Posts Tagged ‘movies 2012’

Recently I viewed the trailer for the new upcoming superhero movie “Chronicle”; if you haven’t heard anything regarding this movie it’s not surprising. To start things off; 1) the director Josh Trank (The Kill Point) is relatively new to directing, with Chronicle only being his second project as the director. 2) The writer Max Landis is also a somewhat unheard of in regards to Hollywood, unless you count his small role in Blues Brothers 2000 as a block busting success. 3) The lead actors of the movie; Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly and Alex Russell are mostly un-heard of when it comes to starring in feature length Hollywood movies, minus Michael Kelly (Dawn of the Dead, The Changeling, The Adjustment Bureau). These facts culminate into one big clump of success-uncertainty: either this movie will be highly successful or it will be a dire failure.

Being that Chronicle has been in the movie news in one extent or the other since 2010 you would think that there would at least be some type of “promotional push” for the film starting in 2011. Well, you would be mistaken. I can tell you right now that with all the time I have spent scowering through the inter-web looking for juicy bits on knowledge regarding upcoming movies, or been at the theatre early just to catch the trailers, I haven’t  seen one trailer for it at all..Unless it wasn’t an interesting enough trailer to catch my at times dwindling attention span. The promotional team for the film (in my opinion) has dropped the proverbial soap on this occasion, especially since there are so many feature titles such as; Ghost Rider: Spirit of vengeance, Woman in black, Journey 2: The mysterious island and Safe House to contend with in February. For me these reasons alone raise concerns in the film’s success.

Storyline: Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.

The storyline is basic enough, showing some creativity but also drawing from other film/filming ideas that have been overdone countless times (mutants, super powers, teen dramas, good vs. evil, shaky camera films). You basically get the gist of what is going to happen during the film just by watching the trailer: stupid teenagers stumble upon something in the woods (either aliens or failed government experiment), they get “cool” superpowers, teenagers screw with innocent bystanders as they learn powers, they abuse said powers, government agency learns of teenagers and most likely tries to catch/experiment on them, one or two teens become “evil” and a giant super power/ special effect battle ensues. There’s a strange feeling brewing in my mind, as if I too have gained a superpower… the power of determining the plot of a movie and ruining it before it comes to theatres, is it ESP? Will I have my own psychic hotline with a commercial that plays between the “girls gone wild” commercials and “Proactiv”?

No, I’ve just learned from past experience that more often than not, “action/sci-fi” are becoming more about the special effects then about character and story development. It’s a sad day when there’s more in-depth storylines in video games then there are in movies. As someone who enjoys superhero movies I am edging towards actually paying to see this movie in theatres but have the strange feeling I may or may not be disappointed, we’ll have to wait until February 3rd when Chronicle releases to theaters to figure that one out.

What are you thoughts on this movie and the trailer?

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well its finally happened, they’ve made a new clash of the titans movie..and honestly i’m excited to see it. New story with the same actors from the previous film, this should be good. But i wont see it in 3-D. What about you? are you equally excited to see it?

Okay kids pack your bags, say your prayers and keep your boom sticks and chainsaws close, were heading back to the woods to our favorite gore filled and demon infested cabin. That’s right kids it looks like they are finally getting serious about doing the ‘Evil Dead’ remake in 2013. According to bloody-disgusting.com;

The Fede Alvarez directed and co-written film will be being production on location in New Zealand in March of this year. Fede Alvarez directs from his own screenplay co-written with Rodo Sayagues. Revisions were done by Oscar-winning writer Diablo Cody.

As a fan of the original The Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2, I can’t help but be skeptical about remaking this movie. But it seems yet again that “Hollywood” has to go down to the basement and dust off the Necronomicon that they ‘believe’ needs to be re-done. I’m sure that I’m not the only film geek who feels this way. A couple small saviors to this unholy action are the facts that the director of the original 1981’s ‘The Evil Dead’ Sam Raimi was brought in to write the screenplay and be a producer and Bruce Campbell also (to produce not act unfortunately). If I were in Sam Raimi’s shoes and was asked to write a screenplay for a movie that I did over 30 years ago, I think it’s easy to say that I’d be well…pretty pissed off, It would be a big slap in the face for me. Director Fede Alvarez (Panic Attack!) and writer Rodo Sayagues (Panic Attack!) are claiming that their “remake” is based on a screenplay they wrote together, but here’s the small issue amigos your version pretty much sounds like Sam Raimi’s version (minus the drug addiction). I am sure they made some tweaks here and there to make their version more distinguishable than the original, but it will take a lot more than that to sway this writer’s heart.

To the director; even though I will NOT go and see this movie I do have some personal requests; please refrain from making it into some hokey, hip, trendy horror movie filled with needless  and ‘forced’ comedic lines and un-needed sex scenes. That’s not what the original movie was about. Sam Raimi didn’t have that in his film and it was highly successful, so take some pointers from the idiots guide to directing and make it dark, gory, entertaining and true to the original you’re remaking, not for my sake but for the ticket buyers who’ll be lining your pockets. For the future viewers of this movie I say this; Because of drug use being part of the story, don’t be surprised if there are some Fear and loathing in Las Vegas type moments in the movie. And lastly don’t put all of your hopes into this movie because I’m pretty sure that you’ll be disappointed and the Necronomicon may come and steal your souls if Hollywood hasn’t done it already.

Original Synopsis:  Mia, a young woman struggling with sobriety, heads to a remote cabin with her brother and a group of friends, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads to danger and horror.