The Week in GIFs

By
Clarisse Loughrey,

While it's all good and well to try and re-cap the week's movie news, we realise that it's the end of the week and the daily grind has probably all but frazzled your brain, to the point where you can't concentrate on actual words or things that aren't brightly coloured. This is where the internet sensation for GIFs come in, because why try and explain things when you can simply capture all your emotions in one constantly looping moving image.

RICHARD LINKLATER IS MAKING A "SPIRITUAL SEQUEL" TO DAZED AND CONFUSED

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I'm sorry, but I just don't get the concept of "spiritual sequel". Linklater's new movie won't feature any of the original characters and won't be set in the original high school but in college. All that connects the two is Linklater's plans to make a slacker coming-of-age story. Which is less of a "spiritual sequel" than a "I can't be bothered to think of a new idea so I'm just going to kind of use this idea again". I'd be angry, but in the end this does mean another Linklater movie so...who cares? Yay Linklater!

JOAQUIN PHOENIX IS GETTING LOADS OF WORK AGAIN. PHEW.

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Thank God, everything is all plain-sailing for Phoenix again. There was a legitmately scary moment when I thought Phoenix had killed his career dead with I'm Still Here. Which is ridiculous because that movie is a modern masterpiece. Anyways, this week gave us a double helping of Phoenix in a first look at James Gray's The Immigrant, in which he'll play a man who drives a refugee into prostitution, as well as Spike Jonze's Her, in which his character falls in love with an operating system.

MARION COTILLARD IS ALSO DOING PRETTY WELL.
 
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Which is much less surprising considering she didn't quit acting under the false pretence of starting a rap career. But still, good for her. Also receiving a double helping of the actress, we'll soon be seeing her starring alongside Phoenix in The Immigrant as well as Guillaume Canet's Blood Ties, which had its trailer released this week. The movie, set in the '70s, sees two brothers clash in the midst of Brookyln's organised crime syndicate.

LIV TYLER, ON THE OTHER HAND... 

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Is it just me or shouldn't Liv Tyler be significantly more famous than she is considering she's the spawn of a rock legend and starred in one of the most popular films of all time? Yet her CV of recent years has been kind of vacant (I mean, really, who cares about the 2008 version of The Incredible Hulk anymore?). At least Wim Wenders took pity and worked with her on A Short Film About Kissing for Magnum ice-cream. And she's all breathy and innocent as usual and everyone remembers that she's adorable and we love her. 

THE GUY WHO MADE THAT FRENCH MOVIE EVERYONE LIKES IS MAKING A NOT FRENCH MOVIE. 

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This week saw the release of the trailer for Jean-Pierre Jeunet (yes, the director of Amelie)'s first English-language movie since 1997. Which would seem really surprising until you realise: that 1997 movie was the train-wreck that was Alien: Resurrection. On the bright side, The Young and Prodigious Spivet sticks close to the quirky visual tricks which made the director famous, so we've got the all-clear to feel super optimistic and excited about this one.

NOBODY CAN QUITE HANDLE JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT RIGHT NOW.

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So beyond the fact that we're all super, super excited about the mega-talent that is Joe Gordon-Levitt taking on his directorial debut, everything kind of went out of control when the trailer hit the internet because HE IS TOTALLY PLAYING MARKY MARK. LIKE, THIS IS MARKY MARK: THE MOVIE. HE EVEN LISTENS TO 'GOOD VIBRATIONS IN THE CAR'.

NO MATTER WHAT MICHAEL CERA DOES HE'LL NEVER EARN YOUR RESPECT. 

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Michael Cera has been doing some great stuff of late. But will public opinion of him change? Unlikely. He's trapped in a cage of his own awkwardness. Still, if you're feeling open-minded, check out the man's latest collaboration as part of the new comedy super-group JASH (which also includes Sarah Silverman). Called Gregory Go Boom, Cera plays a paraplegic man on a search for love. And it's very funny. Trust me. 

AND THIS WEEK IN THE WORLD OF YOUR NIGHTMARES...

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There's nothing more terrifying than Sam Neill describing Jurassic Park 4 as being a "total rejig". What do you mean, Sam Neill? What do you mean by those words? What? There's not going to be any dinosaurs anymore? Just vampire-robots shooting lasers out of their nostrils? WHAT DO YOU MEAN, SAM NEILL? 

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