This has to be my top most anticipated film of this year.
Elysium is directed by Neill Blomkamp, who’s previous movie District 9 is firmly lodged in my personal top ten movies of all time, and the plot rattles along like so:
In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station that is disguised as a massive floating city called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet’s crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium – but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens’ luxurious lifestyle. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max Coburn (Matt Damon), a 29 year-old ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s mayor, Secretary Jessica Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.
Blending the topic of social inequality with sci-fi. Count me in.
Here’s the first official look at the HBO film Behind The Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.
It’s no great secret that director Steven Soderbergh couldn’t get this flick financed from the movie studios because they deemed the plot ‘too gay’ for Hollywood. The film centres around the true story of pianist Liberace and his manipulative six year relationship with his much younger lover Scott Thorsen. Liberace apparently employed a top plastic surgeon to ‘re-design’ Thorsen’s face to look more like a younger version of himself, following which he endeavoured to adopt Scott as his son.
When we heard there was to be another Bourne movie we excitedly shrieked like little schoolgirls but then we discovered Matt Damon wouldn’t be reprising his role and Paul Greengrass wasn’t going to direct either. So where did that leave us? Well Jeremy Renner has now been shoe’d in for the lead role and Edward Norton, Albert Finney, Rachel Weisz and Joan Allen have all joined the cast for The Bourne Legacy directed by Tony Gilroy.
The twist with this particular franchise continuation is that it focuses on an entirely new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films. In short a thinly veiled excuse to lead this cash cow back out to pasture. The trailer does look intriguing even though the old nail in a compressed gas canister looks a bit A Teamish.
WARNING: This is one of those annoying trailers which gives away what appears to be a crucial twist in the plot. So if you don’t want to know too much about the film then stop around the 1.34 mark.
Apparently this version of True Grit, the original starred John Wayne, remains faithful to the book which was written by Charles Portis in 1969. It tells the story of 14 year-old Mattie Ross and her quest to find and bring to justice the man who killed her father. She employs the services of Rooster Cogburn, a grizzled, alcoholic Marshall and La Boeuf, a younger Texas Ranger.
After watching this trailer we are pretty much convinced that Jeff Bridges has produced another performance which has the dial firmly turned up to eleven and could possibly earn him a nod from the Academy. Once everyone here had stopped jumping up an down on deck clapping our hands like excited Japanese school girls we were also thrilled to learn the cast includes Matt Damon and Josh Brolin.