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DAILY BULLETIN: Movie trailer overload!

Hey everyone. Apologies about missing yesterday’s update (and the week was going so well, too). I decided to hit the sack early and catch up on some much-needed sleep. But I’m back!

Today’s update consists entirely of trailers. Lots of trailers. Also of note, the Sundance Film Festival opened today. Among the movies scheduled to premiere at Sundance are: Before Midnight (Richard Linklater), The East (Zal Batmanglij), Stoker (Park Chan-wook), and The Way, Way Back (Nat Faxon & Jim Rash). And of course, Upstream Color (Shane Carruth)! So expect a future bulletin to detail some of the early critical reaction to those.

For now though, trailers.

Emperor

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Moonrise Kingdom

Before I get to what I thought of Moonrise Kingdom, I think a little context is in order: I’ve never really been a Wes Anderson fan. Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums are usually cited as his best films. I turned Rushmore off halfway through because I found Jason Schwartzman’s Max Fischer insufferable. After that, I couldn’t bring myself to watch Tenenbaums.

That’s not to say I hate all his movies. Fantastic Mr. Fox had its moments, and Bottle Rocket made good use of the Wilson brothers. But neither film really knocked me out.

To put it more succinctly, I wasn’t tremendously hopeful for Moonrise Kingdom.

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Unbreakable

(Note: This is a slightly longer review than the type I usually go for. It’s intended to be similar to the Great Movies column Roger Ebert does on his website. The idea here isn’t so much to introduce readers to a film, but to show why I like a particular film so much, delve a little more into its subtleties, and make readers want to take another look at it. Hope you enjoy.)

There was once a time when M. Night Shyamalan was a promising, young, visionary director. Back in 2002, Newsweek went so far as to run a cover story proclaiming him “the next Spielberg.”

Ah, those were the days…

Looking back over his filmography, the general consensus is Shyamalan has never quite been able to top himself since his stunning debut, The Sixth Sense. Quite the opposite, in fact – with the exception of Signs, the critical community’s response  to Shyamalan’s work has grown more and more negative with each subsequent feature, culminating in nearly universal disdain for his most recent film The Last Airbender.

How the mighty have fallen…

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Some thoughts on Shyamalan

Deadline reports M. Night Shyamalan’s next directorial project might be a Taken-esque story, but with some supernatural powers thrown into the mix.

Some thought it might be a sequel to Unbreakable, after the casting of Bruce Willis was announced, but that rumour can be put to bed for now. At this point, the movie is rumoured to star Bradley Cooper as a father whose son is kidnapped. Gwyneth Paltrow is also reportedly involved.

I’m mildly intrigued by this, which is more than I can say about any recent Shyamalan project. Many are keen to see what he does with The Last Airbender, but I can honestly say that story holds no interest for me. I was never a fan of the television show. I’m mostly just interested to see if Airbender can actually turn a profit, given its $280 million price tag.

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