Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Bits & Pieces: Django Unchained, The Master, TDKR, Polisse, Killing Them Softly and Avengers

Whether each little news item that follows is worthy of it's own post is a question for another day. Today though, I don't have time to do that, so here you have it all in one. After the jump, see a smorgasbord of movie tidbits, including screening reactions, what I watched, posters, money and more.

Django Unchained and The Master

So the Weinstein Company screened footage (sizzle reels) from three of its 2012 big hitters in Cannes last night, including 3 minutes of David O' Russell's The Silver Linings Playbook (personally, not all that interested), 4 minutes of Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master and a whopping 7 minutes of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. The reactions? Extremely positive of course. I mean, it's QT and PTA we are talking about here. Head over to SlashFilm for a nice summary. This is what Ryland Aldrich over at Twitch had to say about Django:

"What was pretty obvious from the footage is that Waltz is front and center, there's a kickin' 70s soul soundtrack, and fans of QT will not be disappointed. It sounds like we'll have to wait until Christmas Day (Dec. 25th) to see much more than this; a wait that for most journalists there today, will now be excruciating!"

As for The Master, I don't have to relay what other said, since a teaser / clip was released just yesterday. Here it is. Oh my, I cannot WAIT for these two movies!

Interesting to note: (1) the Scientology basis of the story seems stronger than expected here - is Phoenix being audited? (2) The title is The Master after all. I'm not sure this was announced previously, but I missed it.

The Dark Knight Rises

... has a new poster. I really liked it, until I saw the "making of" gif on SlashFilm. Ah, is it really that easy? I don't really care. The poster is pleasing to the eye, if a little predictable.

Killing Them Softly

(formerly Cogan's Trade) is screening this morning in Cannes. In anticipation, this awesome minimalist poster was released yesterday. Looking good!


I watched this film last night and, let me tell you, it was INCREDIBLE. Damn, I am still reeling. There is no time to do a review now, but see the trailer below. Maybe I will write a review after the second viewing, which I can assure you, there will be. 9 out of 10! Oh, and I am proud of my poster composition above :-)

Box Office? SMASH!

So how is The Avengers doing? Well, it has now grossed nearly $1.2 billion worldwide, placing it at number 4 on the all time list. It will be number 3 soon, as the last Potter movie is fractionally ahead. Will it catch up to Titanic or Avatar? I doubt it, but you never know. This movie is destroying! In fact, it's power has all but left poor Battleship dead in the water. This big budget (over $200 million) affair managed only $25 million on its opening weekend. However, something tells me that Universal saw it coming. So what did they do? Release it much earlier in some overseas territories, where it made a killing - over $215 million to be exact. Okay, it's not a hit, but it's hardly a miss. Clever damage control, Universal.

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