The sequel to 300, Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel opens in Singapore tomorrow. 300: Rise of an Empire is based on Miller’s as yet unpublished graphic novel Xerxes and focuses on the second Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC. Noam Murro is the director whilst Snyder is involved as co-writer and producer.
If you have never watched Paul Verhoeven’s classic RoboCop (1987), then you might find this reboot to be entertaining fare. Nothing special but passable movie entertainment nonetheless. Whilst the original film came across as a visceral satire of the role that powerful corporations play in the USA and worldwide, Brazilian director Jose Padilha’s re-imagination renders any such social-political commentary inert and most of the time, his RoboCop comes across as safe, family-friendly entertainment.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer is here and guess what? The movie looks like Spider-Man 3 – y’know three villains overkill. Mm. Hopefully, it will make more sense than Spider-Man 3 did. Note: that last sequence really looks like a video game. Ugh.
To sum it all up, Riddick was rollicking good B-movie fun! What else do you need to know?
Well, after the critical and commercial mauling that the previous movie Chronicles of Riddick received, writer/director David Twohy and star/producer Vin Diesel had to re-think and brought the franchise back to basics. Meaning that this is more a sequel to Pitch Black (2000) than anything else.
Cybergeddon is a digital blockbuster from the visionary storyteller and “CSI” creator Anthony E. Zuiker, set to debut September 25, 2012 on Yahoo!. Cybergeddon follows agent Chloe Jocelyn (Missy Peregrym) as she investigates a slew of seemingly unrelated cyber-attacks with fellow agent Frank Parker (Manny Montana) and incarcerated master hacker Chase ‘Rabbit’ Rosen (Kick Gurry). Chloe and her team must crack the worldwide cybercrime ring led by Gustov Dobreff (Olivier Martinez) before it is too late. In a world where everyone is connected, everyone is at risk. Cybergeddon will officially premiere worldwide on September 25, 1.00pm Singapore time, in a series of nine digital chapters – three per day over the course of three consecutive days.
With each new trailer of The Dark Knight Rises, director Christopher Nolan has revealed more and more of his epic vision for this final chapter of the Dark Knight trilogy. This final (?) trailer is probably the best yet with enough reveals to send shivers down your spine but still with so much held back to keep one in eager anticipation of the power and glory to come. Certainly all bets are off on whether The Dark Knight Rises will be the best superhero movie ever… was there any doubt??
MAGUS is Leslie Low (Humpback Oak/The Observatory) on guitars and and Mark Dolmont (Meddle) on drums. The duo’s debut album – Sun Worshipper – promises to feature “chunky guitar riffs” and “hefty drums” and will no doubt induce “hypnotic, trance-like states”. Intrigued? Check out the trailer below and pick up your copy of Sun Worshipper when it is released by Ujikaji Records on 16th September.
Based on the comic book of the same name, Cowboys and Aliens has released its second theatrical trailer. It’s always exciting to see a sci-fi alien encounter story within other historical contexts, and that for me is the main draw (pun intended) for this Jon Favreau-helmed action thriller. And it’s got Harrison Ford in it as well. Check it out.
Yes, geeks and geekettes, I must confess that I have been thus far less than impressed by the prospect of the Green Lantern movie starring Ryan Reynolds. The first trailer did not do much to allay the fears as the tone of the movie came across as comedy-adventure rather than space epic.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER OFFICIAL TRAILER
This is already looking like an AMAZING year for superhero movies. Based on the trailers of Thor and X-Men: First Class, it appears that directors/producers are pulling out all the stops to make superhero movies work on every level – for the geek and casual movie-goer alike. Finally, Captain America is given a proper trailer and it looks like yet another winner. Every comic book geek knows Cap’s origin story and I am hoping that the promise shown here is fulfilled and justice is done to the vision of creators Joe Simon (now in his late 90s!) and Jack “King” Kirby (rest in peace). The movie opens on 22nd July.
First proper trailer for the Spielberg-Abrams secret project is now out! And doesn’t it look like am 80s alien/monster movie, directed by Spielberg? Not sure quite what to make of it… should be interesting in any case.
The first Conan the Barbarian, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, was significant in Singapore cuz it actually gave Singaporeans an uncensored view of bare boobies, which was incredible back in 1982! Right.
So a good 29 years later, here comes the remake which introduces Jason Momoa as the Barbarian. The teaser does not show that much (it is a teaser after all) but the voice over should elicit quite a few chuckles – “Enter the world of the Barbarian”. Okaaay….
Until the latest film adaptation directed by Michel Gondry and starring Seth Rogen (!), the best known incarnation of Green Hornet (in recent memory) was of course the 60s TV series, starring Van Williams as the titular hero and the legendary Bruce Lee as sidekick Kato. But in actual fact, Green Hornet began life as a radio series back in the mid-30s (even before Superman and Batmen were created) in the heyday of pulp fiction. The success of the radio series led to adaptations of the Green Hornet into movie serials and comic books.
The title character of this adventure thriller, filmed in Europe, Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a soldier; these come from being raised by her father (Eric Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland. Living a life unlike any other teenager, her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Cate Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity. (from Wikipedia)
When I first heard about this Scott Pilgrim movie, I did an online search and came up with the original comic book (see above). Now, if an animated movie was made based on the comic book art, honestly, I would not be interested. However, director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) has – based on the various trailers seen so far – come up with a kinetic, visual feast that promises to be a thrilling ride.
Avid comic book fans will recognise MegaMind’s premise easily enough. This animated superhero comedy stars Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt and is basically a riff off the Superman-Lex Luthor rivalry. Check out the official trailer below – I found it entertaining and I hope the movie lives up to the hilarity promised. MegaMind opens on 5th November.
It’s now 30 years since I first heard a Rush song. The Spirit of Radio.
As a prog rock fan, I was frankly quite astonished at how the Canadian band (viz. Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson & Neal Peart) managed to produce a prog pop song, incorporating varied time signatures, virtuoso performances, thought-provoking poetry (written by the drummer, no less!) and a reggae-infused middle-eight. The album from which The Spirit of Radio came from – Permanent Waves – contained other classic Rush songs like Free Will and Entre Nous.
However, Rush’s commercial breakthrough truly came with the follow-up album – Moving Pictures – possibly the power trio’s finest moment. #3 on the Billboard Album Chart and selling in excess of four million copies, Moving Pictures is without doubt, Rush’s biggest seller ever.
With legendary tracks like Tom Sawyer, Red Barchetta, YYZ & Limelight, it’s no mystery why Moving Pictures is one of the best rock albums of all time. Certainly these two albums were a fixture on my turntable in those heady days, when post-punk was all the rage.
30 years later, Rush is still going strong and is the subject of a upcoming rock documentary – Rush Behind the Lighted Stage – trailer below. Not to be missed!
Yet another movie adaptation of a story by legendary sci-fi writer Philip K Dick, the Adjustment Bureau is a sci-fi thriller starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. Synopsis follows: –
On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Blunt)—a woman like none he’s ever known. But just as he realizes he’s falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart.
David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself—the men of The Adjustment Bureau—who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must either let her go and accept a predetermined path… or risk everything to defy Fate and be with her.
Adjustment Bureau is scheduled to open on 17th September. Watch the official trailer below.
Based on the popular video game and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina, Prince of Persia – the movie – hopes to tap into the same audience that forked out millions for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. After all, Pirates producer Jerry Bruckheimer is also behind Prince and thus, we can expect loads of adventure, romance and special effects. Personally, I tend to balk at video game adaptations (weak stories mainly) and the trailer looks underwhelming. Guess we’ll will have to wait and see. Prince of Persia opens on 28th May.
Yet another upcoming comic book-related movie is Scott Pilgrim vs the World. This Edgar Wright-helmed movie is based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s rather obscure Scott Pilgrim comic series.
Here’s the statement from the official movie website –
“Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), bass guitarist for the garage band Sex Bob-omb, has just met the girl of his dreams. However, he must defeat Ramona Flowers’ (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) seven evil exes, who are coming to kill him.
Scott Pilgrim has never had a problem getting a girlfriend. It’s getting rid of them that proves difficult. From the girl who kicked his heart’s *** — and now is back in town — to the teenage distraction he’s trying to shake when Ramona roller blades into his world, love hasn’t been easy. He soon discovers, however, his new crush has the most unusual baggage of all: a nefarious league of exes control her love life and will do whatever it takes to eliminate him as a suitor.
As Scott gets closer to Ramona, he must face an increasingly vicious rogues’ gallery from her past, from infamous skateboarders to vegan rock stars and fearsomely identical twins. And if he hopes to win his true love, he must vanquish them all before it really is game over.”
Check out the teaser trailer below.
Scott Pilgrim vs the World opens on 13 August 2010.
How can you resist eh? Truth be told, when I first heard about that a remake of this 1981 Greek myth-fantasy flick was in the works, I cringed slightly. I mean, sure, the movie is memorable for awesome special effects from the master himself – Ray Harryhausen, but the acting performances were campy and the plot borderline silly. Factor in also that cute mechanical owl and the eyes certainly start rolling. Do we need to do it all again in 2010?
But upon learning that Louis Leterrier (who directed the excellent Incredible Hulk) was helming the film, I felt a little more optimistic about the possibilities of a gritty fantasy movie in the spirit of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. After all, how can you not like a movie with Medusa, Pegasus, giant scorpions and of course, the KRAKEN!
Clash of the Titans opens on 1st April.
In Clash of the Titans, the ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Leading a daring band of warriors, Perseus sets off on a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, he will only survive if he can accept his power as a god, defy his fate and create his own destiny.
Adapted from the hyper-violent comic book of the same name, created by writer Mark Millar and artist John Romita Jr, director Matthew Vaughn’s (Layer Cake) vigilante superhero film tells the tale of an average New York teenager who decides to don a costume and fight crime. For real. His superhero activities inspires many others to follow his lead with dangerous consequences for all concerned.
The movie stars Aaron Johnson as the titular character, Nicolas Cage, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Mark Strong.
Kick Ass opens on 16th March. Check out the trailer below.
Lewis Carroll’s classic literary work gets the quirky Tim Burton treatment with the upcoming Disney movie, Alice in Wonderland. Carroll’s story is best known for its lively, memorable characters viz. the Mad Hatter, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the White Rabbit, the Mock Turtle etc.
Personally, I’ve always loved the Cheshire Cat and the incongrous visual idea of the smiling trickster – something that could not be trusted despite the appealing facade. Burton’s take on the character (see above) is to emphasize the “creepy” aspect of the concept – which brings to mind the notorious Batman villian, the Joker. Certainly, a movie to look forward to…
Check out the trailer below.
Catch Alice in Wonderland in cinemas starting from 4th March 2010 and join the official Facebook and Twitter page!