Trailer Talk with Shah: THE DETAILS – 2012

I like Tobey Maguire. And I like that he’s stuck around after the horrible-ness that was SPIDERMAN 3. This time around, he does one of those black dram-ody films with THE DETAILS.

‘The Trailer doesn’t give us much, other than a guy with issues who apparently is a respected doctor among his peers, however, also cheats on his wife. Multiple times.

One of those times happens with be with Ray Liotta’s wife, who then blackmails him for it. On top of it all, it seems like Maguire’s character is also dealing with a raccoon infestation.

The Trailer for THE DETAILS then kind of spirals into this edited mish mash of repeating scenes and loud dialogue, maybe meant as Maguire’s frustration with trying to deal with everything? Not really sure.

It’s kind of disorientating, and doesn’t really give us much insight into the story. Elizabeth Banks plays Tobey Maguire’s wife in THE DETAILS, but she’s barely seen in the Trailer.

The scenes meant to be funny, come off as jarring and shrill. As much as I want to like this movie, the Trailer makes it very difficult to do so.

THE DETAILS might be a rental for me, long after it releases in Theatre’s on November 2nd, 2012

Are you going to catch THE DETAILS as see what former Spiderman is up to? Let me know in the comments below.

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Trailer Talk with Shah: EVERYBODY HAS A PLAN (TODOS TENEMOS UN PLAN) – 2012

I’m not into much foreign language films, other than Bollywood, but Vigo Mortensen’s Spanish language film, EVERYBODY HAS A PLAN, seems pretty damn awesome.

The Trailer shows us a good life of a guy who’s just frustrated and wants nothing to do with it anymore. Then his identical twin brother shows up, and proposes something devious. This brother obviously seems like a shady character, brandishing a gun and the likes. The two switch identities, and the good brother then goes into the shady one’s life, and gets caught up in what seems to be a whirlwind of criminal activities.

The Trailer for EVERYBODY HAS A PLAN is pretty damn effective in every aspect. There are ample doses of mystery and intrigue, enough to make one want to watch the movie itself. Mortensen as usual is in fine form, and seems to be the one carrying this film, as I know no one else in the movie.

EVERYBODY HAS A PLAN looks pretty damn good, and might be a rare instance where I watch a movie purely with Subtitles.

How do you feel about watching a movie in another language, with Subtitles alone? Let me know in the comments below.

Ramblin’ Reviews by Shah: SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN – 2012

I was so looking forward to this trend of new age spins on old school Fairytales. It’d be cool to see such fantastical stories being told with the technology of today. Or so I thought. SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNSTMAN was a very cool concept with some missteps which ended in a whole shit load of sucky.

The opening volley of this new concept, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNSTMAN is obviously based on the classic story of “Snow White & The Seven Dwarves.” The story is tweaked here and there to provide more of an action adventure feel, and the introduction of a new character.

The story of SNOW WHITE… is about how a treacherous Queen has usurped a kingdom with magic. Thriving on the beauty of other girls, the Queen is an evil witch who reigns with terror and death. Hidden away in her prison tower, is the daughter of the original King, alive due to her insane beauty, which seems to be the source of all life in the Magical Kingdom. Due to a twist of Fate, the Princess escapes and is lost to the Queen’s forces.

In the search of the princess, the Queen, seeks an expert tracker to bring her back. Enter the titular ‘Huntsman’. Who seeks the princess, but ends up becoming her protector, as she makes her way to the rebel forces loyal to her, so she can incite a coup and take back her kingdom. Thus reinstating life and beauty and perfect meadows and all that good stuff. An innovative concept added to the Snow White story that I don’t believe was present in the original. Somehow during this original and fresh take, things gets convoluted and messed up along the way.

Kristen Stewart might be remembered as playing that pale ass, whiny bitch that had an excessive hair gel fetish from those TWILIGHT movies. She plays Snow White in this one. One word: miscast. Stewart cannot act for the life of her. Her range of emotions goes from blank, to looking like she’s breathing. So to put her in a role that requires us to feel sympathy for and be rooting for her character renders the entire point of the story, completely moot. The only apropos casting of Stewart as Snow White, is the fact that she really is that damn pale skinned.

Charlize Theron is a powerhouse actor in any role you put her in. She’s solidified herself in performances like MONSTER and put herself the A-list of actresses. She’s no different in this movie. Theron’s performance as the evil Queen is awesome. Bar none. Her chops are on full display as she contorts and twists her entire psyche into a role of utter psychological grotesque-ness. But there’s a fuck up with this too. It’s too fucked up.

Hear me out. Throughout the film, we see Theron’s Queen as being this eternally angry and desperate woman, ruling her kingdom with fear and mystical powers. But even in her private moments, the Queen seems like she’s in constant pain. Never once does she seem to actually like being Queen, despite trying so hard to stay being Queen. Every scene is filled with her yelling, or in anguish or pining for something. It makes no sense. I was almost more compelled to feel sorry for the Queen, rather than Snow white. This inexplicable layer to the Queen, made it seem like there was more to her than just being an ‘evil bitch’, but there wasn’t, so it made no sense.

The plot doesn’t serve the story that well either. There is another original take on the whole ‘true love’s kiss’ awakening her from her slumber, but it’s SO subtle that I fear most audiences would miss it. The last act plays out clumsily with the ‘siege’ on the Queen’s castle neither epic, nor awesome.

Chris Hemsworth is pretty good as the Huntsman, but his significance to the story disappears after the 1st act. The rest is just filler material. If I had to pick one draw back to SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNSTMAN, it would most definitely have to be Kristen Stewart. I neither felt, cared nor gave a shit about anything she was trying to do through out the film. Which makes the crucial scene of her dramatically rallying soldiers behind her cause… completely ineffective.

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN was an innovative concept of modernizing a fairytale classic, but the modernization suffered from errors and missteps along the way, which rendered the entire experience completely unwatchable. It’s not even a fun or entertaining movie.

Trailer Talk with Shah: ARGO – 2012

I don’t think much of Ben Affleck as an actor. As a Director however, he is one of my favorites despite being only 2 films old. His 3rd film is an amazing True Story (so they say) produced by George Clooney, ARGO. Downside: He’s acting in this as well.

The Trailer for ARGO is crafted very well as it makes a movie that might otherwise seem boring and stupid, very exciting and incredibly interesting.

The premise of the story is: the US Embassy in Iran back in the 1970’s (I assume ‘cuz of the long sideburns Bryan Cranston is sporting) was seized by Terrorists, causing 6 US citizens to flee in fear of death. Due to the political instability, the US couldn’t send in troops to rescue them.

Enter Ben Affleck’s character who comes up with a plan of going into rescue them, under the guise of being a Canadian Film crew who are in Iran to shoot a science fiction film called “Argo”.

The Trailer builds up perfectly, as they premise is clearly identified, there’s OCEAN’S ELEVEN type of yuppie cool music playing in the background as Affleck and crew go about Hollywood to find people willing to support them in their con to save lives.

The cast is funny and boasts of great veterans like John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston supporting Affleck. The mix of charming wit and intensely electric dramatic scenes makes the Trailer for ARGO awesome, and a movie worth waiting for.

ARGO is on my ‘must watch’ movies list of this year, and I will be waiting for baited breath for its release on October 12th, 2012.

What do you think of Ben Affleck as a Director?? Let me know in comments below.

Trailer Talk with Shah: JACK REACHER – 2012

The trailer for JACK REACHER tells me absolutely nothing about this movie. Now, I could easily Google or IMDB or visit a bunch of sites to get info on this. However, that defeats the purpose of the damn Trailer!

So, I’ll take a stab. Apparently, Jack Reacher is a bona fide bad ass. But he’s good. He knows right and wrong, but doesn’t give a shit about anyone or anything else. As Tom Cruise himself says in the Trailer, “I’m not a hero.”

Seemingly this looks like your typical Tom Cruise action movie. There’s a fast car, ominous shots of people running and screaming, Tom Cruise looking constipated in his attempts of being badass, and some generic fight scenes accentuated with a lot of bass. That’s really it.

We get no idea of story, or what’s actually happening in this movie… it’s just a show reel for ‘Look! Tom’s still got it.’ I beg to differ.

Tom Cruise is aging and it shows. He’s still an awesome actor, but these kinds of roles don’t suit him anymore. I loved him in ROCK OF AGES, but unless he starts taking more risks like that…. He is going the way of the Dodo.

Obviously he can prove me wrong with his performance in JACK REACHER. But the fact that the Makers are arrogant enough to think that Tom Cruise kicking ass alone is enough to get crowds in the seats, shows me how they’re banking more on Cruise’s star power, than anything else. Even the official poster itself just says ‘Tom Cruise is Jack Reacher’. Because the only thing we need to know to watch a movie, is that Tom Cruise is in it. Genius!

JACK REACHER is in theatres on December 21st, 2012.

What do you think about Tommy still doing this kind of stuff, and what do you think about JACK REACHER??

Official Movie Website: http://www.jackreachermovie.com 

Ramblin’ Reviews by Shah: MEN IN BLACK 3 – 2012

Lazy films done haphazardly, for the sake of doing… irritate me and insult my intelligence as a moviegoer. This is how I felt watching MEN IN BLACK 3, a useless attempt at the continuation of a franchise, which should’ve been left untouched.

The previous MEN IN BLACK movies were amazing, for a few reasons, most notably, Will Smith. At a time in his career, when he was still associated with being the ‘Fresh Prince’ and ‘Bad Boy’, it was refreshing to see him in a Sci-Fi epic complete with awesome aliens and the whole deal. His funnier side complimented that of an accomplished serious actor like Tommy Lee Jones as well. Even when they did the 1st sequel, the chemistry was there, with Smith being more experienced as an actor, portraying a mirroring situation with his character in the story. This time around, none of those things are in effect.

MEN IN BLACK 3 is again a story revolving around something happening to Tommy Lee Jones’ Agent K, which causes Will Smith’s Agent J to go running around for the duration of the film trying to make things better. The same old tired formula.

An escaped criminal with serious ties to K escapes and goes back in time, in an attempt to kill K in the past. J, as being the only one who somehow remembers how the present has been altered, then has to travel back in time and work with the younger K, to save his life. The only fresh thing this time around is Josh Brolin playing a younger Tommy Lee Jones.

Let’s talk about that for a second. Josh Brolin is THE best thing in this movie. Simply for the fact that he looks, talks and IS a younger Tommy Lee Jones. This man amazes me at every turn with his ability to get into the skin of any character he plays. It’s unbelievable that this is the same guy who played George W. Bush in “W”, and a scarred Cowboy in JONAH HEX (let’s not talk about that.)

Moving on. The plot is a time travel story, with none of the novelties of a time travel story. You’d think a movie that takes itself so lightly as MEN IN BLACK, would have built in some cool references, jokes, and such in the past similar to the ‘Elvis is an Alien?!’ gags from the first film. But nope. None of that was happening here. Well there was a scene with ‘Andy Warhol’, but does anyone even know who Warhol is this day? The writers wasted such opportunities at genuinely interesting sub plots. But instead put in this one Alien who can see every possibility happening… who spouts nonsensical philosophical bullshit.

MEN IN BLACK 3, sucked for a variety of reasons, key in those being, that they made the damn movie in the first place. This film tried way too hard to be like its predecessors. It felt like it was trying to be MiB, when it already was MiB. The makers seem to have just plain forgot the tongue in cheek, sometimes slapstick, quick witted humor that made the previous films enjoyable. The humor this time around, was forced. The deadpan expressions from Jones were expected and cliché now. Especially when it became a point of constant harping, in the story itself.

Get this: The movie starts with Agent J bitching the entire time as to Agent K’s surly attitude. Which, by the way, factors into the plot of the story. Really? That’s what the story of this movie boils down to? An ‘Origins Story’ for why the fuck Agent K is grumpy all the time?!

The actors had no chemistry. You’d think characters returning to the screen in a Sci-Fi buddy comedy, would at least attempt to be more in tune and in touch with each other on screen. They’ve been partners for 10+ years after all right? Nope. It’s as if they haven’t seen each other since the 2nd film. Which might be true in the case of the actors themselves.

Will Smith, now known his hard hitting Oscar nominated performances, de-evolved in this one, by going back to his crass, foul mouthed, street slang spewing boy from the hood routine. It was unpleasant. Tommy Lee Jones is barely in the movie at all, should probably be relegated to a ‘Guest Appearance’ credit.

All in all, MEN IN BLACK 3 should never have been made. It’s one of those sequels that will be stricken from the record in the history of the Franchise, and similar to the villain’s plan for Agent K in this movie… it will never have happened.

Trailer Talk with Shah: RED DAWN – 2012

I’m excited! RED DAWN was originally a 1984 Film featuring a young legend, Patrick Swayze. And I gotta say, the remake seems freakin’ amazing. Well, the Trailer anyways.

Usually I hate adrenaline fueled action movies with cheesy ass gimmicks. And make no mistake; RED DAWN has a cheesy ass premise. Foreign Invaders invade USA, and young groups in a small city, trained by a local US Marine home for the holidays, defend one small city by becoming the rebellion fighting back!

Yea, I know…. Cheesy right? But the Trailer is awesome! It’s got everything and it’s done right. The Trailer introduces the lead characters right away. Chris Hemsworth as the elder brother Marine, who will teach everyone how to be a badass. (I presume) The shit hits the fan, as the city gets taken over, their local Cop Father gets shot by the bad guys and all hell breaks loose. The kids decide to become the Rebellion, and I love it!

The Trailer is incredibly effective, as its got moments of gut wrenching tragedy mixed with awesome action sequences & bad-ass one liners delivered with intense bass, from our own Viking God, Hemsworth.

I absolutely dislike Adrienne Palicki and the Barbie Doll Isabel Lucas, but I assume they’re only there to run around in tight fitting pants. TV badass Jeffrey Dean Morgan is also in this as an old militant hermit, who helps the kids out. (Again, I presume.)

I don’t expect much rom RED DAWN, but I do expect awesomeness in the action and over all adrenaline of the film. RED DAWN is in Theatres November 21st, 2012.

What are you expecting from RED DAWN??

Official Website: http://reddawnfilm.com