Cast:Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis
Ti West follows up his indie-horror favourite House of the Devil with The Innkeepers. While it doesn’t seem to share it’s predecessor’s emphasis on mimicking the visual style of horror movies of the 70’s and 80’s, this still looks to have an old-school aesthetic with a straightforward mystery plot and un-glossy presentation. From the festival buzz it’s been receiving, it seems to be successful too. The trailer didn’t blow me away and shows quite a lot, but I’m sure West has plenty of tricks up his sleeve for the feature itself. Being a fan of House of the Devil I’ll watch this even if the trailer looked terrible.
On a side note, I’m enjoying Kelly McGillis’ comeback through the horror genre with this and the excellent Stake Land under her belt. Hollywood’s habit of throwing out big name actresses once they reach a certain age is disgusting and I’m always pleased to see ‘forgotten’ stars find a new name for themselves in quality independents.
The Iron Lady
Cast:Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant
This is just a teaser for the forthcoming Margaret Thatcher biopic, so it’s hard to judge what the end product is going to be like. It works merely as a showcase for Meryl Streep in the lead role and I have to say, the likeness is uncanny – she gets the vocal delivery spot on. Of course, films such as these can suffer if the performances only focus on mimicry, but Streep is reliable enough to deliver a fully fleshed-out character I’m sure. As for the quality of the rest of the film, we’ll have to wait and see. I’m not a fan of biopics, so it’ll probably take a bit of convincing to get me in the cinema, but Streep is usually worth watching in any role – I even quite enjoyed Julie and Julia for that reason.
Cast:Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Brendan Gleeson, Janet McTeer, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Pauline Collins, Brenda Fricker
Speaking of strong female performances, Albert Nobbs is next on my list, featuring Glenn Close in a role that’s already getting awards buzz. She co-wrote the screenplay too for this tale of a woman who has been dressing as a man for around 30 years to get by in work in 19th Century Ireland. As an acting showcase this looks strong, but it also looks very Oscar-baiting and saccharine, which isn’t helped by Sinead O’Connor’s sappy ballad playing over the trailer. It’ll probably get well received by the conservative press, but it’s not something I’m excited about.
Into the Abyss
Herzog follows Cave of Forgotten Dreams with another documentary (this time not in 3D), Into the Abyss. The film follows a man on death row as well as looking into what put him there in the first place, in a seemingly balanced debate on the nature of killing. This looks incredibly powerful, the quotes on the trailer mention Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood as an influence. I can also see Kieslowski’s A Short Film About Killing in there. It certainly won’t be an easy watch, but this looks like it has the potential to be up there with some of Herzog’s finest work.