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Top 10 Most Popular Midsummer Movie Trailers

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Walter Hudson


August 15, 2014 - 8:00 am
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The month of July produced a bevy of movie trailers for releases we can look forward to in the fall. The holiday season tends to be where studios place releases they stand most proud of, a showcase for the Academy Awards. That said, there are also some good old-fashioned popcorn flicks on this list, the top 10 most popular trailers released throughout July.

10. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth saga comes to its presumptive close with this final chapter of The Hobbit film adaptation. Perhaps you’ve been putting off upgrading from your old DVDs to The Lord of the Rings trilogy on Blu-ray in anticipation of the inevitable super-mega-funtime edition of the complete Middle Earth anthology.

News that 2012’s The Unexpected Journey would be the first of a new trilogy adapted from the relatively short J.R.R. Tolkien novel evoked suspicion that Jackson and the studio were stretching to wring every last bit of cash out of the franchise. But The Desolation of Smaug redeemed that impression, demonstrating that there was indeed enough story to warrant three films. This final entry looks poised to begin with a bang and sustain the novel’s climax throughout its running time.

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The Hobbit and Mockingjay will probably be good movies. Christian Bale is a great (and handsome) actor, and will probably be a great Moses.

When it comes to 50 Shades, the book is primarily po*n for WOMEN, all riding on a very traditional and predictable love story (think Rebecca; or Jane Eyre). Dave Barry is the only writer that has understood this, by the way. E.L.James has found a niche that has been undiscovered, since the Story of O, and she deserves very penny she can gain. The story is so chock-a-block with po*n, tho, I just don't see how it can be filmed for general distribution.
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I doubt that Moses at 80 looked like a typical 80 yo man today. It say that when he died at 120 as Israel was poised to enter the promised land that his natural force was not abated (deut 34:7). He was a vigorous man. He died because of disobedience (read the record); he was not allowed to enter the Promised land.
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Nobody knows what folks back then looked like in that area. It was 3300 years ago, so authenticity is out the window. If you got into a cab in Cairo and saw a guy who looked like Christian Bale would you be shocked? How about Omar Sharif in a western, or Russian love story? I don't think so. Maybe Moses looked like him, maybe not.
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"But The Desolation of Smaug redeemed that impression, demonstrating that there was indeed enough story to warrant three films. "

Gotta disagree with ya, there, big guy. Like most of Peter Jackson's recent efforts, the only word for these new Hobbit movies is "bloated." If the LOTR trilogy was Jackson's Star Wars Episodes IV-VI, the Hobbit trilogy is his Star Wars Episodes I-III. And I say that as a true geek. Could you tell?

No desire to see the Moses thing. Christian Bale in totally unrealistic, now-generic, Hollywood-style Black Armor(tm), playing a Jewish patriarch? Worse than that Aussie playing Noah (also in Black Armor(tm)).

Mad Max? Bring it on. I do worry about that shot of Humongous - I think it's overdone. Are those *his* teeth or somebody/something else's? And what's with the tubing? But it will be interesting to see the story done up with modern, less cheap-o technology. And it's OK if Max wears Black Armor(tm). The original did, too.
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