Lt. Col. Bill Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again.
But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski. And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.
At some point in the recent past, it seems as though Tom Cruise just decided that sci-fi action was his schtick, as Oblivion and now Edge of Tomorrow both see him as a similar, Tom-Cruise-like character trapped in a bizarre world of the future. Whereas Oblivion was more focused on sci-fi Big Brother themes, Edge of Tomorrow is a Source Code time loop scenario featuring the exoskeletal armor from Elysium. So if this is just a big mish-mash of stuff from other science fiction films…why am I kind of interested in it? Its title sucks, by the way, and even though it was dumb, they should have stuck with the original one: All You Need Is Kill.
Edge of Tomorrow comes out June 6, 2014.
I always love it when celebrities appear on talk shows and discover that the production team has uncovered obscure footage of them which I wasn’t even able to find on Youtube. Such was the case when Amy Adams recently appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and was shocked to learn that they had a clip of her first on-camera job, performing a lame Grease parody in an ad for Commercial Federal Bank.
Sledding is fun regardless of species.
A spelling bee loser sets out to exact revenge by finding a loophole and attempting to win as an adult.
I quite like Jason Bateman, and I’ve always thought that one of his talents – shown especially well on Arrested Development – is his ability to be likeable, but also a complete jerk. Well, it figures that his directorial debut would be in a movie where he stars as someone who is a complete jerk, but somehow also kinda likeable. But mostly a jerk. As Vince Nitro says, “Jason Bateman being mean to kids? I’m in.”
Greek general Themistocles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemesia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
Hey, they’ve got blue cloaks instead of red ones this time! For some reason, I feel like I should be sneering at the very idea of a sequel to 300, Zack Snyder’s hyper-stylized sword and sandal epic, but I dunno. I like Eva Green (though she doesn’t look Persian to me, guys), and the movies look consistent in their appearance…and it’s not as though 300 was some brainy masterpiece or anything. File this one under “I’ll see it eventually.”
300: Rise of an Empire comes out March 7, 2014.
Screen Junkies delivers another Honest Trailer just in time for the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug this Friday. Smoog? Smawg? Smoooowwwwwgggg? This trailer made me realize that I still need to see the extended, extra wandering edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey!
Kurt Russell spent most of his youth working as a child actor and by the time he reached his teen years, he had signed a ten-year contract with Disney and was one of the studio’s biggest stars during the 1970s. Of course, this contract probably meant he was obligated to do ANYTHING for them, including an oddball educational film called Dad… Can I Borrow the Car. This 22-minute short is narrated by Russell and chronicles the process of passing your driver’s test and learning to a drive a car when you’re a teenager. It also features a lot of weird, trippy scenes with animated talking cars (hey, maybe Pixar stole Disney’s idea!). And I’m not sure Disney ever would have envisioned Kurt going from endorsing driver’s safety to portraying a serial killer who murders his victims via car crashes in Death Proof over 35 years later.
It’s time for another end-of-the-year movie tribute in the form of this Nick Bosworth supercut – Final Cut 2013. Man, it’s been a gorgeous year in film, hasn’t it? This supercut even manages to make the crappy movies look epic.
An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
In spite of my enjoyment of the independent film Monsters, I can’t say as director Gareth Edwards’ upcoming reimagining of Godzilla was particularly appealing to me…until I saw this trailer. I suppose it speaks to the atrociousness of Roland Emmerich’s attempt at an American Godzilla movie in 1998 that the idea of a new Godzilla movie sounded pretty bad to me, but wow, this trailer just blew me away. After Pacific Rim, I’m totally in the mood for some new, well done giant monster films. 2014 looks to be a cool year for genre cinema!
Godzilla comes out May 16, 2014.