Trailer: John Dies at the End

Back in September of 2011, Kurt first posted a trailer for John Dies at the End. Over a year later and after plenty of festival appearances, a new trailer has been released – this time with a couple of release dates.

As Kurt mentioned, many of us in the third row are fans of writer-director Don Coscarelli, the man behind Bubba Ho-Tep, a movie that I just fucking adore and have watched and enjoyed well over a dozen times. Coscarelli’s latest has a cast which includes Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown and Doug Jones and I won’t bother to describe the plot, since it’s better left being seen in the trailer. Needless to say, if you appreciated the genre-zaniness of Bubba Ho-Tep, you’re sure to appreciate this trailer.

The film will first be released on iTunes on December 27th before hitting select theaters on January 25, 2013.

Dear readers, you feeling this as much as I am?

Trailer: Evil Dead

A few things to keep in mind before you watch the trailer for the Evil Dead remake. For one, it’s produced by both Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, who both have said that they have been a part of the process from beginning to end. Secondly, they’re dropping the trademark Raimi zaniness and going for a more straight horror. Despite being a fan of the original three, I haven’t really been following production on this much, as the whole idea of it hasn’t really interested me.

As for the trailer, it does seem that the movie has some distinct Evil Dead-ness to it – but it most definitely being given the modern horror movie makeover. For some, this will be an instant turn off. I remain cautious, but mostly indifferent. I know my Evil Dead trilogy sitting on my DVD shelf isn’t going anywhere. I do appreciate that they changed the character names, so there is no Ash and maybe that’ll make it easier for Evil Dead fanatics to swallow. But it remains to be seen.

The film hits North American theaters on April 12, 2013. What are your thoughts on this first trailer?

Trailer: Lay the Favorite

Good: Lay the Favorite has a stellar cast that includes Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vince Caughn, Joshua Jackson, Lara Prepon, and Joel Murray.

Bad: It currently sits at 26% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Good: It’s directed by Stephen Frears, who also directed The Queen, High Fidelity, Dirty Pretty Things, and Prick Up Your Ears.

Bad: Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian called it “garbled and unsatisfying.” Angie Errigo of Empire said its “mildly amusing at best.” William Goss of Film.com calls it the “most lifeless film in Frears’ [filmography].”

Good: You get to see Laura Prepon’s breasts.

So, maybe reel in your expectations for Lay the Favorite, which follows a high-stakes Vegas gambler (Willis) who hires a stripper (Hall) as his good luck charm as he shows her the ropes of the gambling life.

The movie releases wide on December 7, 2012 – so perhaps reviews will come out a bit more favorably as the weeks progress. If not, well… you still get to see Laura Prepon’s breasts.

Trailer: A Good Day to Die Hard

As far as Shittiest Sequels of All-Time Go, one can definitely make an argument for putting Live Free and Die Hard on the shortlist. It’s not just bad… it’s abysmally bad. Still, one can’t blame Bruce Willis. He received $25 million to make it and for that kind of money, I’d not only make a bad movie, but I’d do some really rotten, dirty, unforgivable things (then again, that might be because with my salary, that’d take me 625 years to make such money). Needless to say, Willis is probably received $25 million or more to do A Good Day to Die Hard. So, it’s hard to blame the guy.

That doesn’t mean he’s free from criticism. Because even though some people around the internet are reacting to this trailer far more positively than the last sequel, I was too burnt by the last one. Plus, it just looks pretty shitty. It doesn’t inspire confidence that the director, John Moore, is also known for shitty action movies, like Max Payne, Behind Enemy Lines, and Flight of the Phoenix. Also, the February 14, 2013 release date in the U.S. is a questionable one.

Are you a little more forgiving of this trailer? Or are you with me in thinking it looks pretty shitty?

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Trailer: Iron Man 3

It’s no secret that Iron Man isn’t the most popular movie franchise around these parts, large in part due to its following of such a safe formula and, as Andrew once complained, some exceptionally boring villains. I won’t argue against it. As for me though, it’s not secret that I’m a Robert Downey Jr. apologist and I’ll watch the dude crack jokes, wink, and womanize for 2 hours any day, regardless of plot.

The trailer for Iron Man 3 has landed today and it does somewhat suggest a darker tone for the otherwise light-hearted and family friendly franchise (being Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Iron Man 2.5 aka The Avengers).

For some, there won’t be any convincing them. For others, there is plenty of promise. For one, Downey Jr. is reuniting with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director (and Lethal Weapon writer) Shane Black. Secondly, the technological terrorist known as Mandarin (played by Ben Kingsley) is a far more interesting villain than the villains from the previous two entries. Third, Guy Pearce – who is doing a great job is showing up just all over the place in bit roles these past few years – is playing a mad scientist who creates the destructive virus. So yeah, plenty to look forward to with this entry, which we can only hope breaks away from the formulaic script of the first two and gives us something that feels fresh.

Iron Man 3 hits North American theaters on May 3, 2013.

Movie 43 is about stuff.

Even after watching the trailer for Movie 43, I’m not really sure what it’s all about. According to IMDb, it’s an “ensemble comedy intertwining different tales,” so perhaps it’s aiming to be the Valentine’s Day and New Years Eve of the comedy world, where it has a load of big stars doing a very little in independent stories that are only mildly connected. Either way, there are plenty of names attached to attract people to the movie.

Filmed back in 2010 and originally titled Red Band, segments from the movie are directed by Patrik Forsberg, Peter Farrelly, Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk and Brett Ratner. I’m not going to list all of the cast, because it’s unbelievably large, but names involved include Kate Winslet, Richard Gere, Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Uma Thurman, Emma Stone, Terrence Howard, Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Gerard Butler, Anna Faris, ChloĆ« Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Sean William Scott, Justin Long, and J.B. Smoove.

And that’s only about half of ’em.

I can’t imagine this being anything other than a huge disconnected mess. The trailers below – the first of which is green band, the second which is red band – do not inspire much confidence either. In fact, the redband trailer begins with Anna Faris asking Chris Pratt if he will poop on her. Hmm.

My guess is that most of the actors involved did it because they wanted to have some fun working together and it probably only took them a couple of days to film their scenes. Either way, the mega cast has worked in my case. Despite not even getting a chuckle from the trailer, I’m going to have to watch it for sheer curiosity’s sake. Movie 43 hits theaters on the equally uninspiring date of January 25, 2012.

Do you think Movie 43 looks funny? Or are you, like me, thinking this is going to be a huge mess?

Would you like to know more…?

New Trailer: Django Unchained

If you had any doubt that Django Unchained was going to be awesome, well, fear not. A new trailer has been released and boy, does it look spectacular. While it may be an odd choice for a Christmas day movie, I suggest that if you have them, you cancel your silly plans of eating ham and cranberry sauce and instead plan to go see this instead. Because it’s going to be a very merry Christmas indeed.

Check out the trailer. What do you think?

Gambit Trailer

I want to yell at the people on youtube who are complaining that a movie called Gambit isn’t about the X-men character but that is a side note. What is more important is to let you know you should watch the trailer for the remake of the 1966 Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine comedy. First off the trailer is pretty fun but more importantly it is penned by the Coen Brothers. It was set for release in just under two weeks on October 12th but has now been pushed back into early 2013.