Wednesday, June 4, 2014

At The Movies

I was just randomly browsing some upcoming trailers last night and found that there are a number of interesting films that are Coming Soon To A Theater Near You. In addition to known Big Budget Hollywood Blockbusters Jupiter Ascending, Interstellar, Edge of Tomorrow, Guardians of the Galaxy, there are a number of lesser-known, less-expensive features that trade eye-candy for interesting - maybe even mind-fucking - plot:

The Portal - A short. Maybe someday it'll show up on Netflix. It's rumored that it may become a television series, which would not be a bad thing. The male and female leads - hitherto unknown to me - are cute together, and appear to have an existing, growing fanbase.

The Signal - You had me a Laurence Fishburne in a biohazard suit.

The Anomaly - I don't know what it's about, but it looks like fun.

I Origins - Mike Cahill and Brit Starling have done some really good work, so I think this has considerable potential.

Beyond - This might be a bit too "heartwarming" for my tastes, but I like the premise.

The Summer Blockbusters. Time will tell, but this year's crop looks (mostly) pretty tasty:

Jupiter Ascending - The Matrix in Spaaace!

Interstellar - Matthew McConaughey in Spaaace!

Edge of Tomorrow - Groundhog Day meets Battle Los Angeles?

Guardians of the Galaxy - This just looks like fun

Welcome To Yesterday - A Michael Bay time travel / wish fulfillment thing. It looks somewhat formulaic, but it still might be fun.

And then there are a couple of movies that I'm not sure what to think of:

The Maze Runner - In the spirit of The Hunger Games, YA YA novel adapted to film

Lucy - Scarlett Johansson somehow becomes a superhero and kicks lots of ass.

Finally, file these under ???/MIA:

Mr. Nobody - It might be too 'artsy' for me, but the few glimpses of the future in the trailer look well-done.

95ers - This looks like it might be some kind of fan-based production. So it may suck badly. Or - it might be awesome if you can look past a few flaws.

The Mulbury Project - "In the aftermath of an alien invasion, an orphan boy braves the disease ridden landscape to help a young girl find her way home and hide from the ruthless corporation that is chasing her". Alas, I fear this is dead, which makes me quite sad. Make sure you watch the last 40 seconds of the trailer.

Nightscape - I don't know what the hell is up with this.

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