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October Movie Preview

With our Halloween Brackets in full force, we’re a little behind on the October preview, but here we go.  Have you already seen a couple of these?  We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Gravity

Release Date: October 4

Synopsis: A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. Co-written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón and stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

Our Thoughts:

Jennie: I am not totally sold on this movie. Now, I know I’ll see it, but I’m not quite sure I’m interested in a feature film (that appears to be mainly) about someone floating by themselves in space. At least it’s not a 2+ hour long movie though.

Editor side note – the below is not actually a spoiler, just snarky.  Moving on…

Felix: 1. Sandra Bullock dies
2. This movie will be about the human existence and about what we do when we know we are going to die. Gravity like death is inevitable.

Dave: 1. SPOILERS!!!
2. Could you sound any more pretentious?? I watched the trailer. It’s about space ‘plosions.

Felix: When Sandra Bullock burns on reentry, is she a “shooting star”?

Rob: Seeing as we’ve already seen most of the movie released in 3-minute chunks I think it’s safe to say that this should be awesome.

*Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

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Trailer: 12 Years A Slave

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12 Years A Slave tells the true story of Solomon Northup, born a free man in upstate New York before the Civil War, but who is abducted and sold into slavery in the South. The movie is directed by <a itemprop="url" href="http://www.imdb viagra original rezeptfrei.com/name/nm2588606/?ref_=tt_ov_dr” target=”_blank”>Steve McQueen (Shame), and stars Chiwetel EjioforMichael FassbenderBrad PittBenedict CumberbatchAlfre WoodardPaul DanoPaul GiamattiSarah Paulson, and Quvenzhané Wallis. 12 Years A Slave sees a limited release starting October 13th.

 

*Photo courtesy Fox Searchlight








Teaser Trailer: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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The first trailer for the second part of The Hobbit has been released.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is directed by <a itemprop="url" href="http://www.imdb viagra niederlande.com/name/nm0001392/?ref_=tt_ov_dr”>Peter Jackson, and stars Benedict CumberbatchLuke EvansMartin FreemanCate BlanchettEvangeline LillyRichard Armitage, and Ian McKellen. It hits theaters December 13th.

*Photo Courtesy Warner Brothers Pictures








Rob’s Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

Letter Grade:
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A
The Good:

Great design aesthetic that draws you into the world.
Non-stop action that doesn't ignore character development.
Excellent villain that's written well.


The Bad:

Not a fan of the new design of the Klingons.

Cast & Crew:

Writer: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof
Director: J.J. Abrams
Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Peter Weller, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Alice Eve, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, and Bruce Greenwood

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence

I’m fairly sure that Starfleet’s real mission isn’t deep space exploration, or fighting aliens, it’s really tailoring. I swear, they seem to have a different style of uniform for every day of the week. Figuring out what uniform to wear each day must be just exhausting for Starfleet officers. Though I suppose that’s not much compared to what they go through in the rest of Star Trek Into Darkness. Into Darkness keeps the pedal down the whole way through, it doesn’t for a moment even think about starting to drag.

The cast of the “first” movie is back, (Chris PineZachary QuintoZoe SaldanaKarl UrbanSimon PeggJohn ChoAnton Yelchin, and Bruce Greenwood) and we’re introduced to Carol Marcus (Alice Eve) and her father the Admiral (Peter Weller), and the terrorist John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), who has declared a one-man war against Starfleet. When a Starfleet facility in London is bombed the crew of the Enterprise are tasked to capture the perpetrator.

For all the action, there’s still a good amount of character growth. Pine’s Kirk does a lot of growing up, with some nice fatherly interplay between him and Admiral Pike in the beginning of the film, and Kirk’s conscience is constantly being tested throughout as he teeters on the line between revenge and justice in his search for Harrison. Kirk’s relationship with Spock is also advanced, as Spock continues to deal with the aftermath of his planet being destroyed and what it means to be half Vulcan but also half Human. Cumberbatch also really excels as the villain, giving real menace to a character that really benefited from the writing.

Into Darkness is really a very modern movie, not just in looks, but also in theme.  It’s about an uncivilized threat in a civilized time, and clearly deals with the War on Terror and people’s reactions to such a threat. How far can you go before your reaction becomes unreasonable and obsessive?

J.J. Abrams did a wonderful job, and it really gives you hope for the new Star Wars movies. I know some will complain about the lens flare, but I honestly didn’t notice it once during the movie. I thought the design worked very well in general. The bridge is a very modern Apple store, but in the more technical areas that design aesthetic gives way to a much more realistic/industrial look. The engine room looks like an actual engine room and the weapons systems harken back to more nautical times. Instead of phasers and torpedoes magically appearing from the side of the ship there are phaser turrets and actual torpedo tubes, which gives it all a more realistic feel.

I suppose my one complaint would be the new design of the Klingons. I’m sure this is a personal taste thing, but I wish they’d gotten a little closer to the original design. As it is they seem closer to a lizard creature from the Super Mario Brothers movie than the Klingons we’ve grown to know and respect.

There are also some very interesting parallels between this incarnation’s reality and the “prime” Star Trek universe. They aren’t just taking the Star Trek universe and writing their own stories for it. They seem to actually be putting some thought into how things would differ in this reality, and that really gives more power to the events that do more directly parallel the prime universe.  In the end, Star Trek Into Darkness is an excellent sci-fi action movie.








Summer Movie Preview: May

Summer movie season is upon us with the release of Iron Man 3 this Friday, so the Cinedraft staff felt now would be a good time to take a look at what is coming up this summer.  We start out with what’s coming out in May…

Iron Man 3

Release Date: May 3rd

Synopsis: Robert Downey Jr returns for another go-round as Tony Stark as he faces off against Ben Kingsley’s Manderin. Shane Black directs, and this will get Felix exceedingly excited. Also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, and either Don Cheadle or Terrence Howard, depending on how the coin flip turned out this time.

Our Thoughts:

Rob: This will be the real kick-off of the summer season. I’m not completely sold on Kingsley as the Mandarin, but I read that after seeing the Iron Man 3 finale Joss Whedon was upset because he didn’t know how he’d be able to top it for The Avengers 2, so expectations are pretty high.

Dave: I’m excited for Iron Man 3, I really am. I don’t doubt it will be a well made action film filled with funny Robert Downey Jr. one-liners. I suppose my only real worry about this film would apply to all Post-Avengers Marvel Universe movies… If the bad guy in Iron Man 3 is such bad news, why not just call in the rest of the Avengers to easily defeat him? Did they all have plans for the weekend that they couldn’t cancel? Seems like the conflict in this movie could be resolved by having the Hulk go in and slap Ben Kingsley around for a few minutes… problem solved.

Jennie: I am really looking forward to this movie. I think Robert Downey Jr is great and I generally have liked the Marvel movies over the last few years (not Ghost Rider of course). I like Ben Kingsly a lot and his voice sounds kind of awesome in the trailer, but I’m not sure how it will work with him as a action movie bad guy. I have no doubt that it’s going to be an entertaining movie. (more…)