Category Archives: Coming Attractions

The Chronicles are back!

After much thought, I decided to resurrect my old blog with new reviews and such. I missed writing about movie reviews and that is something I want to keep on doing. So starting with the new Godzilla and the old, the Blockbuster Chronicles is back in business!!!

Coming Attractions: From the Future

Next year offers plenty of fresh ideas and some that perhaps should have been thought more through before being greenlit. Case and point, Battleship. An adaptaion of the popular Parker Bros game board that has players going againts each other through ships placed on map grids. However, things are being taken a different route as filmgoers and skeptics feel this $250 million sub of a blockbuster will be sunk. The concept involves many internations navy groups being alientated from the world in a section of the seas, but its revealed to be a trap made by aliens from another world. People are aleady on the IMDb message boards firing “critical missiles” at this over-budgted turkey. We seen adaptaions of comic books and that has worked, but a board game? Now don’t let’s be silly.

On a brighter note, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones suit up again for Men In Black 3, the long-awaited follow-up to the popular franchise of a top secret angency that deals with foriegn space aliens posing as normal people. After the negative reception to the last installment, director Barry Sonnenfield (who did the Addams Family films and Get Shorty) returns as Agents J and K deal with a new villian named Boris, who travels back in time to see that K never existed. After some delays in production, fans can rejoice to see everyone’s favorite scf-fi duo back on the big screen, but it will be a bigger improvment over the last? Well, all I can say is that the trailer does look promising….

Them Farlely Brothers are at it again. After raunchy hits like There’s Something About Mary and cult-classic comedies like Dumb and Dumber, they return to the big screen with a revival of the Three Stooges. This is a film project that has been bounced around from studio to studio and finall has got off the ground for a 2012 release. The concept is to have three seperate Stooge tales wrapped around one big plot as the knuckleheaded trio try to save an orphanage they were raised at. While the dialouge and slapstick is there, the only thing viewers are asking is the heart in it all. Does it have the entertaining vaule and is it another throwaway adaptaion like Alvin and the Chipmunks or Marmaduke?

And speaking of adaptations, Disney is at again with another long-awaited film project. Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’s sci-fi series Barsoom, John Carter is a character that is lifted from his normal life to leading a massive rebellion on the planet Mars. Not much else to comment, except that this is Andrew Stanton’s first live-action directorial debut after taking on two popular titles (Finding Nemo and Wall E) for Pixar.

This Week’s Coming Attractions: Action and Thrills

December is offering up a lot on action flicks, aside from some of the kid-friendly stuff. So far, there have been three big titles film fans have been dying to catch. One of them is the long-awaited Mission: Impossible follow-up, Ghost Protocol. Not only this is mark a comeback for Tom Curise, but a first for director Brad Bird, who has had his share of experience with the Pixar department (best known for The Incredibles and the cult classic The Iron Giant) as he ventures into live-action film making for the first time. Ethan is back and this time he has to switch over to the dark side in order to clear IMF’s blame after a bombing leads to the shut down of IMF. Fans are hyped and can’t wait to see this long-awaited entry to come out December 21st.

Speaking of franchises, Sherlock Holmes is back and this time “the game’s afoot.” In “A Game of Shadows,” Sherlock (Robert Downey Jr.) and his companion Watson (Jude Law) have to outwit one of Holmes’ biggest nemises, Professor Moriarty played by Jarried Harris. Director Guy Richtie, who helmed the first film, originally was going to direct Lobo and Downey Jr. was to start in  Cowboys and Aliens; only time will tell if these big names made the right choice on December 16th.

Finally, there has been non-stop talk about David Fincher’s adadaption of The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo, a story about a journalist (Daniel Craig) that is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by a young computer hacker. Based upon the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson, “Dragon Tatoo” has been adapted into a Swedish film adaptaion where it has recieved critical acclaim. Will this American take hold a candle to the original source material? Will find out December 21st…

Opening this Week: A Foreign Flick and Some Independant Work

This Friday is an interesting one as the Christmas season begins with some lesser work. Things begin with Shame, an erotic drama about a man who feels his life is in place – with the exception of having a sexual addiction – that soon gets interrupted when his sister comes for a unanounced stay. Aside from its NC-17 rating, Shame has won many awards from film festivals including Best Film at the Venice Film Festival. The reception has been positive so far with critics like Roger Ebert calling it “a powerful film.” Shame will be distributed through a limited release.

Another independent drama that up for release is Sleeping Beauty with Emily Browning as a young university student that performs a special type of erotic service and becomes drawn into a world of unspoken desires. The film’s production itself is quite interesting as the script landed itself on the Black List of unproduced screenplays in 2008. It wasn’t long until September 2009 when it was approved for funding by Screen Australia. It was screened at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and met with a positive to mixed reception.

And finally, Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage makes its debut in the US after a year of being released in Japan. Outrage is about the boss of an organized crime that orders his lieutenant to bring a rogue gang of drug traffickers in line, a job that gets passed on to his long-suffering subordinate. Having worked on films with little commercial success, Takeshi wanted to make this film with no other ambition but just to be entertaining. Considering its moderate success overseas, maybe it will be a decent flick to look into.

This Week’s Coming Attractions: Animation Goes Light…sort of

There has been an arry of family films this weekend as this month has given us a great handful of preview for upcoming features. And none can be more worth than the animation department that seems promising so far. Many have geared up for Pixar’s upcoming Brave, which many feel will make up for this summer’s Cars 2. While Cars 2 wasn’t sucessful as the previous entries in the Pixar line up, many hope thier first venture into fairy tale terriorty about a Scottish princess that wants to follow her true ambition will hopefully redeem the treasured company.

And speaking of installments, Blue Sky Studios revealed another “short” that starred Ice Age fan’s favortie prehistoric squirel, Scrat. A saber-toothed rodent that goes on a Looney Tunes chase just for an acorn. This one however is a follow-up to a previous situation where the unfortuante guy was at the center of the Earth. These “shorts” are really trailers for the upcoming Ice Age sequel Contenintal Drift, which has been given a tenative release date of July 13, 2012.

Also on deck is another animated delight from Illumination Entertinament, the studio that delievered the hit film Despicable Me which invovled Steve Carrel voicing a villian that has to father three orhpans while pulling the biggest heist. This time, they are trying to do right with a beloved classic from Dr. Seuss, The Lorax. A classic tale about a mystical but somewhat strange creature that tries to save the forrest he lives in from being hacked to bits for a useless product. The environmentally and politically messaged book has had its share of fans, great popularity and now being made into a movie with Danny DeVito voicing the title character. Only time will tell if this “speaker for the trees” will be more successful as its distributor Universal had to deal with major beef from Seuss fans over their adaptions of The Grinch and The Cat in The Hat. Considering how it will open on the 100th birthday of the famed author himself, March 2, 2012, only time will tell. But to quote Suess himself,  “unless someone like you who cares a whole lot…”

And lastly, next month will host the most anticipated holiday flick, The Adventures of Tintin. Directed by Steven Speilberg and Produced by Peter Jackson, its based on the first three books of the popular series about a French journalist that embarks on many adventures. For a majority of the 1960s and 1970s,  Tintin has been adapated into live-action foriegn films, animated flicks and ever serials that are quite dated for its time. Fans over in Eurpoe rejoiced as they got to see the popular comic book icon first in October and since then has been hope to unamimous praise and a successful box-office gross that has recouped its $137 million budget. The only question that truly remains is that will American audiences be positive or think little of it this December? Only time will tell if this will be thet “Avatar” hit or another Robert Zemeckis downer as motion capture is being utilized for this production. Fans alike on the US are truly hoping it will be the former.