The Silver Bullet ~ Grand Piano

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Synopsis: Moments before his comeback performance, a concert pianist who suffers from stage fright discovers a deadly note written on his music sheet.

Release Date:  March 7, 2014

Thoughts: Taking more than a few choice notes from the likes of Hitchcock and De Palma (Passion), I’m hoping that Grand Piano is better than it looks.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a taut thriller set in a confined space where our lead had to figure out a way to escape death without tipping off the killer but I’m not sure if Elijah Wood has that everyman quality that made Cary Grant and James Stewart so appealing.  The trailer also makes the mistake of giving away the identity of protagonist which could be a risky move if there are no more surprises in store.  Arriving On Demand before a theatrical release, this is one that may go down easier from the comfort of your own couch.

The Silver Bullet ~ The Look of Love

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Synopsis: The life of Paul Raymond, the controversial entrepreneur who became Britain’s richest man

Release Date:  April 26, 2013

Thoughts: British director Michael Winterbottom has directed some failry interesting films that you’ve probably never seen.  There’s a fine style to his work that allows him to deliver movies across many genres.  This period biopic about the one-time richest man in England finds Winterbottom reteaming with his The Trip star Steve Coogan for a groovy look at a swinging time.  Coogan is tolerable in spurts but I’ve yet to sit through a film he’s headlined and not wanted to run for the hills.  My interest in these historical pictures is always high so even with a leading actor I’ve yet to warm to, a glance at The Look of Love is probably in the cards.