Judging from the latest batch of trailer, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi will be this trilogy’s Empire Strikes Back. There’s a lot of Sith activity and some serious dark side temptation pointed in Rey’s direction. Throw in the release of Battlefront II’s release with the Janina Gavankar led storyline, the end of 2017 might be a victory for the bad guys.
This whole fragmented pieces of the Marvel Mutant Universe sucks. Finally, Fox is letting the creators do some good work with Deadpool, Logan, Legion and most recently The Gifted. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of confusion about if any or all of these mutant properties are connected in any way. Its hard not to imagine the possible crossovers. Legion was for a time a member of The New Mutants, and Deadpool’s first comic book appearance was in The New Mutants issue #98. We can only hope. I’ll just be glad that The New Mutants have shown up.
Personally I feel like DC and Warner Bros. are on a crusade to get my $10 on the opening night of the Justice League movie. After the lackluster Batman v Superman, I regulated the DC Cinematic Universe from ‘must see‘ to ‘see it when I see it‘. Even after the excellent Wonder Woman solo film, I am still a little weary of Zack Snyder’s superhero vision.
And then Joss Whedon was brought in to massage a few things while Snyder to step back for personal reasons. And then there were reshoots. And then there were more personable interactions and personality shown from the characters. I’m not saying Synder didn’t already have this in the film, but under Whedon’s direction, they seem to finally be showing something more than the grey palette doom and gloom from previous films. The first teaser/trailer tried to give a more light touch, but it came off as a little cardboard.
Now jump to the newest trailer, and it feels less like an assembly of heavily CG’d footage, and more of a team origin story. We still got that doom and gloom, but we also get to see splashes of color and the look of hope on the heroes faces. Throw in a small scene of Clark Kent (who dead, seems to feel more like Superman with two lines, than he did in the last two movies). All in all, I will be going to see this stupid film on opening day. Somehow, DC and Warner Bros. got me at the last second. I’m preying this will be launching pad for a hopeful phase 2 in DC’s movie franchise. Time to watch his trailer again…
It has been ten years since the Battle of the Breach, and the oceans are still, but restless. Vindicated by the victory at the Breach, the Jaeger program has evolved into the most powerful global defense force in human history. The PPDC now calls upon the best and brightest to rise up and become the next generation of heroes when the Kaiju threat returns. Into this is thrust ex-jaeger pilot Jake Pentecost, son of the late Stacker Pentecost, who is given a chance by his adopted sister, Mako Mori to unite with the world and fellow Jaeger pilots to prevent humanity’s extinction.
I was so afraid to ever consider this sequel to be anywhere CLOSE to good. Blade Runner is one of those near-perfect movies that you feel no one should ever be allowed to touch. No sequels.. no books.. no extra content to flesh out the universe. What we saw was good enough. Let it go.
So when I heard Denis Villeneuve was resurrecting Ridley Scott’s masterpiece, I cringed… but then i was curious… but after thinking about it I cringed again. Now I see that it’s getting rave reviews and heralded as one of the greatest sequels in movie history. They’e saying it’s in that Empire Strikes Back range of sequels.
I will be seeing Blade Runner 2049 on opening day.
Even though I’m still a little ‘suspicious’ about Warner Brothers and their translation of other mediums to motions pictures (read: DC Cinematic Universe), they seem to be taking the intelligent approach to adapting/rebooting the most recent incarnations of the Tomb Raider video games faithfully. From what I can see in the trailer, it looks like the movie with loosely following the 2013 game. Casting Alicia Vikander in the lead, who resembles Lara Croft’s new image is perfect. Now let’s hope the best thing about this movie isn’t the trailer
It’s hard to explain to people what it’s like to truly be in love with music… body and soul. Almost everyone loves music. They have their favorite band and their favorite songs and whatnot. But to really be in love with music.. to have a soundtrack in your head for every moment in your life, good and bad is something that’s hard to describe to people.
Edgar Wright’s excellent Baby Driver isn’t particularly about music. But music is ingrained in the main characters life and actions, and is his strength and weakness. Being a person in love with music, I totally understand and revel in how Wright interprets this. The editing which has music as the foundation is awesome as hell. Throw in some action, gun play, explosions and awesome acting by EVERYONE in the cast, and you got one of the best films this year. It’s weird how it borders on being a musical, without all the cheesy tropes. It teases dances and the characters breaking into song, but doesn’t leave the seriousness of the story. Kevin Spacey (one of my favorite actors) is awesome as hell has he brings a take on his House of Cards’ Francis Underwood to the role of Doc. Eiza González and Jon Hamm get to be devious and gorgeous at the same time, and this is the the first movie where I liked Jamie Foxx since Any Given Sunday. Saying a movie is heavy on style and action usually means it’s lacking in other areas. But Baby Driver seems to keep everything balanced enough to deliver on hell of an enjoyable film.