SNOWPIERCER Poster, Concept Art, and Score; Bong Joon-Ho’s SNOWPIERCER Stars Chris Pine | Collider
Snowpiercer is flying under the radar at the moment, but I can’t wait to see what happens when the trailer drops. The story is set in a new ice age caused by a failed experiment to stop global warming that killed virtually all life on the planet. The sole survivors live on a train called Snowpercer—powered by a perpetual machine—who struggle with the class system implemented on the train. That’s almost too much premise, but the man in charge is Korean writer/director Bong Joon-ho. Bong has shown a skilled hand with extraordinary story beats over his last two features, Mother and The Host, and hired the kind of balanced ensemble a director must dream of for his English-language debut: Chris Evans, Song Kangho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, Alison Pill, John Hurt, and Ed Harris.
Tonight we get our first taste of Snowpiercer. Check out the first teaser poster, some concept art, and a clip from the score after the jump.
Thanks to The Film Stage for finding this material on a Korean site devoted to Snowpiercer. Here is a bit of the score by Marco Beltrami to listen to as you scroll:
Think the title of article is wrong...not Chris PINE...Chris EVANS,Evans explained to us why you should be excited in a recent interview:
“It takes place in the future. The whole world was frozen over and all of society lives on a train. It is kind of like an allegory for social classes and class warfare. The poorest people are in the back of the train and as you move forward in the train the classes rise. And there is a revolt, a revolution from the people in the back to the front of the train…
Director Bong has storyboards laid out so that…he has already edited it in his brain. For example, we will shoot the first line on you. We will shoot the second line on me. We will shoot the third line over here and you say, ‘Wait a minute. Don’t you want the whole scene here?’ and he is like. ‘No. Don’t need it.’ He has already committed to an edit. It is brilliant. It is borderline genius. It’s like building a house and instead of needing a bag of nails, it is like saying, ‘I need 53 nails.’ It is literally committing to a vision ahead of time. The trust that you feel is like, ‘God, this guy is operating on another plane.’ And I completely surrendered to it. You just completely commit to his vision and trust that he knows exactly what he is doing because he does.”
A release date has not been set, but The Weinstein Company is expected to schedule a wide release in Summer 2013.
[Book Review] The Mounting Dread Of ‘Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales’ By Yoko Ogawa | | Bloody DisgustingBloody Disgusting
Not a movie...yet, but still worth checking out.Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales was originally published in Japan way back in 1998 (Komoku na shigai, Midara na tomurai) but over the past year, translations of individual stories from Yoko Ogawa’s cryptic anthology have crept into classy American lit mags like Harper’s, Zoetrope: All Story, and Guernica. Ogawa’s highbrow, gothic style may not appeal to stalwart gorehounds, but she’s a critics’ darling, and fans of slow burn supernatural horror may want to sign up for this one. The new English translation by Stephen Snyder, released by Picador, hits American bookstores on January 29. Read on for the full review.
Individually, the stories in Yoko Ogawa’s pseudo-horror anthology don’t add up to much. If you were to flip to a random story and read it out of context, it’s not unlikely that you would feel sadly under-whelmed. But read consecutively, from beginning to end, the anthology takes on a cumulative power.
Admittedly, after reading the first two stories, I was disappointed in their overall lack of impact. But then the third story paid off, which piqued my interest. Soon after, I recognized Ogawa’s subtle-yet-rewarding pattern: the secret to a clue left in one story would be revealed a few stories later…most of the time. Maybe some of the time. In any case, the final pages had me flipping to previous stories on a desperate search for those secrets I may have missed.
Not that the stories are intolerable if read out of order. Some tales, like “Old Mrs. J” and “Lab Coats”, manage to stand alone as eerie, self-contained vignettes. But each story is connected, tangentially, which becomes more important as the anthology progresses. Some stories, seemingly, aren’t connected at all. Others, very deeply. It’s hard to explain. But with each story, the dread mounts, and once that final page is turned, there’s little doubt you’ve just experienced something special.