UNDER THE SKIN TEASER TRAILER

UNDER THE SKIN was shown at Toronto and the reviews were polarizing. People either loved it or hated it.

Nude scenes of Scarlett Johansson will certainly bring an audience, but it might be too “weird” for Oscar folks.

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GRAVITY OPENS VENICE

The Venice Film Festival announced this years lineup. Twenty English language films will compete August 28- September 7.  Last year THE MASTER was the original winner, but  the award was switched after it was revealed Venice rules prohibited one film from winning too many prizes. WTF? So, the Golden Lion went to PIETA.

Although not in competition GRAVITY will open the festival. Here is a new extended clip:

 

The also lineup includes:

Terry Gilliam ‘s  THE ZERO THEOREM- The trailer was shown at Comic-Con last week, but not yet available to the public.

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Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin,

SCARLETT JOHANNSON IN UNDER THE SKIN

 

 

Child of God from James Franco.

JAMES FRANCO IN CHILD OF GOD
JAMES FRANCO IN CHILD OF GOD

 

The Donald Rumsfeld documentary, THE UNKNOWN: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DONALD RUMSFELD

DONALD RUMSFELD AND GEORGE W. BUSH
DONALD RUMSFELD AND GEORGE W. BUSH

 

 

Full list of films in competition:

Es-Stouh (The Rooftops)Merzak Allouache

L’intrepidoGianni Amelio

Miss ViolenceAlexandros Avranas

TracksJohn Curran

Via Castellana BandieraEmma Dante

Tom at the FarmXavier Dolan

Child of GodJames Franco

PhilomenaStephen Frears


La Jalousie, Philippe Garrel 


The Zero TheoremTerry Gilliam

Ana Arabia, Amos Gitai 


Under the SkinJonathan Glazer

JoeDavid Gordon Green

Die Frau des Polizisten (The Police Officer’s Wife), Philip Groning 

ParklandPeter Landsman

Kaze tachinuHayao Miyazaki

The Unknown Known: the Life and Times of Donald RumsfeldErrol Morris

Night MovesKelly Reichardt 


Sacro GRAGianfranco Rosi 

Jiaoyou (Stray Dogs), Tsai Ming-liang

OUT OF COMPETITION


GravityAlfonso Cuaron

MoebiusKim Ki-duk

Space Pirate Captain HarlockAramaki Shinji 


LockeSteven Knight 


Yurusarezaru mono (Unforgiven), Lee Sang-Il

Wolf Creek 2Greg McLean

Die Andere Heimat — Chronik einer Sehnsucht (Home from Home — Chronicle of a Vision), Edgar Reitz

The CanyonsPaul Schrader


Che strano chiamarsi Federico Scola racconta FelliniEttore Scola


Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei (Walesa. Man of Hope), Andrzej Wajda, Ewa Brodzka

 

HITCHCOCK TRAILER

As a child I would listen to old recordings of Alfred Hitchcock telling horror stories. In the first trailer for HITCHCOCK Anthony Hopkins version of Hitchcock’s voice is pretty damn close. I still here Hopkins, but the cadence is dead on. It doesn’t have much pre-Oscar buzz attached to it, but the trailer is encouraging. My best guess now is that the film will not get a Best Picture nomination.  I also have my reservations about a Best Actor nomination for Hopkins, but Helen Mirren could come out of this with a Best Supporting Actress nom.