Trailer: The Revenant

I haven’t posted in quite a while, and many of the trailers I’ve posted most recently have been family oriented affairs. This is something different. This is a gritty period piece set in the early 1800s. This looks fantastic! I’ve wanted a movie with a setting like this. The trailer doesn’t give much away in terms of story, but the presentation looks wonderful. This looks to be a personal story, possibly intertwined with larger events of the period, but it is not a war movie about the Revolution or the war of 1812. It is something different that is very enticing to me.

Trailer: The Little Prince

There has been much buzz lately about other films and trailers, and I suppose I should add my comments to those conversations at some point, but I ran across this trailer and for the first time in a while felt compelled to share. This film looks beautiful and seems to have a nice message to go along with it. This is a new presentation of the classic story “The Little Prince” and the framing of this retelling is what makes the whole thing so attractive. Check it out!

Edgar Wright Movies

The other night I watched Scott Pilgrim vs The World again and as usual, quite enjoyed it. Its one of those movies that hangs together so well and is so thoroughly enjoyable that I tend to put it on when nothing else strikes my fancy. When the credits rolled, I was floored to see that I’d never realized this was an Edgar Wright film. I am a big fan of the “Cornetto Trilogy” and never put together that these were the same director. It figures really.

Also, Captain America is Lucas Lee, the skateboarding movie star. Honest!

Comedy Tips from Edgar Wright

This is a excellent video showing some tips for comedy in film. The main argument is that comedies are not living up to their full potential because they do not fully utilize the medium. These are some specific examples about camera work and staging and its use to enhance comedy.

Edgar Wright – How to Do Visual Comedy from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.

Trailer: Peanuts

I’m not sure how to feel about this. Its great to have the Peanuts characters in the forefront again. That part I like. I just don’t know about this update to their look.

The approach taken here is interesting and more fitting than a more traditional 3d movie look like one used on Dr. Suess’ characters in The Lorax. The movements and animation feels right. If it HAD to be done in 3d, I’d have to agree that this is the way to do it. But did it have to be done in 3d at all?

This of course leaves out the question of what the story will be. Blue Sky has done pretty well so far, so I’m hopeful.

Trailer: Godzilla

If you told me that I’d be excited to see a Godzilla movie, I’d have said you were nuts. That is until these trailers started coming out. Oh please don’t let me down! These look amazing and I’m actually interested in seeing a giant monster movie. Cloverfield didn’t get me excited with it’s trailers and neither did the early trailers for Pacific Rim. In the end, I found Cloverfiled to be a great movie and Pacific Rim was quite fun. Can another giant monster movie work? That is, beside Evangelion.

Trailer: Earth to Echo

So what if you took E.T., sprinkled in a little Batteries Not Included, and then made it a found footage movie? This appears to be the answer. From the trailer, this looks to me like I movie I’m going to wish they didn’t make as found footage. The story looks like it will be good and the storytelling glimpses you get from the trailer are solid, but the found footage feels totally like a gimmick and not like an advantage to the movie like it did in say, Cloverfield. Hopefully I’m wrong, but I think it will get in the way of a good movie.