1) Another week for trailers. This time it's Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows, Contagion and Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. The trailer of Sherlock Holmes 2 has way too many parts in slow motion...reminds me of 300 a bit too much. I liked the first one after a second viewing only, and I am just not excited enough for the second one. Noomi Rapace and Jared Harris are the big additions to this one (they didn't show Stephen Fry in the trailer!). Harris is playing Professor Moriarty, a role which was offered to Brad Pitt first and I was really looking forward to that. Mickey from Snatch is one of my most favourite characters ever, and I think my sexiest Pitt role, even though I don't understand what he says half the time. And Contagion- I don't know. It has an amazing cast no doubt- Damon, Winslet, Paltrow, Fishburne, Cotillard, Hawkes and is directed by the brilliant Steven Soderbergh, but the whole premise is so overused. The trailer did nothing for me as such...hopefully the film is better. Only Tintin has me remotely interested, based on the trailer alone, but I'm not a big fan of the character. Still, I think Jamie Bell suits his voice perfectly.
2) Now as much as I love trailers, I love posters too. And this week the teaser poster for The Dark Knight Rises also came out. This has made me go gaga. Yes it's a little reminiscent of Inception, but who the hell cares? Just last night The Dark Knight was coming on the telly. I had seen the film in a terrible theatre where nothing could be heard and whenever I think about it, I get so angry because if I had seen it in a proper cinema hall, I would have stood up and clapped after it had ended. It is my favourite Christopher Nolan film, followed by Memento. It is just such a smart and impactful film...one of the few films which makes me use the phrase- "This is why films were made in the first place."
3) I have been thinking for a while to watch many of the animated films, especially the foreign ones like Akira and Howl's Moving Castle, which I have been neglecting. Just this week my brother and I were watching How to Train Your Dragon and I had a big argument with my grandfather about why animated films are sometimes so much better than live-action ones because they can show many things that can be thought of as impossible by people. Like there's a song by Chris De Burgh called Spanish Train- ever since my friend made me listen to it more than a year back, I have fantasized about an animated film based on it. Also recently I read Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, and if the film people ever try to adapt it, it has to be animated.
4) Finally, the Indian multiplexes have back-stabbed me and stamped all over my soul and I have no tickets for Deathly Hallow, part 2.
(You knew it was coming)