I just saw this on Rotten Tomatoes:
“In 2008, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová captivated audiences and earned two Academy Awards for their musical collaboration in the film Once. As their fictional romance blurred with reality, they fell in love, recorded an album, and embarked on a world tour. Fueled by two years of exhilaration, performance, and psychological turmoil, The Swell Season is much more than a music documentary. It is a volatile and intimate portrait of a romance that fractures in the face of life on the road and personal tragedy. As Glen and Markéta’s relationship unhinges, ultimately music prevails as their enduring connection. — (C) Official Site”
If you haven’t seen it yet, Once is a short, beautiful film about love and music. It is one of the sweetest movies I have seen, both real and idealistic, and filled with beautiful songs written by the two leads. The trailer gives a slight feel for the movie’s tone, but I think the music speaks more.
“A Dublin-based busker and vacuum-cleaner repairman enters into a fruitful relationship with a piano playing florist in a toe-tapping “video album” directed by John Carney and featuring a cast comprised entirely of professional musicians. He (Glen Hansard of the Frames) was a six-stringed street musician. She (Mark (C)ta Irglov) was a flower woman who couldn’t afford to purchase a piano of her own. One day, after admiring the musician’s songs and asking if he would take a look at her broken vacuum, the flower-pushing piano player discovers that she shares a remarkable sonic rapport with the mechanically savvy guitarist. As their musical sensibilities quickly converge to striking effect, the talented pair soon determines to record an album together. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi”
The Swell Seasons opens to limited release on October 7, 2011.
There’s a really nice Fall Movies preview in Time Magazine. These are the ones I think look the most interesting:
Dream House – Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz move into a house with a scary history…
The Skin I Live In – Antonio Banderas as a plastic surgeon in what looks like a really scary movie.
The Descendants – George Clooney deals with a dying wife and two teenage daughters.
Drive – Ryan Gosling is a driver for bank robberies, but falls in love with young mother Carey Mulligan.
Melancholia – Kirsten Dunst’s wedding gets ruined by a planet smashing into us!
Moneyball – Brad Pitt in an unique baseball story.
Anonymous – Did Shakespeare really write all his plays?
Martha Marcy May Marlene – Elizabeth Olsen (sister to the twins) and an escape from a cult.
A Dangerous Method – Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung, Viggo Mortensen as Freud, and Keira Knightly as a patient.
Although we walked out of “The Tree of Life,” it had quite a few interesting previews that I hadn’t seen before.
First, “Buck” is a documentary about a “horse whisperer.”
Second, “Another Earth,” about a duplicate planet Earth.
Third, “The Descendants,” with George Clooney!
Transformers: Dark of the Moon – the saga continues, this time on the moon!
HARRY POTTER and the Deathly Hallows II – the most exciting part of my year, definitely.
Winnie the Pooh – finally gets a movie!
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan – I hated the book, personally, but apparently it’s good enough to make a movie about.
Captain America – comic-book lovers all around are getting their wishes!
Friends with Benefits – the hotter version of “No Strings Attached,” ft. J-Timberlake and Mila Kunis!
Cowboys and Aliens – Orion and I have been excited for this since we saw the preview at HP&DH-1!
X-Men: First Class – James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender – sSet during the Cuban Missile Crisis, this takes a look at how it all began! I am super excited for this!!
Super 8 – Steven Spielberg and JJ Abrams! – a found film about something extraterrestrial?
The Green Lantern – Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively – your favorite comic book hero finally gets his own movie.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Jim Carrey as Mr. Popper, as the businessmen who inherits six penguins!
Bad Teacher – Cameron Diaz + Justin Timberlake – teacher-teacher love.
The Troll Hunter – Nowegian film students go looking for trolls, which apparently have been kept secret by the government.
Which May 2011 movies do you want to see? There are a lot of interesting ones! Vote on the sidebar!
Thor – Norse mythology! Natalie Portman! Action and thunder!
The Beaver – Depressed Mel Gibson and a beaver puppet; family includes Jodie Foster.
Last Night – Keira Knightley + Sam Worthington + out of marriage temptations!
Priest – Vampires + priests; Paul Bettany starring. From a comic book.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – no more Knightley/Bloom, but Penelope Cruz joins!
Kung Fu Panda 2 – Jack Black returns to voice fatty panda Po!
The Tree of Life – Brad Pitt stars in this dramatic period piece.
For some reason, the previews from Hanna were really interesting! Here are some:
The Debt: Sam Worthington! Three assassins/agents go into the Soviet Union but fail to complete their job…many years later, the much older agents decide to finish what they started.
Anonymous: a historical drama about Shakespeare!
Warrior: this looks just like “The Fighter”!