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Hangover Part III: Official Trailer #2

The strongest part of the new Hangover III trailer is how heavily it focuses on Zach Galifianakis.  I am pleasantly surprised with some of the new reveals.  It would be too easy to create the same film for the third time.  I am not saying this couldn’t still be the case, but I will admit that the third installment of the franchise has the opportunity to do something different.  That is refreshing.

Even more entertaining, Part III seems to rely heavily on the Alan character.  Considering the comedic genius of Zach Galifianakis, this will pay off in spades. Following the death of Alan’s dad, we can see that he has gone off the deep end.  He no longer takes his prescribed medication, and his once tolerable antics are out of control.  I loved the Tab commercial while burying his father.  What can I say?  Sex sells.

So it’s agreed that the Wolfpack needs to come together, and take Alan to a center where he can get the help that he needs.  Then, all of a sudden, John Goodman shows up and demands they bring Mr. Chow to him.  He keeps Doug as collateral, of course.  The journey spans across several exotic locations so the boys can locate, kidnap, and return the elusive Chow. I wasn’t too excited at first, but I can honestly say that I am now.  This new trailer has opened my eyes to the comedy trilogy.

Trailer Roundup: Prof. X, Sinestro, and the Governor Made a Movie, Plus Hangover 3…

This is Grizzly Bomb’s Trailer Round for April the 12th in the year of 2013…

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When you saw the first Hangover film, did you think it would make a great trilogy?  Someone did.  So here it is.  The triumphant conclusion to the story that doesn’t appear to have an ending.  You know it will be good when it returns back to where the first film has already been.  Here we go again, again.

The Wolf Pack returns to Vegas on what appears to be a mission fulfilling the wishes of deceased father in law Sid Garner.  Or, at least, that is what I believe the plot to be.  The only thing confirmed from the trailer is that giraffe dismemberment is hilarious.

Director:  Todd Phillips

Stars:  Bradley Cooper, Melissa McCarthy, Zach Galifianakis, Jamie Chung, Justin Bartha, John Goodman, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, and Ed Helms.

Release Date:  May 24, 2013

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Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong) is an ex-criminal.  But like father, like son.  Go figure?  His son ends up in the hospital after a heist gone wrong, and Sternwood has to get him out.  So this should be the perfect opportunity for Max Lewinsky (James McAvoy) to put Sternwood behind bars for good.  Wait, no.  That would be too simple.They grab my interest when they attach the name Ridley Scott in the opening sequence.  Does this mean it will be a great film?  No.  It just means they have my attention.

Director: Eran Creevy

Stars: James McAvoy, David Morrissey, Mark Strong, Andrea Riseborough, Jason Flemyng, Peter Mullan, Johnny Harris, and Elyes Gabel.

Release Date:  March 15, 2013 UK

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This seems to be one of those dry indie comedies that I find difficult to relate to.  Though it is considered a comedy, it has evident dark tones.  That being the case, I wouldn’t expect our presented “protagonist” to advance or become any better by the films end.  Therefore, with no relatable characters, I would fail to have my usual cathartic experience.  This is often the case with dark comedies.

Why should you see it?  Well, heck.  It’s got Ron Swanson in it, now doesn’t it?  Not really, but Nick Offerman is in his typical form which I am sure is quite entertaining.  The more screen time he gets, the better this movie will be.

Director:  Bob Byington

Stars:  Nick Offerman, Keith Poulson, Jess Weixler, Stephanie Hunt, Marshall Bell, Kate Lyn Sheil, and Kevin Corrigan.

Release Date:  March 8, 2013

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This seems like an endearing little piece with a large cast that I very much enjoy.  The trailer shows what appears to be a great representation of modern love in a divorced society.  Selfishness motivates most of our decisions, and because of it, we let things go that we shouldn’t, and we give up on things that deserve our attention.Sometimes, it’s tragic how dependable we can be on other human beings.  Love is the overpowering emotion that convinces us many times that the unreasonable is reasonable.  I know this description seems complex, but it is all invoked from this trailer.  So it seems like a pretty interesting movie.

Director:  Josh Boone

Stars:  Logan Lerman, Lily Collins, Jennifer Connelly, Kristen Bell, Stephen King, Greg Kinnear, Liana Liberato, Nat Wolff, Spencer Breslin, and Patrick Schwarzenegger.

Release Date:  June 14, 2013

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I feel like this movie will succeed.  Hear me out.  Everyone was a bit disappointed with the flat, explosion friendly Die Hard 5.  They felt a little bit better when Olympus Has Fallen came out.  They felt that their Die Hard void had been filled.  So people will enter into the summer movie madness remembering that they enjoyed a film where the White House was under attack from foreign invaders.

So enter White House Down.  It is very Red Dawn ish.  Which, I love.  It cannot be determined if the invaders are foreign or domestic, but judging upon the Lincoln quote, probably domestic.  It’s like Red Dawn meets Die Hard 4.

Director:  Roland Emmerich

Stars:  Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Jason Clarke, Joey King, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins, Rachelle Lefevre, and Jimmi Simpson.

Release Date:  June 28, 2013

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Michael Bay’s “Alien” Turtles Have Been Cast and Megan Fox is Among Them…

I have to be honest with you.  I have a deep love for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I have one more admission.  It physically pained me when I found out some of the silly things that Michael Bay had in mind for the 2014 reboot.  Really, Sir?  Aliens?  Really?

The cast of the mutant, uh, I mean, “alien” brothers has been finalized so I can’t help but add my two cents about the gents.  Being attached to the name “Michael Bay” certainly has its advantages.  Bay abuses what I would call an “increasingly stupefied” audience.   Are his films visually overstimulating because that is his true expression of art, or is he just supplying what the audience wants?  Either way, I don’t know what his exact plans are for the Ninja Turtles reboot, but I can guarantee they will be stupid and I will hate them. He is, however, box office gold.

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So will these budding young stars reap the benefits of Bay’s name?  So long as they don’t call him a Nazi, I’m quite positive they will experience some success from this highly commercialized, toy friendly franchise.

Cast as the group’s leader Leonardo is Pete Ploszek.  You may recognize him from Parks and Recreation that one time.  If you missed him then, maybe you saw him on Shameless that other one time.  He has the shortest resume of the bunch, but this could be the springboard he needs.

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Alan Ritchson, who has some fairly memorable previous performances, will be Raphael.  Of all the main characters, this guy could potentially benefit the most from this stamp on his career.  Between the Ninja Turtles being filmed, and The Hunger Games in post production, his attachment to some major titles could lead to future success.  His strong handsome face doesn’t hurt anything either.  Too bad his gorgeous mug is going to be CGIed in Ninja Turtles.

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Jeremy Howard has been cast as Donatello.  I am not entirely sure how he fits in considering the other gents are a bit more statuesque.  However, he does have the most experience in films dealing with aliens, so I suppose that is fitting with Bay’s ideas.  The only thing I can project is that they are truly trying to highlight the geekiness of Don’s character.  This is the exact opposite of what they have done previously.  Donnie was always the smart techie guy, but to avoid boxing him into a one-dimensional character, they also gave him a skateboard.  These are all just assumptions, but as I have stated earlier, I already hate this movie and it is stupid.

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I found Noel Fisher (Shameless, Terriers, etc.) to be the most recognizable of the foursome.  He, obviously, will be playing Michelangelo.  “All the good ones end in ‘o’.”  Considering Mikey was my favorite turtle, I hope he stays true to the character.  I feel weird saying that considering he is a turtle that is a ninja that also likes to party.  What great depth!

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Rounding out the cast is the ever sultry Megan Fox.  Considering there aren’t too many female roles to choose from, she will be  April O’Neil.  I was kind of crossing my fingers she would have been the Shredder.  Or even better, she could have been that girl turtle from that Saturday morning show that no one watched…

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The only thing that I can guarantee is that I don’t care.  Keep an eye out for Ninja Turtles exploding in a theater near you next summer.

Trailer Roundup: Internships, Danny Boyle, and Shia The Beef!

This is Grizzly Bomb’s Trailer Round for March the 5th in the year of 2013…

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This new film centers around Jim Grant (Robert Redford), a former member of a radical anti Vietnam War group known as the Weather Underground.  Though he has successfully remained off the FBI grid for thirty years as an Albany attorney, Ben Shepard (Shia LaBeouf) aggressively pursues answers from Grant and ultimately stirs up a giant mess involving several members of the WU.  The only way for Grant to keep everything he loves is to clear his name.

Both produced and directed by Robert Redford, this thriller is based upon the 2003 novel of the same title written by Neil Gordon.

Director:  Robert Redford

Stars:  Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Jackie Evancho, Brendan Gleeson, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Susan Sarandon, and Anna Kendrick.

Release Date:  Limited U.S. release April 2013

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We have already seen the first trailer for Danny Boyles new film Trance, but with the release of its red band counter part we are exposed to a deeper grit.  Simon (James McAvoy) partners up with the wrong crowd to steal a piece of precious art.  Sure enough, the plan goes awry, and Simon gets knicked only to have forgotten everything.  Insert the attractive hypnotherapist to find out where the painting went, and you’ve got yourself a nice little action film filled with deception and intrigue.

The new red band trailer shows the psychological affects that this venture will have on Simon.  There will be a dance between reality and fiction.  That is, unless people can really talk with only half of their head left.  Call me presumptuous, but I assumed this is a dream sequence of sorts.

Scarlett Johansson, Melanie Thierry, Eva Green and Zoe Saldana were considered for the role of Elizabeth which ultimately went to Rosario Dawson.

Director:  Danny Boyle

Stars:  James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel, Tuppence Middleton, Wehab Sheikh, Danny Sapani, and Lee Nicholas Harris.

Release Date:  March 27, 2013 UK

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All you have to say is Twilight’s Stephanie Meyer and you have got yourself a box office success.  The name alone will lead to some kind of financial prosperity.  So, of course, this movie had to be made.  It doesn’t look all that terrible, but it certainly hasn’t wowed me with some kind of new concept.

In this typical science fiction action film, a parasitic alien race has attached itself to the human race.  A resistance has been established and is linked to the aliens by Melanie, an individual who has partnered with her host (Wanda) rather than succumb to it.

Director:  Andrew Niccol

Stars:  Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, Max Irons, Jake Abel, Marcus Lyle Brown, William Hurt, Frances Fisher, Boyd Holbrook, and Chandler Canterbury.

Release Date:  March 29, 2013

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I love it when the same movie is repackaged and sold as if it is something new.  I am, of course, referring to the comedy duo of Wilson and Vaughn.  It’s not like this isn’t an acceptable practice in Hollywood.  We have seen it time and time again, and the audience is truly okay with it.  Consider it a wonderful chemistry that can be enjoyed in countless scenarios even though plot points rarely deviate.

The trailer itself points out that this is the mental Hunger Games against a bunch of genius kids for a hand full of jobs.  So let’s just call it that.  This is NOT Wedding Crashers II:  Crashing Harder!

Director:  Shawn Levy

Stars:  Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, John Goodman, Rose Byrne, Dylan O’Brien, Chuti Tiu, JoAnna Garcia, Swisher, Jessica Szohr, Josh Gad, and B.J. Novak.

Release Date:  June 7, 2013

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I was surprised when the word “Byzantium” did not come up as requiring spell check.  It turns out that it is an ancient Greek city.

Byzantium is the name of the guesthouse in which the mother, daughter vampire duo portrayed by Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan take refuge.  The story unfolds when Eleanor (Ronan) reveals her secret to Frank (Caleb Landry Jones).

Director:  Neil Jordan

Stars:  Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Jonny Lee Miller, Caleb Landry Jones, Same Riley, Tom Hollander, Thure Lindhardt, Christine Marzano, and Daniel Mays.

Release Date:  2013 U.S.

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Trailer Roundup: K-11, RED 2, and Olympus Falling…

This is Grizzly Bomb’s Trailer Round for February the 5th in the year of 2013…

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The first thing that comes to mind is, “Merica!”  Though heavily reliant upon CGI, this trailer is intense nonetheless.  Where else would you be able to receive visuals of this nature?  It takes us way back to the year nineteen hundred and ninety-six when we saw the Whitehouse blown to pieces by a city sized space ship in Independence Day.  It’s truly a disastrous sight that we would never wish to see in real life, but in a film, it should make one phenomenal story.

Gerard Butler is forced to come out from behind the desk to save the president of the United States Aaron Eckhart.  Hostage take overs have been done eight ways from Sunday, but this still looks entertaining and worth checking out.  There is something to be said about making a generic story seem appealing.

Director:  Antoine Fugua
Stars:  Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Dylan McDermott, Radha Mitchell, Ashley Judd, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Jaye Williams, and Melissa Leo.
Release Date:  March 22, 2013

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Well if it isn’t the most blatant commentary on social status possible?  At least they mix in some amazing green screening to keep the story fresh.Boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl are destined to remain apart due to class restrictions.  That would about sum it up, but if you use Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess, you’ve got yourself a movie.

Director:  Juan Solanas
Stars:  Kirsten Dunst, Jim Sturgess, Timothy Spall, Agnieshka Wnorowska, Neil Napier, Jayne Heitmeyer, James Kidnie, and Frank M. Ahearn.
Release Date:  March 15, 2013

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The first thought that came to mind when watching this trailer was, “Is this a real thing?”  I suppose it makes sense.  If I might have thought transgendered individuals had it difficult as it was, I didn’t even think about what jail would be like.

So thank you Jules Stewart for giving us a look.  Yes, I am talking about Kristen Stewart’s mother.  Personally, the only redeeming quality I have seen so far is that Jason Mewes is on the cast list.

Director:  Jules Stewart
Stars: Goran Visnjic, Kate del Castillo, D.B. Sweeney, Portia Doubleday, Jason Mewes, Sonya Eddy, Luis Moncada, and Tommy Lister.
Release Date: November 26, 2012 Italy

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As described this film is, “An agoraphobic father teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from the clutches of a gang of twisted feral children who committed an act of violence against his family years earlier.”The entire trailer, I couldn’t decide what was real and what was inside his head.  It almost appeared to be a paternal postpartum depression.  Is that even a thing?  I guess you have to check it out to find out.

Director:  Ciaran Foy
Stars:  Aneurin Barnard, James Cosmo, Wunmi Mosaku, Jake Wilson, and Amy Shiels.
Release Date:  March 1, 2013

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So what would be more interesting than following the lives of assassins?  How about when they are aged and retired?

In this second installment, we continue to follow Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) who is clearly trying to enjoy retirement.  That doesn’t work out too well when he suddenly becomes everyone’s top target.

Director:  Dean Parisot
Stars:  Bruce Willis, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, David Thewlis, and Byung-hun Lee.
Release Date:  August 2, 2013

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