Posts Tagged ‘movies’

The newest Prometheus trailer once again jumpstarts my excitement about Ridley Scott movies, cannot wait for the newest trailers and screen shots yet to come. How about you?

It seems inevitable that we will never escape the ever-growing ‘fad’ of zombie movies, T.V. shows and zombie survival books. I for one cannot complain about some of the movies and T.V. shows that highlight zombies such as “Dawn of the Dead”, “The Walking Dead” and my all time favorite “Shaun of the dead”.  It was nice seeing these movies pop up every now and then, but now it seems that we cannot escape the zombie onslaught that approaches to devour our hopes of originality coming from Hollywood. In 2010-11 there have been over 65 zombie related films released; I know that’s hard to believe but its true…unfortunately. I could not believe how many films about zombies were made within the last two years and those numbers weren’t including the films done in the years before 2010, not to mention there are already a couple of zombie movies in the works for 2012, most notably “World War Z” featuring Brad Pitt. No matter what kind of title you dream up for a zombie movie it always contains the same obvious story and plots and just to prove just that I will give you the synopsis of every zombie movie ever made.

 There will some type of natural disaster, disease outbreak or nuclear war that revives people from the dead or mutates them into flesh-eating undead monsters, there will the hero(es) or survivors that before the zombie disaster were just ordinary people who band together to survive and of course there will be buckets of guts and gore.  Some of these people will survive and some people will die and/or be changed into (you guessed it) zombies! And of course one of my favorite notes about these films is that somehow these “every day Joes and Jane’s” who supposedly have never used a gun or done martial arts before, magically are getting head shots with their dual wielding Desert Eagles  and doing perfect Chuck Norris style round house kicks to zombies faces. I think that description really sums up any zombie movie ever made or being made.

Here is a great idea for a creative or original zombie movie, the movie will follow the life of the zombie from beginning to end, from when they were still human and had families and jobs,  then something happens they get bit or infected someway and the movie follows them while they live their zombie lives until they get killed. That is a simple and pretty original story in my opinion and most likely no one would ever use it because our movie culture is happy with monotony and un-original ideas, they would rather take something that’s already been done several times and put their ‘own’ personal spin on it and once again completing the ever continuous circle of crap. Whatever happened to only seeing zombie movies during Halloween? Have we reached the point of no return where we have to see unending blood and carnage in movies just to enjoy them? Is it possible to have a movie without all the unnecessary violence? I for one hope so. So Hollywood how about you let the zombies take a break for a little while and let them rest in peace for a couple of years.

Today I viewed the much anticipated premiere trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, My first impression was this actually might be worth watching. The movie seems to carry on from where the first movie ended, which in my opinion is good to see that they didn’t just start an entire new story line from scratch.  Cobra (Joseph Gordon-Levitt),  Destro (Christopher Eccleston) and the Baroness (Sienna Miller) are still in prison, Zartan (Arnold Vosloo) has replaced the U.S. President,  Duke (Channing Tatum) is from what I’m guessing, leading the Joes along side Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson) and Snake Eyes (Ray Park) has a student named Jinx ( Elodie Yung) whom he is training in the art of Ninjitsu. It appears early in the trailer that Zartan has used his power while assuming the role of the U.S. President, to attack the Joes obviously in an attempt of ‘Retaliation’. Only a few of the Joes survived and attempt to face off against Zartan and his allies.

 I am happy to see the use of characters from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and adding some new ones to the team such as Lady Jaye, Flint and Havoc amongst others. I was also happy to read the cast list and see the names of some very strong actors such as Bruce Willis (a must for any hard hitting action movie) and Ray Stevenson who has been in several comic book movies such as Punisher: Warzone and Thor. Of course one of the highlighted stars of the film is Dwayne Johnson (definitely not playing a Tooth Fairy in this film) who’s most recent action movie role was in Fast Five, and once again he’s taking up the role of a gun toting bad ass. With the induction of new actors there is the absence of others from the casting list, most notably Joseph Gordon Levitt, Christopher Eccleston, Dennis Quaid, and Shorty…I mean Marlon Wayans, and what? No Brendan Fraser?  Why they aren’t in this film, who knows, perhaps the new director (Jon M. Chu) and writers ( Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick) didn’t think it was necessary to have them in this film, which leaves room to believe that there might be a third installment and that’s when they’ll be bringing them back.   

I was curious about a couple things I noticed; what’s Storm Shadow doing in the next film? Wasn’t he killed in the fight with Snake Eyes? And is there going to be a different actor playing Cobra Commander? I ask this because you can obviously see a quick scene of him standing next to Zartan and Firefly, yet he’s not listed on the current casting list. I’m sure you all have the same questions if not more regarding this movie, and since it’s not going to be in theatres until June 29th 2012 the rumor mill and message boards will be working over time. Lastly, I do hope that the Studio and director did a better job on this film then they did on the last one, with a Box Office gross of around $150 million ($25 mil. Less than the estimated budget), crappy dialogue and over the top cheesy graphics they have a lot of work ahead of them to win the hearts and minds of the movie viewers.