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Wyliefan
05-23-2012, 03:14 AM
Speaking of DiCaprio, the new Gatsby trailer's out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mgzhtUeER7o

I'm liking the looks of this (though the trailer music does not fit AT ALL). Not a big DiCaprio fan in general, but I can see him doing really well with this role. And it looks pretty faithful to the book.

Cachoo
05-23-2012, 04:42 AM
Sometimes just the look of the film will pull me in and Luhrmann is a master.

DarrellH
05-23-2012, 04:34 PM
Saw the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (for the elderly and beautiful), last night. LOVED it! Well written and acted.

NinjaTurtles
05-23-2012, 04:39 PM
Speaking of DiCaprio, the new Gatsby trailer's out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mgzhtUeER7o

I'm liking the looks of this (though the trailer music does not fit AT ALL).

:lol: Come on, this is Baz Luhrmann we're talking about!

Wyliefan
05-23-2012, 04:46 PM
Saw the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (for the elderly and beautiful), last night. LOVED it! Well written and acted.

I really want to see that! Thanks for the mini-review!


:lol: Come on, this is Baz Luhrmann we're talking about!

Good point. :)

Artemis@BC
05-23-2012, 04:48 PM
My long weekend viewing included 3 movies that surprised me in very different ways:

How to Die in Oregon, a documentary about the physician-assisted suicide law. Very moving. I didn't expect to be so involved in the subject matter, but I was really drawn in.

Albert Nobbs. For a movie about topics near and dear to my heart (gender roles, workers' rights), it was surprisingly dull and unaffecting. Close was pretty great, though, except for the inconsistent accent and the mumbling (I had to turn on the subtitles). And Janet McTeer was phenomenal. Worth seeing just for them.

We Bought a Zoo. I'm a sucker for redemption-through-animals stories, but even so I was surprised by how much I liked this movie. Nice to see Matt Damon do a "normal guy" role, and I didn't even mind Scarlett Johansen that much. A family movie in the best sense of the term.

PeterG
05-24-2012, 02:00 AM
A sneak preview of the new movies thread that I'll start next week ahead of the movies opening Friday June 1st. First up, two movies that you probably have not heard of and might not hear of even as they enter theatres! But I just looooved the trailers for these two movies:

June 8th - Safety Not Guaranteed (Comedy with a new cast including Jake M. Johnson [New Girl])
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73jSnAs7mq8

...and...

August 15th - The Odd Life of Timothy Green (Dramedy with Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, Ron Livingston, Dianne Wiest, M. Emmet Walsh and Common)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMSkbH0LuTc

I can't wait to see these two movies! Very creative with enjoyable characters. :cheer2: :respec: :cheer:

And with the good, there is also the bad. :wuzrobbed Sorry kids, but not all movies coming out these summer appear to be classics! Can you believe it??? Now before I post the offending (offensive) movies, let me go on record as saying that I have nothing against Channing Tatum. As a matter of fact, I think he's diversifying in the types of movies he does, so I commend him for that. It just so happens that he has a part in two of the movies opening this summer which happen to have HORRIBLE trailers. First up...


June 29th - G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Action, Adventure with Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Ray Stevenson and Jonathan Pryce)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSX2oxLdcWA

I think this one will probably be a hit as Americans love their violence...but if you hear ear-piercing shrieking coming from a movie theatre, it means someone I have become stuck in a theatre playing this movie and I am unable to escape...!


June 29th - Madea's Witness Protection (Comedy with Tyler Perry, Eugene Levy, Doris Roberts, Tom Arnold, Denise Richards, John Amos and Marla Gibbs)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Kzbg6bnwFs

Do the Madea movies get worse with each release? Or just the trailers? Who watches these movies anyway??!!


June 29th - Magic Mike (Comedy with Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Olivia Munn and Adam Rodriguez)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMU7s6cwxEM

Haven't all of us been waiting frantically for all the beef that will be on display in this flick? Well, count me out after watching this soul-slaughtering preview... (How were they able to make a movie about nekkid men so BORING?) :barf:


July 27th - The Watch (Comedy, Sci-Fi with Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Will Forte and Billy Crudup)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8HKYDpWwi0&oref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fresults%3Fsear ch_query%3Dthe%2Bwatch%2Btrailer%26oq%3Dthe%2Bwatc h%2Btrailer%26aq%3Df%26aqi%3Dg4%26aql%3D%26gs_l%3D youtube-reduced.3..0l4.2237278.2239587.0.2239778.17.8.0.9. 9.0.89.592.8.8.0...0.0.VJrQGYtB2ug

After watching this people-hating preview of a movie, I officially want to state that I detest all of these actors. Especially Mr. Homophobic Joke King Vince Vaughn. :rolleyes: (Although if Jonah Hill makes another movie as wonderful as Moneyball, he will come off this list quickly.)


August 24th - The Apparition (Horror, Supernatural Thriller with Ashley Greene and Tom Felton)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmGNJ1o4iRM

This one is supposed to be a major release, featuring stars from Twilight and Harry Potter. This trailer doesn't look professional enough to even get a passing grade from some random theatre school. Plus I swear that Martin Sheen is in this trailer, but nothing for the movie or Sheen himself at imdb.com says that he is a part of this movie. Am I confusing Martin Sheen with another actor? Or is that him in this trailer??


August 24th - Hit and Run (Action, Comedy, Romance with Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold, Beau Bridges and Kristin Chenoweth)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nZlXB5okeo

Remember when people forgave Bradley Cooper for "All About Steve" because he had just been in the uber-hit "The Hangover"? Everyone is going to take back that forgiveness for his giving us this foul crap! :mad:


P.S. Please forgive me for offering up only two good movies and six piece of crud...

agalisgv
05-24-2012, 03:49 AM
August 24th - The Apparition (Horror, Supernatural Thriller with Ashley Greene and Tom Felton)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmGNJ1o4iRM

This one is supposed to be a major release, featuring stars from Twilight and Harry Potter. This trailer doesn't look professional enough to even get a passing grade from some random theatre school. Plus I swear that Martin Sheen is in this trailer, but nothing for the movie or Sheen himself at imdb.com says that he is a part of this movie. Am I confusing Martin Sheen with another actor? Or is that him in this trailer?? That trailer is from another movie--not the one coming out. It was uploaded in 2007.

Cachoo
05-24-2012, 05:13 AM
Re: Safety Not Guaranteed---I was hearing/reading bits about Mark Duplass but with this film it seems like his name is all over the place now.

I figured out that some of my favorite films have bits of fantasy but are not fantasies. The male star might be at odds in his environment but not in a violent, disturbed way. He just doesn't quite fit in---and then the film does anything but follow staid Hollywood formulas. If this becomes a favorite at some point it will suprise me in a way I never expected. High hopes for this film...

Nell411
05-24-2012, 07:13 AM
G.I. Joe Retaliation has been delayed 9 months. (http://www.thehdroom.com/news/Paramount-Pushes-G.I.-Joe-Retaliation-into-2013-for-3D-Retrofitting/10755)

PeterG
05-24-2012, 07:30 AM
That trailer is from another movie--not the one coming out. It was uploaded in 2007.

Thanks for the correction. Here is the real trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkmzXVwLtH0

Better production values, but it looks just as stupid!! :lol: Definitely not on my To See list.


G.I. Joe Retaliation has been delayed 9 months. (http://www.thehdroom.com/news/Paramount-Pushes-G.I.-Joe-Retaliation-into-2013-for-3D-Retrofitting/10755)

Please, please, please Paramount...shelve this one indefinitely!

zhenya271
05-24-2012, 09:40 AM
Speaking of DiCaprio, the new Gatsby trailer's out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mgzhtUeER7o

I'm liking the looks of this (though the trailer music does not fit AT ALL). Not a big DiCaprio fan in general, but I can see him doing really well with this role. And it looks pretty faithful to the book.

I can't wait for this movie! So disappointed it's not coming out until Jan. :(

I went to IMDB to find moreinfo mainly on the release date and was surprised to see so many people were basing the success of the film based on the trailer music! I know so many times in contempory themed films I'm lured in by the trailer music and of course the trailer music isn't even in it! I loved "The Great Gatsby" but even if the film bombs, I'll just be happy with the gorgeous costumes, period setting and all around lost generation melancholy.:)

Cachoo
05-24-2012, 12:31 PM
Now that Judd Apatow is an important name in Hollywood film I want your opinion on something---kind of a chicken or the egg question:
I was looking at a full cast list (not just the stars) of "Undeclared" and "Freaks and Geeks" and there are so many names of folks we know now that we did not know then. Do you believe Apatow's success led directly to their success? Or do you believe Apatow has a great eye for talent? Or something in the middle? Of course actors have to start somewhere but these underrated shows seem to be chalk full of folks whose movie (and tv) careers have taken off and skyrocketed in some cases. Was it Apatow? Was it them? Both?

PeterG
05-24-2012, 07:51 PM
I think that either Apatow has an eye for talent, or works with a casting director who does (or both)! One thing that I notice in some films is how each and every performer is brilliant in what they do. I can think of two Apatow movies where this is the case (there are probably more, but this is just off the top of my head): Forgetting Sarah Marshall and especially The 40 Year Old Virgin. So the roles are great, the performers are great and the role suits the performer (or is it vice-versa)? On top of that, you need a cast who is willing to be surrounded by people who are as brilliant as them, so you need people who have healthy egos. It seems to me that a few decades back, you'd have the leads who were surrounded by lesser talents. I've wondered if this was done to appease the stars, so no one outshone them (is outshone a word? Outshined?). I can think of some recent American comedies (can't recall titles) that featured some lesser known British comedians (at least to North American audiences) who lit up the screen only if they had one brief scene. Now one could say that Seth Rogan is a big enough star that he could use his clout to get those as far away from the set as possible so that he remains the funniest person on screen. But my guess is that not only does Seth Rogan not have a fragile ego, but he celebrates other people's brilliance. And Apatow comes in here in that I'm guessing he only picks people to work with who are like this, so he gets amazing performances from everybody, even if they only have a bit part.

That said, I think the people Apatow has chosen to work with are brilliant on their own. But being brilliant on your own isn't enough. You need a good script to work with and a good director to make it all happen. I'm sure if you look at the resumes of some of the people you are thinking of, you will find some bombs on their resume. The people they worked with couldn't make proper use of their talents, whereas someone like Apatow can.

Let me know if I need to expand on any of this. :D

Cachoo
05-24-2012, 08:30 PM
Thanks Peter--in all of this I was not considering ego and the willingness of actors to work with those as or more talented than themselves. And that Apatow would promote that---If that is the case those sets must be a joy for both cast and crew. I don't remember the exact quote but I recall John Cusack lamenting that he was not a member of the Apatow "family." His yearning makes more sense now.