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…

Preview Theater: Captain America

Captain America: The First Avenger

Release Date: July 22, 2011

Director: Joe Johnston

Starring: Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, Toby Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Dominic Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Neal McDonough

We find ourselves in the middle of the comic book adaptation craze with several big name projects scheduled to be released within the next year or two, but this fascination with the comic book movie hasn’t always been this powerful. Comic adaptations have been alive and well for a long time, don’t get me wrong, but it wasn’t until the year 2000 when a little film by the name of X-Men was released where audiences (and Hollywood) truly fell in love with this action packed sub-genre.

Any fan of comics, Marvel especially, knows that the amount of cross-overs is just plain ridiculous, but for whatever reason is so damned interesting. The movie world seems to have caught on to this and with the release of Iron Man they announced the Avengers project which is making an origin movie for every member of the original Avengers team before making their big Avengers film. It sounds like a fantastic idea in practice and only time will tell on how good the actual thing will turn out, but nevertheless I am excited.

One up-coming Avengers film has got me more excited than the others though and that is Captain America. Cap’s never been my favorite superhero but a genetically engineered super soldier wielding a titanium shield bearing the stars-n-stripes screams bad assery. This film is going to focus primarily on the origin story, young Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the super soldier Captain America. While I’m not exactly thrilled that Chris Evans is going to be playing the titular character (that looks dirty) I am definitely looking forward to the rest of the cast. Hugo Weaving as Red Skull? Tommy Lee Jones? Stanley Tucci?! Even if Chris Evans sucks it up big time (which I really, really hope he doesn’t but if its anything like Johnny Human Torch…) the rest of the cast will hold the film. That’s what I’m hoping anyways.

Well since most info about this is still in the dark I don’t have a trailer to put up for it, but I will be keeping a very close eye on this project and will post any updates that I catch.