Friday, March 28, 2014

The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Interstellar, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Purge: Anarchy

Saw Noah last night, and the stadium was about half full; within the first twenty seconds of the film starting, director/writer/producer Darren Aronofsky spits in your face, and it never stops during the entire film that was even worse than I feared it would be. There was a confirmed budget of $129 million, but estimates put the film closer to $200 million (like last year's World War Z) and for that kind of money, those were some lousy special effects. The CGI was so bad, it actually looked like the old days when they would have actors stand in front of a movie screen with a previously-shot scene playing behind them. In one part, Noah has the "window" of the ark open, and it looks like they super-imposed a clip of gray water. Have no doubts: Obama is their messiah and they are prepared to wipe out all us "sinners" who are conservatives and capitalists.
In more cheerful news,...
First footage of the final installment of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: There and Back Again played at CinemaCon this week. The trailer ended with Gandalf saying, "The time is upon us when all must choose which side we're on." If that's not a political manifesto, I don't know what is! No news on when the first trailer will be released. They usually release a trailer six months in advance of a film coming out (which is December) so we could imagine in June, perhaps? Given that, I expect the trailer to be attached to Transformers 4 Age Of Extinction or Edge Of Tomorrow, both of which come out in June (then again, it may decide on X-Men Days Of Future Past to nab a really big audience). On April 8, the Blu-Ray and DVD for The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug are released!
An entire event was dedicated to Christopher Nolan's upcoming Interstellar (November release). The director/writer said he wanted to make a film in honor of the movies he watched as a child. Nolan was born in London in 1970, so he grew up during the Cold War. Interstellar has amazed Hollywood with all the A-list actors he has included in the film, and it tells the story of a group of explorers who discover a wormhole and try to push the limits of human exploration. On a different note, the first trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been released; no, no, it really doesn't matter how immature and irrelevant you think they are, please, for my sake, just watch this video; in fact, you don't even have to watch it, just push play and listen:
Is there lawlessness in America? Are we wanting someone to restore order and save our great country, save New York City from the communist mayor? Do we need heroes? There's a joke going around from the presidential debates when Romney told Obama that Russia was still a threat to world security and Obama laughed saying, "The '80s are calling, they want their foreign policy back," because so many of the movies we are seeing now, are films from the 1980s when Soviet communism was a real threat (even though most of the films have dealt with the "communist" part, not necessarily the "Soviet" part).  Remember that film, The Purge? The sequel is ready to air this summer, but it's pretty intense (no, Lena Headey and her remaining family is not in this version, at least that they are showing):
The Purge: Anarchy, just like The Purge of last year, is a extreme metaphor for capitalism and "survival of the fittest"; how? Well, for example, instead of using taxpayer's money to bail out the auto industry a few years back, most capitalists would have made the corporations re-organize their debt and privately declare bankruptcy; not Obama, though. Well, socialists are horrified at how capitalists treated the auto industry, so the idea that the free market "weeds out" the weak companies so the strong companies that adapt to market changes can survive, is what is being targeted by the film (the exact same premise is used in The Hunger Games where, instead of companies competing in the free market, the free market has become the "arena" and the companies have become children, so capitalists know exactly how heartless they are).
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The Fine Art Diner