Spring – Trailer

Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead‘s Spring is an apt trailer to post since just earlier this week I was writing about H.P. Lovecraft.

The movie revolves around (Lou Taylor Pucci) who meets Louise (Nadia Hilker) in Italy, and falls madly in love.  Sure, it’s weird that Evan can only see her at night, but what relationship doesn’t have its quirks?

Though if that were Louise’s only problem, Spring wouldn’t be much of a movie.  The added bit is that it seems that she…changes at certain times to something not quite human.

It sounds like vintage Lovecraft, and until Guillermo Del Toro makes his At The Mountains Of Madness, I’ll take it though I get the feeling that Spring is not going to get a theatrical release.

Leviathan – Trailer

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 Rampaging Hulk

Abraxas

The latter two revolving around a hunt for creatures that can best be called ‘space whales.’

Mission Impossible 5: Rogue Nation – Teaser Trailer

As someone who’s enjoyed the television show that the Mission Impossible movies are based on it has always bothered me that the movies are essentially the Tom Cruise Show.  Sure, there’s a supporting cast, but unlike in the series, they’re there entirely to support Cruise’s Ethan Hunt.

I understand that he’s a big star–though by no means as huge as he was when this series began–but the ensemble nature of the series is what made it so interesting.

As it stands, I enjoy the movies, but it’s Mission Impossible in name only.

I was also reading an article somewhere that implied that the upcoming Star Wars: Rogue may have ta name change because it’s already taken.

I am not sure that I buy that, if only because–if the fifth Mission Impossible is successful, which is highly likely–then another movie with ‘Rogue’ in the title won’t make a whit of difference.

Now, if they were going to put ‘Mars’ in the title, I could see why the producers of the upcoming Star Wars movie might want to consider a title change because from Mars Needs Moms to John Carpenter’Ghosts of Mars, it’s the kiss of death.

And let’s not forget John Carter, which was based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars.

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron – TV Spot 2

I honestly think that this latest The Avengers: Age Of Ultron (wanted to type ‘Luton‘ for some reason) trailer is the most cohesive yet.

Unlike past trailers each character gets an introduction, as well as a bit of the spotlight.  We see a bit more of Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and they look pretty awesome.

We also get a hint that somehow Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) has some sort of bond with the Twins, because in an earlier trailer we see them both side by side with Ultron, while here we see him telling them “If you step out that door, you’re an Avenger.” which implies that it takes place later than the scene when they’re with Ultron.

I wonder if they’re going to have Quicksilver be homosexual, as he is in the comics.  I mention it because Taylor-Johnson did some serious guy kissing in 2010’s Chatroom, so I suspect that if that were the direction the narrative takes, he’d probably have little problem with it.

Besides, I’ve seen the entire season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix, and it would be cool to see a gay person that’s not a huge bucket of stereotypes–Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess) is hilarious,but also uber-gay in the sense that it’s almost akin to a super power as opposed to a personality type.

And I know that at this point we’ve pretty much seen most variation of stunt there is, but at the same time what Captain America does with a motorcycle in this trailer is literally the first time I have ever seen it.

Which reminds me why I HATE trailers (though I am by no means strong enough to stop watching them) because while I don’t think Cap throwing the motorcycle–which as second earlier he was RIDING, which pretty much shows he’s significantly stronger than Batman, fyi–is a moment probably not as cathartic as the Hulk catching Iron Man from the trailer from the first movie, though it looks cool enough that I wish a trailer wasn’t the first place that I encountered it.

Pixels – Trailer

I have to admit that I was getting a very cool Tron vibe (with a plot that’s curiously similar to what I have read about the–supposedly–upcoming sequel to Tron: Legacy), watching the trailer for Pixels.  It actually looks pretty clever, a impression that I suspect that I am going to have to abandon seeing that Adam Sandler, the prince of low-brow comedy, is part of the cast.

Luckily, he seems to be one part of an ensemble, and the last scene almost makes up for it.

Daredevil Transformation Trailer/Motion Poster

This is sort of neat.  It’s a motion poster based upon Netflix’s upcoming 13-issue series Daredevil, where we see Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) turn into Daredevil.

I should also mention that it’s not the red suit–they’re keeping that under wraps, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless.

I also want to say that I am not going to binge-view this one, that I am going to ease into it leisurely–but I already know that I am lying, and will probably watch the entire season in two or three days.

Thunderbirds Are Go! – Trailer

The official trailer for ITV’s The Thunderbirds Are Go! has dropped, and I like the way that they tried to integrate practical sets with CGI people and vehicles. (I also liked what appears to be a shoutout to Gerry Anderson’s Space: 1999, shown below).

Thunderbirds Are Go! craft

Unfortunately, despite efforts to make the CGI characters look like puppets they still look like computer graphics, which has never been that great in portraying people (unless dead eyes and oddly spastic movements are your thing).

If the above trailer doesn’t prove my point, then take a look at 2010’s–was it really that long ago!?–Tron: Legacy.  The CGI representation of Flynn (Jeff Bridges) attracted a huge amount of attention, but despite being state of the art at the time, it wasn’t actually that good a representation because–as far as humans go–our faces are composed of all sorts of muscles that interact with each other.

Let’s say you smile, your cheekbones move, which in turn shifts the position of your eyes, which slightly changes your forehead, perhaps wrinkling it.

Generally speaking, when humans, as well as animals, though it may not be quite as evident because their bodies may be covered with fur–move one aspect of our bodies, be it our faces or whatever–there’s an entire cascade of smaller movements that accompany it.  Which was why the computer animated Flynn was so odd looking: his mouth would move, then literally nothing else on his face would, which looks like he’s received a botox injection in his forehead and cheeks.

Flynn, Tron Legacy

So I guess what I am saying that I would have preferred it if they went with puppets, with CGI used when characters have to run or walk (because puppets have never done those two tasks particularly realistically) as well as spaceships and things like that.