Pixels – Trailer 2

I’ve got to admit that despite the presence of Adam Sandler in a movie virtually guaranteeing that it’s going to appeal to the lowest possible denominator, I am hoping for Pixels.

Maybe it’s the presence of Chris Columbus (the director of Home Alone, Adventures in Babysitting, two Harry Potter movies, etc) and actors like Josh Gad, Sean Bean and Peter Dinkage that, working their hardest, they’ll will be able to generate enough comic energy to escape the blackhole-like pull that is Sander’s mediocrity.

I doubt it, but I can dream.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – Trailer

I haven’t read any of the books that The Maze Runner was based on, but I really, really disliked the movie.  Maybe it would have went over better if I had, but should you have to read the book to make sense of the movie?

(The answer is: Of course not!)

The setup behind the entire enterprise was so convoluted, so needlessly elaborate that I found myself laughing at some pretty odd moments.

Which is a good thing if you’re talking about a comedy, not so good if you’re talking about a drama and the scenes in question happen to be deadly serious.

With Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, The Wire) joining the cast it should add a significant shot of gravitas, though is that really what the series needs?

Even more than just a cleaner, more logical screenplay?

Steve Jobs – Teaser Trailer

When the news came out that David Fincher was no longer directing the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, and that Danny Boyle was, people on various forums were complaining about what a terrible choice that was (especially compared to Fincher).

I wasn’t amongst them because I have always thought that Boyle was a very talented director.  Everything he’s done may not be perfect–then again, what director, acclaimed or otherwise, has ever reached such a lofty goal?–but most of it is undeniably interesting.

As is the casting of Michael Fassbender, in that he looks nothing like Jobs; though judging from what you can see here, his mannerisms and speech are very evocative of Apple’s famously mercurial leader.

It looks like it could be a winner; though I wonder if Aaron Sorkin’s script was authorized by Apple or the Jobs estate?  I haven’t heard any protests from either, so I assume so.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – Trailer

I haven’t been a fan of DC Comics-based series like Arrow (too soapy) or Gotham (too pre-Batman) but I have to admit that I like this trailer for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

It’s the adventures of the Atom, Rip Hunter, HawkwomanFlash, Captain Cold and Heatwave though what I like most is that it feels like it’s fully buying into the fantastical, comic book  origins of the characters, which is cool–and since The Flash, it seems that DC is bucking that trend toward “realism,” on television at any rate.

Jem and the Holograms – International Trailer

While I don’t think that I am intended as the target audience for John Chu’s upcoming Jem and the Holograms , the trailer doesn’t play nearly as irritatingly as I thought it would.

And sure, the face paint is a few decades out of style–the comic they’re based on a line of Hasbro toys, which spawned a cartoon, is from the mid-Eighties–it seems that the movie deals issues of family and loyalty as well.

And while I still have no desire to see it, it’s comforting that it’s not just a paean to ‘girl power.’

And if successful it gives me hope that we’ll eventually see a movie based on another Hasbro property, Rom: Spaceknight!

Lucifer- Trailer

Overall I think the movement of superheroes from the comic shop to the television has been a good one, though that doesn’t necessarily mean that everything that’s made the transition is necessarily that good.

I have noticed a variance in quality, which I think happens for three reasons.  The first is that the line that separates a series about superheroes from a soap opera that happens to have superheroes is a thin line; a rubicon that I believe the CW’s Arrow crossed long ago.

While on the other end of the spectrum, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stumbled a bit during its first season, mainly because it wasn’t quite sure what it wanted to be, but as the producers embraced more of the Marvel Universe–cinematic and comics–it found its footing (though the ratings haven’t consistently reflected the change in direction, creatively) in the second.

Another comic-based series was NBC’s Constantine which was recently cancelled, though another Vertigo property, Lucifer, is coming soon to Fox.

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Sense8 – Trailer

Sense8 

“When the going gets the tough, the tough make television.”

As far as I am aware, that’s not a real quote, though it accurately describes what’s going on with the Warchowskis, Lena and Larry.  Coming off the box-office failure of Jupiter Ascending (the first time I heard of it I associated it with Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators-Jupiter Jones, Pete Crenshaw and Bob Andrews, which is never a good thing), the siblings moved on to working with Netflix on a miniseries, Sense8.

Judging from the trailer, it’s about eight people who’ve never met, from all over the world.  They all seem linked in such a way that the capabilities and perspectives of any of them can be called on and manifested in any of the others.

Which is kind of cool if you have kickboxers among your retinue–as they apparently do–but I wonder how things would look if they were composed of a bunch of less-capable individuals.

Then again, Sense8 was written by Michael Straczynski, not anyone connected with Happy Madison.