Saturday, April 18, 2015

TRAILERS: Batman vs Superman, Star Wars VII, Pitch Perfect 2, Jurassic World Clip & News

I am finally starting to feel better and I made it to Furious 7: IT WAS AMAZING.  Every second was perfect and James Wan is going to be in hot demand for this; I will get the post up by tomorrow; I am truly sorry I have been so behind. Ray Bradbury wrote a short story called All Summer In a Day and a film was made out of it; I always feel like Margot when things like this happen, such is life. But, the good news, we do not have to wait until Monday for the Batman vs Superman teaser trailer, because it's here now and it's deep:
(Please note that I am not fully functional, but I am trying to get my brain out of the mud and back into production). There is obviously a ton going on in this trailer (that's technically not a trailer, it's a teaser, which is coming to define itself as making you want to see more actual footage, while generally outlining the primary conflict) and it's interesting that we begin with disembodied voices. The two heroes, Batman and Superman, are known for their bodies, and their toughness and strength, but we first hear voices without bodies; why? The people we hear talking aren't risking anything. The last thing we hear is, "Do you bleed? You will," and what brings us closer to our bodies than seeing our bodies loosing the life-giving blood which they require? The voices in the beginning aren't in any danger of losing blood, or anything else, they are in a peanut gallery, offering countless perspectives without offering an answer. It's always good to circle and question an issue, yes, but that's not the point the teaser is making, and we need to keep this in mind as additional footage is released.
We knew that Superman had x-ray vision; does Batman? Or does Batman just have glowing eyes? The eyes are the windows of the soul, which is why this is such a strange development. Each of them is going to be using the strength of their soul against the other (because both of them have reason to believe that the other is evil). 
At 0:58, we see a grand, conflicting statement that is well done: a public monument in honor of Superman has been put up in a public space, as an act of gratitude and a private person, in secrecy (or they would have been arrested for vandalism) made a personal statement and a condemnation: FALSE GOD.
What does that mean?
This is a totally "out there" moment in the trailer, and--not being a reader of comic books,--I didn't catch this. The graffiti we see here is supposedly a calling card of Batman's great nemesis, The Riddler (the question mark highlighted by the red arrow is his personal logo, as well as the greenish light we see). Surely, had The Riddler been cast in the film, we would know about it, and who was portraying him,.... surely we would, because we are bloggers and we know everything. The truth is, if you look at the complete casting roster, there are several actors with blanks by their names who could conceivably be filing in for it. We have to make the connection, because the trailer is basically doing it for us, that the graffiti we are seeing in this seen is tied to the graffiti on the Superman statue and the lights surrounding that statue, are like the lights we see in the image above. What to make of it? We really can't at this point, there just isn't enough information heretofore, BUT this is whetting our appetites for the kinds of structures we will be seeing in the narrative and what we should be looking for. 
Well, it's right over the S sign, which Superman taught us, means "Hope" where he comes from; either "Hope" is a "false god," or else someone thinks that, in Superman's heart, he thinks he is a god, which makes him a false god. It's also possible that Superman himself actually isn't the target of the graffiti (this is an example of deconstruction and the use of ambiguity and undecidability) that others, the mob, the people are treating Superman like he is God, and that he is not God.
"That's how it starts."
This, this is genius.
The devil doesn't come from the ground beneath us, no, they come from the sky. This is the first we hear of Lex Luthor, pictured in an early release photo above (this may not actually be in the film, in other words). Why does he say this? Well, there has been a real battle over "the sky" lately, and on one side, we have Gravity and Pixel telling us that we don't belong in space; on the other hand, we have films like Star Trek Into Darkness and Interstellar, telling us that, we do (and Star Wars coming out will affirm this as well). So Luthor relating an alien, Superman, to the devil and where the devil dwells (the sky/space where he came from) is following what we are seeing in the socialist agenda of keeping the US out of space. Why is the US being out of space important to the socialists? Because they want to court a vision of the US has being weak and losers (with endeavors in space comes a boost in confidence) and to limit technological advances so there will no longer be a free market. It's important for the narrative that Luthor is reportedly going to pit Batman against Superman and vice versa, playing them off one another in the hopes that they will destroy each other and leave him as the "last rat standing."
What has been described, and condensed into concentrated form, is a process the masses go through (or they are led through by TV news personalities) over a new public figure: good or bad, innocent or guilty, all the talk and coverage is a form of cultural dissection of a human being (even if that human being is actually the alien Superman) and that's the "it" in "That's how it starts."
Another writer caught this, and I certainly didn't: this shot looked to me like Batman was standing on a tower with some antennas or something coming up by his right shoulder, but that is actually a rifle with telescopic lens; why? An obvious conclusion would be that he's going to use it on Superman, but perhaps this is later in the film, after the Justice League has begun to form and it's for someone else.
Now, if you will notice at 1:09, the Bat suit, there are at least two interesting things about this: first, there is a wide, gaping mouth (the mouth, as we know, are symbolic of the appetites) and secondly, the "skin" of the Bat suit appears to be made up of,... paper mache? The Bat suit is usually thick and tough for protection, but it looks like a bunch of bandages and pieces of paper were glued onto a form and then painted over with gray paint. That's going to be important, I don't know how yet, but it will be.
Why is Superman an alien? Why isn't he just an American who became endowed with incredible strength and powers? Because Superman's leadership and moral authority is "alien" to us (especially in this day and age) but he symbolizes that to which we should be aspiring. In the background of this image, you can see several white faces with black eyes, those are celebrants for the Mexican Day of the Dead (and there is a huge chase scene that takes place during the Day of the Dead in Spectre with James Bond ). The days are celebrated with the Roman Catholic Church (note the cross on the forehead of the girl over Superman's left shoulder) and coincide with Oct 31, Nov 1 and Nov 2 solemnities and feasts in honor of the saints and deceased. Why is this important? One, it illustrates the international reputation the Kansas farm boy suddenly has for himself; two, the people wearing festive make-up look like the dead, and in this scene, depending on what is happening, we may interpret it that way. Third, if you will notice, in the extreme bottom, left corner, someone is reaching out to touch Superman, which emphasizes the problems with the "Savior" issues, especially on a feast day of the Church celebrating the Redemption of Christ (we know, though, from Man Of Steel and imagery in the film that this is not going to be a usurpation of Christianity, just showing how people would rather have a savior they can reach out and touch, rather than a savior of faith).
One last little detail: the capes. Both Batman and Superman have capes, one black and the other red, and yet, they are probably both meaning the same thing, just taking very different routes to get there. Red, as we know, means "blood," because you either love someone enough to spill your (red) blood for them, or you hate them enough to spill their (red) blood for your wrath. Black means death: either you are dead to the world and living in the spirit, or you are dead in the spirit and living in the world. We know that Superman is filled with love because he wants to save others, which is also another important detail of his cape: the folds on his shoulders.
It is being rumored that Chris Pine will be the next Green Lantern for DC comics; that would be awesome! It's also being rumored that Warner Brothers wants a black Green Lantern, which would be an example of cultural destruction and moral re-distribution (Michelle Rodriguez said she had been offered the part of Green Lantern, to which she replied that minorities needed to stop stealing white super heroes, and to get there own). This isn't going to be an artistic decision, but a political one.
The shoulders symbolize our burdens that we take on in life which is why superheroes wear capes, to denote the extra burdens they take upon themselves. Superman's is a burden of love, Batman's is a burden of death-to-the-world, but Superman's cape has four folds in it on his shoulders, while Batman's (at 1:36) appears to have only two. In St. Augustine's numerology, two is always (well, nearly always) an imperfect number (because it's not one, which means [theological] ultimate simplicity, nor is two three, which symbolizes the Trinity, so being in a state of "two" is being in an imperfect state, which is why, in marriage, "The two shall become one") but Superman has four folds on his cape, which means he carries the heavier burden, which is why he is an alien among us (see above caption for explanation).
This might just sum up the real purpose of the conflict between the two heroes: the reconciliation of what "justice" means, and that's important because of the role the Justice League will play in their futures.
ALSO, this awesome trailer for Star Wars VII: the Force Awakens. When Han Solo says, "Chewie, we're home," it's probably a reference to the fact that, although he and Leia were married, they have been separated for awhile and this moment, in some way, may refer to them getting back together; more than likely, knowing Han, he is reunited with the Millennium Falcon (because it looks like they are inside it).
We don't see any of the people mentioned in which the Force is strong, i.e., none of the people in Luke's family, except some iconic symbol of them, such as the mask of Darth Vadar, or Luke's mechanical hand, Leia's hand, or the light saber; we see Chewie and Han, and then other characters with whom we are not yet familiar. So what? Well, that tells us something about the Force itself, that there is a mysterious, unseen part of it (well, duh,...) but that it also binds people together and is passed down, like a gift,... or a curse. We don't know to whom Luke speaks in the trailer: is it his own child (he has been married and had a child), is it to one of Han's and Leia's four kids, to someone else altogether, or is it to us, the viewer? Han, it appears, has been living his own kind of exile (just as Luke has been) and that will be one of the interesting sub-texts that will drive the narrative. In the meantime, there is some news and some clips, including this delightful teaser for Pitch Perfect 2:
The "face-off" is imperative to understanding the film because this is basic, raw, impromptu competition: this is where they prove who is who and who is not. The big enemy in the film are the Germans, Das Sound Machine (and it's interesting that use of "Das" because that is the impersonal, rather than the feminine or masculine); in a word, I can hardly wait. Two important things about this clip: first, that they get 90s Hip Hop Jamz, because some of those kids weren't even born at the start of the 90s, but most importantly, Das Sound Machine probably wouldn't have been able to be a team because of the Berlin Wall and the separation of East from West. Another interesting tidbit,...
Rebel Wilson, who totally rocks everything she does, has confirmed that she has signed on for Pitch Perfect 3. In this image, we see the first poster for Quentin Tarantino's next film, The Hateful Eight; why is it important that it is Tarantino's 8th film? He's supposed to stop making films after this one,... we'll see. The film has not even started production yet. The Avengers' director Joss Whedon is under lawsuit for his writing work on The Cabin In the Woods while the lawsuit against the sequels of James Cameron's Avatar have been dismissed. The live action Disney adaptation of Beauty and the Beast has started, with Emma Watson as Belle, Luke Evans as Gaston and Kevin Kline as Belle's father. This note is something that is going to be coming up in future discussions, because it will be in future films. In Captain America: Civil War (May 2016), we will be seeing Ant Man and Scarlet Witch and a host of other Marvel heroes (most likely including the newest Spider Man as well). Before that, however, is Thor 3: Ragnaork (November 3, 2017) which will pick up immediately at the end of The Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron. "Ragnaork" is the Apocalypse of Norse mythology, so basically, everything ends and everyone dies, but it's so everything can be regenerated and come back even stronger than before, which is what we will see for The Avengers 3 & 4 The Infinity Wars Parts 1 and 2 (which Hemsworth is contracted to return for). 
...and I really like this: the German guy we see in this is named Flula, and his YouTube channel has over 500,000 subscribers, which is how he got the gig for Pitch Perfect 2. Now, we saw this with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, when they had a dozen or so YouTube celebrities making videos for the Capitol TV station in their own area of expertise. Why is this awesome?!?!? Because it shows these films participating in the American Dream and IT WORKING TO ADVANCE PEOPLE IN THE FIELD THEY LOVE. Period. The opportunities for expansion are expanding and in spite of the Left trying desperately to convince Americans that capitalism doesn't work, these films are actively participating in ways to demonstrate that it does. I haven't had anything good to say about the upcoming release Jurassic World film with Chris Pratt and, with this clip, that pattern continues:
We know that real people don't wear their jackets over their shoulders the way Claire is in this clip; it's so pretentious to do that; why? Shoulders, again, symbolize our burdens, but the shoulders aren't really the issue with this outfit; it's the practicality of what happens to the hands; why is that an issue? Her hands (anyone wearing a jacket like this) become almost useless because if she moves them too much--which is what hands are for--her jacket will succumb to gravity, fall off her shoulders and get dirty on the ground (that's why it's so pretentious; normal folk need their hands/arms to be free to do basic tasks, people wearing a jacket like this advertise they don't need to do basic tasks). In essence, she becomes like a T-Rex, with his small, helpless like arms and tiny hands. At about 1:25 comes my next problem with this clip,...
This is the second poster released just today for Jurassic World, so it's significant. On the left we have the scientist, on the right, we have the scientist's creation, the Indominus Rex. While we see the man-made and artificial world of the sterile lab environment on the left, there is the wild and untamed jungle of unpredictable life and death on the right. The most important element of this is,.... her feet. She's wearing heels, so that suggests she thinks she is above something (like being above other people, or the law, or nature, or all of the above and then some) and they are nude (a pleasant way of saying "flesh color"), so that is natural to her, it's her natural state, like the natural state of the dinosaur she has created, the dinosaur which will have Claire's own characteristics, will also naturally be above all the other dinosaurs, like Claire wants to be above everyone else; according to socialist, this is the negative result of competition (the park had to do something to get tourists to come because it wasn't making any money, which is the driving force of capitalism and the free market, so, if there is no capitalism or free market, things like this won't happen,... see?). It may appear that there is a piece of glass between them, and they are looking at each other through the glass, but actually, they are each looking into a mirror and seeing their own self, Claire seeing herself in the dinosaur and the dinosaur seeing herself in the scientist who created her. A new trailer is on its way out.
Oh, boy.
He names off the characteristics of the animals and then asks, "You're able to relate to at least one of those, aren't you?" because for socialists, we are animals: There is nothing special or unique about us, we are just like the dogs and the insects of the world, and we certainly don't have souls or are called to participate in some higher moral reality. What is being done, is making Chris Pratt's character, the one "in touch" with his animal side, the attractive figure, and Claire, the capitalist figure, very out of touch with everything and the villain. Additionally, Pratt's character appears to be, or at least wants to appear to be over-sexed, because he just can't keep bringing it up in this 60 second clip; that's a form of brainwashing for men and women: for men, because it suggests that is how they should behave, and for women because it suggests that this IS how men behave and it should be accepted as "natural" because men and women are just animals.
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