Is ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Director Paul Feig Setting Low Expectations for Big Surprises?

There’s only one explanation that comes to mind regarding the influx of Ghostbusters teases director Paul Feig has been sharing throughout production of this reboot. And the simple answer that makes sense to me is that Feig is trying to set the bar so low that we’ll ultimately enjoy it. How else could you explain the uninteresting proton packs, Ecto-1 car, and Ghostbusters uniforms?

And like the first look at Heath Ledger’s Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, as easily as it is for us to judge something at first glance, the end result could be spectacular. The new Ghostbusters uniforms are pretty ugly with those orange stripes; the proton packs are very simplistic and not as fun or intricate as the originals; and the new Ecto-1 is boxy and lifeless. Are these teases helping to set prepare audiences so the transition into this reboot isn’t as jarring on the big screen? Maybe seeing the new Ghostbusters in action could be awesome?

I do like the look of the group together in uniform. Putting Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones next to each other, in those poses, there’s a certain attitude about them that I find appealing.

Director Paul Feig has even been trying to justify the reboot changes with detailed specs of the new proton packs too. It’s a cool tidbit, that proves that every working part matters. But why is he showing us this now? What difference will this make ultimately in the enjoyment of the movie? It seems as if he’s too busy trying to set this reboot right with fans to minimize backlash. I believe in Feig as a filmmaker because I thought Spy looked terrible and it turned out to be pretty entertaining. And I really enjoyed Bridesmaids. I can understand that he might be excited about this project and wants to share these teases, but I’d rather him put his energy in developing a great movie, not a great marketing campaign.

Most recently, Feig disclosed the names of the Ghostbusters, which are Abby Yates, Erin Gilbert, Jillian Holtzmann, and Patty Tolan. This information carries absolutely no weight or any value until we hear them spoken in relation to context to the script. Ghostbusters fans have been trying to tie them with the original cast being Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), Egon Spenger (Harold Ramis) and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson). But nothing has clicked. Sadly, these bits and pieces of production has outraged some fans enough to warrant death threats toward Feig:

Not cool.

However this film turns out, it will not diminish my love for the original films. They’re such classics in my book. If somewhere down the line someone decided to remake Back to the Future, I may gripe about it, but it wouldn’t affect my love for the original trilogy.

Ghostbusters also stars Andy Garcia, Chris Hemsworth, Michael K. Williams, Neil Casey, and Matt Walsh. The film is set to arrive in theaters on July 22nd, 2016.

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Second ‘Spy’ Trailer Is Ready for Action [106 Screenshots]

Set to release in theaters this June, I still have my doubts about director Paul Feig’s latest venture, Spy. The latest trailer depicts Melissa McCarthy’s character Susan out in the field going toe-to-toe with some of the film’s antagonists, showing a little different side of her than what we’ve seen in Bridesmaids and The Heat. But is that enough to differentiate her from the other roles we’ve seen her in?

I’m not even cautiously optimistic at this point. From what we’ve seen in every trailer for Spy, the supporting cast is my biggest draw toward the film, but Melissa McCarthy I’m not too sure on. The story is so so in my mind at this moment. It’s different I’ll give it that, but its main draw is a fish out of water story.

I enjoyed Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids as a supporting character and I didn’t care much for her role in The Heat. She’s proven to have decent dramatic chops in the sub par St. Vincent, but going back to her comedy roots, I rather disliked Tammy and Identity Thief. What turns me off about Spy is that they continue to make her the bumbling goof falling over cars and unable to ride a scooter, while falling over. It’s unappealing and feeds into my doubts.

Does the world need another Melissa McCarthy movie? Are audiences ready for the actress to portray a wannabe spy?

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Here’s the plot synopsis for Spy courtesy of 20th Century Fox:

Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. But when her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer and prevent a global disaster.

Directed by Paul Feig, Spy stars Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney, and Jude Law. This movie will hit theaters on June 5, 2015.


Source: 20th Century Fox

Pete and Debbie Return for Judd Apataow’s ‘This is 40’

This Is 40 Trailer

Judd Apatow’s sorta sequel, comedy spin-off of the acclaimed film, Knocked Up, finds its way to release its first trailer. This is 40brings back the awkwardly dysfunctional, loving family of Pete and Debbie, who were Katherine Heigl’s character’s sister and brother in-law. Check out the first trailer after the jump. Continue reading