Wednesday, March 26, 2014

TRAILER: Hercules & the Thracian Wars, Maleficent, Edge Of Tomorrow

Bradley Cooper at the 86th Annual Academy Awards.
We shouldn't be surprised.
When Disney makes a move to acquire something, it's because they see the future filled with dollars. In 2012, Disney bought the rights to all future Indiana Jones films (played heretofore by Harrison Ford in four films). It is now rumored that Bradley Cooper (not Shia LeBoef, who appeared in the last Indiana Jones film as Jones' son) is the top candidate to replace Ford, but others have not been ruled out. The studio is considering another film, but have not yet committed; it can be argued, however, that having bought the rights to the franchise was a commitment, because buying something so someone else can't buy it is rather expensive.
Official poster, film will be released July 25 in 3D. The purpose of all the multi-headed monsters in the film is to convey a sense of "duplicity." Is there someone in America who has presented one face, while actually being another? Is there someone who said they would do one thing, but actually did the exact opposite? Each "labor" or challenge that Hercules will face in the film will contain metaphoric dimensions of what is happening in our world today, because (before 2008, anyway) America was Hercules: we were a super-power, but we're not anymore, so as you watch the trailer, ask yourself if you can see elements of America's struggle in Hercules' journey.
Here is the first trailer for Hercules and the Thracian Wars with Dwayne Johnson (there was another Hercules film, Hercules the Legend Begins, with Kellan Lutz, that failed miserably at the box office but had some interesting elements to it). Do you recall our discussion on Dinesh D'Souza's America documentary coming out? According to D'Souza--and I agree whole-heartedly--America is currently facing an identity crisis, and I think that's echoed loud and clear in this trailer:
It's a good idea to keep your eye on The Rock: he's confirmed that he's going to portray a Marvel character who has "never been filmed before" and assures audience members that is not Green Lantern. The project is still in the early stages of development, but Johnson has also confirmed that the hero will have "Superman power levels." Well, that is interesting,....
Is it just me, or does this remind you of The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow? In some general film news, Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and husband of ten years Christ Martin have split (no specific cause given). In other news, speculation has begun to mount that the new heroes of Star Wars VII will be the grandchildren of Darth Vader (who has four grandchildren in all, three by Leia and Hans [including a set of twins] and a grandson via Luke). In the books, one of the grandchildren, Jacen, through Hans and Leia, turns to the dark side and attempts to re-build the evil empire. All this is still speculation. It appears there is going to be a remake of The Breakfast Club for its 30 anniversary (that's not a good reason to remake a perfectly good 80's hit, because, quite frankly, there aren't that many). It has been confirmed that Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, House Of Cards) will portray Winston Churchill; in another move by the liberal left to destroy conservative heroes, Leonardo DiCaprio is supposed to portray President Teddy Roosevelt.
I think film makers for Maleficent must be nervous: they have released yet another trailer for the film due out in May 30, suggesting (like the makers of Noah and The Lone Ranger) that they are concerned about audiences going to see the film:
"Evil is complicated," well, actually, no, it's not. Evil is the abuse of our free will to ultimately destroy ourselves and possibly others with us; it's not complicated. I still hold out that it's possible that this won't be a pro-socialist film, but we just won't know until the film comes out. Here is an international trailer that has been released for Japan (only the initial voice-over is Japanese, the rest of the trailer is in English) and includes some new footage:
Again, the animated shots they depict are not going to be a part of the film, so the sole purpose in incorporating them into the trailers is to remind people of the original and make us believe the new version will resemble the original (which, by now, with all these trailers, we know better).
As you may know, CinemaCon is going on this week, with movie makers attempting to get theater owners to slate their films for release. Transformers 4 showed new footage, and is expected to be the biggest and best of all the films, even all "put together."  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles aired its first trailer AND Fast and Furious 7 showed their first footage, including Paul Walker in a scene driving out of a flying helicopter and landing his car with an opening parachute. It has been noted that Christopher Nolan's next project, Interstellar, slated for release in November, has a whole event dedicated to promoting his film, so that is a hopeful sign we will be seeing another trailer out soon. It has also been confirmed that Prometheus 2 will be released in 2016.
We haven't discussed Tom Cruise's newest film coming out this summer, Edge Of Tomorrow because, quite frankly, it looked so confusing I had no idea what was going on, however, the second trailer has been released, so here is the first:
According to the official synopsis, “A soldier fighting in a war with aliens finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day in the battle {he unintentionally throws off the alien's power, which causes the time loop}, though he becomes better skilled along the way.” Here is the second trailer:
At about 1:00, Cruise's character says, "I died within five minutes of landing on that beach, along with every other soldier," and all we need ask is, what beach did soldiers die on? Operation Overlord, the US-Allied storming of the beaches at Normandy to start the counter-attack to the Nazis. This is validated by the first trailer when we see Emily Blunt's picture on the wall with VICTORY painted over her head, because that was the style of World War II posters. So, who are the aliens in the film?
Set picture taken in Italy of The Avengers 2: the Age of Ultron with Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Jeremy Renner returning as Hawkeye/Clint Barton. We will see Olsen's Scarlet Witch in one of two end credits scenes in Captain America: the Winter Soldier. Witch's costume has undergone considerable change and alteration, which we will devote time to when we know more about her character. Something we do see is that her eyes are smudgy-blurry, rather like the Winter Soldier's in the second Captain America film.
Well, you probably know that I am going to say "the socialists," because socialism has "invaded" America, most of us did not invite it in, and it wasn't announced that Obama was running on a socialist platform. Further, in other films such as Cowboys and Aliens, Men In Black 3 and Tom Cruise's Oblivion, we can say those aliens were socialists because socialism is "alien" to life in America, we're not used to it, look at what Obamacare has done to the insurance industry, and that's just one program. Besides, doesn't it seem like we have to keep fighting socialism over and over and over again, that it just won't die? Edge Of Tomorrow comes out June 6th.
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