And happy birthday to Dwayne Johnson today!
The second trailer for White House Down was supposed to be released this week, but as of this morning, it still hasn't. That seems like a dumb idea to release it during the frenzy record-breaking week of Iron Man 3 being released, but I will post it asap; if you see it before I get it posted, remember, what we are looking for is them showing us who their villain is. We know it's the highly talented Jason Clarke who plays Stenz, the leader of a paramilitary group; the problem is, WHD seems to be targeting the very population they want the to pay to see the film: white Americans. Nothing has been released about the motivation of the paramilitary group blowing up all Washington, but we will stay up on it because this debut will reveal volumes about the real attitude of Americans today.
I hadn't heard anything about this film coming out until today when the first official trailer was released: Walking With Dinosaurs, due out December 20, is about two brothers wanting to follow in their father's footsteps which leads to a showdown with other dinosaurs in a migration to the Arctic North:
Kirk doesn't blink the entire time, his eyes are wide open and yet, he has still missed something. He is being led to look for the truth some place other than where he has been and we have seen this in both Total Recall and Oblivion, the truth is not in plain sight. We have all ready discussed the trend in films to place villains in clear cells (The Silence Of the Lambs, The Avengers, Skyfall) because it gives a sense of security to the captors that the captive isn't up to something; but just as in these other names films, the criminal is there because he wants to be there ("I surrendered to you," Harrison tells Kirk). To heighten the intensity of this scene, Abrams has us behind the glass, with Harrison, while Kirk talks, so--like Harrison--we feel the full intensity of Kirk's anger and frustration directed at us; this was the effective choice, instead of, for example, a close-up of Kirk during the scene. Then, we are flipped over to Kirk's side of the cell when Harrison speaks in this numeric code, and even though we see him, we suddenly realize how much we are not seeing.
So, the second trailer for Red #2 has been released and we will discuss it at greater length later, but you remember our little discussion regarding the relationship between the US and Great Britain and Russia? It appears this topic is what the entire film will be about:
In tidbits, a sequel to Daniel Radcliffe's The Woman In Black has been approved and will have Tom Harper (who has done mostly TV work) directing The Woman In Black: The Angel Of Death. The film earned $130 million worldwide, nearly eight times what its budget was and is currently set for (at least a UK) release of 2014. Jeremy Irvine and Phoebe Fox have been signed to star at this point.
|A bit of concept art for The Angel Of Death.|
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