Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Ghostbusters 3, Godzilla #2, & X-Men Trailer

As you probably know, Harold Ramis of Ghostbusters fame passed away on February 24. Ramis had penned the first two Ghostbusters films, and at least contributed to the third screenplay that was finally greenlighted by fellow-comedian Bill Murray and was set to begin production some time this year. It was not disclosed, prior to Ramis' death, how big a role--if at all--he was going to have in the film, but some details have been released today. Ghostbusters 3 is supposed to be about a new generation of Ghostbusters, with the original cast mentoring in the background (basically, "cameo" status). According to reports, Ramis will be very missed, but his sad passing will not have an impact on the film.
Rest in peace.
In other news, this brief "teaser" (I don't think 0:05 qualifies as teaser status) depicting head shots of the mutants of X-Men Days Of Future Past, set for release on May 23, is meant to alert us to a new trailer about to be released,... well,... no news on what lucky film will have the new trailer attached to it, although it could be 300: Rise Of An Empire or, they might even wait until the April 4 release of Captain America: the Winter Soldier:
There are a lot of incredible films about to come out, including the Son Of God film, being released this weekend. According to Fox panelists who have viewed the film, it's incredible and has the power to truly rejuvenate one's faith (I will be seeing it this weekend). Also opening this weekend is the newest from Liam Neeson, Non-Stop, about a sheriff on boar an airplane who is framed for causing murders:
It's my humble opinion, that Neeson's character symbolizes the Tea Party, because who else has been "policing" and trying to save the "ship of state" (the United States government) and then been framed to make it look like they are the killers even though they are trying to help? There is really only one trailer released, so I could be wrong about what the whole film has in store, but I am interested in it. Also opening this weekend is the Russian film Stalingrad. Anyone who knows anything about World War II knows that this was probably,.... the most,.... intense,... long-suffering,.... horrific,.... "war within a war" between the invading Germans and the Russian people of Stalingrad defending their city:
There were times, the fighting was so intense between Germans and Russians, that battles were fought over rooms in a single building. Of course, these are communist Russians fighting socialist Germans, so which side do we identify with (again, this is a Russian film; why would Russia make this? To remind themselves of who they are and where they came from)?
3 top-notch actors being considered for the role of the prime villain in Star Wars VII, Michael Fassbender (left), Adam Driver (middle) and Hugo Weaving (right), but it's Driver who has landed the coveted role (you might remember him as Al Cody from Inside Llewlyn Davis and the song Please, Mr. Kennedy). This is significant because Driver is the only cast member who has been absolutely tied to the project. Yes, Princess Leia and Luke and Hans are, but it's not definite how big of roles they will actually have, although director JJ Abrams has said he wants to give the original cast a proper farewell before letting the younger generation take center stage in Star Wars 8 & 9 (Star Wars VII will reportedly pick up were Return Of the Jedi left off). It's expected that more cast members will be announced in the next month.
Now, opening next weekend (March 7) is 300: Rise Of An Empire, which, as you know, I am anticipating to ridiculous degrees, so much so, that I have will a whole post just on what has been released; why? Well, I have discovered a rather interesting character in the line-up, and want to research him a bit more before writing about it, but it could add a remarkable degree of depth to the film. Prior to that, I hope to touch on the original 300 at least a bit, because we all know, just by looking at the new one, it's going to be referencing what happened with Leonides and we will have to refer back to 300 anyway.
Son Of God is quite likely to get hit with liberal criticisms, and we just need to keep in mind that these probably aren't criticisms of the film, rather, Christianity in general. The film has been picking up greater tracking increasing the likelihood of a comfortable box office opening weekend.  
Also coming out the weekend of March 7 is Wes Anderson's newest, The Grand Budapest Hotel. I am quite confident the film will be pro-socialist (since Ralph Fiennes plays a businessman, the owner of the Hotel) :
Now, Captain America: the Winter Soldier is going to be so big, I can't even stand it. Truly, that movie is going to be so phenomenal, I can't contain myself (Marvel's other film, Thor the Dark World is so amazing, I keep writing and writing on it because there is so much to cover I can't even begin to exhaust it).  I will dedicate an entire post to Captain America before the April 4 opening, however, this is the second trailer (which debuted during the Super Bowl); this trailer is loaded, so there is a ton to decode and explore, so just be thinking about it:
Late last week, this TV spot was released, potentially revealing what critics have been describing as a "massive spoiler," and that is, the question of whether or not Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) dies in this film when Captain says, "Fury's last words to me were don't trust anyone":
It is possible that Fury dies, however, I have a gut feeling, it could be a "fake death," rather like what we see with Loki in Thor the Dark World, that Fury realizes he has to excuse himself from events because he's making bad decisions that only the pure, righteous heart of Steve Rogers can make for the greatest possible good, then Fury comes back towards the end of the film. That's my guess,... and I'm probably wrong.
Yesterday, I posted on Godzilla, which included a trailer with just the voice of actor (I erroneously called him the director, so sorry) and today, the entire trailer has been released. What an interesting venue of publicity, really, that worked quite well for them, because all the film world was a-buzz, so we might see this technique employed again. 
What happened in 1954? To begin with, the very first EVER Godzilla film opens in Tokyo of that year. This is also the year that McCarthyism begins with the "hunt for Communists" throughout Hollywood, government and the military; by the end of the year, the Senate voted to condemn McCarthy for his "witch hunts." The Godzilla we see in the trailers is the biggest Godzilla ever, just over 100 stories tall, yet the film makers have gone to great lengths to tie-in the "new" monster with the original Godzilla (like the Japanese characters on the posters) and there are at least two reasons: first, to appease the fans who offer us the perfect example of the "implied viewers," those who have a working knowledge of the Godzilla genre and will be able to catch the references to past Godzilla films and lore.
Secondly, the original Godzilla was created to give a tangible representation to the horror of the US destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the unprecedented use of atomic bombs that destroyed the entire areas where they were dropped. We could say, then, that Godzilla is the greatest monster ever created (his nickname is "King of the Monsters") because he symbolizes the greatest acts of destruction that have ever occurred in history. Given that, we have to ask ourselves, what great act of destruction is happening in America to warrant the "resurrection" of the King of the Monsters? Who in America could be compared to Godzilla regarding the amount of destruction, chaos and fear they are spreading?
Art has purpose.   
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