Saturday, November 15, 2014

TRAILERS: Exodus, Night At the Museum 3, Fifty Shades Of Grey #2

Next week, on Thursday, November 20, Mockingjay Part 1 opens; again, if you are planning on seeing it next weekend, get your ticket now because they are selling out across the country. As far as entertainment goes, I am really not "in" to The Hunger Games films; they are acceptable, I just don't get exhilaration from them like some other films. So, that night, after seeing it, I will tweet my initial response and work through the night to get that post up for you. Some interesting trailers have been released, including this clip for Exodus: Gods and Kings:
"Moses, they are animals, we will down them in the Nile, as you should have been." Speaking of the Hebrew nation as such, it appears that this MIGHT be a link of the Egyptian state as a socialist state because socialists view people as exactly that: animals (without souls). There is a trait we know Moses possessed, however, that doesn't carry over into the trailers: Moses stuttered. We know that Moses stuttered because, when God appears to Moses in the Burning Bush, Moses argues that he can't speak without stuttering, so God needs to find someone else, to which God replies, Aaron will go with you. Spiritually, Moses stuttering is important because it illustrates how Moses was not sufficient to lead the people of Israel in his own, but that he was able to because he was filled with the Spirit of God.
Universal Studios has confirmed today that, depending upon the success of Furious 7, they hope to do three more F & F films, potentially filmed simultaneously (so actors don't die and don't age too much). Justin Lin, who has directed four of the films, is being brought back, possibly to do all three, or maybe just one, depending on what James Wan (F 7 and The Conjuring) has for his schedule. Please see the very last image in this post for a detail of the trailer that I had overlooked.
I am concerned at 1:08: it appears that Moses is carving the Ten Commandments into stone himself, when Exodus 31:18 makes it clear they were written by the finger of God. We don't have to be too concerned about this because trailers sometimes have additional material not in the film, or the way it's edited it appears one way even though it's different in the film (especially given that, at this point, all the plagues God sent on Egypt appear to be accurately portrayed so far thus). If you noticed, at several points in the clip, Ramses appears to have something on the right side of his face (his right), suggesting that he has been "defaced" and he is "losing face" as his stand down with God continues to fail; casually speaking (because I haven't seen it yet), this is something we know that has happened with Obama internationally as he drew the line at Syria using chemical weapons then, when evidence appeared that is what happened, Obama denied he drew a line and said the world did that, but he didn't. We see the same with the massacre of Christians in the Middle East and Obama doing nothing, and Obama's silly response from the golf course when the first American journalist was beheaded.
I just came across this image and thought I would post it. In two of the other trailers for the film, we see Moses and Ramses riding beside one another with their fists in the same gesture as these two; it's possible that the gesture will identify the Egypt under Ramses as a socialist state that Moses attempts to bring down, but we will just have to wait and see.
At 1:10, something interesting happens. This is probably Moses and the Children of Israel arriving at the Red Sea, but I am not sure; what it looks like, however, is Excalibur, the famed sword of King Arthur, and a sword of destiny. Which leads us to a bit of interesting news: Guy Ritchie is set to direct a six-film series called Knights Of the Round Table: King Arthur. While no plot details have emerged, Jude Law, who has worked with Ritchie on both Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, is in talks to play the villain, opposite Charlie Hunnam (Sons Of Anarchy, Pacific Rim) is signed to play Arthur, while Astrid Berges-Frisbay (the mermaid in Pirates Of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) is signed to play Guinevere. While I am very excited about Ritchie directing the series, it doesn't leave much room for him to do another Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr.
A bit of important news: Daniel Bruhl of Rush and Inglorious Bastards, has been chosen as (at least one of) the villain(s) in Captain America 3: Civil War (Part 1). It has been speculated that Doctor Doom will also be introduced in the film. Which villain Bruhl will play has not been announced, or if he will be appearing in any other films. On the DC side of the universe, Will Smith and Tom Hardy are now verified for being in Suicide Squad, about a group of criminals looking for a second chance when they are sent on a mission from which they are not expected to return.
On a similar note of historical films, Night At the Museum 3 is to be released next month; why is this film important? I honestly don't know which way it's going to go, however, it will be discussing the importance of history, which many films as of late are attempting to re-write, so, here is the latest trailer:
There are a number of important elements at work in the film. First of all, YouTube videos. Watching the video is a cowboy and a Roman general, so we have a continuity of history taking place, but also a reference of self-reflection. How much time does the average person spend watching/posting YouTube videos like the one we see in the trailer? While it appears to be a big waste of time, the heroes are saved by it later in the film when taking the flashlight to divert the lion statues. Because this element of self-awareness has been introduced (watching YouTube for entertainment and then applying it to a situation) Night At the Museum invites us to do the same with this video, to take what we will learn in the film and apply it to life. So, what is that, exactly?
"The magic that brought them to life is running out." How can that be? There is a green substance covering the golden plaque that brings the historical figures to life; why? Green is either the color of hope, because it symbolizes n ew birth and new beginnings, or it's the color of despair, because it symbolzies death and rot growing on old death; I'm going with option number 2 on this one. So, what rot/corruption is there in the country that is killing history? The socialists, although this might not prove to be accurate. I want to say that the continued appearance of President Teddy Roosevelt (who was an "American Imperialist") is a sign that the film fights for the very life of the country's history, but I just don't know. Why is Dick Van Dyke in the trailer? Having been an original night guard, who then tried to rob the museum, he and his two other friends were hired as janitors, so Larry seeking help from Cecil (Van Dyke) is probable. Now, the poster for the film is based off the M. C. Escher lithograph Relativity, which was released in December 1953, or sixty years ago. Why is that important? In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Bilbo Baggins begins the film by remembering events that took place "60 years ago,"  and in Ouija, it was sixty years ago that "Mother" buried Doris; why? This was the end of the Korean War, the last time America went to battle socialism (openly, as opposed to the Cold War which was battled covertly, as in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy). The movie itself might not have anything to do with the date, but in choosing such a famous work of art after which to model the poster, the film makers were definitely making a statement.
If you notice at 1:40, POMPEII is written as one of the exhibits the cowboy and Roman general are trapped in. If you recall, a film came out at the start of the year called Pompeii that was overtly pro-socialist, with an intentionally contrived bad ending (I compared it to The Legend Of Hercules which did the exact opposite; please see The Legend Of Hercules vs Pompeii for more). Another element is the discussion about Dexter the monkey: "Who put the monkey in charge?" Lancelot asks; "Oh, he's not in charge, we're just following him," Larry replies, "That's what being in charge means." This might be a reference to Cesar in Planet Of the Apes. Why do they have to go to London? Well, as we have noted elsewhere, at the start of World War II, London was the "gatekeeper" (Rebel Wilson's role in the film) for keeping socialism from spreading; now, it's letting socialism spread, and one indication of that is the ban on firearms which is pointed out that exists in London but not America, and one of the necessary steps in creating a socialist government so citizens can't fight back. Speaking of socialism, Fifty Shades Of Grey has released their second trailer:
FYI, I am not going to go see this film: I am a Christian, there is rumored to be explicit sexuality in the film, and I don't want to expose myself to this; no, I am not being a hypocrite when other films have sexuality and I see it anyway; "hard-core" sexuality is the main driving force of the film, and that's an entirely different situation; Dakota Johnson's (Anastasia) own family (Don Johnson, Melanie Johnson and Tippie Hindren) won't even watch the trailer, and will not be attending the film. The trailer intentionally wants to highlight the material differences between Anastasia and Christian, the life of the middle-class and the life of privilege as well as how easy it is to get caught up in that life. The most important moment of this trailer is at 0:55 when Christian appears at Anastasia's work and asks, "Are you free?" That's not, "Are you free of other obligations with your time?" rather, "Are you free for the taking without a price to be paid?" The relationship between the two is the exact opposite we see between Tony Stark and Pepper Potts in Iron Man 3, because this isn't about the "harmony" of the relationship between workers and employers, rather, the employers exploitation of the workers and people in general.
In Greek, "Anastasia" means "resurrection," and a Christian is a person who believes in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. So what is the point of this? Something is being "resurrected" by the interaction of these two  characters, and I don't think I need to drive home what movement that is.
At 1:11, just as Christian grabs Anastasia and starts kissing her, there is a jazz poster behind him on the elevator wall; why? "I exercise control in everything," he tells her, and Jazz is basically the opposite of control because so much of it is improvisation. So the film is illustrating how there is nothing "creative" (the upper-class) about Christian because, if he were creative, he wouldn't have to control people. This is further illustrated at 1:49 with the "Commandments" (contrast to the Ten Commandments) of "The Dominant" and "The Submissive." I don't know anymore about the book/film, so I'm not going to speculate further on that.
Eat You Art Out,
The Fine Art Diner
This is an image of Jennifer Beals from the 1983 classic Flashdance. In The Internship, with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, the film was referenced as inspiration for chasing their dream and not giving up in spite of obstacles in your path. In the trailer for Furious 7 (Fast and Furious 7), Brian (Paul Walker) boards a black bus and rescues a girl whose hair and shirt resembles Beals' iconic style from the film. Why is this important? It escaped my attention at the time, however, I pointed out that the black bus resembled the expensive tour bus Obama used for his failed tour in 2010, and that it symbolizes the vehicle of the country's economy; because of the message of Flashdance, working your way up and never giving up on your dreams or yourself, and the girl Brian rescues from the (Obama) bus looks like Beals in Flashdance, we might expect to see a correlation between the two, especially since she has to "jump" in order to be saved, as that symbolizes a "leap of faith" which most people have to make when following their dream.