The Jungle Book Official Super Bowl Trailer

To be honest a live-action movie based Rudyard Kipling stories doesn’t particularly interest me, though seeing the trailer, it looks pretty awesome.

The action looks great, and the CGI seems convincing though there’s only one problem I can see, namely that the voice actors are so recognizable that I found myself trying to find out who was speaking, as opposed to just watching the trailer.

That being said, the movie will probably be a bit more immersive.

It’s good to see John Favreau back.  His last movie, Chef, was really good but on a much smaller scale.  The Jungle Book is apparently his move back into big-budget, effects-heavy fare.

(And I haven’t forgotten about the Captain America: Civil War, A-Men Apocalypse or Independence Day: Resurgence trailers, though they demand I get off my ass and cut a video).

Get A Job – Trailer

About a half hour ago I disassembled–then reassembled–my iMac.  Seeing that I am just not that intellectually curious, I had to have a very pressing reason for doing so.

And that reason is that I wasn’t going to pay anyone to do what I could do myself, with a little effort.

What interests me about Get A Job is that it’s apparently about a couple–Will Davis (Miles Teller) and Tanya (Alison Brie, who IMDB didn’t deem worth of a last name, apparently) who have recently finished college and are trying to make their way in the working world, with varying degrees of success.

Unemployment is a topic I’m way too familiar with as of late, though unlike this movie I just don’t see the humor.

Gods Of Egypt – Trailer 2

   
I meant to post the latest Gods Of Egypt trailer yesterday.  I didn’t because I haven’t gotten around to changing my iMac’s hard drive–I don’t own any Torx screwdrivers, though I intend to remedy that over the weekend. 

As a result this is my first post made entirely on an iPad.  From images to video, it’s all assembled with the (free) WordPress application. 

And while the controls don’t feel as precise as I am accustomed to dealing with, it does the job admirably. 

As I’ve said before, Alex Proyas is a talented director, but as far as I am concerned there’s nothing about this trailer that makes me want to see Gods Of Egypt

And that’s not to say that the visuals, though a bit gaudy at times, aren’t up to snuff because we’re talking about Alex Proyas here, who’s other movies (The Crow, Dark City, I Robot) also tended to be effects-heavy. 

Never mind white-washed Egypt (my intent is not to minimize diversity behind and in front of the camera, though there are far more knowledgable people writing about that very thing) more so than a narrative that  appears to be one we have seen before:  a young person faces near-insurmountable odds in an effort to stop an evil from taking over the world. 

It’s a story older than Star Wars because it works, though the key to using such a well-worn trope effectively is that people can’t immediately know that what you’re throwing at them they have seen–in one form or another–hundreds, if not thousands of times prior. 

And that’s where Gods Of Egypt falls short: Despite that it’s not yet been released in theaters, it already feels too familiar. 

Triple 9 Official Trailers 1 & 2

Can I say that John Hillcoat’s Triple 9 looks awesome?  Heist/police thriller are a guilty pleasure of mine because when they’re done well, they’re a thing of beauty.

In particular I enjoyed Bruce Malmuth’s Nighthawks (a Sylvester Stallone vehicle about a terrorist on the loose in New York, and the cops in pursuit of said terrorists), Antoine Fuqua’s Training Day (David Ayer’s story is only kept aloft by Fuqua’s direction and Denzel Washington’s acting), Spike Lee’s Inside Man and Frank Oz’s The Score, to name a few.

And I’d be amiss if I didn’t mention the reboot (what?) of John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13, directed by Jean-Francois Richet, which is a really entertaining movie and better in its way than the original.

The Angry Birds Movie – Official Theatrical Trailer

I just don’t get it; the whole ‘Angry Birds’ thing, that is.  The game is the unfunniest thing I have come by–though Zach Scott feels the opposite–but I don’t see the point.

The trailer looks cute though, and considering that the games don’t have characters that talk, the filmmakers clearly embellished things a tad.

Now, if they’re talking about a Plants & Zombies movie, I could really get into it.

I also should mention that I am working though a technical problem–my computer’s hard drive is apparently going the way of the dinosaur–so I have to get another and replace it, which involves money that I don’t currently have.

I intend to continue posting, though it may be a bit more sporadic than I typically do.

The Divergent Series: Allegiant Official Trailer

I haven’t see any of the ‘Divergent‘ movies–and I blame the Hunger Games because all these movies based on Young Adult novels pretty much feel the same for me.   And while that’s not quite fair, there’s undeniably a similarity between many of them.

Which reminds me:  I suggest that you see The Maze Runner if you haven’t already.  Not because it’s a particularly good movie, because it’s not, but because it’s so nonsensical at times that it’s funny, (Though I am reasonably certain that that’s not what the filmmakers were aiming for).

Though this is about Allegiant, so let’s get back to it; maybe it’s because I haven’t seen any of the other movies in the series, but there’s enough ape-shite crazy stuff going on in the trailer that it looks like a lot of fun.

And I am reasonably sure that the movie will bring all the weirdness into focus, taking way the only thing that really separates it from the pack.

Suicide Squad – Official Trailer #1

Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is a pretty bold choice as far as musical accompaniment goes–I am reasonably comfortable in saying that it probably cost Warners a pretty penny to secure the rights–but I am still not sure how to feel about the new trailer for DC Films upcoming Suicide Squad.

My problem is that it’s hard to tell the tone of the movie from the trailer.  Is it dramatic? Comedic?  A combination of the two?

I am assuming the former–after all, it’s a pretty grimy looking movie.

Though I have no idea (though why do I get the feeling that Deadpool could be a problem).