Conspicuous Trailer of the Week: The Eclipse

When I first saw a glimpse of the poster and the name Eclipse, I kind of brushed it off thinking it was just another installment of Twilight. It turns out this one is as far away from the teen vampire flick as it comes, thank goodness! The only thing it has in common is the supernatural theme, which in the case of The Eclipse, it looks like more of a psychological thriller than a out-and-out horror flick.


Here’s the full synopsis:
THE ECLIPSE tells the story of Michael Farr (Ciarán Hinds), a teacher raising his two kids alone since his wife died two years earlier. Lately he has been seeing and hearing strange things late at night in his house. He isn’t sure if he is simply having terrifying nightmares or if his house is haunted. Each year, the seaside town where Michael lives hosts an international literary festival, attracting writers from all over the world. Michael works as a volunteer for the festival and is assigned the attractive Lena Morelle (Iben Hjejle), an author of books about ghosts and the supernatural, to look after. They become friendly and he eagerly tells her of his experiences. For the first time he has met someone who can accept the reality of what has been happening to him. However, Lena’s attention is pulled elsewhere. She has come to the festival at the bidding of world-renowned novelist Nicholas Holden (Aidan Quinn), with whom she had a brief affair the previous year. He has fallen in love with Lena and is going through a turbulent time, eager to leave his wife to be with her. But all Lena is trying to do is extricate herself from this mess and just get through the next few days. As the festival progresses, the trajectories of these three people draw them into a life-altering collision. Embellished by the supernatural, THE ECLIPSE is a film about the challenges of love, fear of the unknown and release from the burden of grief.

Irish actor Ciarán Hinds won Best Actor award at Tribeca Film Festival last year. He first caught my eye in The Phantom of the Opera, but he’s the kind of chameleon-like character actor like Mark Strong who’s actually been in many movies I’ve seen before. In fact, he’s always delivered solid performances in films like Veronica Guerin, Munich, Miami Vice, There Will Be Blood and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. Not to mention his outstanding portrayal of Julius Caesar in HBO’s Rome. His death scene in that miniseries really gave me the chills.

The actress looks so familiar to me I swore I’ve seen her in something recently. Sure enough, Danish actress Iben Hjejle was John Cusack’s girlfriend Laura in High Fidelity. I haven’t seen Aidan Quinn in anything since Legends of the Fall, but he’s apparently been keeping busy in a variety of movies and TV work.

The trailer looks really spooky and intriguing, the seaside Irish town location adds to the eerie and somber tone that’s perfect for the story. According to FirstShowing, Magnolia Films is bringing the movie to theaters starting March 26th.

The Flix List: Cure for the Common Flix

I don’t know about you but when I’m at Blockbuster, I often agonize way too long trying to decide what movie to rent. I actually haven’t rented anything for months so hopefully the next time I go there’ll be so many flix to choose from it’ll be a breeze. I know what you’re thinking, what, a flix blogger doesn’t watch a flix daily? Or worse yet, [gasp!] doesn’t have a Netflix account? Yes, yes, I’m aware of that, but the fact of the matter is, I actually read/research about flix a lot more than watching them. I find them not only insightful, but ‘therapeutic’ as well.

Of course there’s nothing like watching something that transcend beyond entertainment – when something touches your heart so much you can’t stop crying, or make you want to go learn a new language or simply be grateful to God you have the sense of sight to behold what you’ve just seen. That’s what inspired me to start this post that’d hopefully serve as an exchange between you the reader and me the blogger, and everyone else who happen to come across this post.

These five flix aren’t exactly masterpieces or even ‘great’ flix necessarily, but what makes each of them worth watching is that they’re daringly different and definitely marched to a different drummer from the Hollywood mainstream.

1. The Fall – Set in the 1920s, an injured stuntman tells a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastical story about 5 mythical heroes. Visually stunning, albeit rather weird & surreal, almost every shot is like a work of art. The little girl is absolutely adorable you want to reach to your screen to pinch her cheek and Lee Pace (the now canceled Pushing Daisies) is a promising new leading man. I’ll definitely keep an eye on him in future flix.

2. Bella – An unconventional love story based on true events about how one day in New York City three people’s lives are changed forever. Starring a Mexican heartthrob Eduaro Verastequi in a personal project that reflect his new direction in life. This love story is not about romance, but it certainly came from the heart.

3. Water – A moving flix that exposes the unfair fate of a group of widows forced to live in poverty in a small town in India. It focuses on a beautiful young widow who’s trying to escape the social restriction and her heart-wrenching relationship with a man of a higher caste.

4. Paris Je T’aime – A unique film I don’t come across very often. Twenty filmmakers tell their version of love in the City of Love. Each story is distinct yet subtly interwoven with one another. Sometimes poignant, often peculiar, but overall an enchanting flix with great ensemble cast.

5. Angel-A – Thanks to my friend Scott who introduced me to this strange but fascinating flix. Set entirely in black & white, this French flix tells the story of a tall & striking yet mysterious woman who’s seemingly predestined to help an ex-con get his act together. Gorgeous scenery of Paris throughout is a feast of the eyes. The film poster is pretty eye-catching as well.

So what’s on your list of unconventional, even downright bizarre movies you love?