Thursday, July 26, 2012

Cloud Atlas

I know, it's shocking that I am posting something that is completely irrelevant to Christopher Nolan or Batman.  But its something I think worthy of attention and hype.  The Wachowski siblings have given us some great things (The Matrix) and some terrible things (The Matrix sequels) but they have always been interesting.  So when I heard the premise for "Cloud Atlas" I was intrigued.

It's based on a novel, where different stories, dating all over history and the future, intertwine.  I've never read the book, I plan to, so I don't know how good the source material is but the idea is pretty crazy.

We (meaning other film snobs and geeks) kept hearing about different things, like Tom Hanks being cast, followed by Hugh Grant...yeah Hugh Grant in a non chick-flick?  That's enough to peak my interest  But you also have Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Ben Wishaw, Jim Sturgess and of coure Hugo Weaving.   So my interest grew even more.  Finally we have been given a glimpse into what this is actually going to look like.  Honestly, I'm even more in the dark of what this movie is about after viewing the extended trailer.  But the visuals look more than amazing and the acting looks extremely solid.  Unfortunately Warner Bro's have taken down any video except the exclusive Apple Trailer's one so I have to just link you to it here.  Enjoy! 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises - Featurette

What a better way to send the already unbelievable hype of this movie into literal overdrive then release this featurette.  In true Christopher Nolan fashion it doesn't spoil anything, we see many clips that we have already seen through trailers and tv spots, but hearing the insight from Chris and Wally Pfister (my favorite Cinematographer) is amazing.  The scale of this movie is unbelievable, and to watch some of the stunts that are done here makes me so giddy it's not even funny.

 I can't stress enough to people how this movie is going to far exceed any of the insane hype I have been throwing at it.  I realize that I am the worst kind of fanboy and that I would blindly follow this director anywhere he took me, but seriously this is going to be something incredible.  Yesterday test screenings were held and people at Super Hero Hype that saw it raved about it, claiming it is better than both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.  Everyone who tweeted about their reactions to seeing it boasted that the last twenty minutes are let the hype continue to build!  Less than two weeks to go!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Les Miserables: First Look

Sitting through countless terrible musicals based on Broadway plays, I always wished someone with real talent at directing would take a musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's book, based on the hit Broadway play, and turn it into an incredible movie.

About a year and a half ago a movie called "The Kings Speech" was winning an Oscar for best picture.  It was directed by an unknown named Tom Hooper, and if you saw "The Kings Speech" it was proof he had immense talent.  Around this same time I was rereading one of my favorite novels of all time, "Les Miserables" and thought yet again how amazing it would be if someone made it into a film instead of  junk like "Hairspray" or "Mama Mia".  How come we couldn't get something like this, that had real meaning and real substance?

Well suddenly on the Internet movie databases news page, it announced that Tom Hooper was in talks to direct a musical adaptation of "Les Miserables" (there has already been a film based off the book, that was non-musical)  and I have been following its production ever since.

Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert

Finally the first trailer and look into the film has been released.  It looks incredible, and with a cast that includes Hugh Jackman as the protagonist Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as the antagonist Inspector Javert, Anne Hathaway as the heartbreaking Fantine, and the perfect casting of Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter as the Thenardiers..this promises to be incredible.

Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean
I personally think it has the best chance at the next Academy Awards and giving Spielberg's "Lincoln" a run for it's money.  Check out the trailer below

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises - TV Spot #3 Rise (HD)

We now have a third tv spot...and it may just be the best yet.  I am for sure writing in Christopher Nolan on the presidential Ballot this year.  Check it out below!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises: 4 New Banners

So its officially the week of The Dark Knight Rises!  We got the new tv spots, posters and now four epic new banners! These literally just hit the web a few minutes ago! I am so completely giddy its not even funny.  Check them all out below! (click on em for larger high res images)

My personal favorite!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises: TV Spots + 6 Character Posters and Lots of New Stills.

So it appears that the marketing has finally kicked into gear.  First this week we got the new official third poster for The Dark Knight Rises, but I won't even post that because it was a terrible poster.  The following day we got six new character posters though, that are quite excellent.  We also ot lots of new great looking stills from the film. And finally tonight we got two T.V spots for it (one premiering during American Idol, the other during Modern Family), showing LOTS of amazing footage that was not shown in the trailers.  With these two trailers it seems that they are trying to highlight the more "fun" elements of the film as opposed to the very serious and gloomy three theatrical trailers.  Probably a good marketing move on WB's part to try and highlight the more "fun" moments now that the super fun Avengers was such a hit.

The more I see of this movie, the more confident I am that Christopher Nolan can do now wrong, and that this will be the best he has done yet. It also looks like I have got what I missed most in The Dark Knight...more Bruce Wayne (I feel that this is where Christian Bale's acting is best in the series)

Check out  all the new epicness below!

T.V Spot 1:

T.V Spot 2:

New stills below (click on picture for High Res)
Bane looking epic as usual

Catwoman as she (my theory anyways) is about to witness Bane beat the crap out of Batman

Joseph Gordon Levitt as cop John Blake

Anne Hathaway as Catwoman

Christopher Nolan being the genius that he is

Chris directing the cuss out of Christian Bale and Morgan Freeman

Anne Hathaway just prooving all the naysayers wrong.

More Bane looking epic

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises: Official Trailer 3

So I am kind of at a loss for words right now.  Usually when a new trailer is released it hits online the following Monday after it hits theaters.  I and many others assumed we would get the new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises next Monday.  Today however began with a lengthy viral campaign that unlocked stills from the new trailer.

It took all day, but once all the stills were unlocked...The new trailer began playing.  The mixture of Christopher Nolan fan and batman geek in me is going nuts right now.  I really can't describe how amazing this trailer is.  We get soooo much new stuff, but nothing that spoils the plot of the movie.  Anything can happen still.

Christian Bale looks as incredible as ever in this movie, and Tom Hardy is definitely going to give Heath Ledger a run with his performance.  And Anne Hathaway....... I don't care what people say, she looks incredible in this movie.  I literally can't wait for this movie.

It looks like the perfect conclusion for Christopher Nolan, it looks more incredible than I had first imagined, and yes I realized I am geeking out right now!  Christopher Nolan is a genius and I am now more convinced than ever that he can not make a bad movie.

The Dark Knight Rises: New Viral for Trailer

The viral marketing campaign that has been virtually non existent for The Dark Knight Rises kicked into gear today on the movies main website.  It opens up a police file discussing the vigilante known as Batman.   It talks about graffiti symbols appearing all over that are signifying the return of Batman and the Gotham City police believe that documenting these will help them find his whereabouts.  It then gives a list of cities and locations around the world where they want people to go and take a picture of the symbol at the location at submit it to them then on  a still from the new trailer opens up.

Now here is what is really interesting. The trailer is supposed to debut in front of The Avengers this weekend, so usually that means we would get the trailer online the following Monday.  But it appears there is a still literally for ever single second of the trailer being uploaded onto that site.  So what me and my fellow fanboys (for lack of a better word) believe is that when all the locations have been submitted and all the stills are loaded up...We will have the new trailer.

This is assuming they are evil and just leave us with every single still from the trailer, but I personally believe that we will have the final full length trailer.  If the people continue to go out to the locations and submit, we should have the trailer by (the earliest) later today.  But more likely tomorrow.

A couple of the stills released so far:

You have no idea how unbelievably excited I am right now.....

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Prometheus- New Official International Trailer

Amidst all sorts of ratings controversy speculation, we are given the third trailer for Prometheus.  It's long, it shows lots of new footage, and with that all sorts of mayhem.  I personally feel that this trailer is going to shut down the "it might be PG 13" talk.  This trailer makes it look too crazy and intense than a PG 13 would allow.  So all the angry fan boys out there can now settle down.  Either way the trailer is amazing and make this film look freaking scary....

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Lawless Official Trailer: Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman

Formerly known as "The Wettest County", John Hillcoat's gritty portrayal of a family of bootleggers during prohibition has seen many changes recently.  One it's name was changed to "Lawless" (which is gonna be confusing because next year Terence Malick has a film coming out with the same name).  The other change was it's release date was pushed back.   But with the new trailer released, it may be worth the wait.

The film has a stellar cast that includes Tom Hardy, Shia Labouf (say what you want about him, but he can act.  see "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints" for proof) Jessica Chastain (who was brilliant in "The Help") Guy Pearce and the always incredible Gary Oldman.

John Hillcoat only has two other movies behind him, the australian western "The Proposition" and the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's brilliant masterpiece "The Road".  With those two films, "Lawless" seems like perfect territory.

Tom Hardy makes anything he is involved in interesting, so I can't wait to see what he does with this.  There is a good chance he will get awards recognition for it.  Check out the trailer below, it's one of the better trailers I've ever seen.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Skyfall: The Most Anticipated Bond Movie Ever

First official photo of Daniel Crag in Skyfall
Skyfall, the new Bond film starring Daniel Craig is hitting theaters this November and for some reason it seems to be feverishly anticipated by most everybody on the internet (myself included).  What makes it so anticipated?  The last Bond outing was mediocre at best (I still enjoyed Quantum of Solace).  It didn't receive the critical or box office response it was looking for.  Largely due to the very lacking story involved.

So why would the follow-up garner such excitement?  In my opinion it's all in the cast.  Daniel Craig is easily in his prime right now, he is just solid.  Add to that we have Ralph Fiennes doing what he does better than just about anybody in the business...playing the villain (He played Voldemort, but for a really good portrayal of his villainy see Schindler's List or Red Dragon).  Not to mention Javier Bardem is also in the cast, whom I'm expecting to also be a bad guy and if you've seen No Country For Old Men, you'll be just as excited as I am about that prospect.  To top it all off Sam Mendes is an excellent director.

So fans everywhere have been dying for anything to be released from the film, a trailer (said to be attached to Men In Black III next month) or pictures..or anything? Finally we have been rewarded with not just a few, but a cuss lot of good pictures....

Daniel Craig looking (as usual) angry as Bond

Judi Dench reprising her role as "M"

Naomie Harris as Eve

Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises: New Official Photos

After too long of Warner Bro's being silent about anything Dark Knight Rises related, we finally get a little something...a bunch of new official stills from the movie.  And thats good enough to tide me over till the final trailer that should be hitting us next month.  So check out all the new photos below, and just because I can't get enough of it, the second trailer from a few months back.

Finally a picture of Morgan Freeman as Lucious Fox

Anne Hathaway looking amazing as Catwoman

Tom Hardy as Bane 

Tom Hardy proving how good of an actor is just with a picture...the guy conveys so much with his eyes.  Easily the reason I am most excited about this movie.

Finally an official photo of JGL as Gotham Police Officer John Blake

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Looper: Official Trailer

Apparently it is the year for sci-fi geeks.  Not only do we have Prometheus coming out in the science fiction genre, we have the new film by the immensely talented Rian Johnson.  His previous two credits include the vastly underrated films Brick and The Brother Bloom.  This will also mark his third time working with Joseph Gordon Levitt.

If you have seen either of his previous films you will know that Rian Johnson is synonymous with originality.  He is downright talented and unique so it's near impossible not to be stoked about Looper.  I have been following the development of this one since it was first announced so I'm quite giddy that they finally released a trailer for it.  The film stars Levitt as a hit man for a mob of the future.  They send people they want "disposed" of back in time, and he kills them.  Not original enough yet?  Well one day he recognizes his target as his future self, played by Bruce Willis.  I can only assume that mayhem ensues at this point.
Joseph Gordon Levitt as Joe

The trailer is fantastic and looks just as interesting and unique as anything Johnson has done, and add the fact that the cast is nothing short of stellar that along with Levitt and Willis includes Emily Blunt, Paul Dano and Jeff Daniels...well I honestly don't see any way this movie will be a let down.  Check out the trailer below!