For a movie about action, survival and the exploration of the hunt Fox finally gets it’s target audience with the Predators international trailer.
This trailer is more of what I would expect form a Predator movie lots of action and conflict arising from the clashing of the hunter and the hunted.
I like that the humans will not be the only creatures on this planet adding other factions into the equation of who is the hunter and the prey.
Theater or Renter: July 2010
Theater or Renter: July includes seven SF movies The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Last Airbender, Despicable Me, Predators, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Inception, and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care? Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Release Date: June 30
Listed as: romantic-vampire
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Director: David Slade
Produced by: Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt
Written by: Melissa Rosenberg
Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallas Howard, Billy Burke, Xavier Samuel, Dakota Fanning
The Plot / Story: As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob — knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Not Interested: The books bored me as did the first movie. Why Twilight is Popular Video
The Last Airbender:
Release Date: JULY 1
Listed as: action-adventure, fantasy, film
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Produced by: M. Night Shyamalan, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, Sam Mercer, scott Aversano
Written by: M. Night Shyamalan,
Stars: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Dev Patel, Jackson Rathbone, Shaun Toub, Aasif Mandvi, Cliff Curtis
The Plot / Story: Based on the first season of the show The Book of Water Avatar The Last Airbender. Air, Water, Earth, Fire. Four nations tied by destiny when the Fire Nation launches a brutal war against the others. A century has passed with no hope in sight to change the path of destruction. Caught between combat and courage, Aang discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aang teams with Katara a waterbender, and her brother, Sokka, to restore balance to their war-torn world. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Theater: I love the series that this movie is based on. The movie trailers looks great. Other then the race bending possible issues I'm really looking forward to watching this movie.
Release Date: JULY 9
Listed as: Animated, fantasy
Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud Co-Director: Sergio Pablos
Produced by: John Cohen, Janet Healy, Chris Meledandri
Written by: Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul
Stars: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig, Danny McBride, Miranda Cosgrove, Jack McBrayer, Mindy Kaling, Ken Jeong, Jemaine Clement, Julie Andrews, Dana Gaier, Elsie Fisher, Dave Foley, Philip Bolden
The Plot / Story: In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. The protagonist, Gru, is the #2 villain who wants to accomplish an unthinkable task with the help of his large army of minions and various gadgets. He attempts this while trying to outsmart his arch-rival, #1 super villain, Vector. He thinks he's found the perfect scheme when he decides to do the impossible: steal the moon itself. However, he meets three super small orphan girls who want him to become their dad. The world's greatest villain has just met his greatest challenge. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Renter: At first I was excited about this Despicable Me but the trailers got old fast. There are also several yellow flags with this project that make me cautious about watching this film. Steve Carell is funny I really like him in the office but I have not cared for his other projects, universal studios animation project which tend to be ok and the incessant need to use 3d as a gimmick to force me into watching it in the theater and I can wait.
Release Date: JULY 9
Listed as: science fiction, action, horror
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Nimród Antal
Produced by: Robert Rodriguez, John Davis, Elizabeth Avellan
Written by: Michael Finch, Alex Litvak
Stars: Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Danny Trejo, Walton Goggins, Oleg Taktarov, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali,
The Plot / Story: Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they’ve been brought together on an alien planet… as prey. With the exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members human “predators” that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators. (Wikipedia) (official site)
Theater: I'm an old school fan of the Predator movies not so much of a fan of all the recent attempts at reboots. That said this one looks descent they kept the jungle feel.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice:
Release Date: July 16
Listed as: Sorcery, Fantasy, Adventure , Comedy film
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Produced by: Jerry Bruckheimer
Written by: Screenplay: Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard, Matt Lopez Screen story: Matt Lopez, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal Poem: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina
The Plot / Story: A live-action re-imagining of the Mickey Mouse Sorcerer’s Apprentice segment in Disney’s Fantasia. An average college student is reluctantly recruited to work for a sorcerer, who gives him a crash course in magic to prepare him for a battle against the forces of darkness in modern Manhattan. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Not Interested: This project spits on the memory of Walt Disney. He loved Fantasia, cherished it as his greatest achievement of merging music and visuals. To turn part of it into a simple movie with cheep tricks and borrowed plot line from other contemporary movies is a horrible thing and I want no part of it.
Release Date: JULY 16th
Listed as: sci-fi, action, thriller
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Christopher Nolan
Produced by: Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas
Written by: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Dileep Rao, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine
The Plot / Story: Dom Cobb is a skilled thief in the art of "extraction," stealing secrets from deep within the unconscious mind during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him valuable in corporate espionage. In one last job, he must cause an "inception" – instead of stealing an idea, he must plant one. Christopher Nolan, the director of the movie, was quoted as saying "We don't do magic. Everything in Inception has a basis in reality, except for the technology". (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Not Interested: Premise is weak, the trailer boring and worst yet Christopher Nolan is all over this project. He is a big red flag in any project.
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore:
Release Date: JULY 30
Listed as: Family, Fantasy
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Brad Peyton
Produced by: Polly Cohen, Andrew Lazar, Greg Michael, Brent O'Connor
Written by: Ron J. Friedman, Steve Bencich, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra
Stars: Chris O’Donnell, Jack McBrayer, Fred Armisen, Paul Rodriguez, Christina Applegate, Michael Clarke Duncan, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, James Marsden, Bette Midler, Nick Nolte, Joe Pantoliano, Katt Williams
The Plot / Story: Kitty Galore, a hairless Sphynx cat, grows tired of dogs and her own cat friends. So, she decides to take over the world. Diggs, a police dog, and his mentor, Butch, are selected by the Dogs HQ spy force to stop her. The cats join forces with with the dogs and get additional support from the birds to block Galore's scheme. Galore, meanwhile, has the help of the mice and hires the devious cat and antagonist from the first film, Mr. Tinkles. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Theater / Renter: this is probably a renter for me but as previously confessed in My Dirty Secret Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore I'm a sucker for this movie. The first in the series was really entertaining and funny. Based on the trailers and promotional materials it looks like the second one has not lost that flavor.
Exploring: Predators Trailer
The trailer gives the Predators movie a feel much more like the original Predator movie. I also like that they have the Predators collecting their prey for a big game hunt since the humans proved themselves formidable and it is a typical behavior for them to do so.
Both franchises had their first movie named in the singular and featured only one. Aliens went on to feature many Aliens in it's second movie and was thus named in the plural. Predators also will feature multiple of the hunter warriors and is named in the plural.
Predators' release date 7th July 2010
Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they’ve been brought together on an alien planet… as prey. With the exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members human “predators” that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators.
Daybreakers Trailer 2: Futuristic Vampires
Daybreakers trailer # 2 is out, it doesn’t look bad. They took a fairly worn out premise and are trying to pitch it as new. I would like to believe them but so far nothing in the trailer has peaked my interest beyond that it is a vampire movie. Watch the Trailer above.
Story: The year is 2019. A mysterious plague has swept over the earth, transforming the majority of the world's population into vampires. Humans are now an endangered, second-class species forced into hiding as they are hunted and farmed for vampire consumption to the brink of extinction.
Its all up to Edward Dalton, a vampire researcher who refuses to feed on human blood, to perfect a blood substitute that might sustain vampires and spare the few remaining humans. But time and hope are running out until Ed meets Audrey, a human survivor who leads him to a startling medical breakthrough. Armed with knowledge that both humans and vampires will kill for, Ed must battle his own kind in a deadly struggle that will decide the fate of the human race.
A better spin on this that would at least make it newer. Take the futuristic setting with different Vampire clans controlling certain major corporations in which they secretly traffic human blood. The vampires are not the dominant species and probably hidden from most. Blend in some of Shakespeare's tale Romeo and Juliet for tension and romantic plot line.
What new twist would you want to see in a vampire film?
Theater or Renter: April 2009
Theater or Renter: April includes Three SF movies Alien Trespass, Dragonball: Evolution, Mutant Chronicles. Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care?
Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?
Watch The Trailer here:
Release Date: APRIL 3rd [limited]
Listed as: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Studio: Roadside Attractions
Director: R.W. Goodwin
Produced by: R.W. Goodwin, James Swift
Written by: Stephen P. Fisher
Stars: Eric McCormack, Jenni Baird, Robert Patrick, Jody Thompson, Dan Lauria
The Plot / Story: Based on 1950s sci-fi B movies. The story begins in 1957 in the star-filled skies above California's Mojave Desert. An alien spaceship as a fiery ball hurtles toward earth and crash-lands on a butte in the desert. A tall, metallic alien named Urp emerges from the craft unharmed, alarmed to discover that the monstrous Ghota, who was also on board, has escaped. The menacing one-eyed creature's unquenchable appetite could mean the end of civilization as we know it. Urp is the only one who knows how to stop the hideous extra-terrestrial, but to do so he has to take over the body of Dr. Lewis and enlist the aid of Tammy, the only human in town willing to believe and trust in his mission. Urp and Tammy must hunt down the Ghota and neutralize it before it consumes all the local inhabitants and uses the human fuel to multiply and conquer the world. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
For more: Alien Trespass opens on April 3rd
Watch The Trailer here:
Release Date: APRIL 10th
Listed as: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: James Wong
Produced by: Stephen Chow, James Wong
Written by: Screenplay: James Wong, Ben Ramsey, Manga: Akira Toriyama
Stars: Justin Chatwin, James Marsters, Jamie Chung, Emmy Rossum, Joon Park, Eriko Tamura, Randall Duk Kim, Texas Battle, Ernie Hudson, Chow Yun-Fat
The Plot / Story: After his grandfather's death, Goku goes on a journey to find Master Roshi and gather the seven mystical Dragon Balls before the evil Lord Piccolo can. Along his way, he meets Bulma and Yamcha who both join him to help him with his mission. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Watch The Trailer here:
Release Date: APRIL 24th [limited]
Listed as: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Director: Simon Hunter
Produced by: Edward R. Pressman, Tim Dennison
Written by: Philip Eisner, Stuart Hazeldine
Stars: Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, Devon Aoki, Benno Fürmann, Sean Pertwee, John Malkovich, Anna Walton, Luis Echegaray, Tom Wu, Steve Toussaint, Pras Michel, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Curtis Walker
The Plot / Story: An independent sci-fi action film. The story is set in the year 2707. The world is loosely based on that of the Mutant Chronicles role-playing game, where nearly everything is powered by steam, and mankind has exhausted Earth’s natural resources. The protagonists must battle against mutant creatures accidentally unleashed upon the planet. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
- Get your copy from amazon here: Mutant Chronicles
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