There Is Greatness In You

It might just be that there isn’t anything enticing currently in theaters but I’ve spent the better part of the last hour watching various movie trailers on imdb.  And I have to tell you, there are some good-looking flicks on the horizon.  Here are five upcoming films I’m pretty excited about:

I know you’ve seen this before but it looks so freakin’ funny, I had to share it with you one more time (just in case you missed it somehow):

And finally, psychological thrillers almost always disappoint me but with Rosario Dawson and James McAvoy in front of the camera and Danny Boyle behind it, my interest is piqued.

~N.

Zombie Fever

If I had to guess at the exact moment I warmed to the whole zombie apocalypse craze sweeping pop culture, I’d say it was immediately after (or maybe during) I’d watched the film 28 Days Later.  Cillian Murphy and Naomie Harris brought depth and dimension to a genre that had previously stuck with one-note characters and Danny Boyle (as usual) unraveled a story that was – at once – about that which elevates humans from the animal kingdom as well as the more savage instincts of man.  Now, the genre has gone pretty much everywhere it has to go.  I’m not saying I’m sick of it, I’m merely observing that there isn’t much more room for growth for the zombie genre.

That is, I did feel that way until I saw the trailer for Warm Bodies.  Check this out:

A romantic comedy about humans turning into zombies then becoming human again (brought on by love, no less)?  Yeah, didn’t see that one coming.  But it looks good.

Allow me also to share with you a trailer for a more serious zombie flick starring Brad Pitt that’s based on a successful novel by Max Brooks.  Word on the street is, World War Z appears to veer quite a bit from the novel of the same name, which isn’t a singular narrative but more like a collection of short stories about separate individuals around the globe, all dealing with the zombie apocalypse.  A global approach has never before been attempted and maybe it isn’t here, either, if the film is simply a loose adaptation.  It does look interesting, though, and the imagery involving swarms of what I assume are zombies climbing walls like insects made a shiver run over my skin.

What’s your favorite zombie movie?

~Nikki

You’re Crazy, B*tch

Has anyone heard of this new ensemble movie starring (just to name a few) Emma Stone, Richard Gere, Anna Faris, Christ Pratt, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Grace Moretz, Kate Winslet, Elizabeth Banks, Jeremy Allen White, Stephen Merchant, Johnny Knoxville, Uma Thurman… and about 15 other well-known actors whose names I’m too tired to type?  Yeah, me neither.  I can’t seem to embed the trailer into this post – I apologize – so I’ve linked it below.  Check it out:

http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/1srixl/movie-43-exclusive-trailer

I love a good ensemble flick but usually, in my opinion, ensemble comedies just don’t work.  The occasional romantic comedy might pull it together well enough but a full-on raunchy comedy?  It’s hard to have faith.  With 11 (yes, I mean eleven!) directors, I’m thinking it’ll be 11 different shorts connected by some common thread, which, in all honesty, sounds unappealing.  Disjointed and shallow, most likely.  BUT, with this cast, I’m inclined to think that if anyone can do it, maybe it’s this group.

~Nikki

Bury My Heart In The Cold

Two weeks until Sinister hits theaters and in the meantime, check this out:

Guillermo del Toro.  Two little kids abandoned in the wild.  One vicious, maternal ghost.  Jessica Chastain with black hair.  Mama isn’t scheduled for release until January but I can wait.  Something tells me it’ll be worth it.

~Nikki

Come Into Your Nightmares

Halloween is a mere ten weeks away and already the horror flick trailers have begun.  I may be jumping the gun here but it seems this scary movie season might actually have something to offer.  Check this out:

Okay, so they’re obviously using the word scientific very loosely and the tagline “Once you believe, you die” is ridiculous, but otherwise, this could be promising.  No, seriously… did you see the wall consume a person?  And the dead, grey hands engulfing the chick at the end?  That’s some creepy imagery, if nothing else.

Not sold, huh?  All right, look at this one:

It looks like a hybrid of The Amityville Horror, Fallen and Insidious.  Again with the imagery – those dead children sitting in a circle in the attic made my skin crawl.

I’m not quite ready for summer to end but fall is my absolute favorite and one of the reasons for that is the rush of scary movies that hits theaters.  You know ghost stories trump all and I’d say The Apparition counts as a ghost story.  Demons may be less cool but Sinister looks pretty damn, well… sinister.  Man, I love a good scary movie.

~Nikki

Now You Have My Attention

I should start with an apology: today is one of those days during which I honestly don’t have the time to devote to writing a proper post for you.  But I have stumbled upon a couple of things I simply MUST share with you.

First things first, have you all heard that Angelina Jolie will play the evil villain Maleficent in the upcoming retelling of Sleeping Beauty (no doubt inspired by the recent success of Snow White And The Huntsman) which has actually been titled Maleficent?  Apparently, it will be the Sleeping Beauty story told from the villainess’s point of view.  Given my surprising enjoyment of Snow White And The Huntsman, due in large part to Charlize Theron’s fantastically wicked portrayal of the evil queen, Maleficent appears quite promising, especially once I saw this photo:

Leather-clad horns and razor sharp cheekbones…I’m intrigued.  We will have to wait more than a full year, though, since this isn’t due out until 2014.

Much closer on the horizon, and promising even more wicked fun at the extremely capable hands of Mr. Quentin Tarantino, is this raucous good time:

Now that, I CANNOT wait for!  Its release is set for Christmas Day this very year and between it and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I’m betting it’s going to be a banner fucking Christmas this year!!

~Nikki