I’m a sucker for period dramas. I find the recreations of bygone eras more than interesting and when they’re done well they truly do transport you back in time to that point in history. The lastest such film that has flown onto my radar is The White Countess. The movie stars Ralph Fiennes and Natasha Richardson as a U.S. diplomat and Russian exile who cross paths and fall in love in 1930′s Shanghai.
I love it. The only way that I could enjoy this poster more was if they had produced like a one-sheet from the 30′s and painted it. Had they done so it would fit in well with any film from that period and would have graduated from great to absolutely spectacular. As it is, the image of Fiennes and Richardson in a passionate embrace is simple yet immensly powerful. Love it.
The trailer does a very nice job of setting up the main plot – that of the love story between Fiennes and Richardson- as well as the subplot – the political intrigue that’s going on around them. Based on this it seems emotions are not over-the-top, as they sometimes tend to be in this type of film. Instead everything seems to be evenkeeled and under control.
Most of the site is made up of the standard elements. Story, About, Cast and such. My favorite part is the Links section. The main players in the cast and crew get links to their IMDb entries as well as official or fan-run sites. That’s a really good way to let people find out more about the movie and it’s players by embracing these outside sites. Excellent sense of belonging to a community as opposed to making yourself look like you think you’re the only fish in the ocean.
Very well done, if a bit sparse, campaign for a movie that will probably be looking for at least a few Oscar nods come time. The poster is absolutely fantastic, the trailer is above average and the website gets points for it’s communal outreach. I like it.
RV (or, as it was originally called, Johnson Family Vacation With White People) stars Robin Williams as the head of dysfunctional family who rents an RV in order to get everyone to bond. Hilarity, of course, ensues. Much of that involves Williams acting like a clueless jackass and/or poop. Check out the trailer here to see just how much this movie might be saved by costar Cheryl Hines and director Barry Sonnenfeld’s visual style.
If you’ve seen the opening 10 minutes of Scream or, really, any teen horror movie from the last ten years or so then you’ll be able to predict the entirity of the plot of When A Stranger Calls. If there are any surprises in the movie (creative ones, not “BOOO!” ones) then they were completely left out of this trailer. Girl is left all alone to babysit some kids at a big fancy house in the middle of nowhere. All of a sudden she starts getting creepy phone calls that wind up coming from within the house (great way to spoil a perfectly good plot point, folks). She must then fight for her life as well as that of the kids. Yawn. And it’s a remake to boot.
Warner Bros. continues to curry my favor (like they actually care) with their websites. The latest is for the Frank Miller graphic novel adaptation 300. They’ve launched the site with not only ordinary things like a Synopsis and Downloads but also with a Production Blog. This is the kind of thing I’ve been asking for. Hopefully the blog will be updated with more and more information as the production progresses and be a valuable tool that can be used by fanst to stay in touch with the film’s progression. As always, though, there is a catch: The blog has no RSS feed so you can’t subscribe to updates. So close to being perfect.
There’s absolutely nothing but a teaser image of Milla Jovavich at the newly launched website for Ultraviolet. Stay tuned for more, though.