Category Archives: Trailers

First ‘Dream House’ Trailer (Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz)

‘Dream House’ boasts one of the eeriest trailers that I’ve seen in quite sometime.  So it seems like the trailer wants you to think that it gave away the big twist before the movie hits theaters.  Either there is a much deeper twist in this movie than what is presented in the trailer, or there won’t be much point of releasing this movie after the trailer.  I’m trusting that Sheridan and this cast are smarter than that.

This psychological mystery thriller is directed by 6-time Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan. Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts (Oscar Nominee – 21 Grams), and Rachel Weisz (Oscar Winner – The Constant Gardener) headline the cast. ‘Dream House’ is set to open on September 30, 2011.

‘Dream House’ Budget: $55 million

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‘Paranormal Activity 3’ Teaser Trailer Is Freaking Here

I felt the need to put the word ‘freaking’ in the title of this post to honor the fact that this franchise is personally one of the scarier things I’ve ever seen. The money that the first two installments made in the box office compared to the measly budgets is scary as well.

Paranormal Activity (2007) – Budget – $15 million/Box Office – $193 million
Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) – Budget – $3 million/Box Office – $177 million

Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman, the directors of ‘Catfish’, are directing this third installment that takes this story full circle. For what it’s worth, there might be nothing more scary in a trailer than two little girls saying “Bloody Mary” three times in the mirror with the lights off. Childhood fears are boiling over…

The First ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Trailer is Here!

A quality version of the first trailer for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ that will be released on July 3, 2012, has hit the web. Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and Sam Raimi are gone and Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Martin Sheen, and Marc Webb are in. The trailer gives me a good idea that this movie is being made with quality. It’s visually appealing. The feel of the trailer also seems darker than Sam Raimi’s work.

Here is a breakdown of what happens in the trailer:

  • A young Peter watches his parents leave him with his aunt and uncle, because there is something they have to do, and he will be with them for a little while.
  • Peter eats a meal with Gwen Stacy’s family (while showing clips of them in class together).
  • Gwen tells her parents that Peter lives with his aunt and uncle.
  • Peter finds a bag in his aunt and uncle’s house that used to belong to belong to his father.
  • Peter seems to be on some sort of field trip with other students at a lab that Gwen seems to be working at in some capacity.
  • Gwen warns him not to touch anything.
  • We get a quick look at Dr. Curt Connors (The Lizard) who is working at the lab
  • Peter gets bit by a spider in the lab
  • Peter pulls spider webbing out of the back of his neck
  • Peter then is seen bouncing off of walls
  • Peter’s aunt asks him what is happening to him after he is seen catching a fly with his hands
  • A scene is shown with Peter and Connors in a laboratory, and there is a voice in the background that says “Are you ready to play god?” and “Do you have any idea what you are?” (Possibly Connors saying this)
  • Peter is seen sticking to the ceiling of a subway car.
  • Cars are getting tossed around on a bridge, even though it is not visible who or what is doing it (The Lizard?)
  • Peter is seen holding Gwen’s face affectionately as if he is going to kiss her
  • Peter is seen sewing his Spider-Man costume.
  • Spider-Man is swinging through the city, from a first-person perspective.  As he is flying you hear a voice over of Parker saying “We all have secrets, one’s we keep, and those that are kept from us.”

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Teaser Trailer is Officially Online in 1080p!

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ teaser trailer has caused a lot of drama over the past week. First, a written play-by-play description of the trailer was released. Second, a bootleg handy-cam version of the trailer was leaked online and Warner Bros. went on a witch hunt trying to get it pulled off the internet everywhere it was embedded. Third, it was made known by Warner Bros. that sites that posted the bootleg version would practically be blackballed. Fourth, it was a widespread pandemic when it was rumored that the teaser trailer would be attached to ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’, and then it only ended up being attached to the blockbuster hit in certain theaters. I refused to even watch the bootleg version, and I was disappointed when it was not shown at the midnight showing I attended. Despite all of the drama, the official teaser trailer has finally been released by the powers that be. Enjoy!

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(Picture Via Collider)

First Trailer for Martin Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’

‘Hugo’ represents a lot of firsts for legendary director Martin Scorsese. It is the first children’s film of his career. It will be the first time he has done a a 3D movie. Finally, it will also be the first time in 9 years that Leonardo DiCaprio is not featured in a film that he is directing (‘Shutter Island’, ‘The Departed’, ‘The Aviator’).

Martin Scorsese is known to direct movies that are heavy in the intensity and violence departments. Ever heard of ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘Goodfellas’, ‘Raging Bull’, or ‘The Departed’? Not exactly ‘Blues Clues’ if you know what I mean. Even though this seems like an unlikely marriage, it’s hard to doubt Scorsese. He is one of the most consistent director’s in Hollywood, and his body of work speaks for itself. Scorsese has been nominated for Best Director 6 times (The Aviator, Gangs of New York, Goodfellas, The Last Temptation of Christ, Raging Bull), and finally took home the honor in 2007 with his work in ‘The Departed.’ He was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Writing in ‘The Age of Innocence’ and ‘Goodfellas.’ In a directorial role his average grade on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer is a 85.4%.

The screenplay also looks to be in good hands with John Logan. He was nominated for an Oscar for his writing in ‘Gladiator’ and ‘The Aviator’. Logan has an average grade of a 58.3% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer.

‘Hugo’ also features Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Emily Mortimer, Jude Law, Ben Kingsley, Ray Winstone and others.

Scorsese’s 1st children’s film will be based on the award winning Children’s novel ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’ by Brian Selznik. The book tells a story of an orphan boy who lives within the walls of a train station in Paris in the 1930’s.

‘Hugo’s’ release date is November 23, 2011.

First Trailer of Soderbergh’s ‘Contagion’

‘Contagion’ isn’t just one of the most anticipated movies on the horizon because it boasts an incredible cast of Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, and many more.  There might be even more anticipation behind this film because movie fans know that this is one of Steven Soderbergh’s last times sitting in the director’s seat.  Soderbergh seems too young to be retiring from something that he is brilliant at, but he has said many times that he feels compelled to pursue new challenges.  Movie fans have a right to be disappointed in Soderbergh’s early retirement from directing.  Soderbergh won the Oscar for Best Directing in ‘Traffic’ and also was nominated for Best Director in ‘Erin Brockovich’ and Best Screenplay for ‘Sex, Lies, and Videotape.’  He is also known for his work in the ‘Oceans 11’ saga.  There are many in Hollywood that are upset with Soderbergh’s early departure, with Matt Damon as the poster child of the sad sentiment.  Damon has worked along side of Soderbergh in all three of the ‘Oceans’ movies, as well as ‘The Informant’, ‘Che: Part II’, and has upcoming roles in two of the last five movies that Soderbergh has signed on to direct (‘Contagion’ and ‘Liberace’).

In a directorial role, Soderbergh has averaged a 69.7% in his films via the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer.

The plot of ‘Contagion’ looks something like this.  A deadly disease threatens to kill the whole world, and the film shows the havoc of its spread through different vantage points.  And according to the trailer, it seems like Soderbergh kills Gwyneth Paltrow in the movie.  Dang.  Soderbergh’s directing with no grace and mercy in his last days.  A trailer with a high body count.  Intense to say the least.

‘Contagion’ will be in theaters on September 9, 2011.

‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ Trailer Released

As many might have expected, the first trailer for ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ didn’t actually premiere at the front end of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.’ Rather, it found it’s way to the worldwide web as an exclusive on iTunes Trailers, which instantly becomes a non-exclusive hit onYouTube.

One of the most exciting things for me about the trailer was that Noomi Rapace’s character was featured quite a bit.  The Swedish actress caught people’s attention in her leading role as ‘Lisbeth Salander’ in the ‘Girl with the Dragoon Tatoo’ trilogy (Denmark).  Her role in ‘A Game of Shadows’ will be her first role in an American film.  She also has signed on to be a part of Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’ and David Slade’s ‘The Last Voyage of Demeter’.

The trailer also features a quick look at the Holme’s foe in the movie, Jared Harris, who will be playing the role of Professor Moriaty.  Harris most recently been in ‘The Ward’, ‘Extraordinary Measures’, ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’, as well as roles in the TV Series’ ‘Mad Men’ & ‘Fringe’.

‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ will be in theaters December 16, 2011.

New International Trailer for ‘The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn’

The new international trailer for Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn’ is out.  This computer-animated motion-capture adaptation is based on one of the most famous comic book series in European history originally penned by Georges Reme (he wrote under the pen name of Herge).  This film is being boosted by a dynamic duo in Director Steven Spielberg and Producer Peter Jackson.  Spielberg has easily had one of the most successful careers of any individual to ever sit in the director’s seat, and ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ will be his first time ever directing an animated movie or a movie based on a comic book.  As adirector, Spielberg’s average score on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer is a 78.9%.

Spielberg has been waiting to direct a ‘Tintin’ story now for over 30 years now.  The acclaimed director first came across the ‘Tintin’ comics back in 1981 when someone compared ‘Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark’ to the famous comic book series. Around that time, Herge believed that Spielberg was the only person who could do justice in bringing ‘Tintin’ to the big screen.  Spielberg started working on the film back in the 80’s, when he had Melissa Mathison, the writer of ‘E.T.’, to work on a script for ‘Tintin.’  Roughly 30 years later Spielberg’s dream is eventually coming to life (via IMDB).

Originally, Spielberg intended to bring ‘Tintin’ to the screen as a live-action adaptation, but Producer Peter Jackson convinced him motion-capture was the only way to bring the legendary comic book hero to life.  Jackson is already lined up to direct the second film of the ‘Tintin’ trilogy.

‘The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn’ is based upon four stories published in the 1940’s, ‘The Crab with the Golden Claws’, ‘The Secret of the Unicorn’, ‘The Shooting Star’, & ‘Red Rackham’s Treasure.’

What do you think of the new trailer?  How many of you have read any of the ‘Tintin’ comics? Who is excited about the movie?

Trailer Breakdown: Mission Impossible IV: Ghost Protocol

Release Date: December 16, 2011

I’m salivating for MI:4.  The reason is not to see Tom Cruise have countless near death experiences. The reason is not to see self-destructing mission assignments. Why the drool? I can’t wait to see Brad Bird in his live-action directorial debut.  Bird has directed three animated feature films (‘Iron Giant’, ‘The Incredibles’, ‘Ratatouille’) that all received critical acclaim.  Bird’s average score on Rotten Tomatoes in these three films is a 96.7%.  The big question is whether or not Bird’s success can translate from a animated cooking rat to the live-action Mission Impossible saga.

I’ve been a big fan of Jeremy Renner as of late, and I’m interested to see how they weave him into the franchise.  He is being brought into eventually replace Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt character. Renner has been on a bit of a hot streak with his last two movies, ‘The Hurt Locker (97%) & ‘The Town (94%), earning Oscar nominations in both.

I enjoyed the trailer. Eminem’s song in the background got me hyped. Tom Cruise yet again climbing a tall glass building as one of the feature stunts…not so much.  J.J. Abram’s third installment was the best. Can Brad Bird pick up where the Lost guru left off?

Breaking Down the Mission Impossible Series (Rotten Tomatoes/MetaCritic):

Mission Impossible – 60/60

Mission Impossible II – 57/60

Mission Impossible III – 70/66

Mission Impossible IV: Ghost Protocol – ?

Let’s here your predictions for Mission Impossible IV: Ghost Protocol. Grade Prediction. Thoughts on Bird. Thoughts on the series.  Thoughts on the trailer. Go!