Wednesday Video Spotlight: New trailer for Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight of Cups’

26 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Knight of Cups Trailer: Mr. Malick Goes to Hollywood.

Terrence Malick’s seventh film Knight of Cups was shot back-to-back with To the Wonder back in 2012, but the reclusive director has been tinkering with it ever since.The CW’s popular DC Comics series Arrow and The Flash have both been in top form so far this season, but there’s a growing minority of fans who are a bit perturbed that so much of the beginning of both seasons has been devoted to setting up the third strand of Greg Berlanti’s superhero empire on the network: Legends of Tomorrow. But Cups now has a release date in March 2016, and there’s a new trailer that fleshes out the story slightly more for everyone else who didn’t get to see the film at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.

He gets down on all fours as a woman guides him by a leash at a wild Hollywood party, he engages in a “love experience” chasing a woman around an apartment, he submerges and suspends himself in water, he even hugs Brian Dennehy. Now there’s not much left to set up because the CW has officially announced the show will debut Jan. 21, and has dropped a new full-length trailer for the series.

In voiceover, the actor pontificates, “All those years, living the life of someone I didn’t even know.” The film, which was written and directed by Terrence Malick (Badlands, The Thin Red Line) and is due out March 4th, focuses on a screenwriter named Rick (Bale) who feels trapped and depressed by Hollywood and navigates a midlife crisis by trying to find new experiences. So time-traveler Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) puts together a team of superheroes to traverse spacetime in order to prevent Savage from seizing total control. With an ensemble cast headed by Christian Bale and supported by Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman and Imogen Poots, “Knight of Cups” centers around a screenwriter and his spiraling odyssey in the sexualized, hard-partying and urban landscape of Hollywood.

The rest of the nine-person team includes: The Atom/Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), White Canary/Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell), Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), Hawkman (Falk Hentschel), Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée), and Firestorm—the new team of Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh). Okay, “conventional” might have been the wrong word to describe this trailer, although you could call it that, because the footage is still nearly exactly what you expect from a Terrence Malick movie: somber voiceover, grand settings, lovely music, and snippets of beauty, joy, or pain. Imogen Poots, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Nick Offerman and Ben Kingsley, among others, will all make appearances. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. It’s a heavy character investment for a second spin-off of Arrow, but putting a bunch of heroes together in a time machine with a specific mission seems to have just the right tone of outright lunacy. Malick Goes To Hollywood” funhouse mirror representation of what it may have been like for the director to encounter an unfamiliar and disorienting lifestyle following his early career success.

Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. It’s not a period piece, so it’s a bit unsettling to see Malick’s deliberately slow and contemplative style encounter subject matter as fast-paced and frenetic as the entertainment industry.

Nevertheless, even though he’s not as meticulous or reclusive as he once was, a Malick film is an event, so March will be a big month for cinephiles. Pause at: 0:32 to see a brief glimpse of Thomas Lennon. 0:37 to see Bale led around on a leash. 1:13 to see Bale in a cage. 1:14 to see tarot cards, one of which gives the film its title. 1:28 to see Bale and Dennehy engaged in a shouting match for the ages.

Years from now — hell, months from now — when The Walking Dead’s sixth season is up on Netflix and the streaming crowd is binging it, the whole “death of Glenn” bait-and-switch may be no big deal. And they won’t have dealt with the incessant Internet chatter, fan theories (“Damn, Glenn got ate!” “Nope, he ducked under a dumpster!”), and cryptic postmortem interviews that popped up in between. One of the great strengths of this series has always been that anyone can die at any time, but did anybody watching this episode expect that gun to off?

Granted, that would’ve been a seriously gutsy move on the writers’ part — kill Glenn, wait a few weeks, bring him back, and then immediately blow him away. For the third week in a row, The Walking Dead didn’t really advance the plot in any significant way, at least until the end. (More on that in a moment.) Instead, this was another low-boil hour of training and arguments, threaded between superfluous scenes of Rick soaking up the awe of the Alexandrians. And in the one real moment of action, Deanna Monroe’s son, Spencer, tried to rope his way over the massing zombie hordes, in a headstrong attempt to restart the process of leading the undead away from town. The man with the ass-kicking stick skills made some strong points about the vagaries of cause-and-effect, pointing out that because Rick saved his life eons ago, he then saved Aaron and Daryl, in a rescue operation…which ended up tipping off the Wolves. If there’s one theme that has been holding strong this year, it’s the classic one about “best laid plans.” This week’s chapter also ended on a strong note, with a scene of Ron walking behind Carl with a secretly loaded gun, followed soon after by a shot of a tower collapsing.

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