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Archive for April 2011

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two” Trailer: “NEEYAAAGGHHH!”

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If you’re a Harry Potter fan like me, you’re probably very excited and, at the same time, very depressed by the trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two. It’s the last half-chapter of the last chapter in the Harry Potter saga, and by know I think we all know the story. Harry is a wizard at Hogwarts and must use his powers to defeat the evil Lord Voldemort in an epic final battle that will allow only one of them to live.

It’s depressing thinking about the end of the Harry Potter franchise. Warner Bros. has had this series as a bit of a safety net for what might be the past decade. What’s going to happen to them when the series is over? I guess they’ll have to go back to their standard action movies and romantic comedies.



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April 28, 2011 at 7:39 PM

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“The Devil’s Double”: So Much Yellow Color-Correction!

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If you had the opportunity to be a rich man’s body double, would you accept? The Devil’s Double tells the true story of Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper), who is chosen to be the double for Uday Hussein (also played by Cooper), Saddam’s son. Latif enters into a world of lust, greed and color-corrected movie scenes all while discovering that Uday is not the godsend he appeared to be.

It’s interesting that this isn’t so much a movie about Saddam as it is about Uday; I never knew he even had a body double. The color-correction does add a very tense and “ooh, luxurious” mood at the same time, and I’m always hooked into movies where one actor plays two characters.

The Devil’s Double is released into select theaters on July 29th.

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April 26, 2011 at 7:14 PM

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“Submarine” Is Quirky, Charming, British

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There’s something about international cinema and independent film that makes me glad I’m a fan. Giant robots, explosions and broad comedy get repetitive sometimes, so it’s nice that there are movies like “Submarine” to save the day. The movie tells the story of Oliver Tate, a plucky British high school teenager who develops a relationship with a classmate.

The first few words in the trailer are “Ben Stiller and The Weinstein Company proudly present…” Oh, come on. Ben Stiller? The same guy from “Little Fockers” and “The Heartbreak Kid” producing A Wes Anderson-y comedy like this? Really, that’s their selling point?

Other than that, I’m pretty excited for this movie (which I know I say a LOT). “Submarine’ hits theaters in June.

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April 25, 2011 at 6:17 PM

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“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” Trailer: Wait, Those Apes Are CGI?

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I haven’t seen any of the movies in the Planet of the Apes series, but this trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes is making me want to watch one.

The movie stars James Franco as a scientist working on a cure for Alzheimer’s. The name of this cure? “The Cure”. Wow, man. SUPER creative.

Anyway, since it’s too risky to test the, erm, cure on humans, he decides to test it on apes instead. And, then, y’know. The apes get Cure-happy and too intelligent and then try to kill everyone. Or, at least, all of San Francisco.

20th Century Fox describes the movie as “a reality-based cautionary tale”, which gives me some Ray Bradbury vibes.

Is it okay that I’m excited for this movie? ‘Cause I am. It looks like it could be a good end to the summer movie season.

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April 14, 2011 at 7:01 PM

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“Anonymous” Trailer Tells Us “We’ve All Been Played”. HA HA HA! PUNS!

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High school English teachers of America, prepare for a surprise: Shakespeare might not have written any of his famous works! At least, that’s what the trailer for Anonymous wants you to believe. That specific rumor has been floating around for a while now, so I guess it was only a matter of time before someone made a movie out of it.

The “someone” in question is Roland Emmerich, who previously directed disaster and action films like Independence Day, 2012 and 10,000 B.C. This time around he’s going for the historical drama with Anonymous.

It actually looks like it could be a pretty good movie; the idea of Shakespeare not writing a word of Shakespeare is interesting. The introductory “We all know William Shakespeare” thing is seems a bit unnecessary considering we’re in historical times for the rest of the trailer, but it sets up the story well.

If I told you that there was a Radiohead song in this trailer (“Everything In Its Right Place”) you might think “Radiohead? Historical drama? Oookayyy,” but it actually works quite well.

Despite its bits of weirdness, this trailer has me excited for this movie. It might not be something i see in the theaters, but it’s definitely something I’ll catch on DVD.

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April 8, 2011 at 7:52 PM

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“Dolphin Tale”: Wow, Morgan Freeman Looks Old

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Tons of new trailers have appeared since I last posted, so I’ll try and go through them in a couple of days. First up: Dolphin Tale, which stars Morgan Freeman.

Or maybe I should say that the movie squanders Morgan Freeman. His name isn’t even mentioned in the trailer and he shows up for only two scenes in the entire 2-minute clip–three if you count the one where he’s at the computer with the kids.

The movie tells THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY!!!!!! of a dolphin whose tail is either missing or it was born without one or, well, I don’t really know. So sue me.

It’s an anatomical abnormality, so of course that means that Freeman and Harry Connick Jr. are gonna help that dolphin swim, dangit! with the help of some kids who love marine science (they’re in a dolphin movie, why wouldn’t they?) and a guy who looks like Jack from Lost.

The movie’s one of those “aww, look, inspirational uplifting message” (read: cheesy) ones that really, really wants to tug on your heartstrings a bit. It even shows off its pedigree in the trailer: “From the studio and producers of The Blind Side!”

Well, guess what. I didn’t like The Blind Side. Cheesy uplifting movies aren’t my thing.

So go find a new pun, Dolphin Tale. You stole that one from DreamWorks anyway.

Dolphin Tale hits theaters on September 23rd.


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April 7, 2011 at 8:11 PM

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