Wednesday, April 20, 2016

TRAILERS: Magnificent Seven, X-Men Apocalypse, The Infiltrator, Equals, Nine Lives

First up, the reviews for Captain America: Civil War are starting to come in (though there is still a ban on releasing details of the film's plot). I look at a lot of film websites, and Cinemablend.com is one of those I have relied on for years now for film news, so I am fairly familiar with their tastes and even there politics, which I would say slightly leans to the left more than they do to the right. Having said that--and that they are incredibly picky, a bit snobbish, too--their review for CACW is in and it's breathtaking; they can't say enough good things about the film. I all ready have my ticket for the late Thursday night, IMAX 3D opening, so I can't wait (May 4). This weekend, The Huntsman: Winter's War opens; I'm going to try and catch it Thursday night, but I think it'll likely be Friday before I can see it, but I will get that post up asap  (by the way, I was going to see Sing Street this week, but it never actually made it to my theater; I'm keeping an eye out for it and still plan to see it). The first trailer for the re-make of The Magnificent Seven has been released. The original Magnificent Seven (Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen) was based on the Akira Kurasawa film, The Seven Samurai, and if you haven't seen either film, you are truly missing out on some great cinema.
"Is it difficult?" Chris Pratt's character asks; "Impossible," Denzel Washington's character replies, and that might be a reference to an American military personnel who was asked during World War II if his regiment would be able to complete their orders. "The impossible we can do. It's the difficult that takes a little longer," meaning, the greater the challenge, the easier it is to rise up to meet it. I think the film holds great promise and I'm really looking forward to it. Now, X-Men: Apocalypse has released an interesting tease that I really enjoy:
The X-Men franchise has put out some creative teasers and this mock TV ad succinctly mimics the old television series In Search of...with Leonard Nimoy. Why? The teaser going back to the 1980s (the height of the Cold War) suggests that people were looking into who Apocalypse was even then and provides a rounder, fuller history for the character instead of just springing up out of nowhere. Now, speaking of the 1980s, here is a trailer with Trumbo actor Bryan Cranston that I am quite upset about:
Great, they're going to go after drugs, right? Well, in a culture desperately trying to roll over and play dead to drugs so they can be legalized,... no. This is going to attempt to show that we can't win Nancy Reagan's (who has just died) "war on drugs," so we shouldn't fight it anymore. This is going to try and do for drugs what Al Capone and the gangsters did for Prohibition. On an equally disturbing level, here is Equals:
To most conservatives, this is what a socialist/communist society looks like (after all, in China, you aren't even allowed to hug your family members; nothing like that exists in the US, does it?) but because socialists want to emphasize that people feel, rather than think, they want people to imagine a world where they don't get to exhibit any emotions at all. Trust me, this is a pro-socialist film. Likewise, the newest Kevin Spacey film:
We've talked at length about the socialist drive to convince people that they are not people but animals. Everyone will prefer Spacey's character as a cat, and he will probably even come to prefer being a cat, because that is the agenda. Warcraft is a popular game that is getting its own film (Assassin's Creed with Michael Fassbinder in the lead should be dropping its trailer soon). If you don't know anything about this world, neither do I. According to the synopsis, a pack of orcs are entering this fantasy world because their world has been destroyed, so the humans and native orcs to this land have to band together to defeat these invading orcs:
Something that has me concerned about this is the director has said that there is no definite good and bad guy in the film, but that both sides will have someone who is good and the audience will recognize them as such. The reason this is problematic for me is that's a rather relativistic moral universe being created, and that's typical of liberals, not conservatives. The Girl On the Train is about a woman (Emily Blunt) who fantasizes about the "perfect couple" who lives in a house her train passes by everyday,... and then something happens:
If you saw The Purge, you know that liberals like to use envy and greed together: people are going to be jealous of you, so don't try to become too successful or they will resent you for it,... that's how liberals thing because liberals are the ones who resent people. So, Blunt's character resents the "perfect life" she thinks this family has and destroys it because it's not the life she has for herself. That's an excellent summation for the motives of socialism: we can't all have a perfect life, so it's better that no one does.
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