see them. But I love 12 years a slave more for two HUGE, MAGNIFICENT, apparently PERFECT reasons: Steve McQueen is directing it and the cast is FANTASTIC (yes, they deserve caps lock). Just read the following names and try to imagine them in the same movie: Chiwitel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Taran Killam, Paul Giamatti (all are amongst my favorite actors, so I am over the moon for the male casting part) + Sarah Paulson and Alfre Woodward, who are both wonderful actresses. I don't care about anything else, I will go see this movie for sure, here is the recipe for success. I love Steve McQueen and I know he will not disappoint this time, either.
IMDb link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2024544/
Maleficent
Angelina Jolie looks fantastic in the new still from the movie. Considering the visual quality of most re-invented Disney classics, I really want to see this, especially since it is darker and the cast is great (Sam Riley is in it and I love Elle Fanning). I am curious about the direction or approach they are going to take, especially when it comes to storyline. But 2014? why so far away?
To See This Summer list (UK release date)
- Killer Joe (29th June)
- Glastonbury the Movie (29th June)
- Magic Mike (guilty pleasure: hot men stripping, you understand, right? ) (11th July)
- The Dark Knight Rises (20th July)
- Step up 4 (call me crazy, but I like this franchise, I am sucker for dance movies and the music used for it) (10th August)
- Brave (17th August)
-Take this waltz (17th August)
- Lawless (7th September)
- Anna Karenina (7th September)
What are your thoughts about these news? What movies are you most looking forward to seeing this summer?

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