Chevy Chase may be back. This may perplex a lot of you, so for the kids, some context:
The Pianist, Oliver Twist, The Ghost and now Carnage. When Roman Polanski finishes a new project, you sit up and take notice.
While I don't share the optimism of others that a Ghostbusters 3 will happen (or should happen, lest we forget Blues Brothers 2000), it is pleasing to see there will be another supernatural action/comedy to fill the void with R.I.P.D.
Robert Schwentke (Red) will direct the film, about a murdered police officer who is recruited to the Rest in Peace Department, an agency of ghosts who police the spirits that still linger in the realm of the living. Ryan Reynolds will play the lead with his ghost-cop partner, a Civil War soldier, played by Jeff Bridges.
Is Ghostbusters III finally getting closer to being made? Possibly. Dan Aykroyd has let go some more details regarding the long-awaited sequel during an interview for the Dennis Miller show, according to Coming Soon. Now planned to commence shooting in the Spring of 2012, Ghostbusters III will indeed follow the classic team as they pass on the baton to a new generation of Ghostbusters.
Stop worrying; there’s not a fifth Pirates of the Carribbean film on the way. Not yet, anyway. Instead, Tim Burton’s golden-boy will be playing the lead in the long-awaited film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel, The Rum Diary.
Rachid Bouchareb’s sequel to the enormously successful Days of Glory picks up from where his previous film left off. Chronicling the aftermath of the Sétif massacre at the end of World War 2, in which 5,000 Muslim Algerians campaigning for independence from French colonial rule clashed with police, Bouchareb’s follow-up feature chronicles the lives of three brothers, Abdelkader, Messaoud and Said, who go their separate ways following the bloody events of May 1945.
Some of the best filmmaking starts out in short films. You only need to look at Andrea Arnold’s oscar-winning Wasp and her two follow-up features to establish that. Here at Lost in the Multiplex, we’re always keen to see what’s new on the independent film radar so when we heard about new independent short, Girl in Motion, we jumped at the chance to see the work of an up-and-coming, British filmmaker.
'Attenbeeerg'. Bella's drawling mispronunciation of Sir David's surname provides the title and central theme for this thought-provoking film. Tsangari places the audience firmly into Attenborough's scientific shoes as she quietly observes her characters against the bleak industrial backdrop of Aspra Spitia and the hospital's cancer-ward corridors, capturing everything from the everyday to the extraordinary.
The vapid glossiness of the protagonists in La Piscine, coupled with the dark psychological subject matter and cavalier disregard for human life inevitably brings to mind the work of Claude Chabrol (or indeed Hitchcock). Yet while Deray’s film ultimately lacks the blood-splashed-on-a-daisy sense of horror that murder intruding on bourgeois life brings (which characterises Chabrol at his best) there’s unquestionably a sense of chill slithering into a dazzling, sun-scorched paradise.
If you’re going to be trained up as a Cimmerian warrior then there’s really nobody better than Ron Perlman (of Hellboy and Beauty and the Beast fame) to guide you. That’s the first lesson of Marcus Nispel’s remake of the 1982 kitsch classic Conan the Barbarian. Straight away you can tell who the young Conan is: he frowns into the camera a lot as if to foreshadow the quest of vengeance before him – either that or, like the rest of the audience, he’s finding it difficult to understand what the point of this film actually is. A little later in the film, when Jason Momoa takes over as the adult Conan you can tell it’s the same character because he also frowns a lot into the camera. That’s about as sophisticated as the character development in this film gets.