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Posted Apr 8, 2008 @ 7:24 PM

Did a "coming soon" trailer make you mark your calendar, or decide that's a good time to clean your gutters? Discuss upcoming cinematic hits & misses here.

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Posted Apr 9, 2008 @ 2:17 AM

I realize this is a new feature, and maybe this post'll get my dusty old TwoP account banned, but might I make a suggestion? If the corresponding "Movies We Haven't Seen Yet" blog on the site could perhaps put a little more effort into knowing a little something about movies in general? The "My Blueberry Nights" post is giving me a headache.

Is the name Wong Kar Wai not worth mentioning, despite the fact that he's been directing films, many of them critically acclaimed, since 1988? Is the fact that the film's shot in America and spoken entirely in English not enough to avoid lumping it into the generic "foreign film" category? Is it news that marketing departments often don't know shit about putting together a trailer for a movie as unconventional as someone like Wong Kar Wai is likely to make?

I've actually seen the movie. It's not his best work, but it's enjoyable. It's a romantic road movie, and it's presented much differently than the usual fare starring the likes of Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Rachel Weisz. Which makes it an interesting alternative to crud like "21", which is yet another boring studio movie that spells out exactly where its going in the first ten minutes. "My Blueberry Nights" isn't gonna change your life, but it deserves more consideration than "Yeah, there's lots of big movie stars, but it's foreign or something, and the trailer's weird. Pass!" I mean, come on. The folks at this site used to try harder...
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Posted Apr 9, 2008 @ 2:33 AM

In response to "The Ruins," I read (and hated) the book. In the book, at least, it turns out that the natives who won't let the protagonists leave are acting in the best interests of the world at large -- they maintain a perimeter around the ruins to keep the evil vine (yeah, I don't know) from spreading beyond the ruins. So while I have no doubt that this movie is a big steaming pile of poo, it's at least not racist. Or at least, not in that detail.
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Posted Apr 9, 2008 @ 2:49 AM

There's this gay film called "Shelter" that I want to see...unfortunately, because it didn't have the budget of Brokeback, the nearest possible place it might play is Philly.

I also want to see Prom Night, mainly out of reverence for Brittany Snow and because I love good ol' fashioned slasher flicks, and eh...even though I know it won't be anything like it, I actually did like Jamie Lee Curtis's Prom Night.

Finally, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, because I wholly support Kristen Bell's career.
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Posted Apr 9, 2008 @ 8:14 AM

[snipped and moved to suggestion box, per Strega's request]

The trailer for "21" told me all I needed to know about the film.

Any movie that depends on suspense or a "twist" is sort of at a disadvantage in the trailer game - the trailer for "Vantage Point" pretty much gave away all the important twists in advance.

Edited by mad_typist, Apr 9, 2008 @ 12:58 PM.

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Posted Apr 9, 2008 @ 10:06 AM

Wall-E. I'm not even going to pretend to be forced to go see it because of my little niece.

Forbidden Kingdom. I'll watch anything with Jackie Chan. I'll watch anything with Jet Li. Jackie Chan and Jet Li together in a movie? I'm already dragging the Stone of Triumph in anticipation.
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Posted Apr 9, 2008 @ 10:55 AM

There's this gay film called "Shelter" that I want to see...unfortunately, because it didn't have the budget of Brokeback, the nearest possible place it might play is Philly.


MethodActor05, you don't have to wait very long for the DVD. It has a release date of May 27. I'm looking forward to this one, too.
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Posted Apr 9, 2008 @ 11:28 AM

Folks, the thread is not about the blog. It's for discussion of movies that are coming soon/in theaters. If you want to comment on the site content, use the suggestion box.

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Posted Apr 9, 2008 @ 12:45 PM

Wall-E. I'm not even going to pretend to be forced to go see it because of my little niece.

I went to see Ratatouille with a fellow adult, and I was not ashamed. I've only seen two trailers (?). I'm somewhat curious to see if they're planning on making Wall-E talk or only have expressions/noises.
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Posted Apr 9, 2008 @ 1:06 PM

I also want to see Prom Night, mainly out of reverence for Brittany Snow and because I love good ol' fashioned slasher flicks, and eh...even though I know it won't be anything like it, I actually did like Jamie Lee Curtis's Prom Night.

I definitely want to see Prom Night. I'm not a slasher snob, though. I'll watch and enjoy pretty much anything. Let me not lie, if I do end up going it's really just to ogle Idris Elba on a big screen.
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Posted Apr 9, 2008 @ 4:46 PM

Narnia and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 are the two summer movies I'm most looking forward to. Wall-E also looks cute. I love Pixar.
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Posted Apr 9, 2008 @ 6:27 PM

Oh man, I have a feeling this message board is going to be a fave of mine for awhile. As for movies we haven't seen yet, I admit that there really aren't that many movies coming out this summer that I feel are must-see events. IMDB has a nice page where you can see what's opening each week for the next months here. I'm surprised that there isn't a more male oriented picture opening the same weekend as Sex & The City. I guess Meet Dave is supposed to be it, but doesn't seem like much competition.
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Posted Apr 9, 2008 @ 6:28 PM

Wow, I'm the first one to bring up "Batman: The Dark Knight"??!! I'm pumped for that one (R.I.P. Heath Ledger).
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Posted Apr 9, 2008 @ 6:48 PM

I think either that or Indy 4 will be the best "event" movie of the summer. The worst? Get Smart.
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Posted Apr 9, 2008 @ 7:12 PM

Can't wait for Ironman. Mr. Were has a pic from the movie set up as his wallpaper already.
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Posted Apr 9, 2008 @ 9:35 PM

Hands down, Iron Man has run the best marketing campaign. And even though the movie is probably going to give me epileptic seizures, I'm probably going to go see Speed Racer.
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Posted Apr 9, 2008 @ 9:40 PM

I second The Dark Knight. I hope my husband can get the day off so we can see it together.
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Posted Apr 9, 2008 @ 9:54 PM

That's what I love about working in NYC... summer office hours, which means every Friday my office closes at 1 pm. So that means I can watch the newest movie that weekend in the afternoon instead of in the evening when its crowds of noisy rude teens.

And even though the movie is probably going to give me epileptic seizures, I'm probably going to go see Speed Racer.


I want to see this, but at the same, I'm expecting it to completely suck. I don't know if it's supposed to be a fun tongue-in-cheek family film, or serious action adventure.
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Posted Apr 9, 2008 @ 10:00 PM

Forgetting Sarah Marshall, because I wholly support Kristen Bell's career.


Ditto, but for me it is Russell Brand's career I want to see take off (well, he is already massive here in the UK, but he really wants to break America). He interviewed Kristen Bell on his radio show- they are very funny together.

One I will be missing is The Love Guru, despite John Oliver from The Daily Show being in it. From the trailer it looks self indulgent, and boring, with lazy comedy and not much plot. I used to love Mike Myers as well. Maybe it is just the trailer that is bad?

The film with the best name coming up is Zombie Strippers. Doesn't look my cup of tea though.
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Posted Apr 9, 2008 @ 10:08 PM

The movie I'm looking forward to this summer is Pineapple Express. It look so ridiculosly stupid, but I love both Seth Rogen and James Franco, so I'm hoping it's great.
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Posted Apr 9, 2008 @ 10:52 PM

I confess that I saw The Ruins and didn't hate it. I really enjoyed the book on a trashy level, so that obviously had something to do with it. That said, Scott Smith adapted his own work in the hackiest way possible-- the changes he made were all totally "Hollywood" and took away certain unpredictable or surprising elements in the novel.

I just saw a sneak preview of sorts of The Forbidden Kingdom (the screenwriter lives around here and arranged a special "premiere" for his friends at the local kung fu academy). The movie looks great and I enjoyed the fight scenes, despite knowing next to nothing about the many other martial-arts movies referenced. The lead actor (American kid) is annoying, though. He really had the "look-at-me-I'm-acting" syndrome you see in child stars. Plus, everyone else speaks English to accommodate him! (Yes, I know, they're going for the American audience. But the accents were more distracting, to me, than subtitles would have been.)

I'm curious about Smart People. I come from an academic family and usually find the portrayal of professors in movies kind of odd and outdated, like they're these charmingly out-of-touch people. But The Squid and the Whale got it right, so maybe this one could?
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Posted Apr 9, 2008 @ 11:54 PM

I second The Dark Knight.

Thirded. However, I'm still trying to wrap my head around this Joker. Is this supposed to be another prequel? If so, how are we getting a Joker here, when the Joker was created in Batman (w/ M.Keaton)? I can't get over that bit of confusion in my head. But I'm still amped to see the movie because the Joker was always one of my favorite bag guys.

And I can't wait to see the SATC movie...fashion porn at its finest!
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Posted Apr 10, 2008 @ 12:23 AM

One movie I kind of want to see is Where in the world is Osama Bin Laden?. It's from Morgan Spurlock, the guy who did Supersize Me. I'm just worried it's just going to be a watered down version of what Michael Moore would have done.
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Posted Apr 10, 2008 @ 12:29 AM

Here's one to keep an eye out for (it's not coming out until 2009): it's called This Side of the Truth, Ricky Gervais' filmmaking debut. It's got one hell of a cast (Jason Bateman and Stephen Merchant also have roles but aren't on IMDB yet), and a very funny premise (the world's first liar). Also, I managed to snag a copy of an early draft of the film's script, and it's one of the funniest damn things I've ever read. Be on the lookout.
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Posted Apr 10, 2008 @ 2:22 AM

Lynch- I have been looking forward to that ever since Gervais started talking about it. So jealous you have a script. It is going to be such as good film. Is it set in the US? (Also looking forward to the fact Rob Corddry is going to be in the Bush biopic by Oliver Stone, as you mentioned in the TDS thread).
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Posted Apr 10, 2008 @ 3:27 AM

Forbidden Kingdom. I'll watch anything with Jackie Chan. I'll watch anything with Jet Li. Jackie Chan and Jet Li together in a movie?

Ten years ago, I'd be right there with you. These days? Well, as much as I want to believe, I think athletic action stars can't keep going forever. Also, I'm highly suspicious that the two aren't considered big enough draws and there's a teenage kid from the modern world in the mix.

I'm looking forwards to "Wanted", even if the story is gruesomely bastardized from the comic. "Iron Man" has been putting out great trailer after great trailer, so I'll probably watch that too.

Is this supposed to be another prequel? If so, how are we getting a Joker here, when the Joker was created in Batman (w/ M.Keaton)?

I thought these Christian Bale Batman flicks weren't keeping the continuity of previous Batman movies.
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Posted Apr 10, 2008 @ 5:39 AM

I thought these Christian Bale Batman flicks weren't keeping the continuity of previous Batman movies.


You're exactly right. Batman Begins was a reboot... it wasn't a prequel or had anything else to do with the previous Batman series.
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Posted Apr 10, 2008 @ 7:05 AM

One movie I kind of want to see is Where in the world is Osama Bin Laden?. It's from Morgan Spurlock, the guy who did Supersize Me. I'm just worried it's just going to be a watered down version of what Michael Moore would have done.

Is it a 9/11 Truth movie?

The movie I'm looking forward to this summer is Pineapple Express. It look so ridiculosly stupid, but I love both Seth Rogen and James Franco, so I'm hoping it's great.

I love how they used M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" song in the trailer.
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Posted Apr 10, 2008 @ 9:41 AM

I can hardly wait to see Prince Caspian. For years my family thought I was nuts as a sci fi/fantasy fan, then they watched LOTR. I can get them to watch just about anything now. Disney Channel has been doing some "special" previews for PC so I find myself watching dumb shows just to see a preview.

I will see Indy 4 too. I almost feel like I have to.
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Posted Apr 10, 2008 @ 9:42 AM

I thought these Christian Bale Batman flicks weren't keeping the continuity of previous Batman movies.

You're exactly right. Batman Begins was a reboot... it wasn't a prequel or had anything else to do with the previous Batman series.

Ahhhh, gotcha. Thanks. I still haven't seen Batman Begins (and honestly thought it was a prequel), so I need to check that out before I see The Dark Knight.
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