Wednesday, June 10, 2015

TRAILERS: Spectre, Mockingjay Part 2, Jurassic World, The Martian, MacBeth, Bridge Of Spies, Knock Knock

Yea, you know, having been trained as an Art Historian, I just prefer to start out a post with a visual rather than just naked words. So, what do we have here? The "little" raptors are being turned against the "big" raptor, Indominus Rex, the villain of the film (rather, one of the villains of the film).  Is there another instance where we see the "little" species of the race being turned against the larger, more dominant species of the race? Humans, in America, children are being turned against their parents, and when we consider these raptors running with Chris Pratt's character, on a search-and-destroy mission for the Indominus Rex, the film takes on a chilly and frightening dimension, but I am confident this is correct--of course, if I am wrong, I will totally own up to it. IMPORTANT NOTE: starting Friday (so I don't think this applies to the early screenings Thursday night) those seeing Jurassic World in IMAX theaters will be treated to a 6 minute screening of Marvel's Ant Man, opening July 17; being far more interested in Ant Man than Jurassic World, I am going to the Friday showing. 
San Andreas is nearly done; I'm sorry, I'm just massively depressed; it's not a big deal, I'm just burned-out on everything; thank you for checking on updates to the blog and being so loyal; I can never tell you how much I appreciate it. Opening this week is Jurassic World, which I am fully dreading; as you watch this final trailer, and then we will watch a very terrible clip, please mentally substitute the little raptors for Millennials, and the Indominus Rex for capitalists, and see what happens: 
Now, if you think I am jumping to conclusions, and I possibly am, let's watch this clip:
The villain of the film is white.
What does that tell you?
Actually, it doesn't look white,... not to me, at least. It's pale, but it's not white. Here is a clip that is probably the best full-body-length I can get at the moment, and you decide if it's white:
This is my perspective: if it were obviously white, they wouldn't have to tell us it's white, but they have to tell us because they want to tell us. The owner of the park, Masrani, is right in saying it will "give the parents nightmares" because the parents are the ones the kids are going to be turned against. We will probably see the exact opposite situation in Terminator: Genisys, as we did in Maggie, but now, let's look at something that has made my day, the first trailer for the final installment of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2:
"We all have one enemy. He corrupts everyone and everything. He turns the best of us against each other." Does this, my fellow Americans, sound like Obama and what he has done to this country? When Finnick Odair says, "Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the 76th Hunger Games," we know that President Snow has turned their revolution into a deadly game, but they have turned their knowledge of the Games against the capitol. Given that this is the 76th Hunger Games, what happened 76 years ago that the film would want us to remember?
1939.
The start of World War II, the deadliest conflict in human history, which was started by socialism.  
This is a great image. What does white symbolize? Either faith, purity and innocence, OR that faith, purity and innocence are dead, because white is also the color a corpse turns as decomposition sets in. What does red symbolize? Red is the color of blood, either we are willing to spill our blood for one we love, or we are willing to spill someone else's blood because of the wrath they have stirred up within us. It can also mean both things simultaneously, and the people's love for themselves and each other, along with their anger over Snow and the corruption and cruelty he has created during his administration of Panem. The figure of a smashed statue of a tyrannical leader is highly reminiscent of the fall of communism in the former USSR. 
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 comes out in November, and also being released in November is Spectre, the 24th James Bond installment that has added a new TV spot:
This is our "second" introduction to Monica Belluci's character, Lucia Sciarra ("Lucia" is Latin for "graceful light," while her last name is Sicilian for "quarrel" or "dispute"). I have read (but don't know how accurate it is) that Lucia's father is the man Bond chases in Mexico during the Day of the Dead parade (which will be ladened with symbolism) so we can presume (though we may need to correct this) it's his funeral we saw in the first trailer. "If you don't leave now," she tells him, "we will die together," and Bond doesn't seem to be in any hurry at all to leave. This is typical of Bond, not because he's a womanizer, but because of what Bond himself symbolizes, and what the women he encounters on his journeys also symbolize: "arguing about the light," or "disputing the truth" are two possible translations of her name, so we can see her, at this point, as a symbol of the freedom of religion or the freedom to discuss religion; she is about to die (what she symbolizes, that is), she tells Bond, but Bond won't leave her.
Good.
He shouldn't.
Independence Day 2, not featuring Will Smith, has released a first poster and a brief synopsis: after the events of the first film, the nations banded together and, using alien technology, created a safety program to protect earth from future threats; now, however, the aliens have progressed with a far more advanced capability to destroy the world and there is a rush to prevent our extinction. It opens 2017.
Another trailer that has been released this week that has pleased me greatly is the newest endeavor from Ridley Scott, The Martian. As we know, these films are taking place in a very public, expensive debate (it's millions and millions of dollars to make a movie) and this newest film in the space genre situates itself nicely with what we have all ready seen:
This trailer starts out with the very best of humanity, in the very worst of trials; why? Because Scott obviously believes in humanity. Like Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, the trailer of which opened with a voice-over by star Matthew McConnaughey about how we have always defined ourselves by our accomplishments, and how space was our most important accomplishment, so Scott follows suit, to support what Nolan has established in that film, and to challenge what Gravity introduced: fear regarding space exploration and how it's too dangerous, and we should just stay on the ground (in a remote, technologically backwards Chinese village, which is where she ends up). No one likes to be in sucky circumstances--I, most of all--but they give us the chance to show the very best of ourselves and others, and we actually, to use the world lightly, evolve into better beings when faced with such difficulties and we set new standards of conduct and heroism, not only for ourselves, but every one after us. This is going to really be a great film.
We should remember that Steven Spielberg opted out of making the The Grapes Of Wrath, which is a novel heavily influenced by (though we can't really say it supports) communism and socialist politics. I'm not particularly interested in the film, except for one major detail: the Coen brothers helped to write the script. It's possible that, given the historical nature of the film, and it's blatant tension with socialism/communism, this film will mark a turn in Spielberg's politics away from the public support of Obama,... but I'm not holding my breath.
But it is possible.
William Shakespeare's play Macbeth is one of his most famous; what is it about? A murderous usurper. According to numerous Scottish historians, the events of the play are largely accurate, however, condensed in time to make the telling easier and more dramatic. It's interesting to note that the name "Macbeth" is not a sign of clan identity, as is usually the case, rather, it means "son of life" or "righteous man," as in, that is what he thinks of himself, because he obviously isn't any of these things. It looks like it will be absolutely spectacular, and I can't wait. Our last trailer is quite racy, but I think this is going to be an enormously important political statement:
We have a successful white man, with a family, helping out young girls, who are being sexually promiscuous; they steal the keys to his house and then terrorize him because of their idea, in other words, they have used their sexuality as a weapon, and are taking revenge on him for,.... being him. Being successful. Being married. Being a father. These two women in this trailer, are basically what young women in America are all becoming, and it's terrifying.
Nearly done with San Andreas, and going Friday to see Jurassic World, will tweet to you how bad it was.
Again, thank you for reading this blog!
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The Fine Art Diner
Last note, production has started on Pitch Perfect 3, with the successful writer of the first two scripts, Kay Cannon, hired for the third. It's unclear at this point if star of the film Elizabeth Banks will be directing or not, and if Anna Kendrick will return; Rebel Wilson has all ready been signed. PP2 has made over $160 million dollars.