‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ Official Trailer 3

Here’s the latest trailer for “X-Men: Days Of Future Past,” were our not-quite-so-merry band of mutants have to send one of their number back to the past to prevent a all-out war against mutant-kind led by the Sentinels.

If the early trailers were guilty of giving away too little, this one reveals a litte too much, though it does keep how things will end hidden.

But we already know that, don’t we (considering that all the X-Men properties have earned over $2 billion dollars, I think the outcome is pretty obvious)?

Though with movies of this sort, it’s less the outcome than the journey to reach it.

‘Sid Meier’s Beyond Earth’ Trailer

I should be a little reluctant to admit this, but I find the cinematics (the movies that bridge one section of a video game with another) fascinating.  For instance, I like Blizzard’s “StarCraft” but when I am being honest to myself I admit that I care slightly less about the gameplay than the cool little movies seeded throughout the game.

Which brings me to ‘Sid Meier‘s Beyond Earth.”  I have never played any of the ‘Sid Meier’ games, nor do I have any desire to.

But what an awesome trailer!

 

‘Maps To The Stars’ International Sales Trailer

As I understand it, this isn’t the actual trailer for David Cronenberg’s upcoming “Map To the Stars,” but one cut for the purpose of international sales.  I stumbled upon it–with more than a little help from “The Wrap”–though it makes me wonder why Cronenberg continues to work with Robert Patterson.  If their last film together, “Cosmopolis” was any indicator, we shouldn’t be at all surprised if he delivers a somewhat wooden performance.

Then again, I get the feeling that–as far as Cosmopolis goes–that that was exactly the performance that Cronenberg wanted from him, which is at least reason for some optimism as regards Patterson’s acting chops.

 

 

‘Wish I Were Here,’ Trailer 1

You ever watch a trailer and get the feeling that the director is probably trying to be too artsy?  Well, that’s there feeling that I get from watching “Wish I Were Here,” the latest film from Zach Braff, while also fighting the urge to type, “Wish You Were Here,” which is an awesome song by Pink Floyd, from the album of the same name.

It wasn’t too long ago that Zach Braff made news by partially financing his project through Kickstarter.  At the time some objected to him doing so because Braff is not exactly short of funds, he blazed a trail on Kickstarter that others, such as Spike Lee and Rob Thomas (“Veronica Mars”), would follow to finance their projects.

Donald Faison is also part of the cast, whom I respond fondly from “Scrubs.”

‘Expendables 3′ Trailer

The ‘Expendables’ films are somewhat of a guilty pleasure for me in the sense that they remind me of an American muscle car, like the Corvette Stingray.  It might not be state of the art in certain ways, such as engine technology, but it’s surprising the problems that copious amounts of horsepower can solve.

This film is chock full of actors that some might consider relics, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Harrison Ford, yet if the earlier films in the series are any indicator, it will probably manage to hum along pretty well too.

Mel Gibson is in this as well, playing a villain.  Which makes me wonder:  Is there some sort of typecasting going on here?  Every since his very public meltdown, it seems that he more often than not plays a villain.  2012′s “Get The Gringo?”  Criminal.  2013′s “Machete Kills?”  Megalomanicial villain.  2014′s “Expendables 3?”  Seemingly a mega-megalomanical villain.

I don’t know who Gibson’s agent is, but if I were he, I would really begin to start to question their judgement.

Then again, he seemed to be playing a decent sort in Jodie Foster’s 2011 film, “The Beaver,” and we saw how well that worked.

Wesley Snipes is thrown into the mix too, which makes me think he’s perhaps one of the luckiest men on Earth, because most people don’t tend to bounce back so quickly from prison sentences.

‘Godzilla’ Trailer 2

I like this trailer, it’s very atmospheric.  As I have said before though, I am worried because Gareth Edwards’ last film, “Monsters” was atmospheric too, but offered little else.

You even get a little bit of Godzilla-love at the end.  I hope that it brings the goods, after all we have already had a Godzilla reboot, and it wasn’t that great.

I also need to watch “Monsters” again.  Maybe I’ll get more in it the second time.

‘Phantasm: Ravager’ Trailer

Phantasm: Ravager posterDon Coscarelli’s Phantasm series is very interesting, though not necessarily for good reasons.

The original film that started it all is pretty amazing, but the more sequels that Coscarelli did, the more apparent it became that that he was running out of ideas.

Which is why the latest film, “Phantasm: Ravager” is so interesting.  This time around it’s being helmed not by Coscarelli, but David Hartman, who worked with him on “Bubba Ho-Tep” and “John Dies At The End.”

While I assume that Don Coscarelli is writing, it will be a good thing for someone new to direct.

Besides, if Coscarelli not directing, he’d be free to handle other projects (hopefully Marvel’s Doctor Strange).

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Trailer

Can Michael Bay make a movie where buildings aren’t being pulverized?  As a child was he almost hit by a piece of falling masonry, forever embittering him against buildings and their ilk?  I didn’t see “Pain & Gain” but I have to wonder if any were destroyed in that film too.

Though Bay only produced “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, his fingerprints are all over the trailer, at any rate.

And what is William Fichtner (I recently saw him in “Crossing Lines” currently on Netflix.  He’s the best thing in it) doing in this movie, anyway.

‘Hercules’ Trailer 1

Remember the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare?  In the story a tortoise races a hare, which under normal conditions can easily expected to beat such a slow-moving animal.

Though because the hare rests on its laurels, the tortoise is given an opportunity to not only catch up to it, but eventually win the race. It won because the tortoise, despite being slower, was persistent and kept working diligently toward its goal.

The same thing happens with movies, though victory generally goes to the fleet of foot.  For instance, last year Filmdistrict’s “Olympus Has Fallen” beat  “White House Down” to the box office and earned over $161 million.  By the time “White House Down” was released a few months later, many people probably assumed that they had seen it already, since it has virtually the same storyline as “Olympus Has Fallen.”

At the end of the day, “Olympus Had Fallen” was successful, while “White House Down” was not (though that also had something to do with ‘Olympus’ costing half as much to produce).

Some thought that history would repeat itself when Renny Harlin’s “The Legend of Hercules” came out before Brett Ratner’s “Hercules.”

Though despite being first to the gate, Harlin’s film lacked the endurance to complete the race.  Brett Ratner’s version, starring Dwayne Johnson is now at the starting line, though only time will tell if it has what it takes to win.