Monday, March 13, 2017

TRAILERS & NEWS

Rumors are always just rumors,... unless they're more. We have discussed this, prior to the release of Spectre, regarding why on earth Sony would even allow talks of replacing Daniel Craig as Bond (this was before his very public temper tantrum which turned a great number of fans off and was at least partially to blame for the lower financial return compared to Skyfall). Plenty of people have begun loudly demanding that the new Bond be a female, or at least gay, preferably a minority who is female and gay, so "reflect the modern era," as those proponents claim (and they are lying, that's not why they want it, but this isn't the time, nor the place). So what's going on? Here are three facts. Fact one: Craig signed a contract for five Bond films; after completing the fifth film, (Casino Royale was first, then Quantum Of Solace, then Skyfall, and Spectre, so he is still contractually obligated to do another one) Craig can still portray Bond, but he can negotiate the films on a per film basis (salary, time constraints, stunt work, etc.). Fact two: Christoph Waltz, who portrayed Blofeld in Spectre, signed a three film contract to portray Blofeld (and Sony when to all kinds of trouble and expense with the Ian Fleming estate to get Blofeld onto the screen, so why on earth are they willing to just stop it at one film?) but Waltz's return was contingent upon Craig playing Bond in all three films (so Craig will be robbing Waltz of two more films if Craig skips out on the deal, not to mention co-stars like Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux and Ben Whitshaw). Fact three: Neil Purvis and Robert Wade are back to co-script the 25th film in the Bond franchise, which they began in 1999 with Pierce Brosnan in The World Is Not Enough. There is also the fact that the mayor of the Croatian city of Dubrovnik has stated that they are in "advanced talks" to be one of the locations in Bond 25. We also know that lifetime Bond-producer Barbara Broccoli agreed to produce a Shakespeare play on Broadway (or something like that) with Craig in the lead; why? Well, it certainly wasn't for any kind of profitability on her part. Personally, I think Craig will return, even though two-time director Sam Mendes has stated that he's done with the franchise (the stress, which is completely understandable). So, if I am right, why is there all this drama about, "Will Craig return, or won't he? Who will replace him?" Because it is drama and drama is publicity, free publicity at that.
I am slowly but surely getting the captions done for John Wick Chapter 2. I will post a snippet as soon as all are complete, as usual, I am so sorry for the delay. So, there just happens to be quite a bit of news dropping. First, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is getting a sequel, but it's not going to be any of the original cast (Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara) but the exciting news is, Fede Alvarez is directing! Who's that, you ask? Don't Breathe and The Evil Dead director. Matthew Vaughn is in talks to direct Man Of Steel 2, which is awesome, since he did such a fantastic job on The Kingsman Secret Service. Director/writer/producer Ridley Scott has hinted that a sequel to Gladiator is in the works with Russell Crowe actually revising his role in the sequel. Beauty and the Beast opens this weekend. Expectations are that it will bring in $100 million on the low-end, and $120 at the high-end, so, if audience-boycotts because of the gay character cause the film to perform below $100 million, that will be a victory for audience members and a slap in the face to Disney, which I think they deserve.
Disney has basically decided to remake all of their classic animated films: they have all ready re-made The Jungle Book, Cinderella, Maleficent (for Sleeping Beauty), Pete's Dragon and. opening this weekend, Beauty and the Beast. Mulan is being written by the same writers of Planet Of the Apes, so it will be pro-socialist; The Lion King, fortunately, is in the hands of Jon Favreau, so we can look forward to that one. Whoever thought that letting Tim Burton remake Dumbo would be a good idea, deserves a lobotomy, because they obviously aren't using their brains anyway. Aladdin, however, is going to be helmed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes A Game Of Shadows, King Arthur Legend Of the Sword). Christopher Robin, the human-hero of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, is getting the Hook treatment with Christopher Robin being grown-up and Pooh showing up on his doorstep one day to invite him back into the world of the imaginary. It's all ready had a number of scribes working on the script, so it's apt to not be very good. Oliver Twist is being given the Hamilton treatment and turned into a hip-hop musical. Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes is re-doing James and the Giant Peach, so that will be good, while Cruella, based on 101 Dalmatians, has the writer for Fifty Shades Of Grey working on the script. Oh, yea, that was a good idea. Here's two more bad ones that I don't understand: they are making films both Tink, for Tinkerbell in the vein of Maleficent and Peter Pan by the same pro-socialist Pete's Dragon film makers. I guess they have to come up with projects to give to all these socialists. Plans are in the works for The Litter Mermaid, but no definite attachments as of yet, while, sadly, one of my favorites, The Sword In the Stone, will be written by one of the Game of Thrones scribes, which means it will be an answer to the Ritchie King Arthur Legend Of the Sword, as a pro-socialist work. How sad. Pinocchio is in the works but no attachments. If you are wondering if this shows that there is no creative talent at Disney anymore, that's only half accurate. These live-animation films (like the Mary Poppins adaptation filming right now) require incredible creative genius for the technical side of the production, namely, bringing everything to life and making it look as real as possible. What is obviously missing is a creative interpretation of modern morals and grounding in reality, not some Marxist textbook that is just getting repeated and used as propaganda. 
A new clip for Guardians Of the Galaxy Vol 2 has been released:
This teaser for the releasing of a full-trailer tomorrow is for Despicable Me 3 and looks hilarious:
Since this is just a teaser, we will wait until the full trailer is released tomorrow to go into it. Next up: I really want to like this film, but with a few of the things I have seen, I just don't think it's going to happen.
What I do really like and appreciate is that Diana is being trained so hard; that's good. What I am concerned about is the German officer, even though he's just World War I, looks more like a Nazi, and even though the very word NAZI means National Socialist German Workers' Party in German, the history re-writers of the Left want to paint conservatives and those revolting against the refugee take-over of their countries as Nazis. On the other side, we have a great extra trailer from Ridley Scott's team for Alien (I simply LOVE these extra-topical trailers)! There has been a bit of confusion regarding Michael Fassbinder's role in Alien: Covenant. "David" was the droid featured in Prometheus with Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) while "Walter" is the droid in the feature below. According to credits listings I have seen, Fassbender will be playing both David and Walter, but it's unclear if at this time if, in the Alien: Covenant trailers that have been released, he's David or Walter.
This is a very simple premise: Walter was "created to serve," which means he's a slave. That's a bit of a misnomer given that Walter, as a droid, doesn't have free will the way humans do, so he's literally, created to serve, not created to be free or independent, and that's the point: we were. We were created to express our free will and our individuality, not to be enslaved. Walter/David will serve the purpose of highlighting everything we are not. For the premise of Geostorm, our next trailer, the changing environment on earth caused government's to ban together to create a series of satellites that protect the world from catastrophes; but they start to go haywire and two estranged brothers must work together to figure out the real problem of what has happened and who is behind it.
On one level, we see the satellite system as being a utopia of control typical of communist countries who believe they can control everything and seek to do just that. When there is that much power in one source, this case, the government-owned satellites, then there is no one to oversee the program and report abuse, or monitor the system, the government is its own watchdog. On the other hand, this could be propaganda saying, the government can fix all of out problems, but it's haters out there sabotaging the good the socialist policies are trying to enact.Oh, and one more, this second trailer was literally just released as I was posting; unfortunately, I have to say, if Cillian Murphy is in it, I am probably going to have to watch it; this is definitely going to be pro-socialist, and they even spell it out for you in the title card.
"If everyone has a gun, then no one is in control," and what they really mean to say, "If everyone has a gun, then the government can't be in control over everyone."

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