Thursday, October 1, 2015

TRAILERS: The Forest, Goosebumps,

Tidbits hither and thither: tickets are now on sale for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, the conclusion of THG book trilogy that was turned into a cinematic quadruple. The Martian, Ridley Scott's latest film, opens tomorrow; I am going to see the 3D version at the first showing just after noon, so I will be tweeting my initial reactions, but I am confident I will enjoy it (The Walk with Joseph Gordon-Levitt is also opening, however, I just don't think I can sit through that film). I went and saw Hotel Transylvania 2. If you will recall, Hotel Transylvania was decidedly pro-socialist and anti-capitalist; it appears, however, that Adam Sandler and company have experienced a bit of a change in their ideology because HT2 is far more to the right, in several important ways, than I would have been willing to bet money on, and that's always a good thing! For those of you who are also fans, Penny Dreadful Season 2 is coming out on disc October 6.
Earlier this week, our post was on Spectre and rumors of Daniel Craig bowing out after this Bond film; Craig's most recent interview, published today, reaffirms his contractual obligations and that he wants to play Bond for as long as (physically) possible. Skyfall was the first Bond film to cross the $1 billion dollar international mark. 
Now, just to keep you up on what is still to come this year, here is a quick calendar for you:
9: Steve Jobs, Pan
16: Crimson Peak, Bridge of Spies, Goosebumps
23: Last Witch Hunter, Burnt
6: Spectre, The Peanuts Movie, Trumbo
20: Mockingjay Part 2
25: Creed, Victor Frankenstein
4: Krampus, MacBeth
11: Heart of the Sea
18: Star Wars VII
25: The Hateful 8, Joy, Point Break
Now, here is a trailer for Goosebumps that I think looks pretty good:
If you will recall, a couple of years ago, we saw something similar to this in the Evil Dead, when a dumb kid opened a book and basically released the devil on him and his friends; we could also mention The Raven (John Cusack) when a real life crime has to become a masterpiece of Edgar Allan Poe; not being familiar with the Goosebumps books, I'm not going to say anything else at the moment, but I am interested in what they do with this. The second trailer for the day does look pretty scary:
I like this trailer because it appears that it's fully exploring the symbolic significance of a forest as a place of sin, being lost and the soul as a garden taken over by a wild nature rather than discipline. Likewise, with Jess and Sarah being identical twins, we have a building up of the theme that every narrative has a main character and the rest of the characters are just parts or versions of the main character which have to be 1). overcome, 2). converted or, 3). destroyed in order for the main hero to live on victorious.
Eat Your Art Out,
The Fine Art Diner