I have been chomping at the bit to get this review done because I couldn’t wait to tell the world how rad G.I. Joe Retaliation was. Especially considering just how long we’ve been waiting for this film to come out. Originally slated to come out last summer, it was then pulled and re-scheduled for Spring. I’m not really sure why, although I think I remember reading something about re-shoots. That normally doesn’t bode very well for films, but sometimes things turn out OK. Anyway, I also vaguely remember reading something about them expanding Channing Tatum’s role, because he reprises his role of Duke from the first G.I. Joe film. Regardless of the reason, I distinctly remember being kind of pissed that the studio was postponing the release a whopping 6 months or so. I hate it when they do that. Anyway, this past Friday finally saw the release of the latest actioner starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Do people really still call him “The Rock”? Do I need to include that moniker? Doesn’t really matter anyway, because this….this is all about the movie at hand. It’s a rare occasion where I actually go see a film on opening day mainly because I work all day on Friday’s and am normally too tired to hit up the cinema afterwards. However, knowing that this was going to be an explosive affair (and knowing is after all, half the battle), I had to go THAT NIGHT! So I did. Was it worth the wait? Did the delay in release hurt or help the film overall?
I really don’t want to like this movie. I know that sounds wrong coming from someone who has a film/TV blog but seriously. I remember watching 21 Jump Street when it aired originally on Fox. I’ve even gone back and introduced it to the kid. Watching it now is pretty painful, but still, it holds a place in my heart. When I heard that they would be making it into a film I was dumbfounded. Then to find out they decided to put a comedy spin on it made me even more upset. But then I saw the first trailer and thought “uh oh….I’m so going to have to see this!”
I wrote a bit on Haywire way back in June before the marketing machine went into top gear wondering why this film wasn’t on the radar. With a director like Steven Soderbergh and a cast that includes marquee heavy names like Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender and Bill Paxton all teaming up with experienced MMA fighter and ex-American Gladiator Gina Carano, how could this film get made so quietly?
It’s a moot point now because as of last weekend, we finally got to see what Soderbergh and Co. have been up to. It was a risky move casting Carano in the lead, and the question is, did it pay off?
I posted about this film a while back wondering how it seemed that this film was filmed completely under the radar. It’s got a high profile director and the cast is quite simply, off the chain. Slowly but surely information finally started to leak out and several months ago we got a peek at the teaser and now we get a trailer. It may be a short one but what it lacks in time, it makes up for in action.
Well this week is better than the last couple as far as trailers go. We’ve got a new trailer for M:I4, the feature film remake of 21 Jump Street as well as a new creepy film called The Innkeepers and a dark-ish animated feature called , a rather racy, raunchy teen comedy and the new Denzel Washington / Ryan Reynolds flick, Safe House. Which one are you looking forward to the most?
Everyone has that song on their iPod that they pray to God no one else sees or hears. If your iPod is the source of music at a party, you hover by it to make sure you can skip it if it comes up in the shuffle because you don’t want to be ridiculed for it. It’s the same thing with movies. Everyone has their guilty pleasures and no one wants to admit to them. Well I am. I’ve not only listed one….but SEVEN!
Muppets and tattoos and zoos and scary underground Russian roulette clubs and cops! You will see that there are no sparkly vampires present. I already posted the trailer for the Breaking Dawn so if you want to see that, click here. Otherwise you may proceed with today’s Trailer Wrap.
Happy Saturday once again my people. It’s a bit of a short trailer wrap today as there wasn’t a mess of trailers this week. I know there are loads of clips and featurettes and whatnot, but I like to stick with just the trailers. Some of that other stuff just give away way too much of the film and that’s a big downer. So the first trailer I have for you I know you’ve been waiting for….so here it is!
Steven Soderbergh is one of those directors whose projects always garner a bit of attention. His CV is pretty impressive and normally when he gathers together an A-list cast, news of the film is all over the web. So imagine my surprise when I happened across a listing for a new film of his that I hadn’t heard a lick about. It wouldn’t be so shocking if the film was in the early stages of production, but this one is completed and according to IMDB, is set to be released in August.