Predestination – Trailer

Before I begin I think that I should acknowledge that Benedict Cumberbatch is a good actor. That being said, I don’t necessarily think that he’s a good choice for Marvel Studios upcoming Doctor Strange.  For awhile Ethan Hawke was in the running–and I get the feeling that if the choice were entirely Scott Derrickson’s he’d probably have the role (mainly because he and Hawke appeared to work well together in Sinister).

Which shouldn’t be taken to imply that Hawke doesn’t have his plate full, with Boyhood threatening to win beaucoup awards, and with his latest movie Predestination, where he plays a time cop in search of a enemy that has always managed to elude him.

It’s from the Spierig Brothers–whom I thought were Australian, for some reason–who’s last film, Daybreakers, was an interesting take on vampire lore that didn’t quite live up to its potential.

That being said, maybe they’re do better this time around.

In descriptions of Predestination I have heard Looper mentioned–and while it does share the plot device of time travel–a more apt comparison (admittedly based upon only the trailer) would be Tony Scott’s Deja Vu.

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Ewan McGregor As Doctor Strange? Not Buying It

Doctor Strange  Sorceror SupremeEvery since Joaquin Phoenix decided to pass of the role of Marvel Studios’ Master of the Mystic Arts, Doctor Strange, all sorts of names are being bandied about, such as Ethan Hawke and Keanu Reeves.

The latest is Ewan McGregor, and I think it’s unlikely (Ethan Hawke would be my choice, and it helps that he’s worked with the director, Scott Derrickson before in Sinister–that being said he also worked with Reeves in the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still) because McGregor may be up for another Star Wars film, though without knowing the timeline or even if it’s something he’s interested in or was even if it was offered to him, it’s hard to say.

That being said, I hope an American actor plays Strange (which isn’t to imply that it’s in any way unusual that a very American character isn’t played by one, like in the case of  Thor (Chris Hemsworth’s, who’s Australian, though his accent worked really well), Loki (Tom Hiddleston, British, and for similar reasons) and Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield, also British).

 

‘Boyhood’ Review

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Boyhood Is A Fascinating Movie More Because Of How It Was Made, Than The Movie Itself

I just saw Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, and it was pretty interesting, though mostly on the technical level (it was filmed over a period of 12 years); as an exercise in innovative filmmaking.  As a movie meant to engage an audience, it’s way too long–clocking in at almost three hours–and also curiously mistitled because for a movie named ‘Boyhood’ it deals very superficially with the ‘boy,’ of the title, Mason (Ellar Coltrane).

Traditional movies, when you see a young person age any length of time they’re typically played by a younger actor; so to see an actor literally age in front of you is pretty remarkable.

The problem is that Linklater doesn’t do anything–beyond the obvious–with his innovative idea.  Mason and his family go through ups, as well as downs (exemplified mostly by Mason’s mom, Patricia Arquette, and her serial marriages).

The actors all do their jobs well, though Ethan Hawke is particularly welcome as Mason’s father.  The thing is, if you take away the fascinating way that the movie was made, I honestly think Boyhood would be a pretty ordinary drama because when you get down to it the concept–watching a character literally age before our eyes–is the most interesting thing that it has going for it.

Though once you get used to that, which for me happened sometime around the 2 hour mark, when I began to get a bit antsy, and things got a bit less interesting.

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‘The Purge’ Trailer

I really like this trailer.  James DeMonaco, who wrote the screenplay for the excellent “Assault On Precinct 13” reboot is directing “The Purge,” which takes place in an America where crime and unemployment have fallen to unheard of lows.

It’s a golden age, though nothing worth having comes without a price.

That price is known as ‘the Purge,’ which, for twelve hours, once a year, you can steal, beat, rape or kill whomever you want, with no repercussions, legal or seemingly, moral.

From the trailer I assume that everyone saves up their anger and frustrations till it comes around, wild out, then balance out, so for the rest of the year everyone is kinder and gentler.

All of  that anger, all of that rage, building for the better part of a year…I would hate to be the focus of it.

Ethan Hawke and his family, to their dismay, will soon intimately learn what happens you when you get in the way of the Purge.