It is my duty, to inform you guys (my loyal readers) about the movies you should be seeing and/or looking forward to. I've decided to add two more entires for you and I hope they excite you as much as they excite me.
The Road - Dir. John Hillcoat.
The Road is based on a book written by Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) about the journey of a father and son through a catastrophe ridden landscape, in search of a new place to call home. McCarthy's novel is extremely dark, disturbing, and moving all the same. This was supposed to be released last year in Nov 2008, it was the film I was most looking forward to. However, the film wasn't finished and was pushed back to this year. Rumors were circulating that it was because the film wasn't good and they wanted to do re shoots. Quite frankly, from the looks of the trailer...the rumors couldn't possibly be more false. Director John Hillcoat, clearly wants to release a film he is proud of. Unlike most international directors that are trying to break in the United States, he's making every second clearly count with the look of this film. Hillcoat is best known for his autralian western drama "The Proposition" starring Guy Pearce, which is as special as other classic westerns like High Noon, Once Upon A Time In The West, and The Wild Bunch. His style resonates from that picture on to this one clearly, and that's not a bad thing. Viggo Mortensen, Robert DuVall, Charlize Theron, and Guy Pearce, all star in this post apocalyptic drama, with music done by the legendary Nick Cave; who penned the screenplay for Hillcoat's The Proposition". Enjoy the trailer...and read the book.
Give Em Hell, Malone - Dir. Russell Mulcahy
Grindhouse was one of the best pictures that came out in 2007, it's a fact. The fact that it didn't make money in the theaters didn't prove anything except people have too small of an attention span to sit in a theater for more than an hour and a half; which is sad. But hey, keep bringing the flop argument to me and I'll mention the same thing I always say, "Blues Brothers, National Lampoons Vacation, and Donnie Darko were all flops, which became monsters over years with video rentals, cable broadcasts, etc..." Give Em Hell, Malone is a small indie film by director Russell Mulcahy (Resident Evil: Extinction) about a hard boiled cop who shoots firsts and asks questions later. Simple but absolutely intriguing. The style of the film looks like a 70's exploitation film and the cast is great. Thomas Jane (who I feel is clearly underrated), Elsa Pataky, and Ving Rhames among others, star in what looks to be a fantastic trip to the days of Coffy, Death Wish, Cotton Comes to Harlem, Born Losers, Vanishing Point, I can go on and on. The exploitation genre is clearly coming back for the sheer fun of it, and it has clearly inspired many of our generations best directors. Without further a do...I give you Give Em Hell, Malone!