Tuesday, September 15, 2015

TRAILER: The Jungle Book & Allegiant

There has been some news dropped today. First of all, I saw M. Night Shymalan's The Visit and it is a solid horror film; is it good? That's difficult to answer. Horror fans are the snobbiest connoisseurs in the world, so to say a horror film is good is to invite them to detail for you how "not good" it really is. I will say this: it's a classic psychoanalysis and in sticking to the best rules of the horror genre, Shymalan delivers a solid film that was suspenseful and twisted. That's the post I am working on right now. Some news items: Michael Fassbinder is returning for Prometheus 2, production stills are all ready being released for Star Wars VIII, a new Mary Poppins film is being planned (no news on if it will be a sequel, prequel or a remake), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) is going to be a "wild card" in Captain America 3: Civil War, a Deadpool (Ryan Rynolds) has all ready planned a sequel; if you are as excited about Crimson Peak premiering as I am, you will want to watch this clip which has finally been released of the film, featuring Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska (the rights of the clip are not allowing it to be shared off of  certain sights so, for the moment, it can't be posted here). Due to time restraints on my schedule, I am not going in-depth for trailer analysis here, but I at least wanted you to get to see them:
As always, we aren't so much interested in that elusive quality known as "originality," rather, we want to find and see patterns of similar behavior because that validates what is or isn't happening in culture and being revealed in art. Here is the trailer for The Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials which features similar elements to Allegiant (and the whole Divergent series):
The similarities are easy to see, so let's start by asking what are the differences? One film, Allegiant, is going to be pro-capitalist, and the other film is going to be pro-socialist. Both films accuse the other of the exact same evils, and both films are claiming they posses the same goods and virtues. Which film is right? That's for you to decide, and that's why these last four years in Hollywood have been so critical to (not just the US but) the whole world. And now for Mowgli:
As my film criticism professor taught us to ask, "Why is this film being made/re-made now?" There is always some defining element in society which causes a generation to need or reject something that other generations or other time periods would not need or need, so choices in art and those choices in context are paramount to understanding the psychological history of a given era. Politically speaking, there is a facet of the socialists in America known today as Progressives, and they are anything but. We can see their agenda being criticized in the opening sequence of Star Trek: Into Darkness (the white faced beings with no technology) as well as the world of the dinobots in Transformers: Age Of Extinction (Transformers 5 sounds really exciting and is underway!) and supported in films such as Gravity (when Bullock's character walks out of water and into the isolated Chinese [communist] village) and The Lone Ranger (when Johnny Depp's Tonto walks into the deserted landscape alone). Iron Man director Jon Favreau is pro-capitalist (as we know from his other films) and we can be confident that The Jungle Book is an answer to those "Progessives" who want to return to a world where there is no technology (because that would eliminate the need for a free market) and strict government control, rather like the days of medieval feudalism: you think you're going to be happy living like this, Favreau will ask? Look at how dangerous this world is. We can say the same will be the case with Ridley Scott's The Martian.
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