Captain America: the Winter Soldier, has started filming and aims for as April 2014 release date. The film is not only important because Captain America (Chris Evans) has stronger links to The Avengers films than other Marvel characters, but because of two important plot points: one, it has been confirmed that Cap has to save Washington DC from attack (so we have Resident Evil Retribution, GI Joe Retaliation, Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down, all contributing to the destruction of the nation's capital and the cause) and his former friend Bucky has become a Soviet assassin so, we know now to what the subtitle "The Winter Soldier" refers. When did America have "winter soldiers?" During the Cold War, so it's safe to say that the thesis of the film is the return of the Cold War.
The Black Hole, originally released in 1979, securing one of the writers for Prometheus to update the story. Why is this important? First, significant advances have been made in theoretical physics since the 70s, when black holes were still only theories (if I had been able to do math better, I would have gone into theoretical physics, instead, I went into Art History), but we have recently heard the word "black hole" in the second trailer for World War Z describing Russia and the vast number of zombies in it. Of course, nothing can survive a black hole, so the most incredible natural phenomena in the universe has now become a political metaphor for utter-devastation.
There had been rumors of a 300 pre-quel; indeed, 300: Rise Of An Empire, set for an August release date this year, is about the blockbuster film starring Gerard Butler, but (and history buffs will love this!) it takes place at the same time as the few Spartans are battling their Alamo against Xerxes. The Greeks launched a land battle (led by Leonides) and a sea battle organized and led by Themistokles portrayed by Sullivan Stapelton, and that battle on sea was going on simultaneously. A big surprise is that Eva Green (Casino Royale, Dark Shadows) plays the leader of the Persians, Xerxes second-in-command (and Rodrigo Santoro is reprising his role of Xerxes for the film, as well as Lena Heady playing Queen Gorko, but Butler is not returning). It's not being advertised as "another" 300 rather, that it will have a totally different look and feel from the film that expanded film's visual vocabulary so much.
|Stapelton. What's intriguing about his character is that Themistocles was not a member of the aristocracy, but he rose to power through his hard works and skills; this will make an interesting match against the mortal-turned-god Xerxes.|
|"Vengeance lives forever."|
Rush, also set in the 1970s, about the real-life rivalry of Formula-1 racers:
And after that men began to be multiplied upon the earth, and daughters were born to them. 2The sons of God seeing the daughters of men, that they were fair, took themselves wives of all which they chose. 3And God said: My spirit shall not remain in man for ever, because he is flesh, and his days shall be a hundred and twenty years. 4Now giants were upon the earth in those days. For after the sons of God went in to the daughters of men and they brought forth children, these are the mighty men of old, men of renown.
5And God seeing that the wickedness of men was great on the earth, and that all the thought of their heart was bent upon evil at all times, 6It repented him that he had made man on the earth. And being touched inwardly with sorrow of heart, 7He said: I will destroy man, whom I have created, from the face of the earth, from man even to beasts, from the creeping thing even to the fowls of the air, for it repenteth me that I have made them.
Noah's Favor with God
8But Noe found grace before the Lord.
9These are the generations of Noe: Noe was a just and perfect man in his generations, he walked with God. 10And he begot three sons, Sem, Cham, and Japheth.\
11And the earth was corrupted before God, and was filled with iniquity. 12And when God had seen that the earth was corrupted (for all flesh had corrupted its way upon the earth,)
Why should we be concerned about this?
Like the re-make of Carrie which will probably be blatantly anti-Christian in support of feminists, Aronofsky's Noah will attempt to undermine the "moral standing" of Christians who argue against the de-moralizing effects of socialism. Why do I say this? Apart from the obvious quote beneath the Russell Crowe image, this passage invokes the "giants," and where did we just see giants? Jack the Giant Slayer, so what I see for the film (and this is just my projection) is Noah, the good environmentalist, living amidst the wretched wealth of the capitalists, and he being the only one doing God's will, so if you want to do God's will, go socialist. Speaking of Carrie, here is the theatrical trailer released several months ago:
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