Welcome back to another round of Movie Recon. This time our movie spies have got posters, stills, and trailers for upcoming movies by PT Anderson, Sam Mendes, and Barry Sonnefeld.
The Master (2012)
The Plot: Set in the 1950s The Master focuses on a young drifter who gets involved with a charismatic intellectual and his cult-like religion.
The Filmmakers: Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Joaquin Phoenix.
The Status: Locked on Target. I've liked every movie Anderson has ever directed and am a big, big fan of Hoffman. Throw in Amy Adams and Joaquin's first picture since that whole I'm Still Here business and I'm crazy excited to see this one. They've been keeping a pretty tight lock on the details of this film since the beginning. This may be due to the rumblings that it's based upon L. Ron Hubbard and his Scientology crowd (which of course have some pretty big ties to major players in Hollywood) or it may just be Anderson wanting to control the buzz. Either way there still isn't an official poster and the trailer sure doesn't give much away. Hopefully as it gets closer to show time we'll be getting more information. The release date is Oct. 12.
The Plot: Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
The Filmmakers: Directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, and Javier Bardem.
The Status: Locked on Target. The Bond reboot has had mixed results for me; the first one was very good but not very Bond-esque and the last one was more of a bad action film than a real James Bond movie, so I was ready to push this into a On the Radar status, but with that cast and Mendes at the helm, I'm ready to go. Add in a Shanghai setting and I'm ready to go now. The release date is some time in Nov 2012.
The Teaser Trailer:
Men In Black III
The Plot: Agent J travels in time to MIB's early years in the 1960s, to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history.
The Filmmakers: Directed by Barry Sonnefeld and starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin and Emma Thompson.
The Status: On the Radar. I really enjoyed the first film in the series, but the second one was pretty terrible. It rarely speaks well for a sequel when it waits this long to come out, and the whole time-travel plot sounds ridiculous. However, Josh Brolin as a young Tommy Lee Jones has its possibilities and the trailer looks amusing enough so I'm willing to hold back my trepedition. At least until the reviews roll in. The release date is May 25.