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Are You Ready for Captain America 2?

The film is out next spring, and the first preview stills and trailer have just been dropped. Consider us excited.

The trailer sees Cap living in a world where the government is doing something dark and questionable. Huh.

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He also appears to be a fully fledged SHIELD agent. The film takes a lot from the ‘Winter Soldier’ storyline in the comics, where Cap fights an unexpected enemy – an enemy he has met before he was frozen…

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The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Official Trailer

Hot on the heels of the first poster for the second part of Peter Jackon’s Hobbit trilogy comes the trailer for The Desolation of Smaug. This two minute trailer gives us all a first look at some important characters. We have Lee Pace as Thranduil, the father of Legolas and the Eleven King, doing something other than riding an elk. We have Evangeline Lily as Tauriel, a female elf who has been added into the film and has already been stirring up controversy, with fans fearing that she may be inserted purely to add in some romance. The trailer shows her firmly as a fighter but offers no clues on her actual character. And the trailer ends with a shot of the titular dragon himself, with Freeman’s Bilbo Baggins facing up to the terror that is Cumberbatch’s Smaug…

Well, I’m excited.

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ROBOT & FRANK Trailer

eOne Momentum will release ROBOT & FRANK in cinemas across the UK & Ireland on March 8, 2013.  Directed by Jake Schreier, ROBOT & FRANK stars Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden and Liv Tyler, with ‘Robot’ voiced by Peter Sarsgaard.

ROBOT & FRANK is a buddy caper. Set in the near future, aging curmudgeon and retired jewel thief Frank (Frank Langella) lives a solitary life until his son (James Marsden) installs a caretaker robot; against he and his daughter’s (Liv Tyler) wishes. The robot upends Frank’s lonely life – filled only with books and a visit to his favourite librarian (Susan Sarandon) – with a strict regimen of exercise, diet and gardening. Stubborn at first, Frank soon realises Robot hasthe ability to pull off the most calculated of heists. An unlikely friendship, and crime duo, is born.

ROBOT & FRANK received its World Premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where it was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan prize, an award given to a feature film that focuses on science or technology as a theme.  It also screened at this year’s London Film Festival.

WINNER 2012 Sundance Film Festival – Alfred P. Sloan Prize

And for good measure, here’s a little bonus clip…

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School Creates Its Own Hobbit Film

A school in London – Tower House School – have decided that waiting for The Hobbit film has gone on long enough, so they’ve made their own.

The full-length (yes, it runs a full 90 minutes…) is only for pupils and parents at the moment, but the trailer is available online.

The children managed to get the film mentioned in the London Evening Standard and the Telegraph, so fair play to them.  Apparently, the full version has a CGI dragon…

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Looper – Here We Go Again

Get your chalk boards ready, it looks like we have another wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey problem on our hands. Looper is a film due to be released 28th September (IMDB) in which time travel has been invented and the mob send those they want dead back into the past, to be disposed of. Our protagonist is the one who does the killing and it’s all hunky dory until one day he finds that the person he has to kill is himself.

I am a bit of an overthinker however and before we all go away and talk about how awesome it is (and it is awesome) let us ponder several things:

  • Why would the mob do this? Surely it’s a really inefficient way of killing people. Yeah, their bodies are gone, but I think the mob is pretty good at disposing bodies
  • Are there not better ways the mob could use time travel? As a physicist it’s pretty demoralising that criminal masterminds are only going to use it as a bad way of killing people
  • Why on earth would you ever kill yourself? That has got to always be a bad idea. Even the most short-sighted criminal lowlife would realise that that would be him in 30 years time
  • Do the loopers not worry that the mob will try and kill them? (They do happen to know quite a lot after all)
  • How will this film deal with all the general paradoxy time problems/butterfly effects?
  • What have they done to Gorden-Levitt’s face? They seem to have Bruce Willis-afied him.

So come at me. Let’s have a ridiculous ill informed, over-theorised discussion of the sort that our friends decry (usually with a silly line like “yeah, but people can’t travel in time anyway”). After all, if any of this does happen, this ought to be good preparation.

Other than the telekinetic rubbish. I can’t help with that. Watch Star Wars.