Trailer Tuesday: R.I.P.D.

Welcome to “Trailer Tuesday” where I talk about trailers for upcoming movies, since I’ve always found them to be endlessly fascinating.

For today’s Trailer Tuesday I was going to do Austenland, but I couldn’t find a version of the trailer that I could embed here (so look for that sometime soon).  Instead, today you’re going to get R.I.P.D., the supernatural comedy coming on July 19.  Take a look, and read on for my thoughts:

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Why I (Probably) Won’t See After Earth

After Earth seemingly has a lot of things going for it that would get me to buy a ticket.  I love science fiction, in particular post-apocalyptic stories (which is why I continued watching Revolution, despite the downturn in quality).  I’m a big fan of Will Smith; I had a poster of him from Independence Day on my wall when I was young, I still think Men in Black is one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen, and his performance in Ali is spectacular.  I’m also a big M. Night Shyamalan fan, even enjoying Lady in the Water and The Village.  And while I was more enthusiastic about Oblivion than I was about After Earth, I still planned on seeing both.

At this point, though, I think it’s safe to say that I no longer have any enthusiasm to see it.  That’s not to say that I won’t.   Continue reading

Trailer Tuesday: Oblivion & After Earth

Welcome to “Trailer Tuesday” where I talk about trailers for upcoming movies, since I’ve always found trailers to be endlessly fascinating.

Hollywood loves to compete with itself, releasing two movies within a short time that have similar stories.  Tombstone and Wyatt Earp in 1993/4.  Volcano and Dante’s Peak in 1997.  Deep Impact and Armageddon and Antz and A Bug’s Life in 1998.  Mission to Mars and Red Planet in 2000.  The Illusionist and The Prestige in 2006.  No Strings Attached and Friends with Benefits in 2011.  This year we have two post-apocalyptic, “fallen Earth” stories coming out within two months of each other: After Earth and Oblivion. Continue reading