The Avengers: Age Of Ultron – TV Spot 2

I honestly think that this latest The Avengers: Age Of Ultron (wanted to type ‘Luton‘ for some reason) trailer is the most cohesive yet.

Unlike past trailers each character gets an introduction, as well as a bit of the spotlight.  We see a bit more of Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and they look pretty awesome.

We also get a hint that somehow Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) has some sort of bond with the Twins, because in an earlier trailer we see them both side by side with Ultron, while here we see him telling them “If you step out that door, you’re an Avenger.” which implies that it takes place later than the scene when they’re with Ultron.

I wonder if they’re going to have Quicksilver be homosexual, as he is in the comics.  I mention it because Taylor-Johnson did some serious guy kissing in 2010’s Chatroom, so I suspect that if that were the direction the narrative takes, he’d probably have little problem with it.

Besides, I’ve seen the entire season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix, and it would be cool to see a gay person that’s not a huge bucket of stereotypes–Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess) is hilarious,but also uber-gay in the sense that it’s almost akin to a super power as opposed to a personality type.

And I know that at this point we’ve pretty much seen most variation of stunt there is, but at the same time what Captain America does with a motorcycle in this trailer is literally the first time I have ever seen it.

Which reminds me why I HATE trailers (though I am by no means strong enough to stop watching them) because while I don’t think Cap throwing the motorcycle–which as second earlier he was RIDING, which pretty much shows he’s significantly stronger than Batman, fyi–is a moment probably not as cathartic as the Hulk catching Iron Man from the trailer from the first movie, though it looks cool enough that I wish a trailer wasn’t the first place that I encountered it.

Pixels – Trailer

I have to admit that I was getting a very cool Tron vibe (with a plot that’s curiously similar to what I have read about the–supposedly–upcoming sequel to Tron: Legacy), watching the trailer for Pixels.  It actually looks pretty clever, a impression that I suspect that I am going to have to abandon seeing that Adam Sandler, the prince of low-brow comedy, is part of the cast.

Luckily, he seems to be one part of an ensemble, and the last scene almost makes up for it.

Daredevil Transformation Trailer/Motion Poster

This is sort of neat.  It’s a motion poster based upon Netflix’s upcoming 13-issue series Daredevil, where we see Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) turn into Daredevil.

I should also mention that it’s not the red suit–they’re keeping that under wraps, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless.

I also want to say that I am not going to binge-view this one, that I am going to ease into it leisurely–but I already know that I am lying, and will probably watch the entire season in two or three days.

When Internet Memes Become Dangerous: Slenderman

I was reading Washington Post Express earlier today, when I saw a story that gave me pause:  Slenderman (as opposed to Slender Man) stabbing suspects ruled competent to stand trial.  Slenderman is fascinating because he’s one of the first–as far as I am aware–memes of the Internet Age to take on a life of its own.

What’s also pretty interesting is that this isn’t the fist time that such a being has “existed,” though before people were online urban legends were spread in the manner they were every since Man first appeared on the scene, which was among friends and acquaintances, be they gathered around a camp fire, or a bunch of rowdy kids roaming the concrete forests of Manhattan.

Spread from person to person, like some sort of virus, the stories–where sometimes a gem of truth existed among the more fantastical elements–were just a virulent as today’s Internet meme.

So, when I was growing up and exploring abandoned buildings in New York with my friends, we instead worried about terrors like Cropsey (which is actually really fascinating, with an mythos as elaborate, if not more so, than Slenderman) and Charlie Chop-off.

Though the first place that I ever heard of the Slenderman character was from Bloodydisgusting, where Adam Dodd (also known as Baby Colada) plays video games.

Though someone basing their crimes on a meme is a disturbing twist.

Thunderbirds Are Go! – Trailer

The official trailer for ITV’s The Thunderbirds Are Go! has dropped, and I like the way that they tried to integrate practical sets with CGI people and vehicles. (I also liked what appears to be a shoutout to Gerry Anderson’s Space: 1999, shown below).

Thunderbirds Are Go! craft

Unfortunately, despite efforts to make the CGI characters look like puppets they still look like computer graphics, which has never been that great in portraying people (unless dead eyes and oddly spastic movements are your thing).

If the above trailer doesn’t prove my point, then take a look at 2010’s–was it really that long ago!?–Tron: Legacy.  The CGI representation of Flynn (Jeff Bridges) attracted a huge amount of attention, but despite being state of the art at the time, it wasn’t actually that good a representation because–as far as humans go–our faces are composed of all sorts of muscles that interact with each other.

Let’s say you smile, your cheekbones move, which in turn shifts the position of your eyes, which slightly changes your forehead, perhaps wrinkling it.

Generally speaking, when humans, as well as animals, though it may not be quite as evident because their bodies may be covered with fur–move one aspect of our bodies, be it our faces or whatever–there’s an entire cascade of smaller movements that accompany it.  Which was why the computer animated Flynn was so odd looking: his mouth would move, then literally nothing else on his face would, which looks like he’s received a botox injection in his forehead and cheeks.

Flynn, Tron Legacy

So I guess what I am saying that I would have preferred it if they went with puppets, with CGI used when characters have to run or walk (because puppets have never done those two tasks particularly realistically) as well as spaceships and things like that.

Tron 3 Shooting This Fall?

I’ll believe it when I see it.

Take this with a huge grain of salt, for two reasons.  First, the last I heard Joseph Kosinski was aiming to shoot Gran Turismo (a racing video game), which means that that if the sequel to Tron: Legacy is indeed shooting this fall, the likelihood that he would be helming the sequel is a bit unlikely (though the article does say he’s in “early negotiations,” in reference to Gran Turismo, whatever that means).

Then there’s the fact that there’s been no news on the Tron: Legacy sequel front for years now, and if production were gearing up, why has it taken so long for anyone to hear about it?  I understand that there are some massive movies coming out, such as The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and so on but that doesn’t explain how this has managed to sneak under the radar.

And I don’t mean to sound like a hater because I am a HUGE fan of Steven Lisberger’s Tron, and enjoyed the sequel, but I don’t want to get my hopes up till I hear something more concrete.

Though what I am slightly more concerned about is if Wendy Carlos will return to score the sequel.  Daft Punk’s music for Tron: Legacy was okay, but it lacked the gravitas, the impact, the joyousness, of Carlos’s music.

Ending TitlesTron (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Inside Out – Trailer 2

This is a really cute trailer (and casting Lewis Black as Anger, sheer genius, in an obvious sort of way considering he’s built a career out of being pissed).  There’s something about Pixar productions that makes them feel more interesting–generally speaking–than those from companies such as Dreamworks SKG and Illumination/Universal.  That’s not necessarily to say that they’re better (though for the most part, they have been) though they look more interesting.

Then there’s the fact that Pixar productions (and increasingly Disney Animations) are typically profitable, not something that Dreamworks can say.

Below is a concert from Lewis Black, from his concert Red, White & Screwed.

Lewis Black, Red, White & Screwed