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**Trailer Time**: “The Dark Knight Rises” Teaser Trailer, “Contagion”

18 Jul

The Dark Knight Rises

Christopher Nolan has been using the internet to his advantage to spread the mystery about the next and final installment in his Batman trilogy. He’s posted small, yet confusing clips and cryptic pictures of his characters. There are multiple stories about what the plot will be and the teaser trailer before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 did nothing to clear the water. I will let you come to your own conclusions after the trailer, but my opinion is that this film just continues to build anticipation and that if this is anything less than amazing people will be disappointed. I have a lot of faith that Nolan will not let his audience down.

Contagion

The next trailer on our list today is Stephen Soderbergh’s next film, Contagion, starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard and Laurence Fishburne. The film revolves around a strain of virus that spreads and kills the infected within days. The story seems to focus more on the panic and crumbling of structure than the actual fighting of the virus, kind of like a zombie film without the undead roaming around for brains. I think this one looks pretty strong as well and will probably put this on my list of most anticipated films this Fall.

What are your thoughts and comments about these trailers? Good/bad?

Trailer Time: John Carter, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and The Thing

14 Jul

There is a lot we’ve yet to post this week and will be coming to you soon (New to Blu Ray, 2 Take Two’s, and a WFR), we promise.  However, I thought that this took precedent as a lot of new trailers have been released on the internet, one making quite a buzz.  Here’s a look:

John Carter

I’m not too familiar with the series of novels from which this film is derived, but there have been a lot of people petitioning for this film in one way or another for about 8o years.  There seem to be a lot of elements from other films and stories including: The Book of Eli, Prince of Persia, and Avatar.  The director/writer, Andrew Stanton has had a pretty succesful run of animated films for Disney/Pixar so it will be interesting to see if he can translate that success to live action.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 

I’ve been waiting for Guy Ritchie’s follow up to 2009’s Sherlock Holmes since I first saw it in theaters and we finally get a first look here.  In fact, I look forward to anything Guy Ritchie directs.  Though Daniel Day Lewis won’t be appearing as Professor Moriarty as originally rumored, Jared Harris seems suitable as an alternative, and the cast still remains stellar.  One face that is featured prominently in the trailer is Noomi Rapace, who seems to be making her breakout in America with Sherlock Holmes and Prometheus after her turn as Lisbeth Salander in the Sweedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its 2 sequels (Rooney Mara will play the same role in David Fincher’s American version later this year).

The Thing

The prequel to arguably the greatest horror movie ever made (though I’d argue against it, but not strongly), 2011’s The Thing chronicles the expidition of the Norwegian team that’s heavily referenced in John Carpenter’s 1981 film of the same name.  It appears from the trailer that they stayed true to Carpenter’s version and made sure the details of this film matched the references from his film.  One subtle not I noticed from the trailer, they even made sure to keep the old school flamethrowers that Carpenter featured. Even though it’s sure to be heavier on the blood and gore to appease the new generation, this film looks like it could be a worthy successor to the original.

BONUS:

If you haven’t heard by now, the first teaser for the highly anticipated The Dark Knight Rises will preview prior to screenings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.  So far only bootlegged versions of the teaser are on the net and the quality of them are poor, so I won’t include it here.  Nothing about the plot of the film is revealed the teaser but it does include brief glimpses of Bane, Selina Kyle, and Commisioner Gordan in the hospital. 

**Trailer Time**: “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” & Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse”

30 Jun

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

The Mission: Impossible franchise and I have a love-hate relationship. The first film was one of my favorite action films of the 90’s and I loved how it wasn’t so much about Tom Cruise being a badass, as it was him getting a team together and working with them to pull off some really stealthy missions. Except for the end, there weren’t a lot explosions and gunfire, the suspense was created in them not being caught. Mission: Impossible II was an atrocity. Instead of stealth, we had lots of them getting caught and fighting their way out, plus some ridiculous motorcycle kung-fu.

It was a John Woo film, I don't know what else I would've been expecting.

The film could’ve been done without a “team” because Tom Cruise just did whatever he wanted and kind of asked his friends along to watch. The third film got the franchise back in my good graces because it mixed the two styles up and also added some great characters as well. Phillip Seymour Hoffman was by far the best villain that the series had.

Here we are at the fourth film. Tom Cruise is getting old, so Jeremy Renner is teaming up with him in what is rumored to be a “passing of the torch”. When I watched this trailer, it seemed more like the second film. There were lots of random explosions, people sliding across floors with guns, and now Simon Pegg’s character has a gun too. So, it already looks like Pegg won’t be helping the team too much from behind the computer, and is getting in on the action.

Even though he's proved he's pretty good at it before.

While I will still definitely see this film, because the trailer could be deceiving and it has an awesome stunt at the end, I am just a little skeptical. However, I still hold out hope that it at least returns to the tone of the third one. I like the fact that they are going back to the “disavowed” list like the first film, because it was best when they had to improvise with the resources that they had, and didn’t have some big company to fall back on.

War Horse

Steven Spielberg is trying to bank on the Christmas season, with not one, but two wide release films, both including a young male protagonist and an animal. The first is The Adventures of Tintin, but now he just released the trailer for his epic War Horse and it looks beautiful, even if it does look a little sappy and I’ve never been a fan of horse films.

Especially you, Hidalgo.

 The book, upon which it is based, is a poignant look at war and friendship during World War I, as a horse is separated from his young master and moves through various phases of the war, encountering several different people on different sides.

I think that Spielberg is a great pick to direct this film, and I absolutely love the visual style that is employed. I just hope he can capture the emotions that the book portrays, but Spielberg rarely fails at that.

In case you missed it, here is the trailer for The Adventures of Tintin:

**Trailer Time**: Moneyball, Killer Elite, Puss in Boots, Cowboys & Aliens, Footloose (2011)

23 Jun

Jefe, would you say we have a plethora of trailers today?

 

Oh yes, El Guapo, we have a plethora.

 We got some catching up to do, but this is what we got:

Moneyball

Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill star in this sports dramedy about Billy Beane, an Oakland Athletics manager who uses computer generated analysis to draft players and generate a winning team. While this film seems like it will have a predictable outcome, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill seem likeable, and it has been a couple years since we have seen Hill in a good role. While it may end up being formulaic, I think it will be worth a look for seeing Pitt return to his comedic/sardonic chops.

Trailer:

Cowboys & Aliens New Trailer

This one made Pac’s Most Anticipated Summer Movies, but it didn’t quite make mine. This trailer is a little better than the last one, since we get to see Daniel Craig kick some more western ass, maybe he is just angry that he is in the movie and looking to beat the crap out of anything in sight. In all seriousness, Jon Favreau proved that he knows how to direct good summer popcorn movies with the Iron Man films, so I am sure that this one will be at least “fun’. Check out the new trailer and let me know what you think.

Trailer:

Puss in Boots

Here we are with the newest Hollywood cash grab: spinoffs of dying franchises. The latest is Puss in Boots, featuring the increasingly annoying character of the same name from the Shrek films. Puss in Boots was a funny novelty in Shrek 2, but much like Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, he wore out his welcome pretty darn quick. The trailer did nothing to really change my opinion about how I think it will turn out, I don’t think I even chuckled once during that whole trailer. The one positive thing I do have to say is that the animation does look pretty stunning.

Trailer:

Footloose (2011)

I’ll have to ask my fiance, but I’m pretty sure there wasn’t anyone asking for a remake of this film about dancing to fight “the man” in a small town. While the original featured catchy rock ‘n roll tunes, this one seems to be built around hip hop to update it into a horrific collage of Step Up meets Footloose, with all the stock characters and over-acting that come with it….and Dennis Quaid. If you loved Step Up and have been waiting for an update of Footloose, then for better or worse, you got it!

Trailer:

Killer Elite

This film should have a subtitle of: Jason Statham causes a whole lot of mayhem…again. I love testosterone induced-bang-bang-boom films as much as the next guy, but I hope this one has a little bit more thought to it than the trailer seemed to imply. It seems like DeNiro is a bit more nimble in this film, which is a nice change from his lumbering old guy roles of late. While the film seems like a Jason Statham vehicle, I am kind of pulling for Clive Owen’s much more laid back approach to killing people.

Even if his moustache is a little creepy.

Trailer:

Trailer Time: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2, Third Muppets Teaser

17 Jun

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2

This is the final trailer for the final film in the Harry Potter series. I am glad that we finally get to see some more scenes than what they have been showing us for the last year and a half. My excitement for this film had been dwindling a bit and this picked it back up just a tad:

Being Green (3rd Muppets Teaser)

Here is the third clever marketing tactic by Jason Segel and The Muppets, set to tie in with the release of Green Lantern. While these might get old after a little while, these parody trailers are still enjoyable. Plus, this is the first one that involves the Swedish Chef, one of my personal favorite characters.

**Trailer Time** The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 50/50

31 May

If you were as captivated by the pairing of David Fincher’s direction and Trent Reznor’s score for The Social Network as we were, then you’re probably looking forward to the release of their next project together, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  An adaptation of a novel by the same name, The Girl with the Dragon tattoo is the first in a trilogy of stories written by Swedish novelist Steig Larsson.  Though Fincher’s release will be the first English adaptation of the novel, Niels Arden Oplev adapted the novels into a trilogy of Swedish films beginning in 2009.

The trailer for the film is just a teaser and doesn’t reveal much about the plot of the film, but Daniel Craig plays a journalist who is investigating the murder of a young girl and is aided by a female hacker named Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), who also happens to have a dragon tattoo.  Stellan Skarsgard, Christopher Plummer, and Robin Wright co-star.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is scheduled for release December 21, 2011.

The trailer is redband for brief nudity I assume, so it is NSFW.

Between all the blockbuster films Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been cast/appeared in recently (G.I. Joe, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Lincoln), it seems he still has kept his schedule open to make the indie comedies that we’ve grown to know him for.  His next release, 50/50, is just that and chronicles Gordon-Levitt’s character, Adam, as he discovers he has a cancerous tumor.  What follows is Adam’s attempt to come to terms with his situation while trying to beat the disease (or not allowing the disease to beat him).

Presumably by moving next to Kevin Spacey, selling him weed, and video taping his daughter.

Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Anjelica Huston round out the cast of this comedy.  50/50 is scheduled for release September 30, 2011.

**Trailer Time** 2nd Muppets Teaser Trailer, The Descendants

27 May

Jason Segel, who if given the chance would probably be a muppet, continues to have fun with his new best friends. Last week, we saw the first teaser trailer for the muppets movie and it was a cleverly crafted set up. Now, Segel released the second teaser trailer for the anticipated return of these old friends, and he continues the onslaught of witty trailers, this time spoofing The Hangover teaser trailer. Who knows whether the movie will actually turn out to live up to what fans, young and old, want it to be. Even if it doesn’t, at least we’re having fun getting there.

Here you go:

The Descendants

Alexander Payne (Sideways, Election, About Schmidt) has a knack for understated and poignant comedy. It has been seven years since he has helmed a feature film, and he has been sorely missed. The trailer for his new film, The Descendants, just came out the other day, and it looks to carry the same tone as his previous projects. George Clooney stars as a father and land baron who is forced to re-connect with his daughters when his wife ends up in the hospital.

Trailer: