Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Signal Watch Trailer Park: DKR, Hobbit, etc...

Its not like right now, this Christmas, is shy of movies I want to see.  I've got tickets set for Tintin, and there are a couple things I want to see at The Alamo and elsewhere, if I've got time and money.  I might even go see War Horse although I figure if its Oscar-bait, that horse is going to get himself dead so we all have a good cry about the innocence lost during wartime.

I also need to see the new Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as this may be the version that makes the story less hackey and delivers on the promise of the premise (I still think the book is roughly a Mary Sue story for a middle-aged journalist and all the kinds of women he wants to bed).  Despite my aversion to Tom Cruise, Randy has sold me on MI:4.  And I'm hearing good things about Young Adult.  

But we're here to talk MOVIE TRAILERS.  

Apparently America's completely lazy "please feed me fatty foods while I lay here" approach to life is now extended to the voice of Batman villain Bane in the new trailer, whose not-American nor upper-crust-British accent has made him apparently completely unintelligible to many online angry people.  Having had seen the trailer, if that's a hard accent to parse, none of you people would make it working at a research university.

I have a rough idea of what elements they're playing off one another from back in the Broken Bat era of Batman comics, and I know a bit about Selina Kyle (hey, how about that Anne Hathaway, huh?), and I know Talia al Ghul is slated to appear in the movie played by the lovely Marion Cotillard, so that's always fun.

In general, this looks about five times as intense as The Dark Knight, and that's kind of hard to wrap my head around, as after seeing that movie the first time, I deeply wanted a nap.  But that's also what makes for a good Batman tale, I think.  Things just keep getting ratcheted up.

And hopefully Joel Schumacher will have a moment of clarity in regards to how Bane could have been useful in a Batman movie.

Last night the trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hit, and the internet sort of blew up.

Truthfully, I only remember bits of this book.  The first half left a much smaller impression on me than Lord of the Rings.  But that doesn't mean this trailer doesn't look extremely promising, even if it includes bits and pieces that seem to have been created just for the movie.

I am thrilled to see Cate Blanchett back as Galadriel, even if I don't think she was in The Hobbit as a book (correct me, folks, I just don't remember). And, of course, seeing artifacts that come into play in the LOTR trilogy show up onscreen is hugely welcome.

I don't pretend to be a Tolkein scholar, and I'm sure you guys know way more about the movies and books than me, but this all looks terribly promising.

And, of course, for some reason Bryan Singer made a high-budget version of Jack and the Beanstalk.

No, I have no idea why.

1 comment:

Simon MacDonald said...

My favourite thing in The Hobbit trailer had to be the background music they play when Gollum shows up. It seems to be the same as what they used in LOTR and it's a good hook to bridge both movies.