Thursday, October 27, 2011

Upcoming Movies in 2012 - Part 1

So it's been a little bit since I've posted something, not that it really matters.

I haven't really watched any new movies that recently, other than ones everyone has already seen, mainly cause I'm too cheap to actually go see movies in theaters.

In any case, this is a list of movies that I'm looking forward to in 2012. I'm sure there are better ones, but I took a quick look at a list and I picked out a few that looked interesting.

Upcoming Movies in 2012 - Part 1

These are also in no particular order.

American Reunion (aka American Pie 4) - Release Date: April 6, 2012

I always liked the American Pie films (the original three are the only ones that matter, kind of like Star Wars in that sense). Although I did like the third one, I was more partial to the characters in the first two.

Thankfully, all of my favourite characters are coming back who were absent in American Wedding, such as: Sherman, Nadia, Jessica, Heather, Oz, Vicky and of course all of the other main characters are back, including the epic Noah Levenstein (Jim's Dad), who is the only character to appear in every American Pie movie (even the terrible ones).
Basically the premise is that the East Great Falls Class of 1999 is back for their high-school reunion. Everyone's a little older but I'm sure they'll be just as much hilarity.

Men in Black III - Release Date: May 25, 2012
It's been 10 years since Men in Black II and I'm sure just about everyone forgot this series existed. Granted it's not the best of acting or writing but to me it was comical and enjoyable. Besides, Tommy Lee Jones' straight man contrasting against Will Smith is just hilarious. 
Some pretty big names are joining the cast, like Josh Brolin as young Agent K, Emma Thompson as Agent Oh, Alice Eve as young Agent Oh, Nicole Scherzinger, Jemaine Clement and...maybe Bill Hader? The internet is not a very reliable source of information sometimes so don't blame me if I'm wrong. A side note, Rip Torn who plays Agent Zed is considerably older than I had thought from watching the previous movies. When this movie comes out he will be 81, or putting it in perspective he was already 71 in Men in Black II.
I don't really know what the plot is about exactly but it's got something to do with time travel. It's probably just Agent K and Agent J saving the world from aliens again, pretty much a given. As much as I do like these movies, this one really has to be the last one.
No trailer yet, not that it would show much anyway.

The Expendables 2 - Release Date: August 17, 2012 

Now the acting, dialogue, and writing in the first Expendables was just atrocious. It was like a putrid, rotting bag of two-week old garbage and used diapers. The best part about it was that none of that stuff mattered. Just the action, antics and sheer stupidity of the film was what made it enjoyable. 

Basically everyone is back from the first one except Mickey Rourke. Bruce and Arnold are coming back, probably in just as small a role as they had in the first one. A few old veterans join the ranks: Jean-Claude Van Damme, possibly John Travolta and Nicolas Cage (reminds me of Face/Off), and Chuck Norris. Their roles will probably be pretty terrible but I won't be too disappointed if they are. 

Again no trailer but it probably wouldn't matter. Just watch the first Expendables, some old Chuck Norris films and like Universal Soldier and it'll probably be pretty close.  

Apparently, Sylvester Stallone is getting sued because he allegedly stole the screenplay from some other guy. Quite honestly I wouldn't be so quick to admit I wrote that particular screenplay. 

Ghostbusters III - Release Date: TBA 

Okay so I've been hearing news about this movie for years. It's been through a lot of script rewrites, director changes, and for the longest time not everyone was on board. There are a lot of rumors going around and I honestly have no idea which ones are true. This movie probably won't be coming out next year but Dan Aykroyd has said that they will start filming in Spring 2012, with or without Bill Murray. Now Murray has apparently been very reluctant to sign on and it's been so much of a back and forth I'm not sure what to believe anymore. I'll believe it when this movie actually comes out.  
The cast, tentatively anyway, brings back all the original main cast, except for Rick Moranis who has basically dropped off the face of the earth. He's retired and hasn't really done anything significant in over a decade. It's too bad really, he's a funny guy. So far it's unclear who will be taking the reins as the new generation of Ghostbusters, but apparently Aykroyd likes Matthew Gray Gubler for a spot on the team. I'm not sure how I feel about it but I think he'd do a pretty good job, if chosen. 
As much as this movie is finally almost here, there is so much that is still unfinished. It'll probably be at least until mid-late 2013, but who knows. I'm not sure why I decided to put this movie here since it's not even started filming yet.....oh well.


Well here are a couple new movies that are coming out later this year (one actually comes out tomorrow which is why I decided to actually finish writing this damn thing) but I think they deserve a mention.

In Time - Release Date: October 28, 2011

Wouldn't a world where everyone looked 25 be seriously messed up? That's pretty much what this whole movie is about. Some time in the future they have stopped the aging gene so everyone stops aging at 25. People don't work for money, they work for time. 

I like Justin Timberlake as an actor, I really do, but it's a shame he has to work beside Amanda Seyfried. There is just something I don't like about her. You gotta love that Olivia Wilde is in this movie; that definitely makes up for it. Of all the characters to play in this film she is playing Justin Timberlake's mom, which is a little weird but I mean so is the whole concept so.....yeah. Cillian Murphy is the main antagonist in the film which suits him well.

I think this movie will be pretty successful, bringing a lot of popular actors and actresses to the screen. It won't win any awards but it'll be a pretty solid action movie I'd say.

The Adventures of Tintin - Release Date: December 21, 2011

So I first heard about this movie a couple years ago and it peaked my interest. If you're not familiar with the Tintin comics, then stop hiding under rocks you've been missing out. They originated in French, and the stories follow a young reporter Tintin and his dog Snowy on all sorts of crazy adventures. It's since been translated to many different languages and there was even a TV show made for it.

As much as I was interested, I was also a little concerned since I wasn't sure how it would translate to the big screen. The fact that it's entirely in CG makes me worried but it's also really the only way they could make it properly. 

Directed by Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson, it's bound to be pretty epic. Jackson originally cast Thomas Sangster (if you don't remember him, he's the little red-haired kid from Love Actually) to play the title character but he had to drop out due to delays in shooting and was later replaced by Jamie Bell (kid from Billy Elliot). Andy Serkis (guy who played Gollum) was cast as Tin Tin's good friend Captain Haddock. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were signed on as Thomson and Thompson, and although I'm not surprised in the least, I always thought they'd be played by guys who were a little older. The feared Red Rackham is played by your friendly neighborhood Bond, Daniel Craig.

I guess I'll stop there for now. I have a few others to write about but I'll do that later.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Back to the Future Trilogy (1985-1990)

Okay so this isn't a review because honestly this is one of the most epic trilogies of all time and you all have seen these movies already and if you haven't....well then we can't be friends. Just kidding....but only a little.

I guess I'm making this because I just recently rewatched the trilogy and I felt compelled to do a little research for random trivia bits that hold no real value, my specialty. So for however long I feel like writing, this will be full of little tidbits you may or may not have heard of before all about Back to the Future (1985), Back to the Future II (1989), and Back to the Future III (1990). 

So I'm not too sure where to start, but let's try starting with the cast. 

Cast & Crew

- Robert Zemeckis, the director for all three films, was basically jobless in the early 80's but had written several scripts with close friend Bob Gale. One script in particular was about a teenager that time-travels back to the 1950's, but was rejected by every major film studio. Zemeckis was hired by Michael Douglas to direct Romancing the Stone in 1984, which garnered enough success that he was able to direct what would come to be one of the greatest trilogies in history (of course I'm biased but who isn't). Also, since the early 80's he has cultivated strong friendships with composer Alan Silvestri and director/producer Steven Spielberg.

- I could name all the famous work Steven Spielberg has done but I've got other things to do. Same goes for Alan Silvestri, just click the links.

- Robert Zemeckis also directed great movies like Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Forrest Gump (1994), Contact (1997), and Cast Away (2000), among others.

- Michael J. Fox, was the first choice to play Marty McFly but was unable to due to his commitment on the popular NBC sitcom Family Ties (1982-1989). The next two choices were C. Thomas Howell and Eric Stoltz. They eventually cast Stoltz based on his great performance in Mask (1985). In my opinion Eric Stoltz is a fairly underrated actor but I'll save that for another time.

- Unfortunately, Zemeckis had to change a few things since there were several differences between Stoltz and Fox, mainly that Stoltz was 8 inches taller than the 5'4 Fox. This meant that the original choice for the role of Biff, J.J. Cohen, was deemed to small to be a convincing bully to the 6'0 Stoltz. Thomas F. Wilson was then cast as Biff and Cohen was cast as 'Skinhead' a member of Biff's gang.

- Another member of Biff's gang was 'Match' played by Billy Zane. Zane also played Caledon Hockley (or the douché, pretentious dick) in Titanic (1997) or if anyone remembers, he also played the eponymous spandex clad superhero in The Phantom (1996). Also to any SSX Tricky fans, he voiced the character Brodi.

- They shot 5 weeks worth of footage with Stoltz when Zemeckis actually decided that it was not working out quite as planned. Stoltz concurred and so he parted amicably with the film but here are a couple of scenes with Stoltz as Marty McFly. At this point Michael J. Fox was allowed to film Back to the Future and the franchise took off from there.

- Fox shot Family Ties in the daytime and shot Back to the Future at night. He said that it was a brutal experience and that most of the time he was "completely like a zombie" but it all turned out in end. In fact he had shot another movie shortly before BTTF which also came out in 1985 called Teen Wolf. I know it's not a great movie but I do enjoy it, although it has been a long time since I've seen it.

- Lea Thompson, who played Marty's mother Lorraine Baines (McFly), had been cast since she had worked opposite Stoltz in 1984's The Wild Life. Her casting story is rather boring eh? Oh well.

- Contrary to what some people may think Christopher Lloyd was not the first choice for Doc Brown. John Lithgow had been the first choice but was unavailable for the part. I only looked for like two minutes but I couldn't find why Lithgow wasn't able to do it. If any of you want to look that up go ahead, tell me if you do find it. Lloyd had rejected the part at first but was later convinced to take the part by his wife.

- Lloyd took inspiration for Doc Brown from Albert Einstein (mainly the hair I'm sure) and conductor Leopold Stokowski. He also provided us with the epic line "1.21 Gigawatts!" pronounced with the soft 'g' making us question how we pronounce the word. Both pronunciations (with the hard 'g' like in 'grass' or the soft 'g' like in 'giant') are accepted, although the former is the most common today.

- Doc Brown's full name is "Emmett Lathrop Brown", and there are some rumors that speculate that 'Emmett Lathrop' is a derivation from the words "time" and "portal" spelled backwards. It's a bit of a stretch but nonetheless a possibility. Whether or not this is actually why this name was put forth isn't really important.

- Crispin Glover plays George McFly in this great trilogy but although George is a main character in the first film he only appears for a few scenes in Back to the Future II and Back to the Future III. Not only that but what a lot of people may not know is that Crispin Glover doesn't play George in the two sequels. In BTTF 2 & 3 George McFly is played by Jeffrey Weissman using some major facial prosthetics and a lot of make up. Unfortunately Glover wasn't able to come to an agreement regarding his contract. He was offered $125,000, considerably less than some of his other co-stars; the directors' believed that his career as an actor at the time did not warrant his high demands. So Glover left the trilogy after only the first film.

- Claudia Wells played Jennifer Parker in the original film but she had to tend to her mother's poor health and so was unable to reprise her role in the next two movies. Elisabeth Shue replaced Wells as Jennifer Parker, and as much as I like Elisabeth Shue (maybe best known for breakout role in The Karate Kid (1984) and her Oscar nominated performance in Leaving Las Vegas (1995)). Wells was finally able to reprise her role in the 2011 video game appropriately named, Back to the Future: The Game, which I heard was alright but probably not worth your time.

That's basically all I feel like writing on the cast & crew for now. I'm sure you could find out a lot more but I doubt you'd care enough to do so.

Other Things You Probably Didn't Know

- Industrial Light & Magic, the visual effects studio started by the great George Lucas himself, handled all the special effects shots for the trilogy. I could list all the fantastic work done by ILM, obviously known for the stunning visuals in the Star Wars trilogy....and I guess Episodes 1-3 as well, but I don't have the time or the motivation so just check the link.

- ILM boasts many famous past-employees including John and Thomas Knoll, founders of Adobe Photoshop, and none other than Tori Belleci, Grant Imahara, and Adam Savage from Mythbusters.

One last thing I forgot to add. I'm sure many people who will read this will have seen this link on my Facebook page but in any case....Here is the creepiest kid ever, and he appears at the very end of the series.

There are definitely other things I could tell you, but I'm a little tired and I've got other things to do.

Later days.