These last few days have brought trailers for the latest drama from the Coen brothers and another intriguing sci-fi film. Most exciting is a look at the third installment in the Riddick Chronicles.
‘Inside Llewyn Davis’
Recently premiering at this year’s Cannes Festival, the latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen doesn’t exactly have the best or strongest trailer around. But given the quality of the brothers’ work, I can’t imagine the final cut could be all that terrible. The plot, which is a faux-biopic of a struggling musician set in New York’s music scene during the 1960s, also doesn’t interest me since I don’t particularly care for the genre. Still, it’s the Coens, and I’m sure their unique style and humor will lead to greatness. Oh, and Carey Mulligan stars, so I’m there.
The star of ‘District 9’ teams with the star of the original ‘Dragon Tattoo’ series for a sci-fi thriller from a Latin American filmmaker making his English-speaking debut. From the looks of the trailer, the movie seems like a standard horror flick with typical spooks, scares and creepy noises. It has a dull ‘Apollo 18’ feel to it, but given the cast and the director, I’m willing to give a chance when it hits Blu-ray.
The preview looks and feels pretty generic, but I like the Riddick stories, which means I’ll watch this third installment no matter what. The one thing that worries me, however, is that the plot comes off as a retread of ‘Pitch Black.’ Along with Diesel reprising the role that brought him A-list status, David Twohy returns as writer and director. We can only hope that means they won’t screw up the series. Either way, I hope to enjoy it.
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