Tuesday, October 14, 2014

TRAILERS: Dear White People, Fury, Woman In Black, Penguins Of Madagascar & News

The star of the newest Terminator: Genesys, Jai Courtney (Divergent, Jack Reacher), has revealed that the film is not a sequel nor a prequel; it builds off the previous films and makes the way for future sequels, however, " we start in a place we're familiar with from the early films and then, you know, circumstances change." From the way the interview goes, you might almost think the film occupies a place in an alternative universe. He clearly states that it's not a re-make of the original, but "we don't necessarily start where the last one left off." How is that for ambiguous? Terminator: Genesys is typical of the films made in the 1980s to fight off socialism and all its evils (by showing us a future where socialism had taken root and destroyed everything and everyone) and is being "resurrected" today in order to fight off socialism again, like Evil Dead, Red Dawn, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, etc.
First of all, permit me to apologize to everyone who has emailed: thank you so much for taking the time to write, and I am sorry I haven't responded. I hope to get to them later this week, but know that I have a lot to get to and I try to take as much time as necessary to answer them fully. There is a significant amount of news to report on: Bond 24 has found its villain (even though it still hasn't found a title) and that is Drax from Guardians Of the Galaxy. Dave Bautista will be the "physically imposing" villain that James Bond (Daniel Craig) will fight off in the newest film, and insiders (whoever those suspicious people are) have claimed that the film makers are wanting to deliver a villain who will become an instant icon in the Bond History. The other piece of news is that filming will finally begin in December (it was supposed to have started in October). I can't wait. This is the film I am personally most excited about, even more so than The Avengers.
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman for the upcoming Batman vs Superman Dawn Of Justice. Where on earth is she? She looks like she's in that volcano place where Spock was dropped at the start of Star Trek Into Darkness
In perhaps the most bizarre news of the week, it has been confirmed (???) that the character of Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice is a demi-god: her father is Zeus,... well, I guess it's pretty common in the comic books for this to happen. So, the Superman world is not just one with aliens, but one with pagan gods as well. Um. I don't know yet, but my gut is telling me that I don't like this, not very much, at all. Speaking of things I don't like,....
Even though none of the original cast has been approached, Hansel and Gretel 2 appears to be happening. Danny Wirkola, who directed and penned the original script, won't be back to direct, but has finished the script for the second installment and has revealed that it centers on a voodoo theme.
There have been considerable rumors swirling around The Avengers and Captain America 3, and it appears that they are being substantiated. The Avengers 3 is going to be ditching the super-heroes we know and love for an entirely new cast of heroes that Captain America will be assembling at the end of The Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron; because of events taking place in Captain America 3 (the original Avengers being killed, defeated and dispersed), specifically what appears to be a civil war brewing with Tony Stark and Iron Man--I know, right? What? But RDJ is doing it--the original Avengers will have to be replaced for The Avengers 3. Am I a party pooper, or does this not even sound good?
Javier Bardem (Skyfall, No Country For Old Men) is now cast as the villain of the next Pirates of the Caribbean film, Dead Men Tell No Tales opposite Johnny Depp. The fifth pirates film--and there are two more scheduled after this one, supposedly the three of them are going to be shot simultaneously--will feature Bardem as a ghost pirate who tries to foil Jack's plan. The film has (finally) begun pre-production in Australia where it will be filmed. 
This is the month of spooks and thrills. In 2012, we highlighted a film that went straight to disc, but my sister just watched it over the weekend on Netflix (streaming) and told me how much she enjoyed it. I hope to be able to watch The Awakening by the end of the month and post on it, as it looks pretty good: it's never just one person being haunted in a story, a haunting is always a metaphor for an entire generation being haunted by something; the question is, what?
On the same note, The Woman In Black 2 has released its first trailer. Originally, the sequel was going to take place during World War I, when Eel Marsh House was being used as a temporary hospital for British airmen, and the Woman in Black was haunting a nurse there. They then scrapped that and started filming a modern day film, with some young adults looking for a sibling who had gone missing near Eel Marsh House, and encountered the Woman In Black. Now, the film takes place in 1941, when the Blitz is taking place and children have been re-located to the house to save them from the bombings:
It's still about a month away from opening, but Penguins Of Madagascar has released a nearly 5 minute clip of the start of the film, and, let me tell you, I feel sorry for the people who will be in the theater with me watching it because I am going to be laughing to hard.
Before the film opens, I will be making a post about what to look for, but in the clip, the documentary that's being made is a spoof of Werner Herzog's Encounters At the End Of the World of 2007, so I need to watch that before November. Also opening in November is a thriller that I just stumbled upon, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong:
Obviously this has close ties to the Christopher Nolan film Memento (2000) but the question is, why make a film like this today? Anytime there is a character who suffers a loss of their memory, it's because we, as a culture, have suffered a lack of memory, about our identity, our history; in other words, we have to search for who we are and that which was buried in history, has to become new again. In the same vein, sometimes we don't forget the history, but it is buried, and that has to be woken up, as in this Millennial horror story. A group of young people call on a spirit they think is going to help them, but it hurts them instead:
Two films open this weekend, one of them being the newest Brad Pitt film, Fury. I don't know what to make of it, so I'm not going to say anything until I have seen it, and I will go see it this Friday:
Also opening this weekend, and I think this is actually going to be the bigger--more controversial--film is Dear White People. The film is a satire, which Wikipedia defines as:

          [A] genre of literature, and sometimes graphic and performing
          arts, in which vices, follies, abuses and shortcomings are held
          up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals,
          corporations, government or society itself, into improvement.
          Although satire is usually meant to be humorous, its greater
          purpose is often constructive social criticism, using wit as a
          weapon and as a tool to dram attention to both particular and
          wider issues in society.

Having defined that, the story follows four black students at an ivy league college; one of the (white) fraternities decides to throw a "hip-hop" themed party which causes the campus black student population to riot. Let's watch two of the trailers and, remember, this is a satire, so each of the people you see are meant to be a stereotype of some kind of behavior:
I hope the film succeeds in offering constructive social criticism, that would be a real challenge. The film has set itself a high goal and, Friday, when I go to see it, we'll see how well it meets the standard. In the meantime, I am finally on my way to pick up my copy of Season 1 of Penny Dreadful (yea, I was patient and opted to get the disc set), so, I will be watching them and then we are going to take a bit of a break and do the Penny Dreadful thing, because we aren't going to do politics with it, so I am looking forward to it!
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The Fine Art Diner