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Knives Out — First Trailers

I think I must share a common sensibility with Rian Johnson, the writer/director of the upcoming movie Knives Out, because the film so perfectly matches my idea of what a purely entertaining movie should be. It’s a murder mystery set in a posh but isolated location, peopled by diverse and glamourous characters who are all hiding secrets.

The plot to my dream movie should be reminiscent of an M. C. Escher print. One big switch isn’t enough—there should be switches-on-switches.  And switches-on-switches-on-switches.

And the location matters. A snowbound English country house is an ideal setting, but a snowbound train works as well. Even a luxurious boat will do if it’s in a suitably exotic part of the world, just as long as there’s a room large enough to assemble all the suspects and expose the killer(s) in the closing moments of the film.

Let’s think. Who’s famous for that sort of thing? (Hint: Her initials are “A. C.”, and she’s not Al Capone.)

Knives Out has Agatha Christie’s bloody fingerprints are all over it, and Rian Johnson happily acknowledges his debt to the best-selling fiction writer of all time, with the possible exceptions of Shakespeare and the authors of the New Testament. Johnson has improved on his inspiration by adding a dash of wit to the mix; Christie’s works are conspicuously devoid of humour.

He’s also assembled the kind of All-Star cast that brings in an audience for those remakes of Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile that earn nice profits every decade or so, even though everyone in that audience found out whodunit years ago.

And what a cast it is! The film has Chris Evans,  Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette(!), Lakeith Stanfield, and Christopher Plummer. Best of all, there’s James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, playing a detective with the intriguing surname of “Blanc”.  I can only hope he introduces himself as “Blanc. Benoit Blanc.” For reasons yet to be explained, Craig plays the part with a Southern accent.

Here’s the latest trailer for Knives Out:

And here’s the original one:


Knives Out opens on 27 November 2019, the night before (US) Thanksgiving Day. Can’t wait for this one.

Professor Plum, in the Library, with the Candlestick

Toni Collette

Toni Collette

Michael Shannon and Chris Evans

Michael Shannon and Chris Evans

Daniel Craig and LaKeith Stanfield

Daniel Craig and LaKeith Stanfield

Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis

The Endless Sommar

Well, this is a surprise.

Jason Adams, whose My New Plaid Pants blog keeps me informed about movies—especially scary movies and the hot actors who appear in them—wrote that he got to see the director’s cut of Ari Aster’s Midsommar at a special screening in New York a couple of weeks ago. He was impressed.

This weekend, a lot more people will be able to share the experience. The unrated, 171-minute version, with new scenes and extended footage, runs almost half an hour longer than the original release. Click here to find where it’s playing near you.

Midsommar was Aster’s follow-up to his first full-length feature, Hereditary, which scared the hell out of everybody in 2018. Many people—me among them—are still irate that Toni Collette didn’t get a much-deserved Oscar nomination for her performance in that film.

Here’s the original trailer for Midsommar:

Hereditary — Official Trailer

Here’s the creepy official trailer for Hereditary, one of the most talked-about movies to come out of this year’s Sundance Festival.

With a trailer that intense and unsettling, Hereditary is yet another movie that I won’t see until I can watch it at home, with all the lights on and the remote firmly grasped in my right hand, ready to pause or mute anything that seems too scary. You may laugh at my precautions, but they got me through Krampus without lasting trauma. And in under three hours, too!

Spoilers for Hereditary are very hard to come by, not that I’d post them anyway. The early reviews are across-the-board raves—the Tomatometer is at 100%. with a “Want to See” of 99%. The Rotten Tomato score and the reaction to the Sundance screening are almost identical to that of another little horror movie, from 2017: Get Out.

The film stars the great Toni Collette, in what some are calling a career-best performance, and Gabriel Byrne, who’s always good.

The US release date is 8 June 2018.

The Theory of Everything — First Trailer

The Theory of Everything follows the life of the brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking, from his undergraduate years and into his marriage to Jane Wilde, the arts student he fell in love with while studying at Cambridge in the 1960s.  Hawking is played by Eddie Redmayne, who, in his own way, is also brilliant.

Between Redmayne’s The Theory of Everything and Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, it looks like the awards season could be dominated by biographies of tragic British geniuses.  Add Timothy Spall, who has already won the Cannes Film Festival Best Actor award for his performance as  J. M. W. Turner in  Mr. Turner, and you might detect an emerging pattern.

The Theory of Everything  is scheduled for a New Year’s Day, 2015 release.  I suspect it will be showcased earlier.

I’ve been a serious fan of Eddie Redmayne ever since I saw him w/Tom Sturridge and Toni Collette in a not-very-good movie called Murderous Intent, back in 2006.  He has an interesting background.  Here’s a picture of him w/some of his classmates  at Eton.  Redmayne is the first person in the third row, standing next someone I can’t quite place, but who looks awfully familiar.  I wonder if he’s also an actor….


Eddie Redmayne and Friends