Winner of this year’s Ironic Film Title ribbon (SARAH PALIN: THE UNDEFEATED was disqualified for failure to complete a term — talk about ironic) DREAM HOUSE marks director Jim Sheridan’s attempt to explore the world of the psychological thriller, with a few surprising twists thrown in along the way. The tale of man whose family life begins to crumble with the revelation that the beautiful house they’ve just moved into was the scene of an horrific crime, the film has the atmosphere, has affecting performances by stars Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, — backed up by Naomi Watts as a sympathetic neighbor — and lays its story out in a way that casts events already witnessed in new lights as secrets are progressively revealed, but does its old-school approach still have relevance? Join Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski and Dan Persons as they root around the cellar of a beloved genre and try to sweep away the cobwebs to find what works and what doesn’t in this latest attempt to draw chills from the infinite convolutions of the human mind.
Also: a discussion of the announced short-list of directors for Leonardo DiCaprio’s upcoming TWILIGHT ZONE project; and what’s coming in theatrical and home video releases.
Dream a little dream with the 23rd episode of the Cinefantastique Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction Podcast, as Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski analyze INCEPTION. Is Christopher Nolan’s multi-leveled special effects extravaganza, about invading other people’s dreams to steal or plant ideas, the thinking person’s action-packed blockbuster? Or is this dream one in which (to paraphrase Freud) an exploding car is just an exploding car? Find out, along with the usual recap of weekly news, upcoming events, and home video releases.
Warner Brothers has pieced together over 6 minutes of footage from Christopher Nolan’s INCEPTION featuring a mix of clips we’ve seen before along with some brand new material from the perspective of a crew member. This is a really interesting little collection of clips that we can only hope will find its way to the DVD/Blu-Ray release as well.
Two new TV spots for Christopher Nolan’s INCEPTION have surfaced. They include some of the same footage as we’ve seen so far, but they also give us about 2 seconds of never-before-seen footage featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character. The second trailer is aimed specifically at the film’s IMAX release.
Following their coverage of Christopher Nolan’s (THE DARK KNIGHT, MEMENTO) new film, INCEPTION, the guys over at The LA Times have managed to bag a few new stills for the highly-anticipated ‘existential heist movie’ which you can view below:
Most of these images have already been seen in motion, thanks to the two trailers released so far, but all look fantastic regardless. The last still is particularly interesting as it slows Nolan, on set, standing at the foot of one of the bending buildings seen in the trailers; suggesting that the film won’t rely on CGI alone for it’s special effects. These new stills are yet another example of how promising this film looks and I cannot wait to finally see the finished product.
INCEPTION is due for release on the 16th of July.
The LA Times have been talking to director Christopher Nolan (THE DARK KNIGHT, MEMENTO) about his latest film, INCEPTION, which has so far been buried in secrecy. With only a few months until the film is released, and in the wake of two trailers, no one really seems to know what the plot for INCEPTION actually is. That is, until now.
Apparently the plot sees Leonardo DiCaprio’s (SHUTTER ISLAND, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD) character Dom Cobb as, “a specialist in the new branch of corporate espionage — he’s a dream thief who plucks secrets from the minds of tycoons after pumping them full of drugs and hooking them up to a mysterious contraption”. From the sounds of this plot synopsis and based on the footage we’ve seen so far INCEPTION sounds like itcould be the world’s first existential heist movie. Nolan confirms his intent for the film in the following statement,
I originally wrote it as a heist movie, and heist movies traditionally are very deliberately superficial in emotional terms. They’re frivolous and glamorous, and there’s a sort of gloss and fun to it. I originally tried to write it that way, but when I came back to it I realized that — to me — that didn’t work for a film that relies so heavily on the idea of the interior state, the idea of dream and memory. I realized I needed to raise the emotional stakes.
These new pieces of information about INCEPTION only serve to further my excitement for the film, which looks to be yet another clever, visually stunning and psychologically dense offering from Nolan. We’ll know for sure when INCEPTION is released on the 16th of July this summer.
Warner Brothers releases this science fiction thriller from writer-director Christopher Nolan. Plot details have been kept under tight wrap, but the film is supposedly set within the “archtecture of the mind,” whatever that means. The poster’s tagline is “Your mind is the scene of the crime,” and advance word suggests the story is about a heist to steal technology that allows access into people’s dreams. Nolan has reassembled many of the behind-the-scenes collaborators who worked with him on THE DARK KNIGHT, so hopefully we will be seeing a film of similar quality.Leonardo DiCaptrio, Ken Watanabe, and Ellen Page lead the cast.