Monster Trucks – Trailers # 1 & 2

Seriously!?  Is there some pent-up demand for a movie that puts the ‘monster’ literally into ‘monster trucks?’  And to be sure, no one knew for certain that the Transformers movies would be the massive hits (reasons to this day, for the most part, beyond my comprehension) they ended up being prior to them being released. 

But I get the feeling that the fate of Monster Trucks will be not quite so grand.  Reason being, the most recent trailer is the second, and that was released about a month ago (I vaguely recall hearing of it, but that’s about it).  

I tend to seek out movie-related things to write about, and I barely had a clue this one existed.  

In other words, the odds that news about it is widely disseminated enough to generate some sort of buzz among the gemeral public are probably pretty low.  


Monster Trucks – Trailer One


Monster Trucks – Trailer Two

If Movie Posters Were Honest – Transformers: The Last Knight Edition

Today Paramount Pictures released a new poster for Transformers: The Last Knight and it’s sort of awesome. 

Though the problem is that all the Transformers movies have had pretty awesome posters, despite the movies sucking (though I’m willing to give a pass to the first movie because we disn’t know any better though as profitable as the other movies in the series have been you’d think moviegoers would have to be learning disabled not to pick up on it). 

So in the interest of honest advertising, here’s a lightly edited version of the same poster that (probably) more accurately describes the movie that accompanies it. 

Postmortem: Pacific Rim (2013)

Screenshot 2016-01-01 14.04.32.pngWelcome to the first post of the New Year!  I figured that I’d go back in time to rewatch Guillermo del Toro’s giant robots versus monsters epic, Pacific Rim.

If you ask me the true test of whether or not a movie is a good one is that of time, namely if it can stand up well to repeated viewings.

And despite the fact that del Toro’s Pacific Rim underwhelmed domestically–the bulk of its $400 billion dollar box office was due to its popularity internationally–it’s damn enjoyable and stands up to revisiting very well.

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Five Reasons Why Batman v Superman Will Not Be As Successful As Some Like To Think

 The full trailer for Batman v Superman dropped last night, and I get a very Transformers-like vibe from it (as in huge special effects in service of a pretty simple story.  And speaking of story, doesn’t this trailer seem to give away a lot of stuff that they maybe shouldn’t have?), which isn’t necessarily a good thing (unless you’re talking about box office, because the Transformers movies have the uncanny ability to get dumber every movie, yet become more profitable).

Though the worse thing is how familiar the trailer feels, with the feeling that Zach Snyder’s goal is to pummel viewers into submission, as opposed to entertaining them.

Though some things bothered me more than others, so here are five off the top of my head.

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Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice – Teaser Trailer

Recently Zach Snyder released a teaser trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and it’s a whole lot of…(wait for it) “Meh.”

It consists of a few pans from the Batman to Superman costumes, with bombastic music reminiscent of that from the Transformers movies.

It’s the epitome of a teaser in that it reveals–literally–absolutely nothing (unless you expected Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill to be running around naked, which would be interesting, though for entirely different reasons).

Tron: Legacy Sequel On The Way!

I’ve been saying that there would be a sequel to Tron: Legacy for the longest time–despite the fact that the Joseph Kosinski-directed sequel to 1979’s Tron was pretty uneven and didn’t actually make all that much money, relatively speaking.

It earned $400 million on a $170 million budget, which isn’t by any means a failure, but hardly Transformers money.  Then again, it must have been enough, because we’re getting a sequel!

Supposedly, the title is going to be Tron: Ascension, and while at the moment it remains hidden who’s going to be doing the ascending, I think it works much, much better than the title of the prior filming the series.

Though what I hope it brings back–besides Wendy Carlos–is the sense of innovation that the original film possessed.

And speaking of the original, it was a remarkable film in many ways, though like its sequel it had a storyline that was not nearly as interesting as its special effects.

Here’s to hoping that the third time around is the charm.

‘As Above, So Below’ Review

 

As Above, So Below movie poster

As Above, So Below, let’s be clear, isn’t a particularly good movie, but it is a damned entertaining one.

The story, such as it is, revolves around Scarlett (Perdida Weeks), who’s searching for the clues that would lead her to the Philosopher’s Stone, which I should mention that her father was also searching for, before he hung himself.

Bad omens aside,  Scarlett is accustomed to going where saner heads refuse to tread, so she charges on and eventually makes her way to Paris, where a vital clue to her quest awaits.

As Above, So Below is also a found footage movie, despite the film not being found by anyone (which is a little odd, when you think about it).

John Erick Dawdle also directed Devil and Quarantine, and while those are both better films, they’re not nearly as frenetic or fun.  Though what’s curious about the film is thatthere’s a campiness, a silliness to As Above, So Below that I am not sure is not was deliberate.

For instance, there’s a scene that I call the ‘creepy woman inside the club’ scene, that is so silly–and I mean laugh out loud silly–that I couldn’t imagine what was going through Dawdle’s mind when he filmed it.  There’s even a later scene–when Scarlett and her gang are exploring the Catacombs of Paris–that is almost as silly (you’ll know it when you see, or hear, it).

The first scene I can see as a mistake that just slipped by the director.  The second…I wasn’t sure what’s going on.  Maybe he’s channelling his inner Joel Schumacher or something (in the sense of camp because Schumacher never did anything so odd by accident).

So As Above, So Below when all is said and done, in terms of the total package, is a bit lacking.  That being said, it’s fun, and besides–you probably already seen Guardians of the Galaxy (twice)it’s worth checking out.

And if anyone could stomach the Transformers (Any of them.  Take your pick), this’ll be walk in the park.  Or maybe a climb in the cave.