Let me first come out and say that I think Tom Cruise is a pretty competent actor.
That being said, I don’t think he can ever be great at his craft because he can’t seem to get over himself. ’Edge’ is Cruise-centered, as usual (which makes sense when you’re the star of a film) but you can be certain before frame one that things are going to go well for his side.
I like the concept of this film, in which a soldier in a future war is killed, but instead of staying dead, comes back at the same point; territory I am pretty certain has been covered by “The Twilight Zone (all the really innovative and clever ideas have).”
The interesting thing is that he learns from his errors, so does things differently each time, changing his future in little – albeit significant – ways.
I should say that I also like the original title, “All You Need Is Kill” much, much better.
I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of Gareth Edwards‘ “Monsters,” mainly because there weren’t enough ‘monsters’ in it. That being said, if this teaser is any indicator, I may be eating my words because his Godzilla is looking pretty awesome (though I am not too crazy about the squared-off jaw).
“Jupiter Ascending” is the latest film from the Warchowski siblings, and appears to involve a girl named – I kid you not – Jupiter and some other stuff about other intelligent life in the universe. The effects look spectacular, though the narrative appears more than a little bit muddled.
I assume that later trailers will clarify matters.
“Jupiter Ascending” stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis.
The trailer for Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ just popped up, and it feels – and sounds – like a Michael Bay Transformers film. So many cars flying about, so many explosions!
This must be what happens when a director being given too much money is combined with rebooting a property too soon: You have action that’s so frenetic that you can barely follow it, and an origin story that seems to exist only to differentiate it from – and I don’t believe I am saying this since I wasn’t a huge fan – Sam Raimi’s far superior films.
This means we get a Rhino battle suit (Huh?) and a needlessly complex origin story.
Image courtesy of hercules3dmovie.com
I am not sure that I crazy about the Hercules being blond (I am partial to the Marvel version of the character) but other than that, I like what I see.
Now this is Hercules!
This is the first of two Hercules movies in development. It stars Kellan Lutz and is directed by Renny Harlin (The Long Kiss Goodnight, Deep Blue Sea, Cutthroat Island, etc). The other is by Brett Ratner, and stars Dwayne Johnson. Harlin’s movie is being released by Summit/Millennium and will probably come out before Ratner’s, which is important because Millennium’s “Olympus Has Fallen” came out before Sony’s “White House Down,” and did very well, while the latter didn’t.
If the trailer for “Hercules: The Legend Begins” is any indication, visually it has a scope and a scale that invites comparisons to Peter Jackson’s ‘Rings’ films.
Besides, Renny Harlin is a significantly more interesting director that Brett Ratner, as well as better at his craft. He’s done a greater variety of projects, and has tackled more genre films. That being said, Dwayne Johnson is a much more engaging actor than Kellan Lutz. I wouldn’t say that Lutz is ’charisma-challenged,’ more so than Johnson is remarkably appealing.
Though Harlin’s film has Scott Adkins, who’s always interesting to watch.
Not sure what to think of “That Awkward Moment.” It looks amusing (though truth be told it’s a 2 minute 9 second trailer. In that time I could probably cut an amusing Schindler’s List trailer) but I am getting a “New Girl” type of feeling.
By which I mean you have two white guys and an African-American character that the writers don’t appear to know how to write for.
I could be wrong but Michael B. Jordan literally vanishes for most of the middle section of this trailer – and has a breakup, like Winston (Lamorne Morris) on “New Girl” – which is not encouraging.
Just when you thought that HIV was the scariest thing you could contract sexually, it now looks like you might have to add sexually transmitted zombification to that list.
Here’s the trailer for “Contracted,” and good luck out there.
It’s funny that, despite my appreciation for anime, I have never been a fan of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. He’s clearly influential, but I haven’t yet sat through any of his productions.
Perhaps I’ll give them another try. Here’s the trailer for his latest, “The Wind Rises.”
They don’t even try anymore, do they? By which I mean to make a special effect the least bit practically (though as sharp as Angelina Jolie‘s cheekbones appear to be, they’re almost a special effect all their own) because I have rarely seen CGI that convinces as much as a real object.
I know I am jumping the gun a bit, but this trailer might as well be a video game.
It may also make a gazillion dollars, but truth be told, I am not seeing it (in both senses of the phrase).
The “Robocop” reboot trailers are getting better. This latest one feels more focused than the last, and while it still doesn’t appear as insane as Paul Verhoeven‘s original, it now at least looks like it might be worth a ticket.
I just realized that Joel Kinnaman is playing Murphy/Robocop, I recall him from “The Killing,” which is an awesome bit of television. He also does one of the best American accents that I have heard from a foreign speaker (his father is American and his mother is Swedish and while Kinnaman holds dual citizenship, he was born in Sweden).
Samuel Jackson is, of course, Samuel Jackson, which is to say larger than life, though if the trailers any indicator, he’s being underused. I also can’t tell if he’s the head of OCP (Omni Consumer Products) or just a spokesman. Though, if Jackson is running OCP, it stands to reason that Michael Keaton is playing the role that was originated by Miguel Ferrer.