June 12, 2009

No Phones, No Lights, No Motor Cars

Below, the trailer for Shutter Island. Not the biggest Dennis Lehane fan, m'self, and not sure what's compelling Marty towards Massachusetts all of a sudden, but I'm looking forward. To paraphrase Michael Powell, the promise of a new Scorsese movie sweetens the whole year; this appears to be his long-awaited scratching of a Val Lewton itch, an even more overt horror flick than Cape Fear. Also, is that the ultimate cineaste title or what?


9 comments:

Vikram said...

I can't wait for this

Jefferson said...

I hadn't heard anything about this one. I only just learned of Scorsese's planned Sinatra biopic, and I keep wondering how he's going to work "Gimme Shelter" into THAT particular soundtrack.

KayKay said...

Read the book and loved it.But it's chief draw is a jaw-dropping twist in the end which, if this film is a faithful adaptation, would place it within grabbing distance of being tossed into the The Sixth Sense/Crying Game/Usual Suspects bucket. Not that the above are bad movies, but does anyone talk about the performances of Toni Collette, Forrest Whittaker or Kevin Spacey in relation to them anymore?

Walter_Chaw said...

I do. Just did.

Jefferson said...

I see The House Next Door has also settled on 1984 as the summer to beat for movies, in this blog series.

DJR said...

Jaw-dropping twist? Jaw-droppingly predictable and contrived is more like it. And unlike Gone Baby Gone, it utterly fails to make anything of its ethical subtext.

Jefferson said...

Devin Faraci of CHUD.com tweets that he's shocked by the racism in Transformers 2. Yet he professes to like the first one, which implies that he saw it, which implies that he missed the three pickaninny stereotypes, the "speak English" Mexican-bashing, and the South Asian phone service tech who picks his nose while refusing to help our brave soldiers get a call through to the Pentagon.

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