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Theater or Renter: June 2010

Theater or Renter: June 2010 includes 6 SF movies Marmaduke, Splice, The A-Team, The Karate Kid, Toy Story 3, Jonah Hex.  Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care? Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?

Marmaduke:

Release Date:  June 4th 2010

Listed as:  Fantasy, Family

Studio:  20th Century Fox

Director:  Tom Dey

Produced by:  John Davis, Tom Dey

Written by:  Vince Di Meglio, Tim Rasmussen

Stars:  Owen Wilson, George Lopez, Fergie, Kiefer Sutherland

The Plot / Story: Based on the comic strip of the same name by Brad Anderson.  The Winslow family moves from the country to Orange County, California and has to adjust to the new environment.  This is particularly difficult for the lovable yet awkwardly large Marmaduke, who tends to wreak havoc in his own oblivious way.(Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

First Impressions:

Marmaduke is a renter at best for me.

Positive

It has a good cast.  The trailer made me laugh at times.

Negative

I have concerns that it may be more kidsey then a family movie.  All of the early promotion materials gave me the impression this movie is more fluff.

Splice:

Release Date:  June 4th 2010

Listed as:  Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller

Studio:  Dark Castle Entertainment via Warner Bros. Pictures

Director:  Vincenzo Natali

Produced by:  Steve Hoban, Guillermo Del Toro

Written by:  Vincenzo Natali, Doug Taylor, Antoinette Terry Bryant

Stars:  Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chanéac

The Plot / Story: Elsa and Clive, two young rebellious scientists, defy legal and ethical boundaries and forge ahead with a dangerous experiment: splicing together human and animal DNA to create a new organism. Named “Dren”, the creature rapidly develops from a deformed female infant into a beautiful but dangerous winged human-chimera, who forges a bond with both of her creators – only to have that bond turn deadly.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

First Impressions:

Probably theater definitely renter.

Positive

Guillermo Del Toro.  Premiered at Sitges Film Festival winning Best Special Effects and Best film.  Also had a showing at Sundance and was then fought over by several studios in a bidding war to get distribution rights.  The trailer looks very interesting.  and Guillermo Del Toro.

The A-Team:

Release Date:  June 11

Listed as:  Action, Adventure

Studio:  20th Century Fox

Director:  Joe Carnahan

Produced by:  Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Jules Daly, Stephen J. Cannell

Written by:  Joe Carnahan, Brian Bloom, Skip Woods, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas

Stars:  Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton Jackson, Sharlto Copley, Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson, Brian Bloom

The Plot / Story: (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

First Impressions:

I'm on the fence if this will be a theater or a renter for me.  This is a niche movie that will probably have a limited appeal with the chance of also attracting the action movie going audiences.  I grew up watching A-Team on TV.  I loved what they stood for:  justice and helping those in need.  I can only hope those elements are in the movie.

Positive

The casting looks the part.  Trailer impressed me, it looked good and has a very A-Team feel to it.  Derek Haas did a good job with wanted so hopefully he brings some of those elements to this project.

Negative

Initially I thought a movie of this was a bad idea but after watching the trailer that has changed.  The Loosers was so disappointing that it has left great concerns for the A-Team which is a similar style of movie.

The Karate Kid:

Release Date:  June 11

Listed as:  Action, Drama, Family

Studio:  Columbia Pictures

Director:  Harald Zwart

Produced by:  Jerry Weintraub, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz

Written by:  Christopher Murphey

Stars:  Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson

The Plot / Story: This is a remake of The original Karate Kid The Karate Kid Remake Trailer.  A 12 year old Detroit kid moves to China with his mother.  Due to cultural differences he makes the class bully and enemy.  With no friends, in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu. Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

First Impressions:

Skeptical of the remake, I have concerns that those values from the original will not be maintained.  I may have to wait for early reviews before I can make a decision on whether I will even watch it.

Positive

Loved the original film.

Negative

Concerns over how they will keep some of the spirit of the original film due to some of the fundamental changes.

Toy Story 3:

Release Date:  June 18th

Listed as:  Fantasy, Family

Studio:  Pixar Animation Studios

Director:  Lee Unkricha

Produced by:  Darla K. Anderson, John Lasseter

Written by:  Michael Arndt

Stars:  Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, John Ratzenberger, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Wallace Shawn, Blake Clark, Jodi Benson, Michael Keaton, Ned Beatty, John Morris

The Plot / Story: Andy is now heading off to college and plans to put the toys into storage in the attic but his mom accidentally donates them to the Sunnyside Daycare.  Woody, Buzz and the whole gang meet new toys at the daycare for better and worse. Learning of Andy's sadness over their loss they must fight to find their way back to Andy's house before he leaves for college.(Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

First Impressions:

Theater

Positive

Really enjoyed the previous 2 Toy Story Movies.  The cast is stellar.   Trailer looks good.

Jonah Hex:

Release Date:  June 18

Listed as: Superhero, Westeren

Studio:  Legendary Pictures, DC Entertainment

Director:  Jimmy Hayward

Produced by:  Akiva Goldsman, Andrew Lazar

Written by:  Screenplay: Neveldine & Taylor  Story: Neveldine & Taylor, William Farmer  Characters: John Albano, Tony Dezuniga

Stars: Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, Megan Fox, Michael Fassbender, Will Arnett, Michael Shannon

The Plot / Story: Jonah Hex is a scarred drifter and bounty hunter of last resort, a tough and stoic gunslinger who can track down anyone... and anything. Having survived death, Jonah's violent history is steeped in myth and legend, and has left him with one foot in the natural world and one on the "other side." His only human connection is with Leila, whose life in a brothel has left her with scars of her own. But Jonah's past is about to catch up with him when the U.S. military makes him an offer he can't refuse: in exchange for his freedom from the warrants on his head, he must track down and stop the dangerous villian Quentin Turnbull. But Turnbull, who is gathering an army and preparing to unleash Hell, is also Jonah's oldest enemy and will stop at nothing until Jonah is dead.(Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

First Impressions:

On the fence between theater and renter.

Positive

John Malkovich a plus.  Superhero movie a plus.  The steamPunk elements borrowed for the film it makes for a more fantasy version of the Wild West but one that I enjoy.

Negative

The trailer was not terribly exciting border lining on the boring.


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Theater or Renter: Arpil 2010

Theater or Renter: April includes five SF movies Clash of the Titans, Date Night, Kick-Ass, The Losers, A Nightmare on Elm Street.  Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care? Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?

Clash of the Titans:

Release Date: April 1

Listed as:  epic fantasy

Studio:  Legendary Pictures

Director:  Louis Leterrier

Produced by:  Basil Iwanyk, Kevin De La Noy, Richard D. Zanuck

Written by:  Lawrence Kasdan, Travis Beacham, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi

Stars:  Sam Worthington, Mads Mikkelson, Alexa Davalos, Danny Huston, Gemma Arterton, Pete Postelthwaite, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson

The Plot / Story: Based on the 1981 film Clash of the Titans .  Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus is helpless to save his family from Hades.  With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat the Kraken and then get revenge on Hades.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Theater: Liam Neeson as Zeus and Ralph Fiennes as Hades will be awesome.  I loved the original Clash of the Titans and have hopes that this one will be an epic like the first.  They even have a budget to make the effects look great but the trailers haven’t supported the hope.

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Date Night:

Release Date:  APRIL 9th

Listed as:  Comedy

Studio:  20th Century Fox

Director:  Shawn Levy

Produced by:  Shawn Levy, Tom McNulty

Written by:  Josh Klausner

Stars:  Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, Common, Ray Liotta, Taraji P. Henson, Leighton Meester

The Plot / Story: Claire and Phil Foster (Tina Fey and Steve Carell) are a suburban couple slogging through their daily lives and marriage. Even their "date nights" of dinner and a movie have become routine. To reignite the marital spark, they visit a trendy Manhattan bistro, where a case of mistaken identity hurtles them through the city at breakneck speeds, into non-stop adventure. Remembering what made them so special together, Phil and Claire take on a couple of corrupt cops, a top-level mobster—and a crazed cabbie—as their date becomes a night they'll never forget.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Between Theater Renter:  Date night will be a theater if I have time to catch it in the theater otherwise it is a renter.  The idea of Liz Lemon and Michael Scott together makes me laugh so much even if I realize these characters are probably not quite the same.  Tina Fey and Steve Carell crack me up so I expect this to be a fun and funny movie.  I'm also curious to see if Date Night is more like Adventures in Babysitting then the typical comedies we find in the theaters today.

Kick-Ass:

Release Date:  APRIL 16th

Listed as:  comic book movie

Studio:  Lionsgate

Director:  Matthew Vaughn

Produced by:  Matthew Vaughn, Brad Pitt, Kris Thykier, Adam Bohling, Tarquin Pack, David Reid

Written by:  Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, Mark Millar

Stars:  Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe moretz, Mark Strong, Nicolas Cage

The Plot / Story: based on the comic book Kick-Ass by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.  a typical teenage boy, wonders why no one has ever decided to become a real-life superhero like the heroes in the comic books.  Despite the fact that he has zero superpowers, he looks to reincarnate himself as a crime-fighting superhero named Kick-Ass.  His decision inspires a subculture of copy cats, put his life in danger, and unite him with a similarly minded father-daughter duo. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Theater:  the trailers look really funny.  The premise of a regular person stepping up for what is right and inspiring others to take his lead is also a plus.

The Losers:

Release Date:  APRIL 23rd

Listed as: action based on comic

Studio:  Warner Bros.

Director:  Sylvain White

Produced by:  Joel Silver, Akiva Goldsman, Kerry Foster

Written by:  Peter Berg, James Vanderbilt

Stars:  Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Óscar Jaenada, Jason Patric

The Plot / Story: An adaptation of Vertigo and DC Comics' comic book series The Losers. Five members of an elite United States Special Forces team are sent into the Bolivian jungle. The team find themselves the target of a betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Believed to be dead, the group makes plans to even the score when they're joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Between Theater Renter:  I lovingly think of this movie as the B-Team copy of the A-Team m0vie.  The story and even characters are similar.  That said The Loosers trailer did make me laugh more which hurts a little to say as a fan of the A-Team.  I don't have big expectations for the film but from the trailer it looks fun so if I'm not able to catch it in the theater I will put it on the rent list.

A Nightmare on Elm Street:

Release Date:  APRIL 30th

Listed as:  Slasher, Horror, Reboot

Studio:  New Line Cinema

Director:  Samuel Bayer

Produced by:  Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller

Written by:  Wesley Strick, Eric Heisserer

Stars:  Jackie Earle Haley, Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker, Kellan Lutz

The Plot / Story: A reboot of the 1980’s movie Nightmare on Elm Street.  A group of parents hunt down and murder a local stalker.  The children of the suburban parents are being haunted in their dreams by a horribly disfigured killer known as Freddy Krueger.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Theater:  I'm a big fan of Nightmare on Elm Street and in it's case a reboot makes more sense because Freddy was finally defeated in six.  I am concerned about my reactions to a non Robert Englund Freddy but the trailers look really good.


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A-Team 2010 Trailer

When I first heard that they were doing an A-Team movie I thought this was such a bad idea.

Then watching the trailer impressed me.  They did a good job matching up the characters and capturing the feel of the A-Team.

I grew up watching A-Team on TV.  I loved what they stood for:  justice and helping those in need.  I can only hope those elements are in the movie.

Watch the original A-Team streaming online below.