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So Get Down, Down Here Beside Me: Five Upcoming Films That Should Be on Your Radar

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | August 16, 2012 | Comments ()


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Not sure what might be on the off-the-beaten film horizon after the summer of mostly humid blahs? Here are a few films of different genres that may peak your autumnal into wintry interests.


Brian De Palma's Passion: De Palma returns to the psychological thriller with this remake of Alain Corneau's Love Crime. Rachel McAdams stars as a high powered executive who demeans, and steals ideas from her naive assistant, played by Noomi Rapace. The director was drawn to the story's "eroticism, suspense, mystery and murder," and likened its elements to Dressed to Kill. (The newly released photos remind me of Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In, which haunts me still.) Passion will premiere at both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals.


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Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion: Adaptation of Kosinski's (Tron: Legacy) graphic novel about a veteran soldier, Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) stranded on an alien planet, where he repairs drones that are cleaning up the previous inhabitants' remains. A downed spacecraft brings unexpected company and triggers a series of events that puts humanity's fate into Harper's hands. Oblivion also stars Morgan Freeman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo, Olga Kurylenko and Andrea Riseborough. Release date: April 12, 2013.

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Andres Muschietti's Mama: Based on Muschietti's own short film (see video below), this supernatural thriller is produced by Guillermo del Toro. Two little girls disappear the day their mother was murdered. Discovered in a cabin after five years, they are taken in by their aunt and uncle, Annabel (Jessica Chastain) and Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Annabel comes to believe there may be another guest in her home--the ghost of the girls' mother--who may be an obstacle to dear Auntie's own dastardly plans...dum dum dum...


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Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem: In perhaps a return to Brazil-land, Christoph Waltz will play reclusive computer genius, Qohen Leth in this dystopian fantasy "about a man waiting for a telephone call that will give meaning to his life. Some other things happen as well. It's profound and funny in more or less equal measures..." Just the thought of Gilliam and Waltz together makes my head go tingly.


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James Marsh's Shadow Dancer: Set in 1990s Belfast, Andrea Riseborough stars as a single mother and IRA member turned MI5 informant, with Clive Owen as the officer trying to get information and keep her safe. The "brilliant, taut thriller" by the director of Man on Wire and "Red Riding: 1980" premiered at Sundance to great reviews and also stars Gillian Anderson, Aidan Gillen and Michael McElhatton. Premieres in Ireland August 24th.


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Cindy Davis loves that creepy Collins laugh.



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  • strand0410

    I'm glad to see Nikolaj Coster-Waldau doing more feature films. I'm totally comfortable with saying he's one of the most handsome men I've ever seen and has made Jaime Lannister one of the most lovable woobies on TV, despite how much I loathed his character (up until book 4ish).

  • pockets full of stones

    First Ron Swanson + Lucy Lawless and now Rachel + Noomi? I'm blushing with all shades of grey.

  • Siege

    So Passion is essentially a creepy-sexy version of 'Working Girl' with more lesbian attraction and murderous rage?

  • phase10

    I obviously haven't been watching enough horror movies because that clip from Mama gave me a serious case of heeby-jeebies.

  • denesteak

    Yea, that was seriously creepy.

  • hapl0

    Passion: Serious miscast. Why can't the older and harsher? looking Rapace be the baddie? Are they trying to make her the go to damsel in distress or something? And McAdams better don't remind me of Mean Girls.

    Oblivion: Cmon Tom.

    Mama: Swooon.

    Zero Theorem: Cmon Christoph.

    Shadow Dancer: Little Finger!

  • competitivenonfiction

    I'm really looking forward to the scene where she says to Rapace's character "Ohmigod I love your skirt," and Rapace replies, "Thanks, it's retro. It was my mom's." Then McAdams turns to another colleague and says "That's the ugliest effing skirt I've ever seen."

    Edited to add: in my mind, McAdams is wearing that mask through the whole scene.

  • hapl0

    :D And Rapace better not spiral out of control after this. Can you imagine if the Cracken was a victim of the Bitchy McAdams Co-Starring Curse?

    More evidence you say? Anna Faris. But no drugs for her, just a shitty movie career because...argh, watch the movie already.

  • competitivenonfiction

    Rapace seems so tightly wound that I feel like her spiraling out of control would be something like showing up 5 minutes late to a business meeting.

    Actually, I'm a big fan of Rapace, partially because I think us tightly wound, punctual, bills paid on time kind of girls don't get enough respect for our sex appeal.

  • Guest

    Tom Cruise playing a character named "Harper" seems oddly suitable to me.

  • BlackRabbit

    Who does Noomi Rapace resemble (besides herself)? It's bugging me.

  • Az

    In that first picture she's a dead ringer for Leslie Bibb.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I'm seeing Frances McDormand. Maybe crossed with Famke Janssen?

  • DeistBrawler

    That image of Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace in which they look to be about to kiss just caused my brain to short circuit.

  • athena23

    Three things:
    1) With that header pic, the post could have been a string of "blah-dee-blah"s and I would have been fine.
    2) Moral crisis: whether or not to pay to see Tom Cruise so I can also see the subject of said header pic. [chews nails anxiously]
    3) At least Nikolaj is in another film. This helps alleviate the stress caused by item 2.

  • linny

    Shadowdancer looks BRILLIANT.

  • Melodybe

    You forgot Seven Psychopaths http://www.slashfilm.com/seven... Collin Ferrell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, and Tom Wait's with a bunny!

  • Melodybe

    LOL, serves me right for being at work and not scrolling down far enough. Feel free to delete my stupidity. :)

  • No worries.

  • “about a man waiting for a telephone call that will give meaning to his
    life. Some other things happen as well. It’s profound and funny in more
    or less equal measures…”
    That's the best description of anything I've ever read.
    'Some other things happen,' should be on the blurb of every book, on the poster for every movie, and a variation of it will definitely be on my gravestone.

  • athena23

    This reminds me of the best description I ever saw of a television episode from the tv channel guide. It was for Blue's Clues (shut up) and said, "Episode: Boats. In this episode, Blue and Steve explore the subject of boats. Basically, there's a lot of boats." Only slightly paraphrasing. I felt it had the signature of someone who really hated his/her job.

  • BWeaves

    Reminds me of the Janine G(however you spell it) who did an impression of every trailer voice over, "In a world . . . and then Tommy Lee Jones does something."

  • Also, from the Kurt Vonnegut wiki: 'In the mid-1950s, Vonnegut worked very briefly for Sports Illustrated
    magazine, where he was assigned to write a piece on a racehorse that
    had jumped a fence and attempted to run away. After staring at the blank
    piece of paper on his typewriter all morning, he typed, "The horse
    jumped over the fucking fence," and left'

  • Yeah, I love that bit.

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