A friend recently posted one of those test your knowledge internet quizzes on FB the other day. It was testing your knowledge of golden era stars. He aced the thing which didn’t surprise me as he knows much about the era. I took it too, and got 100% as well. After patting myself on the back I started thinking about the fact that I know vintage stars better then modern stars. In fact if I took the same quiz with modern celebrities, I doubt I would get half of them correct. I love the silver screen movies. Without CG or enormous elaborate stunts to thrill you, they used well crafted scripts and acting. Their use of shadowing and lighting made those early films magical. To see an old film in HD is interesting, especially since I love to study the sets and props behind the action as much as the movie itself, but it somehow loses a bit of it’s mystique in high def. Nothing will ever compare to those old films, but that doesn’t mean that everything modern is without merit. Quite the contrary, there have been some excellent works and period pieces. Sadly some not so excellent ones too. I’m no movie critic and I’m not going to start now, however I know what I like and what I’d like to see. Here are some interesting things on the horizon.
1. UNBROKEN. based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. (she also wrote SEABISCUIT). The book was unbelievable and one of those that you felt you couldn’t wait to get back to it to see what was going on whenever you put it down. If the movie stays true to the book it should be phenomenal. It is the true story of Louis “Louie” Zamperini and his incredible journey of survival, through some of the darkest horrors mankind can submit his fellow man to. It’s a heart warming tale as well, of how redemption can be found through forgiveness. Release date is 12/25/14
Here is a trailer: UNBROKEN
2. LITTLE BOY
Little Boy is an upcoming Independent film directed by Alejandro Gómez Monteverde and written by Monteverde and Pepe Portillo. The film stars Jakob Salvati, David Henrie, Kevin James, Emily Watson, Ted Levine, Michael Rapaport, Ali Landry and Ben Chaplin. The film is scheduled to be released on February 27, 2015. Set on the American home front during WW2, 7-year-old Pepper Flynt Busbee played by Jakob Salvati is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. I saw the trailer yesterday at the cinema and it looks very promising! Other than the trailer I know little about it but it has peaked my interest. Something important in WW2 was named Little Boy, is there an connection with the title? We shall see come February. Here are some stills from the film.