Coming Soon-Ish: Spies, Aliens, and Samuel L. Jackson.

I’ve enjoyed posting movie trailers so much, I’ve decided to make it a regular thing. About once a week (probably on Wednesdays) I’ll update the blog with either trailers that intrigue/horrify me, or snippets of film/TV news that I’ve read about on someone else’s far more professional website.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

As will quickly be evident to anyone paying attention, I’m really a sucker for a good cast. A movie that contains the collected talents of Benedict Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman, Toby Jones, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Mark Strong, and Stephen Rea? Yeah, sign me up now, please, even if spy movies aren’t usually my forte.

I am a fan of whodunnits, however, so I’m hopeful that I’ll like this one. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a really good mystery. You know, one where the hero’s split personality isn’t the master villain or something equally trite.


Hey, it’s that one episode of every sci-fi show ever! You know, where a bunch of guest stars are forced to compete to the death (which they all do because they’re a bunch of beaten down, jaded bastards who don’t want to die) until one of the main cast members is also kidnapped. Only he is special, see, and eventually gets them to revolt and stop fighting each other and fight the real bad guys instead! (Except for that one jerk who’s clearly been a sadistic asshole in every incarnation he’s ever had. That guy has to go. Especially after he kills our hero’s sarcastic yet ultimately good-hearted new friend.)

Arena looks just like that episode, except that it has Daniel Dae Kim and Samuel L. Motherfucking Jackson for the win! I will probably rent this at some point to laugh at it. I got a quarter right here that says Daniel Dae Kim is the sarcastic yet ultimately good-hearted friend who bites it.

The Dark Knight Rises

Your first picture of Catwoman . . .

I kind of like it. Kind of don’t. I mean, it’s better than what Halle Berry wore. My God, that was a horrible movie. I mean, on so many levels. Absolutely horrible. But this outfit (at least in this one scene) isn’t terribly . . . cat-like? I mean, there’s not even anything resembling cat ears. I know Nolan’s universe is more realistic, and I usually appreciate that, but . . . dammit, where are my cat ears?


Note: This Picture Actually Has Nothing to Do With This Film.

This one’s still in development, so God knows if it will even happen, but here’s what I read on io9:

The story centres on an assassin who wakes up inside a spacesuit tumbling helplessly through space, with a computer designed to keep him company until his air runs out. He must try to solve the mystery of his death, which began when he broke into an orbiting space station to carry out a hit. The man, however, begins to question his reality, unsure if he is succumbing to madness or in an artificially created environment.

I’m considerably less interested in the questioning reality nonsense, but an assassin floating through space trying to figure out how he got there? Color me intrigued.

The Darkest Hour

I’m a little torn on this one. Some of the effects look kind of neat. That one scene with the cop, that totally took me by surprise. But energy-sucking, invisible alien creature things that are revealed by a bunch of light bulbs  . . . I’m a little worried that this storyline will end up making as much logical sense as the US remake of Pulse did. And if you haven’t seen Pulse, seriously. Don’t.


If this doesn’t suck, I’ll be absolutely shocked. Seriously, aliens? ALIENS? In BATTLESHIP?

Even Alexander Skarsgard can’t make me interested in this one.

Finally . . . The Day

This teaser doesn’t show you too much . . . but post-apocalyptic world with Dominic Monaghan?

Yeah, that’s enough for me.

7 thoughts on “Coming Soon-Ish: Spies, Aliens, and Samuel L. Jackson.

  1. I’m not so worried about the invisible-aliens-who-provide-electricity bit of The Darkest Hour, as I’ve been conditioned by Doctor Who not to worry about aliens making any sort of biological sense, so long as they’re sufficently cool. But the whole “fighting back,” bit seems kind of iffy. Unless they’re going for a whole “Red Dawn,” vibe, and it doesn’t seem like they are, what’s the point, narratively speaking? If this thing’s all over the world, whether four civilians fight, or how well they fight, isn’t going to make much difference to the success or failure of the invasion overall. I suppose they might have them sneak aboard the mothership and use electricity to overload the aliens, or something like that, but that’d be pretty cheesy too.

  2. Your picture of Jubal Early may not have anythig to do with Spaceless, but damned if it doesn’t sound exactly like his fate and personality.

      • That would be really cool. He was such an intriguing character, and I would love to see a movie about him, even if it’s not actually him and officially the movie has nothing to do with Firefly.

        Come to think of it, it was mentioned somewhere or other that they would’ve brought him back if the show had continued, so perhaps he’ll show up in the comics at some point.

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