Wednesday, November 14, 2012


There are several familiar Chinese faces in "The Grandmaster," Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi and Chen Chang to name three, but the story is familiar as well. Why is the great Wong Kar Wai doing a story about Ip Man (the martial arts master renowned for training Bruce Lee) when we already have a recently made acclaimed trilogy doing that already. Furthermore, why is Wong directing an action movie in the first place? It's a genre out of his wheelhouse, but the result has some beautiful compositions, but I was still uninspired by most of it. This comes out in December in China and Hong Kong, look for it next year to reach our shores.

Chinese director Cheng Xiaogang has another historical epic on his hands with "Back to 1942." Adrien Brody and a most-interesting role by Tim Robbins show up as foreigners desperate to bring relief to the drought sticken Henan province during China's war with Japan. Many of the sets are remarkable, some of the sights breathtaking, and the Japanese fighter planes... crappy CGI. Like "The Grandmasters" it will be showing in its territories before coming here, but don't expect to be able to see this in theaters anywhere but there.

Here's the second trailer for Kim Jee-Woon's first American film, "The Last Stand." Arnold returns as the sheriff of a small town ready to take on the unsuspecting drug lord that plans on cruising through. His deputies, played by Luis Guzman and Johnny Knoxville seem to balance each other out (take a wild guess who I think is more of a jackass). Nice use of a "Boom, Boom, Boom" cover and some promising action, I just hope for something half as good as some of the filmmaker's previous fair. He'll be back on January 18th, 2013.

The "Evil Dead" remake, of the Sam Raimi "classic" of the same name, has a dark and somewhat intense trailer. It utterly fails the "Cabin in the Woods" test, but you have to remember the original film came out before that was even a twinkle in Joss Whedon's eye. The original has not aged well, but is still embraced in cult circles. This faithful remake clearly hopes to cover the same ground (molesting trees and all) but with the latest and greatest in scare and gore tactics. If you're a horror buff chances are you'll want to see for yourself on April 12, 2013.

As if that wasn't enough, here is the very violent trailer for "The ABCs of Death," an anthology picture with 26 short films (one for each letter of the alphabet) from filmmakers all over the globe. It's bloody, it's bizarre, and it's probably only for horror buffs. For a small taste here is the disgustingly gruesome "T for Toilet" in its entirety. You can find this on VOD come January 31, 2013 or in select theaters on March 8th.

The much-anticipated first look at "World War Z" has landed! The opening is very impressive and we see the starts of a widespread panic during the dawn of a zombie apocalypse. Brad Pitt is desperate to protect his family only to later be called in to help "take care of" the situation. This film is a large scale project and looks so but I was pretty disappointed at the glimpses of CGI droves of zombies. It recalls "I Am Legend." Ugh. Prepare for a war, though not an entirely immersive one, on June 21, 2013.

Lick the boards for gravy McGrady, I reckon it's prime time for the Trailer Round-Up Awards!


"Christmas Eve is the scariest damn night of the year" in "Silent Night." A serial killer dresses up the Jolly Old Saint Nic during the holidays and gives people a present that Anton Chigurh would be proud of. The performances and dialogue are hokey, but it may find an audience in those hoping for a strange horror flick Look for it (or picket it) in select theaters come November 30th.

That makes for a nice segway to "Warm Bodies," which appears to break every rule of zombie lore that I know of. Our protagonist is already "undead," but that doesn't stop him from being a chatty young adult throughout the trailer's narration. To make matter more complicated he falls for one of his potential victims and this starts bringing him back to life... I don't know about that. And what's up with those walking skeletons? John Malkovich plays the zombie's potential father-in-law, but will this "clever" remodeling of the zombie phenomenon be entertaining? This one shambles into theaters on February 1, 2013, not doubt aiming for awkward date nights come Valentine's Day.

1 comment:

Bryson and Tara said...

What is up with all the horror movies?! Did you just choose to focus on them or are they really all that is coming out? Yuck!