Thursday, November 04, 2010

girls in cages

New trailer for "Sucker Punch," from Zack Snyder, aka "Michael Bay with talent and taste."



Near-universal truth of modern moviemaking: The absolute worst filmmakers are guys who never aged past 22 (see: Bret Ratner.) The BEST are the guys who never made it past 15. Snyder is the second type.

20 comments:

gbastasch said...

I love that quote, is that your own words?

akkuma420 said...

I dunno.....
Kinda thinking I may pass on this one.

RarestRX said...

Rated PG-13?

Moshi said...

Emily Browning?

Ya I'm sold

Captain Machine said...

a movie based around crazy people operating in their fantasy world to solve a problem in the real world, consider me intrested.

Dave said...

in other news that I'm sure bob will somehow find a way to spin as a negative, the new uncle ben will be played by MARTIN FUCKING SHEEN.

This makes Ben the latest in an ever growing list of characters whose new actors are orders of magnitude more competent than their predecessors.

Alexander said...

Dragony-shooty-spacey-swordy-slashy-ninja-y fun? Count me in

Bob said...

@Dave,

Martin Sheen is a good choice. Whether or not he's a "superior" Ben Parker is a matter for the script, mostly. So I'm not gonna hold my breath on that one, remembering how these particular script "suggestions" worked out last time...

But if you want to play the "better actor" game, fine. I'm not sure what it proves - Michael Keaton is, demonstrably, a better actor with more range than Christian Bale, WHICH was the better Batman again? But okay...

Top of my head, I'd say Cliff Robertson is a better actor than Sheen. That's not to say Sheen isn't good, but let's get real: he gave ONE truly excellent performance. One. Granted, it was in "Apocalypse Now" which is more than anyone else can say, but still. Otherwise he's been solid, occasionally terrible ("Spawn") and mostly known for brave activism, being a really great guy, being Charlie and Emilio's dad and most-of-all for his instant-gravitas voice.

And face it, that's the ONLY reason he's in this: because "the motto" is going to sound awesome in his voice in the trailers. I mean, I'm sure Webb and the cast are all psyched to work with a legend for however long it takes him to collect his check (dollars to donuts he'll also make extra coin doing voiceover for the shitty video game tie-in) but that's all he got hired for.

Arturo said...

My excitement for this movie can be best described by giggling like a schoolgirl while jumping up and down, clapping my hands.

Arturo said...

I hope I never age past 15.

Christopher said...

What in the high-holy-hell-is-this-thing-about? Whatever, I'll check it out

Arturo said...

Ahhh, to be 15. That part of life between boy and man when your imagination is full of possibilities and not brought down by the rather depressing realizations of being an adult.
I guess you could say the same thing about age with most video game developers. It's part of the reason why I love Suda51 and ,of course, Miyamoto.

Arturo said...

This trailer alone will get me through the next two weeks of exams.

Christopher said...

God I love the way Snyder composes his films, especially the way he uses colors.

The plot sounds a lot like what I imagine "Imagination is the Only Escape" will be like, at least from what I've heard. (Imagination is a game about a Jewish boy who experiences the horrors of the holocaust and uses his imaginings as escapism). Or, at least they operate on the same central story mechanic, seemingly.

Nice little bit of synchronicity.

smoothmr said...

Isn't it interesting that the only way to get funding for a film that is designed like a videogame is to have it not absed off a videogame. If you're amking a film based on a videogame it better be based on movies.

RarestRX said...

Bob,

Why didn't you review the current Zack Snyder film "Legend of the Guardians"?

It was good. Not great, but the visuals were fucking ridiculous.

Hyrabethian said...

This movie is a total juxtaposition.

What if you crossed coyote ugly with insane asylums, nazis, and lord of the rings? All of it coming across as a little too much and weird even for my tastes.

I mean as much as I like Zack Snyder, this movie just doesn't seem to have any sense of focus or theme to it, and that's something I've come to expect a lot from him.

A juxtaposition can sometimes be cool, like pitting ninjas against cowboys, cowboys against aliens, or the classic pirates vs. ninjas, but this movie doesn't seem to get the whole point behind that purpose.

First off, I see no credibility in pitting a bunch of valley girls against the stuff of video games. I mean this movie is what you would get from Kristen Bell's dream after she spent all night playing Dragon Age: Origins and Castle Wolfenstein, and I can never imagine Kristen Bell playing those type of games or any game in general.

When you crossed things in movies, there has to be at least some sort of connection. The context of the story has to at least try and make it believable on how it could happen.

-Pirates and ninja's did exist around the same time, and they both did use swords.

-Who is to say aliens could only visit earth recently, why couldn't they try invading during Roman times?

-Zombies in the wild west? How can that not work? I mean there were viruses back in those days, and dead bodies too.

Now try crossing nazis and dragons, and then throw in some pussycat dolls...0o


Of course you can argue that I'm just being closed-minded. But in the end we're all close-minded to a point, and this just ain't working for me.


=/

Jacob Beck said...

I'm on board. Ever since Watchmen, I've made it a point to go see his movies. Including Legend of the Guardians.

Arturo said...

I could watch this all damn day...so I probably will.

It just hit me that this movie will basically be the polar opposite of 300. Instead of super macho (or if you will, mantastic), scantily clad musclemen, it's super hot scantily clad girls.

Chuck said...

So this is the movie Emma Stone backed out of for 'Easy A', huh? Well, I guess the lack of a smoking hot redhead will keep this from the top of my wet dream list, but oh well, can't have everything.
@Alexander: I couldn't have put it better myself.
What I wanna know is: what is that song in the second half?