Thursday, April 25, 2013

Trailers: Monster University, The East, The Purge, The Numbers Station, Mud, The Company You Keep, Godzilla Update

This just got exciting; what is the dominant theme of the film going to be?
The center of Monsters University is going to be competition. There is a game, and it's a "do-or-die" situation because if Mike (Billy Crystal) loses, he can't come back to school, and, as the,...  "girl" stays at 1:20, "you could totally die." What does this sound like to you? The Hunger Games? You bet it does! But, on a sad note, instead of going on to become Monsters, Inc., as Mike and Sullie do in the film, Ellen Page and crew are attacking corporations in the second trailer for The East:
 
Do you see that "lightening bolt" thing going across Alexander Skarsgaard's hand? That reminds me of the Weather Underground's symbol; who was the Weather Underground? A group dedicated to world communism whose leaders Barack Obama has been meeting with throughout his presidency, including Bill Ayers. By insisting that it's a corporation which is at fault--not you and I for buying the Twinkies the corporation made (just as an example)--socialists believe we the people will get angered at corporations and willingly want the government to declare all private business to be owned and operated by the government because a main premise of socialism--as we both know--is that you and I have no free will, and socialists think that will appeal to us so they want to intentionally place blame on the corporation so we will think that if the government takes them all over, the poison and lies will go away; they won't, they will only get worse. A new TV spot has been released for The Purge, now opening June 7:
Please, don't forget that "purge" is a standard term used by socialists and communists when they get rid of "undesirables" as they call them, generally, people who do not agree with them.
World War Z,... I am about half-way through the book--quite intelligently written--leaning in the liberal direction, even though it is trying hard to be "fair," but absolutely nothing like anything we have seen in either trailer or this featurette below for the film coming out in June. Before the film comes out, I PROMISE we will do a thorough examination of zombies in all their metaphysical manifestations because the book and film have created totally different zombies between them and zombies are everywhere in art today:
A difference between the film and book, for example, is the main character in the book never says anything about having a family and Gerry's (Brad Pitt) family is a primary plot device in the film version; there were difficulties with the script, particularly the ending, and we know changes were made so the film can be shown in China (Chinese censors made film makers change a scene where someone points to China on a map, suggesting the outbreak of zombies begins there, and that was altered; it's possible it was altered only for the film being shown in China and not international versions, we will have to see). The ending, however, has undergone extensive re-writing and the formats are completely different as well: the film looks like a traditional story; the book is a collection of interviews with various people who survived the infestation in different parts of the world and all from different backgrounds and governments and religions, so the main character is just a clerk whose name I don't even remember (I don't think it's given in the book). So, while the film might look like, "Oh, why on earth does Brad Pitt want to make a zombie film for?" I actually think some of the finer points of the film might prove controversial.
Here is the latest from John Cusack; The Numbers Station intrigues me because, of course, whenever there is a code in the film, that is a code that the whole film is encoded and the film makers know it; all are it encoded, as we know, that's what we do here, but it's a special validation of our efforts when the artists say, "Come on, we want you to look deeper":
The Numbers Station, which I would love to see, opens this weekend to limited theaters and that does not include mine. What I will get to see this weekend is Mud; we haven't discussed it, but I think this has some key symbols we should pay particular attention to:
The boat,.... why would that be important? The "ship of state," being up in the tree could mean that the "ship of state" is "up in the air," for anyone to take if they can get it. "The river brings a lot of trash, you have to know what to let go of," and that "flood," (like the tsunami in The Impossible and the flood in Beasts Of the Southern Wild) could refer to the "flood of problems" the country has had. Interesting that two the the film's main characters are boys; who is it that appeals to the American youth and can get them to do whatever he wants them to? Well find out the answer this weekend,... and, also, uh, this Robert Redford--all star cast--film glorifying the Weather Underground movement which staged a number of important bombings in an effort to overthrow the US government in favor of world communism:
Robert Redford has recently been noted saying he believed the Weather Underground should have done more bombings. Given this, and publicity the film is receiving, it will be highly interesting to witness his character in Captain America: the Winter Soldier and what role, if any, his senior SHIED character has regarding Bucky turning into a Soviet assassin or assisting in the attacks on Washington DC. On the flip side of socialism--actually, this is about socialism, but a capitalist's take on who falls for socialism because of bad capitalism--here is a clip from this weekend's opening Pain and Gain:
I THINK Pain and Gain is going to demonstrate how bad capitalism makes possible the movement for wealth re-distribution, but we'll see. In the meantime,...Wow,... this is good. Star Trek Into Darkness, character profile: Spock.
Noise,... we have had occasion to discuss this with a teaser featuring Benedict Cumberbatch's character (I still don't know if he is Khan or not) and with Man Of Steel's villain General Zod (Michael Shannon).  What is the first rule about noise? It means the film wants to draw our attention to what is being "covered up" or what is not being said; there is, literally, interference, and we have to decipher what the interference is, why there is interference, patterns to the interference and then what it is that is not being said or being distorted and the degree of distortion.  That's an awful lot for a character profile on Spock, yet consider how complex Spock's and Kirk's relationship is (it is if you saw the 2009 Star Trek, and, if you haven't, do so, please! You will not regret it, especially if you plan on seeing Star Trek Into Darkness in a couple of weeks (May 17).
One word is super important in this clip:
"Tinker."
At 0:31, Tony says he tinkers with his machines. Where have we heard that description before? Oz the Great and Powerful. Obviously, the two films aren't influencing each other, and that's why it is so remarkable they both use this word: recall, if you will, that it was the "Tinkerers" in Oz who built the items Oscar needed to overthrow the Wicked Witches.
Have you gotten your tickets?
Set photo for Godzilla. The test reel footage significantly heightens the destructive factor of the monster across the entire United States. Some of the main questions we will need to focus on for the narrative is: where does Godzilla comes from? Where does he first appear? All we really need to ask, though, is "Who has wrecked the country?" Just like Japan at the height and glory of its powers was brought low by the US atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and so created Godzilla to symbolize its fears of future massive destruction, in resurrecting the ancient lizard, we are--as a culture--comparing ourselves to the bombed-out Japanese at the end of World War II.
Godzilla in 3D is in production and slated for a May 2014 opening date. Starring Elizabeth Olsen (Martha, Marcy May, Marlene and Silent House) Juliette Binoche (My Week With Marilyn, Chocolate) and Ken Watanbe (Inception), the film being made has been "prophesied" by numerous references in other films, such as The Amazing Spider Man and The Cold Light Of Day.  In my post on Jaws, I suggest that Jaws is to Americans what Godzilla was to the Japanese, it just took us a lot longer to formulate the artistic vocabulary required to release our fear and anger, than what it took the Japanese to create Godzilla (please see Jaws & the Cleansing Of America  for more on Jaws and Godzilla).
There are so many amazing and important films coming out, I can hardly keep track of them all, but I am trying!
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