Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Dr. Strange TRAILER & Captain America 'The Right To Choose'

This is the official poster for Dr. Strange, being released in November; tonight, April 12, Benedict Cumberbatch will release the first trailer on Jimmy Kimmel Live (IT'S POSTED AT THE VERY BOTTOM). Tom Cruise has promised "incredible set pieces" for Mission Impossible 6 (no other news though on any other aspect of the film) and Warner Brothers has announced that Ben Affleck will direct the script he has written for the solo Batman film (so he's the writer, director and star, which doesn't sound good).
First still of Kong: Skull Island. 
A couple of great clips have been released for Captain America: Civil War, including what will probably prove to be the heart of the film: Steve Rogers and Tony Stark arguing over what the "Accords" (to take orders only from the government) means and whether or not it's the right thing to do to sign them:
The conversation is a not-so-veiled reference to the "debate" (to put it politely) regarding the Second Amendment of the US Constitution, i.e., gun control laws and the surrendering of the right to bear arms by US citizens. Two things about this clip that we can discuss now: first, Rhodes (Don Cheadle) and his response to Steve's argument about "shifting the blame" and Rhodes calling that "arrogant." As I have argued many times, dear reader, a character doesn't die in a film unless they are all ready dead (or, unless they are willingly sacrificing themselves to save others, which will probably happen also in CA3). We don't know if Rhodes actually dies or not, but we have seen him shot down and falling from the sky and Tony holding him as if Rhodes is dead, and what Rhodes says in this conversation is probably the reason why they have given "dead talk" to a dead man; that is, the film makers have pre-empted this argument and want to show viewers where it leads, and they do so with Rhodes: "follow that road/Rhodes, and this is where you will end up." Second point: there is something missing from this conversation: gratitude. If you will remember from The Avengers, towards the end of the film, there is a clip of a woman who says, "Captain America saved my life," and we haven't heard that in a long time (the same gratitude is absent in Spectre and Batman vs Superman and will likely be absent in X-Men: Apocalypse and possibly Suicide Squad depending on how that plays out). Gratitude and humility would go a long ways in saving these heroes from the emotional turmoil about to erupt; so we have to ask ourselves, why is gratitude missing from so many of these huge films about heroes? Ultimately, the answer falls back on ourselves, and how grateful or how ungrateful we are as individuals and a nation. Another new clip has been released for Captain America: Civil War featuring Ant Man's introduction to the team, and he's the Ant Man we know and love:
Ant Man is a character full of gratitude because he knows he has been giving a second chance; he does draw a lot of conscious attention to emotions ("I'm shaking your hand a really long time"), and we will discuss this trait of his character in my upcoming post on Ant Man, really. Now, I normally don't do this, because I normally don't watch these types of clips, however, I am posting this B-roll footage (it's only like 4 mins) because it's amazing how physical these rolls are and I certainly have a better and deeper appreciation for the great lengths the actors have to go to in order to create a movie like this (no, there aren't any spoilers):
Sing Street opens this week, and here is a clip they have released for that: they are filming a video for their newest song and the model Raphina (has renamed the protagonist Conor to "Cosmo" for their new image) is in the video and the one who jumps into the water:
I'm quite intrigued about the film and I think this is going to be quite good; The Jungle Book is the more important film opening this weekend, so I'll be getting that post up first, but I'm going to see Sing Street. What is the film about? First, Conor/Cosmo ("Cosmo" is the name of my cat, which I named after Cosimo de'Medici, anyway,.. I am such a nerd,...) Conor is lead by his heart, and in The Huntsman: Winter's War, we will see the Frost Queen (Emily Blunt) try to stifle her heart after the death of her daughter, but then she risks becoming like her sister Ravenna (Charlize Theron). The human heart can't be stifled, it has to be filled with something, and we either fill it with love or with hate, or with a hunger for power (like Ravenna; we will probably also see this as a point in X-Men Apocalypse). So, Conor has a heart; second, his heart is what leads him to dream and dream big; just like his practical brown shoes being "practical," Conor himself is practical (we'll discuss the symbolism of his feet in the post) but love and the talents of his friends helps him to do something he never even dreamed. Third, we could call this the "American Dream," but this is in Ireland, and it's NOT that this demonstrates how generations of Americans achieving the driving desires of their hearts have influenced the world, RATHER, it demonstrates that what has been labeled "the American Dream" is actually the human dream, regardless of where or when we live, we all have a dream to make the most of ourselves. Remember, this is in the 1980s, the height of the Cold War, and the "tyranny" Conor's brother was talking about while watching the Duran Duran video is the tyranny of socialism.Now, one last trailer that was just posted (I was hoping Dr. Strange would be posted early, but, alas, no,...):
We can say that Being Charlie is what happens when we don't have a dream, when we can't follow our hearts, when socialism takes over, because--quite frankly--socialists want us all on drugs, so we're dumb and zoned out so we don't make trouble and don't try to make more of ourselves; I could be really wrong about it, but Being Charlie is probably a warning to a lot of young liberals.
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