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First Trailer for World War Z!!!

Well, after the push backs, the re-writes and the weird rumors about Brad Pitt sleeping in cemeteries (he is such a method actor) to get closer to his role dealing with dead people, its finally here! OK, so maybe I was making up the bit about Brad Pitt sleeping in cemeteries, but I am not making up the fact that the first trailer is out for the Marc Forster film World War Z!!!

This one has been an interesting ride. The film hit a huge roadblock, or at least it seemed that way, when they had to bring in some other writers to help shore up its third act apparently. After watching the trailer though, I think its easy to see how this film could still go terribly wrong, in so many ways. First being, Brad Pitt was in no way not even slightly pissed off when that police officer broke his side view mirror on his car!!! COME ON!!! That would NEVER happen in real life!!!

My first thoughts when watching the trailer, are it almost seems like this was going to be in the same style and light as the Steven Soderbergh flick Contagion, where the movie kind of takes the issue at hand and looks at the more political and social implications of it. Now that I think of it, it kid of looks like World War Z is Contagion meets I am Legend… Yeah, that’s definitely what this is for sure. I am going to call this movie… I Am Contagend. (copyright 2012 Jake from Cinema Recon).

I’m not sure what to think about this one actually… I think I Am Contagend  will do well because Brad Pitt hasn’t done an action type movie for a while, so that will get a good draw. And lets not forget the fact that EVERYONE AND THEIR MOTHERS ARE FUCKING OBSESSED WITH ZOMBIES FOR SOME REASON THAT IS KNOWN TO ABSOLUTELY NOBODY. So… there is that too. But I think the movie will be decent at best. Especially with a name like I Am Contagend… that’s just weird isn’t it? They should have went with a different name like Civil War Zombies, Zombie Revolution, or Robopocalypse… Yeah! Robopocalypse that’s a good one!!! Lets use that!!!

Check out the trailer below for I Am Robopocagend and let us know what you think in the comments!


First Trailer for IRON MAN 3!!!

Whats up all you Cinema Recon-ites! Its been a long and busy summer and you may have noticed that Paul and I slowed down a bit… (I know I know, how selfish of us for wanting to enjoy our summer) but what better way to make a comeback than to bring you the trailer everyone has been waiting for (how ever long Paul has been waiting for it, I have been waiting one day longer… no big deal), the first Marvel movie after the huge success of The Avengers… that’s right folks, I’m talking about the brand spankin’ new trailer for Iron Man 3 directed by Shane Black!!!

There have been some set photos and some rumblings here on the inter-web about Iron Man 3, personally I am starting to lean more towards just waiting for the first trailer before jumping to any huge preconceived thoughts on the film, just mainly because so much of what you read and see on the internet can be out of context or have no credibility, or just the ramblings of some guy who thinks he knows movies and happens to have a laptop and internet access (hey, I’m a guy like me!).

But this trailer surprised everyone a little bit I think. They definitely Nolan-ized it with the third installment in the Iron Man franchise, making it “darker and grittier” a phrase I am growing to dislike very quickly, I can see Iron Man 4 now, advertised like a cheap cereal… “Now with 20% more grittier!!!” I think most people knew it was going to be a bit darker and more serious, but I think this trailer in particular goes a little further than expected. Plus, its got the awesome pseudo-dub step which is becoming a “must-have” in all of today’s cool kid movies… you ain’t cool unless your steppin’ in dub, at least that’s what my grand pappy use to say.

Personally, I think this looks bad ass. I am sure it will still have that sparkle that can only come from Robert Downey Jr., and his quips, but it looks like its going to have some more serious, kind of profound questions as well in regards to who Tony Stark and Iron Man really is, and what can and can’t he do, and his limitations and all that good stuff. My one and only concern at this point is the overuse of the Iron Man suit. We do see a clip of another type of Iron Man suit (that I am going to call Captain Iron America Man, copyright 2012 Jake). I am not sure if this is something that will be used against him or maybe on his side as something else that James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) can suit up in… but I know that one of the main flaws with Iron Man 2 for me, was just too many damn robots. Its like hey, if one Iron Man is cool, a thousand Iron Mans (Iron Men?) must be a thousand times cooler!!! Yeah… well, no.

For every other character like that you add on the screen is just that much more CGI that you have to throw in there and for me, I don’t care for CGI in mass quantities like that. So I hope that this doesn’t end up in another type of chase scene between two Iron Mans where they are flying through the city and blowing everything up again, because we saw that in Iron Man 2 and it didn’t work so well. Stick to the characters, that is what made Iron Man so awesome in the first one. A lovable yet flawed Tony Stark, an ominous and love-to-hate Obadiah Stane, and least we forget… Agent Coulson. And speaking of characters, we don’t get too see all that much of him but I am definitely looking forward to Ben Kingsley in the role of the Mandarin, Kingsley is the man so I have high hopes on this one. Give us great characters, and a compelling story and that will drive the movie. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that you have helicopters with machine guns.

Here you go, the first trailer for Iron Man 3, Let us know what you think in the comments!!!


AVENGERS Gag Reel is Superhero-larious!

The Internets were all lit up this morning when I went to check the various movie news sites, with a new gag reel from none other than the Mega-Blockbuster Marvel Movie The AVENGERS!!!

I think gag reels are awesome. It’s a great way to show the fun side of film making, and also to get a glimpse into some “behind the scenes” type situations, like Captain America not being able to pull on his parachute!

Check out the gag reel below courtesy of DailyMotion.com. I did notice some sites were already taking this down however so watch it while you can!

Also, you can listen to the Cinema Recon review of The Avengers here on Episode 05/13/12!!!


First Trailer for The Last Stand!

Ahhhh… smell that? It’s the smell of a good old action movie kicking down your door, delivering a cheesy one liner, and making shit go ‘splode!!! That’s right kiddies, it’s the first trailer for The Last Stand featuring the much anticipated return of everyone’s favorite action star, maid-banger, and former governor… Arnold Schwarzenegger!

Arnold stars as Ray Owens, sheriff of a quiet little border town called Sommerton Junction, where he has come to retire/get away from all the violence after leaving the LAPD due to a botched operation that left his partner crippled. But hold the bingo! Arnold can’t sit back and knit a lovely sweater for his illegitimate son just yet! The most notorious and wanted drug lord in all of the western hemisphere has escaped and is barreling towards Sommerton Junction in a “specially-outfitted Corvette ZR1” at 250mph, and Arnold and team must stop him at all costs before he makes it to Mexico!

I am actually really stoked for this movie. US directorial debut director Kim Jee-Woon looks like he has what it takes for a good ol’ fashion American action movie, and seems like he knows how to handle a good OLD fashion action star too. The trailer does a good job of blending some pretty sharp looking action pieces with some light hearted jokes that were always a staple of Arnolds movies, as well as backhanded humor in reference to Arnold as an iconic action star who is a bit past his prime. I talked about this briefly on the most recent podcast, how this generation really doesn’t have an action star, it’s a sad state of affairs really… So frankly speaking, I am excited for Arnold to come back and show all these wanna-be up-and-comer pretty boys how it’s done!

What I don’t get though, is why does the bad guy have to be the most notorious in the “western hemisphere?” I mean really? Why not just make him the most bad ass dude in the world? Why stop and say, “You know what this dude is pretty bad ass, but let’s make his bad assed-ness stop at the Prime Meridian. Beyond that, there are even MORE bad ass-ed dudes!!!” (Yeah so what, I had to Google Prime Meridian to remember what it was. What are you going to do about it!? You’re probably going to Google that one too right… about… now) Also, when did Johnny Knoxville become the go-to guy for a whacky half-red-neck half-idiot type sidekick for a sheriff/cop? Maybe it was just that one movie with The Rock and I always happen to catch it on FX or something, I don’t know I digress. Also, in all the write ups they keep mentioning this “specially-outfitted Corvette ZR1.” I really hope this is significant in some way (it won’t be), and isn’t just some giant plug for Chevy (it will be) because I won’t stand for it! (I probably will)

The Last Stand stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Genesis Rodriguez, Johnny Knoxville, Luis Guzmán, and Forest Whitaker. Much to my dismay however, Forest Whitaker is some type of FBI dude, and not the bad guy as I predicted in my previous article here when I first heard about this movie. Check out the trailer for The Last Stand below:

In case you were wondering, my favorite part of the trailer is the non sequitur towards the end when Johnny Knoxville asks Arnold, “Man you look jacked, have you been workin’ out?” Then the scene cuts to Arnold blasting away at something with a shotgun. Umm, sure guy… sure, that’s a valid response to that question, why not.

The Last Stand is set to open January 18th, 2013.


Celeste and Jesse Forever First Trailer

Back in January we did a show that was extremely advanced, it was light years ahead of its time, utilizing technology that most people could not even imagine in their wildest dreams. Many scientists to this day still hold that that show contained one of the biggest scientific breakthroughs of our time, opening the doors for unlimited advancement in the areas of quantum physics, string theory, advanced spatial calculus, and communications. That’s right, in January I was in Park City Utah attending the Sundance Film Festival while Cinema Recon was in San Francisco, CA recording a show and they had their first LIVE caller… ME! That is right folks, using  advanced mathematics, special triangulation calculations, and a very long string attached to a very large tin can, I called in to Paul and Billy recording the show all the way from two states away! I know I know, the line between magic and science is blurring everyday!

While I was tens of thousands of miles away (ok, ok… 766 miles) on the other side of the world (ok, ok… Utah), I was mostly doing a lot of snowboarding and partying with a group of friends, BUT I was lucky enough to score a ticket to one film that was premiering titled Celeste and Jesse Forever. Starring  Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg, the film follows two lifelong best friends who end up getting married… and then realize it’s not really right for them, and takes you through the trouble they have losing each other as a husband and wife, and also as a best friend. I thought the film was a giant breath of fresh air in an otherwise reboot/relaunch/rehash cinematic movie world that we live in. You can listen to my review live from Sundance here, on Episode 1/21/12. The film takes on some serious tones all while maintaining a realistic level of comedy that literally had me laughing out loud (that’s LOL’ing for you hip cool kids with your pants saggin’ around your bottoms) throughout the whole movie. I am really excited to see this again and see how it holds up, or if all the Sundance hype altered my feelings about this movie.

Everybody in this film is terrific – Rashida Jones is awesome, Andy Samberg tries to downplay his goofiness but is still goofy and funny, co-writer Will McCormack has a fantastic and hilarious role as a stoner friend/drug dealer, and Elijah Wood as Rashida Jones’ gay, eccentric and over the top co-worker is awesome. After I saw the film at Sundance the full cast and crew came out to do some Q&A which was really cool. You can check out my footage of that here on our YouTube channel. Overall it’s a great cast that tells a serious and very funny story. It might be one of my top 5 movies this year actually (thanks to the huge disappointment of Prometheus, poop). The way this trailer is cut makes the movie look a bit too much like your standard romantic comedy/drama but that’s because I’ve already seen the movie and I know it’s much more than that. Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think! Celeste and Jesse Forever opens August 3rd.

Celeste and Jesse Forever Trailer


Expendables 2 Full Length Trailer! (Explosion: The Movie!)

It is finally here, what all red blooded males (and Paul) have been waiting for… the full length trailer for Expendables 2! Or as I like to call it Explosion: THE MOVIE! Finally, after bickering about ratings with Chuck Norris and between old ass action dudes drinking their Chocolate Raspberry Ensure and doing their water-aerobics and the local YMCA, they have managed to produced a full length trailer for Expendables 2! Hell Yeah! (queue explosion)…

I really kind of rip on the first Expendables because I think it fell so damn short of what everyone was expecting. Lots of quick cuts on the action scenes (but I guess what do you expect when all your stars are pushing 60… and walkers), the whole movie was really dark it was hard to see what the hell was going on, and it just didn’t deliver on making a movie as bad ass as the combined bad-assedness of all its stars. So needless to say, when we first heard about Explosion: THE MOVIE, I was skeptical. Then the big debate over the ratings started and it was reported that Expendables 2 would be PG-13, or else Chuck Norris would throw a temper tantrum, and most likely some uppercuts. I told Paul, the only way Expendables 2 could be any worse than the first Expendables was if they really do make this PG-13! But they have since went back and forth on the rating and word on the internet streets is that they have landed on an R rating however I don’t believe anything is official yet.

So with all that going on, I was far from being excited for the Expendables sequel. Sure, we will go see it (we do it for you! You see what you make us do!?) but I was already thinking it was going to be more of the same. Then I watch the trailer, and what can I say… I’m in! hahah! I don’t know what it is I must just be a sucker for giant explosions, crushing cars with tanks, mercenaries riding zip lines, motorcycles jumping off ramps into flying helicopters, wearing awesome sunglasses, dressing like a monk, and smart cars… (hey, they are good for the environment). But something about it was awesome enough to where I think it will be a good time all over again… even if it is a bad time all over again (which it most likely will be).

But the trailer scores high enough on my explosion meter, the Explometer© (Pronounced – EX, PLOM, E, TER) to make me fall for this whole thing all over again, and just gets me all giddy for a good old mindless action movie. So even if Expendables 2 sucks as bad as the first, I’m definitely lining up at the theater with the same enthusiasm as I had when this all started. Check out the trailer below and try to tell me you won’t be doing the same!? The Expendables 2 is set to open August 17th, 2012 in the United States of Awesome Explosions. Oh, and in case you are wondering, it scored an 8 on the Explometer©.


Lawless is All Sorts of Bad Ass… (UPDATED with Trailer!)

UPDATE! First Trailer for Lawless is out!

The first trailer has gone online for John Hillcoats Lawless, you can check it out below followed by the previous article I wrote about the film and its awesome cast. I think I was right on point with what I wrote in the article below, saying that this movie is going to be bad-freaking-ass. Don’t believe me? Just watch for yourself…

There has been a lot of talk lately about “super movies”… and I am not referring to super-hero movies. Although there is a shit load of talk about super-hero movies as well, yeah I’m looking at you AVENGERS. God damn it seems like I cant even take a shit without seeing some new Avengers images imprinted right there on the damn toilet paper. But I am not talking about super-hero movies. I’m talking about movies that are coming out that have spectacular casts. It’s like The Avengers, but real life actors… if that makes any sense. There are a couple flicks coming out that are just jam packed with amazing actors. Its almost too much to even imagine them all in one movie! It’s like the first time you heard about the whole cast for the remake of Oceans 11, let’s put it that way. I would list the movies I am talking about but lets face it: I’m lazy and you’re smarter than I am; you probably know them all.

One movie that I am really stoked for and therefore not  too lazy to mention is Lawless (formerly titled The Wettest County in the World), directed by John Hillcoat and based on a novel written by Matt Bondurant. The synopsis from IMDB is as follows – “Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.” Ah yes, that is right up my alley. I am a big fan of the Depression-era look to movies, as well as the overall American attitude toward life and the law during that time. But to bring it back to my earlier point, what really gets me excited for this movie is the cast and crew…

First we have John Hillcoat directing, who previously directed The Proposition as well as The Road (both of which I think are pretty great films). The overall tone of his previous movies is what’s important and what will translate specifically well to Lawless. Second you have a screenplay by Nick Cave who also wrote the screenplay for Hillcoat’s The Proposition. But the big kicker here, ladies and gentleman and Paul, is the cast. Check this out… the film will star (deep breath) -

  • Tom “I’m extremely bad ass” Hardy
  • Shia LaBeouf – You can hate him all you want but personally I think he is a great actor.
  • Jessica Chastain – Who is nothing short of absolutely amazing.
  • Gary Oldman – Who is top on our list ‘ol chap!
  • Mia Wasikowska – Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre and The Kids Are Alright.
  • Guy Pearce – Come on… its Guy Pearce…
  • Noah Taylor – The Proposition and the upcoming Hatfields & McCoys
  • Dane DeHaan - Ultra believable bad super powers kid from Chronicle.
  • Jason Clarke – Public Enemeies and the upcoming The Great Gatsby.

With a cast like that it’s got to be good! OK, well it doesnt have  to be good, but my money is on the fact that it will be bad-freaking-ass. A bunch of bootleggers pushing moonshine and booze, outrunning the cops, and shooting shit up! With a great screenplay, director and phenomenal cast, they could probably make watching paint dry exciting! I am stoked… no, I am super-stoked! Lawless is scheduled to open in the post-prohibition USA August 31st, 2012.

You guys said there were seats back here!

What say you? Will a great cast make this a great movie? Or just another overloaded flop? Let us know in the comments!

P.S. Does anyone else think that John Hillcoat looks exactly like Stevie from East Bound and Down?


First Trailer out for Looper! (It Will Be Up Yesterday…)

The much anticipated trailer for Rian Johnson‘s Looper is here! Well, at least it’s been much anticipated by me. I am a huge fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and of course, being a red blooded male living within the continental United States, Bruce Willis is one step shy of being my hero. The official synopsis is as follows:

“In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” – a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good… until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination. The film is written and directed by Rian Johnson and also stars Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, and Jeff Daniels. Ram Bergman and James D. Stern produce.”

The story itself seems pretty awesome. If it has to do with time travel, sign me up! A lot of people get all “logical” with time travel movies and start poking holes in the plot immediately… “Well now wait a minute guys, if Bruce Willis is sent to the past that means that obviously Joseph Gordon-Levitt doesn’t die in the movie because if he dies then Bruce Willis wouldn’t have been around in the future to have been sent back in the first place…” Yada yada yada you’re dumb guy just go with it. As long as their aren’t major holes in the plot, I’m all for suspending belief about the possible paradoxes involved in any time travel movie. I mean come on, why didn’t Skynet just crush the skull of teenage Kyle Reese when they captured in him in Terminator: Salvation? “Hey kid what’s that over there…?” *squash*

One thing I noticed about the trailer was how Joseph Gordon-Levitts voice sounds pretty damn awesome compared to Bruce Willis. I’m not sure if that is JGL just doing some fine voice work, or if they used anything in post production on his voice, but either way I think it sounds pretty awesome. Also, there does appear to be some small facial make-up or prosthetics worn by JGL to make him look a bit more like Willis. I am not too sure how I feel about this, maybe after watching the movie for a bit I will buy into it but I just hope it’s not too distracting.

I was definitely a fan of Johnsons other movie with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brick, so I am excited to see what these two can do again. I am a bit hesitant about the overall look and tone of the movie though, it seems at times very “Kill Bill-ish” but then at other times a very straightforward action movie. I guess we will have to just wait and see how it all pans out, Looper is set to open September 28th in the US.

What are your thoughts on the trailer? Looks like good ‘ol fashion time traveling mob-hit-man fun? Or too far of a stretch for Levitt to be Willis?


I Totally Recall When There Wasn’t Trailers for Trailers

A teaser trailer for the trailer for the Total Recall reboot was released today (via Comingsoon.net, via Columbia Pictures).  You can watch the preview of a preview of a reboot here:

Not that trailers for trailers are anything terribly new, but it always makes me laugh.  How plugged in to the hype-machine are we nowadays?  It certainly makes me long for when the first way I would hear about a film would be by wandering through the local movie theater halls and seeing it in poster form…

Look for the full length trailer on Sunday, April 1 (Game of Thrones Season 2 also begins Sunday, btw!) during the NBA Celtics/Heat match up.  Shortly after the debut trailer, an extended trailer (so does that make the above a pre-pre-tease??) will then be released to the masses via http://www.apple.com/trailers, copies upon copies on Youtube, and carrier pigeon.

Total Recall will be released in theaters nationwide on August 3, 2012, sans Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Episode 03/25/12

Today on the show, Paul, Jake, and Cassie are locked in an all-out battle to the DEATH, using only their wits and some face paint to survive!  It’s the Cinema Recon review of The Hunger Games!  (07:25)

In the news…

  • The Hunger Games is apparently feasting on everyone’s wallets at the box office!  (1:27:20)
  • “Winter is coming”…so bundle up for Season 2 of Game of Thrones!  (1:33:05)
  • Michael Bay says get ready for the Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles!  (1:44:00)
  • Eddie Murphy scores a perfect “0″ on the Tomometer(c)! (2:00:00)
  • To absolutely no one’s surprise, Tom Cruise will sprint in yet another Mission Impossible!  (2:05:10)
  • Paul and Jake repeatedly endure head explosions during the newest Prometheus trailer!  (2:09:50)

Listen Below:

Download Here (by right clicking, then “save as”):  CR: Episode 03/25/12


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