And I'm talking the dark, brooding, then spastic, crazy upside trickster narratives that got Danny Boyle squarely on the indie map a full two decades ago. Because while Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours have their place (for good or bad) in his oeuvre, there's nothing quite like a Danny Boyle psychological thriller. The new trailer, despite being greenband, plays up this angle to full effect (not even mentioning his Oscar tagged films), and has a snap, crackle and pop that the recent redband cut was never quite able to deliver on if you ask me. Perhaps it's the dubstep, or maybe it's the clever digital glitching (which is also all over that poster to your left), but no matter what, this is oh so clearly a movie by the man that made both Trainspotting and Millions. And to that I say: Fuck yes. Check it out for yourself below.
Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, teams up with a
criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars, but
after suffering a blow to the head during the heist he awakens to
discover he has no memory of where he hid the painting. When physical
threats and torture fail to produce answers, the gang's leader Frank
(Vincent Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to
delve into the darkest recesses of Simon's psyche. As Elizabeth begins
to unravel Simon's broken subconscious, the lines between truth,
suggestion, and deceit begin to blur.
Trance opens in the UK and Ireland on March 27th and April 5th in the US.
As this year's edition of New Directors/New Films, co-programmed by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art, winds up (it closes tomorrow), the festival once again confirms its stellar reputation for introducing New Yorkers to audacious and vital new talent. Even the most jaded moviegoer...
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In this edition of our bi-weekly Latin Beat, we hear from our correspondent Ernesto Zelaya Minano, who lives in Peru. He tells us about two new movies: La Academia, an upcoming sports drama, and La Herencia, a comedy. Next, we head to Mexico, where our correspondence Eric Ortiz Garcia reports...
I was rather hoping for a bit more from Cinderella, I admit. It was not to be. Kenneth Branagh's live-action staging of the Disney cartoon of the Grimm fairy tale is perfectly competent, and marvelously dull. For those following the flourishing "CGI-fortified fairy tale" sub-genre currently minting doubloons in Hollywood,...
In Toronto, from April 23rd until May 3rd, the 22nd edition of the sprawling Hot Docs Film Festival will be showcasing documentary films from 44 countries. Going through a documentary lineup of this size is a bit more daunting than a typical film festival. Fewer name directors, few to no stars,...