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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.


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.


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.

Trailer: 12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave on Cinedraft.com

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

Rob’s Quick Review: World War Z

World War Z on Cinedraft.com
Letter Grade:

The Good:

Individual sections are interesting enough to be short films of their own.
Third act really helps the film, even if it can't fully save it.

The Bad:

Disjointed and lacking in narrative payoff.
Fast zombies aren't zombies.
The spread of a contagion that takes 12 seconds to "zombify" someone is epidemiologically dubious.

Cast & Crew:

Director: Marc Forster
Writers: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, Damon Lindelof, J. Michael Straczynski
Stars: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Fana Mokoena, David Morse, Pierfrancesco Favino

Rated PG-13 for intense frightening zombie sequences, violence and disturbing images

Let me get this out there right from the beginning… Fast Zombies aren’t real zombies.

And World War Z is a horrible adaptation of Max Brooks’ book.

That being said, World War Z is better than it has any right to be, especially given its troubled production history. (The last third of the movie was completely scrapped and re-shot.) As pure survival horror/action it’s not horrible. (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.