Another Look at the Wachowskis’ ‘Jupiter Ascending’

Remember that mind-blowingly cool trailer for the Wachowski siblings‘ latest wild sci-fi ride, Jupiter Ascending? Well now we have another trailer for the intergalactic chase film starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum.

This version of Lana and Andy Wachowski film feels very different from the first trailer; in this one, Mila’s Jupiter feels very much like a lovely victim swept along by events and “rescued” by handsome hero, rather than the kick-ass gal we saw in the first film. Also, it appears that maybe she’s not playing two roles, but rather Jupiter before and after accepting her royal destiny.

In any event, it looks like a pretty good summer popcorn film to me.

New From the Wachowski Siblings: Jupiter Ascending

You have to admit that the trailer for the Wachowski siblings’ latest, Jupiter Ascending, looks really terrific and amazing and epic and all that — but then again, Cloud Atlas looked like it was going to be great, and look how that hideous, incomprehensible mess turned out. Or, better yet, don’t.

While I do like that the gorgeous Mila Kunis is in this movie, I don’t like her playing two different roles, á la Cloud Atlas; but at least not everyone is pulling double duty. And while the overrated Halle Berry isn’t in this, the overestimated Channing Tatum is — but it looks like he can let those pointy ears do all the acting for him here.

And, finally, points to Andy and Lana Wachowski for calling it Jupiter Ascending rather than Jupiter Rises or The Rise of Jupiter or Rising Jupiter

New “Oz” Trailer Not So Great and Powerful

The newest trailer for Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful has, ironically, dampened my enthusiasm for this movie. I really am not sure if I am going to bother with seeing it in a theater. I was originally on this fence, but then this July trailer persuaded me to get excited for the March 2013 release.  But after seeing this clip, I’m back on that fence.

Sure, it appears well-made, but it just don’t look very engaging from the scenes glimpsed here. There’s something… off about everything I see. Even the gorgeous Mila Kunis doesn’t feel quite right. I’m not eager to watch James Franco‘s small-time hustler Oscar Diggs try to save a magic land with wizard powers he doesn’t have.

Oz: the Great and Powerful Trailer

One upcoming movie that definitely was nowhere near my radar was Oz: The Great and Powerful. But it is now.

Directed by Sam Raimi (who took up this fantasy project after deciding to scuttle Spider-Man 4), the movie has an impressive cast: Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Abigail Spencer and James Franco. The… well, let’s call him… eccentric… Franco plays Oscar Diggs, a small-time carnival hustler who is swept to the magical land of Oz by a tornado. There, instead of new sheep to fleece, he encounters three witches and must find the kernal of good within himself and become a great and powerful wizard for real.

The story sounds rather pedestrian to me, but what captured my attention was this terrific trailer. I love the black-and-white opening and the switch to color when Oscar lands in Oz. Hmmm, it reminds me of something, but what?

Look for OTGAP on March 8, 2013

Ted (2012)

Ted is definitely a movie about a living, foul-mouthed teddy bear, but it’s also something else: A shockingly conventional romantic comedy: a Hollywood-standard boy-must-grow-up-to-be-with-the-girl-he-loves story. The gimmick here is that the guy’s immaturity is externalized in the form of a stuffed animal who walks and talks and cusses like a 10-year-old who just learned some new bad words while riding the back of the bus with the older kids.

The advertising campaign makes Ted look like The Hangover with plushies, and you can easily imagine frat-boys dragging unwilling dates to a raunch-fest, only to be confronted by a chick flick in wolf’s clothing. Don’t get me wrong: This movie packs in all the vulgar language it possibly can, up to and including the C-word — which is used by a female character — and there’s plenty of drinking and bong-hits and crude humor, but there’s no nudity. Unless you count bare… emotions.
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