The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Directed by: Peter Jackson Written by: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving
It’s been almost a decade since The Lord of the Rings last appeared on the big screen. A lot has changed in that period of time, especially concerning the director the studio and lawsuits and negotiations over the content. Add in budget negotiations, timetable struggles and a director backing out, The Hobbit has probably undergone one of the most difficult journey’s too get made. On Tuesday night, fans were surprised with the trailer release: proof it’s finally here. Continue reading →
The Dark Knight Rises Directed by: Christopher Nolan Written by: Jonathon Nolan, Christopher Nolan Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
With everything at stake in the final film and conclusion to Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale’s much-venerated Batman series, The Dark Knight Rises trailer appears to address all our concerns while making us scratch for more. In the four years since its predecessor, which poised itself as the third highest domestic box office grosser of all-time and near critical masterpiece with eight Academy Award nominations, Nolan let the dust settle on the franchise, instead moving on to Inception. Needless to say, expectations for the final Batman film are considerably high. Continue reading →
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Directed by: Rob Marshall Written by: Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio Starring: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, Geoffrey Rush
The third film never exactly left the franchise concluded and satisfied. With a small cliffhanger, another billion in the bank and a chance to make swords swing out at audiences in 3D, Disney brings back the beloved peculiar swashbuckling pirate saga with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Whether there is an audience demand or a creative reason to refuel the franchise or not is not a concern to the studio that is likely to pocket another billion for the fourth installment after worldwide box office gets boosted by 3D. Taking the title from a the 1988 Tim Powers’ novel which shares plot elements with the film, Disney plucks Rob Marshall to take over the Gore Verbinski directed franchise. After coming off of last year’s overhyped flop Nine, Marshall uses his expertise in stylization and glamour seen in Chicagoand Memoirs of Geisha to add a splash to the series. Continue reading →
Never enough can be said about one of the most important, yet unrecognized directors of the past decade whose triumphant films include Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain and most recently, The Wrestler. Two of the films are highly ranked in IMDB’s top 250 films of all time and find themselves frequently on best of the decade list, for innovative editing, large as life performances and storytelling that rips the pages of storytelling our with your heart and explores the deepest and darkest parts of humanity. Yet for some reason, Darren Aronofsky remains quite underrated and quite under appreciated for his contributions to modern cinema. Black Swan stretches to change that all. Continue reading →
The Social Network Directed by: David Fincher Written by: Aaron Sorkin (screenplay), Ben Mezrich (book) Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Rashida Jones, and Justin Timberlake
There’s always that early fall movie that gets ridiculously good reviews. Last year it was Precious, and this year it looks like David Fincher’s Facebook exposé The Social Network. Already hailed as a classic by publications as diverse as Rolling Stone and Film Comment, it looks to be yet another “movie of the moment,” much like Up in the Air. It’s hard pressed to make that kind of judgment until the movie actually comes out, but the trailer itself doesn’t speak this highly of the movie.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Directed by: Oliver Stone Written by: Allan Loeb & Stephan Schiff Starring: Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, and Josh Brolin
It’s kind of weird that with the slew of franchise reboots and unwanted fifth entries in series, Oliver Stone has decided to make a franchise out of his 80’s exploration of the costs of big money. Even when you look at the times we’re in, it seems odd that Stone wouldn’t just make a completely different movie with different characters that explored the modern age. But here we are, leaving one of the worst summers in recent memory, heading into a fall that hopefully lifts the year up. Stone can either help or hinder with his oddly risky sequel, and from the looks of the trailer, he may in fact knock it out of the park.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Directed by: David Slade Written by: Melissa Rosenberg (screenplay) Stephen Meyer (novel) Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
The third installment is finally here. Not like the wait was long from lasts November’s New Moon, but non-Twihards are anxious for this franchise to get wrapped up so we don’t have to hear about it from the news, tabloids, and endless marketing campaigns by the studios who are doing a great job on cranking out these half rate movies while the blood is fresh in the franchise. A summer release will be interesting for Summit, to see whether it can pick up movie goers, or if fans will abandon it with so many other better options out there.
Despite the eager fans the franchise has, the franchise shows up with a little less enthusiasm. The trailer looks much of the same old Twilight we’ve already seen in the first two films. People fight over Bella. Bella has to pick a man. Men go around tearing each other up over a bony pale virgin Arizona. Not much else happens. Ever. Continue reading →