What has turned into a huge surprise for me, and one of my most anticipated films of 2013, the Jackie Robinson biopic 42
Last week we had the trailer for the first movie that Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s comeback film. Now we are getting the next film that Stallone is doing, Bullet To The Head. I like the niche that Stallone has been carving that has allowed other action stars mount comebacks. They are still pretty badass in their movies yet don’t take themselves too seriously.
The trailer for Bullet To The Head looks like its a lot of fun and the fact that Sarah Shahi is in just makes it that much better. It also stars Jason Momoa, Sung Kang and Christian Slater.
Yeah, I will be watching this.
About The Film Bullet to the Head is directed by Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hrs.) and written by Alessandro Camon (The Messenger) with Sylvester Stallone playing a New Orleans hitman who teams with a New York City detective in a high-stakes investigation that leads from the dingy back alleys of New Orleans all the way to the power corridors of Washington, D.C. The unlikely duo, brought together by two vicious murders, take on all who stand in their way, and are willing to sacrifice everything to exact revenge. The film also features Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jon Seda and Holt McCallany. Warner Bros originally had this set for release in 2012, but Bullet to the Head was pushed back to hit theaters starting February 1st, 2013 next year.
I was actually looking forward to seeing Inescapable when it was announced as the one of the films in the Special Presentations Programme for the Toronto International Film Festival. Being a huge fan of its star Alexander Siddig, it definitely got my attention. The rest of the cast is pretty great led by Marisa Tomei and Joshua Jackson and it is with this excitement that I was eager to check out the trailer that recently dropped.
Man does this look bad. It looks like the movie is basically a made-for-TV retread of the Liam Neeson starring Taken. I feel so bad for Siddig as it seems that he is putting in a valiant effort.
On the bright side, Alliance Films is distributing it up here so the chance of a lot of folks seeing it is low. That is great for the people involved in the film because this just looks really bad.
About the Film One afternoon, on a typical day at work, Adib (Alexander Siddig) is confronted with devastating news: His eldest daughter, Muna, has gone missing in Damascus. Now Adib, who has not been back in over 30 years, must return to Syria and deal with his secret past in order to find her. Inescapable is a thriller about a father’s desperate search for his daughter and the chaos of the Middle East he left behind. Marisa Tomei and Joshua Jackson in the film written and directed by Rubba Nadda (Cairo Time) which debuts at TIFF next month and opens in Toronto theaters September 14th.
Preity Zinta has not been away from the limelight for a long period of time, but it’s still a large enough gap for Bollywood film movie-goers to miss her effervescent spirit and dimpled smile on screen. I had a run-in with Preity Zinta at the 2012 IIFA Awards in Singapore in June and she was all smiles, bubbles and dimples when she discussed her upcoming film Ishkq In Paris. Now, in August, we have the theatrical trailer of the film…which is beautiful.
First thing, the cinematography looks gorgeous. Although its hard to make Paris look bad, getting the city from the right angles is very important and from what we see in the trailer – Paris is stunning. The music, which chants French lyrics “Ah Oui Oui Mon Cherie” is very catchy and the look and vibe of the film is quite young and trendy. Clearly it cannot be a typical Bollywood romantic comedy without the cheesy lines, and we get a healthy dose of it in the trailer too.
With a gorgeous look at Paris, a cheesy dose of Bollywood romance, oh and a quick glimpse of a condom packet – this certainly seems to promise nice light-hearted entertainment. Let’s hope it lives up to all it’s expectations.
So, by now, everyone has seen the theatrical trailer of Heroine, Madhur Bhandarkar‘s latest release starring Kareena Kapoor (if you haven’t, it’s above). But wait, before we admire Kareena’s dance moves (yes, I am finally becoming a fan of them) and the trailer (which is completely void of a storyline)…we must look at the history of Heroine. It’s short, but it’s so full of drama. It’s Bollywood – why would real life be any less dramatic than reel life, right?
For those not aware of Heroine‘s brief dramatic history, the film, directed by Bhandarkar, was to originally star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. It was much talked about then and seeing that Aishwarya was not acting much at the time, fans and the industry were looking forward to it. After a few pre-promotional photo and location shoots were wrapped up, a few pictures of Aishwarya’s look for the film were revealed to the public, including a first look poster.
Then, moviegoers received good and bad news.
Good news. Aishwarya was pregnant, expecting her first child with superstar husband Abhishek Bachchan.
Bad news. Aishwarya had to back out of Heroine leaving Bhandarkar hanging. Oh and pissed!
But hold your horses; the plot thickens. After hearing news of Aishwarya’s pregnancy, the film’s future was being gossiped about left, right and centre at which point Bhandarkar took to social media and blogged about what he believes was the truth behind the films sudden halt in shooting and production. The exact post can be read here, but to keep it short, Bhandarkar accused Aishwarya of having kept her “health” (ie: pregnancy) a secret, hidden from the director and the films crew.
“The entire event would not have taken place if on the onset the actress would have informed the state of her health an impending maternity…. The truth was hidden from us. We learnt about the entire thing from news channels like the rest of the world that the said actress was 4 months pregnant and she was due on November… Film making in Mumbai film industry is not a mere business but one big fraternity who functions on total faith and trust. The film was announced in Cannes on 13th May while we commenced shooting on 7th June…. There was a gap of 24 days even if we had known the truth behind the maternal state of the actress… things could have been reworked keeping the state of matters in mind accordingly and this crisis could have been averted.
Of course, Aishwarya was not a fan of this accusation, and her “people” denied it, but the drama went on.
Enter Kareena Kapoor. Just like a true Bollywood heroine, she swooped in for what looks to be the role of a lifetime. A role that any Bollywood actress would have loved to portray.
Despite all this hoopla, Heroine still looks pretty decent – if its trailer is anything to go by. From what it looks like, Kareena digs her teeth into yet another role – can’t say I expected anything less. We have the laughter, the drama and the tears…and oh, this really, really, over the top press conference scene where she lashes out at the media. FINALLY. I just wish it actually happened in real life more often.
Let’s not forget that really hot and sizzling item song “Halkat Jawani”, which sounds AMAZING. Kareena shows some serious moves (I just hope there is more and not just what we’ve seen so far). Looks like the film has the typical Bollywood elements in place. Box office moola? Still unknown, until it’s release.
However, my one teeny issue with the trailer, actually not teeny – but BIG issue is that its void of a storyline. After all, the whole point of filmmaking is to tell stories, right? Anyway, I shouldn’t be so harsh, many trailers in Bollywood these days function as “extended first looks” instead of portraying what they should in the traditional sense. I am sure as a button that Bhandarkar has a story to tell – as he always does. I hope this film isn’t just about the typical “rise and fall” of a superstar. He’s already done it in 2008′s Fashion starring Priyanka Chopra, and the trailer already looks like a mix of both Fashion and 2011′s big hit The Dirty Picture.
Let’s be honest, the drama in the world of glitz and glamour is far more interesting in “real” life than it is in the “reel” one. Just saying!