Monday, December 31, 2012

Chewy Trailer for 'Dead Man Down'






















From Niels Arden Oplev who directed the original adaptation of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', written by J.H. Wyman (The Mexican, Fringe) who specializes in twisty tales.

With Noomi Rapace, Colin Farrell, Dominic Cooper, Isabelle Huppert, and Terrence Howard.

Looks very good. Visually dynamic without looking like it's trying. Cool premise. Story looks to have a spine. Very chewy.

























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Friday, December 28, 2012

First 6 Minutes Elijah Wood's of 'Maniac'




































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'Phantom': Really Buttery Popcorn










































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Yeah, This Should Work

I'm thinking 'Pacific Rim' will deliver. Should do well in the US but could score overseas. The Japanese, especially, like big robots. They were doing big robots way before we were. Really, they invented the whole 'big robot' thing. We copied them on this one.














































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Thursday, December 27, 2012

First 4 Minutes of 'Warm Bodies'














Everything I've seen from this flick is so good. Can't wait.

Nice setup, subtext, character intro, backstory, inciting incident. All that jazz.

















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Monday, December 24, 2012

Pulling Stills From Video Shot on the Canon 1DC



The Canon 1DC is a stills/cinema camera that will shoot 4K video in JPEG format (no RAW yet). It should run about $20-30k so it's clearly for the pro market. Future bodies, whether from Canon or other makers, will surely be less expensive, though.

One of the coolest things about the new DSLRs is the ability to pull stills straight out of video. However, the resolution has been too low to meet pro standards. Until the 1DC.

For shooting a movie the Canon 5D III as well as the 1DX will do fine ('Act of Valor' was shot on the Canon 5D II as was many other Hollywood features).

So, I'll wait a bit. I still want RAW capture in a less expensive camera. The 1DC is a step in the right direction, though, to be sure.

The video comes from Untitled Film Works who also have a nice write up.






















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Friday, December 21, 2012

'The Hobbit' And The 48 fps Thing


















Vincent Laforet is a videographer. His blog. He's seen all the versions of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' including the HFR, 48 fps. He gives a rather technical rundown of his impression but it may be worth a read if the subject interests you.

Here's a bit:
  • In the opening hour of The Hobbit shown in 3D HFR – I don’t recall hearing a single sigh, or laugh.   Not one.    When I went to see the exact same seen with an audience of the same size on a 2D projection – I heard regular chuckles and laughter… why? 

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  • For those of you who don’t know, Peter Jackson shot the Hobbit with dual RED Epic cameras on a 3D rig – and he chose to shoot it at 48 frames per second (twice the normal rate)  in an effort to render a sharper, more "realistic" image if you will, notably when motion is involved.   With 48fps comes a new shutter of 1/96th of second if shot at the traditional 180 degree shutter – or an image with an image that has half the amount of motion blur relative to shooting at 1/48th at 24 fps and of course twice as many frames projected every second.  You can read more about this process here and another great article on FXGuide here.   With the Hobbit Jackson shot at 1/64th of a second on a 270 degree shutter to split the difference if you will and get a bit more motion blur (and light.)

Believe me, he goes into far more detail than that.















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Oof. 'Side Effects' Gets Another Cool Poster

Last one was very good. This one is too.






























































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French Trailer for 'To The Wonder'

Even more perfume commercial-y than the US version which I thought came off as a bit of an affectation. Of course, saying that is redundant, yes? That's Malick's style. That's what he does. It's not affectation, it's the way he shoots movies.

As is, judging from the trailers, if you liked 'Tree of Life' 'To The Wonder' will be a pleasure. If you didn't, it looks like this movie has more of what you didn't like about the other movie and it's even more well done. So, it's either more likable or more not likable, depending.

But really, admit it, if you didn't know it was a trailer for a feature film would you be surprised if an insert shot of a bottle of perfume appeared at the end?

'To The Wonder' perfume...available at finer stores everywhere.


























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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Do Not Disturb

Looks like it's too late.






















































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And One More (Supremely Confident) ZDT Poster

























































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'The Butterfly Room'



Based on the novel of the same title by Jonathan Zarantonello, the movie has that novel-y feel. Very character-driven, atmospheric, with dialogue turned just so and loaded with subtext.

Ambush Bug over at AICN says:

  • I’m going to tell you right now, put THE BUTTERFLY ROOM on your must see list. It will most definitely be on my Best of the Year list and I feel the need to shout from the rooftops in support of this indie surprise starring some of the greats of the horror genre.
Might make a good rainy day rental. Here's a trailer.



Here's another which offers perspective.





















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Sumptuous Eye Candy


























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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

No Way. I Actually Like 'Pain & Gain'



























So. I see Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson with the weights, big muscles, and an American flag behind them, and I see (in very small letters) it's a Michael Bay production, so I'm not pumped (sorry) to watch the flick or the trailer. But, what the hell, I'll give it a spin.

Starts situational, typical. Looking like a by-the-numbers sit-com-y comedy. Boring. Then, we get deeper into these characters and they actually seem real. Iron pumping cheeseheads, yeah, but like real cheeseheads out there -- believable. Now the movie is interesting.

Then, Ed Harris? He's in this? What's he doing in a movie like this? Who cares. I'm in, I'll watch this, I'm sold.

Then, we learn it's a true story and that's when the pieces start to fit. It had that 'too stupid to be made up' quality that makes you go 'wha?'. No screenwriter would pound this shit out. So, I look it up. This movie is based on the Sun Gym Gang killings in Miami in the 90s. Here's a clip from the Miami New Times:

  • For weeks, he said, he'd been chained to a wall and tortured in unspeakable ways. He'd been forced to sign away his house, his investments, his bank accounts, his life insurance. In the end the kidnappers tried to kill him, and they nearly succeeded. Although blindfolded during the ordeal, he recognized one of his captors: a former business partner, a protégé. Help me, he begged Du Bois. He wanted his house back; he needed his money. But most important, he had to make sure they wouldn't find him and finish the job.
And all the sudden, just like that, 'Pain & Gain' has become must-see. Love it, can't wait, looks great.






















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Is Malick-esque Becoming an Affectation?

It's nice, with an approach that's immediately recognizable. The fast around-the-corner pans, wide angle closeups, extremely low shots. All very nice. Next, we'll get a poster that bloggers will rave about. Very nice. But, then comes the movie, which not many will see, not many (regular) people will talk about, and few will understand.

Atmospheric and contemplative is all good and well, but watching this trailer it almost seems as if someone is imitating Malick. It's (almost) as if a film student made this as a 'study', if you will, of this acclaimed director's style. But, it's not 'somebody', it's Malick and I can't help but wonder if the approach is a substitute for filmmaking that people want to see. Is this highly technical camera work self-serving? Is the plot twisted into ambiguous turns for their own sake? Has Malick's mission become simply to construct movies for audiences to watch and wonder about but not really get, enjoy, or be entertained by?

And, plot? Well, we get no clue here. The thing is, though, what exactly the movie is about might end up being argued endlessly even after it's released. We may have no clue even after we've seen the movie.

Does this flirt with being affectation? Would that be a bad thing?

Sorry, out on a limb as it may be to say, that's what I got. That's what I felt. This trailer is visually stunning, moody, compelling, beautiful in a strange way, and memorable, but it's also a tad, I hesitate here, ...derivative. Yes, that's it.

Okay. Next, let's see that great poster, then...




















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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

JJ Reviews First 9 Minutes of 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

This kind of rambles but the guy supports some pretty good conclusions with some pretty good evidence. He goes somewhere with it. Plus, if you haven't seen the 9 minutes it's a pretty good rundown. So...pretty good.

Oh and, sorry, this is Jeremy Jahns not the other JJ. Sue me.





















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'The Mulbury Project'



























Here's a bit of concept art for an alien from 'The Mulbury Project'. Nice look.

Here's the Facebook page.

With that classic 70s last-man-on-Earth feel, could be a good rental, lot of fun.
























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Just Plain Works

So far, everything about 'Warm Bodies' works. It's a cool premise: A zombie starts to become human again after falling in love, and nothing about it plays self-conscious or hokey. Footage I've seen plays more like indie drama than B-genre. With John Malkovich even. What's not to like.

Love the hand coming up to finish the letter R. And, the tag: Who says romance is dead? very nice.












































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Monday, December 17, 2012

Head-Slamming Trailer for 'Broken City'

Hard not to like this movie. It just puts its cards on the table. Refreshing.






















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Gatsby Rollout






















































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Another 'Dark' Movie

We know there's a move away from sappy action. Hollywood wants to, needs to, avoid anything that even hints at swashbuckling. Hence the new brand of 'Dark' movies. Batman, sorry the Dark Knight, is brooding. 'Darkman' beat the trend back in 1990. The new scowly Thor in 'The Dark World' is around the corner (I hear he won't have blond hair since that's too cheery).

And, now we have 'Start Trek: Into Darkness'.

When 'Dark' becomes overdone what will they switch to? Something more to the point? 'Foreboding'? 'Ominous'? 'Batman: The Ominous'? Perhaps the desperate, 'Very Serious, Not Popcorn-y'? 'The Amazing And Not Corny Spider-Man! Who Doesn't Take Anything Lightly And Doesn't Have A Trivial Bone In His Body'. Yes. I'm sure we're in for some convoluted titles.

Trailer looks pretty good. I could watch this.






















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Friday, December 14, 2012

Trailer Funnier Than Most (American Comedy) Movies

This trailer is funny. There's more comedy here than is usually found in an entire (American/Hollywood comedy) movie. I hate (Hollywood) comedies. When I want good comedy I watch a (good) horror movie. That's where the best (American/Hollywood) comedy is. It's not it our comedies, it's in our horror movies. Go figure.

Maybe we should farm out our comedies to the Brits from now on. They seem to know what they're doing. Just send them the scripts, use their actors, their directors, but put our name on it. That'll work. That'll make for good Hollywood (British, actually) comedy.

Now that the word 'comedy' has lost its meaning... 'I Give It A Year' looks must-see.
























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Thursday, December 13, 2012

BOTY
















Jessica Chastain's 'Maya' is perhaps the badass of the year, aka BOTY. She makes all the superhero silliness look more vapid than you'd think possible. The characters in prestige dramas don't compare.

New trailer doesn't do a lot for the movie however it promotes Maya. She's front and center. She's what the movie is about. I haven't seen it but can't help feeling Maya's conflicts and decisions reflect what we as a country have been through. Her determination and anger is what we as an audience connect with.

I love 'Zero Dark Thirty'. This is the most self-assured presentation I can remember. Some are calling ZDT the best of the year. It probably is.





















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Some Real Pop

Tarantino delivers on a level I would not have expected. There's an organic tension that doesn't even hint at the kind of theatrics we're accustomed to from this director. Waltz plays the suck up buffoon for reasons unknown and it comes off perfectly. Foxx carries the scene effortlessly. Even the muscle with a stick seems natural, avoids that comic book tough-guy vibe. And, DiCaprio...wow. Can he prance about or what?

All this is due to Tarantino. It's the directing. Of course, camera/editing simply click. A pleasure to watch.

The dialogue has its cheeky moments, too, like "tasty refreshment". Did they even have the word 'tasty' back then. Who said 'tasty' in the 1860s? Not that T cares a whit about anachronism, mind you, but still, it feels like he wanted us to notice. It comes off as a self-reference, a bit of fun. Remember the 'tasty burger' scene in 'Pulp Fiction'. You know the one.



This clip has changed my mind about 'Django Unchained'. I still think X-mas is an odd release date for such a hardcore genre flick but now at least I'm looking forward to seeing the movie. I'm thinking this will be a good one. Not that Tarantino misses by much, or often, but it's hard for every flick to play as well as, say, 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Django Unchained' looks to do just that.


















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'Consuming Spirits'

















A.O. Scott's write up about Chris Sullivan's animated feature 'Consuming Spirits' caught my eye. A clip:

  • I would be inclined to welcome it as an eccentric protest against digital tyranny, but “Consuming Spirits” is so much more than that. The product of 15 years of labor — undertaken by Mr. Sullivan in collaboration with his friends and members of his family, using paper, ink and a 16-millimeter camera — it is a work of obsessive artisanal discipline and unfettered artistic vision. You have never seen anything like it.

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  • Mysteries proliferate. Whose bones are those in the woods, shrouded in the skin of a deer? Who is locked up in the convent that conveniently and ghoulishly doubles as an insane asylum? And how do actions arising from family love or neighborly charity cause so much damage and grief?  

I have to agree. It certainly isn't like anything I've seen and would seem to be required viewing for movie buffs. Here's a trailer.
















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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Big Ass Monsters Trailer for 'Pacific Rim'



























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'Warm Bodies' Posters

These are good. Everything about this flick is a cut above.

There's 3 more

























































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'Man of Steel' vs 'The Lone Ranger'

To me, there doesn't seem to be that much interest in Superman, sorry, the Man of Steel, as he's now known. But, really, there's even less interest in the Lone Ranger. How could there not be? One rides a horse in the old west (wake up) the other wears a red cape and flies through the air (stop laughing). Well, one is more off putting than the other that's for sure.

But now, with both trailers rolling out yesterday, we have some hard numbers. First, here's the YouTube page for a search for "Man of Steel trailer" filtered for 'this week'.





































As you can see the trailer scored over 5 million view in one day. Not great, but not bad.

Here's the search page for "Lone Ranger" also filtered for 'this week'.





































Yeah, those are the top results. Added up they don't even hit 250,000. Have to say, 'Man of Steel' isn't looking like a huge hit but 'The Lone Ranger' could end up being a write off for Disney. Where have we heard that turn of phrase before?























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Stopping Bullets with a Sword?

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Trailer for 'The Last Stand'

Really, visually, very nice. Crisp. Should go good with lots of popcorn and soda.



















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Another Excellent Poster for 'The Tall Man'

This movie has gotten the best one sheets and the worst reviews.

Here's yet another good poster. Atmospheric, nice color scheme, intimates a psychological depth, creepy.





















































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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Non-Verbal Writing

I'm a fan of bits of movies where, despite there being no dialogue, we get deep into character. It could be a quirk of behavior, the way someone dresses, or some specific action that's off somehow and makes us think, wonder about the character's background and motivations.

Like this scene in 'Conspiracy Theory' with Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts. Aptly directed by Richard Donner, though the camera style/editing is perhaps a tad dated in 1997. However, the real credit goes to writer Brian Helgeland who managed to make a stock moment visually interesting (on paper, so to speak) and get us deeper into character than would be expected in such a short scene.

First, we wonder why Gibson/Fletcher is parked at night watching a building. What kind of guy does this? It gets creepy when he uses binoculars and icky when we realize he is watching a woman, Roberts/Alice, although the moment is kept light because Fletcher, being wound so tight, has tried to look through the binoculars backwards, through the wrong end, and has to flip them around.

So, is this simply a perv thing? At :47 Fletcher's right hand is out of frame... Is the guy only after cheap thrills? We wonder.

Fletcher realizes Alice is singing and hunts the radio dial trying to match the station to the words Alice mouths.

Fletcher finds the station and the song turns out to be 'Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You' by Frankie Valli (appropriate considering). Okay, nice old song. Fits the genre, makes us feel good. But, then Fletcher's hand goes out of frame again and he's grooving to the song and watching Alice so...creepy again. That kind of action -- unclear, with more than one possible interpretation -- is funny but has a squirm factor too and gets under the audience's skin.

By 2:00, it's clear Fletcher isn't there to get his rocks off. In fact, Alice and Fletcher singing together is more intimate and touching than many love scenes. He's watching this person for some other, more substantial, reason. What? We keep watching and wondering. We want to find out what happens next.

We get our first close look at Alice. Her expression is haunted. Unusual, almost weird, considering she is running on a treadmill. Well...why? Again, we wonder. And so does Fletcher, who asks "Why do you do that? Why do you push yourself?" And, this gets us into Alice's character. It's symbolic that she is on a treadmill -- What is she running from? He wants to know, so do we.

By this point Fletcher has gone from being jittery and nervous to calm and contemplative. We know something about him and like him more than we did at the beginning of the scene. Now, he doesn't seem like a perv, he seems like a man who, for whatever reasons, has feelings for Alice and is concerned for her. But, it's a curious thing. What is it about just seeing this woman from a block away that would bring about such a change in this man?

We're hooked. We need to know what will happen between these characters. In just two minutes, without dialogue, Helgeland manages to sketch not one but two characters and their relationship to each other and does so in an entertaining, visual way in a memorable scene with good forward motion. Not bad.
























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'Side Effects' Poster

Excellent. Nice. Wow. Love the PSA font. (Sorry for going on and on).

























































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He Doesn't Look Dumb

My problem with Superman is how dumb he looks. That getup was hokey in the 50s and it's gotten worse every decade since. However, Henry Cavill not only doesn't look dumb in that cape and suit, he looks...good. It works, even seems contemporary.

The story hints at a depth not seen from this property before. When the young Clark Kent asks his father (Kevin Costner -- good to see again) whether he should have let a bus full of kids 'just die' instead of saving them in order to keep his identity secret, Costner answers, "Maybe." Not the simplistic tone we've gotten before.

And the people involved. David Goyer writing, Zack Snyder directing certainly has a visual flair. The cast is impressive -- Amy Adams, Diane Lane (wow), Michael Shannon (the new go-to guy for intensity), Russell Crowe, Laurence Fishburne (give me a second). Did I mention the cast was impressive?

Also, the name 'Superman' doesn't appear in the title (and, thankfully, neither does the word 'Dark'). There's even a real sense of operatic dread from the antagonist. A breath of fresh air considering Superman usually faces a MUAHAHA!! bad guy bent on taking over the world -- please.

Snyder and his crew have to bring it just to keep from embarrassing themselves because, really, nobody cares about the S-Man anymore. If they manage to do that it will be pretty good. If they manage to get audiences involved it will be a real achievement.

So, yes, the intent shows and this could be, might be, a successful reboot. I would never have even thought it possible. I laughed when I heard it was going to happen. But, gotta admit, it looks like they may have gotten it right.

The voice over asks whether the world is ready for Superman (to continue in movies?). We'll find out.




















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Monday, December 10, 2012

'This is 40' Just Got Interesting

Funny. No, not in that polite have-to-say-it kind of way -- actually funny. Trailer is nicely cut -- like a very funny very short film.





















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Danger is Real. Fear is a Choice. Got it.

Looks pretty but I don't get the hook. Looking like another Airbender, totally for kids. Right now, waiting for the other shoe to drop.





















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Sunday, December 09, 2012

Trailer for 'Oblivion' Take 2, Not Nearly as Spoiler-y as First Try

Yeah. See, yesterday a nasty trailer got loose (subtitled in Spanish) and boy did it have some spoilerific tidbits. Uni has axed all copies playing in the US but you can read a description if you like.

Otherwise, here's the studio-sanctioned edit. It's boring by comparison, but it's still clear that Cruise's character, Jack Harper, is not clear about exactly what's going on around him.

(For more see a comparison of the first synopsis and the new plot summary).

ps -- I think there's a job that just opened up at Universal Marketing.
























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Saturday, December 08, 2012

Trailer for 'Oblivion': "Earth is a Memory" -- or -- Spoilers Already?

POSSIBLE SPOILERS. Don't read if that's an issue for you.

There are two versions of plot summary for 'Oblivion'. The one that's been up at IMDb for a while:

  • A court martial sends a veteran soldier to a distant planet, where he has to destroy the remains of an alien race. The arrival of an unexpected traveler causes him to question what he knows about the planet, his mission, and himself.

And the new one:

  • Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. Living and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.

Okay, so? Well, there's a discrepancy. In the first rundown Harper is on a 'distant planet'. In the new synopsis Harper is 'stationed on Earth'.

This could be a spoiler that stems from early versions of the script being the source of the older logline.

At 2:02 in the trailer below the text reads "Earth is a memory." This is central. It could be taken as 'the Earth as we've known it has been raked by warfare for so long it bears little resemblance to home', or more literally as in: 'The planet the human race lived on doesn't exist anymore'.

Bit of a stretch, or just the kind of plot twist you need to get butts in seats?

The character played by Tom Cruise, Jack Harper, says (at :23) "Sixty years ago Earth was attacked." What's important about that, as far as figuring the plot and where exactly this story unfolds, is Harper is younger than 60. That is, he was told as a kid that Earth was attacked and he, Harper, lives on that Earth/planet. In other words: Harper did not see this war he learned about it as child in school. In history class. Therefore, he could have been lied to. This is exactly the kind of thing a protagonist finds out about at the Act II midpoint.

Another clue in the new synopsis is the bit about Harper rescuing someone in a downed spacecraft. Well... If Earth is in such a state -- everything destroyed, smoking rubble -- then who built this spacecraft and where did it come from? The 'other' Earth would be the answer that suggests itself.

There's also the similarity between the building in the poster (from yesterday) and the Empire State Building.





























What could that indicate? There's so many possibilities, but that there are two Empire State Buildings seems the best, simplest, conclusion. That the building in the poster is the same as the one currently in NYC doesn't quite hold together considering the waterfall, and all. So, where's the other one? On another 'Earth' is what I'm going with.

There's another loose spot. In the first version of plot summary Harper 'has to destroy the remains of an alien race'. However, in the trailer the 'people' (Morgan Freeman among them) don't look alien, they look human. As such, it follows that Harper could be killing the last survivors on Earth, under orders, from high up in an aircraft, having been told they are 'aliens' who need to be exterminated, having never actually seen who/what he's shooting at.

Why would Harper be told that?

Possibility: Freeman et al were left behind when the other people went to the new 'Earth', the new home planet. Now, they have to be killed so they don't follow the rest of the human race to the new planet.

So then, why does the ESB in the poster have a waterfall next to it? That would be because it's the new ESB. The one built on what used to be the new Earth/home planet. The first one is on the 'old' Earth. That is, Harper is not on the Earth we live on, he's on another planet the human race moved to after this one, the one we live on now, became uninhabitable.

Which leads to this plot element: Humans have become a race of people who live on a planet, using up its resources and polluting its environment, until it is no longer capable of supporting life, at which time they move to another planet.

Harper lives on the planet we moved to after this one dried up and he is exterminating the last witnesses who know what really happened on the planet and where the survivors went. (This goes hand in hand with Freeman's age -- he's older, hence would have been around before Harper was born). He does this because he thinks it's a necessary cleanup after the war 60 years ago. However, there was no war. The Earth wasn't destroyed in war it was destroyed by us, by humans, who overpopulated the planet, bled natural resources, and set the ecosystem so off kilter it could no longer work as designed. As a result, natural forces -- massive floods, uncontrolled fire, huge storms -- scoured the planet making it uninhabitable.

So, we packed up and headed to the next 'Earth' -- the 3rd if you're counting. This would make the planet Harper lives on the 2nd 'Earth', the one we moved to after the above mentioned forces scrubbed clean the surface of this planet, the 1st Earth.

Right now, 'Oblivion' is looking pretty rich, however the existence of an old synopsis, presumably from an earlier version of the script, and other clues have to be considered, at the very least, spoiler-ish.

Still, I'm looking forward.

Okay, that (second trailer below) didn't last long. Here's another one.


«Oblivion» - Trailer #1 by Flixgr






















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Friday, December 07, 2012

Speaking of 'Oblivion'

I'm liking what I'm seeing. Directed by Joseph Kosinski, who did a nice job with 'Tron: Legacy'. With Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. Good, good.

The poster rolled out this morning and looking at it I noticed how the building(s) look like older NYC skyscrapers. The classics from the early to mid 20th century.

See what I mean? Look at the one on the right.























Turns out that not only looks like one of the old NYC buildings, it is exactly like one. One of the best known. It's just like the Empire State Building.

See what I mean?



























(Photo by Richard Drew/AP)

Looking at the logline:

  • A court martial sends a veteran soldier to a distant planet, where he has to destroy the remains of an alien race. The arrival of an unexpected traveler causes him to question what he knows about the planet, his mission, and himself.  

So... It's a 'distant planet' with an 'alien race' yet there is a building that's an exact copy of the Empire State Building. Or, perhaps, more interestingly, it's the original. That is, the building in NYC was built after the one on the distant planet.

'Oblivion' is looking like it might have a story with a little traction. Yes, yes. Good, good.





















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Poster for 'Oblivion'

Not bad. Nice tag, too: Earth is a memory worth fighting for.

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Thursday, December 06, 2012

13-Minute Primer for 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

Wow, what a production. I can't imagine running this show.





















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Japanese Trailer for 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Has Extra Footage

With a few seconds of family-centric footage at the end. Typically Japanese, this family oriented style. The moment is an anti-climax, after the ship crashes, but they include it. It's that important to them.























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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Latest from Joseph Gordon-Levitt's 'Don Jon's Addiction'

Here's Scarlett Johansson and Joe and a new still from the production blog.
















































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Yeah, It's Actually Good

Movies like 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' are usually pretty bad but everything I've seen, trailers and now this poster, has been good.























































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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

I Own You

This plays like one of those movies that barely keeps its head above water at the box office but everybody wants to see as a rental or on TV/cable.



















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Monday, December 03, 2012

That Pixar Lamp






















Brought to life. Why? What good does it do? Not sure, but I don't guess that matters. It seems like an accomplishment.























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Jude Law Isn't a Doctor But He Plays One in 'Side Effects'












Here's the Ablixa site where you can sign up for an evaluation by Dr. Law.






















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Saturday, December 01, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

Clip from 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Kathryn Bigelow is so the man. This is good.
















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Portrait of Felle Vega by Philip Bloom


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'Warm Bodies' Again

This, along with the first trailer, may be the most entertaining snippets I've seen in a while. Nice. Should rake at the box office.


















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"I'm In Your Blind Spot. And, I Have Nothing To Lose."

Okay, this tries too hard.



















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Thursday, November 29, 2012

'Stoker' Site Goes Up

Like the movie, or at least the trailers/footage, the site is all atmosphere and a cut above. Check it out










































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'Pacific Rim' Action Figures To The Rescue

With a budget of $200 million (not counting global marketing) Warner Bros. needs all the help they can get just to get back to zero on this movie.

The 'blueprints' for giant robots which are used to combat the Kaiju serve as viral marketing for the movie, to be sure, however it's pretty clear these are ads for action figures as well. In fact, at $30 a pop (with 4 or 5 needed to make a complete set) the toys may be what makes 'Pacific Rim' profitable.

It's fair to wonder whether 'Pacific Rim' would have gotten the green light if the plot did not include robots that every kid would want a toy version of.




























































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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

OMG! 'Pacific Rim' Kaiju Attack! Caught On Video!










































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70s Blah Poster

So, yesterday we get these very cool conceptual, not too subtle, posters for 'A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III'. I loved them, but thought the title was lame.

Today, there's this, which makes the flick look like it was made to run after 'The Rockford Files' at 8 pm/7 Central.

What a color palette. Eek. Washed out and oversaturated at the same time. However, love the fried egg paint job. At least my opinion of the title hasn't changed...





















































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The Captain Planet Saga Continues

My favorite series. Bar none. This is all I want to watch.

Captain Planet 3 from Don Cheadle     



















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"With Your Velcro And All Your Gear"
















At the one minute mark in the video below 'Zero Dark Thirty' is referred to as a movie by director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal. That's rare -- when a writer's name gets equal billing. And, that happens across the web in just about any movie blog write up about ZDT. You see it all the time: 'Zero Dark Thirty' is a Bigelow/Boal movie.

Why? Because Boal's writing is that good and, here, we get another snippet of his excellent dialogue. I believe it's edited -- we don't get all the words -- but it's still very nice.

At about 2:30 Maya (Jessica Chastain in another badass bit) says, "I didn't even want to use you guys. With your Velcro and all your gear. I wanted to drop a bomb."

So...what's so special about that? What's special is it says more than the sum of its parts. With just a few words Boal has gotten us deep into the scene. Another writer would have been obvious and spelled out what Maya was thinking. Another writer would probably not have thought it was that special a moment and we would have gotten more words than we needed, and they would, in all likelihood, have communicated less. The scene would have come off less energized, less sharply cut (no matter who directed), more mundane -- a bit of a filler.

Something as incidental as Velcro would never have been mentioned. The writer would have deemed it beneath his professional orientation to use such a word. Here, though, Velcro symbolizes the nitty gritty of putting boots on the ground, the risks inherent to sending a Seal team, and the messy results that would surely follow.

When Maya says 'Velcro' you think of the grating 'shink' that comes with using this material, but you also get a sense of its utilitarian nature. Guys that use Velcro are either dorks who don't care how they look or dress, or they're experts who need it to execute their mission. The Seal team, certainly, would be the latter.

Maya never calls this man an 'expert' but we know (or hope) he is simply because he uses Velcro. (Yeah, it's that dumb, and that good). Nothing she says indicates how well she knows him yet we understand they have an intimate relationship, even if they just met because Maya would rather 'drop a bomb' than send this guy and his Velcro-shinking team. Maya displays no overt technical savvy, yet it's clear she knows field operations -- Can you tell me how a Seal utilizes Velcro and why? She doesn't say anything that could, objectively, be called ballsy but it's pretty clear she's willing to go toe-to-toe with anyone. This is due to one word and that defines her character better than any long-winded speech, no matter how well crafted. When Maya says 'Velcro' it reveals an agenda and her concerns, is dramatic without being stagy, and it's entertaining.

Boal's writing is between the lines. It gets under your skin and draws you in without being writerly or technique-y. It's effective yet elusive. You feel its effect but don't sense it makes a show of its construction or intent.

Thanks to Boal, Bigelow is given something to work with, even down to the frame level, and we get lines like this and images like the one above. I'm betting Boal's script says something like "Maya's reflection is set against a framed American flag." Visually and wordlessly, this shot says something about what Maya stands for. Apparently, nothing is going on -- she's just standing there -- but there's a lot happening. That's good writing given life by a good director. That's sly and clever and you don't get that too often in movies these days.





















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Copy That?

'Zero Dark Thirty' stops you in your tracks. Camera, script, story, plot, direction, acting -- it's there frame to frame. It's almost too good.

Here's yet another clip where Jessica Chastain's character, Maya, puts her cards on the table and it's pretty damn well done.























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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Among the Best of the Year

Lousy title: 'A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III'. Great cast:  Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Aubrey Plaza, Patricia Arquette, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Katheryn Winnick, Dermot Mulroney.

Excellent posters. One of the best series I can remember:



























































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Another Look at 'Killing Them Softly'

Campaign isn't as sharp as I would have thought. Good, but soft somehow. This may turn out to be one of those flicks everyone talks about, or so it seems, but it's just the hardcore movie buffs making all the noise. I don't think the average joe is wanting to see this.





















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Monday, November 26, 2012

Don Cheadle is...Captain Planet

This is hella funny. How come those big ass expensive Hollywood 'comedies' aren't this funny? Hmm. How come.

Don Cheadle for president cause he acts his ass off in this.

Captain Planet 2 from Don Cheadle     



















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Looking at the 'Anna Karenina' Script























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French Poster for 'Les Misérables'

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Poster for 'A Magnificent Death From A Shattered Hand'

Good start to the campaign. Always love to see a western. Here's the pitch:

  • An ex-soldier attempts to clear his name while being relentlessly tracked down for the murder and rape of a well-to-do woman. 
Here's the posters. They make a solid statement. And, that title... Could be good. Somehow, that Thomas Jane directs seems like a good thing. Cast looks strong.

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Russian Poster for 'Movie 43'

Good stuff. Both posters have been good.


[Poster removed by request 11/26/12]

















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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Slow-Burn Trailer for 'Dark Skies'

Starts very generic but camera and acting are solid. Hints of good story slipped under the door. Then you realize your attention is dialed in. Then you're inside the trailer.

Yeah, this works. At least here, now, for a couple minutes. If the whole movie plays on this level we'll have a hit.






















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Drop-Dead Funny Trailer for 'I Give It A Year'

Manages to be between-the-lines and in-your-face at the same time. Way Way funny. So funny.

























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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Trailer for 'Jack the Giant Slayer'























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So...The Year is 2088 And...

Here's a clip from '2088' by Steven Ilous.

2088 Teaser from Steven Ilous on Vimeo.


















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Peek at 'The Host 2'

Looks unfinished but the action is good.





















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Hook, Line, and Sinker Review of 'Lincoln'





















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Another Great Poster for 'Zero Dark Thirty'

There's a calmness about this rollout. An assurance. This poster is extremely confident.

This graphic is so self-assured it almost carries a sense of threat.

Here's our protagonist. Be glad she's not looking for you.


























































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Judd Apatow Jibber Jabbers with Conan O'Brien





















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'Epic' Eye Candy Slash Story

Looks fun and there are hints of story with subtext and structure. Yeah, I could rent this.



















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Monday, November 19, 2012

'The Impossible' Featurette






















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Soldiers in Mech-Suits

First it was Tom Cruise in some kind of mech-suit in a still from 'All You Need Is Kill'. Cruise plays a character named Lt. Col. Bill Cage, so he's a guy named Cage in a cage. (I know, I'm funny).

He just looks ridiculous here. Maybe it's a bad shot.























The trend continues with this shot of Matt Damon in 'Elysium' wearing a similar suit, though this one seems to be hardwired to the back of his skull and would appear to be manufactured by Kawasaki. Interesting.

Gotta say, Matt pulls this look off much better. That looks real. Wouldn't want to use one, but looks more organic than Tom's get-up, like it might work, might be usable for something.





















































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Friday, November 16, 2012

Great Title Great Trailer

If the movie lives up to this premise it'll go great with popcorn.

















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'RoboCop' Featurette

Good cast (great cast), a director with chops. Can't tell about the plot/story. VFX will probably be excellent. This should make for the start of a franchise.


















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'Rise of the Guardians' Featurette

This campaign has been a tad dull. Title is not that catchy -- a bit scary, really. Plot doesn't seem to gel. Posters and trailers haven't clicked. And, it's got that same DreamWorks doll-eye thing going on, though to be fair it's not as bad as before.

This new featurette, though, is good. Easy to watch, we get a glimpse of voice actors, the writer/producer, and director. These guys have that sparkle people get when the project is good and they know it. I believe them.





















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More For Your Consideration

Here's a few more awards pitch posters.

































































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