Thursday, October 30, 2014

TRAILERS: Fast & Furious 7, Mockingjay Part 1, Penguins Of Madagascar & Ex Machina

On this side of the screen, we will probably never know what it took, or personally cost the film makers involved, to get Furious 7 completed and out. The studio has announced that this Saturday, they will debut the fist trailer for the film that will pick up with the end-credits scene when Jason Statham gets out of the car and announces he's going to kill Dom's team in revenge for the death of his brother Owen Shaw (Luke Evans).  I will post it asap! In the meantime, the studio has put together a pretty compelling compilation of why we should be excited about this film, and I certainly am:
For the new film coming out, Ludacris released this 6 second snippet of the rides each of the characters is getting to enjoy, just to whet our appetite:
This is a legitimate question: are fast cars something to get excited about? Not in and of themselves, from my perspective, however, cars are vehicles, symbolically, so there is very much an element of the "free market" tied up in these cars: if one car manufacturer makes a fast car, their rival has to make a faster car; if one maker creates a sleek design, the rival has to create a sleeker design, so on and so forth. Showcasing--and quite literally, films like F & F 7 and Transformers do just that--might create a demand for such cars, but just as importantly, they keep the spirit of competition alive and reward manufacturers who produce the coolest cars with the honor of being in the film; likewise, films such as these require ever-cooler cars to showcase so they have something other films don't have. No, it's not a vicious circle, it is, rather, a mutually-rewarding cycle that doesn't look like it's going to diminish anytime soon,
Terminator: Genisys has released their biggest plot reveal yet, and it is interesting. On the cover of these week's Entertainment Weekly is Emilia Clarke (Game Of Thrones) and Jai Coutrney (Divergent, A Good Day To Die Hard) as Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese. The newest film provides us with a nearly "alternate world-view" of Sarah Connor as the news story explains: "Sarah Connor isn't the innocent she was when Linda Hamilton first sported feathered hair and acid-washed jeans in the role. Nor is she Hamilton's steely 'zero-body-fat' warrior in 1991's T2. Rather, the mother of humanity's messiah was orphaned by a Terminator at age 9" orphaned by a Terminator and then raised, the article goes on to tell us, by Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator, an older T-800 she calls "Pops," who is programmed to guard rather than to kill, as AceShowBiz details. "Since she was 9 years old, she has been told everything that was supposed to happen, but Sarah fundamentally rejects that destiny. She says, 'That's not what I want to do.' It's her decision that drives the story in a very different direction." Terminator: Genisys will be in theaters July 2015.
The last trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 has come out, and the film has sold more tickets (pre-sale) in one day than any other 2014 release, including Guardians Of the Galaxy; that being the case, I just went over and purchased by ticket for the Thursday night showing so I can get my post up asap. So, that being said, if you are really intent on seeing the film opening weekend (November 20), you might want to pre-purchase your tickets as well and get thee to the theater as quickly as possible for that day because these fans totally take up all the good seats.
If you stop the trailer at 0:12, and look at President Coin (Julianne Moore) there is something really disturbing about her eyes: her left eye appears blood-shot and even, perhaps as if she is blind in that eye. If that's the case, and it the swollenness attests at least that we are supposed to notice it, then nearly anything she says, the opposite is going to be true: the games ruined Katniss, Coin says, actually, the games probably made Katniss the strongest she has ever been. Before the film comes out, we will review everything we have seen--again, I am incredibly impressed with the creative advertising they have used for the film--and discuss what we should be looking for.  And, speaking of creative advertising, here is one of the two newest trailers for Penguins Of Madagascar, the film I am looking forward to the most (I doubt this will be in the film, although parts of it might):
Did you catch it?
The TOP SECRET black-out stamps are a form of,....? Erasure, one of my favorite theories. Why? Like noise, it erasure puts certain topics, identities, themes, etc., in a totally different category, meaning, that whatever is "under erasure," has to suffice, even though what it means it actually beyond words or, at least, beyond that which can be spoken (as in censorship, although there are times when that's a metaphysical lexical gap). So, for example, the Penguins being in Cuba, one of the "enemies" of the US due to its communism (and a little event called the Bay of Pigs) and the date of their operation being "under erasure" with the TOP SECRET seal, suggests that the real nature of what is being shown to us transcends Mission: Cuba and the movie over all, pointing at something much larger. Like the TOP SECRET weapons they are using, we, too are invited to use our weapons of deduction and symbols (anything we can get our hands on, like the scissors) so we can understand what is really going on. Here is the second clip, Mission: Italy:
Ugh, I just found out this one isn't coming out until December 5! Its was supposed to come out in November. I'm so sad. Well, I have plenty to catch up on. I haven't had time to research Ex Machina, but this is a trailer we should keep in mind and we will revisit in the future:
This weekend, not much is opening at my theater, however, I am going to go see Before I Go To Sleep with Nicole Kidman, Mark Strong and Colin Firth. I am interested in the film because, as we discussed, whenever there is a film about amnesia, it means that the culture as a whole as developed amnesia; in this case, Kidman's character has amnesia about the crime that was perpetrated on her (being beaten nearly to death and left naked) and she has no memory of it; we could ask, in the history of England, who beat savagely beat England and left them naked? (I'll give you a hint, it was the Nazis). Now, I could be totally wrong, but this is my thesis going into the film, so we will see whether or not it works!
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By the way, Joel and Ethan Coen have their newest star-studded film coming out in February, Hail Caesar, about a "Hollywood fixer" who has to keep the biggest scandals from leaking out. The film stars: George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johanssen, Jonah Hill, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes.