Author Archives: Aaron Faulkner

Juno Temple cast in “The Dark Knight Rises”

First there was Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy, followed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. And now there’s been another addition to the already stacked cast of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises–Juno Temple.

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Colorful noir emerges in “The Big Bang” trailer

The general consensus amongst film scholars is that film noir begins with The Maltese Falcon and ends with Touch of Evil, with the latter marking a transition into the so-called neo-noir stage. Since then the visual iconography, motifs, and archetypes of noir have been propelled into the future and re-appropriated into “new” scenarios. Such a scenario appears in a trailer for The Big Bang, which also incorporates an unexpectedly vibrant color scheme.

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A sword-slashing trailer arrives for Takashi Miike’s “13 Assassins”

In 2002, Quentin Tarantino helped bring a marital-arts epic to the big screen, Yimou Zhang’s Hero. Starring Jet Li, the film featured a group of assassins desperately attempting to kill a tyrannical lord and in 2010,  Japanese director Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi the Killer) created a similar themed film, 13 Assassins.

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David Fincher Filmography Mash-Up

Previously The Filmsmith brought you the Christopher Nolan filmography video that cleverly teased out the themes of Nolan’s films, and the image system within which he works.  Now we have a slick video of David Fincher’s filmography created by Kees van Dijkhuizen.

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Trailer for single-take horror feature, “The Silent House”

Decoupage-filmmaking, shooting a film with long takes between cuts, has been in play well before Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope or Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane. But then in 2002, the world was amazed as Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov created the first feature-length single-take film, Russian Ark and in 2010 director Gustavo Hernández accomplished a similar feat, filming a 78-minute single-take horror film entitled The Silent House.

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“Superman: Man of Steel” goes the route of “Batman Begins”

Superman’s tale can be difficult to deliver for a couple of reasons: first, his Kryptonian tale has been done to death; second, it’s difficult to portray an invincible character audiences can relate to. Many place the Richard Donner Superman films as superior to anything Hollywood has produced since, but Zack Snyder’s version of Superman may yet have hope of matching the status of the originals. Set to star Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, and Henry Cavill as Jonahan, Marth, and Clark Kent (respectively), Snyder’s version is star-studded. But the real reason it may succeed where others have failed is that Snyder has one of the greatest minds in the business backing him–Christopher Nolan.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt may play Alberto Falcone in “The Dark Knight Rises”

When Christopher Nolan’s Inception hit theaters last year, Joseph Gordon-Levitt impressed mainstream audiences who hadn’t seen his indie-film dramas. Many Nolan fans were left eagerly hoping that JGL would land a role in The Dark Knight Rises; after many months of speculation and rumors, it’s finally been confirmed that he has indeed landed a role in the film.  But which one?

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