After finishing up The Hobbittrilogy, filmmaker Peter Jackson has also spent time co-writing and producing the upcoming feature Mortal Engines. The post apocalyptic tale centers on scribe Philip Reeve’s young adult book series, and Jackson initially read the books for pleasure. After finishing the series, Jackson was determined to get these stories on the silver screen.
“These massive cities is something I’ve never seen before,” said Jackson. “How often do we go to the movies today and see things that we genuinely seen before in any form whatsoever and I’ve never seen a city the height of the Empire State Building and the length of 10 football films rumbling along the ground and chasing other smaller cities. That factor alone makes it visually appealing from a movie point of view.”
Peter Jackson talks about what appealed to him about Philip Reeve’s vision of the future in Mortal Engines (click on the media bar to hear Jackson):
Katherine Waterston, seen in this year’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, stars in the presumably tiwsity thriller State of Sleep. The narrative center on Katherine (Waterston), a widow whose celebrity husband (Michiel Huisman) committed suicide a year ago. A fateful phone call leads Katherine to revisit her past and discover some dark truths about her husband. Luke Evans and Michael Shannon co-star in the feature. Shannon and Waterston both worked on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
Directed and penned by Meredith Danluck, State Like Sleep hits theaters January 4 and is available on On Demand starting January 1. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
On the latest episode of CinemAddicts we cover two films that definitely will be remembered come awards time. Both Roma and Cold War come straight from the heart, as the directors used inspiration from their own lives to helm their respective features. The relationship of his parents inspired Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida) pen and direct Cold War, the story of two lovers (Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot) who spend years attempting to solidify their relationship. Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma centers on a maid named Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) and her life in Mexico City. The project, which was also penned by Cuaron, is inspired by his own childhood and it’s his most personal project to date.
Take a listen to our review of both films in the episode below!
Cold War opens in select theaters on December 21, with Roma landing a December 14 premiere on Netflix.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse is an animated film that opens up a whole new world for the webslinger. Peter Parker (Jake Johnson) is not the only crimefighter in this world, as he ends up being a tutor to a new Spider-Man named Miles Morales (Shameik Moore). In this alternate universe, Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) is also part of the collection of Spider-Men (and women of course).
“I think the holidays are a great time for this movie,” said Johnson, best known for his work on the TV series New Girl. “It’s inspirational, It’s got a lot of heart to it. (And) It’s pretty funny.”
Click on the media bar to hear Johnson and Morales talk about “Spider Gwen”:
Spider-Man Into The Spider-verse hits theaters December 14.
The Possession of Hannah Grace centers on Megan Reed (Shay Mitchell), a former cop whose life took a downward spiral after her partner’s death. She attempts to get her life back on track by taking a night shift job at the morgue, only to find a spirit haunting these very grounds.
“People want to go and see scary films because it’s an experience,” said Mitchell. “You want to go to the theater with your friends, your family, or on a date and share in that excitement of you all don’t know what’s going to pop up next
Though Mitchell admits she isn’t a diehard fan of the genre, she was impressed by director Diederik Van Rooijen’s presentation (click on the media bar to hear Mitchell):
The Possession of HannahGrace, co-starring Grey Damon, opens nationwide November 30.
Based on Eoin Colfer’s best selling YA Series, Artemis Fowl is easily one of next year’s most anticipated features. The project centers on the titular character (Ferdia Shaw), a 12-year-old who comes from a long line of criminal masterminds. Artemis goes beyond his world and tangles with a hidden race of faeries who may be the reason for his father’s disappearance.
The great news behind Artemis Fowl is that it’s directed by Kenneth Branagh, who helmed last year’s visually stunning Murder on the Orient Express. Thanks to his work on Thor and Cinderella, Branagh has proven he knows how to start a franchise in the right direction. Artemis Fowlhas the possibility of spawning numerous sequels, and we’re betting Branagh will do a more than commendable job. Check out the teaser trailer and tell us what you think!
Artemis Fowl, co-starring Judi Dench, hits theaters August 9, 2019.