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“Lake Beast” by Vance Reeser

“Lake Beast” is a short film funded in part by an early Kickstarter project by Vance Reeser, and it’s one I’m proud to say I contributed to. (By “early,” I mean the pre-2011/2012 explosion where people started making millions of dollars. It was up around the same time that my Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show project was up, in late 2009.)

At long last, the short has been completed. It’s a dream-like short about childhood vision that “compels a man to explore the bottom of a toxic lake,” and I highly recommend investing the seven(-ish) minutes of your life to watch it. It’s also up on Vimeo and you can purchase it (for however much you’re willing to give) via Gumroad, as well. Or, just watch it here:

Check out more stuff from the animator at Vance Reeser’s portfolio site.

Trailer Watch: Ang Lee’s Life of Pi

I didn’t fall completely in love with Yann Martel’s novel Life of Pi — there were parts I loved and parts I didn’t, but the ending pulled it all together for me, even after a late turn in the story kind of pushed me away.

I am, though, a fan of Ang Lee (when he’s not directing Hulk), and the trailer for its long-awated feature adaptation looks beautiful. The big question mark will be the script by David Magee (Finding Neverland) and how well Ang Lee can handle the tone of the books… trickier parts. (I think there’s a little irony in the choice of David Magee, but it would be a bit of a spoiler to say why, unfortunately.)

Alongside Sharma as Pi, Tobey Maguire, Irrfan Khan (Amazing Spider-Man) and Gérard Depardieu round out the cast. The film will hit the US on November 21, 2012. Definitely gunning for an Oscar. (Oh yeah: it’ll be in 3D, of course.)

Trailer Watch: Snow White and the Huntsman full trailer

The trailer for director Rupert Sanders’s dark, action-flick take on Snow White, Snow White and the Huntsman, looks surprisingly good, although I still can’t get over the idea that Kristen Stewart is supposed to be more beautiful than Charlize Theron. But I guess it’s a fantasy movie, so… whatever.

If you want to see more, Xfinity has a five minute preview, as well.

Aside from Ms. Theron and Miss Stewart, Chris Hemsworth plays the Huntsman, and the seven dwarves are Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Graham, Ray Winstone, and Nick Frost. The film hits theaters on June 1, 2012.

Trailer Watch: The Hobbit teaser

In December 2012, Peter Jackson goes back to well with the first of the two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit.

As trailers go, it isn’t terribly exciting, although there’s a healthy amount of footage, a song, a whole bunch of dwarves, Gollum, and even Frodo (in a framing sequence, of course). It all looks and sounds pretty much like Lord of the Rings all over again, but with somewhat smaller stakes — at least in this first part. And while that’s sure to please the most ardent fans of the trilogy, as someone who enjoyed but never really fell in love with them, it didn’t really stir up any strong impressions in me. (I was one of the few who’d hoped Guillermo del Toro would direct these, as he’d have brought something new to the equation, but alas.)

But… I’m sure the faithful will love it, and I’m happy for them.

So… what did you think?