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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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Will Says Definitely Hancock 2

Get your copy of Hancock here and help support the project I’m filled with joy at the news that there will be a sequel to Hancock.

When we asked Will if he'd ever be up for playing another superhero he replied that there were a lot of unexplored characters in the HANCOCK universe that would be ripe for a sequel and confirmed that we'll definitely see the rumored HANCOCK 2 in a few years. (via JoBlo)

I liked Hancock it is a good movie that had it’s share of faults but overall it was still a fun story with compelling villains and a fascinating premise.  My full review is here at Exploring Hancock.

I have hope that the next film will be even better.  The biggest problem with the story in the last film was with how one could show the setting without ruining the surprise.  This dilemma created an unavoidable awkwardness which made accepting the film difficult for some viewers.  Now that the audience is past that point and the setting is established they can get into the wonderful setting and characters and the writers should be able to put together a great story for the second movie.  What do you think?  Did you like Hancock?  Are you excited about a sequel?  Would you go to see the sequel?

Exploring Hancock

Review of:  Hancock Overall Rating: 8.5  B+

Hancock was a fun experience, it is a good film but not an excellent film.  The main problem with the movie is that it was pitched to me through the trailers and hype as a comedy / superhero film but instead I was surprised to see that Hancock is actually a drama.  This caused some initial problems after watching the film because at first I thought the pace was too slow but in reality it was the right pace for a drama / character movie.  I thought that the action and comedy was weak but then I remembered that the movie was a drama with some comedy and superheros in it.  I think that is the hardest part for people who will watch this film, remember it is a drama with comedy and superheros in it and then you can enjoy the film more.

The story had characters that I cared about, compelling villains, a fascinating premise and a compelling story line.  The problem is that mid way through the movie the surprise happens, the story takes a sharp left turn and the audience did not get any hints that it was coming.  This in turn breaks the immaculate reality and distracts from the experience.  It is a major writing flaw but a hard one to fix and I can understand why this movie had so much work done on it.

There has been some comments from other reviews taking offense at a scene when Hancock is in the house and calls some comic characters homo.  I did not find it offensive.  It is used in a manner and a time in the story that does not condone that kind of behavior.  Hancock's character at that point is offensive to many groups of people and is depicted as a deplorable character not one to be emulated.  Latter on in the film Hancock does not use those statements again.  I actually found it fascinating that this point plus other ideals about what a man is were the major character flaw in Hancock that he had to overcome to become a good person.

For more on Hancock and Watch the Trailer

Likes

  1. Fun Movie Experience
  2. Characters I care about
  3. acting well done
  4. story shows the development of a character very well
  5. The visuals were well done but not exceptional
  6. Has a great sense of humor
  7. A fascinating premise and story line
  8. The villains were compelling

Dislikes / Concerns

  1. It had a flawed story with suprises that jump out at you from no where and brake the immaculate reality
  2. poorly represented in advertisements so if someone watches it expecting a comedy / superhero movie they could be upset when they get a drama with some comedic moments and superheros in it.

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Theater or Renter: July 2008

It's time once again for our favorite game "Theater Or Renter?" Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then Put in your comments below the trailer: does the trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?

For July we have Seven movies

Hancock

Hancock:

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Release Date:   July 4

Listed as:  Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Studio: Columbia Pictures

Director: Peter Berg

Produced by: Akiva Goldsman, James Lassiter, Michael Mann, Will Smith

Written by: Vince Gilligan, Vincent Ngo

Starring: Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, Johnny Galecki

The Plot / Story: Hancock (Will Smith) is an apathetic superhero who has to wrestle with an image problem due to his get the job done approach to superheroism.  Hancock dosn't care what other people think until the day that he saves the life of PR executive Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman) and he realizes that he needs to change.  (The Official Site)

Hellboy_2_poster Hellboy II: The Golden Army:

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Release Date:   July 11

Listed as:  Action, Adventure, comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Studio: Universal Pictures

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Written by: Screenplay: Guillermo Del Toro Story: Mike Mignola, Guillermo Del Toro comic Book: Mike Mignola

Stars: Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair, Jeffrey Tambor, John Hurt, Luke Goss, Anna Walton, John Alexander, Seth MacFarlane, Roy Dotrice, Brian Steele

The Plot / Story: In a time long forgotten an ancient battle between humans and the mythical creatures.  During the battle an indestructible clockwork army was created, controlled by a crown and unleashed on the humans.  After a truce was made they split the crown one half going to the elves and the other half going to the humans.  Now Prince Nuala (Luke Goss) wants to finish off the humans so he sets out to reunite the crown and take control of the golden army.  (The Official Site)

Del Toro’s director Scrapbook for Hell Boy II

Hellboy II & Big Red’s Big Baby

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Journey to the Center of the earth 3dJourney to the Center of the Earth:

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Release Date:   July 11

Listed as:  Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Studio: Warner Bros. & New Line Cinema

Director: Eric Brevig

Produced by: Brendan Fraser

Written by: Jules Verne, Michael Weiss, Mark Levin

Stars: Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem

The Plot / Story: Based on a science fiction novel by Jules Verne. The film is being released in 3D.  While on expedition in Iceland Trevor (Brendan Fraser), his nephew Sean (Josh Hutcherson, and local guide Hannah (Anita Briem) they make an amazing discovery after falling into a hole that takes them deep beneath the Earths surface.  There they must try to understand their dangerous environment of dinosaurs and man eating plants before they become dinner. (The Official Site)

Meet Dave

Meet Dave:

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Release Date:   July 11

Listed as:  Comedy, Sci-Fi,

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Director: Brian Robbins

Produced by: Jon Berg, David T. Friendly, Todd Komarnicki

Written by: Rob Greenberg, Bill Corbett

Stars: Eddie Murphy, Gabrielle Union, Ed Helms, Elizabeth Banks,Judah Friedlander, Pat Kilbane, Shawn Christian, Brandon Molale, Mike O'Malley, Marc Blucas

The Plot / Story: Dave is a human shaped alien spaceship operated by diminutive aliens from within his head.  They have landed on earth and are trying to understand their new environment.  (The Official Site)

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

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Release Date:   July 18, Australia July 17th, UK July 25th

Listed as:  Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Studio: Warner Bros.

Director: Christopher Nolan

Produced by: Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas

Written by: Screenplay: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan Story: David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan Characters: Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson

Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman

The Plot / Story: The second movie in the New Batman series.  A sociopath criminal known as the Joker has grown tired of Batman and the changing scene in Gotham city.  In the Joker's ideal city the criminals ran everything and the police would not interrupt their fun.  Now that Batman has arrived the confidence of the police and especially new district attorney Harvey Dent is growing and in turn the city is getting cleaned up.  The Joker in turn leads a campaign of destruction to bring back his beautiful city and makes it personal against Batman.  (The Official Site)

Batman in other projects.

Step Brothers Step Brothers:

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Release Date:   July 25

Listed as:  Comedy

Studio: Columbia Pictures

Director: Adam McKay

Produced by: Judd Apatow, Jimmy Miller, Will Ferrell

Written by: Adam McKay, Will Ferrell

Stars: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Richard Jenkins, Mary Steenburgen

The Plot / Story: Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell), a sporadically employed thirty-nine-year-old who lives with his mother, Nancy (Mary Steenburgen). Dale Doback (John C. Reilly), a terminally unemployed forty-year-old who lives with his father, Robert (Richard Jenkins). When Robert and Nancy were married and move in together, Brennan and Dale are forced to live with each other as step brothers. As their narcissism and downright aggressive laziness threaten to tear the family apart, these two middle-aged, immature, overgrown boys will orchestrate an insane, elaborate plan to bring their parents back together. To pull it off, they must form an unlikely bond that will finally get them out of the house.   (The Official Site)

xfiles The X-Files: I Want to Believe:

Watch The Trailer,

Watch the Opening Scene,

Watch the Scene: Obsession

Release Date:   July 25

Listed as:  Mystery, Sci-Fi

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Director: Chris Carter

Produced by: Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz

Written by: Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz

Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Billy Connolly, Amanda Peet, Callum Keith, Alvin "Xzibit" Joiner, Adam Godley, Sarah-Jane Redmond

The Plot / Story: The X-Files: I want to Believe is set six years after the events of the the series.  Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anders) return to seek for the truth.  This is a stand-alone story in the tradition of the x-files.  (The Official Site)

X-Files Revelations

X-Files the TV Series


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