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Nordling here.

Sure, let the snark begin.  I already can predict many of your responses.  After all, this stars Robert Pattinson.  As for myself, I think there's something there, a willingness and a need to prove that he's not just a sparkly vampire but a good actor.  And I'll say it - WATER FOR ELEPHANTS looks really good to me.

For one thing, it's directed by Francis Lawrence, who has a remarkable visual sense in his films.  CONSTANTINE and I AM LEGEND are good movies, and I like that he's breaking from the horror genre to do this sweeping romance.  Richard LaGravenese is a good screenwriter - if for nothing else he wrote the caustic and hilarious THE REF.  It's shot by Rodrigo Prieto, an amazing cinematographer (BABEL, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN).  And it also stars Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, and the awesome Hal Holbrook.  Finally, it's based on a well-received and loved novel.  This could very well be a great movie, and I have high anticipation for it.

Now we get a new trailer, and I really like it.  But judge for yourself.  WATER FOR ELEPHANTS opens April 22nd.


Nordling, out.

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  • March 4, 2011, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Anyone who sees this movie has a vagina

    by Bobo_Vision

    Even the men.

  • March 4, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST


    by dr sauch

    No, this looks okay. I'll take my girlfriend to preserve my cred.

  • March 4, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Glanced at it and thought it was an elephant man remake.

    by UltraTron

    Only digital and in color. And shitty.

  • March 4, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    "Constantine and I Am Legend are good movies..."

    by SubliminalJones

    There must be some new definition of "good" that the masses have yet to become aware of.

  • March 4, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    The book is a simple, but really good story.

    by AdrianVeidt

    I think I liked the book because I loved the setting - the era and the circus atmosphere. This trailer seems to have captured it. Though to be honest, I prefer Carnivale story telling to this. I'm just a sucker for ladies with hair. What? Screw you.

  • March 4, 2011, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Whats wrong with having a vagina?

    by ThisBethesdaSea

    I carry a dick around in my jeans all day and dammit if I don't get a bit hard every time I see Pattisons face. If that makes me weak or a baby then so be it. I'll take my weakness to your superior mysogynistic judeo christian Anglo Saxon false strength any day. This looks good.

  • March 4, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Days of Heaven redux?

    by grupar dude

    this looks good but it also looks very much like a Days of Heaven remake... At least the trailer made me think of it.

  • March 4, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST

    I think you're right, kingofmilwaukee

    by Bobo_Vision

    Good eye.

  • March 4, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST


    by Seth Cohen

    i agree... constantine wasnt terrible, but it shouldnt have been called constantine... because it wasnt... i am legend blew hard... really hard... and instead of an awesome mindfuck ending we got garbage...

  • March 4, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST


    by qjinx

    all decked out in my elephant gear and robert pattinson hair spoutin' off famous lines from the movie like "there's been a car accident" You'll have two hours to take the exam" and "out there, I got nothin'" Naw, better yet i just wont see it....EVER

  • March 4, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Heavens gate II

    by korkie70

    I loved heavens gate and it had Gere in it, (and I kinda loathe him). maybe this will be similar

  • March 4, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    i know, i know. days of heaven

    by korkie70

    brain fart

  • March 4, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    first trailer was better

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    this gives a little too much plot detail...also at 1:30 is how Reese sharpens her chin

  • March 4, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Come on Nordling, he's emoting. so. hard.

    by IndustryKiller!

    look at the look on his face when he says "No, there's just me." WTF is that? The problem with Pattinson is that he acts without objective so he falls back on canned emotion and he just doesn't have the line delivery to pull that off. Im not saying this cause I hate the guy, when Twilight hit I rented it thinking "Well at least that guy doesnt look like a puffy mannequin like Zac Efron." and he was atrocious. He's not good, deal with it.

  • March 4, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST

    What? Not in 3D ???

    by Brian

  • March 4, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    The book is shlock.

    by knowthyself

    You know...mainstream bullshit novel. Book will probably be the same.

  • March 4, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Umm like. This guy came out of the closet and said

    by UltraTron

    he's allergic to vagina and I'm the 1st to mention it? So sad that all the best leading men from Tom cruise to Daniel Craig are all sisters

  • March 4, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    I'm a sucker for period romance flicks, so I'm there

    by ltgalloway

    I'll see it, despite the trailer making it out to be fairly formulaic even for me. Then again Christoph Waltz gives always seems to have an interesting take in his performances, so at least there's that to look forward to. Hoping it's good.

  • March 4, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Wow, so overtly romance novel-y.

    by AnnoyYou

    Dunno; looks cheesy in the extreme. Pretty, but cheesy. And it's based on a best-seller? Looks and sounds like bad Steinbeck.

  • March 4, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    amazing book

    by sambafreak13

    hope they do it justice

  • March 4, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    @ kingofmilwaukee

    by bubcus

    Yeah, you're right, it looks like they digitally removed the cigarette. Someone was telling me the other day that some group is pushing to have any movie featuring cigarettes to be bumped to an R rating. I laughed and replied "so 101 Dalmations is going to be an R-rated Disney flick?" I think this will be a fine movie. It's not a movie that suits me by any means, but I figure I'll see it with my girlfriend and she'll like it. And if it sucks, I'll just shift my concentration from the screen to her and I'll win either way. I think the only complaining being done about this film on here is because Robert Pattison (mr twinkling vampire) is in it. I haven't seen any of the Twilight films so I don't care. Maybe he'll do an awesome job in the role. We'll see.

  • March 4, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST

    The best think in this...

    by AdzonVonMelk

    might be CHRISTOPHER WALTZ... hope he doesn´t sell out with this. ... btw: i´am legend was crap! so was constantine...

  • March 4, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    really good book

    by Stormshadow4life

    But Reese is COMPLETELY wrong for the part.

  • March 4, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Constantine IS a good movie

    by NightArrows

    I've never read the source material so I'm not beholden to a blonde lead, but I really like that film.

  • March 4, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Good look Nordling. Really.

    by The_Dark_Shite

    Nordling. I have 2 degrees in Journalism. But to get them, I had to sit in classes with people who didn't have a fucking clue how to write, listening to their opinions, despite them being wankshafts of the highest order.<p> I didn't mind that so much.I didn't have to get a real job. But, intelligent people do find themselves looking at people like you & thinking "What fucking world does this kid live in?" <p> Constantine........I am legend.........good movies????? Please tell me you invented a way to suck your own cock while watching them. <p> I honestly can't see the mentality of a man who can say he liked those movies.

  • March 4, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST


    by The_Dark_Shite

    I'm drunk & on a netbook.<p> Doesn't mean you're not a wankshaft:-).

  • March 4, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST


    by akfilmgeek

    Some people would consider it film geek news cause it's directed by Francis Lawrence, who made I AM LEGEND and CONSTANTINE. Some geeks want to follow this director. Not everyone, but I'm sure some would. Just because he's not directing a movie based off of a cult movie or a graphic novel, doesn't mean we shouldn't follow a filmmaker (which I notice alot of so-called film geeks do).

  • March 4, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Waltz is the bad guy

    by cowboy_bert

    Yeah it's a vag movie but Waltz is awesome and there might be a monkey and scary clowns in it. And why does everyone hate Constantine? Not a great flick but pretty damn good I think. And I'm a big Hellblazer comic fan. Keanu was a bad choice but the story was good and Stormare and Swinton were pretty awesome.

  • March 4, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Liked Constantine a lot

    by Marat

    I'd rather see sequel news for that. This...I'll pass. Even if I like Waltz, I'm not paying for anything with that douche Pattinson. Guy needs to take a weed wacker to his eyebrows already.

  • March 4, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    I really wish Waltz didn't turn down a Cronenberg film for this

    by IndustryKiller!

    Josh Brolin would have picked up the paycheck from this muggung all the way to let you know that he knows how stupid it is, Waltz, Fassbender, and Cronenberg would have worked together to the worlds awe and everything would have been right in the world.

  • March 4, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    So..we get a lecture on "Geek Filmdom" from a guy called "akfilmgeek"

    by The_Dark_Shite

    Yeah, ok swizzlestick..<p> SOME people do wanna follow the guy who directed those movies. <p> Unfortunately, those people aren't "US". I can't speak for all of us, but I do know some people talk shit & come & go. <p> The people who stick around are the people who know stuff. One of the things we know is that his movies are well made, but ultimately they suck because he doesn't respect the source material.<p> I'd say see ya around, but I'll still end up talking to the same old guys. Which suits me anyway. Stick around kid. Learn stuff.

  • March 4, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    My ....

    by Kippy_Spartacus

    labia just tingled.

  • March 4, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST


    by The_Dark_Shite

    Labia just tingled.<p> Fringe just found the perfect arc for season 4:-).

  • No, wait a minute. They'll still cover it. They're not quite as closeminded as their readers.

  • March 4, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    akfilmgeek ..I never bought anything from the collectibly thing..

    by The_Dark_Shite

    To be honest, Indy looks like Gollum. Or am I confusing that one with another ugly one? They don't look anything like they're supposed to. <p> You're confusing the readers with the site, quimquiff. <P> Ok, you think I am Legend & Constatine are cool. Fair enough. To me I am Legend has a better story that has yet to be shown. Constantine is an Englishman with blonde hair. Not Keanu Reeves. <p> Get used to it or fuck off mate.

  • March 4, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Water for Elephants...Peanuts for Boxoffice

    by Green

  • March 4, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Reboot Constantine

    by Green

    Do the SON OF MAN storyline. Include the backstory of how Constantine accidentally sent an innocent child to hell. Ditch the whole "halfbreed" thing, which never made sense. The mythologies explored in the comics are simpler and more frightening. Substitute at least half of the special effects with actual atmosphere, drama and dread. Bring in at least one of the other characters of the comics: Brendan, Ellie and Kit. The movie only had Constantine and Chaz, whom they killed off. Cast Tom Hardy as Constantine. Make it for half of what the first movie cost. Go for a hard "R" rating. Here endeth the lesson.

  • March 4, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    "Aaaaah! Meesteh Spaaahkull!"

    by WriteForTheEdit

    "I am disrespectful to dirt!" Never will be able to take this guy seriously...

  • March 4, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST

    "CONSTANTINE and I AM LEGEND are good movies"

    by Lucasblows

    Um... no.

  • March 4, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST

    It looks beautiful

    by dukeroberts

    It certainly is pretty visually. The look and atmosphere are something that I hope can be similar if a movie is ever made of Mister Sebastian and the Negro Magician.

  • March 4, 2011, 10:53 p.m. CST

    I'll admit, that was a decent movie...

    by BadMrWonka

    I mean...that was the whole movie, there in the trailer, right? I got the gist of act one, for sure...most of act two, and at least the most important parts of act three. so there you go. anyone else notice that only movies like this have trailers that show the whole fucking movie? because why not? idiots will flock to it, and they couldn't discern anything even if Morgan Freeman were reading the synopsis. and those of us that ARE discerning, well...we're only going to see this if our wives drag us. or Nordling, I guess. (I keed, I keed, I love you Nordling)

  • March 4, 2011, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Nordling is Harry's wife...

    by Grasscutter

    pretty obvious, isn't it? Her taste in film is just as bad as her taste in music. We hated her "music column," but this Nordling persona is just Harry's solution to her pestering.

  • March 4, 2011, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Pattison = Bieber

    by Andy Pandy

  • March 5, 2011, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Nice bobo-vision Considering You're The Biggest CUNT On This Board!

    by Darth_Nader616

  • March 5, 2011, 12:12 a.m. CST

    theendispie = Bieber = Girl Except Miss Bieber Isn't Fugly!

    by Darth_Nader616

    Your just jealous of Pattinson cause he can get girls. And because he has a penis unlike you!

  • March 5, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST

    ultratron Ever Here The One...

    by Darth_Nader616

    About the young man who went to his doctor exclaiming: "Doctor, Doctor help! I think I'm allergic to vaginas!" "Why do you think?" that the Doctor asked. The young man replied: "Because every-time I see one I turn red and purple and swell up!" Get an education uberdoof! You seem to be the last person in the world to get that R.P. was referencing a very old joke. Moron!

  • March 5, 2011, 12:29 a.m. CST

    I stand by my original statement

    by Bobo_Vision

    Vagina man.

  • March 5, 2011, 1:15 a.m. CST

    I Agree booboo. You're The Biggest Cunt On This Board!

    by Darth_Nader616

    And you clearly have a bad case of Penis Envy.

  • March 5, 2011, 1:54 a.m. CST

    This is a movie about Dick Grayson?!

    by JR

    Cool, always wanted a flick about the original Robin's upbringing. And it was sweet they used excerpts from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade of a young Indy running atop the circus train! Awesome!

  • March 5, 2011, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Robin, the Elephant Wonder

    by JR

    In this movie, Robert Pattinson is Dick Grayson, and Reese Witherspoon is Awful.

  • March 5, 2011, 5:52 a.m. CST

    darth_nader, you're very angry

    by Bobo_Vision

    Your love of Star Wars has apparently taught you nothing about the dangers of anger. Listen, darth, I'm sorry if my post made you insecure about your sexuality. I'm sure your love of Robert Pattison has already made many question your manhood, and my post just re-kindled those emotions, sending you into an apoplectic fit. And, being an effeminate man you probably have too much estrogen which likely adds to your emotional state. <p> In short, I apologize for adding to the voices of others who say you're not a man.

  • March 5, 2011, 6:26 a.m. CST

    boo_boo_vision You're Very Stupid

    by Darth_Nader616

    My name just reflects my dislike of Ralph Nader. You can look him up on Wikipedia to find out who he is. Or you can Google him. And frankly saying the only men who will see this movie have vaginas just shows your insecurity about being dickless yourself!

  • March 5, 2011, 6:59 a.m. CST

    You named yourself after someone you dislike?

    by Bobo_Vision

    darth, you should spend your time focusing your energy to become the things you like in the world, not on things you dislike. By embodying the things you dislike, it means you dislike yourself.

  • March 5, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    no I guess I never heard that one. Danks fohr da tip.

    by UltraTron

    I just heard a tiny fraction of what he said and wasn't paying attention. So I guess I'm just a moron for thinking he looks queer as 3 dollar bill.

  • March 5, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    ultratron maybe you and booboo_vision should hook up...

    by Darth_Nader616

    Seeing as you're a couple of fugly cunts!

  • March 6, 2011, 7:41 a.m. CST

    flicks like this always surprise me

    by BrooklynBred

    when I see them 3 yrs later on HBO. guess I'll find out in 2014.

  • March 6, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Constantine was a boring mess of a movie

    by Andy Pandy

  • March 6, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Nordling, You Lost All Credibility...

    by MagnoliAB

    by saying Constantine and I am Legend are good movies. They are both a mess, and look like shit. You're entertained by those ridiculous Hell scenes and over the top effects in Constantine? The "zombies" or "monsters" in I am Legend look and feel like cheap nonsense, which they are. Nothing about that movie is commendable besides Will Smith and the first 1/3 of the script.

  • March 6, 2011, 8:39 p.m. CST

    And anyone who saw Brokeback Mountain likes taking it in the ass.

    by IronEagle74

    Just sayin'.