Universal Pictures has released three posters and a trailer for its gripping, survival thriller “Everest.” The trailer you can view later at this post. More importantly, "Everest" has been selected as the opening film, out of competition, of the 72nd Venice Film Festival (September 2nd – 12th 2015). The world premiere of “Everest” will be screened on September 2 in the Sala Grande theatre (Palazzo del Cinema) at the Lido.
Recently, opening the Venice Film Festival is a great sign of things to come for any film. Works such as "Gravity" and "Birdman" have opened the film fest and won a lot of praise and major awards. As stated by UK's The Guardian, "Everest" is on pace to get nods for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor.
Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, “Everest” documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.
Opening across the Philippines on Sept. 16, 2015, “Everest” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures
Why you should watch it:
- Amy Schumer and Bill Hader makes this extremely hilarious
- Lebron James was King here
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- needs more polish
Left alone to survive, Matt Damon takes on the titular moniker in the latest space adventure “The Martian” where his character Mark Watney got stranded on Mars when he was accidentally left by his team in their haste to abort their mission. Based on the bestselling novel self-published by Andy Weir, the trailer further revealed the overwhelming odds Damon’s character Watney faces in order to survive after being presumed dead. The trailer’s recent reveal held at Pasadena at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was attended by Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott together with the book’s author Andy Weir, astronaut Drew Feustel and NASA’s Planetary Science Division Director Dr. Jim Green.
In the reveal, NASA shared that the technology, the tools that helped the character survived in the 2030s are already being developed as it appears on the film. “'We're kind of on the cusp of being able to do everything that happens in the movie,” Matt Damon said, speaking of space exploration during the trailer reveal. “With the right funding and the right attention, these are the kinds of things that we will be exploring in the very near future and this is going to be a part of our kids' lives.”
“The Martian” will open September 30 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
Filmmakers from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios introduced D23 EXPO 2015 fans to an array of new stories and characters. The audience of 7,500 was treated to sneak peeks, musical performances and appearances from stars like Ellen DeGeneres, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dwayne Johnson, Randy Newman and Ty Burrell, among others. John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, led the presentations, calling on a host of filmmakers from both studios to introduce the upcoming slate of films. Following are the films presented on behalf of both studios.
THE GOOD DINOSAUR. Anticipation for Disney·Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” was amplified when director Peter Sohn and producer Denise Ream shared breathtaking sequences with fans, including never-before-seen footage of a trio of T-Rexes in action. In theaters very soon on Nov. 25, 2015, the film introduces audiences to Arlo, a sheltered Apatosaurus who finds himself far from home, and Spot, Arlo’s unlikely human friend.
ZOOTOPIA. International superstar Shakira is lending her voice as Gazelle, the biggest pop star in “Zootopia,” D23 EXPO fans learned via a taped message from Shakira. Ginnifer Goodwin, the voice of the film’s rookie rabbit officer Judy Hopps, saluted fans alongside directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore, and producer Clark Spencer. Hilarious new scenes from the film were unveiled, plus a tease of the all-new original song, “Try Everything,” written by singer-songwriter Sia and songwriting duo Stargate, and performed by Shakira.
FINDING DORY. Ellen DeGeneres, the voice of everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, took a dip with D23 EXPO attendees, celebrating Disney·Pixar’s upcoming film “Finding Dory.” Joining DeGeneres on stage this afternoon were Ed O’Neill who lends his voice to Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Ty Burrell, the voice of Bailey, a misguided beluga whale; and Kaitlin Olson, who voices Destiny, a kind-hearted whale shark. director Andrew Stanton, co-director Angus MacLane and producer Lindsey Collins offered details about the all-new story, which reunites Dory with friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale? “Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016.
MOANA. Dwayne Johnson, who lends his voice to the mighty demi-god Maui in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana,” hit the stage at D23 EXPO. Renowned directors John Musker and Ron Clements, and producer Osnat Shurer shared dazzling early test footage and revealed plans for the film’s inspired music and the extraordinary team behind it. Tony®-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, Grammy®-winning composer Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa’i blend their diverse and dynamic talents to help tell the tale of a spirited teenager who sets out to prove herself a master wayfinder. Foa’i and his band Te Vaka capped the presentation with a show-stopping performance illustrating the magic of the movie’s music. “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.
TOY STORY 4. Pixar Animation Studios marks the 20th Anniversary of “Toy Story” this year. Said Lasseter, "All the characters from ‘Toy Story’— especially Woody and Buzz —are so close to us. They seem more like family members than just creations. Not only do we dearly love the characters, but we also love the world of ‘Toy Story’—the world where toys come to life when people are not in the room has always been rich with many story possibilities...I’m very proud of our films,” said Lasseter. “When we made the first three ‘Toy Story’ films, we didn’t realize what we had done was to change the genre of each of the films’ story. For ‘Toy Story 4,’ we are doing a type of story we have not done before: a love story. It’s a story about a relationship between Woody and Bo Peep." “Toy Story 4,” which will be directed by Lasseter and produced by Susman, is slated for release on June 16, 2017.
GIGANTIC. Things are looking up at Walt Disney Animation Studios – way up. “Gigantic,” Disney’s unique take on “Jack and the Beanstalk,” will feature music from Oscar®-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who greeted D23 EXPO fans in signature style—in song—alongside director Nathan Greno and producer Dorothy McKim. Set in Spain during the Age of Exploration, Disney’s “Gigantic” follows adventure-seeker Jack as he discovers a world of giants hidden within the clouds. He hatches a grand plan with Inma, a 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old girl, and agrees to help her find her way home. But he doesn’t account for her super-sized personality—and who knew giants were so down to earth? “Gigantic” hits theaters in 2018.
COCO. Director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson revealed the title of their upcoming film: Disney·Pixar’s “Coco” is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion. "As artists and filmmakers, we couldn't help but be drawn to the striking visuals of Dia de los Muertos,” said Unkrich and Anderson. “But it was the celebration's core themes of family, remembrance and connection across generations that resonated within and truly inspired us. Dia de los Muertos is as singular as the Mexican culture, while at the same time completely universal in its message. “In our story,” they continued, “the celebration of Dia de los Muertos serves as the perfect backdrop for our main character to ask where he comes from, what his place is within his family, and how families stay woven together across time through the simple act of remembrance."
Let's just get straight to the point, "Vacation" is as uninspired and as forgettable as you will expect it to be. The film has its funny moments for sure but with nothing really to work with beyond those patches of laughable sequences, "Vacation" is a retread that should have never gotten the green light to begin with.
Following in his father’s (Chevy Chase) footsteps, hoping for some much-needed family bonding and to freshen up their annual family trip, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Christina Applegate) and their two sons with a cross-country trip back to America’s favorite family fun park, Walley World. But a successful vacation trip is easier said than done as the Griswold family find themselves in a slew of unfortunate events and accidents that will definitely test their love and patience for each other.
You know something's wrong when the best characters in a film is either a minor character (Chris Hemsworth) or a supporting actor (Steele Stebbins). No doubt that "Vacation" had its moments but honestly, this is a pure bred comedy - meaning all if not most scenes will have some punch line or action that baits you to laughter. More than half of the time, lines and scenes were barely funny. The story is the same case too. It is bare bones but it also doesn't make a lot of sense as scenes never really gel together. It was really awkward to watch experience "Vacation". As awkward as the film's Chevy Chase scene where his character tries to give an old guitar to his grandson. The sequence might have worked back in the day but it feels weird three decades after. It's probably why "Vacation" bombs miserably - it tries to hard to follow its predecessor and major inspiration. Overall, "Vacation" features uninspired elements with a lackluster plot, broken up scenes and an overall campy feel that fails to works.
Rating: 1 and a half reels
Why you should watch it:
- Chris Hemsworth and Steele Stebbins brings some much needed life into the film
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the story was lackluster and scenes never gel together
- the comedy has its moments but fails more than half of the time