Thursday, July 26, 2018

Comic-Con Trailers & Film News Updates

Warner Brothers has really "put the pedal to the metal" with their propaganda machine. Wonder Woman: 1984 could not be more of a political statement. "1984" references, not only the famous anti-socialist story Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell (who himself was a Democratic Socialist) but the year 1984 during the Cold War and the Ronald Reagan Administration. Oh, Chris Pine's character is supposedly back from the dead, I guess they needed a white, heterosexual hero to kill again.
A ton of stuff has been going on, so let's get some important catch-up work done. First, Mission Impossible: Fallout opens this weekend, and it's all ready doing amazing, like amazing. Critics are saying it's the best MI to date and could be the last blockbuster film of the 2018 summer, so, if you have a chance you are going to want to see this one. I am going to make a desperate attempt to see it this weekend I have really been looking forward to it (ownership of my favorite theater changed and it's just not the same experience now).
Downton Abbey is getting a movie! All the main actors are reprising their roles and filming begins in September with Julian Fellowes, the writer of the series, penning the screenplay and producing. Deadwood is also getting its own movie! Shooting will begin on the stand-alone film this October and is set to air sometime in 2019, although film makers have noted that is not "set in stone." Everyone from the original cast and production team will be working on the film. From the Marvel Universe, Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson (release date March 20, 2019) intends on de-ageing Samuel L Jackson by 25 years for his role as Nick Fury; technology is amazing nowadays, isn't it?
This is the newest image release for The Nun, debuting in September. The Nun panel at Comic-Con this week has proven to be one of the most popular so we can probably expect a pretty strong showing for this film.
So, remember that big fight that happened over the last installment of Fast and Furious between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Deisel? Well, Johnson has started rumors that he might not return to the F & F franchise, but that isn't stopping him and Jason Statham from uniting for a F & F spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw, to be released July 26, 2019 (so they are putting a lot in this show for that release date). The great Idris Elba and relative new-comer Vanessa Kirby are both in talks for roles (Kirby has been seen in The Crown and Mission Impossible: Fallout) with Elba possibly portraying the primary villain. Again, no word on Johnson's position regarding future F & F films, but he has all ready released information that production on Jumanji 2 has started. And Val Kilmer has confirmed that he will be returning as Iceman in the sequel to Top Gun titled Maverick. Oscar winning actress Jennifer Connolly is joining, as well as Miles Teller who will be playing Goose's son. The last I heard, the film revolved around the dilemmas involving human pilots vs drones.
The latest Halloween is making quite a commotion for the incredible quality of the film and scenes. Basic story line: yes, Michael Myers is out again, and yes, he's trying to get Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) again, but this is a clear example of Myers-as-socialism and Laurie (with her state-of-the-art security system and arsenal of guns) as a strong woman who is not going to be anyone's victim. This is a AWESOME trailer and we will be going through that in-depth in a separate post, promise!
Awhile back, we discussed a mock-u-mentary called No Men Beyond This Point, which imagined a world where women could get pregnant without men and those babies were all female, meaning the male population was dying out. Jodie Foster has joined the FX television series Y: The Last Man, with Diane Lane and Amber Tamblyn, which follows the last man born with the Y chromosome following a mysterious plague as he attempts to figure out what happened,.... Anyway, the follow-up to Edge Of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt is still happening: Doug Liman says they have a great story, but they are still working on the script. And some news that has made me exceedingly happy,....
From left to right: Chris Pratt, James Gunn, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista.
James Gunn has been released from Guardians Of the Galaxy films. He is terribly Leftist, and a silent hatred for Christians lurks beneath the surface of his films. Guardians 1 & 2 were horribly offensive (please see Guardians Of the Galaxy Vol 1 and Guardians Of the Galaxy Vol 2). The reason he has been removed from Guardians Of the Galaxy Vol 3 is due to offensive tweets he made and other bad social media decisions. I could not be happier: James Gunn was a horrible socialist stain on the pristine fabric of the Marvel Universe, and now he's gone.
The heroes of Warner Brothers' DC Extended Universe. So, yea, there was a stand-alone Batman film supposed to happen with Ben Affleck having written the script, starring in it and then even set to direct it, but rumor was, it the story was so bad Warner Brothers refused to go forward with it. So, now, it appears, withe the "multi-verse" decision, there could be another Batman running around and he could be the one who gets that new Batman film.
Now, here is something just all-around bizarre. Warner Brothers has decided to make a stand-alone Joker origin film starring Joaquin Phoenix and Robert DeNiro. Okay, how many strange things can I write in one sentence? With Jared Leto playing a high-acclaimed Joker in the DC Universe, why on earth go and wreck that? Oh, because it's Warner Brothers and they don't want to look like they are indebted to Marvel. Warner Brothers has announced that, rather than have an "Extended Universe" like Marvel (where all the heroes eventually come together to fight a common enemy in the same adventure) Warner Brothers is going to have "Multi-Verses," which I understand is part of their comics' platform, that is, different universe simultaneously exist, so what happens in one story doesn't necessarily have an effect on events in other stories (or one actor playing The Joker doesn't undermine the performance of another actor playing The Joker simultaneously). Speaking of Warner Brothers, let's take a look at the first trailer for Shazam which they are heavily banking upon to raise their fortunes:
There is some seriously wrong things with this trailer, but it's just so annoying, I don't want to spend a lot of time on it, so here it is: who is it that wants to gain incredible resources without having done anything to earn them? Shazam would actually be a spot-on parody of the Left if it weren't for the fact that it's the Left actually making this film about themselves. The last scene around 2:40 details the Left perfectly: they are every bit as bad as the robbers themselves because they have walked out of the store with all that junk food without paying for it (nothing substantial, nothing nutritious, just what they want to eat not what they need to eat; food symbolizes what it is we take in and digest on a mental and spiritual scale, and the two "kids" have taken only what they want, rather like Laura in Logan when she's at the gas station: she takes a can of Pringles and sunglasses without paying for them, then Logan takes cigars without paying for them; we also saw this several years ago in a film called Project X, about an out-of-control weekend part high school boys were throwing when one of the boys at a stores said, "I'm not paying for condoms," and put them in his pocket and walked out with them; this is the Left).
Shazam appears to perfectly mirror the "political fantasies" of typical, everyday Liberals with their teenage sensibilities and utter lack of maturity and ethics, in other words, something of an echo of Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One. The would-be robbers at the gas station store are wrapped up in Christmas lights; why? They probably symbolize Christians to the film makers (this is just a guess, but it seems perfectly in-line with what the Left does, the accuse someone else of doing something and then do it themselves) and this is evidenced in the same scene when Shazam breaks the window: we know that glass and mirrors symbolize inner-meditation, that which we should be "reflecting upon," but in this scene, Shazam has caused more monetary damage to the store than the robbers probably would have gotten away with so his destruction isn't helping anyone in spite of what he thinks he's doing.
While this is on an entirely different note, it's also kind of the same note: Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure is going in for a third installment with the original cast returning (including Keanu Reeves). The story revolves around Bill and Ted having grown to maturity: being married and having kids with routine jobs, but the prophecy about them writing music that was going to save the world hasn't come true,... yet. So, visitors from the future aide Bill and Ted in fulfilling the prophecy and, trust me, it's going to be a liberal festival of mediocrity. 
On a happier Warner Brothers' note, at least I hope so, Godzilla: King of the Monsters has released their first trailer, and while Gareth Edwards knocked it out of the park with his Godzilla (2014), I hope this new crew does the same; just stay with the trailer, because it doesn't sound very good at the start,....
I realize that the first monologue makes it sound like a global warming message, but we have actually seen this technique used previously in none other than Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. If you will recall, Nolan argues that if Liberals really believe the planet is dying, than they should be pushing for space exploration--rather than hampering it--because we need to find a new home; Godzilla: King Of the Monsters appears to be doing the same thing. Now, in Edwards Godzilla,  Godzilla saved us from the Feminists and gays (please see Erasure & Time: Godzilla for more) and in the new version, Godzilla appears to be challenging all three of his biggest foes: Mothra, Rodan and the three-headed King Ghidorah; I understand this can sound ridiculous, however, when Godzilla first rose to post-World War II prominence, these "enemies of Godzilla" were actually the enemies of the United States and capitalism, Godzilla having become "a friend" to the people of Japan and being the only one who could save them from the domino effect of other Asian countries falling to communism (we'll go into this more when the second trailer drops) but, for the meantime, I am quite happy with this and expect it to be a great film!
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