Friday, July 1, 2011

Trailer Park

Let's go ahead and watch some movie trailers!

This looks awesome. The tale of Theseus as told by the guy who directed the brilliant film The Fall? I'm there.

John Carpenter's The Ward
This doesn't look very good, but... it's John Carpenter! Over the years his films have been hit or miss, but his misses are usually still entertaining while his hits are amazing. This one looks kind of creepy (if a bit cliche) and has lots of pretty girls. Anyway, it's nice to see the man working again, since he hasn't had a theatrical release since 2001's forgettable Ghosts of Mars.

They remade Footllose? Why not? This doesn't look like it will improve on the original in anyway, but I'm happy that today's generation of kids will be able to hear this timeless story about one young man's non violent struggles against oppression. There's Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, and that kid from Footloose. Let's here it for those boys!

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
The world "protocol" has a lot of "o"s in it. No matter how many times I spell it, I always want to stick an "a" in there somewhere. Anyway... a fourth Mission Impossible movie. Again, why not? I liked all of the others (except for the awful part 2), so I'll probably like this too. It looks neat. But where's Ving Rhames?!

The Killer Elite
Jason Statham
Clive Owen
Robert DeNiro
If I have to say anything else, you don't deserve to watch movies. This looks awesome.

Not much to go on here, but it's Pixar and it looks neat, so I'll probably see it, and so will everybody else.

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World
Seriously, who keeps letting Robert Rodriguez make movies? This looks like the worst movie ever made, and I say that as a huge fan of the first two Spy Kids films (the less said about part 3 the better). Still... Jessica Alba gets more and more beautiful with each day.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
No comment.

The Muppets
I have two things against this movie:

#1. The Muppets without Jim Henson seems wrong and pointless to me.

#2. Jason Siegel sucks. I'm just not a fan.

Still... it looks funny.

War Horse

Not much to go on here. What's it about? And what's the deal with the horse? If this didn't have Spielberg's name attached, I wouldn't give it a second thought, but he's my favorite director and I've seen just about every film he's directed in the theater since I've been old enough to go to the cinema, so I know I'll see this one too. It certainly looks beautiful. I just wish I knew what it was about. Maybe the big twist will be that it's a remake of Mr. Ed.

The Three Musketeers
I don't care what anybody else thinks, this looks awesome.

Johnny English Reborn
I guess I can't think of any reason not to make another Johnny English movie, so go bless 'em. I'm just happy to see Rowan Attkinson again. In this trailer, I mean. I'm probably not going to see this movie, but I'll admit that the trailer did crack me up.


Justin Garrett Blum said...

What's ever weirder than no Jim Henson is no Frank Oz. I mean, he's still alive, and he did every other muppet.

I never did see that first Johnny English movie, did you? I did, however, see the last Mr. Bean film.

Donald said...

I never did see that... either one, actually, although I have seen some of the Mr. Bean TV series or whatever. Hold on... I'm gonna go see if Netflix has Johnny English available on their instant streaming...

... No. WTF? They do have Spy Hard, for whatever that's worth.

Justin Garrett Blum said...

I just watched the trailer for Mission: Impossible 4. I'll see it.

I wish I could place my finger on why I liked the first one so much but wasn't crazy about the other two. I think what it was is that the first film was just a straightforward espionage film. When I think about it, there wasn't even much action in it at all. There were no car chases for the sake of car chases and that sort of thing.

I'd love to see Brian DePalma come back to this series.

Justin Garrett Blum said...

Oh wait a second--Brad Bird is directing M:I Ghost Protocol? Weird. That makes me a little more interested in it, actually.

Donald said...

I always think about something you said after we saw the second Mission Impossible: It was a typical John Woo action film full of operatic gunplay, and you pointed out how this made no sense because in the first film Tom Cruise's character only picks up a gun once, and even then he never actually shoots it.

In fact... and I may be remembering this wrong, but I'm not even sure if his Ethan Hunt even kills anybody at all during the entire film, until the very end when he blows up John Voight (SPOILER!!).

For whatever reason, the sequels were all genre action films that turned Ethan Hunt into a superhero that killed everybody, guns blazing and karate chopping. These are fine films to be sure, but they aren't anything like the first film or the TV series.

As for Brad Bird... yeah, interesting choice. One thing this series has going for it is that each film had an interesting director behind the camera. This often works against the series, however, since following up a De Palma film with one directed by John Woo makes little sense, but whatever. At least it kept things interesting.