Archive for August, 2010

Coming Attraction: Yogi Bear (2010)

August 7, 2010

Click here to watch the official trailer for Yogi Bear

Yuck. A sub-par trailer for a sub-par movie based on a sub-par television show from the late 50’s and early 60’s. This trailer features the CGI characters Yogi Bear and Boo Boo alongside live action characters such as Ranger Rick.

Dan Aykroyd voices the smarter-than-average bear, while Justin Timberlake voices his height-challenged sidekick. Director Eric Brevig’s only other directed feature film is Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008), so you can tell that he holds a high standard of quality for his films. (Sorry, I forgot to use the sarcasm font in that last sentence)

more images from the trailer after the jump


Review: The Crazies (2010)

August 6, 2010

The Crazies. Director: Breck Eisner. Starring: Tim Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson, Danielle Panabaker, Christie Lynn Smith. Written by: Scott Kosar, Ray Wright, George Romero

In an era of flu scares, this remake feels timely. It doesn’t seem entirely out of the realm of possibility that some virus could spread through a town and turn everyone batty. While the original played on people’s fear of the government, the remake of The Crazies wisely plays on people’s fear of widespread diseases and nasty viruses.

The residents of the small town of Ogden Marsh are being plagued by a virus that causes insanity. When the government swooped in to put the town on lockdown, Sheriff David Dutton (Tim Olyphant) and his wife (Radha Mitchell) try to escape along with two other uninfected friends. Mystery and horror ensue.

more insightful analysis after the jump

Coming Attraction: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

August 5, 2010

Click here to watch the trailer for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

First time director Troy Nixey brings us Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark with a little help from Guillermo del Toro, who co-wrote and produced it. The original Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark was a made-for-tv movie from 1973.

I’ve never seen the original, and I’m not sure what to expect from Troy Nixey, but Guillermo del Toro has shown that he is a decent writer with Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy. Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce star.

More images and the Potential Meter after the jump