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Trailer Showdown: 2012 vs. The Day After Tomorrow

2012 movie posterGerman film director, Roland Emmerich is one of the highest grossing film directors of all-time (18th at the time of writing) with $945 Million to his name. If you thought his salary was big, you should see his films! Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla, The Patriot, The Day After Tomorrow, 10,000 B.C. and now 2012 cluster a blockbuster filmography spanning two decades.

Emmerich describes his films as 'popcorn' movies, stating that he's a film-maker, not a scientist. While the general consensus amongst critics is that most of his films are plagued by scientific/historical inaccuracies, cliched dialogue, illogical plot development, lack of character depth and an over-reliance on special effects, he continues to make his movies, often as producer, screenwriter and director.

Fellow German counterpart, Uwe Boll is comparable with Emmerich, not in scope or work rate, but in perseverance. While neither of these directors are likely to rake in Best Director accolades, they both seem to continue, despite criticism, fueled by a passion for film-making and armed with a sixth sense for movies by numbers.

2012 is yet another earthquake disaster film in the pipeline for release later this year, which exploits a doomsday event according to the Mayan long count calendar, scheduled for 21 December, 2012. The 2012 movie will probably overshadow The Day After Tomorrow in terms of special effects and catastrophe, boasting a recognised cast including: John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Woody Harrelson. However, it's worth pitting both of Emmerich's film's trailers against each other in Trailer Showdown to predict which one will go down in history as a bigger box office blockbuster or failure! 

This week's Trailer Showdown is between the official 2012 HD trailer and The Day After Tomorrow trailer.



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New cinema releases and the SA box office top ten movies...


JULIE & JULIA Drama / Movie Trailer
SURROGATES Sci-Fi / Movie Trailer
TWILIGHT Fantasy / Movie Trailer


1. THIS IS IT Music / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
2. LAW ABIDING CITIZEN Crime / Movie Trailer
3. A CHRISTMAS CAROL 3D Animation / Movie Trailer
4. THE UGLY TRUTH Comedy / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
5. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS War / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
6. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS Animation / Movie Trailer. 
7. GAMER Thriller / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
8. UP (incl 3D) Animation / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
9. JENNIFER'S BODY Horror / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
10. TAKING OF PELHAM 1-2-3 Thriller / Movie Review / Movie Trailer 


LAW ABIDING CITIZEN Crime / Movie Trailer
A CHRISTMAS CAROL 3D Animation / Movie Trailer
DEPARTURES aka OKURIBITO Drama / Movie Review / Movie Trailer

Fan Friday: Forrest Gump DVD

Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump
is a Robert Zemeckis film that ingratiated itself in American culture with the fictional character of Forrest Gump. It's a sweet, inspiring and remarkable film with a passion for story-telling, a nostalgic soundtrack and an unforgettable performance from Tom Hanks. "Mama always said life's like a box of chocolates... You never know what you're gonna get." and "Run Forrest, Run" will live on as if Forrest's fantastic coming-of-age biography were true.

It's an American tale that expresses the Zeitgeist of each decade as Forrest makes a name for himself in college football, ping-pong, running, Vietnam and shrimp fishing... finding himself in the right place at the right time. His natural charm, simple innocence and sense of integrity see him through dark days as he traces Jenny, the girl of his dreams. Her life is something of an antithesis to Forrest's as she makes all the wrong decisions, flying by night and against the wind.

All in all, Forrest Gump is a touching, uplifting drama and classic piece of down-to-earth Americana... a must-see and a must own. With six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Director, it will remain an all-time favourite in your collection for many years to come. You don't own it!? Luckily, it's up for grabs this Fan Friday and you could be feeling the triumphs, setbacks and all-round American experience through the eyes of dear old Forrest if you join the SPL!NG page below.

A Forrest Gump DVD is up for grabs for Fan Friday on the SPL!NG page on Facebook. If you want to stand a chance to win fantastic giveaways like this every week, join up... here.

Trailer Showdown: New Moon vs. New Moon Spoof Trailer

Twilight - New Moon Movie PosterThe Twilight Saga continues with New Moon, the sequel to Twilight, a romantic fantasy series based on the bestselling novels by Stephenie Meyer. The first installation focussed on the personal relationship between human, Isabella "Bella" Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), as Edward tried to protect Bella from a group of hostile vampires. The filmmakers committed themselves to a faithful adaptation of the book, while aiming for the best movie they could make.

New Moon's trailer and marketing materials seem to suggest the formation of a love triangle between Edward, Jacob and Bella. Summit Entertainment's official synopsis reads "Bella Swan is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love, Edward Cullen, but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black. Suddenly she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and finds her loyalties tested."

The franchise's box office success will clear the path for further sequels in The Twilight Saga with Stephenie Meyer's novels, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. Eclipse has been given the green light, however it has been revealed that New Moon director Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass) will not be directing part three. David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night) has signed on and is currently filming, Eclipse. The series has a similar arc to Harry Potter, which was also a bestselling fantasy series of novels, was adapted to film, formed a saga of sequels, elevated the star status of several previously unknown actors and grew darker and darker with each installation.

Twilight fans are aching to see New Moon, and if the South African pre-release booking numbers are anything to go by, it looks like the dark series will continue to give fans the paranormal romance they're looking for...  

This week's Trailer Showdown is between the official New Moon trailer and the New Moon spoof trailer.



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