Been a while since I post some trailer but I got a new batch that incredibly interesting. I will try and continue the weekly trailer posts as it keeps me honest. So today, a superhero movie about developing powers and a foreign film with Batman (Christian Bale) in the lead. It”s also done by Zhang Yimou.
First, I am sort of growing tired with the found footage genre of movies. It’s tiring, it allows for sloppy camera work to mask the short comings of the cinematography and a cheap visual ploy. They all follow this standard path and it’s jarring sometimes to watch the action unfold. Some movies used this well; [REC] and Blair Witch, Cloverfield a little bit too much wonky camera work and the rest are just jittery movie that have not much else to offer. Second, this is what the show Heroes should have been. I can see the angle of the documented footage chronicling the powers that the kids have working to its advantage. Given our ever increasing usage of technology in our daily lives, seeing three young people use their new found powers for Punkd style antics fits just right in. But where the movie shines is the unfolding of their powers. We see one kid essentially have the trappings of a villain and it’s understandable since they are young and don’t realize what they have. I am excited to see what this movie has in store, since it is a superhero style movie and it has my money already.
The Flowers of War:
This is making the rounds as an official submission to the Best Foreign Film category in the Oscars this year, The Flowers of War is a depiction of the 1937 Massacare of Nanking or Rape of Nanking where Japanese troops raped and murdered the women and children of Nanking in China. The film looks incredibly compelling and emotional as it depicts the events of the massacre in all the horrific details we can imagine. So far I have seen other clips of the movie online and it is terribly brutal to watch. But there is some redemption in the form of Bale’s acting and the story overall. The film has a mix of English, Japanese and Chinese languages in the film, so it adds to the layers of the film with realism and strong direction from Zhang Yimou.