Before this summer's barrage of Superhero blockbusters starts in, the next few months have a number of interesting comedies and dramas all their own. For some, the re-pairing of Wedding Crashers's comedic duo Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in The Internship might be the big draw, while a bunch of others might eagerly anticipate the big action flicks coming up like Bryan Singer's fantasy Jack the Giant Slayer (with Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, and Stanley Tucci) or Joseph Kosinski's Sci-Fi pic Oblivion with Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. However, if you're like me, the really appealing film on the horizon is Danny Boyle's Trance, starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent Cassel. Either way, the latest trailers for all of these and more landed online this week and there's some promising trailers, clips, and deleted scenes (like from Wreck-It Ralph) to be had.
The Internship - June 7th, 2013
While I'm not of the mind that Wedding Crashers was so incredibly good that Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn needed to be paired up again immediately, I can't help but look forward to The Internship after watching the trailer below and learning that Shawn Levy, the director behind Real Steel, helmed this one too. Here's hoping it lives up to both Levy's and Wilson & Vaughn's last efforts.
Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) are salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital world. Trying to prove they are not obsolete, they defy the odds by talking their way into a coveted internship at Google, along with a battalion of brilliant college students. But, gaining entrance to this utopia is only half the battle. Now they must compete with a group of the nation’s most elite, tech-savvy geniuses to prove that necessity really is the mother of re-invention.
The Numbers Station - April 18th, 2013
Does this feel like a generic spy thriller to anyone else? I half expect to see "A Novel by Robert Ludlum or Tom Clancy" during the credits. Here's hoping there's more to it though.
A former black ops agent and the young woman he's assigned to protect fight for survival after a surprise attack.
Trance - April 5th, 2013
I hold Director Danny Boyle up as one of my top 5 directors primarily because the man seems to make a point of never creating the same film twice and jumping across genres in the process. The trailer below for Trance proves that even with a conventional genre film like a heist, Boyle can take the story and filmmaking process in new and exciting directions.
TRANCE, directed by Oscar®-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) and co-written by Oscar®-nominated long term collaborator John Hodge (Shallow Grave, Trainspotting) is a seductive and enigmatic thriller starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson.
Fine art auctioneer Simon (McAvoy), in league with a gang led by underworld boss Franck (Cassel), plots the audacious theft of a masterpiece by Goya from a major public auction. When Simon double-crosses the gang during the robbery, Franck retaliates violently and knocks him unconscious.
In the aftermath of the heist, Simon sticks stubbornly – and perhaps shrewdly – to his claim that the violent trauma has left him with no memory of where he stashed the artwork.
Unable to coerce the painting’s location from Simon, Franck and his associates reluctantly join forces with a charismatic hypnotherapist (Dawson) in a bid to get him to talk. But as they journey deeper into Simon’s jumbled psyche the boundaries between reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur and the stakes rise faster and far more dangerously than any of the players could have anticipated.
Oblivion - April 19th, 2013
With his continued work on the Mission: Impossible franchise and more, Tom Cruise has dispelled any doubts that he's getting too old for the kind of crazy shit the typical action flick will put him through. Oblivion keeps on track with that sentiment with what promise to be some incredible visuals and the typical caliber of acting Cruise brings each and every time. If nothing else, Oblivion looks like it's going to be incredibly fun.
Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the director of TRON: Legacy and the producer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation - March 28th, 2013
After the first G.I. Joe film attempted to do too much and consequently lost touch with the essence of what the franchise really was, this year's follow-up looks like it's simplifying things and getting back to the good ol' fashioned G.I.Joe formula of guns, ninjas, and vehicles. The trailer alone looks 10 times better than its preceding film. It might be stupid as all get out, but it looks like it'll at least be entertaining.
TV Spot 1 - "First Redux"
TV Spot 2 - "Gentlemen"
A follow-up to the 2009 release of G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, which grossed over $300M worldwide, Paramount Pictures, MGM and Skydance Productions, in association with HASBRO and di Bonaventura Pictures, commences production on G.I. JOE: RETALIATION. In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. The film stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Ray Park, Adrianne Palicki, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Jon M. Chu, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner, from a screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe(R) characters.
Jack the Giant Slayer - March 1st, 2013
As much as I want to cheer for Bryan Singer's fantasy tale, it all just looks empty and cheesy. I wish Singer well as I'm intrigued by the sheer scope of the story and cast he's putting together for X-Men: Days of Future Past, but the CGI here doesn't bode well for the film. Here's hoping it's unfinished, but that's doubtful, and instead Jack the Giant Slayer looks like it's going to be another CGI-heavy film that crumbles under the weight of unconvincing animation.
Clip 1 - "Do these Giants Have Any Weaknesses?"
Clip 2 - "There's Someone Behind Me, Isn't There?"
The Company You Keep - April 5th, 2013
One of the films not getting much press is The Company You Keep, but as a film directed by Robert Redford and starring him along with a packed cast of Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Brendan Gleeson, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper and Susan Sarandon, it's hard not to think this film could be a great thriller.
Jim Grant (Robert Redford) is a public interest lawyer and single father raising his daughter in the tranquil suburbs of Albany, New York. Grant's world is turned upside down,when a brash young reporter named Ben Shepard (Shia LaBeouf) exposes his true identity as a former 1970s antiwar radical fugitive wanted for murder. After living for more than 30 years underground, Grant must now go on the run. With the FBI in hot pursuit, he sets off on a cross-country journey to track down the one person that can clear his name.
I don't understand how anyone could hold up any of the other animated films from 2012 that aren't Wreck-It Ralph as more deserving of the Oscar win for that category. It's hilarious, it's creative, and it was beautifully done with only minor issues in its story, like being stuck in Sugar Rush, which was fun but also a bit tedious even if the story moved along quickly. That said, two new unfinished deleted scenes show us we weren't alone in that thinking and hint at a possible new locale in what's probably safe to call the movie's inevitable sequel.
Deleted Scene - "Ralph & Dunderson in Prison"
Deleted Scene - "X-Treme EZ Livin 2"