Weekly Round-Up #3 is here! This week, I’m taking a look at a recent release, a new movie trailer, and an excellent short clip about technology in cinema.
Dir. Ruben Fleischer; Starring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams
Marvel’s latest superhero film, Venom (2018), was released today. Like most of Marvel’s films, it is expected to do well at the box-office and will most likely prompt Venom’s appearance in a half-dozen future films. What’s exciting about Venom is that it represents Marvel’s continued interest in expanding the comic-book world and bringing in anti-hero figures as well as the superheroes. Deadpool (2016) was a success in this regard, and although Venom will probably not be a hit among the critics, it may help Marvel break out of the traditional superhero-beats-badguy model.
The Mule (2018)
Dir. Clint Eastwood; Starring: Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Taissa Farmiga
I’ll have to confess that I’ve never been a huge Clint Eastwood fan. I liked him in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), but even his role in the otherwise exceptional Unforgiven (1992) left me unsatisfied. What is impressive, however, is that he’s still directing and acting at 88. The trailer for The Mule, set to release in December, highlights his age: he stutters and trembles, and the wrinkles look like they’re about to pop off his face. I don’t really have any expectations about this film, especially since the latter half of the trailer suggests an cheap, action-heavy neo-Western, but it might prove worth watching Eastwood transformed. He’s not a young cowboy anymore, and maybe this will give him the chance to bring out a new expression or two.
New Yorker Videos: “Five Innovations that Changed the Art of Cinema.”
If you’ve followed this blog for long enough, you may have noticed my interest in early cinema and film technology. (If not, be sure to check out my review of the Musée de la Cinémathèque in Paris.) This short video from The New Yorker, presented by Richard Brody, introduces five technological advancements in cinema – everything from the invention of sound to portable HD cameras. Although the clip is fairly limited (and doesn’t go back very far in cinema history) it provides a useful framework to start thinking about how cinema as an art form is inextricably linked to the technological advances over the last century.