Monthly Archives: July 2011

Christopher Nolan’s The Viral King

Today brought us the first teaser poster for the final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s phenomenal Batman reimagining, The Dark Knight Rises. And it’s signature Nolan. Very similar to the style of The Dark Knight and Inception marketing campaigns, I wouldn’t have it any other way. From how we look up to the sky to how the bat symbol is incorporated into the crumbling skyscrapers, it’s more than evident the dark tones of The Dark Knight will be carried over here. I think it’s also safe to say the demise of Gotham as portrayed in this poster will have a lot to do with Tom Hardy’s Bane.

With the very first teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises coming nicely packaged in front of fellow Warner Bros. franchise Harry Potter on Friday, my excitement and anticipation for this final outing couldn’t be any higher. So I felt the need to revisit the teaser posters and teaser trailers from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight to try and guess what we might have in store from another of Nolan’s brilliant viral campaigns. Continue reading

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Review: Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

DIRECTOR: Michael Bay.

CAST: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Frances McDormand, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Peter Cullen (voice), Tyrese Gibson, Alan Tudyk, Leonard Nimoy (voice), John Malkovich, Julie White, Ken Jeong, Kevin Dunn, Hugo Weaving (voice).

SYNOPSIS: Sam Witwicky (LaBeouf) is living an easier existence with a steady girlfriend (Huntington-Whiteley) and no Decepticon disruptions. But when a colleague (Jeong) at his new job tells him about the secrets of the Moon Landing to coverup a Cybertronian spacecraft, Sam finds himself in the middle of a race between his Autobot friends and Decepticon enemies to reach it first.

Oh Michael Bay, where do I even begin..

Transformers: Dark of the Moon does exactly what you’d expect. It gives you Shia LaBeouf accompanied by another ridiculously beautiful girlfriend on another crazy adventure with best mate Bumblebee and friends. If you’re looking for mindless action, hot girls and shiny metalwork then you already know this film’s for you. If you’re looking for more, you won’t find it here. Summer blockbuster it is, in-depth and philosophical it ain’t. But hey, why break with tradition. Continue reading

Review: Green Lantern (2011)

DIRECTOR: Martin Campbell.

CAST: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Geoffrey Rush (voice), Tim Robbins, Taika Waititi, Jay O. Sanders, Michael Clarke Duncan (voice), Angela Bassett, Jon Tenney, Dylan James, Gattlin Griffith.

SYNOPSIS: Highflying test pilot Hal Jordan (Reynolds) unwillingly becomes part of the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic squadron who keep the peace throughout the universe. With Earth facing a dark nemesis, Jordan embraces his newfound identity and unleashes an incredible power in the hope that he can save his planet.

Martin Campbell’s exciting and refreshing take on the Bond franchise blew everyone away back in 2006, but there is nothing particularly new or groundbreaking with his first foray into the hallowed lands of (DC) superhero territory. Green Lantern isn’t quite the abysmal mess I’d been led to believe, but it is an unfortunately predictable film set within a patchwork of two very different worlds. Continue reading

What I’m Watching – July

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry:

The Tree of Life (Dir: Terrence Malick, 2011) *****

There’s Something About Mary (Dir: Bobby and Peter Farrelly, 1998) ****

Captain America: The First Avenger (Dir: Joe Johnston, 2011) ****

Horrible Bosses (Dir: Seth Gordon, 2011) ***

Keeping Mum (Dir: Niall Johnson, 2005) ***

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Dir: David Yates, 2011) ****

Fanboys (Dir: Kyle Newman, 2008) **

Blue Valentine (Dir: Derek Cianfrance, 2010) ****

Date Night (Dir: Shawn Levy, 2010) **

Up (Dir: Pete Docter, 2009) *****