Coming Soon-Ish: Hobbits, Trains, and Sleepy Hollow — Sans Johnny Depp

The Hobbit 2: The Desolation of Smaug

Fair warning: I still haven’t seen the first Hobbit movie yet. I need to. I know I need to. I just can’t get that initial interest back, no matter how hard I try.

But about this trailer: you know, it looks good. Mostly. I’ll admit, the parts with Evangeline Lilly don’t exactly fill me with joy. (This has nothing to do with her playing an original character and everything to do with how much I hated Kate on Lost. Hated, hated HATED her. Although maybe this’ll be the role that turns me around on Lilly. I kind of doubt it, but who knows? It could happen.)

I could see this in theater . . . but I wouldn’t exactly lay money down, at this point.

Snowpiercer

This is not the best trailer out there . . . the audio is kind of crap . . . but I’ve been interested in this movie since I first heard about it six months ago, and I figured I might as well post it. This is the dystopian class warfare on a train movie, and it stars these people: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Alison Pill, and Octavia Spencer.

Like I said, this isn’t the best trailer out there. But for this cast, I’m definitely interested.

300: Rise of an Empire

You know, I enjoyed the first 300. It was silly fun. There were things I didn’t like about it — and if you’re thinking it was the total lack of historical accuracy, you’re wrong — but overall, I had a good time watching it in theater. Still, I sighed pretty loudly when I heard that someone was making a sequel because, honestly. Who needs a sequel to 300? All the stylized violence and slow-motion action, that was still sort of fresh back in 2006. Now? Less so. I really have no intention of seeing this movie, unless I feel like writing a particularly snarky review that day.

Still, I’ll give credit where credit’s due: the production value is clearly much better than I thought it was going to be. Not that a pretty trailer means everything . . . Immortals clearly demonstrates that . . . but I was initially anticipating this movie on more of a direct-to-video production scale.

Also, Lena Headey’s in it. But maybe I’ll just watch Game of Thrones reruns instead.

Runner Runner

I clicked on this solely because I misread the title as Run, Runner and thought, Wait, they’re doing a Logan’s Run remake called Run, Runner? This is the best news EVER.

Sadly, it’s just a movie about Justin Timberlake versus Ben Affleck, and there’s online poker and the FBI and getting in over your head and snooooooze. I don’t have the least bit of interest in this.

And finally . . . Sleepy Hollow

Oh, boy.

On one hand, this looks terrible. On the other hand . . . I did snicker at a couple of parts. I liked the girl cop/almost-certain eventual love interest. And I like John Cho, even if he’s clearly a supporting character who probably doesn’t get to do very much. (I still wish that Flash Forward had been a better show, and that he — and not Joseph Fiennes — had been the star.) I’d be even more interested if Clancy Brown made it through the damn trailer, but at least they had the decency to cut off his head, as — clearly — that’s the only way the Kurgan can be killed.

I might try this out, solely to mock it, but honestly, I’m not expecting it to do well. FOX certainly is, for some reason, so I could be wrong. But I think this is that show — not unlike Terra Nova or Alcatraz or Undercover — that everyone says is going to be a hit and flops badly within a year.

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One Response to Coming Soon-Ish: Hobbits, Trains, and Sleepy Hollow — Sans Johnny Depp

  1. Dave Nielsen says:

    and if you’re thinking it was the total lack of historical accuracy, you’re wrong

    For me it was the excessive slo-mo and acrobatic fighting. The historical inaccuracy didn’t bother me because unlike with, say, Braveheart or The Patriot it never set itself up to be even remotely accurate. I just really hate the slo-mo, which everyone does now, and how all the Spartans are on the national Spartan gymnastics team.

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