Trailer Tuesday: “Like Crazy”

Even though this film is already out in limited release, I personally feel that the second trailer for Like Crazy has been the best trailer I’ve seen this year.  If you were ever in a long distance relationship, be careful cause this trailer is a tearjerker.  Great music, strong/powerful scenes and it gives off this impression that what we see in the film is genuine and heartfelt.  Can’t wait to finally see this.

The Dark Knight Rises Spoiler

There have been countless spoiler videos online as big blockbuster films like The Dark Knight Rises, The Man Of Steel and The Avengers are shooting on location in cities like Pittsburgh, New York City and Cleveland.  When this happens, you usually get a large amount of spoiler videos that are posted on youtube.  I usually stay away because I wanted to be completely surprised when I watch the film for the first time, but I fell into temptation.

Epic.  From a digital camera, it feels epic.  Wait until we see it in a theater.  My guess is is that from the tone were getting from the teaser, Gotham is collapsing and being overtaken by crime, murder and violence and this is being controlled by Bane.  Those tumblers that look like Batman’s but are colored differently are actually Bane’s and he has his own model.  Interesting.  This I’m sure will be a major and important scene as we see Bane’s supporters fighting off Gotham Police.  The anticipation is growing.

The Dark Knight Rises will have a 6 minute prologue in front of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol only in IMAX format.

Worst Movie Lines/Scenes Of All Time

In celebration of Breaking Dawn: Part 1 (Hey, that was original to split it into two), here are some of my personal favorites in the discussion of the worst movie lines/scenes of all time.

Let’s start off with some Mortal Kombat and some really bad scriptwriting and timing.

Acting school could’ve helped a little bit…no?

Talking about bad acting? Look no further than Hayden Christensen.

Leo shouldn’t be here, but this line is so stupid.

How could I not add a scene from the Twilight series? I mean, the depression, the screaming, the sadness of it all! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

And of course, the grandaddy of them all. Batman & Robin. Mr. Freeze is all you need.

And for those of you who are a little more mature, click the line for the most ridiculous movie line I’ve ever seen. NSFW!

Titanic in 3D

Well the most beloved/hated movie of all time is coming back to theaters, and it’s coming back in 3D!  Good golly!  I forgot that we are currently in a generation that hasn’t seen Titanic, so this is actually a smart move.  I mean, who doesn’t want to watch the greatest and also cheesiest film, and watch Rose “never let go” Jack so he could stop weighing down her floating device?  What a douche.  All in all, I’ve read some reports however and it has been said that it looks amazing in 3D and we’ll be blown away just like we were in Avatar.  I was blown away in Avatar, not from the visuals, but from it’s own deep message: America sucks.  “I see you…”

Report on Titanic 3D Footage:  http://collider.com/titanic-3d-footage-recap/123205/

Trailer(s) Tuesday

New trailers today.  There were a lot of options I could go with especially with the new The Hunger Games coming out today, but that was kind of a disappointment, so today’s theme will be Best Actress contenders.  I’ve got two trailers for you today that have been centered around strong female powerhouse performances.  First one is called Martha Marcy May Marlene, starring Elizabeth Olsen and the always dependable John Hawkes.  The second trailer is called My Week With Marilyn starring Michelle Williams.  Two bold performances focused one two women, one fictional and the other obviously non-fictional, on the inner struggles and the debate within their minds on the truth of their individuality and their surroundings.

Martha Marcy May Marlene

My Week With Marilyn

Five Films To Look For

The Oscar season starts when October 1st hits around.  For those who are not familiar with the awards season, most studios and distributors will hold some of their precious gold until the last 3 months of the year, so that award voters will see films that will still resonate with them when they have to vote.  That is why most quality films come out during this fall season, and there are usually a higher concentration of great works of art during the last two months.  With so many movies coming out sooner or later (depending on where you live and your access to indie films), here are five films you need to be on the lookout.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Based off the novel written by John Le Carre, this all star cast that includes Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Toby Jones and Benedict Cumberbatch (coolest name ever), this spy-espionage thriller has gotten rave reviews out of the Toronto Film Festival.  I mean, all you have to do is watch this trailer and you’ll be hooked.  It’s coming out in limited release so be patient cause it will definitely be worth the wait.

Release Date: December 9th, 2011
The Descendants 

Based on the beautiful island of Hawaii, this comedy-drama entails George Clooney as a father who is trying to reconnect with his two young daughters after his wife is involved in a serious accident and is in a coma.  George Clooney has always been a top notch actor, but my one complaint with him is that he plays roles that fit his persona.  He’s somewhat type casted, but news has come out that George Clooney is his best with doing his most diverse work.  And coming from Alexander Payne, who both co-wrote and directed, this is definitely one of the most anticipated fall films of 2011.

Release Date: November 18th, 2011

We Need To Talk About Kevin

Another film that is has been adapted for the big screen, this is centered around a married couple (John C. Reilly and Tilda Swinton), who have a son that is, at the least, troubled.  The mother and son relationship is sour from a young age, and eventually, the hate for his mother increases to a point where Kevin plans and acts out a horrific act.  Though the material may be too dark and disturbing for the Oscars, there is no doubt the screenplay and the performance of Tilda Swinton is getting rave reviews.

Release Date: December 9th, 2011 (Limited) & January 27th, 2012 (Wide)

War Horse

Steven Spielberg.  Even though that could be all Oscar voters need to hear considering Spielberg’s name is Oscar bait, this film is yelling out Oscar contention.  Based off the Broadway play with the same title, this transition to the big screen follows a horse, Joey, and his friendship with his young teenage owner, and their unfortunate separation in light of World War I and the attempt to reunite.  Steven Spielberg doing a war film is his bread & butter.  And then you add the film’s protagonist as a beloved animal?  Yeah… the Academy is going to soak this one up real good.

Release Date: December 25th, 2011

The Artist

  A famous Hollywood actor in the silent films era finds a woman who he falls in love with, only to see her career rise into his level of fame while his falls to an eventual bottom.  A pretty generic story, until you add the aspect that this film too, is also a silent film.  What?!  Yes, and the buzz around this film is that it is too charming, too genius and too good to lose.  This is a homage to Hollywood’s past, and this is one of those “Oscar films” that always seem to come up every year, a la Th Th Th The King’s Speech.  Will it win?  If I had to make a bet right now, I would put my money on The Artist…for now. 

Release Date: TBD (November 23rd, 2011 most likely)

Other Honorable Mentions:

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Material is not Oscar bait & Fincher hates the Academy)

Carnage (High hopes, big expectations, but most likely will fall flat)

Hugo (Martin Scorsese is always a contender, but not his usual film.  Could be big though…insert Penn State joke)

Old Boy Remake?

Ever since I first watch Old Boy as a junior in high school, it has always been one of the my favorite films.  It was one of the original films to bring Korean filmmaking onto the center stage of the entertainment industry.  Old Boy is a classic.  But as we all know, Hollywood is running out of ideas and good scripts in general, so they are turning towards remakes.  Lots of them.  And Old Boy is one of them.  I was a little skeptical considering the original was so good and somewhat pretty recent, why would they dare to mess with it?  But in the light of some news, I’ve become more eager to see the direction studios are taking with this as Spike Lee will direct, Josh Brolin will play the protagonist and Colin Firth (!!!) will play the antagonist.  If anyone has seen Old Boy and know these actors well, you’ll understand my intrigue and extreme interest in how this all plays out.  But for now, we’ll wait and see.  Opinions?

Old Boy News via Collider