So, the highly anticipated adaptation of Cloud Atlas, starring the atrociously estimable Tom Hanks and the estimably atrocious Halle Berry. (Both made-up to various degrees of believability throughout.)
An extended six-minute trailer released a little while back caused huge waves. I watched that, entranced by the visuals but having little idea of what was going on. Now that my friend has declared it one of the best books he’s ever read I’m going to try and devour the literary source material before the March release date – meaning that I’m trying to avoid any and all spoilers.
Fortunately this more compact glimpse still leaves me relatively in the dark – though it does indicate that the Wachowskis (The Matrix, Speed Racer) are very much back with a bang (handling directorial duties for this alongside Tom Twyker). However, could their stylistic leanings come at the expense of the source material’s intellectual worth? (Release date: March 22)
Killing Them Softly sees Brad Pitt and Andrew Dominik reteam following 2007’s brilliant and criminally underrated The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
Since that brooding and beautiful western’s one of my favourite films of all time it’s fair to say expectations for their latest are high in MacLennan Villas, though this seems a very different sort of beast indeed, with Pitt starring as a professional enforcer investigating a heist that occurred during a mob-protected poker game.
Appearing to be more dry, witty and pertinent (alluding to today's global economic fiasco), if this is even a smidgeon as excellent as Dominik’s last film then we're in for a great time. (Release date: September 21)
Oh, and speaking of superb directors, here’s broody French auteur Jacques Audiard, and I'll be darned if he isn't back with new film Rust and Bone in tow. Bravo, sir, bravo.
His last movies A Prophet and The Beat That My Heart Skipped were both breathtaking, and he’s teamed up with Marion Cotillard for this emotive tale of a whale trainer who suffers a terrible accident. Again, this could be something special, as long as you don't go in expect Free Willy 6: Willy Goes To Disneyland Paris but throws a wobbler when they try to charge him full price. (Release date: November 2)
Finally: BIKES. LOTS OF BIKES.
Don’t you just love bikes! The thrill! Pedals! Woooosh! Wheels! Zoooooooooom!! Zigzagging in and out of traffic, as you get chased by criminals!!! Wowzzzzzzaaaa!!!!!
Though that last part of the equation probably only happens if you’re Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Premium Rush, who plays a hip bike messenger in New York being chased for his mysterious yet strangely alluring package. But who wouldn't want his package? Don't we all want that glorious-looking package of his? You'd love to see his package, just admit it. (Yep. Yep.)
Anyway, the plot looks thin, but the hurtling action might be worth the price of attendance. (Release date: this Friday)