Venice Film Festival 2011 - Interesting movies

It's left just one month till the next big film festival will begin. I was looking forward to it since Cannes Film Festival came to an end. After an official program of the upcoming festival was revealed, I've got a chance to choose which movie I would like to watch in the first place. Unfortunately, trailers of some of these movies still haven't been released and maybe my opinion will change in a month, but I doubt it.

Official program of the 68th Venice Film Festival.

"The Ides of March" by George Clooney
Yes, you understood right - George Clooney not only just starred in this movie, but also directed it. It's not the first time he's playing in being director. The previous one was movie called "Leatherheads" and only the half of the critics liked it (audience liked it even less). "The Ides of March" are about a politician and his assistant, who really helps him to become the President of the USA. Of course, George Clooney kept for himself the big part and due to trailer he looks confident playing the one who is about to be the President. I'm more interested in someone, who is portraying his successful assistant. Ryan Gosling is one of the best actors nowadays, so it's not a big surprise that this is the third movie he presents this year. His character looks more interesting and complicated, because he has to choose between loyalty and his beliefs.

"Carnage" by Roman Polanski
The story takes place in New York, where two parent couples meet for a dinner to discuss their children and an accident they've been involved in. But it's not going to be very serious drama - something comic is going to happen as well. The first couple is played by Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz. The second one is portrayed by Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly. So we shouldn't worry about the acting and directing parts. I hope this movie will surprise me in a good way.

"Wilde Salome" by Al Pacino
Oscar Wilde is becoming popular again, when Al Pacino is adapting his tragedy called "Salome". Originally it is a Biblical story about a stepdaughter of the tetrarch Herod Antipas, who wants the head of Jokanaan on a silver platter as a reward for dancing the Dance of the Seven Veils. Salome is played by Jessica Chastain, who is going to present six movies she starred in this year, and King Herod is portrayed by Al Pacino. Despite the fact that we don't know how he is going to re-interpret this story, it has to be both impressive and dramatic.

"Contagion" by Steven Soderbergh
Returning to the 'virus which will kill all humanity' theme, Steven Soderbergh presents a new drama, which is slightly different from apocalyptic movies like "Resident Evil" or "I'm a Legend". It shows more how virus spreads day by day all around the world. There is no 'Chose One' who will save the world, but there are many people (from doctors to politicians), who want to find out how to conquer this disease. But the main advantage of this movie is its cast. Matt Damon, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne and Gwyneth Paltrow are playing serious parts and they're are doing it very persuasively.

"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" by Tomas Alfredson
Incredible cast is telling us a very mysterious story about ex-spy, which again proves that you can never quit this job. Colin Firth, John Hurt, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch and Ciaran Hinds are going to play in dangerous games to solve a mystery. Their characters should to discover what is true and what is hidden from them, meanwhile trying to find the weaknesses in their enemies.

"A Dangerous Method" by David Cronenberg
Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung are trying to manage their work and relationship while they are searching for a new method in treating a troubled patient. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Vincent Cassel and Keira Knightley, this story shows how a woman can influence men's life.

Favorite movie websites - part 2

Here is another five websites, where you can always find interesting information about movies.

Favorite movie websites - part 1

This website is very interesting to me, because it often gets an exclusive stuff of the upcoming movies. YAHOO! Movies are fast always the first to release new images from potential blockbusters.
    Reviews, articles about independent cinematography, interviews with actors and directors, coverage of the festivals - all this I can find visiting just one website. It was a big help for me, when I was searching for some information about this year's Cannes Film Festival. My favorite feature of the Guardian Film is "Clip joint" - a reader is choosing one simple topic and illustrates it with five interesting moments from movies.

    It's fully dedicated to the movie posters. Official or fan-made, British or Brazilian - a really big collection to every movie ever made (from 1910s to nowadays).

    It's not movie related, but it's celebrity related and actors are celebrities. Just Jared provides paparazzi photos of the actors who are 'out and about', photos from premieres, ceremonies, events, official posters, stills, trailers etc.

    Or simply IMDB. Everyone knows it and it's really one of the best movie databases, which you can find on the Internet. I visit it when I want to know which title the movie got in other country, its release dates, memorable quotes and some interesting trivia.

    Logos are taken from its websites.


    "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" (2011) - Los Angeles Premiere

    The LA premiere of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" took place at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on July 28, 2011. Actors James Franco, Andy Serkis, Tom Felton, Freida Pinto and John Lithgow along with Tom Rothman, who is Chief Executive Officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment, came to present their last movie. Tom Felton's friend from "Harry Potter" series, actor Rupert Grint also arrived to the premiere to show his support and was wearing a t-shirt with "I ♥ Tom Felton" on it.

    More about "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" (2011)! (synopsis, trailers etc.)

    James Franco

    Tom Felton

    Rupert Grint

    Tom Felton and Rupert Grint   

    Andy Serkis and his family

    Tom Rothman and Andy Serkis

    Freida Pinto and John Lithgow 

    Tom Felton, Freida Pinto and James Franco 

    Pictures - Zimbio

    Top-5 movies of the week - 29.07 - 04.08

    1."Cowboys and Aliens"
    After filming a few movies about iron superhero, Hollywood director Jon Favreau returns to the cinemas with another action project. Plot is a bit similar to the animation movie “Rango” by director Gore Verbinski, released this spring. The story takes place in 1875, somewhere in New Mexico. A stranger finds himself in a desert without any memories about who he is or what he is doing there. But he got a mysterious shackle on this left wrist. Some local residents have found him and took to their native town Absolution, when everyone lives in fear because of Colonel Dolarhyde. One day this town is attacked by marauders from the sky and nobody can resist them. Except for the stranger, who starts to remember something from his past.The main parts are played by actors Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell and young actress Olivia Wilde.
    Trailer - http://elenastr.blogspot.com/2011/06/cowboys-aliens-2011-trailer.html

    2."Crazy, Stupid, Love."
    Another romantic comedy about how a man can loose and then get back his wife. “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”, directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, it a witty story about straight-laced Cal Weaver (Steve Carell), who is living the dream-good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart. But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his "perfect" life quickly unravels. Worse, in today's single world, Cal, who hasn't dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth. Now spending his free evenings sulking alone at a local bar, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protégé to handsome, thirtysomething player Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). (Rotten Tomatoes)
    Trailer - http://elenastr.blogspot.com/2011/06/crazy-stupid-love-2011-trailer.html
    Posters - http://elenastr.blogspot.com/2011/07/crazy-stupid-love-2011-posters.html

    3."The Devil's Double"
    Based on a gripping, unbelievable true story of money, power and opulent decadence, Lionsgate’s "THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE" takes a white-knuckle ride deep into the lawless playground of excess and violence known as Bagdad, 1987. Summoned from the frontline to Saddam Hussein's palace, Iraqi army lieutenant Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper) is thrust into the highest echelons of the "royal family" when he’s ordered to become the ‘fiday’ – or body double – to Saddam's son, the notorious "Black Prince" Uday Hussein (also Dominic Cooper), a reckless, sadistic party-boy with a rabid hunger for sex and brutality.
    Trailer - http://elenastr.blogspot.com/2011/05/devils-double-2011-trailer.html

    4."The Smurfs"
    The Smurfs make their first 3D trip to the big screen in Columbia Pictures'/Sony Pictures Animation's hybrid live-action and animated family comedy, The Smurfs. When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the Smurfs out of their village, they're forced through a portal, out of their world and into ours, landing in the middle of New York's Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down. (Official movie website)
    Trailer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7emiua3X4p4

    Set in South Korea, a sixtysomething woman faced with the discovery of a terrible family crime and suffering from Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class.
    "Well-crafted and compelling, if a little inaccessible to western audiences..." (Empire magazine)
    Trailer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo2dfY317-k

    Posters - Collider

    "The Avengers" (2012) - Teaser, poster and stills

    If you've seen "Captain America: The First Avenger", you probably were surprised by its ending scene. Marvel studio decided to show us how will "The Avengers" start and give us the first look at every hero from this upcoming movie. 

    More about "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011)! (stills, trailers, synopsis etc.)
    More about "The Avengers" (2012)! (posters, stills, trailers etc.)  

    "Captain America: The First Avenger" ending scene (via Yahoo! MOVIES)

    Official poster


    Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury

    Chris Evans as Captain America 

    Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man

    Chris Hemsworth as Thor

    Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow

    Mark Ruffalo as Hulk 

    Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye

    Tony Stark and Thor 

    Thor throwing his hammer 


    Venice Film Festival 2011 - Official program

    68th Venice Film Festival will take place from 31st August to 10th September 2011. There will be presented more than 40 films of various genres. Their new works will present David Cronenberg, Roman Polanski, Steven Soderbergh, Al Pacino, George Clooney and even Madonna along with less famous directors.

    Interesting movies from the program of the Venice Film Festival 2011 - my pick.

    Official festival website - http://www.labiennale.org/en/cinema

    Opening film: 
    "Vivan las Antipodas!" by Victor Kossakovsky (Germany, Arg, Neth, Chile, Russia)  
    Closing Film:
    "Damsels in Distress" by Whit Stillman (U.S.)

    Venezia 68 (In Competition):
    "The Ides of March" by George Clooney (U.S.)
    "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" by Tomas Alfredson (Italy)
    "Wuthering Heights" by Andrea Arnold (U.K.)
    "Texas Killing Fields" by Ami Canaan Mann (U.S.)
    "A Dangerous Method" by David Cronenberg (Germany, Canada)
    "4:44 Last Day on Earth" by Abel Ferrara (U.S.)
    "Killer Joe" by William Friedkin (U.S.)
    "The Exchange" by Eran Kolirin (Israel, Germany)
    "Alps" by Yorgos Lanthimos (Greece)
    "Shame" by Steve McQueen (U.K.)
    "Carnage" by Roman Polanski (France, Germany, Spain, Poland)
    "Chicken With Plums" by Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud (France, Belgium, Germany)
    "A Burning Hot Summer" by Philippe Garrel (France)
    "A Simple Life" by Ann Hui (China, HK)
    "Faust" by Aleksandr Sokurov (Russia)
    "Dark Horse" by Todd Solondz (U.S.)
    "Himizu" by Sion Sono (Japan)
    "Seediq Bale" by Wei Desheng (Taiwan)
    "Quando la Notte" by Cristina Comencini (Italy)
    "Terraferma" by Emanuele Crialese (Italy)
    "L’Ultimo Terrestre" by Gipi (Italy)

    Out of Competition:
    "La folie Almayer" by Chantal Akerman (Belgium, France)
    "The Moth Diaries" by Mary Harron (Canada, Ireland)
    "W.E." by Madonna (U.K.)
    "Il villaggio di cartone" by Ermanno Olmi (Italy)
    "Wilde Salome" by Al Pacino (U.S.)
    "Contagion" by Steven Soderbergh (U.S.)
    "The Sorcerer and the White Snake" by Tony Ching Siu-tung (China, HK)
    "Giochi d’estate" by Rolando Colla (Switzerland, Italy)
    "La Desintegration" by Philippe Faucon (Belgium)
    "Alois Nebel" by Tomas Lunak (Czech Rep., Germany)
    "Eva" by Kike Maillo (Spain, France)
    "Scossa" by Francesco Maselli, Carlo Lizzani, Ugo Gregoretti, Nino Russo (Italy)
    "La Cle des champs" by Claude Nuridsany, Marie Perennou (France)
    "Tormented" by Takashi Shimizu (Japan)
    "Marco Bellocchio, Venezia 2011" by Pietro Marcello (Italy)
    "La Meditazione di Hayez" by Mario Martone (Italy)
    "Tahrir 2011" by Tamer Ezzat, Ahmad Abdalla, Ayten Amin, Amr Salama (Egypt)
    "The End" by Collective Abounabbara (Syria)
    "Vanguard" by Collective Abounabbara (Syria)
    "Evolution (Megaplex 3D)" by Marco Brambilla (U.S.)

    "Twixt" (2011) - Synopsis, posters and stills

    Francis Ford Coppola directs a new mysterious movie called "Twixt", starring young actress Elle Fanning, Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern and Ben Chaplin. This story tells us about a writer with a declining career, who arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl. That night in a dream, he is approached by a mysterious young ghost named V. He's unsure of her connection to the murder in the town, but is grateful for the story being handed to him. Ultimately he is led to the truth of the story, surprised to find that the ending has more to do with his own life than he could ever have anticipated. (Official movie website)

    Френсис Форд Коппола представляет новый фильм ужасов "Между сейчас и восходом", где главные роли исполняют Эль Фаннинг, Вэл Килмер, Брюс Дерн и Бен Чаплин. Писатель в рамках книжного тура приезжает в небольшой городок и оказывается вовлеченным в тайну убийства, связанного с юной девушкой. Той самой ночью во сне, он видит некого загадочного призрака по имени V. Он не уверен, насколько призрак связан с убийством в городе, но благодарен за то, что история открывается ему. И когда он наконец-таки раскрывает правду, то удивляется, как тесно она переплетается с его собственной жизнью.  

    Official posters from Movielicious



    "Hunger Games" (2012) - First character images

    Entertainment Weekly has revealed so far two promo images of the upcoming movie "Hunger Games". 

    More about this EW issue.
    More about "Hunger Games" (2012)! (flaming poster, news, trailers etc.)
    Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark 

    Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen