BROOKLYN (2015): Definitely Not Trailer of The week

Brooklyn (2015), Saoirse Ronan, Michael Zegan
Brooklyn (2015), Saoirse Ronan, Michael Zegan

For some time now I’ve been annoyed by the way some of the marketing people responsible for approving movie trailers have gone about their business. They have been happy to release film promos that reveal more of the story than many film fans care to see prior to release.

In the past, most of the films that have fallen victim to this ‘reveal virtually everything in the trailer’ movement have been movies I haven’t really been that interested in seeing. Today unfortunately, is a new day and I’ve just watched the so-called ‘trailer’ for Brooklyn (2015).

Starring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Zegan and Written by Nick Hornby, the John Crowley directed movie’s trailer reveals what looks like approximately 95% of the film’s plot in just 2.5 minutes.

What should have been a well executed trailer that reveals just the right amount to make you want to see the actual movie, was instead turned into what is essentially a very condensed short film sans the actual ending.

The feeling I got at the end is akin to how you might feel if a technical glitch occurred at the most inopportune moment, just before the big revelatory last scene of a movie. In such a situation, you might feel forced to immediately seek out the true ending. Perhaps ask someone that may have already seen it. Me? I felt forced to google the ending and I have no regrets.

The trailer has left me with completely no reason to want to watch the film. Why would the marketers do this? I just can’t believe it’s because the the film is based on a book that a lot of the audience would have already read. Money has to be behind it, along with laziness and a lack of imagination. What’s obvious is that there’s an opportunity for balance and compromise unless because trailers have been done well before without being turned into short films.

Go ahead and watch the trailer but only if you like spoilers.

G

BATMAN v SUPERMAN – DAWN OF JUSTICE (2016): Official Trailer

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Ben Affleck
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Ben Affleck

Starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg and  Gal Gadot as Wonder woman, the DC Comics’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie  trailers look good…

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

Intense, interesting are two words that come to mind. I’ll be watching for reasons including the seemingly promising dialogue. Though, I do wonder how much longer it’s going to be before comic book movie fatigue sets in on a large scale, if it does. Either way, right now it’s the fans who really, REALLY love these stories that I’m most excited for.

Perhaps Wonder woman will get the two  superheroes to work together. Quite likely.

Release Date (s): March 24th, 2016 (FR & GER); March 25th, 2016 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving  🙂

G

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 (2015): A Second Teaser Trailer

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015), Jennifer Lawrence
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015), Jennifer Lawrence

After last month’s release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 teaser trailer, I thought we’d see approximately 2 more trailers before the November release date. Not so, because here comes, yes, another teaser.

No one is going to blame you if the following thoughts went through your head as you watched.

  1. Whose music video is this? 
  2. Really? Another teaser?
  3. Ok. I want that red suit!
  4. Is white really the best colour for combat gear?

Before deciding to patiently (not so patiently) wait for November, you first need to stop imagining the people in white performing a very impressive street dance routine and Katniss Everdeen lip synching lyrics that include the words, ‘red’, ‘white’ and ‘unite’.

Good luck with that.

Happy The Hunger Games, Mockingjay, Part 2 🙂

G

RUSH HOUR 2 (2001) A Favourite Comedy Film & Excellent Karaoke Scene

Rush Hour 2 (2001), Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan
Rush Hour 2 (2001), Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan

Whilst in the mood for a good comedy this week, I opted for a buddy cop classic. Starring Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan and directed by Brett Ratner, Rush Hour 2 (2001) is one of my favourites.

The first instalment, Rush Hour (1998) is of course great, but I love Rush Hour 2 more. Not just for the reason that it has the following clip which contains the only instance of Karaoke I have ever been able to enjoy, but because it really is good. Particularly as this time unlike in the first movie, Jackie Chan’s Lee character cracks a few jokes of his own.

The reason why the karaoke scene above works so well – besides Chris Tucker’s comedic excellence is the fact that the guy ‘singing’ beforehand seems to believe that he’s actually doing a great job, when clearly that couldn’t be more incorrect. Featuring a Michael Jackson classic ‘Don’t Sop Till You Get Enough’ doesn’t hurt the scene either.

if you haven’t already and /or the above clip has convinced you, watch it because its funny. Just remember, it’s best to start with 1998’s Rush Hour first. Roselyn Sanchez and Ziyi Zhang also star.

Happy Rush Hour 2 🙂

G

CHRIS TUCKER LIVE (2015): He’s Back, Be Excited

Chris Tucker Live (2015), Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker Live (2015), Chris Tucker

Like the rest of the world, I love funny people. Though, sadly I feel like I never seem to be around them enough. Naturally I adore all the great comedians and entertainers out there and one that’s front of mind right now is Chris Tucker.

He’s on my mind because I recently saw the trailer for a new comedy special he has filmed for Netflix. Chris Tucker Live (2015) will be available on 10th July.

I haven’t actually ever seen one of his standup routines but I do love his work in movies. First there was F. Gary Gray’s Friday (1995) where Tucker featured as the memorable Smokey, Friend to Ice Cube’s Craig Jones. Then I saw the Rush Hour series of films, of which Rush Hour 2 was my favourite.

Looking forward to learning more about the comic’s viewpoint and his life.

Happy Chris Tucker Live 🙂

G

PRIME (2005): Beautiful Romance, Plus A Note To Follow Your Heart & Listen To Your Head

Prime (2015), Uma Thurman, Bryan Greenberg
Prime (2015), Uma Thurman, Bryan Greenberg

Starring Bryan Greenberg, Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep, Prime is ideal if you’re curious about its main subject, the relationship between a divorced woman in her late thirties and her younger 23 year-old boyfriend.

The Ben Younger written and directed film is a drama / romantic comedy that features several moments that realistically depict a romantic relationship between the two main characters

Greenberg and Thurman share great chemistry and both deliver good performances. However, Meryl Streep’s role as the long suffering Jewish mother is one of my favourite highlights.

Prime (2015), Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep
Prime (2015), Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep

For me, besides the beautiful romance, the film works as a reminder to always follow your heart in love and career, but do so whilst never completely ignoring your head; especially where love is concerned. The musical score is also notable.

Happy Prime 🙂

G

7 DAYS IN HELL (2015): Kit Harrington, Andy Samberg & Fred Armisen In New HBO Comedy

7 Days In Hell (2015), Kit Harrington
7 Days In Hell (2015), Kit Harrington

7 Days In Hell is HBO’s new sports comedy/ TV movie starring Andy Samberg, Kit Harrington, Mary Steenburgen, Fred Armisen and many more including Serena Williams and John McEnroe who play versions of themselves.

Shot in the style of a documentary expose, the TV movie focuses on the rivalry between two fictional tennis players, known to be the greatest of all time and their 2004 match that lasted 7 days. The concept is definitely nuts, but in the very best way.

All I know of Kit Harrington is that he is / was in that massively successful TV Show, Game Of Thrones, a series I’m still  yet to watch, but something tells me that his Seven Days In Hell character, Charles Poole is very different to Jon Snow in an exciting way.

7 Days In Hell (2015), Fred Armisen
7 Days In Hell (2015), Fred Armisen

I’m expecting great performances from the entire cast, but besides Kit Harrington’s character, I really hope there’s plenty of Fred Armisen as the Tennis Historian because my, that accent is really rather good / brilliantly entertaining.

Happy 7 Days In Hell 🙂

G

FANTASTIC FOUR (2015): May The Movie Live Up To Its Name

Fantastic Four (2015), Miles Teller
Fantastic Four (2015), Miles Teller

How did I not feature the Fantastic Four trailer sooner? Slight super hero movie fatigue perhaps…

Whatever the answer, I’m doing it now because it is rather well done. My favourite moment being when Reed Richards/ Mr. Fantastic looks up and down to his right. Isn’t slow motion a beautiful thing?

With some of the most talented Actors of young Hollywood, Fantastic Four is an interesting super hero movie about – you guessed it, saving humanity. This new reboot is directed by Josh Trank and stars Miles Teller, Michael B Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell.

Trailer 1…

Final Trailer…

I’ll be ready come the August (2015) release date.

Happy Fantastic Four 🙂

G

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