Monday, July 9, 2012

Trailers: Rise Of the Guardians #2, ParaNorman, Silver Linings Playbook, Epic,

IMAX midnight showing poster for The Dark Knight Rises featuring Bane (Tom Hardy). This was just released and wanted to post it for your viewing enjoyment!
Um, there are so many reader comments I can't get to them all! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your very kind words, observations and criticisms, I am trying to get to them all as well as get Moonrise Kingdom and The Amazing Spider Man posted but those two films were so good that I just can't get the posts finished, sorry! Here are the latest batch of trailers: Rise Of the Guardians is being released on Thanksgiving:
Just what happened Easter, 1968? The Easter Bunny mentions to Jack Frost something about that being "between them" so Easter Sunday was April 14 that year, and while I can't find an exact "blizzard" which happened anywhere, just a few days earlier on April 4, Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated causing riots throughout American cities and there was a shoot-out between the Black Panthers and Oakland Police; then, on April 11, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (the Fair Housing Act). In election year 2012 with a black president seeking re-election, it makes sense that Martin Luther King Jr. would be cited as a kind of political prophet foreshadowing what the Democrats hope Americans will see in Obama this election year; we will have to see how Rise Of the Guardians handles the issue, especially since the introduction we get to Jack Frost makes him sound a lot like independent voters who will be courted by both political parties in a matter of weeks for votes.
I'm guessing this will probably be a liberal film supporting Obama because two of the figures who have religious origins--Santa and the Easter bunny--seem totally secularized (reflecting more the Democrats' social values more so than Republicans') and the others are wholly cultural icons/fairy tales. The "Nightmare King," which threatens the children, probably symbolizes the "youth" of Obama's administration and the "nightmares" and fear the Republicans are spreading about the disasters his policies are causing and bringing to the country and the world. As always, I could be wrong and I certainly hope that I am (I was really looking forward to this) but that's how it looks to me so far thus...  Due out in October, from the "radical socialist" Tim Burton is his newest monster creation Frankenweenie. Given Burton's last two films, Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (producer) have been so far left leaning (as in, socialist) I don't think we can expect anything else from this:
Originally, I thought this might be a Republican film about the Democrats trying to "resurrect" Obama (rather like The Vow) and the warnings of destruction that a second Obama term could bring; having seen what Burton has done, however, I have significantly re-assessed what I was thinking. As usual, we can never be sure about a film just from the trailer; while I am confident it will be socialist, I will probably have to adjust more or less the symbols I am predicting, but I would like to suggest that Victor (named of course after Victor Frankenstein who stitched together a monster and raised him from the dead to his deep regret) are voters trying to bring back the Republican party and capitalism to life (please note how the Sparky's tail falls off, which is probably a reference to the Dustin Hoffman, Robert DeNiro film of 1997 Wag the Dog). From this angle, the film would warn of the destruction the Republicans would bring back to life (for example, un-environmental friendly electricity used to "generate" life in the economy as opposed to the failed eco-energy companies Obama supports).
PERHAPS, Epic, due out in 2013, reflects the other end of the political spectrum, that is, the Republican; how can I say that? Two reasons. First, I believe the music in this is the same as for the film Act Of Valor, a decidedly Republican film (so Epic wants to link itself up with that). Secondly, the synopsis, like other conservative films being released, presents to us "the end of the world" scenario that films undermining the current political administration see as being the case of reality: "A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save their world -- and ours."
 Now, I am probably going to be wrong about this one, however, it's fun to think that the "Class President" is Obama, and the "monsters" are the Democrats and the "party" is what they have been doing this last 4 years of their terms... oh, what a coincidence, a term of college is 4 years, too, isn't it?
Due out August 13, Paranorman is probably going to be an anti-Catholic film. Why? Watch the trailer, then stop the film at 1:11 and read what is written on the tombstone:
Who is the witch? Who are the seven victims of the witch? To discern that, we need to know what was going on in 1712 which was predominantly revolts and rebellions against the Catholic Church, otherwise known as the Reformation (add in that the number "7" refers to the Sacraments of the Church). IF this angle is correct, that makes us Catholics the zombies that the kids (the future) has to rid the world of because the Catholic Church is a curse to society and advancement... well, now we understand why it's so important to keep track on what films are saying! Due out in November is Silver Linings Playbook with Bradley Cooper, Julia Stiles, Robert DeNiro and Jennifer Lawrence:
AND, because of her huge break out role in The Hunger Games, this is a good spot to mention that Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman has signed to join the sequel as Plutarch Heavensbee, the games master of the 75th Hunter Games. AND Darren Aronsfsky (Pi, Requiem For A Dream) has signed veteran actor Sir Anthony Hopkins to his Noah epic, due out in 2014, also starring Russell Crowe, Emma Watson and Jennifer Connolly.