Feb
22
2017
0

The Alien: Covenant “Prologue: Last Supper” video.

It’s a nice little clip, actually. Sets up nicely the tensions, the attitudes, and the realization that whoever sets up colonization efforts for Earth in this series should be taken outside and beaten with a stick. Also: since there’s no rotating crew quarters then I can only assume that they’re using some sort of gravity control. In which case: JEEZ, cyrosleep.  Constant-boost that bad boy to .99999c or something and time-dilate your way to the new planet. Unless there’s superluminal travel, in which case why cyrosleep anyway?

Feb
22
2017
1

Movie of the Week: Miracle.

…How the heck did I manage to not do Miracle before this? Today, of course, is the anniversary of a day that was an absolutely needed shot in the arm for the United States of America.

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Feb
22
2017
7

Disney figures out how to get a sequel for Rogue One.

It’s a book called… Inferno Squad. And I’ll allow it:

The Rebellion may have heroes like Jyn Erso and Luke Skywalker. But the Empire has Inferno Squad. After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and the resulting destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive. In response to this stunning defeat, the Imperial Navy has authorized the formation of an elite team of soldiers, known as Inferno Squad. Their mission: infiltrate and eliminate the remnants of Saw Gerrera’s Partisans. Following the death of their leader, the Partisans have carried on his extremist legacy, determined to thwart the Empire — no matter what the cost. Now, Inferno Squad must prove their status as the best of the best and take down the Partisans from within. But as the danger intensifies and the threat of discovery grows, how far will Inferno Squad go to ensure the safety of the Empire?

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Feb
21
2017
1

Hey, how was Hell or High Water, anyway?

I confess: I skipped it.  No spaceships, no ninja, no slo-mo techno combat scenes… you know the drill.  But Honest Trailers apparently loved Hell or High Water so much they’re practically ready to have its baby, so: worth it?  Keep in mind that I am a man of straightforward tastes in cinema, except when it’s something like Arrival because I’m not a complete Philistine…

Feb
21
2017
0

Peter Mayhew passes the bowcaster to Joonas Suotamo for Han Solo film.

This is… well, it’s not horrible news. Peter Mayhew is in his 70s, he’s playing Chewbacca in The Last Jedi, and probably will in the next one, too. And certainly Joonas Suotamo has been understudying for the role. But it’s still kind of sad to see how time marches on. Suotamo strikes the right note, here:

Feb
20
2017
5

The new, official “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” trailer.

And it looks a good deal more coherent, now. It also knows its target audience.  Blasting stuff from Led Zeppelin 1 is pretty much a subtle signal to the SCA crowd.  You can trust us, it whispers.  We know what you like. We know what you need.

Movie out May 12.

Feb
18
2017
0

The ‘Castle Rock’ trailer.

I should really consider getting Hulu. They have some interesting stuff. Case in point: JJ Abrams teaming up with Stephen King to do the Castle Rock anthology:

King’s stuff goes up and down in quality, sure.  But his early work is easily good enough for Abrams to work with.  God knows that somebody competent out there should remake certain King movies…

Feb
17
2017
0

I’m telling ya, the kid grows up to be Snoke.

That’s the only way this works.

The conclusion of a trilogy, mostly set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, Empire’s End contains plenty of rewards for long-term fans. One of these is an interlude set on the planet of Naboo. A refugee boy named Mapo encounters a Gungan performing for kids on the streets, clowning around in a fountain twice a day while being studiously avoided by the grown-ups.

“Meesa Jar Jar,” says the clown when Mapo introduces himself.

Because we all know that Jar Jar was the secret Sith Lord setting the whole thing up, right?  Well, Darth Binks has just found himself a new apprentice.  Seriously, the chronology will fit.

Feb
16
2017
8

STOP THE PRESSES! EYEBALLS! DIRECT YOUR EYEBALLS THIS WAY! TREMORS 6 NEWS!

Filming has begun:

Intrepid creature hunter Burt Gummer and his son Travis find themselves in a remote hotbed of giant man-eating worms in the newest action-packed entry in the wildly popular Tremors franchise. Currently in production in Cape Town, South Africa, this outrageous horror comedy finds the pair at a remote research station where they come under attack by what Burt fears could be weaponized Graboids. Tremors 6 will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD in 2018 from Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

This, by the way, is one of the reasons why I want to get the DVD hookup to work in the exercise room: the Tremors series calls to me on DVD, and watching while exercising is the perfect combo. Hmm. And maybe Eight-Legged Freaks, which is a movie that is infinitely better than it has any right to be…

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Feb
15
2017
2

Wow. I did not know this about The Two Towers.

There’s a scene in The Two Towers where a Rohirrim flag pops off of its flagpole just as Aragorn, Gandalf, Gimli, and Legolas come riding up to Edoras.  It’s one of my favorite scenes in the movie, in fact, because it so concisely evokes the problems Rohan is having at that moment.  And it was completely accidental! Peter Jackson simply ran with it, because when the universe gives you a crit like that you take it.

Remember: if it was an accident that rebounds in your favor, you look people right in the eye and say I meant to do that.  This is the First Law of the Bard.

Feb
15
2017
1

Warner Bros. talking to Mel Gibson about Suicide Squad 2.

Apparently Hacksaw Ridge covered a multitude of sins: “Mel Gibson is mulling joining the DC Extended Universe … as a director. Warner Bros. is courting the actor-director to helm Suicide Squad 2 and the sides are early in talks, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. No official offer has been made nor has any commitment.”

…There’s a comment at that original story (yeah, I know) that’s sheer genius. To paraphrase: if this happens, the ensuing situation is pretty much the premise of Suicide Squad, isn’t it? Guy with undeniable talent, but equally undeniably guilty of doing something awful, will have to work for an arguably even more awful organization and do questionable things, in order to get time off for good behavior.  It’s so meta they should have Gibson play himself in the movie.

Moe Lane

PS: I have a beef with what Mel Gibson did, but if he’s repented, then he’s repented.

PPS: I see NerdBastards just put up a link, too.

Feb
15
2017
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Live-action Mulan gets director Niki Caro.

Interesting: “Niki Caro, who broke through with the 2002 Maori family drama Whale Rider, will direct Disney’s live-action Mulan, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.” …Not that I find it interesting for the same reasons that anybody else will, I’m guessing.  It’s interesting because I more or less had to be made to watch Whale Rider, over some protest (I don’t watch many non-genre flicks).  After it was over, I turned to my house-mate who had insisted that I sit through it and said (admittedly a bit peevishly and petulantly*), “You could have just told me that she had a telepathic link with the damn whales.”

Which is possibly irrelevant, but still: she did do a good job with Whale Rider. So it might not suck.  It had better not suck; Mulan deserves a good adaptation.

Moe Lane

*Because it was a good movie, and I am not yet a Buddha.

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