Earlier today it was announced that the amazing Guillermo del Toro will be directing the upcoming The Hobbit movie. But that’s not all, he’ll also be directing a sequel to The Hobbit which deals with the 60 year period between where The Hobbit ends and Lord of the Rings begins. In fact he’s so commited to the movie that he’s moving to New Zealand for the next four years so he can film the movies back to back.
I’ve been a big fan of del Toro’s since I saw The Devil’s Backbone (which has one of the VERY best ghosts I’ve ever seen in a movie) and of course the amazing job he did on Pan’s Labyrinth as well. I think that he’ll do an amazing job, but it sucks that we all have to wait until 2011 and 2012 to see these movies!
For more info check out the Variety article here.
I had dinner with my friend Max last night and he suggested that I check out the trailer for (one of) Ellen Page’s upcoming movies, The Tracey Fragments. The movie stars Page as a 15 year old girl named Tracey Berkowitz who is “naked under a tattered shower curtain at the back of a bus, looking for her little brother Sonny, who thinks he’s a dog.” Yes, that’s the best description I’ve found of the movie so far.
The trailer isn’t much more help either, but it certainly does look like an interesting film, and so far Page has a decent track record for picking great movies to star in (we don’t need to talk about X-Men 3). At the very least the trailer has me curious as to what the hell the movie is supposed to be about. What do you ll think of it, yay or nay?
UPDATE: Ugh, I totally forgot to tell you all that Broken Social Scene is doing the soundtrack, which makes it an even more exciting movie! I swear I didn’t just know that because someone wrote in the comments! haha
I just had the opportunity to watch Mister Lonely, Harmony Korine’s newest film. A friend of mine is a writer for a big, fancy magazine, so he gets screeners quite often, in fact he’s interviewing Mr. Korine tomorrow. As most of you know I’ve been pretty excited about seeing this for a while now, so it’s kind of sad to say that it wasn’t what I was hoping for.
The movie actually has two plots, that of Diego Luna (as a Michael Jackson impersonator) and Samantha Morton (as a Marilyn Monroe impersonator) meeting in Paris where she convinces him to join her in a commune with other impersonators in a castle in the highlands. The other plot line follows a group of missionaries in the rainforests somewhere in Brazil. Sadly, I wasn’t able to find any sort of dual meaning in the two plot lines, in fact they couldn’t have been any different. In fact the story was a rather simple one, but it seemed like it went on too long and if there were hidden metaphors, I think they were hidden a bit too well.
I thought Luna and Morton were actually quite good, Morton in particular and her scenes with Denis Lavant who plays Charlie Chaplin. Probably the best part of the movie was the cinematography by Marcel Zyskind. His camera work was beautiful and definitely made the movie feel very ethereal and dream-like all through out, especially in the part with the flying nuns and Buckwheat riding the miniature Shetland pony… yeah you read that right.
Overall though, I’d say that Harmony Korine wasn’t able to make it bizarro weird like Gummo, nor was it mainstream enough to just be enjoyed, it sort of sits in this weird middle ground. Unfortunately that middle ground is probably best described as awkward, which makes me kind of bummed. If you’re a diehard Korine fan I’m sure you’re going to see it no matter what, and maybe you can more in then I could, but I’m pretty sure Harms lost that loving feelin’.
China if you hadn’t noticed has hit a huge economic boom from the last 20 years, and with this summer’s Olympics being hosted there, people are starting to become more and more interested in the country. So PingMag wrote a great article talking about design in China, who’s doing it and where it’s going.
It’s pretty crazy but design hadn’t really taken off in China until 20 years ago at most, so it’s still almost in it’s infancy there. But from the examples given in the article, there are some pretty interesting things going on nonetheless. Reading this also reminded me of a Monocle video which talks about all of the new structures being built in China, but none of the major landmarks have been built by Chinese. It’s interesting to think about, although here in America, our greatest symbolic landmark was built by the French…