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The Adventures of Tintin Trailer

This summer is absolutely packed to the gills with blockbusters. We have comic book movies, tentpoles comedies, huge action flicks and many, many more that we have barely scene a frame from. Now we’re bringing you a trailer for a film that won’t be out until December.


First Poster for THE HANGOVER: PART II


Warner Bros. has sent us the teaser poster for The Hangover: Part II.  When I went to go seeSucker Punch last week, they showed the teaser trailer and the audience ate it up.  People are ready for more shenanigans and as we all know, shenanigans are made funnier by the presence of a monkey that’s dressed like a person.



















Here’s the official synopsis for The Hangover: Part II:

Director: Todd Phillips
Writers: Scot Armstrong, Todd Phillips, Craig Mazin
Producers: Todd Phillips, Dan Goldberg
Executive Producers: Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, William Fay, Scott Budnick, Chris Bender, J.C. Spink

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Jeffrey Tambor, Mike Tyson, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong

Comedy. In the follow-up to the record-breaking hit comedy “The Hangover,” Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to exotic Thailand for Stu’s wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don’t always go as planned. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can’t even be imagined.




James Cameron keeps trying to make the case for 3D but perhaps he should work harder in making the case for quality stories.  As a producer on Alister Grierson’s new 3D film Sanctum, Cameron is essentially putting his name on the picture and giving it his stamp of approval.  That’s a big mistake since the 3D highlights the shortcomings of the film’s visual effects and does nothing to make us care more about the characters and their fight for survival.  At best, the 3D makes the underwater caves of Sanctum slightly more immersive, but I don’t go to movies so I can be somewhat impressed by underwater caves.


At the heart of Sanctum lies an important question that we will all have to face at one point or another: how many people have to die for a son to bond with his father?  The movie centers on Josh (Rhys Wakefield) who is working on his father Frank’s (Richard Roxburgh) expedition into an unexplored cave system.  Footing the bill for the expensive project is Carl (Ioan Gruffudd) although the film doesn’t bother with providing Carl’s financial-incentive.  At best, Carl just wants to pay millions of dollars for his own spelunking adventure (even though Frank is the real adventurer).  Carl visits the site with his irritating girlfriend Victoria (Alice Parkinson) and decides that since she and him have both climbed Everest, this big hole in the ground shouldn’t be a problem.

And then a storm hits and Josh, Frank, Carl, Victoria, and Frank’s assistant George (Dan Wyllie) become trapped.  There’s also a non-white character but he gets knocked off with disturbing speed.  Actually, half of his face gets knocked away, he breaks every bone in his body, and then Frank decides to end the guy’s suffering through a charming practice I have chosen to dub “mercy-drowning.”  While it’s established that the cavers have knives, Frank thinks drowning is the kinder way to end this poor man’s suffering.

So we have an entitled rich ass-hole (can’t have a James Cameron movie without one of those), his shrill girlfriend, and a guy who not only drowns people as a way to end their suffering, but Frank also blames Josh when another diver drowns earlier in the film because Josh forgot to bring back-up air-tanks.  The film wants us to want these people to survive.


While Cameron may be enamored of his 3D technology, he and Grierson should have realized that if you want us to root for people to survive, make them likable.  Instead, when the cave begins to flood and since Victoria doesn’t have a wetsuit, Frank suggests she takes the suit of a dead female diver.  Victoria shrieks, “I am not wearing the suit of a dead-woman!” as if Frank asked her to wear the dead diver’s skin.  So now we’re not wondering if Victoria is going to make it.  We’re hoping that she doesn’t.  It doesn’t help that Gruffudd forgot how to act and talk in an American accent or that Roxburgh decides to growl all of his lines.

But as long as the 3D works, then at least it’s a fun visual spectacle, right?  It could’ve been, butSanctum’s 3D only serves to show that this movie’s low visual effects budget. The opening scenes inside the cave look wretched as the 3D highlights the distance between the foreground and the green screen behind the actors.  There’s an ugly attempt to connect the two with light bouncing off the water, but that just makes the problem worse.  When Sanctum finally moves underwater and into cramped spaces, the 3D starts to click, but by then you no longer care because you’re not invested in the whiny characters and their struggle to survive.

James Cameron can champion 3D all he wants and in theory, Sanctum isn’t a bad film to get the 3D treatment.  One of the major criticisms of 3D is how it makes everything look dim, but that works inSanctum because the story dictates the limited amount of light available to the characters.  It also makes sense to use 3D’s infinite depth of field for a movie about characters moving through various underwater depths.  Unfortunately, the eagle-eye of 3D also picks up on the movie’s shoddy visual effects and even when it moves past the poor green screen work, we don’t really care if these losers make it back to the surface.  Sanctum may have an added visual dimension, but the story and characters are painfully flat.

Rating: D



First Teaser Poster for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS


We’ve been awaiting our first look at X-Men: First Class, and 20th Century Fox has delivered over the past couple days with a flurry of images.  The first (and very photoshopped) cast image left some underwhelmed.

To cap things off (or could there be more?), Fox has released a teaser poster for the superhero film starring Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Rose Byrne as Dr. Moira MacTaggert, January Jones as Emma Frost, Jason Flemyng as Azazel, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Lucas Till as Havoc, Zoe Kravitz as Angel Salvadore, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, and James McAvoy as Professor X.   Check it out after the jump.


The design is very basic, to the point that I’m surprised we didn’t see this before the stills.  It’s sharp, though.  I like it.

X-Men: First Class opens on June 3.



Exclusive 3 Backyards Trailer and Poster

3 Backyards is the story of three residents of the same suburban town over the course of one perfect, glittering Autumn day. Mixing the mundane with the mythic, the film peers into the interior lives of its characters as they embark on seemingly tiny journeys that actually take them vast distances from the familiar.

A businessman (Elias Koteas) with marital troubles gets ‘lost’ on a business trip without ever leaving town. A little girl (Rachel Resheff) steals her mother’s jewelry in the morning and finds herself faced with frightening, adult decisions by late afternoon. A well-meaning housewife (Edie Falco) offers her celebrity neighbor (Embeth Davidtz) a lift and the trip detours into unsettling territory. Seen through a prism of shifting light and shimmering leaves, the familiar geography of the suburban landscape dissolves by day’s end into a dreamscape where identity can be fractured, destroyed or ultimately reclaimed.

You can watch the trailer below and click on the poster for a bigger version!

New Poster and Banner for SUCKER PUNCH

Warner Bros. has debuted a new poster for the film.  As expected, it shows off girls, guns, and explosions.  I think I’m pretty well prepared, although I’m not sure why the poster is so green when the movie doesn’t (to the best of my knowledge) involve a hornet, lantern, or sewer mutant.

Sucker Punch stars Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, Jane Malone, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino, and Jon Hamm.  It opens March 25th.

Poster via Yahoo! Movies.


Here’s the official synopsis for Sucker Punch:

Close your eyes. Open your mind. You will be unprepared. “Sucker Punch” is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary. She has been locked away against her will, but Babydoll (Emily Browning) has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls–the outspoken Rocket (Jena Malone), the street-smart Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), the fiercely loyal Amber (Jamie Chung) and the reluctant Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish)–to band together and try to escape their terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue (Oscar Isaac), Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino) and the High Roller (Jon Hamm). Led by Babydoll, the girls engage in fantastical warfare against everything from samurais to serpents, with a virtual arsenal at their disposal. Together, they must decide what they are willing to sacrifice in order to stay alive. But with the help of a Wise Man (Scott Glenn), their unbelievable journey–if they succeed–will set them free.


New Trailer and Poster for LOVE


A new trailer and poster for the film Love have hit the interwebs.  A product of first-time writer/director William Eubank, Love stars Gunner Wright (The Losers) as Lee Miller, an astronaut who is isolated aboard a stranded spacecraft before making a peculiar discovery.  After reading my one line premise, recollections of Duncan Jones’ Moon almost inevitably come to mind.  Even if these similarities prove true, I’m still interested in Love as it has been a much-talked about project from Tom Delonge’s (formerly of Blink 182) alt-rock outfit, Angels and Airwaves (who score the film).

Check out the poster and visually-minded trailer after the jump.  Love will premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on February 2.

Here’s the trailer [from Apple].  For those interested in checking out the film at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, you can pick up tickets here.

Here’s the synopsis for Love:

After losing contact with Earth, Astronaut LEE MILLER becomes stranded in orbit alone aboard the International Space Station. As time passes and life support systems dwindle, Lee battles to maintain his sanity – and simply stay alive. His world is a claustrophobic and lonely existence, until he makes a strange discovery aboard the ship. Driven by the powerful music of ANGELS and AIRWAVES, LOVE explores the fundamental human need for connection and the limitless power of hope… A high-impact visual adventure, that resonates a common truth, that everyone has a story to tell and something even greater to leave behind.

Finally, here’s the poster [click to enlarge]:



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