San Diego Comic Con 2012 was underwhelming, that is, until Saturday when Warner Bros presented footage from Zach Snyder‘s Superman reboot Man of Steel, Guillermo del Toro‘s giant monsters vs. giant mech movie Pacific Rim, Peter Jackson‘s adaptation of The Hobbit and the surprise premiere of a teaser trailer for Gareth Edwards‘ Godzilla. As usual, the /Film crew (Germain, Russ, Angie and myself) recorded a video blog reaction after the presentation, giving you some details and our first impressions. You can watch that video blog embedded after the jump.
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If you were a fan of Neill Blomkamp‘s District 9, your expectations for his follow-up, Elysium, might be particularly high. Those expectations are going to be shattered. The film stars Matt Damon as a blue-collar worker in a post apocalyptic future who is given five days to live. His only option to stay alive is get to Elysium, a space station utopia for the super-rich, run by Jodie Foster. Obviously, they don’t want him there and things get a little awesome.
Blomkamp presented the first footage from the film in Hall H of San Diego Comic-Con 2012 on Friday. ”I can now die a happy man having seen footage from Elysium. Think District 9 on an intergalactic scale. Pure wow” is what I tweeted. Russ said “Elysium footage looks like the real continuation of the Paul Verhoeven sci-fi approach. Matt Damon looks wild. It all looks nuts.” And Peter simply said “Elysium footage wins Comic-Con 2012 (thus far).”
After the jump, watch a video blog of us describing and discussing the footage, as well as Rian Johnson’s Looper and Len Wiseman’s Total Recall. Read More »
On the first official day of San Diego Comic Con 2012, Walt Disney Pictures presented a panel which included footage from their upcoming video game animated feature Wreck It Ralph, Sam Raimi‘s Wizard of Oz prequel OZ: The Great and Powerful, and the first production teaser trailer for Gore Verbinski‘s Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp. After the presentation, I took to the outside of Hall H and recorded a video blog reaction alongside Russ, Angie and Germain. Watch it now embedded after the jump and find out what we thought.
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On preview night at San Diego Comic-Con you can choose to do one of two things. Either you walk the floor and search for exclusive toys and cool booths, or you pack into Ballroom 20 and watch a bunch of highly anticipated television pilots. Fortunately, we at /Film have Hermione Granger time-turners and were able to do both. After the jump, there’s a video blog featuring Peter, Russ, Angie and myself in which we review the following pilots:
- Revolution – The J.J. Abrams-produced, Jon Favreau-directed show starring Giancarlo Esposito and Billy Butler about a post-apocalyptic world with no electricity.
- Arrow – The DC Comics superhero, Green Arrow, gets his own TV show on The CW with Stephen Amell in the title role.
- 666 Park Ave. – A supernatural New York based thriller with Terry O’Quinn and Vanessa Williams as apartment owners who may or not be Satan.
- Cult – The creators of Farscape and Chuck collaborate on a show about a show where murders have began.
- The Following – Kevin Williamson‘s latest about a mythic serial killer (James Purefoy), the detective who captured him (Kevin Bacon) and the results of his escape.
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The Sylvester Stallone Judge Dredd is gone. Long live Karl Urban’s Dredd. Urban is the star of the latest incarnation of the popular cult comic character and, with the help of director Pete Travis and screenwriter Alex Garland, makes the role his own in a film that’s incredibly tight, stylized, bloody and fun.
Dredd, which will be released September 21, had one of its first screenings at San Diego Comic-Con 2012 and the /Film crew was there. Check out our video blog review below. Read More »
Editor’s Note: We’re re-running Germain’s review of this film from Sundance, as Beasts of the Southern Wild is in theaters now, and very much deserves your attention.
When the film world converged on Park City, Utah for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, several movies were highly anticipated. Beasts of the Southern Wild was not one of them. But in the truest and most exciting tradition of this legendary film festival, word of mouth after the first screening spread like wildfire and Benh Zeitlin‘s directorial debut became the talk of the town. Fox Searchlight purchased the film for distribution and screenings later in the week all sold out.
So does Beasts of the Southern Wild live up to those wild expectations? Absolutely. It creates an entire new world where a six-year-old girl named Hushpuppy (Quvenzhane Wallis) lives in squalor with her father Wink (Dwight Henry). When Wink gets sick, Hushpuppy’s world is almost literally turned upside down and she must come to grips with her inner strength, her mortality, and a whole lot more.
After the jump, read more about this fantastic film or – if you aren’t in a reading mood – watch a video blog featuring Peter and myself. Read More »
On August 10th 2011, I traveled to Toronto and visited the set of Len Wiseman‘s Total Recall remake. The movie was shot at Pinewood Toronto Studios, the same studio where Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Universal’s The Thing remake were filmed. I was on set two thirds of the way through filming. After the jump you can watch a video blog I recorded with Frosty from Collider discussing our impressions from being on set, alongside a comprehensive list of over 45 things I learned on set.
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Ridley Scott‘s science fiction 3D thriller Prometheus screened for the first time yesterday in London and France, and I was in attendance. 20th Century Fox doesn’t want me to review the film just yet (they’ve asked all the American journalists to hold off a week), but they’ve granted me permission to write/tweet/record a first reaction.
After the jump you can find my thoughts in short, a video blog reaction I recorded with Alex from FirstShowing and quotes from my colleagues that have also seen the film. I’ve made great efforts to keep this as spoiler-free as possible, but please be warned that clicking through to any of the linked reviews on this page (especially the Hollywood trades) will expose you to plot points and spoilers you probably don’t want to read before seeing the film.
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