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Archive for June, 2013


Trailer Watch: Japanese Gatchaman trailer

Battle of the Planets was one of those things that I would talk about in my teens and everybody would look at me like I was making shit up. (“Birds…? Riiiiight.”) Now, everybody’s all “oh yeah, I totally watched that when I was a kid,” and I think they’re all a bunch of big, fat liars.


Toya Sato’s live action Gatchaman has another trailer out, and while I don’t understand any of it on account of only retaining about twenty words of Japanese from the classes I took in college, it looks… well, okay, it looks kind of bad. But it also looks awesome!

The movie stars some people I’ve never heard of (Tori Matsuzaka, Gō Ayano, Ayame Gouriki, Tatsuomi Hamada, and Ryohei Suzuki) and comes out in Japan on August 24th. It will probably not make it to the U.S. until its DVD release, so unless you live in the Land of the Rising Sun, don’t hold your breath just yet.

via @gmskarka by way of John Rogers

Trailer Watch: “First look” at Disney’s Frozen

A “first look” trailer for Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee’s Frozen is online. While the 53rd Disney animated feature is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, this has no discernable connection to the tale, playing a bit like a Scrat short about a snowman (which, in turn, played sort of like a Looney Tunes cartoon).

Still, it’s fun, and the animation is lovely. The full film stars Kristen Bell as “Anna,” the lead, and Idina Menzel as the Snow Queen. It hits theaters this Thanksgiving (or that weekend, anyway), on November 27, 2013.

Trailer Watch: Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s The Lego Movie

From the directors of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, and Clone High comes… The Lego Movie.

Chris Pratt plays Emmet, an ordinary dude mistakenly chosen to go on an epic adventure to stop President Business (Will Ferrell) from taking over the world, or something like that. Liam Neeson plays President Business’s henchman Bad Cop, who’s hot on his trail. Hey, and Superman is in it.

The Lego Movie also stars the voices of Morgan Freeman (which you already know if you saw the trailer), Alison Brie, Elizabeth Banks, Nick Offerman, and Will Arnett.

Trailer Watch: Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives

Refn’s work is a little polarizing, but I loved Drive and Bronson. This seems a bit closer to Bronson than Drive — which is to say that it looks even weird than I expected, but… huh. Only God Forgives stars Ryan Gosling and hits theaters on July 19th.