SPOILER WARNING: This bonus episode with an extended review for Man of Steel includes lots of spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the movie and don’t want it spoiled, don’t listen! This one gets interesting folks. (Tension! Drama! Friendships tested!)
For a spoiler-free review of Man of Steel, listen to Episode 55.
This…is…a podcast! In this episode we’re watching trailers for Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, the 300 sequel 300: Rise of an Empire, and a film based on the Tony Award winning play August: Osage County. We also review Man of Steel (this one gets interesting), and talk about the future of going to the movies ($100 for a movie ticket?).
Our Man of Steel review is spoiler-free as usual in this episode. If you want to hear to an extended review with spoilers, listen to Episode 55.5.
0:00 – 1:15 Welcome
1:15 – 8:19 The future of going to the movies
8:19 – 14:46 Trailer #1: The Wolf of Wall Street
14:46 – 25:32 review: Man of Steel
25:32 – 31:04 Trailer #2: 300: Rise of an Empire
31:04 – 38:21 Picks of the Week…
– Cody: Before Midnight (now in theaters)
– Dustin: This is the End (now in theaters)
– Andy: Trek Nation
40:31- end Trailer #3: August: Osage County
The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures) — in theaters November 15, 2013
300: Rise of an Empire (Warner Bros.) — in theaters March 7, 2014
August: Osage County (The Weinstein) — in theaters November 8, 2013 December 25, 2013 (The Weinstein Company shifted the release date to Christmas Day after we recorded this episode)
My girlfriend and I saw Man of Steel last night. Some of you who listen to the podcast or know me in person know my girlfriend has a name and that name is Neena. For those of you just clicking over to this page because you saw the notice posted on Facebook or if you just landed on this blog via the randomness of the Internet, her name is still Neena. So we can all agree that her name is Neena, okay?
Good; moving on, before going to the movie Neena and I went out to eat. I had shrimp and a couple of drinks. For those of you who know and understand me, you know I like to deaden my emotions with a good drink. For those of you who don’t know and understand me, don’t panic about my enjoyment of a good drink. Or do panic. I don’t really care as long as you keep reading.
As for the movie following dinner, both Neena and I were amped for Man of Steel. Who doesn’t love a good superhero tale and even more tantalizingly, who doesn’t love a good superhero cinema reboot? Huh? Man of Steel is yet another Superman reboot following the previous Superman movie in 2006 (which was a reboot of the Christopher Reeve Superman movies from the 1970s and 80s. The Reeve Superman was a reboot of the 1940s Kirk Alyn Superman, which in turn was a reboot of the real Superman – Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States. (I think that’s how it goes. I’m not a Superman historian so I could be wrong.)
Anywho, I distinctly remember two things about that last reboot, Superman Returns:
In the days prior to its release I kept thinking, “I’m pretty excited for the Superman reboot!” and,
As I walked out of the theater having just watched the dismal Superman Returns I thought, “In a few years I’ll be pretty excited for the next Superman reboot!”
And well, a few years turned into 7 years and the Superman reboot I dreamed of after that last Superman reboot has finally arrived! This time it’s called Man of Steel (that title is way cooler than the last one. So far, so good for Man of Steel!) and with its return, so, too, did my excitement return! I was so pumped walking into the movie theater last night that I had nearly completely forgotten the parachute-less dead-fall jump my emotions took during the two-and-one-half-hour duration of Superman Returns, from pre-movie excitement to post-movie ennui!
I asked myself while watching the pre-movie preview commercials (i.e., the commercials the theater plays before the movie previews), “Hollywood can’t screw me twice, can they?” And I answered, “No way, broseph! Hollywood is a trusted conglomeration of the best corporations who produce cinematic art and entertainment! When has Hollywood done me wrong?”
“Who are you talking to?” asked a mysterious voice from inside the movie theater.
“Who said that?” I asked, turning in my seat toward the mysterious voice.
It was Neena. “Oh,” I answered. Apparently I was talking aloud. As an aside, Neena’s voice is not mysterious. Her voice is the perfect pitch and tone and angelic and totally recognizable. Totally. Really, it is. Always. Except for this one time. I’m serious.
Luckily, Neena accepted my gracious apology and went back to her very important Instagramming work she was doing on her smart phone, allowing me to return to my monologue. I continued, this time using my ‘For Cody Only Voice,’ thinking when the last reboot was released in 2006 I was sooo young (in fact, I was 26 years young!) and impressionable (in fact, I was still clinging to my hopes and dreams!)! Now, in 2013, I’m an emotionally hardened (in fact, I’ve developed a drinking problem – for an example, see the second paragraph of this post!) man (in fact, I’m 33 years old – the same age as Superman in Man of Steel! That’s just a cool coincidence. That’s all. In no way do I think of myself as Superman. That’s foolish. Well, I don’t think of myself as Superman anymore. In my younger days, sure. I thought I was invincible, handsome, and I had the power of flight. I don’t think that way anymore, though. Nope. I’m that emotionally hardened 33 year-old, after all.).
Sure I was disappointed with the last reboot, but that can’t happen again!? Can it? Well, you’ll just have to listen to Episode 55 of The Trailer Home Podcast when it is released on June 28 to find out if Man of Steel left me as happy as a wide-eyed 26 year-old dreamer not having seen Superman Returns or as numb as a dead-eyed 33 year-old drunkard having the misfortune of seeing Superman Returns!
Glad tidings! In this episode we watch trailers for the Tom Cruise sci-fi actioner Oblivion, the new Superman film Man of Steel, and the all-star crime drama Gangster Squad. We also review the Martin Scorsese film Hugo (now available on Netflix), and BK and Cody talk about Brad Pitt’s Killing Them Softly. Plus we offer up our guilty pleasure picks of the week!
0:00 – 7:05 Trailer #1: Oblivion
7:05 – 14:51 Review: Hugo
14:51 – 23:42 BK on Killing Them Softly
23:42 – 30:24 Trailer #2: Man of Steel
30:24 – 39:34 Picks of the Week…
– Andy: Shark Tank (YouTube)
– Dustin: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
– Cody: Gossip Girl (series finale Monday, December 17)
39:34 – end Trailer #3: Gangster Squad
Oblivion (Universal Pictures) — in theaters April 19, 2013
Man of Steel (Warner Bros.) — in theaters June 14, 2013
Gangster Squad (Warner Bros.) — in theaters January 11, 2013