The Movie Overdose’s newest, and essentially lone writer Chris Inman outlines his most anticipated movies of the coming year. Listen to Sam, Tom and John’s choices on Episode Number 48.
The Rum Diary
Why the buzz? : Johnny Depp has been a little disappointing of late, starring in major films where he seems to play a caricature of himself, so a return to a more intimate character-driven role will hopefully see a return to form. His performance in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas shows that he is able to ply his trade in supposed ‘unfilmable’ Hunter S Thompson adaptations. Giovanni Ribisi and Aaron Eckhart also star in this story of a freelance journalist writing for a paper in the Caribbean who develops a fixation for rum and a businessman’s fiancée.
Christopher Nolan’s Inception, the sci-fi action movie involving itself with ‘the architecture of the mind’, has added yet more stars to its cast.
MOD favourite Tom Hardy, so brilliant in his role in Bronson earlier this year, is to join the cast along with Ken Watanabe. The latter worked with Nolan previously in Batman Begins and has also been excellent in Letters from Iwo Jima and The Last Samurai in the past.
Good to see yet more work coming Hardy’s way in the wake of his breakout performance in Bronson and a brightspot turn in Guy Ritchie’s wretched RocknRolla. He’s been an interesting acting presence for some time and, for those interested in more on him, he gives an amazing performance in Stuart: A Life Backwards, a BBC drama from a couple of years back.
Inception continues to be kept heavily under wraps as far as any sort of plot details go but it’s cast is now looking mighty impressive. Along with the two announced today, they’ve also secured the services of the likes of Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cillian Murphy and Michael Caine.
I’d have to guess that, by this point, Nolan has pretty much carte blanche to do whatever he likes with the film given both the critical and commercial reception for The Dark Knight. Add to that an already acclaimed career and Memento’s place among the best-loved films of the past twenty years, I think you’ve got a director with some serious credit to burn.
Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Inception has been shrouded in relative mystery since being announced. We’ve had some casting news with Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy, Marion Cottillard and Leonardo DiCaprio taking roles, but thus far the only hint we’ve had on the story is that it is a sci-fi action movie set within the ‘architecture of the mind’.
Well, the inquiring souls over at /Film have decided to try and work out some potential ideas as to how this may end up taking shape. They cite some theorising by reader Gregory W who suggests it could be based on The Architecture of the Mind by Peter Carruthers. To explain:
The book defends “massive modularity”, a theory that many cognitive scientists and some philosophers now accept. The theory is that the human mind is modular. The book, claims the architecture or overall structure of the mind plays a key role in explanations of “virtually every fundamental feature of human existence–from our capacity for science and creativity, to practical reasoning and morality.”
Any other theories are more than welcome but this theorising adds an air of astounding strangeness to proceedings and, while not even remotely true, whets the appetite for further people smarter than I to theorise on what is going through the mind of Nolan.
More recruits have been brought aboard for Christopher Nolan’s Inception, his follow-up to that movie about a man in a rubber suit and a clown.
Leonardo DiCaprio had already committed to star in the film, described thus far only as a science fiction action work set in the “architecture of the mind”. Now, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard and Cillian Murphy have all signed up to join Leo on the project.
The article on the news from Cinematical reports that DiCaprio is to play a “CEO-type” with Cotillard as his wife and Page a grad student and sidekick character.
I cannot at the moment gain a grasp on what kind of film this will be but, as I have been saying since Memento, In Nolan We Trust.