New ‘Pacific Rim’ Posters (Updated For Hopefully The Last Time)

Pacific Rim - Victory!

Gipsey Danger - United States

Though you never know;)

Now this, I like.  The earlier posters from Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” were OK, but they didn’t to me quite capture all the giant robot goodness that the film appears to be chock full of.

So, what better place to start that with than the American and Australian Jaegers, Gipsy Danger and Striker Eureka, two of the robots of “Pacific Rim.”

Then again, why stop with just the American and Australian Jaegers?  Here are links to HD versions of the Russian, Japanese and Chinese Jaegers, who’s call signs are Cherno Alpha, Coyote Tango and Crimson Typhoon.

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Cherno Alpha - Russia Coyote Tango - Japan

Crimson Typhoon - China

Thanks to Comicbookmovie.com for the heads up.

‘The Apparition’ Review

The Apparition

“”The Apparition” Is Too Good To Have Been Treated So Shabbily By Its Producers”

First off, ignore the trailer posted below.  It’s seemingly for Todd Lincoln‘s “The Apparition,” currently spooling on iTunes.  The footage is accurate, though the voiceovers misrepresent the movie (most of which aren’t actually in the film), as does the tagline for the poster.

Which is a shame because such deception is unnecessary.  It’s sold as a found footage film in the vein of “Paranormal Activity,” which it isn’t (though the opening feels like one).

Though what “The Apparation” is is a taut, atmospheric ghost story that is more than a few jump scares, and better than any found footage film that I have yet seen (and this includes “The Blair Witch Project,” which started the whole genre) and actually plays like a close relative to Tobe Hooper’s “Poltergeist,” even down to most of the action happening in a subdivision of not-lived-in (except for the protagonists and one other family) ticky-tacky houses that all look just the same.

And, remarkably, for about two-thirds of the film it hangs with such esteemed company pretty well, till a third act stumble almost sends things off the rails.

Early on, viewers are introduced to “the Charles Experiment,” which was an effort by a group of parapsychologists to contact the spirit of someone they worked with, named Charles Reamer.

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Official ‘The Wolverine’ Trailer

Here’s the complete trailer for James Mangold‘s ‘The Wolverine,” complete with narrative continuity!  Here, Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) makes his way to Japan, where it appears that he somehow loses his healing factor, which is bad thing when what looks like hundreds of black pajama-clad ninjas are trying to kill you.

There’s a fight on what can only be a Japanese bullet train later in the trailer that looks a bit outlandish, as well as an appearance by the Silver Samurai, though like the first teaser you only see the back of his helmet for moment.

As much as the first teaser trailer struck me as lacking continuity, this one feels too conventional, striking beats that we have seen before time and again.

So it will probably end up making a bazillion dollars, though I am not sure about the 3D, which I sometimes feel as if it’s done less because of a need for it that a way to pad box office receipts (3D movie tickets generally cost significantly more than non-3D tickets).

Thanks to Deadline: Hollywood for the heads up!

‘White House Down’ Trailer

Just when you thought that we survived “Olympus Has Fallen,” here comes the more obviously titled “White House Down.”  This time instead of Gerard Butler, all we have is Channing Tatum standing between us and those that would destroy our way of life.

God help the terrorists, especially considering that this is from Roland Emmerich, the man behind “Independence Day,” “2012,” and “The Day After Tomorrow;” a director that likes blowing things up almost  as much as Michael Bay, though Emmerich seems to specialize in well-known landmarks (it’s the second time he’s blown up the White House).

Though what Sony should be concerned about is that, despite the success of ‘Olympus’ its budget is probably about half that of “White House Down.”

‘Riddick’ Teaser Trailer

This is interesting.  I was actually looking for something “Iron Man 3″-related, when I stumbled upon this trailer for the upcoming sequel to David Twohy’s “The Chronicles Of Riddick.”

I don’t know when this snuck on to the Interwebs, but it looks like the real deal and not some mashup of clips from various ‘Riddick’ films.

I also think that this film, if it is budgeted anywhere in the ballpark of “Pitch Black,” will be a real sleeper hit.

‘The Wolverine’ Teaser Trailer

Here’s a link to the first teaser from “The Wolverine,” which I suspect is genuine because it shows footage than has, as far as I am aware, not been available prior (and there’s the fact that it appears to be from the Twitter feed of James Mangold, who’s directing the upcoming superhero film).  Unfortunately, it’s cut less like a trailer than a series of rushes, so there’s no sense of continuity.

That being said, there’s a lot of grimacing on Hugh Jackman’s part.

I dig that there’s a hint of the Silver Samurai, but not enough to satisfy.  I’ll post the actual teaser trailer when it’s available in a format that WordPress accepts.

Thank to comicbook.com for the heads up.

‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Review

Olympus Has Fallen

Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, where they ruled over all mortals (these deities never seemed to acknowledge any people other than Greeks, implying that Greece was somehow the center of all creation, and the pinnacle of their handiwork).

Minor spoilers begin.

That ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ is code for the White House being overrun is perhaps the straw that breaks the camel’s back, and it doesn’t take the Oracle of Delphi to know that a reckoning is coming.  That reckoning comes in the form of a terrorist attack that our intelligence services suspect may be connected somehow to North Korea.  The leader of this effort, a North Korean, is played by Rick Yune, who while he seems to be sanctioned by no government, intends to make the United States suffer in a similar fashion as he believes North Korea has suffered over the years.

What’s interesting is that Yune plays an vaguely similar role in Lee Tamahori’s mediocre–though before “Skyfall” the most profitable James Bond film ever– “Die Another Day.”

Minor spoilers end.

“Olympus Has Fallen” is the latest film by Antoine Fuqua (“Brooklyn’s Finest,” “Shooter,” “Training Day,” “The Replacement Killers,” etc) which some critics have compared to the original “Die Hard,” and while that’s valid on some levels, it misses the mark on others.

For instance, ‘Olympus’ is not only signficantly more violent than “Die Hard,” it’s also more explotative and normally not quite the film that I enjoy watching.

Somehow–and I am not quite sure how the filmmakers pulled it off–the film comes out not nearly as cynical as it could have been.

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The Omen (2006)

The Omen (2006)

“The most recent version of “The Omen” (2006) isn’t terrible, but by being so faithful to the original makes one wonder why you wouldn’t go to the source. “

I recently visited my local Giant, looking for something work-related, when I stumbled upon a bin filled with previously-viewed movies, virtually all of them costing $3.99.

The majority of them were drek, though a few interested me. One of those that did was John Moore’s 2006 remake of Richard Donner’s 1976 film, “The Omen.”

I enjoyed the original immensely, and was curious how the remake compared.

I shouldn’t have bothered, because while not a shot-for-shot remake, it differed only enough to make me miss how much better the original film was in comparison.

Moore’s film not only brings nothing new, but is really hard to justify why anyone would have bothered in the first place.

By way of comparison, John Boorman’s sequel to William Friedkin’s “The Exorcist,” Exorcist 2: The Heretic”–while not a remake–could have took the same material, and played it safe.  Instead, the movie went ape shite crazy.

Was the second ‘Exorcist’ film successful?  Depends upon who you ask, though I thought it was a bizarre and fascinating take on the subject matter.

But Moore almost literally (except for a few mildly effective dream sequences) makes the same film as Richard Donner did, except less well cast, which is a good place as any to start.

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‘Space Precinct’ Movie In The Works?

Space Precinct“Space Precinct,” arguably one of Gerry Anderson’s more controversial series, mainly due to the $1.5 million per episode cost, which made it the most expensive show in Britain at the time.  Yet, despite all the money spent, the ratings were only average, which I suspect had more than a little to do with the terrible time slots the show was stuck in, as opposed to the series itself.

I witnessed this personally.  It was one of my favorite shows growing up, and I recall trying to force myself to stay up till it aired, which was usually around 12:30 on Friday morning.

Besides the issue of times slots, the show’s greatest problem is that it didn’t seem to know what it wanted to be, which gave it an oddly schizophrenic tone.  For instance, an episode would sometimes start off with hardcore scifi, then somehow end as a family drama.

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‘Trance’ Trailer

Finally a ‘Red Band’ trailer that justifies the name!

I am a huge Danny Boyle fan.  Even when his films don’t quite strike the right tone, such as “A Life Less Ordinary,” “Sunshine,” and I would argue, “The Beach,” they’re still worth watching.  His “Trainspotting” is perhaps the best film that I have ever seen about drug usage because it accepts a basic tenet:  Namely that people primarily use drugs because they feel good.  That’s not to say that they result in successful outcomes, or that it even makes sense to do them.

That being said, it’s sometimes hard to argue with feeling good.

“Trance” seems to involve an art heist, hypnosis, and some imagery straight out of David Cronenberg‘s ‘body horror‘ days.

Good stuff.