You’re wrong. It’s an Earth Day movie and the title is a misnomer.
Let’s break it down. Sure the movie takes place during the July 4th weekend, but it has nothing to do with alien colonization. It’s just a marketing scheme because the movie opened on July 4 weekend and made a ton of money. The movie aliens don’t want to enslave us and make us dependent on them like the movie producers wanted. Their goal is to destroy the humans and take the Earth’s natural resources. Devastate our Earth. Despite a chill inducing speech by Bill Pullman’s President about “our Independence Day,” it’s about about staving off a human holocaust and protecting the Earth. We won and celebrated. If that’s not an Earth Day movie, I don’t know what is…
And now, here’s the trailer for the sequel we don’t need and won’t be good.
Want to see interesting movies for cheap? I have a solution. A Bryan Movie Hack, if you will.
You will? Great.
Recently, I’ve been catching movies that I might not have hunted out after missing them in theatres. It’s because of the iTunes ‘Movie of the Week’.
Each week, iTunes features a 99 cent, 30-day rental. You have 30 days to keep in in your queue, but only 24 hours when you activate it. It’s perfect, as the rental doesn’t break the bank, allows for viewing flexibility, and provides an eclectic selection from week to week.
The titles have been consistently interesting. I’ve enjoyed everything from ‘Mr. Holmes’, ‘Z for Zachariah’, and ‘The Walk’ to ‘Bone Tomahawk’ and ‘Attack the Block’. This week’s is ‘American Ultra’, which I plan to watch this weekend.
As much as I live to go to the theatre, I frequently miss some of the smaller gems. Thankfully, iTunes uses this feature to get these movies in front of us. (They also get me to transact on a regular basis, but that’s a whole different story.)
You can also purchase a ton of great movies for decent prices, but for the ‘Movie of the Week’ feature, you can take a chance on a smaller film for cheap.
Yesterday at Cinemacon 2016, Sony and Marvel made their stand alone Spider-Man movie’s title, ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ official. The title references Peter Parker’s high school age, as well as a meta-reference to Spidey, slinging his way into the MCU. I mean, he is their most universally loved property. (It also references ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ issue #252 for all you nerds like me out there.)
As of now, the film is supposed to be in theaters on July 7, 2017. Jon Watts is directing, Tom Holland is Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and Marisa Tomei is Aunt May. You can see your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man on May 6th in Captain America: Civil War. (And apparently they showed some Aunt May/Tony Stark footage at CinemaCon too.)
Today Marvel released it’s trailer for ‘Daredevil’. It’s below for your viewing pleasure.
Coming to Netflix on April 10th, this new iteration ‘Daredevil’ stars Charlie Cox (‘Stardust’), Deborah Ann Woll (‘True Blood’), Elden Hanson (‘The Mighty Ducks’), Rosario Dawson (‘Sin City’), and Vincent D’Onofrio (‘Men in Black’). It’s the first series in a collection of Netflix based Marvel TV shows leading up to a ‘Defenders’ series. ‘AKA Jessica Jones’ (starring Kristen Ritter) is up next, followed by Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (TBD) based shows. Too much info? Sorry. Just watch the trailer and then we can discuss below.
I have to say, this trailer gets me way more excited then the footage I saw at NYCC last fall. That footage, while “cool” to get a sneak peek, was underwhelming. The acting was a bit stiff and the action, despite looking gritty and raw, was too fast in poorly lit shots. The best scenes we saw were wonderfully written existential art conversations involving Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin. Vincent D’Onofrio is going to be freakin’ great. As much as I enjoy Charlie Cox, I’m really looking forward to what we get with D’Onofrio’s Fisk. (You can see him standing in front of a white painting in the above trailer.)
I find that this trailer really captures the raw grit in the action sequences and makes the footage look more complete than what I saw in October. I guess, for an official trailer two months before the release, that’s the point. The lighting seems to have been adjusted in post-production. I’m digging the Frank Miller black costume in action, but hope that they jump to the suit we know and love sooner than later.
We only got a taste of how his powers will be creatively executed in this version of The man Without Fear, but I really enjoy how well Marvel holds back in how they release images and information. There’s so much to be surprised by and absorb in April. We’re living in a fanboy (and girl) dreamland! Daredevil is one of my favorites and since I have a lot of faith in Marvel (as we all do at this point) I’m still quite excited for this one. I’m definitely all in. If this Netflix experiment ends up anything like their big screen success, I’ll be a happy fan.
All episodes of ‘Daredevil’ come flying into your home on Netflix April 10th, 2015. Game of Thrones, Season 5 and Silicon Valley, Season 2 both start that Sunday, the 12th. What a busy weekend!
There’s been a ton of fun movie and TV news in the past few days, so I’ll just lay it all out for you.
‘Jurassic World’ Trailer and Website
Aside from pretty good Super Bowl spot (above) that centered around the new dinosaur created for the park (oh humans, when will we learn?!), the ‘Jurassic World’ website went live the other day. No, no, no: I mean the site for the fictional park. Take the time to look through it as it displays island temperature, ride wait times, live feeds, group rates (aka links you out to Fandango), and more. It’s pretty impressive. Check it out HERE.
The park is open on June 12th, 2015.
Felicity Jones Cast in ‘Star Wars’
Ms. Jones, like Hansel, is so hot right now. She’s potentially on her way to becoming Black Cat in Sony’s messy ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ series, earned an Oscar nomination for her incredible work in ‘The Theory of Everything’, and now has been cast as the lead in Gareth Edward’s ‘Star Wars’ spin-off. I personally love this move, as Jones has shown what a great presence she has on screen. The idea of a female leading the charge in a ‘Star Wars’ film is potentially great. Even with the likes of ‘The Hunger Games’ and other current high grossing female-centric action adventure films, we need genuinely need more. First we have an African-American start of ‘The Force Awakens’ and now a female ‘Star Wars’ lead. Good on Disney for making thing happen! Princess Leia is such a bad ass hero for girls (and boys) to look up to, so hopefully Jones’ character will follow in her bunned-hair filled shoes. So far, Disney hasn’t disappointed in casting our new “Galaxy Far, Far Away.”
The first ‘Star Wars’ spin off will tentatively be released in December of 2016.
First Image of Brandon Routh in A.T.O.M. Gear
The CW’s ‘Arrow’ is getting a new hero! Below is our first look at Brandon Routh in his tech gear. In the comics, The Atom can shrink down to a teeny tiny size to fight crime. I’m digging the outfit and wonder if the clear face shield will contain some sort of digital dashbard ala Iron Man. If anything, it could obscure his face for his identity hiding needs. Since the CW’s ‘The Flash’ has been doing so well (for good reason), giving Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) his own A.T.O.M. show has been discussed. Regardless of whether ‘Arrow’ creates another superhero spin-off, I’m looking forward to a triple team up of DC heroes in some crossover form on the CW.
When tickets went on sale to see the two last episode of season 4 of ‘Game of Thrones’ in IMAX, I couldn’t help myself. I had to attend. I was more excited to see the cinematic quality of the show translate to the huge screen than the season 5 preview trailer. (It’s embedded below for your viewing pleasure.) FYI: SPOILERS
Boy was I right! I haven’t seen these episodes since they originally aired last year and I’m glad for that because revisiting them in IMAX was quite the experience. It began with the usual HBO static, a “previously on” segment, and the opening credits, which were pretty powerful on the big screen with the bass booming. The sound and picture quality held up, while not as crystal clear as something that was designed for a theatre of that size. What surprised me the most was how well the special effects came off on an IMAX screen. The giants, green screened backgrounds, and mastodons looked incredibly authentic.
Episode 9, ‘The Watchers on the Wall’, is pretty straight forward, as are most of the penultimate episodes of each season. It only focuses on the Wilding attack on The Wall and Castle Black, so the single narrative episode was the perfect hour to start the IMAX experience. It felt like a mini film and I appreciated it more on a second viewing. It’s not my favorite episode of the season, but it read and played incredibly well on the massive 42nd street IMAX screen. All of the fight scenes, especially the lowering of the scythe, were pretty excellent to watch in a large group. The epic cheers of the crowd made me want this to be a reoccurring Sunday night event once season 5 starts in April.
My major issue with the episode still stayed the same: we didn’t spend enough time with all of these characters throughout the season to truly be affected by their deaths, but it’s all relative because how great the show is overall. The spectacle of the IMAX battles helped too. The Ygritte/Jon Scene was still pretty moving, if only slightly, due to the palpable decision making moments before her death. (Surprisingly, it actually received a few laughs from the crowd when her pre-pubescent murderer gave Jon a head nod.) Rose Leslie isn’t given enough credit for her portrayal of Ygritte because her early scenes, as well as her death scene, in this episode are really well done and full of subtext and agony.
The season finale is all over the map (literally), tying up loose ends here and there, while setting up season five starting points for our characters. Tyrion takes his revenge, The Hound and Aria run into Brienne and Podrick, Stannis shows up to impose his will in the North, Bran and company reach their final destination, and Daenerys is faced with leadership issues.
The Hound and Brienne fight scene was a pleasure to watch (and the highlight from the episode in general) in the IMAX format with its intensity juxtaposed with the gorgeous craggy hill scenery. This theatre experience re-proved just how good all of the actors are because the intimate moments (ie: Tyrion’s murder rampage on Shea and Tywin/Arya’s “goodbye” to the The Hound) translated beautifully in giant detail. There were no false notes. Here, again, the special effects were fantastic. Daenerys’ dragons were better than some effects designed for actual theatrical releases. (Their screeching was horrifying in IMAX.)
We’re lucky that Emilia Clarke is so engaging as Dany because her storyline feels like one big stall until she starts making her big moves. While I appreciate her slow, gradual rise to power and understanding of leadership, it feels overly redundant. On the other hand (on the other side of Westeros), the Bran story, while interesting narrative-wise, evokes no sense of feeling. Except to maybe Hodor, there is absolutely no loyalty or empathy for those characters. It’s a good thing that their ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ skeleton fight scene was really exciting (and extremely loud) on the big screen because they are the weakest link in the final hour.
We were then treated to the season 5 trailer (all the way above), which after the two episodes directly before were welcomed with a tremendous fanfare from the crowd. Even though most of us in the audience had probably seen it online already, we were over the moon with excitement for what’s to come in April. I wasn’t blown away by the footage, but it did what a trailer is supposed to do, get us excited. (It was also a perfect follow up to what we had just seen.) What a fantastic experience that I would suggest it to any ‘Game of Thrones’ fan. I really could have sat in that theatre all day watching the entire fourth season, not just these two hours. I wanted to see ‘The Mountain vs The Viper’ on the big screen, all of Tyrion’s trial, the Purple Wedding, and more.
Before I sign off, here are some official season 5 photos from HBO.
Season five of ‘Game of Thrones’ begins on Sunday, April 12th 2015, but you can catch all four season on HBOGO or the last two episodes of season four at an IMAX near you.
Today, we got our first real glimpse of Josh Trank’s (‘Chronicle’) vision of ‘The Fantastic Four’. Starring Miles Teller (‘Whiplash’), Kate Mara (‘House of Cards’), Jamie Bell (‘Billy Elliot), Michael B. Jordan (‘Fruitvale Station’), and Toby Kebbell, ‘Fantastic Four’ tells the orgin story of our favorite band of Marvel heros. It’s been a long time coming as the film opens this summer and has had a ton of different negative reports surrounding the production–including reshoots. Well, let’s take a look:
It’s only a teaser, so while I, of course, would like to see more, it gave me the perfect taste for now. We caught of few glimpses of Mr. Fantastic (Teller), The Invisible Woman (Mara), The Human Torch (Jordan), and The Thing (Bell), while being introduced to some of it’s themes and aesthetics. By setting up an attempt to make this story feel to raw, will it succumb to being too generic by not going all the way with it’s ideals? Do you like the rough edges? Was that the negative zone featured? While there weren’t any villain sightings, Dr. Doom or Moleman, I saw enough content to keep to start a conversation and keep me genuinely interested in what Trank and writer/producer Simon Kinberg will being to the mainstream comic book mix together.
It’s incredibly hard to be rebooting a series in an attempt to create something new, as well as erasing something that came before. If anything, I appreciate Fox not leaking anything and letting us judge without jamming marketing down our throats…yet.
‘The Fantastic Four’ opens on August 15th, 2015. Josh Trank’s next project is the untitled ‘Star Wars’ spin-off.
A few thoughts on the brand spankin’ new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer from this past weekend.
If you haven’t watched it yet, please do yourself a pop-culture favor and watch it now:
It’s awesome. Okay, that’s it.
Who am I kidding?! I’ve never kept my opinions that short. Seeing all of this brand new footage gets me excited for more reasons beyond “it looks awesome.” We have no idea what is actually coming–think about it. When The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith came out, we still knew more or less what to expect (regardless of the quality of how those stories were told). Those three movies had to set up A New Hope with characters we already knew and loved. Long before the first movie came out in 1999, we understood that Ewan McGregor was playing Obi-Wan Kenobi, Liam Neeson was Qui-Gon Jin, etc. Now, compare that to now. Aside from Ford, Hamill, Fisher and other
returning actors, we have no idea which actors are playing what roles. Even if we knew, they’re brand new characters, as the expanded universe is being thrown out the window. (I’d also like to say I’ve seen the leaked art and read all of the plot rumors, but we still really don’t know what to expect.) We are no longer stuck with certain characters who can’t die for plot reasons, creating false stakes for three movies. Hopefully the identities of the characters and their function to the plot will be kept a secret until December 2015.
What interests me the most though is what it will be like to see a Star Wars movie with a new style. Even from the trailer you can see and feel a difference in the action. From the beautiful sweeping x-wing shot, to the shakey-cam stormtrooper sequence, we’re in for a treat. Aside from the historic special effects, most of the old movies are devoid of style. (Panning sideswipe transitions only go so far for me.) Viewing this world through the eyes of the greatest current high profile fan boy is going to blow our collective minds. I’m very excited to see this for first time with all of you.
Only a little over a year to go. No big deal. Now to watch it 1,000 more times…