Nov
16
2017
4

The ‘Rampage’ trailer.

Good God, Dwayne.  What were you thinking?

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Nov
15
2017
1

The… The Road Movie trailer.

They’ve taken Russian dash cam clips and turned it into a full length documentary-type film for theatrical release. …Bozhe moi.

As God is my witness; if The Road Movie is playing in a theater near me, I might actually go see it. This trailer has sold me on the concept. And yes, I’m as horrified by that admission as you are.

Nov
15
2017
2

So. Justice League is gonna suck, huh?

I mean, we’ll know in a half hour, when Rotten Tomatoes ends an embargo on Justice League that everybody’s largely assuming signifies that the reviews aren’t going to be great. Certainly the New York Times, which doesn’t need no stinking embargoes, isn’t saying the same things about it that people said about Thor or Wonder Woman. And the Times didn’t even hate it! They graded it on a curve, but they didn’t hate it.

It’ll likely make a ton of money, though. If not here, overseas. So how to correct the DCEU? Well, if only there was a director with a proven ability to make a blockbuster film – preferably, one set in the DCEU universe – that was also widely applauded as being a good blockbuster film. But where could DC find such a wonder?

Nov
11
2017
0

The surprisingly not-entirely-awful Game Night trailer.

Game Night kind of grew on me, as the trailer went on. It maybe won’t be completely wretched? It seems to be aware of its own absurdity as a premise, which is maybe a hopeful sign.

It’s out in March, so I have plenty of time decide what I think about it.

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Nov
07
2017
1

‘The Last Padawan.’ …Wow.

How did I miss this? ‘The Last Padawan’ is hardly canonical, but it pretty much should be. It may also be the best Star Wars fan film I’ve ever seen, and yes, I’ve seen Troops.

Nov
07
2017
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“That One Rebel Guy You Briefly See on Yavin IV.”

I got tipped off about “That One Rebel Guy You Briefly See on Yavin IV” today; it was surprisingly hard to find the original (by Gute Arbeit Originals). And not as easy as you’d think to embed it. It could use some better buzz-generation, honestly.

Nov
07
2017
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The ‘Stranger Things’ Honest TV Trailer.

This one has a bit of subtext. Or maybe just text. Or at least demonstrates just how fragile people seem to be feeling right now. Personally, I’ve found that decompression helps a good deal with that, but that’s just me.

Nov
06
2017
4

So, Murder on the Orient Express is coming out this week.

And I have a quandary about it. I liked the original Agatha Christie novel, I liked the original movie, and I don’t even mind that they’re making another version, decades later. Murder on the Orient Express is a project that would appeal to the very highest ranks of Hollywood and stage actors… and that would be the problem, wouldn’t it?

How many of them knew?

Moe Lane

PS: I can stop asking myself that question long enough for Thor: Ragnarok and (probably) the Justice League movie.  But it’s gonna loom.

Nov
06
2017
5

Tweet of the Day, The Next Stage Of The MCU Is Gonna Be LIT edition.

Joe, I feel, gets right to the freaking point of the matter:

X-Men, too. And, hot damn! Deadpool. Assuming that the talks don’t fall through, of course. But if they don’t… oh, wow, watching the Mouse try to get a handle on the Merc with the Mouth would be epic. EPIC. They’d fall over themselves trying to thread that particular needle.

Nov
04
2017
6

Late Halloween watch: A Lord of the Rings TV series?

I am not quite yet at DO NOT WANT. My wife is. I think that it would work, if you did it up as the Second Age with the forging of the Rings of Power. But that’s probably not what we’d be getting.

Warner Bros. Television and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien are in talks with Amazon Studios to develop a series based on the late author’s “The Lord of the Rings” novels. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is said by sources with knowledge of the situation to be personally involved in the negotiations, which are still in very early stages. No deal has been set.

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Nov
03
2017
1

My mini-review of Thor: Ragnarok.

Short version: excellently silly.

Slightly longer version: It Did Not Suck. The movie was legit funny, and managed to walk the line of having Thor being the subject of comedy without turning him into a buffoon. The color palette and musical accompaniment was everything that you’d expect from a Silver Age Marvel-inspired movie, and it generally worked. It also cleared the decks for future films, and I will not say anything further because spoilers. A day may come when a MCU movie blows out both engines, and starts tumbling back down the gravity well to a fiery immolation and the destruction of the franchise — but it is not this day.

Moe Lane

PS: Everybody in the movie had a blast playing their parts. You could tell.

Nov
03
2017
3

Quote of the Night, I Feel So Relieved About Thor: Ragnarok Right Now edition.

From NPR(!):

It’s funnier and prettier than most of the other Marvel movies, having figured out that adopting the visual palette of Frank Frazetta’s glossy swords n’ monsters n’ muscles fantasy paintings — rather than trying to cross that uncanny valley into photorealism — is a good way to make the wall-to-wall CGI less fatiguing. Half the frames in this film would look right at home airbrushed on the side of a 1978 Ford Econoline “shaggin’ wagon” van, which would almost certainly be blasting Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” a vintage headbanger that the Thor 3 soundtrack Ragna-rocks twice. (I am getting choked up thinking about all the 10-year-olds who will see this thing and shortly thereafter download their very first Led Zep.)

I remember my first Led Zep cassette. I’d like to go back to that moment, too.  It’s a magical place.

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