More Reasons (As If You Needed Any) Why Marvel Studios Is Awesome

A few days ago I caught a pirated version of the trailer for Marvel Studios’ upcoming The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and noted in a post that it looked particularly good for a pirated trailer.

Since that time Marvel has released a HD version that was watched by over 34.3 million people in the first 24 hours, beating the last record holder, Iron Man 3, which had 20 million views in the same period.

So, in case you were somehow not among those millions, or living in a cave–which doesn’t explain how you happen to be reading this post–here it is.

Marvel Studios originally planned to release it during a showing of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which has been hurting in the ratings lately, so it could have definitely drawn a few more eyes.

Though when they learned that it was released prematurely, Marvel could have done quite a few things, such as pull the clip from anywhere it was live, and then sic their legal department on anyone else.

Such tactics aren’t unheard of, after all.

Instead Marvel sent this tweet, and released an HD version of the pirated trailer.

Marvel Studios TweetPretty awesome and classy, though it also managed to get millions of people not only very excited about the movie but managed to preserve a lot of goodwill.

‘The Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Trailer

I have no idea how long this one is going to be live.  It’s supposed to be first shown during Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. but you know how the Interwebs are.  It’s pretty good visually–in fact, exceptionally so–but could be a bit sharper.

I’ll post the official release as well.

Check it out!

In case that one was pulled, here’s a more reliable link.

‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Official Re-release Trailer

The original 2001: A Space Odyssey trailer

I am sure that you have known a person that was not nearly as clever as they thought they were.  Such people tend to be a tad insufferable because they’re so convinced of the righteousness of whatever flag they happen to be flying that they don’t appear even cognizant that there is another side of a particular issue.

Well, 2001: A Space Odyssey is the movie version of that person.  It’s clearly a brilliant movie, with great model work by Brian Johnson (Alien, Space: 1999, etc) and showcases Stanley Kubrick at the height of his powers.  That being said, it’s not nearly as brilliant as it thinks it is, on top of being so demanding–and giving so little in return–that as a result it’s one of the most boring movies that I recall seeing.

A new trailer was commissioned by the BFI (British Film Institute) and Warner Bros. in celebration of a digitally restored release of Kubrick’s seminal sci-fi movie.  It’s a good trailer, but does little to add a pulse to what is a particularly cold movie.

The re-release 2001: A Space Odyssey trailer

‘Mine Games’ Review

Mine Games movie poster

“”Mine Games” Is A Well-Done Thriller That Doesn’t Overstay It’s Welcome.”

Mind Games is a pretty savory bit of murder and seemingly random violence that from the start drops hints designed to lead you in one direction, while the narrative heads in another.

It’s a pretty clever movie in other ways as well.  For instance, one character is a apparently grabbed by someone in an abandoned mine, or was she?  Whomever it was left bloody fingernails across her ankle, seemingly no one else can see them.

The weird happenings continue to pile up one one after another, till there can be only one answer, no matter how unlikely or impossible that answer happens to be.

If I were to compare Mind Games to any other film it would be Cabin In The Woods, though I am not implying that that it’s as entertaining as that film, because it isn’t.  It’s not nearly as fantastical, though it has a few surprises up its sleeve.  It’s also well-cast, and like that film, revolves around a group of young people that are visiting a cabin in the woods that belongs to one of their relatives.

Though the characters don’t feel disposable, they’re also not quite as fleshed out as I would have liked because I have seen the movie twice, but I still can’t tell you anyone’s names, though to be fair that may have more to do with most of the actors being unfamiliar to me than anything else.

Though I recognized one–he wasn’t a big name, but at least was visually familiar; while another was a dead ringer for Shawn Ashmore, though I am pretty sure it wasn’t him.

As I said, it’s not quite the thrill ride that Cabin In The Woods is, but it’s also not as self aware as that movie was as well, which is a good thing.

Mine Games is currently showing on Netflix.

‘Top Five’ Trailer

Chris Rock’s Top Five was huge at the Toronto Film Festival, sparking a bidding war among studios like Lionsgate, CBS Films and Relativity, with Paramount coming out as the eventual victor.  Having seen the trailer, it looks interesting, but I am not quite what the supposedly frantic bidding was about.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1- ‘Return to District 12′ Trailer

This time around we see how serious President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is, as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) witnesses with her own eyes the wasteland that has become of District 12 (that looks vaguely like Germany after World War I, probably not a coincidence).

It also comes off as a bit manipulative toward Katniss.  I understand why Plutarch Heavensbee (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) is doing what he’s doing, because he’s well aware of the power and threat that Katniss will eventually have to face, but she’s still being played.

Ewan McGregor As Doctor Strange? Not Buying It

Doctor Strange  Sorceror SupremeEvery since Joaquin Phoenix decided to pass of the role of Marvel Studios’ Master of the Mystic Arts, Doctor Strange, all sorts of names are being bandied about, such as Ethan Hawke and Keanu Reeves.

The latest is Ewan McGregor, and I think it’s unlikely (Ethan Hawke would be my choice, and it helps that he’s worked with the director, Scott Derrickson before in Sinister–that being said he also worked with Reeves in the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still) because McGregor may be up for another Star Wars film, though without knowing the timeline or even if it’s something he’s interested in or was even if it was offered to him, it’s hard to say.

That being said, I hope an American actor plays Strange (which isn’t to imply that it’s in any way unusual that a very American character isn’t played by one, like in the case of  Thor (Chris Hemsworth’s, who’s Australian, though his accent worked really well), Loki (Tom Hiddleston, British, and for similar reasons) and Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield, also British).