Trailer Park Did You Know Edition: CBS’s 1997 Justice League of America Trailer & Pilot

Back in the long ago (1997, to be exact) some ballsy yet ultimately misguided studio execs at CBS got it in their heads to try and whip up a weekly series based on a comic book property (keep in mind this is waaaay before Heroes). And since all the good ones (and even not-so god ones) were probably locked up until the Singularity, they had to settle for this: The Justice League of America. The mid-to-late ’90’s super shitty version of the league. I’m surprised they didn’t shoehorn Guy Gardner in to ratchet up the awfulness. Don’t believe me? Watch the trailer below, starring everyone’s favorite, Fat Flash:

The full 80 minute (!) movie is after the jump! (I’d rather watch this than the Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern.) Continue reading

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Trailer Park: While You’re Waiting for Looper to Hit Theaters, Watch This (Sadly) Not Real Trailer for an 8-bit Looper Game

I think this game might be better than Sleeping Dogs…

Straight from the mind of Deepak Chetty; check out some of this other work!

(Link via Kotaku)

If you have somehow missed out on this trailer (wha?!) take a peek:

This, alongside Avengers, Cabin in the Woods, and Dark Knight Rises, are/were the films I was most looking forward to this summer. So far? I think Avengers has been the one I’ve enjoyed the most. I maaaaaaaaaay even put Cabin in the Woods ahead of DKR. I know, I know, blasphemy. Still, both Whedon films were somewhat unknown quantities that managed to surprise and delight. DKR was more of the same. Need to break up the monotony of filet mignon every now & again with some hot wings & gummi coke bottles, y’know?

I just watched The Raid: Redemption. You should too.

You know what I miss? Good, old-fashioned American martial arts movies. (I mean martial arts movies from America. There are no American martial arts.) Almost all recent action releases feature martial arts sequences, but they’re usually integrated into a broader fight scheme involving machine guns and/or super powers. In short, they’re used sparingly and tastefully. FUCK THAT. I want people continuously and implausibly jump kicking the crap out of each other. I want a horde of bad guys wielding machetes to conveniently show up just as the hero spends his last bullet on the only remaining armed assailant. For now it seems that stuff is strictly the province of foreign cinema. The Raid: Redemption is a perfect example.

Remember when Ong Bak generated huge buzz on a great trailer and the renowned physical prowess of its star, Tony Jaa? While the stunt work was indeed spectacular, that movie looked like garbage and had a plot so convoluted I can’t remember why he was in New York or how it ended. Raid benefited from a similar western marketing blitz last year but this one actually lives up to its promise to provide hyper violent hand to hand combat and little else. The fight scenes are absolutely brutal and the graphic bodily damage inflicted (and shown!) is wince-inducing. Though the martial artists are clearly impressive athletes, the choreography wisely eschews high flying head kicks for the most part, focusing on down and dirty knee breaks and body slams.

Is there a plot? Sure, some cops raid a big building filled with bad dudes. Are there weak tea side stories and meandering twists that are as unecessary as they are boring? Yup. But that’s not what you paid for and thankfully those moments are short lived. The movie is at its best when the good guys are knee deep in the broken bodies of their enemies, punching and slashing their way to freedom.

Thai cinema settled into a nice little niche following the modest international success of Ong Bak. The Raid: Redemption is a vastly superior film, both in structure and production values. Indonesia has a real opportunity to build a reputation as the place to go for gritty martial arts movies. Now if only I had any idea where Indonesia was.