First Trailer For ‘Pan,’ The Peter Pan Origin Movie, Gets a lot of Things Wrong (and Right)

Things Pan gets right:

  • The score
  • Joe Wright as director
  • Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard
  • Garrett Hedlund as Hook
  • SyFy’s Neverland being the thrust of inspiration here

Things Pan gets terrible:

  • Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily (seriously, you’re not even trying, Warner Bros.)
  • Blackbeard’s beard goatee
  • How close this feels to Cloud Atlas
  • Hook being “James Hook” before he even loses his hand
  • The apparent omission of Peter Pan as a ruthless jerk and instead being an innocent, doe-eyed orphan

Also, is this Hollywood’s live-action canon for Peter Pan? (Pan, Peter Pan (2003), Hook)

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First Official Trailer For Jurassic World (Compared With The First Ever Trailer of Jurassic Park)

Still processing this. There’s something haunting about watching this trailer and seeing this park be open — 20 years after seeing the movie as a kid.

Back then, we could only dream about what the full realization of a Dinosaur amusement park would actually look like. Now they’ve gone and made it.

For full nostalgia, check out the very first trailer for the very first Jurassic Park movie to compare:

Mini Review: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′

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Anita Katz | SF Examiner:

Other movies based on young-adult sci-fi novels surely get worse than this competently directed, well-acted, generally engaging adventure. Peter Craig and Danny Strong’s screenplay contains dialogue smart enough to keep adults from wincing. Echoing the previous two films, the story contains colorful characters and relevant themes. 

But with the climactic action and other second-half events slated for next year’s finale, this movie must stretch half a story into the two-hour running time associated with such blockbusters. The filmmakers don’t have enough quality material to fill the space. The action scenes are so-so. The love story – bland Peeta has never seemed a fitting match for dynamic Katniss – is tepid. 

So is the general consensus for Mockingjay 1, which has accrued a respectable 69% on Rotten Tomatoes. Though that is easily the lowest score in the Hunger Games franchise (Catching Fire holds 89%).

But that’s to be expected for several reasons. First, they split a relatively short book into two full movies (because money). Second, it hurts that the third book is already the worst one in the trilogy.

If anything, I’m happy this thing isn’t terrible, and I have a feeling I’ll like it a lot more, yet again, than I did the book.

First Pitch Perfect 2 Trailer: The Pitch Is Back

As a movie, this will probably be terrible. But as a comedy and guilty pleasure, it will probably be brilliant.

Also, props to YouTube star Flula for earning his part in this.

The Stills (and First Trailer) For The New ‘Peanuts’ Movie Are Glorious

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Cartoon Brew | Five New High-Res Stills from Blue Sky’s ‘Peanuts’ Movie:

Blue Sky Studios has released five new high-res stills from The Peanuts Movie via an article in USA Today. And thanks to the wonders of computer animation, they’ve finally added all the glorious details—fully-rendered hair, fur, cloth, lighting, shadows, even reflective eye highlights—that Peanuts creator Charles Schulz was too lazy to draw himself.

Blue Sky is no stranger to gorgeous animated moviemaking (Ice AgeRioEpic, and so on), but this is technically their first attempt at making an adaptation.

And from what I can tell, they’re off to a splendid start with their take on Peanuts, which is set for release next November (2015). Continue reading

Maybe There’s a Hidden Story Behind All Of Christopher Nolan’s Films After All

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If you’ve been keeping up with my latest ramblings, then you know that I wasn’t the biggest fan of Interstellar, despite my feverish love of Nolan’s past work. And I’ve never considered much about the underlying themes or connections between his movies. Until now.

No, this isn’t like a “shared universe” theory. No one has time for that. This is something better.

Akshay Seth | The Michigan Daily

And I realized something. The film’s final act, like its labyrinthine middle, rushed start or organ-blasting score, isn’t meant to inspire. Because this film is a farce. It is Nolan’s letter to Flora, his daughter. Stretched to the grandest scales, this movie is his most withering self-critique. Here’s why.

I think Akshay’s on to something. And after reading through his admittedly long arguments, I’m a believer.

If anyone’s capable of doing something like this across multiple movies over 16 years, it’s Christopher Nolan.