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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Here at Popcornography we sure love to follow Emma Watson’s every move. So it brings me great pleasure to preview The Perks of Being a Wallflower- the coming of age film adapted from Stephen Chbosky’s novel of the same name. It is hard to miss the specific tone exhibited by the trailer which is no surprise as The Perks of Being a Wallflower is brought to you by the production company responsible for Juno. Everyone loves Juno and I sure love Emma so The Perks of Being a Wallflower is sure not to disappoint.

Angsty

The film follows an introverted teenager who is befriended and introduced to the ‘real’ world by two seniors. The film is sure to deliver a heartfelt and quirky experience while adding tons of awkward adolescent exploration. Additionally, it is exciting to see Hermione do something else besides her Hogwarts and Burberry escapades. Quirky, fun and self-conscious teenagers with emotions- a never failing formula.

Emma prefers boys who don’t play with wands

Emma loves to live dangerously

Emma can EVEN make high school dances bearable

The Perks of Being a Wallflower has already received very favourable reviews and Miss Granger has been praised for her performance. The film will be released around late December 2012. It’s exciting. So be excited.

For more awkward teenage emotions make sure you check out the very touching trailer of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Highly recommended! Nothing highlights teenage angst quite like “It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons. 

Looper

Looper Poster

So Popcornography realizes that it has been all about the psycho lately. For psycho posts click here, here or here. I am thus thrilled to bring to you the preview for what is sure to be one of the biggest blockbusters this summer. Looper is an American science-fiction action film that will just about be the most thrilling, smart and thought-provoking thing you can watch this December. And yes, we are certainly very excited.

Sexy Screenshots!

In our infinite wisdom (from the trailer), the plot revolves around angry mobsters in the future, assassination and time travel. I get the sneaky suspicion that this movie is going to provide some Inception-esque moments in terms of desperately trying to understand what the eff is going on. But it looks awesome nonetheless! Looper has an all-star cast including Bruce Willis (Die Hard, The Sixth Sense), Joseph Gordon Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) as well as Emily Blunt (The Devil wears Prada, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen).

Let us break down why you should be excited with yet another Popcornography list. Ahem.

Number 1: Bruce Willis is well Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt is delightful.

Emily, why are you so dishevelled?

Number 2: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the hottest new member of the Hollywood A-list and has an exceptional track record. Let’s not forget his superb performances in the latest installment of Vlermuisman (click here), 50/50 as well as Inception. He sure has come a long way since his 3rd Rock from the Sun days. For this we are glad.

Number 3: Now this deserves its own number on the list. And I can do that. It’s my blog. Joseph’s cute face has been changed for the entire film to sufficiently resemble his future counterpart; Bruce Willis. Interesting! I didn’t even recognize him in the trailer and only later did I realize what was happening. Is it wrong that I think he is better looking this way?

Joseph, why is your face weird?

Number 4: To date, Looper has received tons of critical acclaim and promises copious amounts of exciting and mind-bending sci-fi goodness. Doesn’t that just sound marvelous?

Number 5: Let’s be serious, time travel excites us all. Unless, it is via the medallion in Martin Lawrence’s Black Knight. That time travel didn’t excite anyone I am afraid.

Not cool

ANYWAY, get excited people because Looper is going to be the big thing this December.

For more on Looper and time travelly goodness, check out the trailer. Explosive. 

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

With the exponential success of its sequel trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit is an upcoming 3 part film series directed by Peter Jackson. The initial instalment of The Hobbit entitled An Unexpected Journey is being released towards the end of 2012. I was an avid fan of The Lord of the Rings back in its conception, however the first trailer for The Hobbit left me somewhat disinterested and underwhelmed.

Having not read the book, I am unfamiliar with the plot of The Hobbit. I watched the initial trailer and was confused at the amount of dwarfish humour that was occurring. The tone was considerably different to what I was expecting. Quirky and intrusive dwarves do not make for epic J.R.R Tolkien film adaptations. The Lord of the Rings changed lives when it was released and proved the Peter Jackson really was the hot new thing. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was a massive box office success and was praised by critics and fans alike. Do not get me wrong, I love Frodo as much as anyone else but it is suggested, from personal experience, that you do not watch all three movies in immediate succession. I recently watched all the extended director cuts which accumulated to something like 10 hours. It was intense. It felt like I was taking the ring to Mordor.

The pressures of entertaining

Anyway, I pray, that The Hobbit will not stray too far from the artistic style that was so successful in The Lord of the Rings. Let’s hope that the prequel trilogy will stay true to the J.R.R Tolkien roots. However, there is considerable evidence that The Hobbit will ultimately not disappoint. And of course is presented in list format. Ahem…

Number 1: Peter Jackson does no wrong. Peter Jackson is an outstanding director and besides The Lord of the Rings trilogy he is responsible for epic projects such as King Kong and The Lovely Bones.

Number 2: Expect eerie and moving Middle Earth music, hoera! Howard Shore is returning and is responsible for the related soundtrack. Put simply, this means we can expect the grandiose and emotionally stirring soundtracks so well attributed to Frodo and his quest.

Number 3: Gollum. That is all.

Number 4: One last thing that gives me hope is the fact that Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett will be reprising their well known roles. Everybody loves Gandalf and Galadriel. Who can forget Galadriel’s freak-out when tempted by the ring in The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring? I certainly can’t.

Elf Queen loses her cool. Love it.

Anyway, my interest has finally been sparked. Let’s just hope there is less quirky-dwarf humour and more dragons.

Everybody loves dragons

For more on The Hobbit, check out the second trailer. Much better.

Man of Steel

We all know how Popcornography loves superheroes and aliens. So imagine the joy it gives me to write a preview for Man of Steel which combines both of Popcornography’s great loves. Man of Steel is the newest reboot of the Superman franchise directed by Zack Snyder which will be released around June 2013. You may recognize Zack as he is responsible for the over-stylised 300 and Sin City. Making movies that drip with artistry is kind of his thing, even if it does not always succeed. Think Sucker Punch. Apologies to Emily Browning who is totally my sister…

Anyway, reboots seem to be all the rage right now. First old Brucey got a reboot, then Spidey and obviously Kal-El (aka Superman) would follow suit. However, we must not forget that this is the second attempt at rebooting the Superman franchise. Superman Returns starring Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth and Kevin Spacey was released in 2006 but was lame. I remember that cinema experience being marred by particularly heinous CGI effects. Besides having a few unforgettable scenes and Kevin Spacey (of course) Superman Returns was a great let down.

Man of Steel will deliver and here is why presented in the ever-popular Popcornography list format. Ahem.

Number one: Zack Snyder is so hot right now. His film style may be the saving grace for Mr Kent. Even the new and improved Superman emblem is ‘Snyder-fied’ and we like it.

That ‘S’ sure is Snyder-fied

Number two: Big names are everywhere! Russel Crowe plays Clark’s alien papa Jor-El. Kevin Costner and Diane Lane play Clark’s boring human parents. Amy Adams takes the role of Lois Lane which should be interesting.

Number three: When you are talking super-heroes, one needs a Christopher Nolan. Luckily Man of Steel has one. Christopher Nolan is producing and Popcornography is sure this will lead to great things.

And lastly,

Number four: Clark Kent is played by Henry Cavill who you may recognise from Stardust and The Tudors. Henry Cavill is so hot I want to spin in circles and scream. That is all.

Sexy Screenshot indeed!

Man of Steel will revisit the Superman origins in a more real and gritty fashion than ever before. Thanks Christopher Nolan. This coupled with Snyder’s directorial vision should result in a very interesting end-product. Just look at the trailer. People are fishing in the beginning to an eerie score. It does not get more real and moody.

The most popular of all super-hero characters may finally get the reboot it deserves. We can all only hope.

For more on Man of Steel, make sure to check out the trailer. Moody.

Celeste and Jessie Forever

It feels like we have been hearing about Celeste and Jessie Forever, forever! The much anticipated indie ‘rom-com’ directed by Lee Toland Krieger was released in the US in early August and has yet to arrive in South Africa. The film stars Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg who recently appeared at the MTV VMA’s to further promote the film. Rashida you may recognise from The Social Network whereas you may recognise Andy from numerous popular SNL shorts performed over the years. When I heard about this film, I was sure it was going to boast a vast amount of slapstick humour due the Saturday Night freak’s involvement. However, upon watching the trailer I was pleasantly surprised.

The newly divorced lovers struggle to maintain their relationship whilst pursuing new love interests. The trailer implies that the movie is going to be far more melancholic and heartfelt than I originally thought. And you know how Popcornography loves melancholia. I expect we are going to fall in love with their unconventional relationship dynamic and it seems that the movie will provide social commentary on true love and the hardships of separation. I am not sure about you, but we here at Popcornography love a little relationship drama.

Cutesy, offbeat romance is the best kind of romance

You may want a list of reasons to watch this movie? Luckily for you, I made one. Here it is.  Ahem…

  • Cutesy, offbeat romance is the best kind of romance
  • It is refreshing to watch Andy be associated with something else besides his infamous “Jizz in my Pants” song…
  • Rashida is charming and we love her
  • Celeste and Jessie Forever has received favourable critical acclaim
  • Duh-rama!
  • Also Emma Roberts plays a Britney Spears type idol and Elijah Wood plays a gay-best-friend-esque role. Interesting!
  • But most of all we are so sick of hearing about this movie. Can we see it yet?

Please Andy. Less “Jizz in my Pants” and more melancholia. Thanks

If you are planning to watch a rom-com in 2012, it most certainly should be Celeste and Jessie Forever.

For more offbeat rom-com goodness check out the trailer! In fact, Popcornography insists.

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas is definitely one of the films I am most excited for. Recently I came across the five minute trailer, which to date, has been one of the few insights into the secretive project. What we do know about Cloud Atlas is that it is based on the best-selling novel by David Mitchel and is being directed by the Wachowskis as well as Tom Tykwer. The novel consists of six nested stories that are intertwined throughout various time periods in past and future human history. The official film synopsis describes the film as “an epic story of humankind in which the actions and consequences of our lives impact one another throughout the past, present and future as one soul is shaped from a murderer into a saviour and a single act of kindness ripples out for centuries to inspire a revolution.”

Sexy Screenshot Number 1

What attracted me to this film though is the amazing trailer. The ensemble cast is fantastic and includes names such as Hugo Weaving, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant and Ben Wishaw to name a few. From what I can tell, this film looks like it’s going to be an epic and emotional journey whilst exploring the reincarnation of the characters souls across varied time settings. Besides that, the soundtrack is pretty! The trailer also features Outro by M83 which is just stupidly beautiful. It does things to me.

I have watched this trailer countless times, and it still moves me every time. I especially love the dystopian future setting with the rebellious clone character. It looks AMAZING. However from what I can tell, the novel’s structure sounds complicated and I hope that the Wachowski’s and Tykwer can translate this effectively to screen. The Wachowski’s are responsible for The Matrix trilogy as well as V for Vendetta, which has been previously reviewed on Popcornography (click here). Tykwer, on the other hand, is responsible for great project such as Run Lola Run and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. I thus have faith that this film will not disappoint. However, only time will tell.

Clones in future dystopian societies excite me 

Cloud Atlas is released on October 26. Be excited. And if you aren’t excited, watch the trailer. If you are aren’t excited after that then I can’t help you and you should go back to your Mandy Moore movies.

For welcome shivers, check out the extended trailer for Cloud Atlas. 

The Amazing Spider-Man

‘Tis the season of the blockbuster. The spring movie season has come to an end (farewell Katniss) and currently we are knee deep in what is arguably the ultimate fan boy movie summer of all time. With the overwhelming success of Avengers, Popcornography will be focussing on the new spider man reboot entitled The Amazing Spider-Man (released July 13th) after which the last instalment of the Batman trilogy, Batman Rises, will be reviewed upon its release towards the end of the month.

Director Sam Raimi was developing a fourth instalment in the Spider-Man series when Sony opted to reboot the franchise instead. Popcornography is VERY grateful for this decision. When the original Tobey Maguire Spider-Man hit cinemas back in 2002, I was a very excited little lad. Sadly despite how much I enjoyed the first two instalments, the third ended up being very bizarre. Tobey was emo and weird, there were villains everywhere and hot people were killed off. All this was most displeasing. I just don’t know what was going on at Columbia Pictures.

This just wasn’t working for me

Anyway after trying to desperately live up to the success of Spider-Man 2 and failing, Spider-Man 4 was changed into a reboot project. 500 Days of Summer director, Marc Webb (fitting name), took on the project. The new star cast include The Social Network’s Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as his love interest, Gwen Stacy. I am more than pleased with this new cast arrangement.

Garfield and Stone are sure not to disappoint

To put it simply. The less Mr. Garfiled looks like this….

and this…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and this…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… the better.

The film returns to Spidey’s roots, retelling the origin story from a new angle, while introducing a new villain, Lizard (Rhys Ifans), to the series. The Amazing Spider-Man also marks one of the first releases to be shot in Red Epic 3D which, by the looks of it, will bring new life to the 3D format. We’ll see if this reboot can bring new life to the franchise as well.

Make sure to check out the trailer

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