Melancholia

Lars Von Trier is known for his controversial and explicit films which tend to have more critical than commercial success. His latest effort is a science fiction drama that deals with an impending apocalypse, themes of depression, the relationship between two sisters and a wedding. Although I still have no idea what the film is about, knowing Trier’s work, you can never really know what to expect until you have seen it. I was a fan of Dogville, but not at all of Antichrist, but I won’t hold that against him or this film. Along with the dubious plot, the films cast are also a strange bunch, consisting of Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland and John Hurt. Then again, I suppose it’s an unconventional cast for an unconventional director.

Release Date: November 2011

 

 

A Dangerous Method

Directed by David Cronenberg (The Fly, Eastern Promises), this film stars Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender who star as the famous psychiatrists Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. Keira Knightley also stars as Sabina Spierlein (in her umpteenth period drama!) as a troubled patient caught between the two men. Already a hit at the Venice Film Festival, it is thought that the film will do well come award season. Hopefully the film will lead to a lot of praise for both Mortensen (which significant praise is long overdue) and for Fassbender who has recently had a string of impressive performances.

Release Date: November 2011

 

 

The Darkest Hour

This is an upcoming 3D science fiction film about an alien invasion and those who try to stay alive as they understand their invisible enemy. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Wanted), the film also stars a young cast of actors including Emile Hirsch and Max Minghella. The premise does seem to lack originality, and it may appear to be “just another alien movie”, but the trailer does look promising and hopefully there is something in the plot line that will help separate it from other films in its genre. But in saying that, there is nothing wrong sometimes with a formulaic, predictable, but still entertaining film. Just do what I do and go in with the least expectations, therefore no matter what, odds are that you can still have an enjoyable movie experience.

Release Date: December 2011

 

 

J. Edgar

Anything starring Leonardo DiCaprio is a must see for me and many other film lovers too. As a De Niro-esque actor, DiCaprio works intensely at each role he takes making any performance by him intriguing to watch. Here he takes on the life of J Edgar Hoover, the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations. With themes of corruption, and Hoover’s much talked about sexuality, this film looks like the perfect platform for DiCaprio to flourish. Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood returns behind the camera to capture what seems to be very intense and Oscar worthy performances. The film also stars Judi Dench, Naomi Watts and Armie Hammer.

Release Date: November 2011

 

 

Images courtesy of Melancholia, The Darkest Hour, J. Edgar and A Dangerous Method

 

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