Guy Ritchie, one of my favorite directors, is teaming up with two of my fav actors (Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law) to make Sherlock Holmes. Still in production, it is scheduled for release on Christmas Day, 2009. I have included the trailer below if you have not seen it. Looks amazing!
In the late 1990′s Jamie Hewlett met Damon Albarn and the concept of Gorillaz was born sometime after. At the birth of the project, film maker Ceri Levy set about to document this undertaking. The result is Bananaz, 91 minutes inside the remarkable real world of Gorillaz, the most successful animated band ever (and one of my favs!)
Levy filmed alongside and behind the scenes from 2000 to 2006, from first drawings, animations, music and the musicians, through to the faces behind the voices of Murdoc, 2D, Noodle and Russel Hobbs. The result is an unsanitised, free-wheeling documentary film; an intimate, honest and often hilarious account of the working relationship between Albarn and Hewlett. With appearances by many of those who occasionally pass through this world ; Dennis Hopper, De la Soul, Ibrahim Ferrer, Dangermouse, Dan the Automator, D12, Bootie Brown and Neneh Cherry.
Following its’ premiere on Babelgum on April 20th 2009 Bananaz will be released on DVD on June 1st 2009. The DVD will also feature The Bananaz Home Movie Club: 62 mins of previously unseen and unmissable bonus footage and hidden extras! You can watch “THE SNEEZE” an exclusive clip from The Bananaz Home Movie Club now.
Below is the official movie trailer. Enjoy!
I want to give a shout out to both directors Chris Nolan and Martin Campbell for the work they are doing respectively on both the Batman and James Bond franchises. I was gutted to see two very cool/bad ass characters absolutely be destroyed in the 80s and 90s to piss poor screen plays, shitty casting, and juvenile direction. You two have not only renewed my interest in both story arcs, you have also revived my faith in Hollywood.
Genius! Chris Nolan, you are the man for taking on the Dark Knight genre of the Batman story. With the exception of the first Batman movie released in 1989, all of the movies released prior to Batman Begins were absolutely SHITE! A bubblegum land of neon and unbelievable charters, it seemed that the only reason why they were producing more movies were to fill Toy’s R Us with more product. It goes without saying you saved this brand. The screen plays, direction, and cinematography all seem to cater to a older/more sophisticated audience. More importantly, the casting is TOP NOTCH. Christian Bale, Michael Cain, Liam Neeson, Heath Ledger (you will be missed), Aaron Eckhart, and Maggy Gyllenhaal (who I fell in love with in the Secretary) are all AMAZING! Since I am on casting, I feel compelled to cast my vote for Catwoman: Angelina Jolie! She looks good in latex! I also think Brad Pitt would make an excellent Riddler.
Keep up the great work!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for finding a James Bond that is on par or (in my opinion) better than Sean Connery. Like Nolan, Martin Campbell saved 007 by setting an all around higher standard for all things related to Bond in Casino Royal. Daniel Craig is tough (thanks for killing the tendency to make bond Metro) and realistic as 007. In particular, I like how human you made bond. He is not invincible. He bleeds, feels pain, and suffers other character flaws (as highlighted by his contentious relationship with M). One of my favorite lines from Casino Royal was when Bond orders a martini and he is asked if he would like it shaken or stirred. Response: "Does it look like I give a damn!" A perfect and subtle way of breaking from old/expected 007 behavior and creating something fresh and new. I really look forward to your next installment with Quantum Solace.
While we are on the subject of re-creating movie franchises, I was excited to see a preview last week of Terminator Salvation. As the name suggests, this story is also in need of a savior to help re-invent itself. Director McG, you have your hands full. I really hope that you take the model provided by Nolan and Campbell, and do something fresh and unique to bring audiences back to what was once a great movie. The trailer seems to suggest you have:
This also goes for those of you involved in making the new Star Trek:
Tim Yu reports via the Cool Hunting Web Site that The Tribeca Film Festival‘s Drive-In Series will be screening Planet B-Boy, a feature-length documentary on breakdancing. Planet B-Boy depicts the global resurgence of breakdancing. "From the outskirts of Paris to the suburbs of Seoul, the film serves as a reminder of hip-hop’s influence on different and diverse cultures. "
Below is a great promotional video for the film. WATCH THIS! Truely bad ass!