Holy Bat-Ramadan!

Quick, what’s the most anticipated film this summer? What’s that? No, besides The Avengers. Hmm? No, not Magic Mike. That’s right, The Freaking Dark Knight Freaking Rises!

Starring Freaking Batman

Batman and movie fans alike will get to enjoy what is more than likely going to be the best movie made by humans, all over the globe July 20th. Batman and movie fans all over the globe, except the United Arab Emirates or other countries in that area, such as, oh I dunno, the country where I’m spending the majority of my summer. It won’t find release over here until nearly a month later, and the main reason for this being that July 20th falls on the first day of Ramadan, or the first month of Islamic fasting. Basically Ramadan is a time where practicing Muslims don’t eat or drink during the daylight hours, pray more often than usual, and is a time for them to show patience, sacrifice, and submissiveness to God. During this time, Muslims are expected to avoid any irreligious and obscene sights and sounds, so I suppose any sort of film that isn’t about God, or in this case The Freaking Dark Knight Freaking Rises. 

The main decision behind this delay comes out of Shooting Stars, the film’s regional distributor. The claim is that it is delayed “Out of respect for the UAE and Islamic customs during the Holy Month of Ramadan”. So around this time of year, the movie theaters are treated with all sorts of re-release goodies instead. Just take a look at a couple of these A-List titles:

  • The Big Wedding 
  • Recoil
  • Dancing Ninja 

I actually had to look Dancing Ninja up. Apparently it’s about “An orphaned boy who dreams of being a ninja that arrives in Hollywood to try and find his birth parents, where he gets mixed up in a crime.” Not sure when the dancing comes in. Also it’s got David Hasselhoff and some kid from Halloweentown High. 

“But wait!” you shout, “if you can’t watch films during Ramadan, why are the movie theaters even open? This sounds more like a ploy from the movie distribution companies to not lose money on a big, mega-hit blockbuster, more than out of respect for religious worship!” Well said! And it appears you wouldn’t be the only person to think that way, there is apparently a pretty big uproar from fans in the area that have started several online petitions to bring Batman to the UAE July 20th. While it’s great to see multi-cultural bat-heads rally together to bring this gem to movie screens at a reasonable time, I don’t have very high hopes. The distribution companies, much like the non-geeks of the world, have the same “get the hell over it, you’ll see it in a month” mentality. They just don’t understand the injustice of the issue! They don’t care that we’ll all more than likely know how the movie ends before we even get a chance to see it (stupid blogs!) So keep up the online petitions, let your voice be heard, just know that despite your best efforts you’ll more than likely be watching this:

Hesher Trailer


Hesher stars Natalie Portman, Rainn Wilson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Devon Brochu. It had it’s debut at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 and will be released in theaters sometime in April. I think Jiggles fits well into the social outcast role (just watch Brick) and this definitely takes that type to the extreme. I’d keep an eye out for this one, it looks pretty danged interesting.

Preview Theater

Thursday night I went to go and see the midnight premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I (review coming later) and amidst the crazy of the super-fans all dressed up as Hermione, Bellatrix or Snape, there were the previews. I generally enjoy previews, except for when they last an hour long and are all about some ancient Knight that has to rise up and become King or a quirky couple that hate each other and (against all odds) fall in love. All in all though, previews are a great way to see what’s coming up and ultimately judge a movie’s quality. I decided to make this little segment all about previews for movies that I’m excited about, movies that look crappy, or just cool lookin’ trailers, and for purposes of this first post I’m going to talk briefly about the line-up of trailers that were at the HP premiere starting first with:

The Eagle

Directed by Kevin Macdonald, starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell and Donald Sutherland

I’d like to preface my thoughts about this movie by letting you all know that I have a deep-seated hatred for Channing Tatum. I’m not sure where or when it started, but G.I.Joe sure as hell didn’t help it, and the fact that the’s starring in this movie will skew my opinion on it no matter how good it is. Having said that, he doesn’t look that God awful in it and it does have Jamie Bell and Donald Sutherland so that may be able to balance it out. Maybe. This movie falls under the “epic journey” category and while it may have a slightly different plot than most Knight movies, it doesn’t seem to have any sort of different feel making it, well, boring.

Which brings me into the next movie:

Season of the Witch

Directed by Dominic Sena, starring Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman and Claire Foy

The theater I was in played this and The Eagle‘s trailer back to back and it honestly took me a moment to realize that they were two different movies. Now I understand that the time periods are generally the same, but everything down to the colors and tone were practically identical. What makes this one stand out is it’s plot, you know the whole dealing with a witch thing. I think that element looks pretty interesting, but all of the slow motion Knight battles set to heavy metal fused with Gregorian chants makes it seem like another generic battle movie. But hey it’s got Nic Cage, so that’s a plus.

Red Riding Hood

Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, starring Amanda Seyfield, Lukas Haas and Gary Oldman

Of all the trailers I saw that night, this is the one that stuck with me the longest. As bizarre as the concept may seem this film looks interesting. I wasn’t sure how I’d buy into the whole making little red riding hood “edgier” but it sure is different. I’m not the biggest fan of Catherine Hardwicke’s stuff but this trailer has gotten my attention, oh and Gary Oldman! Im just glad that I’m not the only one who pictured little red riding hood gettin it on with the woodcutter.

The Green Hornet

Directed by Michael Gondry, starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou and Christoph Waltz

This is just an add on to the trailers that have been circling around for quite a bit now, although it gives us a little bit more of Christoph Waltz’s villain as well as some more Rogen one-liners. I’m liking what I see from this movie so far, and I’m very excited for it’s release in 2011.

Cowboys and Aliens

Directed by Jon Favreau, starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde. Adapted from the graphic novel of the same name by Scott Mitchell Rosenburg

This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen and I absolutely love it. First off it’s directed by Favreau (Ironman) and it’s about freaking cowboys fighting aliens. It’s got everything a good story needs: cowboys, aliens, conflict and Olivia Wilde. Harrison Ford sure is looking old in this one though, but I mean who doesn’t love the guy? This trailer made me cry with laughter, which is even funnier considering this isn’t supposed to be a comedy. Nonetheless, I can’t wait for this one to come out.

The Green Lantern

Directed by Martin Campbell, starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard

Unfortunately I was least impressed by this one. I’m a pretty big comic book fan and I’ve been looking forward to this film for quite a long time now, but this trailer really just turned me off. I don’t know if it was entirely down to the crappy looking CGI or the whole Fantastic Four vibe I got from it, but I just hope that the finished product is significantly better than this trailer was. I do have to say that I enjoy Ryan Reynolds though, and from what they showed it seems like he does a good job, everything else though…eeks…