It’s been pretty exciting getting out to the movies lately (hoping Elysium
is next on the docket). I believe I have a series title for my various
reviews, and am already drafting up two movie reviews. I still have to
get on some reading (recently I’ve received quite an abundance of books
from giveaways and tenants moving), but the thought of that scares me.
Part of me thinks if I start reading that my writing will suffer, but
there’s no other way to get a review done. Same with game reviews.
Watching movies, reading books, playing games all take time. In my mind it sounds a bit very overwhelming.
the meantime, while I hammer away a decent system of balancing those
activities with other life priorities, I have a few trailers to share.
Some have been out for a few weeks, while others are brand-spanking-new.
I was torn on providing the teaser
trailers for some of the selections instead, but I’d rather get out the
newest previews available and let everyone else decide if they want to
watch them (and possibly see too
much) or not. Plus, when noticing that almost all of the teaser
trailers were just as long as the full trailers I figured “what’s the
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (8/7/2013):
site listed this as releasing on August, 16 2013 (hence showing it
today), which isn’t accurate as it’s already in theaters. This means I should have posted it last week. Either way, I never saw the first of this
series (Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief)
and I’ve never read the books. From the sounds of it, though, some were
fairly disappointed about the first films adaptation. That’s pretty
standard, but many believed they wouldn’t bother continuing the film
versions (It grossed almost $89 million on an estimated budget of $95
million — Is that really bad or pretty average?). Apparently that isn’t
most of the cast reprised their roles for the sequel. Whether that was
due to their faith and belief in the franchise, contracts, or both is
beyond me. The trailer doesn’t do much for me, reminiscent of the
trailer for the first movie, though I like some of the more major actors
involved. Maybe if I had read the books I’d be more excited (aside from
the reviews I saw). Depending on how this movie does — or maybe it
doesn’t even matter at this point — we will likely be seeing the trilogy
Seeing Nathan Fillion is in it, though, calls for at least a RBox rental!
was one of three trailers I thought about opting the teaser trailers
for (one movie I decided to completely wait to highlight until another
time). I like the actors in this movie, and the storyline and acting
seem pretty solid. I may not have children of my own, but I definitely
can empathize with those who may have experienced something like this in
they keep the drama and tension really tight throughout, and really amp
up the emotions that would be involved in such a circumstance. The
trailer leads me to believe they will. There is a lot of opportunity for
amazing acting in this drama, a genre in which almost all of the actors
involved possess a level — if not expert — of familiarity with.
Thor: The Dark World (11/8/2013):
Out of the latest MARVEL movies released over the past couple of years, Thor was the one that surprised me the most. I knew I would like the Iron Man franchise, and was really hopeful about Captain America: The First Avenger, but Thor I just kind of blew off. In fact, the only reason for seeing it — I believed — was because it was directly tied into The Avengers
movie (which I loved despite never really being a big fan of the comics
or any singular mainstay of the team). And I figured after being
disappointed with Captain America: The First Avenger, how bad could it be?
heard some people had issues with some canon associated with the
comics, but being completely ignorant of almost any printing I was
pretty unscathed. As a result, I was pleasantly surprised.
now I’m in it for the long haul. MARVEL has seen to that with their
crafty web of intertwining movie plots (regardless of how major or minor
they may be), and I’m looking forward to watching this sequel when it’s
released into theaters!
movie looks really interesting. Oddly, I don’t necessarily feel the
concept is too far out of the realm of what could be a natural
progression for some. Maybe I am just a tad bit too reclusive? Think
what you will, but the trailer pulls me in enough to make me want to
find out just how this story is told and to what conclusion.
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Joaquin Phoenix (Maybe Walk the Line?), since he went all “pseudo” psycho with I’m Still Here (which I still haven’t seen!). He was recently cast with Amy Adams (who seems to be everywhere now) in The Master,
which I’d really like to see. It seemed like a strange movie as well, but he is clearly comfortable with those types of roles.
A tragedy is that I’ve yet to see any of the movies highlighted in the trailer by the same director. Two of which (Being John Malkovich and Adaptation)
I’ve heard really great things about (though, also that you will either
love them, or hate them — I’m betting I fall into the former group),
and have been on my NFlix queue for months! I better get on it!
The Monuments Men (12/18/2013):
I heard George Clooney was working on this project — writing,
directing, acting — I was pretty excited. I love many period movies and most I've seen revolve around wartime. This concept seems like a
fresh, original take on the WWII era, that isn’t directly
highlighting/focusing the war itself. I’m not aware of any other movie
he has either written and/or directed, but there may be a handful.
have no idea what it is about Clooney (short of knowing the only difference between him and I is a little hairiness...), but I think he is awesome. He just has that reserved “Yeah, I know
I’m a badass and that’s okay because I won’t rub it in your face” kind
of look to him (I’m pretty sure that’s a “look”). I don’t even recall
which movie got me roped into liking him so much.
Quick “datavault” retrieval suggests: Ocean’s Eleven, though I do recall him being Batman. I don’t know...
The Monuments Men
also features the equally talented Matt Damon, John Goodman, Cate
Blanchett, and Bill Murray! The chemistry between some of those involved
is already apparent to me within the trailer and I can only imagine how
outstanding it will be throughout the entire movie. This is definitely a
movie I’ll be wanting to see right away.
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Batman: Arkham Origins (10/25/2013):
been some time since I’ve last highlighted a video game trailer. Back
in my I | Trailer Tuesday | I
episode I spoke about how the graphics in video games are becoming so
lifelike that it can sometimes be hard to tell if you are watching
live-action video or not. This was one that made me question that,
especially in the first moments of the trailer.
franchise has garnished a ton praise, and while I own the first (a
collector’s edition), I’ve yet to play it. Maybe once this third in the
series is released I will finally get around to trying them. The
graphics alone are amazing, and I’ve read that each predecessor has
improved game mechanics over the last. It seems evident the developers
behind the franchise continue to go above and beyond with each new title
in the series!
of the highlighted movies catch your interest? Have you read the Percy
Jackson series and/or seen the first movie? What was the last movie you
saw featuring Joaquin Phoenix? Do you think (...or have you...) someone
can fall in love with an artificial intelligence? If a George Clooney
fan, what movie or TV series caused you to “recognize” him? Did some of
that Batman: Arkham Origins look live-acted or is it just me?!