We’re closing in on the Valentines Day’s schlock as Hollywood starts tolling out the trailers for next February. First up on deck is the Akiva Goldsman directed Winter’s Tale, packed with stars (Colin Farrell, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe) and fairy tale romance.
It’s one of the those films that jumps through time in the name of love. It makes no sense but it’s all romantic… and stuff. It’s based on the book of the same name by Mark Helprin.
The official synopsis of the film is as follows:[quote]”Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, Winter’s Tale is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. The film stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay (TV’s Downton Abbey), and Oscar® winners Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt , Eva Marie Saint (On the Waterfront) and Russell Crowe. Winter’s Tale also introduces young newcomers Ripley Sobo and Mckayla Twiggs (both from Broadway’s Once). The film marks the directorial debut of Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind”), who also wrote the screenplay, based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Helprin.”[/quote]
The film opens, you guessed it, February 14th. Check out the trailer below.
Buster Keaton’s ‘The General’ gets 4K restoration
Buster Keaton’s 1927 film The General is hailed as one of the most culturally significant films in history. Now a 4K remaster gives it new, HD life.
Buster Keaton’s 1927 film The General is hailed as one of the most culturally significant films in history. Now, almost a century after its release, it is getting a 4K restoration that has given the classic new, high-definition life. Cohen Media has released the trailer for the 4K restoration of the film, which you can watch above.
The General is an American Civil War film based on the true story of the ‘Great Locomotive Chase‘, and sees Keaton in perhaps, his defining role. There are very few film classes you’ll take as a student that won’t at some point, feature Keaton and The General. In one of the film’s most iconic scenes, the train is seen crashing into the river- a scene done with no props- costing a then-staggering $42,000 to film. The General ended up costing $750,000 in 1926 money to make, with that iconic scene becoming the most expensive silent-era shot ever composed. Parts of the train and track were still found in the river in 2007.
The film is ranked as the American Film Institute’s 18th ‘Greatest American Film’ (ever made) and Orson Welles deemed it;
“The greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made.”
High praise from the man who made the greatest film ever made.