03 October 2009

Two New Trailers

(New to me anyway.)

I am so psyched about the Chronicle of the Three Kingdoms-inspired Red Cliff getting a theatrical release in the US on 20 November. (Red Cliff Part II doesn't have a release date yet. Boo.) Watch the trailer here. This is entirely my kind of movie. I'm a complete sucker for the wuxia/historical epic type picture.

Much like the Byzantine Empire, I think the Three Kingdoms period is fascinating and would make for some great movies. I'd love to learn more about it, and really the entirety of Chinese history up to contact during the European Age of Exploration. Does anyone have any good books they could recommend?

Pirate Radio, known in the UK as The Boat That Rocked, also looks like a lot of fun. The cast is really impressive: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Nick Frost, and Kenneth Branagh. Great soundtrack. Sticking-it-to-the-man themes that I can get behind. The trailer included two libertarian-friendly quotes:
They will find a way. Governments loath people being free.
— Quentin (Bill Nighy)

That's the whole point of being the government. If you don't like something, you simply make it illegal.
— Sir Alistair Dormandy (Kenneth Branagh)
Pirate Radio is out 13 November.

Okay, special bonus new trailer: (Untitled), a farce about the state of contemporary art. That's a subject I can get behind. It sort of reminds me of Art School Confidential, which I enjoyed. Not much more to say really. It's out on 23 October, and while I think I'll enjoy it, I this will probably end up being a wait-for-DVD movie for me.

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