Daily Archives: May 8, 2013

Trailer for Pacific Rim (2013)


Pacific Rim Poster

Pacific Rim (2013)

The earth is under an attack from an alien invasion, so what do the humans do?  We build giant robots to defend ourselves, of course.  Is that not the obvious answer?

Another movie about an alien invasion has been made.  This time, it looks like they mixed the movie with Transformers (2007) and Real Steel (2011).  Apparently this is what writer and director Guillermo Del Toro thinks an alien movie should be like.

The cast includes Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, Clifton Collins Jr., Robert Maillet, and Heather Doerksen.

I for one, am pretty fed up with movies like this one.  Just how extreme can we possibly make our special effects?  They look so far out in this movie that it all looks fake and does not look interesting to me at all.  This is just my opinion, I’m sure there are people out there that have marked the release date of this movie on their calendars and are planning a midnight showing, but I’m not that guy.  I will gladly skip this movie.  I’m sure it will make millions, but it won’t get any of my money.

The movie is set to release on 7/12/13.

The Impossible (2012)


The Impossible poster

The Impossible (2012)

The Impossible left me breathless multiple times.

The movie is based on a true story about what happened to one family in 2004 who were vacationing in Thailand when the hotel that they were staying at gets hit with a tsunami.

The Impossible Wave Hotel

The way that the disastrous tsunami is depicted in the film is absolutely incredible.  The movie seems so real that it could be mistaken for actual footage.  The chaos portrayed in the film is a work of art all by itself.  Not only does the natural disaster seem so genuine, but I was left wondering how anybody could possibly try to make a film like this one and succeed.

The film brings with it a wave of emotions.  You can almost feel the grief, loss, and pain that the characters on screen are feeling.  As they fight to try to survive, you are right there with them hoping that they can make it and willing them to keep trying and don’t give up.  You wish that you could reach into the movie and help, but you can’t so you are helplessly stuck just watching and waiting for the story to unwind.

The Impossible McGregor kids pool

It is one of those movies that are hard to watch and makes you cringe, but you are compelled to keep watching because you must know what happens next.  You get entangled in this mess of a story and you fight to keep watching.

This movie far exceeded my expectations.  The filmmaking was a work of genius.  I credit the director Juan Antonio Bayona who is also known for directing The Orphanage (2007).

Sergio G. Sanchez wrote the screenplay and Maria Belon wrote the story.  The cast includes Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast, Marta Etura, Sonke Mohring, Geraldine Chaplin, and Ploy Jindachote.

THE IMPOSSIBLE

Naomi Watts did an amazing job.  Her part stood out above everyone else.  She didn’t become her character.  She was her character.

This film would have been spectacular in the theatre on the big screen, but it was still pretty great on DVD.

I rate this movie a 9 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

The Impossible group

Trailer for The Way, Way Back (2013)


The Way, Way Back Poster

The Way, Way Back (2013) (Click on the title for my full review.)

A dysfunctional “dramedy” that takes place over summer break.

This movie looks appealing to me because it’s a comedy with Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell.  I am a big fan of both of those actors and I think it will be funny to see them both in the same movie together.

The rest of the cast includes AnnaSophia Robb, Toni Collette, Amanda Peet, Maya Rudolph, Allison Janney, Rob Corddry, Jim Rash, Liam James, and Nat Faxon.

The film is directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.

I’m not sure that I’ll rush out to the theatre to see this one, but it definitely looks like it would be worth renting at least.

The film is set to release on 7/5/13.

Trailer for Violet & Daisy (2011) Rumored to release on 6/7/13


Violet & Daisy Poster

Violet & Daisy (2011) (Click on the title for my full review.)

 

Another one of those movies that has been kept on the shelf for one reason or another.  The film was made in 2011 and is rumored to release on 6/7/13.  I say rumored because I think that the original intention was to release the film in 2011, but it continues to be pushed back.  So, who knows, maybe it will be pushed back from being released again.

Movies like this are always intriguing to me because I bet everybody involved in making the movie is just beyond angry that it has not been released yet.  I know that I would be.

I have a feeling that this film has not been released yet partially due to the fact that it is a risky movie to make.  The movie is about a teenage girl duo hit man squad.  With all of the violence going on in our world, it’s probably pretty hard to release a movie about teenage girls who kill people.  With that said, the film looks tastefully made and has a good cast which includes Saoirse Ronan, Alexis Bledel, James Gandolfini, Danny Trejo, Cody Horn, and John Ventimiglia.

It is written and directed by Geoffrey Fletcher.

The film has sparked my interest enough to want to see it, that is if it ever gets taken off of the shelf.

Trailer for Ender’s Game (2013)


Ender's Game Poster

Ender’s Game (2013)

The movie is based off of the famous novel with the same title by Orson Scott Card.

From the preview it appears like the world almost lost a war against aliens.  Now, the remaining human survivors are training children in space to be a different kind of soldier that will hopefully be able to defeat the aliens and save the human race.

It’s a science fiction movie with a big budget and even bigger special effects.

The film is directed by Gavin Hood and stars Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld, Moises Arias, Aramis Knight, Nonso Anozie, Han Soto, and a bunch of kid actors that nobody will recognize.

Kingsley and Butterfield were both in Hugo (2011) together.

The film is destined to be a goldmine for the filmmakers.

I have not read the book, but the movie looks like it could be fun.

It is set to release on 11/1/13.