Very short list this week:
The Dark Knight Rises (trailer)
Director: Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception)
Personal Interest Factor: 10
Jeanine and I have been watching all of Nolan’s post-Following films over the last month, and just have Inception to go. My tentative ranking: 1) The Prestige, 2) Inception, 3) Batman Begins, 4) The Dark Knight, 5) Memento, 6) Insomnia.
Farewell, My Queen (trailer)
Director: Benoît Jacquot (Tosca, À tout de suite, The Untouchable, Villa Amalia)
Personal Interest Factor: 7
French film about Marie Antoinette and her apparently lesbian leanings involving a servant. Diane Kruger plays Antoinette, which is … untraditional casting. Antoinette was 18 when she died, while Kruger is in her mid-30s, and I don’t think it’s any particular insult to her to say that she doesn’t look like a teenager. Maybe the movie’s up to something else with this, I don’t know. Trailer looks stylish, though. Anyway, I remember À tout de suite being released, and I have no idea why I didn’t see it.
Director: Michael Winterbottom (A Mighty Heart, Genova, The Killer Inside Me, The Trip)
Personal Interest Factor: 6
The latest from the prolific but wildly inconsistent Winterbottom, who in the last few years has seemed to make comedies that I really like and dramas that I don’t so much. This is an adaptation of Tess of the d’Urbervilles, which is a novel that, like all good red-blooded Americans, I was assigned to read in school but did not actually read.