Trailer Frenzy, Take 2 . . . Or Another Day Where Carlie is Lazy.

It’s been a busy week, so I haven’t spent a lot of time watching movies and writing super long reviews about them. As a shameless attempt at filler, I’m posting a bunch of new movie trailers. Again. What can I say? I love movie trailers.

John Carter

I’m not exactly sure what to make of this yet, but it looks sort of interesting, and it’s got a great cast (that’s going to be something of a theme with the following trailers). I know very little about the original source material, but I love that they don’t tell you where the story takes place. That’s right, Disney. Pretend your movie isn’t actually a sci-fi. Assholes.

John Carter of Mars is a much better title than just John Carter. I keep seeing news for John Carter and thinking, Wait . . . Noah Wyle’s getting an ER spinoff? Incidentally, John Carter of Mars would also be an awesome band name. But that’s for another time and another list.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Well, they certainly upped the explosion quota, didn’t they?

Honestly, this trailer’s a little ‘eh’ for me, like it’s trying too hard . . . but I thought that about the last one, too, and I ended up loving that film. Robert Downey Jr’s fun, of course, but it’s Jude Law who I really adore in that movie.

Clearly, I’m not a Sherlock Holmes purist. I was bored out of my mind when I read one of the short stories, but it has been a long time, so I could possibly try Mr. Holmes out again. Just . . . not any time soon. I’ll stick with my Guy Ritchie steampunk, thanks.

The Thing

Here’s my thing: remakes are allowed to have the same name as the original film. Prequels should not. It’s irritating.

On one hand, I think this trailer looks kind of awesome. I seriously heart Mary Elizabeth Winstead something fierce, and I enjoyed the original The Thing quite a bit, so my interest level is up. On the other hand . . . having seen the original The Thing, er, I know what’s going to happen here, unless they radically alter stuff. So . . . that’s sort of a bummer. I’d rather see this than Rise of the Planet of the Apes any day, though. Seriously, I don’t get the interest in that movie at all.

Contagion

OUTBREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAK!

Okay, so I am definitely into this movie. We haven’t had a good plague flick in awhile, and seriously, who does this cast not include? We’ve got Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Gwenythh Paltrow, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Bryan Cranston, John Hawkes, Elliott Gould, Enrico Colantoni . . . sweet Jesus.

I almost put up a spoiler warning for this trailer—it shows you something I wasn’t expecting it to show—but it sounds like something you’re supposed to know going in, so . . . yay for big name character deaths!

The Three Musketeers (3D)

This . . . looks terrible. Sorry. I watched that trailer and started giggling . . . and that’s from someone who likes the utterly silly Chris O’Donnell and Kiefer Sutherland version from the earlier 90’s. But it’s got an awesome cast: Matthew MacFayden, Milla Jovovich (obviously), Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz, etc. And it’s directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, whose directed a few favorite guilty pleasures, so . . . I’ll probably end up watching it. At some point. Maybe on Instant Netflix or something.

Finally . . . Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol

I really enjoyed the first Mission Impossible, but I was highly disappointed with the second one and never bothered to see the third one. I shouldn’t be interested in this . . . but what can I say? Jeremy Renner? Josh Holloway? Simon Pegg? Yeah, I’m there. Plus, it looks like Simon Pegg might actually have some action scenes himself, maybe, scenes where he’s not only the obvious comic relief? That totally intrigues me. I’ll probably rent this one.

That’s it for today. Tune in to my being lazy again soon!

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6 Responses to Trailer Frenzy, Take 2 . . . Or Another Day Where Carlie is Lazy.

  1. Fatpie42 says:

    You say “John Carter” has a great cast, but what concerns me is the lead role. He doesn’t appear to have been in anything good. I was initially put off because he looks like Emile Hirsch from “Into The Wild” (which I hated), but at least Emile Hirsch can definitely act. Taylor Kitsch’s most major role to date is Gambit in the Wolverine Origins movie and I can’t say that fills me with confidence.

    I’d say that of the trailers you’ve presented the one, solely going on the trailer, that looks most promising is “The Three Musketeers”. It just looks really really fun. Might well be rubbish, but it didn’t have me groaning like the Sherlock Holmes 2 or Contagion trailers. If it wasn’t for the first two Mission Impossible movies, I might be quite interested in MI4, but there you go…

    Thanks for the selection. 🙂

    • Tom Palmer says:

      The only problem I have with the Three Musketeers is that based on this trailer it appears to have some of those 300-style uber-cheese slo-mo sword fights in it. I really wish movies would stop doing that kind of thing. Otherwise it looks good.

    • I actually didn’t mind Taylor Kitsch as Gambit. Maybe I was just expecting worse, but I thought he did okay. I’ve also heard that he’s good in Friday Night Lights, although I can’t say that I’ve ever seen it. I’m kind of curious to see what else Kitsch can do, although admittedly when I said great cast, I was thinking more about the supporting cast.

      I can’t say that I understand how you groaned at Contagion and NOT at The Three Musketeers, but to each his own. I like the first Mission Impossible, but I was so disappointed with the change in tone for the sequel that I kind of fell out of the series. I will probably try out this one, though. Cast certainly isn’t everything—the greatest actors in the world can’t save a terrible movie—but I like most of these actors enough to give it a chance.

  2. Tom Palmer says:

    Clearly, I’m not a Sherlock Holmes purist. I was bored out of my mind when I read one of the short stories

    I wouldn’t have thought myself a Holmes purist either but this seems to have very little to do with Sherlock Holmes other than the name. I haven’t seen the first movie, but if it’s anything like this (which is obviously too action oriented and a far cry from the by-comparison-far-more-cerebral-stories) I don’t know that I’d like it. There are a couple of bits in this trailer where you’d think Holmes was supposed to be Jason Bourne. He’s pretty athletic for a drug addict. I know he boxed, and fenced, but still.

    I thought this one was supposed to have Stephen Fry as Mycroft Holmes in it. Maybe it’s so minor they didn’t bother to show him. Or he doesn’t shoot anybody so they figured it wouldn’t fit the tone of this trailer? I can’t really see Lane Price as Moriarity either. Speaking of Moriarty, it’s interesting how a character who was only in one story is so famous a character and made much more important than he was.

    Thinking about it, the Holmes fans I’ve known – the kind into it enough to join fan societies and stuff like that – have all been dudes and the only people I’ve known who absolutely hated Holmes or were at least indifferent have all been chicks.

    • There’s definitely action in the first one, but not quite like this. I do have a sneaking suspicion that Game of Shadows is going to suffer from sequelitis and be so focused on making things bigger and more exciting that they kind of ignore the plot . . . but I really do like the first one as a pure popcorn piece, so I’m willing to give this a go. Besides, I’m actually interested in seeing Jared Harris as Moriarty. I’ve liked his performance in pretty much everything I’ve seen him in, so I’m hopeful. (Also, I bet that’s exactly why Stephen Fry didn’t make it into this particular trailer. Just knowing that he’s in it, though, makes me happy.)

      I might try reading another Sherlock Holmes story or novel someday; it’s just not going to be anytime soon. I do really like BBC’s modern update, Sherlock, though. I’m really, really ready for more episodes of that.

      • Tom Palmer says:

        I do really like BBC’s modern update, Sherlock, though. I’m really, really ready for more episodes of that.

        Yes, I’ve been waiting for more episodes of that one too. Even for England three episodes is ridiculous.

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