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?

 

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.

Bond. 2015. Spectre.

Skyfall was the first Bond film I saw that I felt wasn’t a novelty. It was a proper film (as Mark Kermode might say). It was gorgeous. It had interesting characters. The story was intricate and plot fulfilled. But the nostalgia was still there. Today all of the nine one-one on the next Bond film dropped in one fell swoop. Director, cast, title, villain and some marketing material.

So glad was I to hear that Sam Mendes would be returning for another go around! For twenty years, no Bond film has been made by the same director. So when they finally got one right, it’s wonderful to hear the news that they’ll be bringing back essentially the same team.

Of course, the first question I had was, “will they bring back Roger Deakins as cinematographer?” Alas no, but coming in at a close second – that I’m more than happy with – is Hoyte Van Hoytema, who has done some of the best looking cinema of recent years (e.g. Her, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Let the Right One In).

Next on the list is actors. Let’s just say my attention is garnered! Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw (returning as Q), Ralph Fiennes (spoiler character), Dave Bautista, Léa Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear (Skyfall) and Albert Finney.

So yeah, I’m usually not that all caring about the next Bond film, but this one jut jumped up pretty high on my list of must sees in 2015. What do you guys think of all the news dropping today?

 

 
 

Trailer: Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

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Never one for modesty, Spike Lee, has been in a bit of a dry patch lately, but Da Sweet Blood of Jesus looks to change all that in a big way. Just the kind of small-but-still-big canvas that the director excels at, and in an indie mode (Kickstarter + $10K from Steven Soderbergh got this made in 16 days) that he can get away with just about anything. The trailer has a lot of stuff going on, addiction, class, race, sex, murder, and all of it very is compelling. Look for the Danny Glover cameo.

Dr. Hess Green (Stephen Tyrone Williams) becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient Afrian artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood. He however is not a vampire. Soon after his transformation he enters into a dangerous romance with Ganja Hightower (Zaraah Abrahams) that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status in our seemingly sophisticated society.

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus is getting a day and date release (Theatrical and iTunes) on February 13th.

Trailer: Pan

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There are quite a few fans of Joe Wright here in the third row. Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, Hanna – for all his flaws as a storyteller, he sure can shoot a hell of a pretty film. His latest, a origin story for Peter Pan titled simply Pan, looks to be no exception.

Unlike some other recent blockbuster movies capitalizing on already established classic and beloved lore (the dreadful Oz prequel comes to mind or last year’s painful Jack the Giant Slayer from Bryan Singer), Wright’s film looks to have plenty of soul. With a cast that includes Hugh Jackman as an eccentric Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund as a younger James Hook, and Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, I’m fairly confident that this one will be smash at the box office. Hell, this could be a hell of an unofficial beginning to a trilogy viewing including2003’s decent Peter Pan and Spielberg’s ridiculous, yet still awesome Hook.

Pan drops into theaters on June 26, 2015.

What are your thoughts on the trailer? Simply more mediocrity from the Hollywood machine or does it seem promising?