Thursday, October 8, 2015

SHERLOCK: Victorian Special First Trailer, LexCorp Commerical For Batman vs Superman, Mockingjay Propaganda Poster

Please watch the second trailer first, which is just below, then pop back up here to consider these notations. Thank you. In the modern Sherlock episodes, it's important to note that Holmes stopped smoking, and would use the patches when he needed the nicotine; so why does he smoke a pipe in this Victorian special? If you will recall, his co-star, Martin Freeman, smoked a pipe in The Hobbit series (not that The Hobbit has any bearing on Sherlock, this is just for comparison's sake) and in The Hobbit, we noted that Bilbo and Gandalf smoked their pipes because it illustrated how they were "taking it all in," so to speak, everything that has happened exteriorly to the character; one inhales and that "taking in" of the tobacco in a leisurely sort of manner indicates the deep thinking, the meditation and study of a problem for its own sake (as opposed to self-meditation which is necessary for our survival). In Sherlock, the smoking of cigarettes is more of a modern vice rather than the prolonged enjoyment of a good pipe and the constant turning-over of the particulars of a problem. There is another point in the new trailer, and that is the wearing of the hat Watson makes a point of. You're Sherlock Holmes, wear the hat! What are we to make of this? As noted below, Holmes will be more of a gentleman in this episode, rather than his bratty, usual arrogant self, and Holmes' typical keeping of information and clue-interpretation to himself is a part of his,... anti-social disorder, whereas that is not acceptable behavior for a gentleman. As we know, hats symbolize our thoughts, and a Deerstalker, the hat typically associated with Holmes, is a functional cap used in hunting and fishing, symbolizing that--it's not so much, "The game is afoot!" as--"The hunt is afoot!" Holmes has to hunt down the animals threatening the law, order and moral structure of Victorian society. So, in the Victorian special, Holmes will be keeping his theories "under wraps," the ear flaps of the deerstalker, because that is the gentlemanly thing to do.
Ghost stories work better in a Victorian setting, writer/producer and actor of Mycroft in Sherlock Steven Moffat explains. While he claims he hasn't starting writing season 4 (which contradicts what I had read when Season 3 came to an end, that he had several seasons all ready written out, and it was just a matter of everyone finding time to film the episodes that kept them from coming out more often) he has promised there will be a Season 4 with 3 episodes, just as fans are used to; in the meantime, the makers of the series put their creative juices together and came up with this "Victorian Special" which will probably air in December in the UK and January for the States. Just to remind us what is going on, here is the first trailer they released:
It looks like the same set design (or computer software program) Guy Ritchie used for Sherlock and Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows. Oh, well, here is the new trailer that has just been released:
The details of the plot are being kept tightly under wraps, so there isn't much point in speculation, however, we can say this is something of a ghost story and Holmes will appear much more of a gentleman in this episode than a "highly-functioning socio-path" that he does in the modern Sherlock episodes we know and love. Let's, however, venture this much: "You're Sherlock Holmes. Wear the damn hat." We know this is a "ghost story," or at least there is the presence of a "ghost" of some kind, and in Watson saying what he does about wearing the hat to Holmes, he's citing the myth of Sherlock Holmes, the "living legend" status Holmes achieves which makes Holmes something of a "ghost" himself. We can see him puffing on his pipe, strumming his violin, tormenting Watson or hiding in shadows, but as we see at 0:48 when Holmes says, "I made me," Holmes' face is "under erasure," there is the shadow which is blotting out the physical identity we know as Sherlock Holmes and suggesting, rightly, that Holmes is "more," and this might be placing Holmes on equal footing with whatever ghost might be haunting the detective.
This new poster for Mockingjay Part 2 has been released (this is a huge file, so please, feel free to click on it for enlargement for closer study). The purpose of the poster, besides advertising to see the film in IMAX, is also as a propaganda poster in the Districts for Katniss. There are several things about this poster of interest; first of all, there is color. In earlier posters (please see the last poster below for an example), there is only white, and because white is the color corpse turns as it decomposes, white is the color of death (the virtuous interpretation is that white denotes faith, purity, innocence, but when a person has died to these qualities, then they are "white as a corpse"). In this poster above, this is a tremendous delicacy of blending shades of gray and black, as well as the red; OR is that silver, rather than gray? It looks like silver in the logo at the bottom, left-corner, which would totally change the meaning. Why? As Katniss says in the final trailer for the film, Snow corrupts everyone and every thing, and that includes the people of Panem as well. So even a heroine like Katniss has become corrupt (loosely interpreted) because Snow is in power. Now, Katniss being "corrupt" isn't like Snow being corrupt: Katniss has had to do things she normally wouldn't do, like kill someone in the Hunger Games, or lie, or threaten someone's life, marry someone she doesn't love, put on a fake act, be friends/allies with people she normally wouldn't want anything to do with, etc., and those are elements of corruption; the games or, rather, the trials of getting through the Capitol, are the final "purgation" Katniss must pass through in order to be morally superior enough to kill Snow,... if that is what is going to happen. The poster is mingling blood: the blood Snow has spilled to stay in power, and the blood Katniss is willing to spill in order to get him out of power. There is Snow's personal symbol of the white rose against Katniss' personal symbol of the Mockingjay, but we can also deduce that the symbols are going to be forever intimately tied together: in becoming THE Mockingjay, as everyone is encouraging her to do, Katniss will fulfill her symbolic role, but in so doing, she will also cleanse the symbol of the White Rose; Katniss however, can't become the Mockingjay if there isn't a President Snow to oppose, and so his symbol is going to make possible the "flight of the Mockingjay" to victory. Why do they have Katniss' lips red? That's a rather bold statement, as we know that the mouth symbolizes the appetites, and red symbolizes blood: either you love someone enough to shed your own red blood for them, or you hate someone enough to shed their red blood for your wrath; Katniss has an appetite for blood, in other words, and it's probably the blood of Snow and to appease the blood of those of her friends that have died (such as Rue and Cenna) as well as those who will die in this trial (names I won't drop now).  The rose in front of Katniss' eye suggests two things at once: both that she has her eye on her target, Snow, and that Snow is going to somehow control what it is that she will see and doesn't see. The most interesting element of the piece, in my estimation, are the row of peace keepers: are they supporting the Mockingjay, or tearing it down?
News has dropped this week about Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice's Lex Luthor, portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg; Eisenberg isn't portraying Lex Luthor, rather Lex Luthor Jr. The studio has also released this video as an example of LexCorp and what it is doing, and this is genius:
Are you thinking of Valentine (Samuel L Jackson) in The Kingsman: Secret Service and his offer of free internet for everyone so he could blow them up? You should, because that is exactly what this is invoking. We have seen these extra-topical videos with Prometheus, RoboCop, The East, The Hunger Games, X-Men, Terminator: Genisys and Wolverine, and I LOVE them! This "commercial" is as generic as it can be, key words that are tired like, "imagination" and phrases like, "tomorrow, today." There isn't any real imagination or creativity going into this commercial, is there? Rather, what we are seeing, is a company that is copying and mimicking what it has seen other companies do because it isn't smart enough to come up with a commercial on its own, and that's a sign of socialism because socialism will repeat rather than innovate. The "free charging device" is meant to control those who are dumb enough to take it and use it.
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