Movie Posters of the Day!

All these posters grabbed my eye this installment.

In terms of the order/interest I have for them it would go:

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s A WILD PEAR TREE (Istanbul) would probably be the first thing I tried to watch. If not in theaters, at least via streaming or DVD/Bluray. I am a HUGE fan of the Director’s 2006 film CLIMATES (if you have not seen that film, starring the director and his mesmerizing wife Ebru Ceylan, it is a stunning and amazingly beautiful film) and very interested in catching up with his newer, current work.

That would likely be followed up by Bong Joon Ho’s PARASITE (South Korea) given the praise the films is garnering, and my loving the Director’s previous films MEMORIES OF MURDER and THE HOST.

Next in order of my interest level, would be IP MAN 4, followed by BLACK WIDOW, followed by JUDY AND PUNCH, with a female take on (or answer to) the slasher genre film BLACK CHRISTMAS, being a bit of a wait and see for me. (Not really a fan of the slasher genre, so movies like that, if not done exceptionally well, will always be a hard sell for me.)

The remaining films, I need to see a trailer, or more info, to get me interested in seeing them.


That is this installment’s MOVIE POSTERS OF THE DAY.

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SUMMER 2012 Movie Guide! With AVENGERS behind us are there any other films worth seeing in IMAX?

SUMMER 2012 Movie Guide!

With the AVENGERS film behind us, are there any other films worth seeing in IMAX?

That’s the question. It’s a bit of a trick question, in that if there was no uptick in price for seeing it in IMAX I would say go for it. Unfortunately there is a bump in the price, and even for the AVENGERS, which was fake converted to IMAX (post-processed, like every other film coming out for the rest of the year) the quality difference on an AMC “baby IMAX/fake IMAX” isn’t all that great.

Infact, I quite preferred the 2D version of AVENGERS.

It’s a preference thing to a point, but to another point it is about pushing back a little against the studios that want to foist these post-processed IMAX and IMAX 3D films on us, rather than actually filming in these formats, and then charge us like we are at a real 5-story, wraparound screen, 70mm, Science Center IMAX theater. That’s the problem I have with these AMC midget Imax theaters, they over-charge for a compromised viewing experience.

I have no problem with the gimmick of 3D, if priced the same as the 2D experience; the way it traditionally was done. But to pay more?

So, to the point, even the AVENGERS wasn’t worth paying more to see in IMAX 3D. But are any films this summer, worth seeing in IMAX or IMAX 3D?

None of the films… not PROMETHEUS, not EXPENDABLES II, not DARK KNIGHT RISES, not SPIDER-MAN could be bothered to shoot the film in IMAX (tiny portions of DKR maybe), much less IMAX 3D. So why the heck would you bother to pay IMAX or IMAX 3D prices, for the cinematic equivalent of a poor redressing of a set?

So for me, no I will not be seeing any other film this summer in IMAX or IMAX 3D.

[And as an aside, definitely call or web-browse ahead when going to the movies, because this is how they get you: they put 2D showings at inconvenient times so you get stuck with an IMAX or 3D showing. So as idiotic as it sounds you need to pretty much do homework to make sure you’re getting a 2D and not a 3D showing. I hate homework! 🙂 ]

Quite frankly there aren’t many films I’m that bothered about seeing in the theaters this summer, even in 2D. Like I heard one person say, “I like going to movies, I hate the people in the movie theater”.

I mean, do I have a sign-on me that says sit beside me? I either have to tell some old bat and her kid to not sit beside me and talk (I would be more forgiving if people in a theater with lots of seats, didn’t choose to sit right next to me with their foolishness), or I have to tell young punks to keep it down, or I have to tell the valley girls to stop texting and kicking the chairs… and on top of all that drama you want to charge me more for effed up, fake a** 3D?!!!

Heck No!!! Mother HT’s son ain’t having it!!! The studios should be paying me for the aggravation.



Okay, back in my happy place. Steering this boat back on track…

My take on the remaining summer movies: SPIDER MAN I currently have no interest in. DARK KNIGHT RISES, as I’ve previously stated I’m lukewarm on at best.

Only PROMETHEUS, EXPENDABLES II, TOTAL RECALL, and surprisingly enough ABRAHAM LINCOLN VAMPIRE HUNTER (I’m a fan of the Director, I enjoyed his WANTED, A case of a director’s vision trumping the writer’s source material— which I disliked) really have me excited to see them in the theater.

Some honorable mentions that look interesting/fun and I might see in the theater are CHERNOBYL DIARIES, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, THE BOURNE LEGACY, PREMIUM RUSH (the trailer for this looks GREAT, but I’m not sold on the director yet), and POSSESSION (also a phenomenal trailer).

If a movie is not on this list it could be an oversight, but more than likely it isn’t. It’s my way of saying that movie isn’t for me 🙂

Why don’t I tell you how I really feel? 🙂

No, but seriously, if you think I missed a summer flick that you think is going to be great, feel free to send me a comment. I’m always happy to discover another promising flick!

2010 Movie Trailer Reviews! Studios vs Directors?!

Okay, I checked out a bunch of trailers so you don’t have to. I’m going to seperate the best from the rest to save you downloading time. This is definitely the year of the first time director, as quite a few movies are by Directorial virgins, and I’ve noted that where I felt appropriate:

Favorite trailers:

EXPENDABLES- nuff said
THE AMERICAN- see earlier rave about it
RESIDENT EVIL 3- Not really sold on the director, or any of the previous films in the franchise, but the fact that it’s shot in 3D, and the preview looks serviceable, I’m willing to give it a chance. Matinee showing, not full price.
THE WILD HUNT-interesting premise. One of the few non-remakes/adaptations, an honest to goodness original looking flick.
RED- based on a Warren Ellis Graphic Novel, looks fun
MONSTERS- Trailer looks good. However 1st time director, and a CLOVERFIELD vibe have me slightly concerned. I hated CLOVERFIELD.
FASTER- Dwayne Johnson stars in this George Tillman Jr Directed flick. Looks a lot more interesting than the Cage parody, DRIVE ANGRY (which I admit isn’t saying much, but we’ll see)
TRON:LEGACY- Yet another first time director, with as far as I can tell NO EXPERIENCE, and Disney gives him this and slated to direct three other high profile items?! I understand everyone has to start someplace, but usually you don’t start with one of the bigger movies of the year. Someone’s nephew perhaps? :). Or is it more insidious than that? Much as the boom of reality TV was about breaking the back of the writers and not paying them an equitable share (or any share) in new distribution models, is this fad of first time directors, about breaking the back of established directors? Bringing newbies they can pay less, and control more? Perhaps the reason directors of the caliber of Edward Zwick and Carl Franklin (two of my favorite directors)work infrequently at best.

I’ve always followed directors. It is directors more than stars, that get me interested in a film. I would be far more interested in TRON if an established director was helming it.

I think producers will find they are diminishing themselves, their own returns, if they try and diminish the status of the director to films, if they try for a hired gun approach. Cinema is about visions. It’s about Hitchcock and Peckinpah and Fincher and Snyder.

Always has been.

Always will be.

But my tirade aside, getting back to TRON, the trailer looks nice, and it is in IMAX 3d, which as I’ve said before is the ONLY 3D worth your money. .

Least favorite trailers/Trailers that I have no interest in seeing the movie:

SCOTT PILGRIM- not a fan of the comic, and not remotelyt intrigued by the trailer
THE TOWN-looks interesting, just not a fan of Affleck’s previous
THE SOCIAL NETWORK-The only thing this movie has going for it is the name of its director, David Fincher, but even he can’t get me interested in this life-time special masquerading as a movie. A movie on Facebook? Really?

Films I haven’t seen a trailer for but have me intrigued is the remake of RED DAWN. I didn’t think the first RED DAWN was a good movie, so like I said, if Hollywood insists on doing remakes, remaking a flawed movie is the way to go. Another first time director, Dan Bradley, helms this, but he brings a wealth of experience as a 2nd Unit Director and Stunt Coordinator. So visually he has me intrigued to see what he brings to the table.