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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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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.








Rob’s Review: The Heat

The Heat on Cinedraft.com
Letter Grade:
(?)

C-
The Good:

Bullock and McCarthy are both enjoyable.
The one-off jokes and physical comedy work best.


The Bad:

Characters don't mesh well.
Slows to a crawl when they try to advance the plot rather than tell jokes
Some cringe-inducing bad comedy
Their attempt to satirize the Boston accent is embarrassing.
Not enough Tom Wilson

Cast & Crew:

Writer: Katie Dippold
Director: Paul Feig
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demián Bichir, Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport, Tom Wilson

Rated R for pervasive language, strong crude content and some violence

The Heat on Cinedraft.com

Photo courtesy 20th Century Fox

I went into The Heat with pretty low expectations, and they were exceeded, but not by enough for me to actually recommend the film. It has its really funny moments, but it also has quite a few really cringe-worthy moments. It’s at its best when it’s making quick jokes or doing physical comedy, but it grinds to a halt whenever they take time to actually advance the plot.

 is a hot-shot FBI agent who is not very well-liked by her peers. She has the technical skills to be a great agent, but lacks the interpersonal skills and common sense. Hoping to be promoted to replace her boss, she is sent off to Boston to investigate a new drug kingpin.  is a Boston PD detective with street knowledge, but no use whatsoever for correct police procedure. The two are teamed up when McCarthy brings in a suspect (via clobbering him in the head with a watermelon) who has ties to the drug kingpin. (more…)








Summer Movie Preview: June

It’s time for the next installment of our summer movie preview, this time we look all the way into June, 2013. “Zombies”, and Monsters, and Shakespeare, oh my!

The Internship

Release Date: June 7th

Synopsis: Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson get laid off and enter an internship program at Google where they must compete with younger, smarter interns for a job with the search giant. Also features Rose Byrne, B.J. Novak, Josh Gad, and Aasif Mandvi. Directed by Shawn Levy (Real Steel, Date Night, and the Night at the Museum franchise).

Our Thoughts:

Rob: I have a feeling that, for better or worse, you’re going to get exactly what you expect out of this one.

Jennie: I hope this movie is funnier than the trailer suggests. Also, am I the only one who thinks it’s strange that the old guy in the wheelchair knows who Charles Xavier is but they don’t have any clue?

Dave: I got to imagine if you’re an old, bald, professor in a wheelchair, you hear the reference from time to time.

Dave: I think the trailer looks funny enough. I generally enjoy the combination of Vaughn and Wilson, but I foresee waiting to see this one on on DVD. Looks like it may be the type of movie that shows you the funniest stuff in the trailer…but i guess you never know.

Nicki: I love this team. They could read the phone book and make me laugh. Just the scene of “What? What?!” alone, makes me want to see it.

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Trailer: Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity

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).