Trailer (Tuesday) Wednesday 10.24.12

I’m a day late this week (and haven’t posted a new review in about two weeks, shame on me,) but here we go with this week’s trailers.  Yesterday we got our first look at Iron Man 3 which I am definitely excited for.  I like that they mention The Avengers, when Tony says “nothin’s been the same since New York.”  It definitely looks like our beloved reckless and egotistical hero is going to be struggling through some heavy difficulties this time.

Coming to theaters this week is Cloud Atlas, based on the book of the same name which I am about 70% done reading.  I’m planning to finish the book before I see the film, so I may not get to it this weekend, but I’m definitely curious to see how the story is adapted for the screen.  The book follows a chiastic structure, meaning the beginning corresponds to the end, the second section to the second-to-last, and so forth, centering around the middle.  It deals with several individuals living at different times in history and the future who are, (I think, not having finished it yet), reincarnated versions of the same souls.  I think that’s why the actors play several parts in the different time periods for the movie.  The title comes from this passage, in the middle section of the book:

Souls cross ages like clouds cross skies, an’ tho’ a cloud’s shape nor hue nor size don’t stay the same, it’s still a cloud an’ so is a soul.  Who can say where the cloud’s blowed from or who the soul’ll be ‘morrow?  Only Sonmi the east an’ the west an’ the compass an’ the atlas, yay, only the atlas o’ clouds.

It will be interesting to finish the book and see what it and the movie conclude.  The idea of reincarnation doesn’t fit with the Bible, but there are some other themes I think the story holds that might.

Also new in theaters this week is Chasing Mavericks, which I really haven’t heard much about and hadn’t even heard of until a few weeks ago.  When I first saw this trailer I thought it looked cheesy and predictable, but when it got to the part where Gerard Butler’s on-screen wife says, “There are all kinds of sons for us T, some are born to you, some just occur to you,” I was emotionally sold on seeing this movie, even if it does turn out to be exactly as predictable as it looks.  Like it looks like the kind of movie that will feature a Hogwarts cheer in the conclusion, doesn’t it?

New on DVD this week is Magic Mike, about which I would just say, would you go to a strip club in real life?  If the answer is no, don’t bother watching this, ever.  There is no difference and the story is not worth it.  Also on DVD is Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which was not as epic as I thought it would be but still enjoyable and kinda fun if you don’t mind ridiculously gratuitous violence and re-imagined history.  I’m definitely more excited for Steven Spielberg’ Lincolnthat we’ll get next month than I am for this DVD; check out the trailer below.  His words were so powerful, they just give me chills:

Trailer Tuesday 10.9.12

This week marks the release of the new film directed by (and starring) Ben Affleck, Argo. Based on a true story involving the Iran hostage crisis, it looks good and has already received Oscar buzz.  I don’t think it’s coming to my theater this weekend, but I hope it comes soon because I really want to see it.

Also new this week is Here Comes the Boom.  I’m not really eager to see this, I’m sure it will be fine but comedy’s not really my thing and the high-school-teacher-who-gets-into-MMA-for-the-money just reminds me of Joel Edgerton’s role in Warrior, which I would rather watch again instead of this.

Seven Psychopaths is about a group of petty criminals that make money by dog-napping and then returning the dogs for reward money from the distraught owners.  Of course they somehow get mixed up with hardcore criminals.  I can’t decide what I think of this movie, partly because I’ve heard next to nothing about it besides seeing the trailer.  I think I’m going to like Christopher Walken’s character, though.  “Put your hands up.” “No.” “But I’ve got a gun!” “I don’t care.”

Also in theaters this week is Sinister, (a scary movie so no thank you,) and Smashed, a small-budget film about an alcoholic married couple whose relationship struggles when the wife decides to quit drinking.  It looks really good, but I think it’s a limited release, too, so I don’t know when I’ll get to see it.

This week on DVD is Prometheus, one of my favorite films of the summer (even though it has a lot of flaws) because it sparked the most discussion and deep thought.  I’ve updated my review, since I wasn’t sure when I originally posted it what I thought of everything.  Also on DVD today is Rock of Ages, which I didn’t like, and The Raven, which I didn’t formally review, but must sadly report was mostly stupid despite the intriguing idea (Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) must help the police solve copy-cat murders inspired by the author’s writings.  By the end I didn’t even care about the reveal that answered the mystery; it was that bad.)
I’m pretty proud of myself for having posted two movie reviews each the past two weeks!  I don’t know if I can keep it up or not, but I’m definitely putting in a lot of effort on my blogs lately.  I’d still like to get reviews up for some of the movies I saw this past summer, and I’d like to review the Twilight films before the final installment comes out in November.

Trailer Tuesday 10.2.12

Perks of Being a Wallflower is still in limited release and has not opened anywhere near me yet.  I’m still greatly anticipating it, so I really hope I like it when I eventually get the chance to finally watch.  Pitch Perfect didn’t premiere here last week as scheduled, either, but it’s coming this week so I am planning to see it on Friday with my sister who is going to be in town visiting.  I can’t wait!  I hope it’s not too crass.  Here’s a clip:

I did see Looper last weekend and thought it was fantastic, and I might be going to see it again tonight.  I also need to see End of Watch soon; my plans to watch it keep falling through.

Coming out in theaters this week is Taken 2.  I never saw the first Taken, so I’m ambivalent about this, but I know a lot of people will be excited about the chance to watch Liam Neeson go around fighting people to protect his family.

Also in theaters this week is Frankenweenie. I’m not interested.  Against my better judgment I saw ParaNorman a few weeks ago and really didn’t like it, so I don’t feel like subjecting myself to another spooky kids’ show about Hollywood’s philosophy on death.

On DVD this week is Dark Shadows, which I never formally reviewed but can summarize by saying I do not recommend it.  Besides having no great moral message, it was a very poorly written story, with ridiculous twists thrown in towards the end.

I’m not excited about any of the new movies this week so I’m going to include a new trailer that I recently saw for Life of Pi, which comes out in November.  It’s based on a book that I haven’t read, but I think it looks beautiful.  Maybe I’m biased because I first saw it in 3D at the theater.

Trailer Tuesday 9.25.12

I had hoped to have my Brave review up yesterday, but was unable to finish because I got called in to do a last-minute babysitting job.  That was okay though, I used the money to buy the special edition Avengers DVD that just came out today!  (I’ll try to finish my Brave review tonight or tomorrow, and also write up The Words which I saw last weekend and loved.)

The movie I am most excited for this week is Looper, a time-traveling mind-bending action movie where a man is trying to kill his future self, or else save his past self?  Looks very interesting, if only for trying to untangle the time-tangled web.

Other films coming out this week are Hotel Transylvania, an animated tale about an overprotective vampire dad trying to protect his daughter from frightful humans, Won’t Back Down, an inspirational based-on-a-true-story drama about mothers fighting to give their kids’ a better education, and Pitch Perfect, a comedy about college acapella singing groups, which I’ve already admitted I really want to see.

But enough about this week’s movies; what I’m really excited for is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey!  Part 1 of the adaptation of Tolkien Lord of the Rings prequel will debut on December 14, and the only reason I don’t have tickets yet is because they haven’t gone on sale.  Last Wednesday we got a new trailer, (which I have already analyzed elsewhere).  In case you haven’t seen it yet, here it is, (and check my other post if you want to see bonus footage):

While we’re talking about December, another highly anticipated film for that month is Les Miserables, which comes out on Christmas Day.  So far we had only seen this one teaser trailer (which was enough to sell me):

But now there is also a behind-the-scenes video about the process of filming this musical and how they had the actors singing for real in every take.  I am so incredibly excited for this movie!

And for a completely different genre, Django Unchained, (the latest from director Quentin Tarantino), opens on the same day as Les Miserables.  I want to see it too, but it won’t be for everyone.

Trailer Tuesday 9.18.12

So many trailers today!  There are 5 movies coming out this week, four of which I want to see.  And we’ve been promised a new trailer for The Hobbit this week, which I will most likely post about on my pagelady blog, so look for that sometime tomorrow.

The movie that comes out this week which I will most likely not watch is House At The End Of The Street, a horror film staring Jennifer Lawrence.  I love that girl but I can’t stomach horror, so I’ll pass.

For those that like their movies with a lot of action and explosions are not so much story, this week offers Dredd 3D.  I guess it’s kind of a remake or a re-imagining of Judge Dredd, (which I have never seen).  Set in a dystopian future, the title character is appointed by whatever government exists to fill the roles of “judge, jury, and executioner.”  So, kind of like a vigilante, except that he’s not outside the law because that is the law for them.  I’m not anticipating it will actually have much plot.  But I could be surprised.

Next up, in the sentimental sports-drama category, is Trouble with the Curve Starring Clint Eastwood and not, as far as I know, an empty chair, it looks like it will be about struggling to cope with aging, struggling to repair dysfunctional family dynamics, getting Amy Adams’ character together with Justin Timberlake’s, and glorifying that all-American passtime of baseball.  It looks ok, I just can’t really get excited about this trailer for some reason.  It might be because I’m so annoyed with the cliche guy-jumps-into-water-while-girl-shrieks-and-laughs-on-date-symbolizing-he-is-impulsive-and-they-are-in-love bit, or because the song that accompanies this trailer was also over-used for the American women’s gymnastic blurbs during this years Olympics.

End of Watch is another drama debuting this week, but it looks a lot more intense than Trouble with the Curve.  It’s about two newbie cops who are enthusiastic about playing by the rules and bringing in bad guys, while the more experienced officers seem jaded and cynical.  Then, it looks like the rookies make a bust that interferes with some powerful cartels, and that’s when things get crazy.  Maybe they start to doubt themselves, or the right thing isn’t so clear?  I’m very excited for this movie.  Although, I’m afraid that one of them will die before the end.  Doesn’t it seem to foreshadow a bleak outcome?

Finally, The Perks of Being a Wallflower comes out this weekend as well.  I’ve been waiting for it for months, having read the book (of the same name, written by Stephen Chbosky who also directed this film) this summer.  It’s very well written and I felt like I could relate to a lot of the feelings of isolation and unpopularity that so many teenagers go through, the struggle to force yourself to participate in life and not just observe everyone else, and the joy of finding a circle of friends who accept you.  However, there are also a lot of really heavy topics woven into main character Charlie’s story–abuse, (both physical and sexual), drugs and alcohol, bullying and suicide are either witnessed or experienced by Charlie.  It’s very depressing at times, but I liked the book partly because it was just so beautifully written and at times uplifting.  I’m very interested to see how the movie adapts the story to film, and also I can’t wait to see Emma Watson in one of her firs significant non-Hermione roles.

I talked about this weeks’ movies in ascending order of how much I want to see them, so I’ll be voting for Perks, but what about you?  Which of these movies are you most excited to watch?

Trailer Tuesday 8.28.12

I feel habitual shame about the lack of consistent updates on this blog.  My failure is a combination of lack of discipline and overabundance of  expectations, (meaning I feel like I shouldn’t post anything unless it is well thought-out and researched, with clear and appropriate scripture references.)  While thinking about what to say in this post earlier today, I had decided to revise the purpose of this blog and make it okay for me to post less-polished reactions or reviews that don’t always discuss explicitly what the message is and whether or not it is Biblical.  But then as I sat down to type I wondered if that approach would be actually be antithetical to the original purpose of Digest Movies, which was to not only provide movie reviews from a Christian perspective, but also to force myself to have to analyze movies I put in my brain through a scriptural filter so I don’t unthinkingly absorb flawed theology.  My tagline is “consumption shouldn’t end with intake.”  If I only analyze the script, acting, or tone of a movie, but not the message, is that a failure, or are there some movies that really don’t have much of a message?  Even if it doesn’t have a clear or strong message, should I analyze the worldview it displays?  I would appreciate feedback on this, either in the comments (or in real life/twitter/facebook/phone if you’re one of the followers that knows me.)  The problem is not really that I am not analyzing the movies I watch, it’s in organizing my thoughts into a review that I feel fits this page.  So I either need to change the format of the blog, or try harder to sit down and write and quit making excuses.

But today is Tuesday, so let’s watch some trailers.  The only new movie that comes out this week that I want to see is Lawless, a period piece set in the American prohibition era, based on real-life bootlegging brothers.  It stars a lot of big-name actors that I like and looks like it will be a good (but violent) drama.

Pitch Perfect, coming out later this fall, (October 5), is a movie that I totally want to see in a guilty-pleasure sort of way. (How good can a movie with a line like “let’s remix this business!” in the trailer be?)  But I’m a sucker for musicals.  And I love Anna Kendrick.  I hope that it is at least better than Rock of Ages.

A few weeks ago we got the first trailer for Oz, The Great And Powerful, a prequel to The Wizard of Oz that doesn’t come out until March 2013.  I’m definitely into it so far.  (How could I be a Kansas girl not like Oz?)

Trailer Tuesday 6.19.12

Lots of movies coming out this week!  The one I’m most excited for is Brave, Pixar’s latest film (and their first to feature a female protagonist).  I love archery, I love girl power, I love Pixar films and I love listening to regional accents, (Scottish in this case), so I think it’s safe to assume I will love this film.

Also debuting this week, with a very different tone from Brave, is Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  Based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, (who also penned Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,) it’s a mix of historical fact and fanciful fiction, in this case the blood-sucking kind. It’s going to be very violent, and Lincoln is going to be a badass hero, just in a slightly different way than he was in real life.

If you want something a little lighter than a Civil War with the undead, how about an apocalyptic comedy?  Steve Carrell and Kiera Knightly star in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.  I like both of those actors but for some reason I’m just not very excited about this film.  Maybe it’s because its a comedy, my second-to-least favorite genre.

To Rome With Love debuts this week as well, but it’s a Woody Allen film and I usually hate them, so I’ll show you instead the trailer for a film near and dear to my heart that is being newly released on DVD and Blu-Ray for its 20th anniversary: Newsies.  I don’t care how good the new Batman movie is, this will always be my favorite Christian Bale movie.  Carryin’ the banner!

Trailer Tuesday 6.12.12

I was hoping to have a preliminary Prometheus review up yesterday, but one of my sisters called and I ended up talking to her for an hour instead.  So, hopefully I will post it last today, and then come back and edit it after I’ve seen the movie again.  It’s very thought-provoking.

This week in theaters Rock of Ages debuts.  I love musicals and I think this movie looks like a lot of fun, although I’m not sure what the message will be (and there’s no doubt that even if the overall message is positive, this won’t be a “wholesome” film).

Also new this week is That’s My Boy starring Adam Sandler as yet another goofy and irresponsible moron.  I haven’t liked an Adam Sandler movie since 2004’s Spanglish, and I’m not planning on seeing this one.  I can already tell I won’t like it.

Last week the first trailer forWreck-It Ralph was released.  It’s kind of like Toy Story but with video games, and a theme about redemption and choices, perhaps, or becoming a “new creation”.  It looks fantastic!

Advance tickets went on sale this week for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, the conclusion to his epic Batman trilogy.  (The movie comes out July 20).   At this point my only question is, how awesome will this movie be?  More awesome than Avengers?  More awesome than The Dark Knight?  Because there’s no question it’s going to be awesome, I’m just waiting to find out how much.  Of the three trailers released so far, this one is my favorite.

Trailer Tuesday 6.5.12

The big movie hitting theaters this week is Prometheus, a sci-fi story involving space flight, androids, and potential aliens.  The title refers to the name of the spaceship, but it is also the name of a character in Greek mythology that stole fire from Zeus and gave it to humans, for which he was punished.  According to Wikipedia, “Prometheus became a figure who represented human striving, particularly the quest for scientific knowledge, and the risk of overreaching or unintended consequences.” (source).  The trailer certainly does seem to be setting up a story about human arrogance and the consequences of a quest for knowledge, and I hope the film provides some good discussion questions, (besides living up to its nerd-hype).

Also opening this week is Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.  I haven’t seen either of the previous Madagascar movies, but I know a lot of people enjoy them, and I have to admit that the “circus afro” song makes me laugh every time.

Earlier this week we got our first look at the trailer for The Perks of Being a Wallflower, an adaptation of the book by the same name.  This book has been on my to-read list, and seeing this trailer has definitely made me more interested in reading it soon. I would have been interested in this movie anyway, because it features Emma Watson in one of her first post-Potter roles.

New movies on DVD today include John Carter and Safe House, both of which I enjoyed, and Act of Valor and Machine Gun Preacher, neither of which I have seen yet, although I would like to.

Trailer Tuesday 2.7.12

Yes yes, the Oscars have been announced, and I know I’m way behind in posting my reviews of all the 9 best picture nominees.  (I still haven’t seen two of them).  I’m sorry!  I will try to get them up before February 26.

Meanwhile, look at all these cool new trailers that debuted during the Super Bowl!

Act of Valor, starring and based on the exploits of real-life Navy Seals.  No doubt production support for this project was approved in the wake of the bin Laden’s demise.

The Avengers looks awesome!  “We have a Hulk.”  Eeeeeeee I can’t wait!

The Hunger Games got a new trailer, but it’s pretty similar to the first one.  Still just setting up the premise, and with-holding Peeta from us.  I just hope that’s not because he’s subpar…please please please let them get Peeta right…

Battleship, a movie based on the classic board game.  “From the Hasbro company that brought you TRANSFORMERS,” blares the first text card, which tells me all I need to know about how dumb I can expect this plot to be.

John Carter, unlike Battleship, is a movie that I desperately want to see, and ironically both movies star the same actor. (Taylor Kitsch).

The Dictator is another faux-documentary by Sacha Baron Cohen.  I’ll say the same thing I’ve said to all the others, (Borat, Bruno, etc.); no thanks.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation is I guess the sequel to G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra, which was a pretty dumb action movie.  This looks the same except with possibly cooler fight scenes, (on the side of a cliff?!)

And finally, The Lorax, based on the Dr. Seuss tale of the same name.  It isn’t exactly targeting the same audience as any of the rest of the Super Bowl trailers this year!