Fan Made Dark Knight Trilogy Trailer

I was made aware of this fan made video just recently and thought that it was something that more people should take a look at. This is a trilogy trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies but takes the liberty of using audio from another one of Nolan’s films, “The Prestige”. Watch and enjoy.

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Coming Attractions: The Amazing Spiderman

The box-office for this young year has already proven to be an improvement to last year, and by the looks of things it’s only going to get better. We have the end of a mega-franchise (no matter what you think of it, it has to be described as such) in Twilight, the start of another potential one in “The Hunger Games”. And then three of the most anticipated super-hero films in a long time with “The Dark Knight Rises”, “The Avengers” and “The Amazing Spiderman”. The latter just posted their newest trailer just after the crack of midnight out here on the west coast, and color me impressed. I was a little underwhelmed with the first trailer that came out a while ago that featured a point of view shot from Spiderman as the main selling point. But the newest one goes deeper into the story, how it is different from Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire’s version, and just how awesome Andrew Garfield may turn out as Spiderman.

It’s clear they’re not going with the exact same mythology that most people have come to know of Spiderman and have rather optioned for a darker background to the hero and the death of his parents. Maguire’s Spidey was the nicest guy in the world; it looks like this time Spidey’s got a little more edge when he is in the suit, which I think could really work well. And the Lizard looks pretty good from the limited stuff we get so far. And an added bonus, but I could be wrong because we still only get about one scene from Martin Sheen in both trailers, it looks like Uncle Ben may just stick around longer than five minutes this time. Oh, one more thing, is it just me or is anyone else thinking Emma Stone might just prove to be the better girlfriend from the two series with how she comes off in the trailer.

I didn’t think we needed another Spiderman just five years after the last installment, despite how bad that certain film was, but if the film can deliver for audiences what it did for m, than I can’t blame them and say kudos for bringing back one of the most popular superheroes to the forefront. Check the trailer out below:

We have all the big superhero trailers now for this summer, which of them are you most looking forward to?

Coming Attractions: February Releases

Happy Leap Year everybody. The universe has decided to give us an extra day in the month of February this year and confuse people what happens to kids who actually are born on Feb. 29th (or maybe it’s just me who finds that really interesting). But all that is besides that point, after 2011 was a year where the box-office was down, 2012 has been quite the turn around to that with January being one of the most successful starts to a new year’s box-office in a while. Hopefully February can keep it going and what films might be key reasons in that.

Chronicle

Found footage films have become a trend ever since “The Blair Witch” came out. A staple in the horror genre, it has pretty much run its course and become clichéd by this point. But then you have “Chronicle”, a found footage superhero movie. It seems to be a refreshing look on two traditional types of films, the found footage and the superhero origin. It’s been getting really positive reviews, having already come out just yesterday (2/3), so the word of mouth on this one is only going to grow.

Safe House

Denzel Washington is one of the most charismatic actors in Hollywood right now. Whenever there is a trailer for one of his films it is nearly impossible to be drawn in by him in some way or another. And he’s at it again in “Safe House”, hopefully the trailer isn’t just the best of for him in the film and there’s more gold throughout the running time like the “I’m already in your head” line. Plus he has a solid cast around him with Ryan Reynolds, Brendan Gleeson, and Vera Farmiga. But let’s be honest, if we’re going to go see this film, it’s because Denzel is going to be kicking some serious ass.

Act of Valor

Like “Chronicle” this is something different than what we normally see, and that’s why it’s peaked my interest. With real Navy SEALS as the characters the suspension of disbelief that we would have to probably have in a film like this otherwise is going to be completely gone. Everything they do is stuff that they had probably already done in real life. The question is, is it going to feel more like an hour and a half promotional video for the military or is it going to be a movie that we can actually invest in on a deeper level than just saying “wow that’s cool”.

These are the films that I’m most interested in seeing what comes of out of this month. What about you guys? Anything else that you’re really excited to see that’s coming out this month?

Coming Attractions

A nice little surprise early in the new year is the first trailer for Wes Anderson’s new film, “Moonrise Kingdom”. This is a film that I put as one of my most anticipated for 2012, and the trailer looks like Wes Anderson up to usual bag of tricks, no complaints here. If you’re already a Anderson fan than you’ll enjoy this; and if you’re not, if you like quirky, witty comedies, than I highly suggest you take a look at some of his previous work, films like “The Royal Tenenbaums”, “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”, or “Fantastic Mr. Fox”. Here’s the like to the HD trailer at Apple, http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/focus_features/moonrisekingdom/, and it’s also embedded below. Enjoy.

Coming Attractions: January Releases

I’ve been a little lazy with my postings in 2012, this being my first official post of the new year. But, it is oddly fitting that I’ve been slow to start this year considering that the month of January is often the same for the film industry. The studios are busy pushing whatever film they have in the running for Oscar glory, and independent films that received good buzz, but never made it out of New York and Los Angeles finally spread further out, but it never seems to far unfortunately. Either way, January always gets a bad rap for not bringing any good movies to audiences. That’s not always the case though. “Taken” everyone’s favorite Liam Neeson movie, was a January film, “Cloverfield” also, and even David Fincher’s “Zodiac”. So, there is some hope that in all the presume garbage that will be released in the early days of 2012, we might find some movies that will actually prove the price of admission. Here are a couple that I think could be good:

The Grey – Ever since “Taken”, Liam Neeson has been one of the bigger action stars in Hollywood, not bad for someone who is 58 years old. “The Grey” has been getting pretty big buzz and was almost slipped in late in 2011 to possibly have Neeson make a run for Best Actor. It didn’t happen, but I don’t think it was for lack of quality over the idea of a smaller company not wanting to spend copious amounts of money on a dark horse Oscar campaign. “The Grey” has Neeson leading the survivors of a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness back to safety while be tailed by a pack of vicious wolves. Color me intrigued.

Haywire – This may have been a more highly anticipated film if director Steven Soderbergh hadn’t changed his once plan to retire from film within the next couple of years, but even so, the cast is superb, featuring Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, and Bill Paxton, with the wild card of first time actress, and former mixed martial artist, Gina Carano. On the positive side, being a female action star shouldn’t be the biggest stretch for her. It’s always interesting to see what big time directors can do with stories that without them may have been nothing more than a direct to DVD kind of film.

Those are the two big ones that I’ll be looking out for this January. And of course, do try and take advantage of the 2011 films that may finally be releasing around you. I still need to get to see “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” now that it’s finally in one of my local theaters.

Agree? Disagree? Is there a hidden gem coming out this January you guys think I missed?

Coming Attractions: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Ten years after Peter Jackson did what many thought was impossible, bring J.R.R Tolkien’s legendary epic to life, the man brings us back to Middle Earth with a  book from the author that is just as revered. Late Tuesday night the first trailer for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, the first of two films to come out in consecutive Decembers, hit the web, and from what I saw, I’m excited. This isn’t the same type of film that “Lord of the Rings” trilogy was, not a war where it is good vs. the ultimate evil, it is much more focused on Bilbo Baggins as a character, and I think the trailer shows that. And while there are familiar faces coming back, familiar computer generated faces amongst them, this is going to be a whole new type of adventure in Middle Earth. Here’s the link  to the Apple Trailers site for the film, or watch it below courtesy of youtube. Feel free to le me know what your thoughts are on the trailer.

Coming Attraction: The Dark Knight Rises Trailer

There were unfortunately two underwhelming viewings when I went to see the new “Sherlock Holmes” today. I was super excited for “The Dark Knight Rises” trailer that I heard was going to be a part of the previews for “Sherlock”. It was, but I found it lacking. I have faith in Chris Nolan and that faith allows me to look passed this trailer and still have the hope that this film can live up to the high standards that he created with “The Dark Knight”. But the trailer isn’t offering that same holy shit moment that fans got when they saw the trailer for “The Dark Knight”; a lot of that could have been because of Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker. It seemed, however, to be on a scale and pace that exceeds this one. Also, one thing I love about Nolan is his ability to amaze the audience without much help from CGI. He actually does the things, like flipping the truck or blowing up the hospital. The trailer shows the collapse of a football field; I’m aware the even someone like Nolan could never get permission to blow-up Heinz field, although the turf itself seems to end up destroyed by this time each season. The clip shown in the trailer seems so much like a cheap disaster movie rather than one of Nolan’s Batman films though.

There were plenty of positives. Anne Hathaway gives a monologue that gives us all a pretty good idea of Catwoman’s motives, Bane looks sinister enough, and we get our first glimpse of Marion Cotillard and our second of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but nothing to help the theories that maybe there is more to their characters. But there are still some questions to be had, mainly, what the hell is the prison thing that Bruce looks to be in at some points of the trailer? I wouldn’t be surprised, and am hoping, that we get a second, more wow, trailer somewhere down the line, but right now I would just love for Apple or somebody to post the trailer online so I could watch it again and see if maybe there was something I missed that makes it better than the experience I had seeing it for the first time in theatre. Those of you that have seen it, what are your thoughts? Were you blown away by this trailer?

Somebody please post the link to the trailer once it gets online if I am not able to do so first. Thanks.

Updated: Well, here’s the trailer at last. “The Dark Knight Rises”.Here’s a link to apple trailers so you can watch it in HD:

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/thedarkknightrises/