Second Trailer for ‘The Avengers’ Ups the Ante

Posted 8 years ago by Movies

I know every website on Earth will be posting this trailer today, but for good reason. The Avengers is one of the most heavily anticipated movies of the last few years, and this trailer shows a lot more character interaction and tension than any of the previous glimpses we’ve had. All the images we’ve seen have seemed very clean and composed, but this new look at the film shows that the team is actually going to have some conflict, as well as some formidable opponents.

Sure the ‘alien horde’ doesn’t get shown in a lot more detail but make sure to stick around to the very end of the trailer and you’ll see something very big. I love that we get more Hulk, and it still just boggles my mind that we’re actually going to see all these characters in one movie together. Let’s hope they do it justice. I know where I’ll be at midnight on May 4th.

If the YouTube embed goes away, you can find the trailer in HD over at Apple.

Worthy Ways to Spend Time with Star Wars Without Seeing ‘The Phantom Menace’ in 3D

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Friends don't let friends see The Phantom Menace in 3D
Back in 1999 when Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace came out, I really wanted to like. And I did like it at first blush. I’m sure seeing my beloved Star Wars universe back on the big screen played into my initial embrace of the prequel.

Just as the hate slowly grew in Anakin Skywalker as he turned toward the Dark Side, so too did my resentment for The Phantom Menace. The film had so much promise. Many of the right pieces were there: a spry Obi-wan and Yoda, glimpses of R2-D2 and C-3PO, a bad-ass villain with a double light saber, the exciting podracing.

For all the fun elements, there were numerous pieces that pulled it down: that whiney kid Anakin, the stale Queen Amidala, slapstick courtesy of Jar Jar Binks, the overly political storyline… I could go on. (See Red Letter Media’s thorough review if you need more examples.)

The film resurfaces this weekend in 3D. As if three dimensions could shine that turd into something worth seeing. Instead of spending an ungodly amount on premium, 3D movie tickets, I have a few Star Wars-related alternatives for you.
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Marvel at This Week’s Two Awesome Trailers

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It’s a good week to be a Marvel fan. A few hours ago the new trailer for Marc Webb’s reboot of Spider-Man debuted and it is pretty amazing indeed. I loved the first Spider-Man movie when it came out, but then again I was a sophomore in High School and I haven’t really watched them since that time. The Amazing Spider-Man looks like a Spider-Man movie I can get behind.

Andrew Garfield looks great as Peter Parker, and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey will be a welcome break from whats-her-face playing MJ. The tone of the film looks great. Spidey cracks jokes and displays some impressive acrobatics, and the costume and tech look awesome. All in all, this is one of the top four movies I’m most excited about in 2012, along with…
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Blu-ray Review: Spellbound and Notorious

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For the average movie-goer, “Hitchcock” means Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo, and North by Northwest. Maybe Rear Window, too. But the portly, prolific director made dozens of films, going back to the silent era, so if you haven’t seen Spellbound or Notorious, it’s understandable. However, these two titles should probably be mentioned in the same breath as Hitch’s better known films, if for no other reason but the way they have helped define genres and shape feature films since their release in the mid-1940s.

Ralph Bakshi’s ‘Wizards’ Coming to Blu-ray

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Fans of obscure animated films rejoice! Weird animator Ralph Bakshi’s 1977 post-apocalyptic fantasy movie is coming to Blu-ray for the first time, and since I haven’t seen it since the days of VHS I’m kind of excited for it. I was never into Bakshi’s urban films, but Wizards always caught my eye and led me to watch his animated version of The Lord of the Rings.

Wizards is an interesting mix of fantasy and post-apocalyptic storytelling, and while it may not be the best animated film of all time, it’s unique. I look forward to seeing it again when it comes out on March 13th.