Feb
07
2018
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Hey yeah if you were planning to go see Black Panther next week…

…go get your tickets nowBlack Panther is selling out fast; I had to get tickets from a different theater than the one I usually go to.  That didn’t happen when I went to go see The Force Awakens the day after it opened.  This may not mean anything — I’m getting seats for an evening performance this time, and usually I buy tickets for 10 AM showings — but Marvel can’t be anything but pleased about how their first-day grosses are looking right now.

Feb
07
2018
1

Deadpool 2 trailer: we get to meet Cable.

I can’t actually watch this right now: the kids are home from school because of ice and whatnot.  Managed to get about forty seconds in before I remembered that Deadpool does not have a filter. At all.  But it looks good!

Feb
06
2018
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The “Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell” trailer.

This one’s going direct to DVD in May. Which is not an indictment of Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell: the critical reviews of the Tremors series have been surprisingly good, considering how only one of the movies ever made it to the big screen. This one looks like they had a decent enough CGI budget, too.  And, really, the important thing here is to have fun, right?  Have fun, give the fans movies about giant underground monsters, and shoot every damn gun in the world.  That is what is good in life.

Feb
05
2018
1

So apparently the new Cloverfield’s on Netflix.

As in, Cloverfield: Paradox dropped direct-to-Netflix last night.  Everybody I’ve seen talking about it liked it, unless they were a critic, in which case they hated it. Anybody seen it yet? I’m already behind on my movie watching and it’s barely February.

Feb
05
2018
7

First Solo trailer.

It’s not promising.  I suspect that there’s a reason why we’re hearing more from the people in that heist than from Han Solo himself.  Also: the chronology is confusing me. Just how old is Han Solo, anyway? Shouldn’t he be old enough to remember the Republic and the Jedi Order*?

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Feb
02
2018
7

The Stargate: Origins trailer.

I had to spend a little time trying to rewrite my headspace on this. I kept wanting to see it as a movie, when in reality Stargate: Origins is a subscriber-only web series. This makes it interesting as an income model: for twenty bucks you apparently get the movies and the TV series, plus access to the show when it comes out.

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Feb
01
2018
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Stan Lee rushed to hospital.

Link to ComingSoon so you won’t have to read it on TMZ. They say that he’s fine, but Stan Lee is also 95 years old. Under those kinds of circumstances,  ‘fine’ is one of those terms that typically has ‘all things considered’ attached to it somewhere.

My prayers for his recovery and continuing good health.

Jan
31
2018
2

Zachary Quinto doing revival of… “In Search Of.”

OK.  This is funny: “Zachary Quinto is following in Leonard Nimoy‘s footsteps again and is set to host a new UFO series for The History Channel called In Search Of. The series is basically a revival of Rod Serling and Leonard Nimoy’s 1970s series of the same name which saw the hosts examine unexplained phenomena all over the world.”  I mean, sure, it’s a pseudoscience show. And it’s a gimmick show. And it’s yet another revival of an old intellectual property.  But it’s a gimmick AND a revival AND a pseudoscience show!  I admire the thoroughness that the History Channel showed in avoiding having to come up with an original idea, here.

No, really. I’m a honest man; I can admit it when somebody’s managed to tactically surprise me. It never would have occurred to me to cast the guy playing Spock now in the role that the guy who used to play Spock had while he was taking a break from playing Spock. I totally have to respect that particular ploy.

Jan
30
2018
2

The new ‘Jack Ryan’ Superbowl ad.

I keep looking at this, and scratching my head.

It doesn’t look like it’s bad, exactly. The actor doesn’t not look like Jack Ryan, or at least he looks like what Jack Ryan could possibly look like.  I’m fine with that.

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Jan
30
2018
5

The ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ trailer.

Oh, OK. We’re good. Everything’s gonna be fine.

That looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun, actually. Especially the part where Dr. Pym is fairly obviously all “I don’t give a good goddam about how my suitcase-building will affect the rest of the MCU continuity that’s THEIR problem I got stuff to do.” When you think about it, they’ve been pretty careful so far in trying to minimize (heh) the disruptions from all this hyper-tech; but in the end, this is a superhero universe, and we all came here for human-sized Hello Kitty Pez dispensers being thrown at people. I am, as they say, down with it.

Comes out in July 2018.

Jan
30
2018
1

‘Burnistoun – Lovecraftian Sketch.’

Saw this on Facebook this morning [Ah: found the link], and it’s pretty good. Presumably ‘Burnistoun’ is a Scottish comedy show on the BBC*; the folks that wrote this have a good feel for the beats in a Cthulhu Mythos riff. Nice to see people who get to have real budgets do something like this.

Moe Lane

*Alas, while there’s a lot of garbage on the air today there’s also apparently more good stuff than can be comprehensively watched. So it goes. There are worse problems to have, honestly.

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