Seth Gordon‘s hard-R reboot of Baywatch was one that I was expecting to be a guilty pleasure of mine come next summer, due to the awesome cast and Gordon’s previous work (mainly Horrible Bosses). But if this trailer is any indication, that doesn’t look to be the case at all.
Here’s the new trailer from Paramount:
Where do I begin? Besides the fact that I didn’t laugh a single time during the whole trailer (although that last part was a bit humorous) it all just feels very lazy and half-assed. This also feels like the fifth time in three years I’ve seen Zac Efron play the same, douche-y character with a six-pack, and it’s getting stale real quick. And let’s not even talk about the horrid green-screen work on display here.
Granted, it’s Baywatch, so I shouldn’t be expecting much in the first place, but for a big, Memorial Day comedy with Dwayne Johnson headlining it, I should be more excited for it.
Just a few weeks ago, Sony’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk was an Oscar frontrunner, with awards-friendly director Ang Lee (Life of Pi) at helm and the fact that it was filmed at an insane and groundbreaking 120 frames per second. That all changed when it closed out the New York Film Festival with mixed to negative reactions, many of which commented on the film’s look, which they said was far too distracting and fake-looking to actually work cinematically.
However, there were a few that did seem to enjoy it and the technical achievements it makes, and Sony seems to be banking on that to sell the film. The trailer (which really doesn’t tell you what the film is about) is full of positive reactions from what seems like a handful of critics. But if you look closely, you’ll see a lot of the quotes are from the same few critics. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but you do have to admire Sony and their team for trying to still push this film as an awards contender to the general public.
Here’s the new trailer below:
Sadly at this point, it seems like this one will end up vying for the technical awards rather than the big ones that they might have been hoping for originally. That being said, I’m still looking forward to it, if only to see what all the fuss is about with filming it at a (much) higher frame rate than usual.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk opens in theaters November 11th.
There’s always that one movie each year that tries soo hard to impress audiences with its over-reliance on CGI and spectacle even when in reality, no one sees the movie as “big event” like The Avengers or Star Wars. This year, it’s the wannabe Roland Emmerich film San Andreas, which is trying very hard to show people that it’s a badass movie. “Look, we got The Rock!” “Look, we got huge, mindless set pieces!” “Look, DESTRUCTION!!!” Well, that’s great, except for the fact that a.) I feel like I’ve seen this movie many, many times before and b.) even with all the action and destruction on display, it just looks boring. Don’t be surprised if this is one of the underperformers of this summer movie season. I mean, just look at that picture above. Ugh. I just don’t see the appeal here.
Have a look at the trailer below:
San Andreas, directed by Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island), will be released on May 29th, 2015.
Marvel and Netflix have just released a new trailer for their upcoming series Daredevil, and I gotta say, I’m impressed. I’ve been on the fence about this show ever since it was announced, afraid that Marvel wouldn’t want to go “dark” now that it’s brand is reaching out not only to fans, but to kids as well. This doesn’t seem to be an issue here, as the opening seconds of the trailer show off its TV-MA rating. So it looks like we’ll be seeing some brutal action here.
Also, Vincent D’Onofrio as Kingpin looks fantastic. Granted, we haven’t seen too much from him so far, but he looks to be a much better villain than even the MCU feature films have been able to produce. That being said, Charlie Cox still doesn’t convince me as Matt Murdock and his costume is ugly as hell. I know that he’ll eventually wear his red suit that we all know him to wear, but that all black outfit? There’s a reason why the promotional material hasn’t focused on his costume.
Speaking of promotional material, here’s the trailer and also a new poster for the show.
All the episodes for Daredevil will be released on April 10.
It’s safe to say that most people hated Taken 2. I for one loathed it, and told myself I’d never watch another one of them if they ever made a sequel. Well, fuck you Fox. You won. You’ve convinced me to watch Taken 3, or as the marketing calls it, Tak3n, which is something I refuse to call it. But I digress.
For one, the action looks MUCH better this time around, which is surprising considering how crappy the action scenes were in the last one and it’s from the same director, Olivier Megaton. Also, unlike Taken 2, a film that took itself way too seriously for all the stupid shit that actually happens in the film, this installment seems to have a sense of fun. Then again, I feel like a film like this shouldn’t be “fun”.
I mean, it may be a sequel, but if it wasn’t titled Taken 3, it could very easily been named something else. I mean, yeah, you could say Liam Neeson‘s innocence is “taken” this time around, but other than that and the character names, it feels like something outside of the Taken franchise. What was once a dark and sometimes sadistic thriller about a father saving his daughter from a sex trafficking ring has now turned into a generic, studio-churned action flick that thrives on PG-13 cliches and explosions. But, like I said, at least it looks fun. It’s just really strange to see how far this series has come since the original.
Sorry about not posting for a while. Between school and sports, life was pretty hectic the past week. Anyway, Relativity Media just released the theatrical trailer for their upcoming horror film, Oculus.
Me being a huge fan of the horror genre, this one has been on my radar for a while and even though the teaser didn’t do much for me, this new trailer plus the good early reviews both lead me to believe that this will be a horror film worth checking out. Oh, and it’s also rated R. Hell yes.
Along with X-Men: Days of Future Past and Maleficent, this Godzilla reboot has been one of the anticipated movies to come out this summer. The teaser trailer was chilling and dark, and this official theatrical trailer is as well, just more action-packed and breathtaking (if that was even possible). This looks absolutely stunning and I can’t wait to see this at the midnight showing in May. I really hope this one doesn’t disappoint.
The remake is directed by Gareth Edwards (Monster) and written by Max Borenstein (The Seventh Son).Godzilla will open May 16, 2014.