I was reading Deadline: Hollywood earlier today when I noticed that Ruairi Robinson has landed a development deal based upon the video for his short, Leviathan.
If you’ve been reading this blog, you’ll recall that I featured Robinson’s The Silent City, a few years ago. I’ve reposted it below.
The thing is, Ruairi Robinson does great trailers, but his feature work tends to be a bit lacking. For instance, his last movie, The Last Days On Mars (currently on Netflix) got a 20% on Rottentomatoes.com, though I thought that it deserved better.
Another interesting thing is that the story reminded me of quite a few others, such Melville’s Moby Dick, The Stars, Mine Enemy! by Roy Thomas from The Rampaging Hulk and Abraxas and the Earthman by Rick Vetch, from Marvel’s Epic Illustrated.
The latter two revolving around a hunt for creatures that can best be called ‘space whales.’
It goes without saying that the latest trailer for The Avengers: Age Of Ultron is all sorts of awesome. This time around we get a little more on Ultron, as well as his motivations (and there’s a logic to his approach in that if you get rid of people you’re going to get rid of much of our problems, seeing that we’re at the heart of most of them) and ‘The Twins’ (Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch) as well as the odds that the Avengers are up against this time around and it goes without saying that they’re pretty overwhelming.
And this being a Marvel Studios trailer, stick around till the end because you have to have the ‘Vision’ to see where Marvel is going with this.
The actual trailer supposedly won’t be out till the premiere of ABC’s–like Marvel Studios, also owned by Disney– American Crime tomorrow, but there are those out there that laugh at such measures.
By the way, I hate to sound contrarian, but I hope this upcoming trailer reveals ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! I can almost guarantee–despite the darker tone–that Age Of Ultron will not only earn a billion in its first week of release, but will go on to surpass the $1.5 billion earned by the original film AND pass Avatar (at almost $3 billion–$2.88 billion) in the process.
Which is why they don’t need to reveal anymore in terms of storyline. At this point there are probably people looking for reasons NOT to see this movie.
Marvel Studios, don’t give them any.
I like this motion poster. Why, you may ask? After all, all you see is Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox) looking at the camera.
Well, on one level, you’d be correct, after all, it is just Cox just looking at the camera. But there’s more to it. Look at it again and take a glance at his expression. He looks sort of sly…as if there’s something he knows that we don’t.
I don’t typically like to mix my porn with superheroes, but I have to admit that this is very well-cut (pardon the pun) trailer: You don’t see enough of how cheesy the costumes probably are, but what you can see looks really fun.
And sure, it’s not Marvel Studios’ The Avengers good–and I feel reasonably certain in saying that considering that Marvel’s superhero spectacular cost $220 million to produce that you could produce a few thousand parodies for its cost–but looks pretty good for what it is.
And speaking of Marvel Studios, it’s awesome that they haven’t thrown Mjolnir at Axel Braun–because The Avengers isn’t the only movie that he’s parodied–because some companies are insanely litigious these days.
I fully admit that I am posting this primary because I can’t get that creepy-ass xylophone music that accompanies the second trailer out out of my head.
I also read that The Avengers: Age Of Ultron is going to released in India before it is domestically, which is really awesome if you happen to live there, not so much if you don’t. Lately it appears that more and more event movies are being released overseas (though more commonly in Europe) before the United States, which I think it has something to do with the prevention of piracy–though it that means that Americans are more or less likely to do so I am not entirely certain.
Another nifty advantage of such a strategy is that it front-loads some serious profits into the equation in that the movie will–in the case of the first The Avengers, makes literally hundreds of millions before it appears domestically.
And to be fair, it’s coming out in India the 24th of April; May 1st isn’t all that far away.
I also don’t know who’s idea it was to have James Spader voice Ultron, but they deserve a pay raise because decision making like that deserves some sort of recognition.
While I wouldn’t by any means call 2014-2015 a banner year for horror movies, I am glad to see that there are some coming down the pike that approach the genre with the sort of vision that more often than not elevates the material, such as The Babadook (on the strength of which director Jennifer Kent was rumored to be in the running to direct the upcoming Warner Bros. upcoming Wonder Woman movie) and David Robert Mitchell‘s It Follows, a movie that takes some familiar tropes (sexual awakening in a young woman) and takes it to new and frightening places.
Though what I find most interesting is that, while there’s plenty of crappy horror films out there–and probably always will be–there are filmmakers that don’t take the fact that they’re working on a horror film as an excuse to do weak work.