The Hangover was a surprisingly funny film. I have a tendency to carry a high bar when it comes to comedy films, and while it didn’t quite meet it, it still warranted a few laughs. However, I haven’t had a chance to catch The Hangover Part II, but from what I’ve heard from fellow film critics, it was more of the same. To complete a full trilogy, director Todd Phillips and the ensemble cast of Bradley Cooper, Ken Jeong, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, and Ed Helms return for the final installment.
Joined by newcomer John Goodman, The Hangover Part III finds the Wolfpack searching for Mr. Chow after Goodman’s character kidnaps Doug as collateral for money Chow stole from him. With the stage set, The Hangover Part III seems to have moved past the “hangover” gimmick; will that prove to be enough to change the formula? We can all find out when it hits theaters on May 23rd.
Following the WonderCon trailer for Pacific Rim is this first official trailer for the film. Featuring so much new footage, the new trailer includes some back story to how the kaiju appeared and why the Jaegers were built to combat them. Fortunately, not too much of the story is spoiled in this trailer; balanced into the narrative context are, you guessed it, new scenes of giant mechas fighting giant monsters. Really, what more could you ask for in a movie?
The Guillermo del Toro-led Pacific Rim is fast approaching in less than two months, so try to savor the latest trailer as much as possible.
As some of those familiar with my alter-ego know, I’m not a fan of horror movies at all. I get too anxious and nervous when facing suspense and gore. The first V/H/S, which you can catch on Netflix Instant, was a fan favorite in 2012 film festivals. The premise of the two films revolve around the discovery of VHS cassettes that depict ridiculously gruesome stuff. More importantly, each cassette serves as a short film/vignette directed by a large number of directors.
Its sequel, V/H/S/2 (formerly known as S-VHS, but changed because not too many people remember S-VHS tapes), cuts back on the number of directors involved in the anthology, but showcases even more explicit content. Directors attached to V/H/S/2 include Gareth Evans (The Raid: Redemption), Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project), Timo Tjahjanto (The ABCs of Death), Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun), Adam Wingard (The ABCs of Death), as well as Simon Barrett, one of the writers for V/H/S, making his directorial debut.
Prepare your eyes for the horror in the trailer below. V/H/S/2 comes to theaters July 12th, but will hit Video on Demand outlets June 6th.
It’s been almost a decade since the last Chronicles of Riddick film (and five years since Vin Diesel has played a character not named Dom Toretto), but coming this fall, Diesel is set to don the goggles again with the third film in the franchise, Riddick. Written/directed by franchise director David Twohy, the film finds Riddick’s power increasing and using them against bounty hunters sent to kill him. Unbeknownst to them, it’s all part of the plan.
After the success of Fast Five and a remarkable performance in Fast and Furious 6 (review’s coming soon!), it’s good to see Diesel return to the big screen. He’s getting up there in age, but the man’s more than capable of holding his own. Prepare for Riddick‘s return to the theaters on September 6th.
Arrested Development is one of my absolute favorite TV series. With its relentless stream of inside-jokes, witticisms, and cast whose talents are constantly matched AND one-upped with every scene, news of the show’s unfair cancellation in 2006 was met with both anger and understanding. The combination of Fox’s mishandling of the show by continuously shifting its time slot and the show’s inherent necessity to watch each episode in order to understand the jokes and gags proved to be its downfall.
However, after a seven year wait, the series is set to return, this time exclusively airing on Netflix. The upcoming “Season 4″ will go live on May 26th with each of the season’s 15 episodes becoming available simultaneously. To whet fans’ appetites, a teaser trailer was released late last night showcasing the same type of humor and wit that garnered the show’s various awards and accolades.
If you haven’t yet watched the show, I urge you to set aside some time and go through a marathon run of the show’s 53 episodes on Netflix in preparation.
Ghost in the Shell is one of those seminal anime films that appeals to people that don’t really like anime. The 1995 cyberpunk film dealt with an advanced technological world where people were able to connect into robotic bodies (known as shells) with superhero-like powers on a network similar to the internet. A police assault squad is dispatched to investigate a hacker that has been essentially hacking people’s shells.
Ghost in the Shell: Arise is the first part of a four part prequel film series that dives into the history of New Port City. The DVD/Blu-Ray is set to release on July 26th worldwide. You can watch the first trailer for Arise below, as well as read an official synopsis for the story.
In 2027, one year after the end of the Fourth Non-Nuclear War, the guttural town of New Port City is plagued with one mass tragedy after another. Enter Public Security Section’s Daisuke Aramaki to lead an investigation along with Batou better known to the criminal scourge as “the man with the eye that does not sleep.” Running parallel to this investigation is the military’s clandestine 501st Secret Unit, which happens to count Motoko Kusanagi, the cyborg, wizard-level hacker amongst its many members. Also investigating these events is the Niihama Prefectural Police detective Togusa. When all three investigations cross paths, secrets will be revealed and terrible truths unearthed.
Alfonso Cuaron is one of those directors who, I feel, hasn’t really received the proper dues he should from audiences. Sure, Y Tu Mama Tambien won a handful of awards and nominated for an Oscar, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban pushed the Harry Potter film franchise towards a more mature vision (let alone a decidedly creative turn that sometimes clashed with the previous two films in the series), and Children of Men is arguably one of the most underrated sci-fi films to come out of the past decade. Still, Cuaron isn’t as well-known as some of his contemporaries for reasons unexplained.
Hopefully, that will change this October when his next film, Gravity, hits theaters. In the first trailer, which you can watch below, two astronauts played by film favorites George Clooney and Sandra Bullock embark on a mission to space. Ironically, what is Dr. Ryan Stone’s (Sandra Bullock) first shuttle mission is intended to be Matt Kowalsky’s (George Clooney) last. During a routine spacewalk, their shuttle inexplicably explodes, stranding the two out in space with no means of communication.
Frankly, I’m extremely excited for Gravity. It’s shaping out to be a cerebral thriller that is more focused on human survival instincts rather than some supernatural entity, let alone a distinct antagonist/enemy. It’ll be interesting to see how general audiences react to the film, especially considering the combination of two Hollywood-friendly faces with Clooney and Bullock with Cuaron’s vision. Let the speculation begin!
2013 is shaping up to be a big year for science-fiction films. The latest to find itself added to this list is the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi novel, Ender’s Game. Directed and written by Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Ender’s Game involves humanity searching for a new military leader amongst its children following an alien attack. When Ender Wiggin easily passes all of the challenges at the Battle School, he finds himself promoted to the Command School, as well as named to be humanity’s new hope against the alien Formics.
The ensemble cast stars Asa Butterfield (Hugo), Harrison Ford (Star Wars), Abigail Breslin (Zombieland), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), and Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3). You can watch the special effects-heavy trailer below. Ender’s Game is scheduled to hit theaters on November 1st.
Rihanna's novel idea to promote her seventh album, Unapologetic, just before its release last November, has just received an official visual companion in shape of a behind-the-scenes documentary. As you might remember, the pop singer chartered a 777 jet, loaded it with around 150 fans and journalists, and took them on a whirlwind world tour of seven days, seven countries and seven shows. The piece aired on Fox last night and showed some of the tour's highlights, such as touch down in Toronto, Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, London and New York.
During WonderCon, a comic book, science-fiction, and movie convention held in Anaheim last month, director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) unveiled the latest trailer for his upcoming film, Pacific Rim. However, despite intending to keep the footage as a convention-exclusive, del Toro released the trailer publicly this week. It’s a good thing, too, because this latest trailer raises the bar for mecha films; suddenly, Transformers 4 lost its appeal.
Pacific Rim takes place in an alternate future where monsters emerged from the Pacific Ocean and began attacking humanity, triggering a war between the Kaiju (as they’re called) and humans. Large robots, called Jaegers, are created to combat against the Kaiju, which are controlled by two humans syncing their minds together. What follows will, hopefully, be two hours of robot vs. monster action. If this new trailer is any indication, the fight scenes are going to be ridiculously entertaining. The Jaeger uses a boat as a sword to attack the Kaiju with. Boat-swords are the way of the future.
You can watch the trailer below, and make sure you get your boat-swords sharpened and ready when Pacific Rim comes to theaters on July 12th.