The Silver Bullet ~ The Possession

Synopsis: A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl’s father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.

Release Date:  August 31, 2012

Thoughts: Yeah, yeah, I know that you’re tired of spooky possession movies (see the trailers for Sinister and The Apparition).  To some extent, I am too and yet I find myself looking forward to these scare-fests as the fall rolls around.  Arriving right at the end of the summer months, The Possession has a strong producer credit going for it which does catch my interest.  That credit is Sam Raimi and if the guy that made The Evil Dead and Drag Me to Hell is involved…consider me on board.  Another strong selling point is director Ole Bornedal, a Danish director who has never quite caught on in the US though he delivered the spooky Nightwatch in 1994 and it’s US remake in 1997.

The Silver Bullet ~ Skyfall ~ Trailer #2

International Trailer:

Domestic Trailer:

Synopsis: Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Release Date:  November 9, 2012

Thoughts: A Bond fan since birth, I’ve enjoyed watching 007 evolve over the years.  The sleek secret agent that Sean Connery gave life to gradually became campy in the Roger Moore years and then more than slightly aloof with Timothy Dalton’s short reign.  Pierce Brosnan brought Bond out of the Cold War in swell fashion and now Daniel Craig is suiting up for his third outing as the man who likes things shaken, not stirred.  I really loved Craig in Casino Royale, grew to appreciate Quantum of Solace in repeated viewings but with Skyfall I feel that Craig is going to prove just why he’s one of the best Bonds. Granted, a film studio with this much money riding on the success of Bond’s 23rd adventure could edit the trailer to make it look any way they wanted…but the action sequences, villians, and assembled A-Listers give the feeling that Skyfall will be an important film in the Bond canon.  Now that The Dark Knight has risen I’m counting down the days until Bond’s Skyfall

Oh, and yes, I realize I left out George Lazenby who took over Bond in one movie…but I actually liked him too!

The Silver Bullet ~ Cloud Atlas

Synopsis: An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Release Date: October 26, 2012

Thoughts: The latest endeavor from The Wachowski Siblings (The Matrix, Bound, Speed Racer) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) seems to cover all the bases of movie genres according to the nearly six-minute extended trailer you can view above. Halle Berry and Tom Hanks seem like unlikely stars of this epic but then again the creators are a strange crew themselves. Several of the scenes included here are pretty breathtaking examples of visual effects and advanced camera technology – get a load of Berry in a car careening off a bridge. The film is fully finished and waiting for release in October – it’s lengthy running time (164 minutes) and challenging narrative may turn off some but it might just be the rewarding experience it looks to be.