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Trailers of the Week

Most of the trailers this week come hot off the heels of Comic-Con where a lot of new trailers were revealed for people to enjoy and to start the hype for movies coming out next year.    This year’s Comic-Con was less about comics and more about movies and games which isn’t a bad thing really…but isn’t a good thing either for comics which didn’t seem to have their game faces on at the con this year.

Sucker Punch

I will be honest I hadn’t heard a single thing about this new movie from Zack Synder (Watchmen, 300) which is about a young woman who is trapped in a life that she doesn’t want to be in and can enter a dream world where things are not the same as they are in the real world, but when the two get twisted things happen and the consequences are not what you expect.   The movie’s first trailer looks impressive and looks like its got lots of ambiance and set pieces as well…what you would expect from the guy who brought us 300 and Watchmen.

Priest

Coming from Scott Stewart (Legion) is the action/thriller movie about a Priest in the far future after a war has ravaged the planet between vampires and humans for centuries who is hunting the vampires that kidnapped his niece.   The movie looks very stylish with a lot of great action sequences, not too surprising it also looks far more low-budget than other movies coming out next summer as it is made with the same kind of budget that was given for Legion Scott Stewart’s previous movie which was decent but not great.   It even stars the same actor: Paul Bettany (not that it’s a bad thing).  The movie looks decent but I don’t know how many people its going to attract.

Let Me In

One of the most promising remakes I have seen in a long time of a foreign film (probably since the first Ring movie) is coming out in October, it’s called Let Me In and is a remake of Let the Right One In which was based on a novel.  The original movie was fantastic with a dark undertone regarding vampires and mature themes about alienation and also being a young kid from a rather not well off family among other social issues.   The americanized remake is being directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) and I think looks as equally impressive and also stars Chloe Moretz who has jumped up in fame since her part in Kick-Ass.   This is one I will be going to see when it comes out.

That’s it for this week….I wanted to post the Thor video for the trailer which was really cool looking but it’s already been pulled from everywhere and probably won’t be posted back up for a while until Marvel decides they want to release it probably.   Same goes for Green Lantern footage shown at Comic-Con.    So I’ll be back monday with the box office report and next week with more trailers plus perhaps a movie review!

Movie News for 5/7/2010

The Men In Black are back

Men in Black III release date set

Looks like the summer of 2012 is going to be a busy one with the announcement from Sony Pictures that Men in Black III in 3-D none-the less is set for release on May 25th 2012 and will be shot with 3-D in mind.  I enjoyed the first Men in Black and liked the second one though it wasn’t quite as good as the first one.   The report comes from Deadline that Barry Sonnenfeld is once again going to helm the new project.  The bad news?  So far only Will Smith has been signed to return as they are still in negotiations with Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin.   Personally if they can’t get Tommy Lee Jones back I would rather them not make a sequel as while I enjoyed Will Smith in the movie I thought what made the first two movies was the teamwork dynamic between the two of them.

If the script is interesting and we can get everyone from the first two back into the new one then it will be a good and enjoyable movie, even if it ends up only being a popcorn film…then again that’s what the first two were as well.

Let me In

In a slight bit of news today from the remake of the sweedish film Let the Right One In comes a first image of Chole Moretz from the Let Me In film.   Chloe was last seen of course by most of us in the movie Kick-Ass where she played Hit-Girl.   Let the Right One In was a great movie, with a deep and disturbing plot about a vampire girl and a young boy who meet one another meanwhile some other dark and twisted things are going on around the town that they live in and the unlikely friendship the two of them strike up leads to consequences for both of them.   The only question that remains is will the remake be any good or not?   Here’s the link from Slashfilm showing the first image.

More impossible news

Coming from Empire today is word that I didn’t really expect, Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Iron Giant) has signed on to direct Mission Impossible 4.    originally when we heard the news that Tom Cruise and J.J. Abrams were working on a new Mission Impossible and that it would involve his character Ethan Hunt and would still be a reboot of some sorts though not quite.    The interesting thing is that if this movie is successful it could help Bird get his 1906 movie made.  There are no plot details yet on the new Mission Impossible but judging by the fact that Abrams hired Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec I think its safe to say that we can expect some great action moments with some great character pieces as well, after all these were the same guys responsible for a lot of Alias.

Inception

The new trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Inception is hitting the interwebs today, it is also attached to Iron Man 2 in the theaters which I will be seeing this Sunday and reviewing later that same day.    Inception looks interesting from the official synopsis:

Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible—inception.

Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.

To me Inception sounds interesting and I am not going to count Christopher Nolan out for two reasons: The Dark Knight, and The Prestige.   The first was probably one of the best crime dramas of the past ten years (Even if the main character was dressed up in a big black bat suit) and the other made magic and magicians cool again.

The trailer is over at JoeBlo.

Realistic and Comic Book Movie Didn’t Really Go Together Till Now

April 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Kick-Ass

Starring: Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, mark Strong, Chloe Moretz, and Nicholas Cage

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

Written by: Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn

I had never heard of Kick-Ass until I saw the first trailer for the movie, I am sure that a lot of people out there were exactly like me.  After seeing that first R-band trailer for Kick-Ass I went back and did some research learning that Matthew Vaughn had actually funded the movie himself and gotten it made on the pretty much cheap even getting some high quality with Nicholas Cage in the movie.   The thing is, Kick-Ass is probably the best comic book movie that no one is going out to see, and its going to be one of those true cult classics.   I leave this weekend with one final review the review for Kick-Ass…warning spoilers do follow….

Kick-Ass is the story of Dave Lizewski a young teenage boy who dreams of not only the hot girl Katie in his class but also of being a superhero.   Who hasn’t dreamed of being  a superhero at some point in their lives?   The ability to save others, to be a protector I think it’s a strong thing that a lot of boys and even men desire to do.   The thing is most of us aren’t stupid enough or perhaps brave enough to actually do it.   There is a reason why most people out there don’t try to become a superhero and this movie pretty much shows the rest of us who still do think about doing it why it’s probably not the best idea out there.

Dave decides to become Kick-Ass not because he’s tormented by older boys who steal cars and money from high school kids.  Nor because he inherits super powers from some strange way like spider-man or because he’s born with them like the x-men.   He doesn’t even do it because he wants to be popular or because he’s rich.   Dave becomes Kick-Ass because it’s never been done before by anyone and a part of Dave feels that he needs an answer as to why no one’s tried to be a super-hero before.    He gets the answer right away…after dawning the wetsuit of Kick-Ass he is beaten to a pulp by the two guys that are stealing a car who tormented him and his friend a few days before.  THen to top it off he is hit by a car that drives off leaving him to die on the pavement.

Dave doesn’t die, but he insists that the paramedics tell everyone that he was found naked not in his Kick-Ass outfit.  After this I would have given up, you would have too.  Dave though doesn’t instead he gets back up to being Kick-Ass all over again.   Katie now believes that Dave is gay and thus the two of them begin to form a friendship with one another.   He learns that Katie is tormented by someone and he decides to bring the guy down.  This is where the real story begins to take shape.

Shortly before this we meet Mindy and Damon Macready but it is here that we really get to know them.  Mindy (Hit-Girl) crashes the party where Kick-Ass is about to get killed by these thugs and she takes them all out with her blades and martial arts.   Her dad helps as well at the end.   You see this story is Kick-Ass’s story but really it’s not it’s really the story of Hit-Girl and Big Daddy.  Kick-Ass sort of gets mixed up in all of this after this little meeting here and pretty soon he’s in over his head in things he can’t handle.

Hit-Girl and Big Daddy are out for revenge on a mobster named D’Amico who has a lot of corrupt cops in his pocket including Damon’s former boss.    Damon was set up and sent to jail and his wife killed herself so his daughter was raised by his best friend till he got out.   Mindy has  a mouth on her but where it could have come off as sounding faked and forced 99 percent of the time it doesn’t.   Matthew Vaughn did a great job casting this movie, from Kick-Ass and his friends to Mindy and her father all of them come off as being real and in a real world.

Eventually D’Amico’s son comes up with an idea to take down Kick-Ass for his father who believes that Kick-Ass is responsible for the problems he is having.   Thus Red-Mist is born and he meets Kick-Ass and the two of them have a buddy-buddy time till they go D’Amico’s legit business front and see it burning down.   Thus finally Big-Daddy is introduced to D’Amico and yes Big Daddy does wear a very batman like outfit.    Basically they use Kick-Ass to track down Big Daddy and Hit-Girl and take Big Daddy and Kick-Ass captive.

Hit-Girl saves the day in a very stylish and wonderfully done sequence but it’s not enough to save Big Daddy.  This is a realistic superhero movie where reality intrudes, you do something like what Big Daddy and Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl did and you’re going ot get killed.  Big Daddy dies in a very heartwarming sequence and Hit-Girl wants revenge for her father’s death.  Kick-Ass instead of walking away from the young girl stands up with her and fights back which leads to one of the best and most completely bad-ass end fight sequences that I have seen in a very long time.  I could never have imagined it being possible with a girl who is only eleven but it shows how you can handle this kind of stuff if you’re serious about as Matthew Vaughn and all of the actors in the movie were.

In the end they do save the day….so to speak but it goes without saying that I can tell you what happens, it’s not the same as seeing it for yourself.     Kick Ass does what its supposed to do, it puts superheros in a real world with real consequences and how if you do something as risky as what Kick-Ass did you’re going to get hurt a lot.

What they did right: The Action sequences, The characters, The environments, and the Dialogue

What they did Wrong: The costumes of both Kick-Ass and Big-Daddy I didn’t care for either one really.

Overall: 98/100

Kick-Ass takes what you know about superhero movies and turns it all on its head but not so far out that it doesn’t make sense.  It’s still a superhero movie with a real superhero who does save the day in the end and even shows the birth of a super villain though I doubt we’ll ever get a real sequel to this movie.   It also entertains from the first moment to the last with a lot of laughs and moments of serious drama.

See In Theaters: YES without a doubt…see it twice if you can!