The Last ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Trailer…

There may be more Guardians of the Galaxy trailers coming, but seeing that the movie is coming out in a bit less than two weeks, this is the last one (unless a new one has something more interesting to reveal) that I intend to post.  The reason being, as far as I am concerned they’re just preaching to the converted.

This trailer revolves around the coming together Peter Quill/Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket & Groot, the beings that will come to be known as the Guardians of the Galaxy.  They meet in the intergalactic prison known as the Kyln (an awesome name, by the way), though if the trailer is at all accurate, they won’t be there long.

The movie looks awesome and early reviews are positively glowing, so unless all of the sudden everything goes off the rails, I am expecting it to be pretty awesome.

I Know That Rocket Isn’t Hispanic, But…

In the TV Spot No. 17, from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy you see a bit more of Groot and his relationship to Rocket.  Though what interested me most about the trailer is the way Rocket speaks.  He says: “Yes, you did, I just saw you do-ing it.  Why you ly-ing.”

And he sounds awfully ethnic, in fact, Hispanic.  Since Rocket is voiced by Bradley Cooper it’s seems unlikely that’s the feel he was going for; but don’t take my word for it, listen around the 0:04 mark.

It’s an odd bit of voice work.

Meet Baymax!

As you can tell from the screenshots of the Tweets that I have included below, I have been having a few conversations with Baymax, of Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6.  He’s very literal, as is the way with most machines–and reminds me quite a bit of Apple Inc’s Siri.

Besides, how can you resist a mug like that?  And if you’re unfamiliar with who he–or should I say “what” Baymax is–I have included a trailer from the upcoming feature (which is based upon Marvel Comics’ Sunfire And Big Hero Six).

Sunfire isn’t joining the team this time around because he’s currently licensed to 20th Century Fox (and appeared in X-Men: Days Of Future Past).

Baymax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Boyhood’ And Hyperbole In The Twitter Age

I just scored some tickets to Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood today.  It’t not the type of movie I typically go for, but then again, I enjoy sneak previews.  I mention it because I was checking out my Twitter feed, and noticed this Tweet from @IFCFilms:

"Boyhood" Tweet

And Boyhood may indeed be as good as Rolling Stone says it is, though what’s more than likely is that we’re witnessing a bit of hyperbole (It’s early July.  There’s plenty of time for another movie as good, if not better, to come along), which is when you describe someone or something in a particularly exaggerated and/or dramatic fashion.  And in and of itself there’s nothing wrong with it, as long as it’s not too manipulative.  After all, Boyhood is a small movie, competing with others with significantly larger budgets and consumer awareness so positive word-of-mouth can make the difference between box office failure or success.

Though unfortunately hyperbole isn’t limited to just movies and probably has been around as long as there have been humans with reason to exaggerate.

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Has Marvel Found It’s Punisher?

Punisher skullWith Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy coming August 1st, there’s a lot of speculation as to what other characters they will bring to the big screen.

That combined with Marvel being interested in working with Aaron Eckhart on an unnamed project, I wonder if it’s a relaunch of the Punisher.  It’s important to notice that the article was written 11 months ago, before Marvel had regained the rights to the character.

There were three movies based on him, with Dolph Lundgren in 1989, Thomas Jane in 2004 (who also starred in a short film, The Punisher: Dirty Laundry in 2012) and most recently, Ray Stevenson in Punisher: War Zone in 2008).

Lundgren’s portrayal was actually pretty decent, but also tends to be the most maligned in terms of public perception (it didn’t help that he lacked certain characteristics that the Punisher is known for, like the skull insignia on his chest).

Aaron Eckhart certainly has the physical chops for the role, so if that’s Marvel’s plan, he’d be great for it.  Another important point to mention is that there are numerous fan films based on the Punisher, two of which I featured here.

They’re a tribute to the popularity and longevity of the character, and I hope that Marvel can see that people want to see more of Frank Castle.

The Punisher: Dead Of Night

The Punisher: No Mercy

 

 

‘Dracula Untold’ Trailer

I have to admit that when I heard of the central idea behind Gary Shore‘s Dracula Untold–essentially the story of Vlad Tepes before he became Dracula–the first thing that crossed my mind was:  “Who cares?  People don’t watch Dracula movies for what he was before he became a vampire!”

Then again, Vlad Tepes isn’t just anyone.  What we know historically about the man is arguably as interesting as anything in Bram Stoker‘s novel, Dracula.  He was supposed to be a warrior of remarkable, in fact legendary, brutality and cruelty–impaling enemies on stakes was a particular favorite–and he was supposedly without mercy.

Dracula Untold appears to take a similar tact as Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 Dracula, namely treating the character as more of an anti-hero than an outright villain.

By the way, doesn’t Luke Evans look just like Doctor Strange?  Scott Derrickson‘s Marvel Studios movie hasn’t been cast yet (as far as I am aware) but he’s the splitting image of the character from the comics.

No Crossovers: Why 20th Century Fox & Sony Need To Go It Alone

I understand why some fans of characters like the Fantastic Four, Wolverine, Spider-Man and The Avengers want to see all their favorite heroes on the screen at the same time.  Imagine the Avengers..avenging, when Spider-Man swings by or the X-Men encountering Iron man or Captain America?  It’s not impossible, though it is very unlikely because Iron Man and Captain America are owned by Marvel Studios, while Spider-Man is licensed to Sony/Columbia and the X-Men, which includes Wolverine, are licensed to 20th Century Fox.

As I said, I get it, though unlike some what I also understand is that there are even more reasons why it shouldn’t (any time soon, at any rate).

Let’s look at this on a studio-by-studio basis.

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‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ UK Trailer

Now this trailer I like!  Unlike the ones that have been produced for domestic consumption, this has a narrative cohesion that they lack.  In fact, amidst all the chaos, it almost has a Spielbergian feel at times (particularly with the little boy who’s being taken by aliens).

This is the trailer that should have been released second domestically because it puts everything in a context that viewers unfamiliar with the characters (which is pretty much everyone) would better understand.

Plus, there’s more Rocket, which is always a good thing.

Everything You Need to Know About ‘Daredevil’ Before It Premieres On Netflix, But Aren’t Geeky Enough To Ask

Screen Shot 2014-06-11 at 6.01.00 PMIf you needed another reason to love Marvel Studios–besides their awesome movies–it’s probably because they’re best at translating their characters to the screen, which is why when I heard that they were preparing to launch four new series exclusively for Netflix a few months ago, I was so happy that you’d think that I was somehow profiting from it.

The characters that they are using, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist (which my fingers keep typing as ‘Iron Fish’) and Jessica Jones.  And like in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, where the adventures of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk culminated in The Avengers, the characters on Netflix will meet and fight a common foe in The Defenders.

Who Is Daredevil?

Daredevil was created in 1964 by Stan Lee, Bill Everett and Jack Kirby and was introduced in Daredevil#1.  The character came by his powers when, as a child in Hell’s Kitchen, New York.  He was splashed by some radioactive substance that fell from a truck that was transporting it.  He lost his sight, but gained a radar sense that acted similar to a bat’s sonar.

His father, Jack Murdock, refused to throw a fight, and was killed by mobsters.  To avenge him, he created an alter ego called Daredevil, who’s known as The Man Without Fear.

It’s probably not an accident that Daredevil is in many ways very similar to Spider-Man.  Stan Lee had a hand in both characters, though this time he worked with Steve Ditko.  Both characters were raised by single parents–Matt Murdock by his father, while Peter Parker was brought up by his Aunt May after her husband, and his uncle, was killed.  Parker was bit by a radioactive spider, and like most radioactive substances in comics, gave him powers and abilities similar to the spider that bit him.

When he let’s a thief escape, the very same thief ends up killing his Uncle Ben.  Parker blamed himself for what happened, and dedicated his life to righting wrongs as Spider-Man.

Matt Murdoch was splashed in the eyes by a radioactive substance that spilled from a truck that was transporting it.  He didn’t get the proportional strength of a truck, though he did gain a radar sense, similar to the sonar bats use (and bats see quite well, by the way.  Their navigational technique, known as echolocation helps then to catch prey in the dark environs, or at night, that most bats prefer).

It will be interesting to see is how the makers of Daredevil will explain Daredevil’s athletic abilities, which in the comics seem on par with Spider-Man, despite being nothing more than a very athletic person with a radar sense.

Though Daredevil is similar to Spider-Man in other ways, such as some of their villains.

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