Trailer #2: Blackhat

A few months ago we posted the first trailer for Michael Mann’s next cyber-espionage film, Blackhat. Commentary from the peanut gallery was basically, “bland.” And while the newest trailer has some of the same images and will not assuage the Mann-haters out there, the tone is much more Mannly. In fact, it feels a helluva lot like Miami Vice actually. This excites me, will excite others and still other will want to wretch… which is partly what makes me love it even more. *stick my tongue out emoji here*

Blackhat strikes wide on January 16th.

 

Sorry We Missed It [Terminator: Genisys trailer]

This was posted online over a week ago. Not sure why I’ve not heard of it. I didn’t even know it was being made. The Mother of Dragons is taking on The Terminator.

Terminator: Salvation (T4) was unfairly shat upon in my opinion. The Sarah Connor Chronicles were quite good (at least what I saw of them) and the originals are some great popcorn fare. This looks to be a nice, air-conditioned break from the July heat outside. Masterpiece? No. Worth five eight bucks at a matinee? Most likely.

Thoughts?

 

The Force Awoke Almost 40 Years Ago

So it’s Saturday and I can post whatever I want. Those are the rules. When the Star Wars VII trailer was first unleashed to the world a couple of weeks ago, people all over the place were sighing and pooh-poohing the thing. It’s too fake and glossy looking they said. The lightsaber doesn’t make sense they said. There’s too much CGI they said. I, on the other hand love the trailer – especially the more I watched it. In my comments I mentioned that the trailer actually looks a lot like scenes from the original movies. It’s very minimal and open when it needs to be, detail oriented and claustrophobic when it needs to be.

I found this trailer today which kind of proves my point. It even shows moments that I specifically mentioned in my comments.

 
What this mock trailer also proves of course, is that it’s ludicrous to judge a movie based on six or seven 3-second shots from a movie; context is imperative. But I think in terms of visuals, from what I can see, Abrams has nailed it.
 

Trailer: The Gunman

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Damn. The studio might have considered titling this movie Knights of Badassdom were it not already used. Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone, and Idris Elba all in the same action flick? That’s too much manliness for even the manliest of men to handle.

Well, all right… maybe Sean Penn isn’t synonymous with badass – intense, sure, but badass, eh. Still, since The Gunman is basically just a lovechild of a Bourne movie and Taken (it’s even directed by Taken helmer Pierre Morel), it’s safe to say that Penn really just might reinvent himself with this badass action star persona after all.

I mean, do you remember Liam Neeson’s career before Taken? He was always intense and definitely cool, but that flick transformed him from Qui-Gon Schindler to Hollywood’s go-to old man action thespian.

Anyway, back to the The Gunman. The movie follows an international operative who just wants to retire peacefully with a beautiful woman young enough to be his daughter, but then things happen and people want to kill him and his lady is kidnapped so he has to go, like, get her back and kill people and stuff. With a specific set of skills that only he possesses. And a really groovy Hawaiian shirt.

Check out the trailer for The Gunman below. The movie drops on March 20, 2015.

Teaser Trailer: The Walk

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If you saw 2008’s masterpiece of documentary filmmaking Man on Wire, you’re likely in one of two camps when it comes to the upcoming Robert Zemeckis film: you’re eager to see such an awesome story adapted into a feature or you’re left wondering what in the hell is the point when we already have the brilliant Oscar-winning documentary.

Despite my initial hesitation, I’m placing myself solely in the former camp. After all, Zemeckis does a hell of a job at taking an idea that sounds on paper like it might not work and making it spectacular (see: Cast Away, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Back to the Future, etc.).

In The Walk, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play French high-wire artist Philiipe Petit. In true Zemeckis form, the movie is going to utilize the latest technology to re-create the infamous 1974 World Trade Center walk with what will unquestionably be some breathtaking 3D.

The rest of the cast includes Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Steve Valentine and Charlotte Le Bon. It hits theaters on October 2nd, 2015.

Trailer: Pixar’s Inside Out

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Oh how the mighty Pixar has shrunk. I know a trailer is not indicative of potentially complex tone or emotional depth, but if this warmed-over sitcom level entertainment, with its lazy humour, is how the animation-company wants to represent their new film to the world (via the UK), then so be it. There was a time when each Pixar project was met with excitement and anticipation by kids and adults alike. Not today. I hope the trailer-cutters or other marketing brain-trust execs have been sacked.

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. As Riley struggles to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, inner turmoil ensues on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

I had imagined that the ‘inside-the-mind’ POV would be limited only the the main character, the young girl, but it looks like the film will be spastically jumping in and out of all her family members minds, with each of the emotions getting a moustache, girly headbands or mom-jeans to tell whose inner-thoughts belong to whom.

Trailer: Fury Road

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“Everybody has gone out of their mind!”

With all the focus on comic book super-franchises and Star Wars and Disney, this big budget studio reboot of Mad Max is without a shadow of a doubt, my most anticipated popcorn film of 2015. All the marketing thus far promises a stylish hybrid of car stunts, elaborate make-up and practical props and an epic fire-works spectacle of CGI. Simply put, this looks to be the best bet for honest-to-goodness badassery in the in the multiplex next summer. Fury Road, which is now looking more and more like a direct do-over of The Road Warrior has been several years in the making (principal photography wrapped on this 2 years ago this week), but it looks like George Miller and company did this one up right. I cannot wait to see Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron rip up the the post-apocalyptic desert of this island earth.

Oh what a lovely day! Vroom Vroooooom.

San Andreas [trailer]

Can we please, please stop with the children’s choirs singing a famous pop-song in “slow motion” for trailers. I think it started with Fincher’s The Social Network and now just about every other trailer uses the “effect”. Knock it off, on such a winter’s day!

In other news, John Cusack was unable to save the world in 2012. Perhaps The Rock and Paul Giamatti can do it in 2015. Because this ain’t your daddy’s earthquake; this is the big one.

Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller Again. A Little Older.

So I know we’re almost a week late to this party, but hey, we’ve been around for a while and it takes us some time to catch up to the younger kids. Also, Charles Grodin.

Baumbach really hasn’t done much for me with his (in fact I quite loathe) last three films. But because of how great Squid and the Whale is, I keep on giving him the benefit of the doubt, even though I’m pretty sure I’ll be let down… with the potential for vomit. So I watch this trailer trepidatiously. And at first I got a bit of the Frances Ha, hipster, pretentious, rich, white people problems, but at the midway point my guard was worn away and I found myself smiling through the rest of trailer. So much so that I watched it again. More smiles. It certainly is still people with problems, but they’re problems more of us can relate to, they’re believable and they’re presented (at least in this trailer) in much more of a light-hearted manner.

I will relent and see this theatrically. I look forward to more smiles. Also, did I mention Charles Grodin?