Alright guys, it's Monday and that means that it's time for me to attempt to stay consistent (I've slipped, sort of) with my Fistful of Thoughts posts. This week has been a mess of me pretty much being obsessed with watching the Duggars BURN and so finding things to talk about, cinematically, was a bit of a struggle, and then I decided to just dedicate this to upcoming projects I'm either totally stoked about or really concerned about.
Let's chit chat.
First, let's start with a project I just heard about that has me super stoked. Joseph Wright (who I personally think is one of the best directors working right now) is apparently circling a new film starring Anne Hathaway (yes, I love her) and it sounds SO GOOD! This sounds like a perfect fit for Wright, who could bring a real sense of visual bravado to the weighty period piece. The film is called The Lifeboat, and it sounds a bit like a mix of Hitchcock's Lifeboat, Sophie's Choice and The Reader. Yeah, I'm so in for this...and for the record, I'm stoked for Pan too, which is totally giving me Where the Wild Things Are vibe right now, and I literally shake with giddiness when I see the trailer.
Moving on to a project I'm worried about, Benh Zeitlin is holding auditions for his next project, which is entitled Old Young. The story is about a group of kids who are brought to a place where time and aging is suspended, so I guess they live forever or something like that. I'm worried about Zeitlin. I mean, this is a massive improvement on his last idea that thankfully hasn't been filmed yet, but this doesn't sound promising. I really hope that Zeitlin doesn't become the next M. Night Shyamalan, but at this rate it sounds like that may be his career trajectory. I ADORE Beasts of the Southern Wild, and I had such high hopes for where Zeitlin would go next, but this sounds...questionable.
Next, onto a project that I've already talked about and obviously await about as anxiously as my next breath.
You know that this means!?!?!?! Dolan is already back from pissing off the known world at Cannes and doing what he does best, making movies!!! Love that we see a shot of Seydoux getting herself lost in Dolan's world...but show me Cotillard!!!
I need this movie in my life.
"Breathe, Andrew, breathe."
Ok, let's talk about Catherine Hardwicke for a second. Do you remember thirteen? Hardwicke's directorial debut was full of so much spark and gritty promise. She completely owned the film, delivering something that felt so ingrained in who she was as a director, as a person. It had a message, it had purpose and it showed promise. Then she done fucked up. She sold out to Hollywood, first attempting to deliver a biblical epic (that no one saw) and then directing Twilight...and then a fairy tale adaptation (that no one saw) and now she's back to courting Young Adult novels, planning on directing Love Letters to the Dead, which I hear is awful (albeit sounding slightly interesting in the right hands). I don't understand what happened to Hardwicke's career, but maybe this speaks to the latent sexism in Hollywood. I mean, what happened to her is basically exactly what happened to Kimberly Peirce. She, too, burst onto the scene with such a tremendous example of real talent and vision with Boys Don't Cry...and then it was all snuffed out. I hope that this works out for Hardwicke, but I'd really just love her to direct another original work, something that is close to her heart and reminds her WHY she started making movies.
And finally, let's talk about my beating heart. Yup, Big Hero 6 is getting a sequel! Yes, this was expected (like, can we talk about the perfect setup with that ending), but the news is coming sooner than I personally expected. Big Hero 7 (as fans are calling it) has been confirmed, and speculation is already circulating as to rumors about the possible story line. You can see those rumors and speculations here, if you want to possibly spoil the plot for yourself.
Not a day goes by where I do not wish that I was at Disney World, so this news has me all sorts of giddy with excitement!
Here's What I'll Be Reading Today:
Brittani reviews The Last of Robin Hood
Sati reviews Mad Max: Fury Road
Chris reviews Hunger (the novel)
Matt talks the shame in Oscar's snubbery of Shame
Jay reviews Mary and Max
Ruth reviews Time Lapse
Josh reviews Saving Grace
Mario reviews Zombeavers (yes, you read that right)
Maria reviews San Andreas
Wendell reviews Blended
Candice wants to know if we need to understand a film to enjoy it
That Moment In breaks down The Shining
Keith reviews Annabelle
Jenna and Allie give us a ton of movie trivia
Big Screen, Small Words welcomes the new month
Yeah, that's more links that normal, but I've been out of pocket for a few more days that I expected, so I have a lot to read today!