I didn’t particularly care for Quantum of Solace–which despite potentially being one of the worse titles ever is of particular interest due to the plot revolving around controlling access to water, which will probably be seen particularly relevant as corporate interests continue their effort to privatize water sources–and barely recall Casino Royale though Skyfall really got my attention (and that was only partially due to it being a really cool title).
The followup, Spectre, is also an awesome name but also because it harkens back to Bond features and posits the return of the most sinister organization in that universe (which probably directly inspired Get Smart‘s KAOS).
That being said, the trailer is a bit “Meh.” It lays the groundwork for what happens in Spectre (though it does so via a scene that’s curiously similar to another from Kingsman: The Secret Service, a film that acts as a parody of the genre as well).
Though I find myself fixating on the font. It’s too mechanical and cold and feels very technologically-based, which doesn’t quite work for me.
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.
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.’
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’s 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.
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.
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.