Truth be told, I am neither a huge Star Wars fan (beyond the first film and its sequel, The Empire Strikes Back) nor too interested in J.J. Abrams as a director (way too many lens flares). That being said when video of the Millennium Falcon is posted, you repost it.
Because “when you’re nose to nose with a trash compactor, you cool it.”
For those of us that aren’t divergent enough, or aren’t into maze running, there’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (and speaking of Part 1, I get the feeling that if Lionsgate could have stretched the last book in the series out into three or more movies they would have done so) where it looks like Panem is falling into revolution and Pitta has crossed over to the Dark Side–or has he?
So here’re the trailers for the upcoming Hunger Games sequel, as well as The Maze Runner and Divergent (The Maze Runner appears to be performing strongly overseas, better than Divergent in fact) because I am about nothing if not added value.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
The Maze Runner
Originally the movie Ouija was going to be huge, in terms of budget, before Universal (the studio releasing the horror feature) balked and almost abandoned the project. The story was tweaked, and it was brought in significantly cheaper, and the rest is history.
It always mystified me why it was originally planned as a big-budget feature (other than the property being owned by Hasbro, the people behind–or should I say culpable–for the Transformers). The movie revolves around a ouija board, a Hasbro product by the way, which are creepy just sitting on a table, never mind interacting with the damned (pardon the pun) thing.
And while I think that Universal not producing Ouija as an expensive feature was a great idea (which should pay dividends at the box office) abandoning Guillermo del Toro’s version of H.P. Lovecraft’s At The Mountains Of Madness wasn’t.
The Equalizer is going to be a monster, despite the R-rating. Denzel Washington is as reliable as it gets, as far as consistently entertaining actors go. I also like how the characters that he tends to play don’t overcompensate in terms of their physicality, by which I mean you can see from the trailer that Washington is a tad paunchy, yet he’ll still believably kick you ass.
That it’s being directed by Antoine Fuqua pretty much ensures that it’s an event.
Besides, I can only see Guardians of the Galaxy so many times…
Hollywood can be so fascinating. It seems that lately there’s a trend revolving around religious-based movies, from Noah to Exodus: Gods and Kings, God is in. This isn’t something that’s been ignored by either comedies, This Is The End, Rapture-Palooza (a really funny movie. Well worth checking out), dramas, and horror films.
The most recent example of the latter is The Remaining, which sounds like Damon Lindelof’s The Leftovers, with the inclusion of more blatantly supernatural elements, such as angels and demons.
The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Underworld is being rebooted. It’s been eight years since first entry in the trilogy (and two since the last film, Underworld Awakening).
And while I don’t necessarily think that eight years is a long time between reboots, at least it’s more than between the transition from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 to Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man.
The thing is, a reboot of Underworld is not a bad thing, especially since the original films were little more than (visually speaking) Matrix knockoffs with vaguely supernatural overtones.
This time around I hope that filmmakers spend less time finding out ways to better arm werewolves and vampires than to have them rely on their ‘natural’ abilities and leave the weaponry to humans, who need the assist.
I also hope that the new movies are more on the horror side, as opposed to (somewhat generic) action films.
It’s not like there’s anything wrong with action films, though we could always use more horror films featuring werewolves and vampires.
The found footage horror movie, The Pyramid, makes a point of mentioning that it’s produced by Alexandre Aja, the director of the reboot of The Hills Have Eyes (possibly the most ‘wholesome’ horror film I have ever seen), Mirrors and High Tension, among others. What it doesn’t tell you is that it’s directed by Grégory Lavasseur, who’s Aja’s writing partner.
In other words, what’s being implied is that you’ll somehow find the movie terrifying because of the influence of Aja, though looking at the trailer, I am not at all certain.
And while I think it’s just a coincidence, the trailer seems quite similar to Legendary’s As Above, So Below (both apparently feature people spending time running in terror through subterranean caverns), which is probably not a good thing.