I can’t wait till this game comes out in March! Regular readers here will know how much I love the Final Fantasy series, and this latest installment looks gorgeous. I haven’t heard that many good reviews about the storyline though, but even that won’t stop me from getting this game. Enjoy:

Kick-Ass: I already showed you one trailer, but a new red band one has just been released focusing on Hit Girl. Wow, this movie looks even more awesome than I thought. It’s got that Kill Bill/Wanted vibe going (although leaning more to Wanted) and looks, well, kickass! Release Date: 2nd April 2010 (UK), 16 April 2010 (US)

The Karate Kid: Set in an exotic Asian locale, the new film will borrow elements of the original plot, wherein a bullied youth (Jaden Smith) learns to stand up for himself with the help of an eccentric mentor (Jackie Chan). Some films just shouldn’t be remade and I still think Karate Kid is one of those. This doesn’t look as terrible as I imagined it could be, but I still don’t see the point of this movie. (plus correct me if I’m wrong here, but that isn’t karate shown in the trailer, right? And it’s set in China, not Japan?) Release Date: June 2010 (US), July 2010 (UK)

Knight & Day: This movie is about a lonely woman (Cameron Diaz) whose seemingly harmless blind date suddenly turns her life upside-down when a super spy (Tom Cruise) takes her on a violent worldwide journey to protect a powerful battery that holds the key to an infinite power source. Kind of getting a feeling of Mr and Mrs Smith with a touch of True Lies. Release Date: 2 July 2010 (US, UK)

Cop Out: Two longtime NYPD partners (Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan) on the trail of a stolen, rare, mint-condition baseball card find themselves up against a merciless, memorabilia-obsessed gangster. I’ve been hearing a lot about this movie lately, but all in regards to the title change (it was called A Couple of Dicks first). Not sure about it though, doesn’t really look that funny. Release Date: 26 February 2010 (UK, US)

Sex and the City 2: To be honest, I couldn’t care less about this Sex and the City movie. I never got into the tv show and sure as hell didn’t go to the cinema for the first movie. But I know I’m an exception and that (Twilight aside) most girls have been dying for this movie. Release Date: 28 May 2010 (US, UK)

Repo Men: Take the world of Repo! The Genetic Opera, cut away the singing, and you’ve got Repo Men. Set in a world, where you can buy expensive mechanical organs from a company called the Union. If you don’t pay, the repo men are sent to take back what’s theirs, no matter the cost. Jude Law plays Remy, one of the best repo men around, until he suffers a cardia failure and is fitted with a heart from the companyWhen he can’t make the payments, The Union sends Remy’s former partner Jake (Forest Whitaker), to track him down. Release Date: 2 April 2010 (US)

Furry Vengeance: This. Looks. HORRIBLE. A real estate developer (Brendan Fraser) moves his family from Chicago to Oregon when his job calls for him to oversee the building of a major housing development. But when his latest project threatens the homes of the local forest creatures, the animals seek revenge by turning a peaceful cul-de-sac under construction into a battlefield of epic proportions. Release Date: April 2010 (US), May 2010 (UK)

Frozen: A typical day on the slopes turns into a chilling nightmare for three snowboarders when they get stranded on the chairlift before their last run. As the ski patrol switches off the night lights, they realize with growing panic that they’ve been left behind dangling high off the ground with no way down. Release Date: 5 February 2010 (US)

Valentine’s Day: The second trailer for this movie. I know it looks quite cheesy, but I’m hoping it has that Love Actually vibe going on. Release Date: 12 February 2010 (US, UK)

Shrek Forever After: There really milking this series, and it’s looking even as more annoying than ever. Release Date: May 2010 (US), July 2010 (UK)

The Bounty Hunter: a bounty hunter (Gerard Butler) who is hired to track down his own ex-wife (Jennifer Aniston), who has skipped out on bail. Release Date: March 2010 (US), April 2010 (UK)

Iron Man 2: Really this trailer deserves a complete post of its own, but it only came out yesterday (so perfect timing for my Trailerrific Thursday). In the sequel, Mickey Rourke plays Whiplash while Sam Rockwell is Justin Hammer, a multi-billionaire businessman and a rival of industrialist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr). This looks awesome! Release Date: 7 May 2010 (US)

The Runaways: A coming-of-age biopic about ’70s teenage band The Runaways, with Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Curie. Release Date: 2010

Alice in Wonderland: Wow, this second trailer looks even more amazing! Definitely one of my MUST-SEE movies for next year. Release Date: 5 March 2010 (US, UK)

Hot Tub Time Machine: This is one of those movies that looks funny, but yet at the same time pretty awful. It follows a group of best friends who’ve become bored with their adult lives: Adam (John Cusack) has been dumped by his girlfriend; Lou (Rob Corddry) is a party guy who can’t find the party; Nick’s (Craig Robinson) wife controls his every move; and video game-obsessed Jacob (Clark Duke) won’t leave his basement. After a crazy night of drinking in a ski resort hot tub, the men wake up, heads’ pounding, in the year 1986. Release Date: 19 March 2010 (US)

Clash of the Titans: I wasn’t that impressed by the first trailer, but this second trailer has me some what more interested. I don’t know why, but I just can’t seem to get too excited for this movie. It looks fun and I’ll most probably end up seeing it, but I can’ find that ‘ohmygodhmygodIhavetoseethatmovie’ vibe. Release Date: 26 March 2010 (US, UK)

Youth in Revolt: I had seen the normal trailer of this, but it just didn’t seem funny. This Red band trailer explains that though: most of the jokes are R-rated. While his trailer trash parents teeter on the edge of divorce, Nick Twisp sets his sights on dream girl Sheeni Saunders, hoping that she’ll be the one to take away his virginity. Release Date: 8 January 2010 (US), 5 February 2010 (UK)

Brooklyn’s Finest: Burned out veteran Eddie Dugan (Richard Gere) is just one week away from his pension and a fishing cabin in Connecticut. Narcotics officer Sal Procida (Ethan Hawke) has discovered there’s no line he won’t cross to provide a better life for his long-suffering wife and seven children. And Clarence “Tango” Butler (Don Cheadle) has been undercover so long his loyalties have started to shift from his fellow police officers to his prison buddy Caz (Wesley Snipes), one of Brooklyn’s most infamous drug dealers. Release Date: 5 March 2010 (US)

Saint John of Las Vegas: An ex-gambler (Steve Buscemi) is lured back into the game by a veteran insurance-fraud investigator. Release Date: unknown

Did You Hear About The Morgans?: I only saw the trailer for this last week, but (in the US) it’s coming out tomorrow! Is that a sign that this movie is really bad? I kind of liked the trailer, it’s not the obvious rom-com. Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker are a married couple with problems on the brink of separating, until they witness a murder and have to go into witness protection. Release Date: 18 December 2009 (US), 1 January 2010 (UK)

Death at a Funeral: Okay, now this trailer isn’t completely horrible, there are some funny things in it… Only it’s an exact copy of Frank Oz’s Death at a Funeral from a couple of years ago. This film is literally an American copy of a UK film. Some funny stuff in it, but you could just as well check out the original. Release Date: 16 April 2010 (US), 4 June 2010 (UK)

Trailerrific: Robin Hood

December 16th, 2009

When I first heard that Ridley Scott would be doing a Robin Hood movie with a twist, I thought it would be awesome. Around that time the main plot was reported to be much different though and it was an interesting take on a well-known story. I’m not sure how much of that original twist is still in that movie, but none of the descriptions seem to mention it at all. It’s just another Robin Hood movie.

Now maybe that’s just because the twist is actually meant as a shock surprise twist ending that you don’t find out about until halfway (or something like that), which if that is the case would make the film awesome. Seeing this trailer though just makes me think: Gladiator in medieval times. Russell Crowe plays Robin Hood, Cate Blanchett plays Maid Marian.

This is one of those movies that I heard about (castings etc), but never really piqued my interest. But seeing this new trailer… I’m really liking the look of it.

It’s a live action re-imagining of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice segment in Fantasia, which in turn was based on a poem by Goethe. This seems to go way beyond the Fantasia bit and the poem though, with much more back story and side characters. It stars Jay Baruchel as the apprentice, Nicholas Cage as the Sorcerer Balthazar Blake, Monica Belluci as the love interest and (I’m guessing here, but I think I’m right) Alfred Molina as the villain Horvath.

What do you think? I think the visual effects look awesome, and I’m even not dis-liking Nicholas Cage in this. I really want to like this, but I’m a bit hesitant cause the director (Jon Turtletaub) previously gave us National Treasure 1 and 2.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – Release Date: 16 July 2010 for US, 13 August 2010 for UK.

Trailerrific: Exam

November 30th, 2009

This sounds intriguing:

Eight talented candidates have reached the final stage of selection to join the ranks of a mysterious and powerful corporation. Entering a windowless room, an Invigilator gives them eighty minutes to answer one simple question. He outlines three rules they must obey or be disqualified: don’t talk to him or the armed guard by the door, don’t spoil their papers and don’t leave the room. He starts the clock and leaves. The candidates turn over their question papers, only to find they’re completely blank.

Exam debuted a couple months ago at the Edinburgh Film Festival, with a release date in the UK for January 8th 2010, and it looks pretty interesting. The trailer is pretty cool, but again gives away more than I feel comfortable with. Do we really have to see that much of movie? I suggest watching it halfway to three quarters. The final bits seem to spoil too much:

So what did you think? Did you watch it to the end? Too spoilery or not?

Nine: Famous film director Guido Contini struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives, as he engages in dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent, and his mother. We’ve already seen one trailer of this, now this new one features Kate Hudson a bit more. I like the look of it, but I’m not familiar at all with the musical it’s based on.  Release Date: December 2009 (UK, US limited)

Remember Me: Robert Pattinson plays Tyler, a rebellious young man in New York City who has a strained relationship with his father (Pierce Brosnan) ever since tragedy separated their family. Tyler didn’t think anyone could possibly understand what he was going through until the day he met Ally (Emilie de Ravin) through an unusual twist of fate. Ugh, Robert Pattinson. So far every movie I’ve seen with him in it, hasn’t succeeded in convincing me the guy can actually act. This trailer gives me a little bit of hope (well, hope may be the wrong word) that he can. Release Date: March 2010 (US)

Greenberg: At a crossroads in his life, Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller) ends up housesitting at his brother’s home in Los Angeles. There, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with his brother’s assistant Florence (Greta Gerwig), an aspiring singer. Florence and Greenberg’s encounters lead to an uncertain and wonderfully vulnerable courtship. It’s not your typical Ben Stiller movie, so curious to see how this will be received. Release Date: March 2010 (US limited)

Daybreakers: I already posted a trailer about this a while back, but a shorter TV spot has just been released. I looove the look of this, and is one of the movies I’m looking the most forward to. I still have no idea though when (and if) it will be released here in the UK. Release Date: January 2010 (US)

Season of the Witch: When two knights (Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman) return from the Crusades, they find their homeland ravaged by the Black Plague. The church blames the plague on sorcery, and orders the knights to escort an accused witch (Claire Foy) to a remote abbey , where monks will perform a ritual that they hope will put an end to the pestilence. When they arrive, the knights make a horrific discovery that pits them against a powerful and destructive force. It’s a Nicholas Cage movie, so I’m not expecting that much, but it looks like a okay popcorn flick. Release Date: March 2010 (UK, US)

The Last Station: After almost fifty years of marriage, the Countess Sofya (Helen Mirren), Leo Tolstoy’s (Christopher Plummer) devoted wife, passionate lover, muse and secretary suddenly finds her entire world turned upside down. In the name of his newly created religion, the great Russian novelist has renounced his noble title, his property and even his family in favor of poverty, vegetarianism and even celibacy. Into this minefield wanders Tolstoy’s worshipful new assistant, the young, gullible Valentin (James McAvoy). Release Date: January 2010 (US), February 2010 (UK)

Yep, finally a loooong overdue Trailerrific post with all the trailers I’ve missed the past month (excluding the ones that already are out by now). I haven’t embedded all the trailers on this page (otherwise it would load waaay to slow), but have added links to all of them at the end of each paragraph. Enjoy!

Clash of the Titans: The ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods; but the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. While I love my Greek mythology, I’m not at all excited for this movie; it just seems overdone and not even remotely interesting. I want to like it, but so far: not impressed. Release Date: March 2010 (UK, US)

Date Night: Claire and Phil Foster (Tina Fey and Steve Carell) are a typical suburban couple whose lives have become routine. To reignite the marital spark, they visit a trendy Manhattan bistro where a case of mistaken identity turns their evening into the ultimate date night-gone-awry. This doesn’t seem funny at all… I like Tina Fey, but not sure if even she can save this movie. Release Date: April 2010 (UK, US) [Trailer]

A Single Man: The story of George Falconer, a British college professor who is struggling to find meaning in his life after the death of his long-time partner, Jim. He is consoled by his closest friend Charley, a 48-year-old beauty, and is stalked by one of his students, Kenny. Release Date: December 2009 (US limited), February 2010 (UK) [Trailer]

The Slammin’ Salmon: “Slammin” Cleon Salmon (Michael Clarke Duncan) is a former Heavyweight Champion of the World turned celebrity owner of a high end Miami seafood restaurant, The Slammin’ Salmon. It looks stupidly silly. Pass. Release Date: December 2009 (US) [Trailer]

Salt: Angelina Jolie stars as Evelyn Salt, a CIA officer who swore an oath to duty, honor, and country. When she is accused by a defector of being a Russian sleeper spy, Salt goes on the run to clear her name and ultimately prove she is a patriot. Ooh, I like the look of this! I remember hearing this was initially written for a male lead, but that they rewrote for Jolie. Yay, for female action heros! Release Date: July 2010 (US), August 2010 (UK)

Despicable Me: The plot revolves around a supervillain named Gru (Steve Carell) plotting to steal the moon while he hides underground in a suburban neighborhood. His plot is jeopardized by three orphaned girls (Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, and Elsie Fisher) who see him as a prospective father. Release Date: July 2010 (US), October 2010 (UK) [Trailer]

How To Train Your Dragon: A Viking teenager named Hiccup lives on the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. The teen’s smarts and offbeat sense of humor don’t sit too well with his tribe or its chief, who just happens to be Hiccup’s father. When Hiccup is included in Dragon Training with the other Viking teens, he sees his chance to prove he has what it takes to be a fighter. But when he encounters an injured dragon, his world is flipped upside down. I actually kind of like the look of this. I know, I know, it looks a bit silly, but that dragon just looks adorable! Release Date: March 2010 (US, UK) [Trailer]

Green Zone: During the U.S.-led occupation of Baghdad in 2003, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Matt Damon) and his team of Army inspectors were dispatched to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be stockpiled in the Iraqi desert. Rocketing from one booby-trapped and treacherous site to the next, the men search for deadly chemical agents but stumble instead upon an elaborate cover-up that inverts the purpose of their mission. Spun by operatives with intersecting agendas, Miller must hunt through covert and faulty intelligence hidden on foreign soil for answers that will either clear a rogue regime or escalate a war in an unstable region. Release Date: March 2010 (US, UK) [Trailer]

Avatar: I wasn’t that impressed by Avatar Day; the 3D made me dizzy, the visual effects seemed out of a video game (not per se a bad thing) and the plot sounded boring. Seeing this full trailer though has left me much more interested. Although in my eyes it suffers badly from give-away-the-plot-of-the-entire-movie syndrome. Release Date: December 2009 (US, UK)

Invictus: The inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team, Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa’s underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match. Release Date: December 2009 (US), February 2010 (UK) [Trailer]

Nowhere Boy: A lonely teenager, curious and sharp, growing up in the shattered city of Liverpool. Two incredible women clash for his love. Mimi, the formidable aunt who raised him and Julia, the spirited mother who gave him up. Yearning for a normal family, John escapes into music. His fledgling genius finds a kindred spirit in the young Paul McCartney. But just as John’s new life begins the truth about his past leads to a tragedy he would never escape. Release Date: December 2009 (UK) [Trailer]

Leaves of Grass: An Ivy League professor is lured back to his Oklahoma hometown, where his twin brother, a small-time pot grower, has concocted a scheme to take down a local drug lord. Release Date: December 2009 (US) [Trailer]

Toy Story 3: Woody, Buzz, and the rest of their toy-box friends are dumped in a day-care center after their owner, Andy, departs for college. Release Date: June 2010 (US), July (UK)

Grown-Ups: A comedy about five friends and former teammates who reunite years later to honor the passing of their childhood basketball coach. With their wives (Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph) and kids in tow, they spend the Fourth of July holiday weekend together at the lake house where they celebrated their championship years earlier. Picking up where they left off, they discover why growing older doesn’t mean growing up. Release Date: June 2010 (US) [Trailer]

Leap Year: In Leap Year, Adams plays an uptight woman who travels to Dublin to propose to her boyfriend on leap day, Feb. 29, following an Irish tradition in which women propose to men on that day and the man has to say yes. When weather derails her trip, she enlists the help of a surly Irish innkeeper to make an unexpected cross-country trek to pull off the perfect proposal in time. I actually liked how this trailer looked up until the last bit; yep, it’s another member of the show-the-entire-plot-of-the-movie club! Release Date: January 2010 (US) [Trailer]

Edge of Darkness: Edge of Darkness centers on a veteran cop (Mel Gibson) whose only grown-up child (Novakovic) is murdered on the steps of his home. The cop unearths his daughter’s secret life and discovers a world of corporate cover-ups and government collusion. Release Date: January 2010 (US, UK) [Trailer]

Uncertainty: This movie thrusts Bobby Thompson and Kate Montero (Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lynn Collins) into two alternate realities on the same steamy summer day in New York City. With the flip of a coin, the couple are sent in opposite directions – a delicate drama set in Brooklyn examines familial love, self-discovery, loss and the ordinary choices we make everyday, while Manhattan offers a vastly different tale of intrigue, suspense and murder on the streets of Chinatown. Okay, this looks pretty cool! I always like the weird type of movie plots, and this one mixing a drama and a thriller alternate reality looks amazing. Release Date: unknown [Trailer]

Women in Trouble: One day in the lives of ten seemingly disparate women – including a porn star, a flight attendant, a psychiatrist, a masseuse, a bartender and a pair of call girls — all with one thing in common: trouble. Release Date: November 2009 (US) [Trailer]

Altitude: After a mysterious malfunction sends their small plane climbing out of control, a rookie pilot and her four teenage friends find themselves in a showdown with a malevolent supernatural force.Release Date: 2010 [Trailer]

Tooth Fairy: When a pro hockey player, nicknamed the Tooth Fairy for his ability to knock out other players’ teeth, dashes the hopes of a young boy, he is ordered to one week’s hard labor as the real Tooth Fairy. Release Date: January 2010 (US), May 2010 (UK) [Trailer]

Me and Orson Welles: Zac Efron plays a teenage student who lucks his way into a minor role in the 1937 Mercury Theatre production of “Julius Caesar,” directed by 22-year-old genius Orson Welles. In the words of Kaplow’s protagonist: “This is the story of one week in my life. I was seventeen. It was the week I slept in Orson Welles’s pajamas. It was the week I fell in love…” Release Date: December 2009 (UK)

The Crazies: About the inhabitants of a small Iowa town suddenly plagued by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply. Release Date: February 2010 (US, UK) [Trailer]

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans: Nicolas Cage plays a rogue detective who is as devoted to his job as he is at scoring drugs — while playing fast and loose with the law. He wields his badge as often as he wields his gun in order to get his way. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina he becomes a high-functioning addict who is a deeply intuitive, fearless detective reigning over the beautiful ruins of New Orleans with authority and abandon. Release Date: November 2009 (US) [Trailer]

Crazy Heart: Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who’s had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can’t help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. Release Date: December 2009 (US limited) [Trailer]

Trailerrific: Kick-Ass

November 12th, 2009

I’ve been keeping an eye on the upcoming movie Kick-Ass, based on the comic book series from Mark Millar. While I still haven’t read the comic, I’ve heard great things about it, plus I really did like Wanted and The Ultimates from Millar. It’s written (the screenplay that is, together with Jane Goldman) and directed by Matthew Vaughn, his first movie since Stardust (which I loved, so I hope this will be good). Here’s the plot description according to Wikipedia:

The plot of Kick-Ass concerns a lonely teenage boy, Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), who decides to become a real-life superhero after being inspired by the heroes of comic-books. He soon encounters a mysterious vigilante called Big-Daddy (Nicolas Cage), and his daughter Hit Girl (Chloë Moretz), who are working to bring down the drug baron, Frank D’Amico.

And of course the trailer:

I’m not convinced yet, but I am hoping this will turn out great. The trailer reminds me a bit of Condorman, which (depending on who you ask) could be a bad or a good sign. I’m also concerned about Nicholas Cage; when was the last time he made a good movie?

What do you think? Good or bad?

Via Firstshowing

Okay, okay, I know, I’ve been really lax in posting trailers lately, and I haven’t done a Trailerrific Thursday for ages! Hopefully I’ll manage to catch up this week, but for now you have to check out this awesome trailer from Prince of Persia.

Prince of Persia was the one of the first computer games I played, and when I heard there would be a movie, I had my fingers crossed that they wouldn’t mess it up. The casting of Jake Gyllenhaal as the prince had me slightly worried, and I’m still not sure whether it would have been smarter to have gone with someone different. He looks the part, but it’s not how I imagined the Prince to be. One thing that has me optimistic though is that the man behind the original game, Jordan Mechner, is also behind the script of this movie (and he was also involved in the fourth Prince of Persia on which this movie is based).

So, here’s the trailer (although there is a way better high quality one on IGN):

It’s feeling a lot like The Mummy meets Pirates of the Caribbean set in Persia. I am liking it, but then, I loved the first installments of The Mummy and Pirates of the Caribbean. I’m a sucker for dusty, period set adventure movies, and Prince of Persia seems straight up that alley.

What do you think? Is it what you imagined a movie version of Prince of Persia would look like? Discuss in the comments.