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The TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON and THOR trailers attached to GREEN HORNET in 3D!

Nordling here.

First off, I want to thank everyone involved with the Alamo Drafthouse West Oaks, Charlene Gallagher, the Alamo PR and Events Representative, the manager at the Alamo Drafthouse West Oaks, and everyone who attended tonight's GREEN HORNET screening.  It was an amazing time tonight, and I enjoyed meeting everyone.  The crowd had a blast and applauded the film.  I'm telling you, THE GREEN HORNET's a blast and Michel Gondry's use of 3D is impressive.  The film's really made to be seen that way, and each shot is composed with 3D in mind, and the end results are spectacular.  I really want to do more screenings here in Houston, and I hope everyone had as wonderful a time as I did.


Now, I haven't seen any 3D films since TRON: LEGACY in theaters, so I don't know of these trailers are attached to any other films right now.  I'm sure someone in Talkback will let me know if they are.  But tonight we got three special treats - the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES, the TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, and THOR trailers... all in spectacular 3D.
As I'm pretty sure the PIRATES trailer's played in front of TRON, I'm not sure if the other two have played anywhere.  But they both looked amazing.  If you haven't seen the trailers before now:
In the TRANSFORMERS trailer, the 3D is amazing, especially when the camera pans over the hill to show the derelict robot buried in the moon sand.  As the camera dives into the eye of the robot, the 3D feels truly immersive and as metal parts form the title they come flying at the screen.  Now, I'm on record as not enjoying the second TRANSFORMERS film, but I think I'm going to definitely give this a shot.
But THOR... oh dear Lord, THOR.
THOR had to be shot with 3D in mind, and it shows.  The sweeping vistas of Asgard are glorious.  People have complained online that the Asgard scenes look hokey, but with the scope of 3D behind it... it looks unlike anything we've seen so far.  And Thor's hammer comes flying at the screen and it looks damn beautiful.  Again, maybe these trailers have screened before in 3D in front of other films, and I'm late to the game.  So be it.
Both trailers, I believe, are attached to THE GREEN HORNET when it opens next week.  The movie's worth the ticket, but these trailers are the icing on the cake, in my opinion.  THE GREEN HORNET's 3D done right, and if these trailers are any indication, Michael Bay and Kenneth Branagh have brought their visual gifts to the medium in a big way.  Can't wait for the summer.
Nordling, out.
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  • Jan. 7, 2011, 12:16 a.m. CST

    So jealous


    Nordling saw the THOR trailer in 3D - the results?

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 12:30 a.m. CST

    It's not reasonable to me to try and see every movie in 3D

    by George Newman

    I pay for the spectacle every once in a while, but i'm having a hard time mustering any desire to spend the big extra bucks to see any of these films in 3D. Green Hornet, THOR, TF3--none of them really; maybe Green Hornet cuz of Gondry, but i don't know if i'm gonna bother to see that one in theaters at all. I'm looking forward to these movies, but I'm a man with a thin wallet who gauges the cost of everything based on how much i'm willing to spend on a video game. I don't even like buying movies anymore. with the exception of a handful of "less than $10 on Amazon" Blu-Rays, my dvd collection looks like it hasn't grown since 2005. <p> I spent 17 bucks on Imax 3D TRON, and that's the last time i'll fork over cash like that for a while. Rant.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 12:36 a.m. CST

    I'm sure I'm in the minority

    by Dancingforever

    And I'll probably eat these words. But Thor doesn't look to bad. My guess would be that the end battle with Loki in the goofy robot suit will be a buzz kill but the rest of the film will be solid. Harry, sad to see you didn't include Winter's Bone in your best of 2010.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Don't Care for this information

    by D o o d

    Transformers 3 ain't getting my cash and as for Thor, I'll give it a go since it's got a serious director at the helm.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Dancing Forever


    I like WINTER BONE a lot, but it didn't feel like it was getting better the 3 times I watched it. And BEST of the Year films - get better with viewings, command additional viewings. At least to me.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Trailers looked pretty good.

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    I'm not a big fan of 3-D, and as usual, I found it distracting in both the trailers and the movie itself. But the trailer for Thor looked somewhat promising, 3-D nonwithstanding. The action scenes looked especially good, although I'm still concerned about the acting (I know it's directed by Branaugh, and Hopkins looks solid, but Hemsworth looks as stiff and dead-eyed as a CGI rendering). As for the Transformers trailer, it looked even more ridiculous than the first movie (never saw the second). We also saw the Pirates of the Caribbean trailer, and it looked pretty good (but so did the last two, and you know what happened there, so who knows?). As for the movie itself, egads! Gondry's gone all Shamaylan on us; nuff said.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 1:05 a.m. CST

    When are we getting a Cap trailer?

    by Shermdawg

    Do we really gotta wait until the Super Bowl for a teaser?

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 1:13 a.m. CST

    I had to kill the Transformers movies for making a mistake...

    by Dick Jones still helping convince Shitty Lebeef he's a real actor. Plus side? I'm looking forward to Green Hornet.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Saw all 3 trailers in front of Tron: Legacy

    by Jeff

    I really enjoyed them all, but my favorite effect was definitely the metal in Transformers: DOTM. Against all logic, I'll be getting my hopes up for all 3 movies.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 1:30 a.m. CST

    HArry :P


    Ok i am going to write this in as many talkbacks as i can until i get a response from you :P Way back when you said the Thor script was the best script you had ever read of a comic book film, i am wondering how you think the movie will hold up to the original script considering it has gone through many changes since. I am a HUGE Thor nut and part of me is afraid of the movie, the Frost giants for one no bigger or hardly larger than a Man. The Destroyer Armour looks badass though.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 1:52 a.m. CST

    You are a waste of space

    by pauduro

    so????? yea its realy PRETTY and CCCEEEEUUULLLLLLL??? did you try to catch the thing coming out of the screen like a 7 year old??? 3D was fun IN THE 80'S pleas stop posting things no one cares for

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Just wanted to say thanks, again...

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    for bringing AICN screenings to Houston, Nordling. As you can probably tell from my previous post, I wasn't crazy about the movie; but I really enjoyed getting to go to a free screening in my own town, surrounded by fellow geeks. Hope this one did well enough to warrant more in the future. Appreciated it.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Having seen these trailiers prior...

    by bubcus

    but NOT having seen them in 3D, I gotta say I wasn't impressed with any of them. The Transformers trailer is just like the first film's teaser. By the time the title hits I feel I am in for more of the same stuff I saw the first two films. "Sweeping vistas of Asgard?" This reminds me of Chronicles of Riddick. I don't get any sense of wonder or excitement. It's just another superhero origin story and it's getting old real fast. Green Hornet doesn't grab me either. I think I've watched three trailers for it now and it still comes across as a reluctant rental. Makes me want to watch "The Other Guys" again.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Regarding the 2 trailers...

    by fettitular

    Thor looks like absolute COCK-SPEW. Both the comic-con leaked footage and the teaser... awful, just awful. On every conceivable level... Transformers 3, on the other hand... has got me a little excited. Although i agree the 2nd film was utter SHITE, i do not share the same seething animosity towards the first film as many do around these parts... So here's hoping!

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 3:25 a.m. CST

    It's funny reading these talkbacks...

    by fettitular

    People will pile on Bay and Transformers and whatnot, but those same blokes will defend the Thor trailer... and remain optimistic for the finished product of that film. lol Hypocrites much? Seriously, Thor looks Catwoman bad. The Punisher starring Thomas Jane bad. X-Men: The Last Stand bad. Fucking GHOST RIDER bad... Ouch!

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 3:43 a.m. CST


    by justmyluck

    Does look like it has the heightened drama and visual strength of a good comic book, reminding me of what Vittorio Storaro and Warren Beatty at least tried to do with DICK TRACY. Even from the trailers, you can tell THOR has 'something' the other 85% of the comic book flicks did/do not - at least visually - and the cast is very strong. Odd are Branagh was a good choice for this. Everyone will run out and see TRANSFORMERS 3 whether it's crap or not, so it's meritless to blather over. GREEN HORNET/Gondry = Meh. As for all the upcoming comic/toy cash-ins being presented in 3D, to paraphrase Syndrome in THE INCREDIBLES..."When everyone is in 3D, no one is."

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Will any of these be good in 2-D?

    by INWOsuxRED

    My guess is all of the budget went to the 3-D and none to the script. Seems to be the current formula for success.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 4:29 a.m. CST


    by fettitular

    Huh? "Even from the trailers, you can tell THOR has 'something' the other 85% of the comic book flicks did/do not - at least visually - and the cast is very strong." In what way is ANY of this at all true?? Visually? It looks like The Chronicles of Riddick's retarded step-brother. And did you try to compare this shit-stain to fucking DICK TRACY?!? In the words of "The Great" Will Smith... Aaahhhhh HEEEEEEEELLLLLL NAAAAAAAWWWWWWW

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 5:13 a.m. CST


    by justmyluck

    Visually like a comic = heavy use of shadows and silhouettes, deep perspective, high-contrast, graphical compositions, color keyed's all there in the trailer. Beatty's "Dick Tracy" also tried this pre-CGI..different movie, same approach. strong cast = Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Natalie Portman..those three are enough to be 'strong'. Trolling on the THOR by pointing out a list of unrelated crap movies and going "Bwahahahaaaa" like a blathering fool must be your unique form of, erm, 'cool'.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 5:18 a.m. CST

    That was a cute little "demonstration" of your...

    by fettitular

    Cinematic "sense". Nice try, but i ain't biting. This absolutely, in NO WAY, looks ANYTHING like Dick Tracy. Terrible comparison... In terms of the camera angles, color palette, TONE, music, etc. these 2 films couldn't be further from each other. And i don't care WHO the hell is in this film... that won't help the abominable script. Nice try though :-)

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 5:18 a.m. CST

    How's that for "blathering" like a fool...

    by fettitular


  • Jan. 7, 2011, 5:19 a.m. CST

    And for the record...

    by fettitular

    The Riddick comparison is entirely valid. MANY people have said they received a Riddick vibe from this festering shit-burger...

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Dick Tracy is a fucking CLASSIC.

    by fettitular

    Even in jest, comparing DT to.......... this garbage... would send shivers down my spine. Utter nonsense.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Listening to the Dick Tracy theme right now...

    by fettitular

    Absolutely STUNNING. Possibly Elfman's very best work...

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 5:30 a.m. CST

    With regards to Thor....

    by TheBoyFromUlster

    Someone commented in a talkback forum a while back that one of these mega budget comic book films are going to bomb and bomb big, then all the studios will pull in the reins a bit and stop making them or spending as much money on them. I think it could be Thor..... Like everything else , the cycle has to end somewhere. I mean, the last few years the amount of comic book adaptations we have seen has been unreal and it will stop somewhere, and in Hollywood terms that means when something does not make money. If not Thor, could be The Green Hornet, just got a feeling that this summer could see the end of these type of films, if not the end, like I said the amount of money spent on them. Sort of hope its not Thor as Ken Branagh is from my home town and would like to see him doing well but who knows.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 5:36 a.m. CST


    by justmyluck

    You're comparing THOR to DICK TRACY visually, which is idiotic. Comparing that they are both trying to be visually like a comic is solid - "different movie, same approach". Calling me a chump to distract from not being able to take on the THOR trailer for what it is was really classy, along with the string of rage-posts. That's the last flame-bait for you..have fun.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 6:01 a.m. CST


    by fettitular

    Can't take the heat, can ya boy? Fine with me ;-) But saying Thor looks even remotely like a comic book is just silly, at best... Take a look at the aforementioned Dick Tracy or even the underrated gem, Sin City, to see what a real "comic book" film should look like. Thor looks like a rejected sci-fi original piece of trash. I'm just stunned by your inability to see this... i truly am.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 6:03 a.m. CST

    And the MUSIC in the trailer...

    by fettitular

    Man, that just SCREAMS classic comic book style!! Wow, you think they'll even bother with a silly old score?? FUCK THAT. *HEADBANGS, VIOLENTLY*

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 6:09 a.m. CST

    And speaking of Kenneth Branagh...

    by fettitular

    What exactly has he made in the last decade or so, that warrants any kind of optimism about this project? I don't know about you, but i'm definitely drawing a blank.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Oh, it must be...

    by fettitular

    The Magic Flute! A bonefide MASTERPIECE, that flick was!

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Christ, upon further inspection...

    by fettitular

    he hasn't made a good flick in 20 years! Unless you consider the following films "good"... Sleuth The Magic Flute As You Like It Love's Labour's Lost Hamlet (meh... it was "a'ight". Still, it was 15 years ago...) A Midwinter's Tale Frankenstein Over the past 18 years... Yikes. Sounds exactly like the right man for the job, to bring THOR to the big screen!

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 6:29 a.m. CST

    I saw the Thor and Transformers trailers in 3D

    by DellsDontBounce

    in front of Tron. Guess I will be seeing them again...

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 6:46 a.m. CST

    well at least he fucked Emma Thompson

    by jack black

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 7:51 a.m. CST


    by k_pilkington

    can you not go and spew your ill thought out garbage to some real people, maybe your friends? rather than clogging up talkbacks with your shit. oh wait, i'm guessing the whole 'angry geek twat' routine doesnt win many people over IRL so you have to fight the unstoppable tide of loneliness by coming on here. carry on you poor thing.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Saw these with Tron opening wknd

    by Arteska

    in an AMC IMAX 3D theatre.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    All 3 of these

    by guido505

    Were shown in front of Tron a couple of weeks ago when we saw it. Thor looks absolutely amazing. I can't wait for that.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST

    yeah these were all out with tron

    by krod

    and even narnia

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    The Transformers trailer made me boil with rage

    by Meinert Hansen

    It started out with the promise of a story about the Apollo missions. There was sound in space, so that knocked it down a notch. Then Michael Bay's name appeared, and for the first time ever I found myself swearing loudly in a movie theatre. I hope Buzz Aldrin meets Mr. Bay with a fist to the jaw someday. I know I would.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 9:13 a.m. CST

    No point complaining about TF, it'll own the summer

    by The Founder

    This will easily make over 400 million again and probably be the biggest film this summer, if not it'll most certainly be Pirates and TF will be number 2.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Pirates and TF will be 1 & 2 and both will gross 400 mil plus

    by The Founder

    It's just the way it is or will be.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Thor is maybe too obscure, it won

    by The Founder

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Thor is too obscure, it won't gross pass 120 mil

    by The Founder

    I'd be surprised if it makes it to that much. I'm just seeing 70-80 mil domestically. Thor is a good character but you really need a good visual director who will also deliver the action. Right now Thor looks warm, I'm not hyped about it at all and I love Thor. Based on what I've seen in the trailers he doesn't look to be able to take on Superman, which he can quite easily. Hemsworth is good casting to me based on looks and what I've seen of his acting but the movie just doesn't feel right. I don't know. I said a while back that Thor is another comic character that too much can go wrong easily.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST

    I've seen all 3 of these trailers in 3D.


    Saw them before Tron:Legacy right around Christmas.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Got hopeful re. Green Hornet for a moment but then after reading...

    by moonlightdrive

    the rest of this article regarding the trailers I can't really hold any weight in the Green Hornet comments. Those trailers have been out for a while now as was alluded to but I wasn't as impressed with the 3D. If by impressed you mean they weren't blury or ghosting and the 3D wasn't noticeable because it had been screwed up by being rushed and/or not initially intended to be in 3D then yes, you'd be right they were impressive. Otherwise, they could have been viewed in the regular format and it would not have made a great deal of difference (aside from the end of the Transformers trailer when going through the eye which was done well).

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    When is the X-Men: First Class trailer coming out?...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    The only superhero film I'm interested in this year.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    I fucking hate Michael Bay

    by Norm

    If someone had told me 4 years ago there'd be a Transformers trilogy and that I'd have absolutely no interest in seeing it, I wouldn't have believed them. But there it is. Michael fucking Bay managed to turn characters that are serious military soldiers fighting for their home into a bunch of clueless fucking morons stumbling over themselves. I may fast forward through this one day on cable to see the Chicago filmed scenes, but I'm not paying one dime for it. The animated movie had more heart, soul and character depth than anything in this trilogy, and that's where the franchise ends for me.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    And STILL nobody will go

    by Jaster

    Because it's going to suck that bad. Get Jessica Alba there to give me a free blowjob and I'll consider going, but otherwise no fuckin' way.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    With the exception of Transformers: DOTM and Pirates 4

    by Anacott_Steel

    None of these movies were originally shot in 3-D. Now The Green Hornet did have some late 3-D reshoots, but 90, maybe 95% of what we'll see is all Panavision 35mm photography. This is the tech specs for "The Green Hornet" (taken from IMDB) "Camera Red One Camera (MX sensor) (3D reshoots) Laboratory Company 3 (digital intermediate) Film negative format (mm/video inches) 35 mm Cinematographic process Digital Intermediate (master format) Panavision (anamorphic) (source format)" And this is the tech specs for "Thor" "Camera Arriflex 435, Panavision G-Series, ATZ, AWZ2 and SP Lenses Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL, Panavision G-Series, ATZ, AWZ2 and SP Lenses Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision G-Series, ATZ, AWZ2 and SP Lenses Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA Film negative format (mm/video inches) 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 50D 5201, Vision3 250D 5207, Vision3 500T 5219) Cinematographic process Digital Intermediate (master format) Panavision (anamorphic) (source format)" Like "TGH", "Thor" had some 3-D reshoots back in October, but it's just minor stuff to trick people into thinking that they pulled an "Avatar' and photographed the whole thing in 3-D. Studio heads are some slick thieves aren't they?

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST

    I don't know about you guys

    by D o o d

    but nowadays I seek out the movies in 2D. The colours are richer and there's none of the straining and buying into the "immersive" bullshit. There is nothing immersive about 3D in fact I find it extremely distracting and stops me from really enjoying a movie as Tron Legacy proved! Let's stop funding these studios and seek out the 2D version!

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    I hate (so far) 3D

    by MrShootist

    I do hope I can see Thor 2D in select theaters.

  • Agreed. I can count on one hand the number of movies whose screenplay I can quote verbatim. Damn things so good it cures cancer.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 9:32 p.m. CST

    "The sweeping vistas of Asgard are glorious."

    by Subtitles_Off

    And Thor's hammer is beautiful. Nordling, this past Christmas: "Mom, Dad, I've got something I've been wanting to tell you for a long time..." Nordling's parents: "It's OK, son. We've always known. Nothing to be ashamed about." Nordling: "You knew?" Nordling's Mom: "How could we not? You threw such a fit when we took down the Spider-man poster in your old room to turn in into your father's study." Nordling's Dad: "Yeah, we're not stupid. We knew, right then. "Our son is g...geeky. And we love him anyway." Nordling's hippy Hawaiian neighbor: "Dudes, you gotta come see! It's a quadruple rainbow with Jacob's Ladder and the clouds are all shaped like Peace Signs. It's glorious!" Nordling: "Eh. I've seen Thor's prop in 3D. Can't get to excited about your 'pretty' sunset."

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Excited. It's a destination.

    by Subtitles_Off

    You get "to" it.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 12:45 a.m. CST

    "each shot is composed with 3D in mind"?

    by SilentP

    Wasn't the Green Hornet converted to 3D after filming?

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Silentp, technically,

    by Subtitles_Off

    the world is 3-dimensional, actors on a set are 3-dimensional, the camera points at a 3-dimensional scene and photographs it --- every waking, human moment is composed with 3-D in mind. Useless fukken gimmick. And the morons pay EXTRA for it.