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Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (Baffling Movie Trailers)

Today, we get the good kind of baffling on Baffling Movie TrailersStar Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens! Read the rest of this entry

Super 8 (movie review)

super-8-movie-posterI don’t have a lot of J. J. Abrams experience, but after two entertaining (though not flawless) Star Trek movies, I might have had unrealistic expectations for Super 8.

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Star Trek Into Darkness movie review

star-trek-into-darkness-official-cupThe reboot of the original Star Trek series serves two masters and has done it well so far – in fact, I would argue that Star Trek Into Darkness is a better showing than the first time.

As a concept, the Star Trek reboot gives old school fans like myself the opportunity to see something new and old at the same time while the general tone presented by J.J. Abrams makes the film accessible to a new audience. Sure, he might have over done it from an action standpoint, but I think his Star Trek flicks do, for the most part, please all of the people all of the time.

I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone, but I will say that I’m not sure that the new audience for this movie will have as much fun as the old audience. If you’re familiar with the TV show and movies from the original cast, there is a lot of fun to be had here, but the new audience will still be greeted with a bunch of spectacular visuals, effects and an entertaining story, even if some of it seems silly… although some moments of the movie that seem ridiculous to the new audience are probably favorite moments of old audience… again, this movie walks the line and I think it does a great job of pleasing both masters, but I could see how some people at the bottoms of the curve might be frustrated.
I really only have two questions about the flick: why, exactly, is this movie called Star Trek Into Darkness? I guess it’s metaphorical darkness… I guess. I suppose a few characters we meet in the movie go into darkness… or perhaps it’s referring to what’s coming as a consequence of these events… Ultimately, I think this title was chosen by Abrams just because it sounds mysterious – it’s that’s how that guy rolls. My other question: since when can a big ship like The Enterprise enter a planet’s atmosphere? I guess it’s just my inner dork coming out, but that’s always been a Star Trek no-no.

Overall, I liked the movie very much. I’m neither a fan or hater of Abrams directing style: it has its bad points (not enough wide shots, too much hand-held, too much lens flare, too many crash zooms), but the guy clearly has a talent as a story-teller, so that really evens out anything that bothers me about his visual style. The special effects are fantastic, and I was able to see this in IMAX 3D, so I got to see everything up close and personal. (A quick note on the IMAX 3D: the image was nice and clean and didn’t suffer from any blur or 3D darkness, but the 3D itself wasn’t especially compelling.)

If you like Star Trek or just a fun time at the movies, I recommend you give Star Trek Into Darkness a chance. If you’re an old school Star Trek purist, then you were probably disgusted by the first one and won’t even consider seeing this movie, so I won’t waste your time… except to say that Darkness is better than the first one. I give Star Trek Into Darkness an 8 out of 10.

Comments on the first trailer for Star Trek: Into Darkness

And by Comments on the first trailer for Star Trek: Into Darkness, I mostly mean questions and sarcastic remarks.

This move is about some dude who is back (Eminem?) from somewhere who is pissed about something and wants REVENGE! Everybody got that? Perhaps this dude will remind us that revenge is a dish best served cold and it’s very cold in space? Probably not, but whatever.

For a trailer advertising a movie called "Into Darkness," it sure is bright. And red!

Am I supposed to recognize the blonde woman? She’s in the trailer a lot, but I don’t recognize her from the first movie.. or from… you know, earth. And she’s screaming like this is a horror movie, so that’s not a good sign

The Inception trailer called – it wants it’s music back!

What the hell is that thing on the bad guy’s arm?

J.J. Abrams is putting lens flare on his title cards now? Holy crap.

The lava sure does look real!

And, there is a slightly different Japanese trailer that seems to show a Spock image that looks very similar to the end Wrath of Khan

and I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing, but there you go.

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