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 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 6.12.12

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 12.6.11

Opening this week in theaters is Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy.  It’s based on a spy thriller book of the same title by John le Carré, and boasts a fantastic cast.  I’m looking forward to it for sure.

Also opening this week are Young Adult, New Year’s Eve, and The Sitter, which are all fairly mindless-looking comedies.  I’m most interested in Young Adult, because it looks like it will be the wittiest and most insightful.  I mean the main character is beyond petty, but, that’s the point, right?  The point of New Year’s Eve and The Sitter seem to be “pay money to see these and laugh!”

The movie that I’m really looking forward to is one that just had a new trailer released this week: John Carter.  It’s about a guy from Earth that becomes a hero on Mars, (based on a series of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the first of which is titled “A Princess of Mars.”)  That’s why he can jump so high, because his muscles are accustomed to more gravity.  It looks awesome, but it doesn’t come out until March.

One of this year’s movies that has been getting a lot of Oscar buzz is a black-and-white silent film called The Artist.  I’m really hoping that I get a chance to see it soon.  Just watching the trailer is making me think of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and how I marveled at how much storytelling it was possible to convey without dialogue.

Two films that I reviewed this summer are out on DVD today, so if you didn’t get a chance to see Cowboys and Aliens or The Help, now you can.

Trailer Tuesday 11.15.11

I know, I’ve missed a lot of Tuesdays.  That means we have a lot of trailers to cover!  I’ll just include the ones I’m most excited about.

Yesterday morning the first full-length trailer for The Hunger Games was released!  I have already raved about and analyzed it on my pagelady blog.  This is an adaptation of the first in a trilogy by Suzanne Collins.  I absolutely recommend reading the books, and judging by this trailer it looks like the movies are on track to be nearly as good as their source material!  It probably helps that Collins wrote the first draft of the screenplay herself.

A trailer for Snow White and the Hunstman was released just last week.  It’s the first in a planned trilogy that is obviously taking some liberties and adding extensions to the familiar Grimm plot.  I thought it sounded pretty cool, and the concept art and costume stills released at this years Comic-Con also looked pretty cool.  Now that we have a trailer I’d say I’m definitely very excited to see this, it looks like it will be eipc, and the casting of Charlize Theron as the evil Queen could not have been more perfect.  I’m also a fan of Kristen Stewart as Snow White, and I hope that Christ Hemsworth (Thor!) does well as the Huntsman.

The Avengers.  Obviously I cannot wait for this one.  The continuation of the Marvel comics universe that we’ve seen brought to the screen so far with Iron Man, Iron Man II, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger.  (Oh, and I guess some Hulk movies, too).  One of my favorite directors is in charge of this, (Joss Whedon, master storyteller), and I have complete faith that I’m going to just love it.  Comes out May 4, 2012.

This past Friday the last of the Harry Potter films (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2), came out on DVD.  The clip below is a trailer for the documentary When Harry Left Hogwarts, and it’s one of the special features if you get the Bluray combo pack.  (That’s the version I got, so I don’t know for sure whether it’s included on all other versions as well or not).  The film itself is very good, and the special features are high quality and incredibly enjoyable as well.  My favorite segment was The Women of Harry Potter.  It’s so nice that author J.K. Rowling is free to share more of her thoughts and insights with us now that the story is over and she’s not harboring any plot secrets anymore.

As far as what’s actually coming out in theaters this week, the big one is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, which I plan to see at some point, but I am absolutely resolved to try to avoid the massive screaming crowds of opening weekend on that one.  I did the midnight screening for the last two, and it’s just…too much.  Too much screaming.  Way more than at a Harry Potter midnight screening, for instance.  Also this week, The Descendants, (staring George Clooney and getting early Oscar buzz, so of course I’ll see it), and Happy Feet Two, which I could really do without.

P.S. I know I changed my official goal to one review per week, but secretly I am still aiming for at least two.  Only this way, I’ll feel like an over-achiever if I meet my secret goal, and not like a slacker if I accidentally have a social life some weeks instead of hunching over my laptop every evening.


Trailer Tuesday 8.2.11

This week, Rise of the Planet of the Apes comes out!  I am very excited for it, even though last week’s highly anticipated (by me) film turned out to be not so great, (*cough* Cowboys and Aliens *cough*!).  The story looks very interesting, and I am looking forward to comparing Ceasar’s experience to real-life chimpanzee Nim, as document in Project Nim.  (Sorry, I decided not to review that one, but it’s really interesting and I recommend it). Also, people have already started raving about the CGI for this film.  And the motion capture for Ceasar was done by Andy Serkis, famous for his similar work in the role of Gollum in The Lord of the Rings.

Also coming out this week is The Change Up, a comedy starring Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds as men who get switched into each others’ bodies.  I’ve seen the red band trailer, and it looks like it will be pretty filthy joke-wise.  Also coming out this week are The Whistleblower and Bellflower, and I haven’t heard much about those.  The Whistleblower is based on a true story, though, and just watching the trailer is inspiring.  This woman is standing up to the lions of injustice:

Last week the first trailer for Battleship was released.  It looks about as stupid as you would guess that a show based on the classic board game (yes, really) would be.  This comes out in May 2012.

Last week Attack the Block had a very, very limited release, (only eight cities).  I have heard tons of hype about this movie.  I am hoping it opens near me soon.  Plot: Aliens invade South London, and the neighborhood youths fight back.  See for yourself:

Which movies are you most looking forward to?