Rob’s Quick Review: Nerve

Nerve has gotten much more realistic since I walked out of the theater a few weeks ago. It seems scarily prescient in the wake of Pokemon Go’s release.  Millions of people walking

Rob’s Quick Review: John Wick

John Wick is a stylish, fast-paced take on the revenge action genre. It’s very well written, interlacing funny moments into the action sequences, reminding me of the best of Shane Black’s writing.

May Movie Preview: Part 1

We hope that many of you went to the movies this past weekend.  Maybe you saw the new Spider-Man, or maybe you caught up on something that you’ve been meaning to see.

From The Web: Supercut of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

If you’re not familiar with the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die book, I really recommend it for movie lovers.  The book itself (in any of its many updated versions) is

April Movie Preview: Part 1

Now that we’re post awards season, we’re in that weird in between before the summer movie explosion.  That being said, there are several movies of note trying to get the jump on

 

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The latest movie news.

New Trailer: The Counselor

I wouldn’t go as far as saying that I love Ridley Scott films personally, but they are almost always very well made and generally beautiful.  The writer for this however, I do have quite a bit of faith in. Cormac McCarthy has also written The Road and No Country for Old Men.  While neither is exactly uplifting, they are both vivid and memorable works. I imagine (and hope) that his screenplay for this film will be similarly well done.  Also, the cast looks great – Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt.








New Trailer: The Monuments Men

Art is a very important part of my life and all aspects of art history fascinate me.  When I heard about the plans for The Monuments Men, I was beyond excited.  There is a wonderful documentary written by the same man (Robert M. Edsel) who wrote the book this movie is based on.  The documentary (which is also based on a book) is called The Rape of Europa and if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.  I will probably watch it again before seeing this film

This trailer is a lot funnier than I expected.  It’s leaning more towards an Oceans movie than I would have thought.  The screenplay was written by George Clooney & Grant Heslov, who are good team (The Ides of March & Good Night, and Good Luck).  They are also the producers and have both had pretty good luck with that recently too, Argo in particular.

With this cast, the potentially wonderful writing, and the story, this is looking like a movie that should not be missed.

*Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Publicity








Honda announces “Project Drive-In” to save Drive-In theaters

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Next year Hollywood studios are going to stop producing 35mm film prints and move to fully digital distribution. This has been a problem for local art house theaters that have struggled to raise the funds needed to install the new digital projectors that cost $70k-$80k each.  This is even more of a problem for the nation’s 368 Drive-In theaters who see even less business than the art houses. That’s why Honda is launching a fundraising campaign to help theaters pay for these costly upgrades. Honda will be providing 5 Drive-Ins with new digital projectors, and proceeds from the fundraising campaign will be used to help additional Drive-Ins.

You can donate to the campaign through Indiegogo.








Now You See Me Sequel In The Works

Did you enjoy Now You See Me? We did. Good news then, The Hollywood Reporter reports that a sequel is in the works, with production to start next year. The $75 million movie has already brought in $235 million so far, more than both The Lone Ranger and White House Down.








Trailer Tuesday: Final Ender’s Game Trailer

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The final Ender’s Game trailer is out today. More battle scenes, some lake shots, a little more Battle Room, a lot of space scenes…

Ender’s Game tells the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, a boy who is recruited by the military and sent to a space station with other child soldiers to train battle the alien Formics. Directed by , and starring , and . It comes to theaters November 1st.

 

*Photo courtesy Summit Entertainment








Summer Movie Preview: August

OK, not too much witty stuff here today, there’s just too many movies coming out in August.  Enjoy the trailers and maybe some of our ramblings on some of the movies being released over the next few weeks.

The Smurfs 2

Release Date: August 2nd (well, really it was released today)

Synopsis: The Smurfs team up with their human friends to rescue Smurfette, who has been kidnapped by Gargamel since she knows a secret spell that can turn the evil sorcerer’s newest creation – creatures called the Naughties – into real Smurfs. The film is being directed again by Raja Gosnell, with all the main cast returning (Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, Jayma Mays, etc). New cast includes Christina Ricci and J. B. Smoove as members of the Naughties, and Brendan Gleeson as Patrick Winslow’s stepfather.

Our Thoughts:

Dave: I didn’t let the first Smurfs movie ruin my cherished childhood Smurf-related memories I am sure as hell not going to start now by seeing this one. (Strange, my spell check doesn’t recognize “Smurf-related” as a word…maybe it’s not supposed to be hyphenated.)

Jennie: OK, I love Neil Patrick Harris but, this movie isn’t for me. Not that I think it looks (too) terrible, but it is geared towards a much younger audience. Some family movies are fun for adults too, but I don’t think this one fits into that category.

Rob: I’m sure this will bring some joy to some children, but not nearly as much joy as that felt by those actors’ agents. Yay, 10%!

Felix: Raja Gosnell took a great Scooby Doo script in which they had a bunch of adult themed jokes into the incomprehensible piece of garbage we saw. He did the same for the Smurfs. Just saying, this is going to suck.

Dave: Wait…you know the writer of Scooby Doo??

Felix: Read the original screenplay.

Jennie: Wait, you read the original screenplay for the Scooby Doo Movie???

Felix: Yes

Nicole: We saw the first one and I wouldn’t say it was awful, it did have some funny parts but it was slow and not great overall. I’m not really looking forward to this one even though I love NPH. My daughter however has been counting the days until it comes out. I haven’t been gutsy enough yet to tell her that we will not be seeing it on opening weekend

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Trailer Tuesday

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A wide range of trailers this week. Michael Caine and a younger woman, a timid Time photo manager, mutants, horror, and schlock.

Mr. Morgan’s Last Love

A look at the life-changing connection between a retired and widowed American philosophy professor and a young Parisian woman. Written/Directed by , and starring , and .

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New Trailer: 47 Ronin

I, unlike a lot of folks (it seems), am not a Keanu hater. That being said, this could be end up being tragic.  The release of this movie has already been postponed twice, and this is Director Carl Rinsch’s first feature length film. This story is based on the actually Forty-seven Ronin, but it is an extremely fantastical take.  It appears to be a bit 300 and a bit The Last Samurai, both of which I enjoyed so, I am at least reasonably intrigued.








New Trailers: Gravity (*Updated*)

There’s a new trailer for  Gravity. It’s just one shot from the movie, but it happens to be a 90-second-long shot, harkening back to the best parts of Children of Men. If this were a Michael Bay movie that would have been one 10-second shot circling around an astronaut and 160 half-second shots making everything unintelligible.

Due out October 4th, in Gravity  and  play astronauts left drifting in space after space debris destroys their space shuttle. Directed by  (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Y Tu Mamá También).

*Update*

Warner Brothers just released another clip to go along with the first.








Trailer Tuesday

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This week’s new trailers feature children killing children at the government’s behest, children killing adults while wearing masks, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is a chronicle of Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. It’s directed by  (The Other Boleyn Girl), and stars , and . It will see limited release started in late November, just in time for Oscar season.

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