Finally, a vampire movie I want to watch! What We Do in the Shadows comes from New Zealand and made the film festival rounds this year where apparently every reviewer rated it hilarious. Its due for a US release in February. I’m planning to be just a teensy bit tipsy when I go see this because, as funny as it looks from the trailer and this amazing clip, I’m guessing it will be pure magic with a few beers in me.
The final chapter in the story of Thorin Oakenshield… and the little guy without a beard.
So this came out yesterday and it looks pretty good though vague on plot details. The special effects, especially the Hulk-sized Iron Man suit, look as good as you would expect from a Marvel movie and the Ultron/Spader narration with Pinocchio lyrics is a fun wink to Disney that took me a minute to identify. Should be fun. What do you think?
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 arrives in theaters in 11/21 and the ladies in my house are breathless with anticipation. My 13 year old daughter has gotten my wife hooked on the series and I have to admit I did enjoy The Hunger Games film quite a bit more than I expected. We’ll be watching Catching Fire this weekend for sure now that this trailer has dropped. What do you think of this series? The books and the movies?
So, after the success of Monsters, the budget for the sequel apparently went through the roof. I have to say I think it looks pretty good but what I liked about the first movie was that your didn’t really see the monsters until well into the film. I suspect that was a budget constraint as much as it was an artistic decision to heighten the anticipation and horror but heighten the anticipation and horror it did. This trailer makes it look like it’s going to be all monsters all the time. Monsters on the horizon. Monsters up close. Monsters racing alongside a jeep reminiscent of Jurassic Park. Giant monster eyeball peering through a window. Even a monster vs. junk yard dog fight. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Perhaps they should have called it “Monsters: In Your Face!”.
To round out our trifecta of movie trailers we have The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Loosely based on The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, this is the third film to tell the story of Thorin Oakenshield and some other dwarves. Oh, yes. There’s a Hobbit in there somewhere too…
I had no idea they were making another Mad Max movie but I can’t say I’m surprised. I will say that I’m surprised it’s taken this long. Looks like the action and stunts are going to be spectacular at the very least. What do you think?
So there’s this cool project called Futurestates that I’ve never heard of and I’m trying to figure out why. It’s a series of short SF films about the near future that has been around for years and I’m just now grokking to it. From the source:
What will our society look like 10, 20, or 50 years from today? For four epic seasons, FUTURESTATES has taken us on a journey to explore possible futures through the prism of today’s global realities. Written and directed by veteran and emerging indie filmmakers, and developed and produced by the Independent Television Service (ITVS) with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, this groundbreaking series of science fiction shorts invites the public to envision the future.
So far, I’ve watched As You Were by filmaker Trevin Matcek. The story is about a soldier who, after losing an arm and leg in a futuristic drone battle, is fitted with advanced robotic limbs. Returning home for the first time in years, he struggles to reconnect with his family and a society suspicious of robotics. Matcek covers a lot of ground in 22 minutes and I could have gone for twice that length to really let him flesh out his story. Definitely worth the short time investment and a fine intro to the series.
The other shorts in the series look really good too. I’ve started in on Code Academy already and dipped a toe into a few others just to get a feel for the series. There’s a lot of variety in these films and the quality looks good across the board. I’m excited that I can go back and catch all the films I missed from previous seasons on their You Tube channel. If you’re tired of the mindless action SF movies we usually get out of Hollywood you should check out this series.
I like Wil Wheaton’s brand of snark and so I find myself in the awkward position of promoting a show on the SyFy channel. Has Hell indeed frozen over? The Wil Wheaton Project premiers tonight at 10/9 central and he’s gonna riff on sci-fi and nerd culture and generally geek out about our favorite things. It could be a train wreck like most things SyFy but it could be fun too. I’m betting on Wil to make it work. What do you think?