The Avengers: Age Of Ultron – TV Spot 1

Seriously, why does Marvel Studios even bother with trailers, especially for a property like The Avengers?  They already have my money, and I am sure the same applies for millions of other people.

Just don’t give away any more of the movie (which the new trailers don’t seem to be doing) because I am still smarting over when the commercials from the first movie, that featured the Hulk saving Iron Man after he blew up the Chitari installation.  It didn’t make the movie any less awesome, but it did rob me of a little joy.

In reference to my first point, I am not kidding.  If I didn’t literally didn’t see another trailer for Age Of Ultron it would make no difference at all.  In other words, short of something physically stopping me from doing so, I have every intention of seeing this movie.

Twice.

The Fantastic Four – Teaser Trailer

There’s been rumors that Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot is a massive train wreck, though if that happens to be the case, there’s no trace of it in the first official teaser (as if there would be even if that happens to be true).

Though there are problems–if the trailer is any indicator–namely it feels very derivative.  The upcoming movie may have been produced by the same person that worked on X-Men: Days of Future Past, but that doesn’t mean that it has to feel exactly the same, by which I mean needlessly ponderous and weighty.

It feels the direct opposite of the approach that Marvel Studios tends to take with their movies.

Project Almanac – Trailer

Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things.  They also shouldn’t play with time machines.  Project Almanac is a story about a bunch of teens that do just that (play with time machines, not dead things) and how they have to work to correct all that they have inevitably screwed up.

The movie hasn’t even premiered yet, and Michael Bay, who produced it, is already issuing apologies for its content.

Gotta be some sort of record.

Unfriended – Trailer

Gotta say, I like where this trailer is going.  Levan Gabriadze’s Unfriended looks pretty interesting and very much in the vein of The Den (if you haven’t seen it, it’s on Neflix, so check it out!).

We’re also lucky that someone decided that the original title of Cybernatural was pretty hokey–that may not have been the primary motivation for changing it, though it is–unless you’re taking about a sequel to Johnny Nemonic or something.

Unfriended seems to revolve around cyberbulling–a very real problem–among a small circle of friends, which causes one of them to kill themselves.

Or did she?  The group receives messages from the Facebook account of the dead person, which seems to indicate that whomever is on the other end of the account not only knows that one of their number instigated a suicide, but they’re willing to kill to find out which member of their group did it.

Unfriended looks like it’s relatively low-budget, in the vein of Blumhouse productions.

Though anything that makes Facebook interesting, I’m game.

Why Is The Upcoming Thunderbirds Are Go! Seemingly All CGI?

Thunderbirds Are Go!Maybe it’s just me, but I am just not seeing the logic.  Computer graphics have enabled filmmakers to create the seemingly impossible, and while I think that I will always prefer practical effects, I do understand that the leaps that CGI have reached are pretty impressive and such effects can’t often cannot be done any other way.

That being said, the upcoming Thunderbirds Are Go! will be all CGI, but with the characters rendered in the fashion of puppets.

Huh!?  Since they’re working with a tool that gives producers literally the ability to create what they want, why not stretch the medium a bit?  In other words, if they aren’t going to use actual puppets–like in the fashion of Gerry Anderson series like the original Thunderbirds, Terrahawks, Joe 90, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, among others, then why not use people, combined with green screen and CGI?

Would it be more expensive to do so?  Probably, because you’re talking about practical sets, enhanced by special effects.  Then again, Anderson’s series were always innovative and unique, while it appears what they are considering doing is nothing of the sort (besides, it has already been done with the New Adventures Of Captain Scarlet).

I know that Weta, the company that is handling special effects, best known for the work they’ve done for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, seemingly doesn’t have much in the way of experience with puppetry, though it’s a skill set worth keeping alive.

 

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron – Trailer 2

Oh.  My.  God.  Can this movie look any more awesome?  At this point, no movie matters more and it has somehow managed to move from mere celluloid, to an event.

If this movie doesn’t earn at least $500 million its first weekend, it won’t earn a penny.

The Voices – Trailer

Anyone else get the feeling Ryan Reynolds needs a new agent?  This guy is supposedly on the A or B list, and yet he’s doing stuff that would seem like a better fit for a more quirky character actor.

And maybe that’s not a bad thing and exactly what he wants, but I don’t know.

The Voices, a movie about a delusional guy that unfortunately listens to the voices in his head, feels like a particularly bad fit for Reynolds, who I sometimes get the feeling that he doesn’t realize that he’s really good-looking.