Monday, April 11, 2016

Marvel News & Trailers

So much news has dropped that I had to stop and post it, otherwise, I would definitely forget. First things first: while I know many readers here are of different religions, denominations or atheists, The Fine Art Diner is a blog dedicated to the service of fellow Christians; this week, Pope Francis released a document, The Joy of Love, and it's truly terrible. Michael Brenden Dougherty published this article discussing some of the many faults, validating what many conservative Catholics (such as myself) are going through regarding this horrible event in the Church, and, of course, veteran writer Rocco Palmo of the blog Whispers In the Loggia provides a summary of the text and the key problems it brings up in the Life of the Church. It's important for all of us to remember, this isn't something infallible the pope has published, it's his personal writings; unfortunately, it can and will cause a lot of damage, but those who are going to take it and run would have regardless. Thank you for your patience, now, on to other matters,...
The Jungle Book is slated to open this weekend, and--quite frankly--I expect it to be very good, not just for its own merits, but because, politically, I expect The Jungle Book to be the counter-argument to two pro-socialist films we will be seeing, Tarzan and Pete's Dragon. All three films posit theories about man's return to a "simpler state" in nature, and the abandonment of technology and the advances of civilization. Disney is so confident in the film, The Jungle Book 2 has all ready begun negotiations with the same director and writer. That's always a good sign. 
The first trailer for Dr. Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is scheduled to be released this week (you bet I'm going to post it asap!). It has been confirmed that Thor and Star Lord, aka, Chris Pratt from Guardians of the Galaxy, will both be in The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 (Thor was a pretty sure shot, but hey, who knows, he could die) and Tom Hiddleston has confirmed that Thor: Raganork will be Loki's last film,... it appears that Natalie Portman will not be appearing in any additional Marvel films as Thor's love interest or at all. For Fast and Furious 8, we all ready knew that Charlize Theron was cast, but now so it Scott Eastwood (yes, son of Clint). Now, speaking of Theron, The Huntsman: Winter's War, is all ready doing quite well at the international box office. Here is one of the intriguing clips that has been released this week and shows what happens when you get top-quality actors:
Even though Freya (Emily Blunt) the Ice Queen, has some difficult times in the film, she ultimately wants to save her kingdom and "her children," the army of huntsman she has raised up. Why this clip is so important is because it crystallizes one of the main metaphysical points between capitalists and socialists: socialists, like Ravenna (Theron), believe in power and driving out human weakness from within themselves; capitalists know that the human heart is vulnerable, but love is what gives us our strength, a lesson Freya comes to understand. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has released a new trailer, and I am equally impressed with it:
To begin with, we have discussed (for years it seems like) how socialists view people--not as created by God in the Image of God with immortal souls, rather--as animals, with no soul, no destiny and no free will. What is happening in this trailer? They are turning people into animals, which is what we have seen happening in the US of A for the last seven years. It's genius that the elixir to do so is purple because purple is the color of suffering: to Christians, suffering is redemptive because it helps us overcome our weaknesses and strengthens us in virtue, bringing us closer to God. To socialists, suffering is bad because suffering breeds more suffering, so trust the government and you won't ever suffer again. In other words, TMNT2 has targeted that the vehicle of the debate in the country today is whether you are willing to, literally, sell your soul to the government and become an animal on the state farm, or accept your suffering and remain a child of God. What do some of the turtles want so much? To be human, so the question is, will they accept what they are, or sell themselves? Which brings us to the new trailer for Suicide Squad:
Notice the beginning: What if Superman were bad and he attacked the Oval Office? We'll take bad guys and make them our heroes. The natural assumption that the good guys are really bad is something we see in Spectre (no one trusts James Bond in spite of doing nothing but good), Captain America Civil War ("People are afraid," and checks have to be put on the heroes, that is, the government gets to control them), Batman vs Superman and Superman being so easily framed in spite of having saved the world and who knows what other films I am just forgetting. The point is: socialists assume the worst about human nature because of their own individualistic tendencies: because they are such bad people, they assume all people are just as bad as they are. What I like is the next line, I propose we take some bad people that I think can do some good. America isn't just the land of opportunity, it's also the land of second chances, and The Dark Knight Rises and the entire Fast and Furious franchise proves that (and we'll see it with Bucky Barnes in Captain America, not to mention what a "bad boy" Tony Stark was until he found his path).  What I hope will happen in Suicide Squad is what we see with Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant Man: they take vices and turn them into virtues, but instead of being self-serving, they find a greater calling, a higher good they can call their own. We'll see. Now, I love Nikola Tesla, and someone else does, too:
I have no idea what is going to happen in this film, but I do want to see it. Someone else I really love, is John Le Carre (and no, I haven't hears anything about a sequel to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) and I am concerned about what is being done with this film, but it's Le Carre, so I have to see it:
Now, this next film has very traditional symbols at play, which is going to make it difficult to project without seeing the whole film:
The father, Christopher Walken's character, symbolizes, of course, the Founding Fathers; the mother symbolizes the "motherland," so these "pieces" became a means of "fame," at least in certain circles, in which their "talent" for creating (what in Art History we call) "performance pieces," leading to a greater understanding of art and the culture it's mirroring. This is obviously a story about conversion, but I can't foresee whose conversion. Last but not least, the big trailer which Geeks everywhere are obsessing over, Star Wars: Rogue One. If you are confused about this trailer, don't worry: it fits where Return Of the Sixth left off and Star Wars A New Hope (the one where we first meet Luke Skywalker and Leia and Hans Solo) picks up, so it's nestled into that little corner of time:
Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, which I LOVED) gives us a story line very much like that of Suicide Squad: she finds a home in the rebellion, but is she too bad to be any good to the rebellion? Some are speculating that this is Phasma's backstory (the black storm trooper, I think) but Felicity Jones could turn into an Imperial storm trooper if she's not careful.... ooohhh,.... Okay, so, opening this weekend is The Jungle Book, which I am going to see, but also opening is Sing Street, and for those of us who grew up in the '80s, this is a must see:
Ah, the smell of Aqua Net in the morning,.... We all know that whenever interpretation and criticism takes place during a film, that's an extended invitation to us, the viewers, to also engage in criticism and interpretation, so watch this clip about Duran Duran:
"What tyranny can stand up to that?" and he's right. DON'T FORGET TO GET YOUR TICKETS FOR CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR, I have all ready gotten mine, and the theater was more than half-sold out for the 10:30 pm showing Thursday night!
Eat Your Art Out,
The Fine Art Diner