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Archive for July, 2011


Trailer Watch: Drive red band trailer

Bronson director Nicolas Winding Refn got the Best director award and a Palm D’Or nomination for Drive at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and this trailer makes it pretty easy to see why. An awesome cast (Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman, and Christina Hendricks among them), some really solid stunt driving, and a few dark, dark moments. This looks pretty bad-ass.

Check out the trailer below or head over to IGN for the HD version:

Drive hits theaters on September 16th.

Trailer Watch: The Amazing Spiderman teaser trailer

Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man is one of those movies that people (on the internet) just want to hate on.

It’s “too soon” for a reboot. Which is a stupid criticism, because in five or ten more years, a movie isn’t good whether or not it came five or ten years after another movie. It’s good on its own terms.

Marc Webb hasn’t directed an action movie before. His DP has. (Although they’re mostly Michael Bay movies and The Green Hornet, so… maybe that’s not much of a counterargument.)

They’re “Twilightizing” it by making Peter in high school. Parker was in freakin’ high school when he got his powers. He was in high school for the first three or four years of the comic — and he probably would have been in high school longer, except that the first several years of the Marvel Universe (back in the 1960’s) were sort of set in real time. And Pete was one emo kid in those days, too, if you actually read the old comics. It was Spider-Man Nevermore ever other issue, for God’s sake. Come on.

The new costume stinks. Well, I’ll give you that. Anyway, we’re stuck with it for at least one movie, so let’s try to get past that. At least he has mechanical web shooters, right?

Anyway, this teaser has been up for a day or two in a cammed version, and it leaked earlier today before Yahoo! Movies finally put out the official version, and so here it is. (I don’t post bootlegs here, y’all.) I seem to be in the minority about this teaser, but I kind of like it. I’m not in love, but I like it. The tone is good. The cast is good. The first-person stuff isn’t the greatest CG ever, but it’s cool enough for a teaser trailer. I’m optimistic.

The film stars Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans, Emma Stone, Sally Field and Martin Sheen, and swings into theaters… in about a year: July 3, 2012.

So… what do you think?

Trailer Watch: Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmasters

We got a teaser trailer back in December, but this new trailer for Wong Kar-wai’s take on an Ip Man biopic actually shows some footage.

Wong’s Ip Man is one of his regulars, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, who has some action flicks in the past (Hero, Red Cliff) but isn’t exactly Donnie Yen, but that doesn’t seem to be too important, as Wong has so stylized the action that it doesn’t really flow like a proper fight scene. For me, that’s not really a good thing, but I’m still curious to see what kind of film Wong makes of the subject.

Trailer Watch: The Dark Knight Rises teaser trailer

There’s not a ton of new footage here, but it sure sets up an awful lot — and drives the nail in the coffin for any debate about whether or not Christopher Nolan’s Batfilms are a “real” trilogy.

The Dark Knight Rises on July 20th, 2012.