Watch Tilda Swinton In The First Trailer For Drama-Thriller ‘Memoria’

The acclaimed Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul is back with his first feature film since his 2015 movie, Cemetery of Splendor, which received rave reviews from critics.

His latest feature, Memoria, will be his English-language debut. The movie stars Tilda Swinton as a Scottish woman who, after hearing an odd banging sound at daybreak, beings to experience a strange sensory syndrome while on a journey through the jungles of Colombia.

And you shouldn’t be worried about any spoilers in the trailer below. It doesn’t offer much in the way of details, beyond what the brief synopsis states.

The movie is set to premiere at Cannes on July 15, so it’s possible we’ll have some reviews of this film by the end of the week.

Weerasethakul says he wrote this script with Swinton in mind…

I wrote this movie with her in mind knowing that she is an actress who needs no explanation. In fact, it was she who showed me this character. The experience was very significant and I really appreciate that.

It sounds very promising. I mean, Swinton is an Academy-Award winner, so she’s got more than enough talent to carry a film.

Swinton is in high demand right now. She has five films debuting at Cannes this year, including Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch.

Wes Anderson’s Latest Film Will Start Filming in Spain This Fall, And Yes Tilda Swinton Will Be There

A lot of the top filmmakers in Hollywood have two or three actors they love to work with, and clearly, Tilda Swinton is one of Wes Anderson’s favorites.

They have previously worked together four times, so this upcoming project will be the fifth. There’s not a lot of information on this film, but it was reported this week that filming will start in Spain this September.

In a recent interview with Variety, Tilda Swinton revealed that she will star in the project, specific details of which are being kept closely under wraps. Though the film is shooting in Spain, ‘it’s not about Spain,’ Swinton hinted. Meanwhile, speaking to Variety from England, Anderson said he’s ‘not ready to share any details’ about the new film.

According to one report, the project was originally going to film in Rome, but at some point it was switched to Spain.

Insiders say sets resembling a desert landscape have been going up in a small town southeast of Madrid, but the film isn’t expected to be a Western. So who knows what the desert landscape could mean, if anything.

Anderson’s last film, The French Dispatch, is set to premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival next month. It’s set for a wide release on October 22, 2021 after being delayed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And yes, Tilda Swinton stars in that one too.

We’ll keep you posted on this latest project.

Check Out The First Trailer For Sundance Film Festival Winner ‘The Souvenir’

Last month during the Sundance Film Festival, a little film titled ‘The Souvenir‘ stole thousands of hearts. The film, which is directed by Joanna Hogg, stars Honor Swinton Byrne and her mother Tilda Swinton.

The Souvenir took home the Grand Jury Prize at the festival and picked up the wonderful A24 as a distributor.

Now the first trailer has been released.

“Set against the background of the film industry, The Souvenir focuses on a quiet film student (Swinton Byrne) who meets a mysterious man (Burke). Within days the two are in what will be her first serious love affair, even as she ignores the concerns of her mother (Swinton) and friends. The student borrows large amounts of money from her parents, surrendering to the relationship and her new love’s needs. The film is based on Hogg’s actual experience.”

According to multiple reports, A24 has already closed a second deal that will give them distribution rights to this film’s sequel, which is expected to start filming later this year.

The Souvenir will hit theaters May 17, 2019. You should definitely mark your calendars.

Idris Elba And Tilda Swinton Both On Board For George Miller’s ‘Three Thousand Years Of Longing’

At 73-years-old, George Miller is still going strong. Three years after the wild success of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,” Miller is returning to write/direct a film titled Three Thousand Years of Longing.

And he’s going to have an incredible cast to work with. We know that both Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton have agreed to star in the film.

Not much is known about the mysterious epic, but according to Deadline it’s “said to be unlike anything the filmmaker has done before,” which will either make you excited or terrified. I mean, the dude’s last two films were Mad Max and and Happy Feet Two, so what hasn’t he done?

Some sources say this movie will be a love story featuring a genie, but I’m not sure if that’s been confirmed yet.

We will keep you posted as more information is released. Keep your eyes out for this one, folks. It could be something special.

By the way, Elba is currently filming the ‘Fast & Furious‘ spinoff ‘Hobbs and Shaw‘ with Dwayne Johnson. You can find Swinton in the fantasy/thriller, Suspiria.

Netflix Releases First Trailer For Bong Joon Ho‘s ‘Okja’ And It’s Not What We Expected

Well, okay then. Many people thought Okja might be some monster movie film. The glimpses of Okja we saw in earlier footage gave off those strange, monster vibes.

But after watching the first trailer, that doesn’t appear to be the case at all. As Collider explains, this movie will probably have a lot of people talking.

“Okja should encourage a lot of conversation about GMOs, the agriculture industry, animal welfare groups, and the pros and cons of both sides of each of them.”

Confused? Don’t worry. It will all make sense after you read the synopsis and watch the trailer below. The man behind this project is the extremely talented South Korean director Bong Joon-ho. He’s best known for the 2013 film, Snowpiercer.

Tilda Swinton and Ahn Seo Hyun star in Okja. It will have a limited theatrical release in the states after it debuts on Netflix, June 28th.

“For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (Ahn Seo Hyun) has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja – a massive animal and an even bigger friend – at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when a family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where image obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend.

With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission, but her already daunting journey quickly becomes more complicated when she crosses paths with disparate groups of capitalists, demonstrators and consumers, each battling to control the fate of Okja…while all Mija wants to do is bring her friend home.”

Movie Review: Trainwreck (2015) – A Rom-com Without Sap; I Didn’t Think It Was Possible

There is a reason that I hate most romantic comedies. It’s not because of the lack of realism in the plot. I can pretty much enjoy anything that requires a leap of the imagination. Nope, it’s because there’s never a character I can identify with. The girl is always this Type A, high strung ball breaking business women who never had time to settle down because of her career.

Note to movie writers, some of us aren’t in relationships and it has nothing to do with our careers. Some of us are just incredibly immature bed hopping binge drinkers. I can’t identify with some Type A nutjob. That’s why I don’t like romantic comedies and that’s why I loved Trainwreck. Finally, there is a character that represents us. For the first time, I didn’t just like a romantic comedy. I loved a romantic comedy. For that, I thank Amy Schumer.

Trainwreck starts out with young Amy learning all about the dangers of monogamy from her father, who explains it by asking Amy “What if I told you this was the only doll you could ever play with for the rest of your life?” Drilled that monogamy is a bad thing, Amy lives on one night stands and drunken benders. That is until she meets a cute, almost virginal doctor in the course of her job as a magazine writer. Then starts Amy trying to grow up and settle down.

It’s a paint by numbers rom-com but what made it shine is the edge. That edge comes in the form of Amy Schumer and some seriously biting sarcasm and humor. There are so many laugh out loud moments. They’re able to keep it rude without going too crude, and it sucks any overly sappy sweetness right out of the movie.

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A rom-com without sap. I didn’t think it was possible. I think it probably has something to do with some of the most flawless casting I’ve ever seen.

Colin Quinn was a stroke of genius as the belligerent, commitment probe dad. While I have never once thought of Bill Hader as a romantic lead, it this movie he just plain shines. While some thought the movie was too cameo heavy, I found that they managed to fit in the cameos pretty seamlessly.

Especially the movie long cameo for LeBron James. He plays Hader’s best friend and he’s pretty good. A lot of that was smart writing. They knew to not give James more than he could handle, and he handled it well. You never forget he’s LeBron James, but I imagine that’s probably what being LeBron James’s best friend is like anyway.

But the big star in this one is Amy Schumer. She is just plain fantastic in this movie and I think it might be her breakthrough. This girl is about to go from being a cable cult following, to a big name star. They didn’t change her up too much from her personality on “Inside Amy Schumer” but it still worked for a romantic comedy.

Trainwreck was very well written and even better cast. If you like Amy Schumer, and even if you hate romantic comedies, this one is worth the watch.


four and a half stars

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