The Vatican Tapes – Trailer

Let’s be honest…the trailer for The Vatican Tapes doesn’t look that great–and you’ll notice that it’s supposedly coming in July–and while I could have missed it last month, I don’t think so.

I get the feeling one reason it exists is to ride on the coattails of Michael Peña’s success with Ant-Man, though what interests me even more is that the movie is directed by Mark Neveldine, who helped make Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance at the very least interesting (as opposed to the first movie, which somehow managed to make old skull head, dull) and visually distinct from the first movie.

Analysts Are So Damned Irritating

Everything Is Better With Legos, Including Ant-Man!

Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man premiered Friday of last week, and earned domestically just over $58 million by the end of the weekend.    Now keep in mind that the movie was budgeted at $130 million, and when you figure in overseas box office (just over $56 million) it has so far pulled in just over $114 million.

That’s not too shabby–especially when you consider that Ant-Man makes the Guardians Of The Galaxy like the Guardians Of The Galaxy pre-movie–yet some are using words like ‘soft‘ to describe its domestic gross.

Now what matters at this point is if the movie has legs, because it can go either way this early in the game.

Though, speaking of ‘soft,’ that’s a word that’s fine for describing pillows; not so much when applied to either box office gross, erections, or movies based on characters as obscure as the Guardians Of The Galaxy (which was a massive hit).

And besides, I get the feeling that such an interpretation can adversely effect how well a movie does because I know that if I get the feeling that a movie is going to tank I am less likely to see it, especially when all you have to do is wait a few months when it will turn up either on Neflix, Hulu, Direct TV or cable (the later two I don’t have, btw).

My Last Ant-Man Trailer

I have officially reached the point of trailer saturation–when a trailer starts to reveal more information than I am comfortable knowing, as far as Ant-Man is concerned, at any rate.  Like when Hulk caught Iron Man during the first Avengers–which was featured prominently in the trailer–I honestly don’t want any more surprises, no matter how small someone thinks they are, spoiled.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve already got my ticket for Thursday (Yea!) but now they’re just preaching to the converted, and there’s no need.  I also get that that I am not the only person they’re promoting the movie for, but was giving away that Ant-Man meets the Falcon really necessary?

So no more Ant-Man trailers (other than to add to the upcoming review).

Gerry Anderson’s Firestorm – Puppet Movement Tests

I am genuinely psyched for movies like Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War and Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice but what I am even more interested in is something that we won’t be seeing on the big screen, and that’s Gerry Anderson’s Firestorm.

Originally sold by creators Anderson and John Needham to a Japanese company, it was developed into anime.  The rights have reverted back to Anderson’s estate, and his son, Jamie, is developing it into a series.

To anyone familiar to Anderson’s productions, a strong suit tends to be the technology on display, and Firestorm won’t be any different( if the cartoon inspired by Anderson and Needham’s work is any indication).  That being said, I am more interested for what has been absent from Anderson’s productions for a long while, and that’s actual puppets.

Below is a motion test, where they’re putting one through its paces, and it looks glorious.  There’s something about an actual object–as opposed to an accumulation of pixels–that’s so cool.  And sure, there’re lots of things that you can do with CGI that you can’t with puppets (though they benefit from improvements in technology like anything else), but I am okay with that because hopefully it will never turn to an either or type of situation.

Puppetry reminds me of a something hand-crafted, that refuses to go easily into the mists of time.  As a result, it manages to be retro and and modern all at the same time, and I can’t wait to see it.

A Case For Lesser Known Directors

Some people are critical of Marvel using lesser known directors for the superhero properties–the main one being that they’re cheaper than better known talent.  This relates directly to rumors that they’re considering  Rick Famuyiwa and Ava DuVernay, for upcoming Marvel projects.

And while their relative inexpensiveness is undeniably a factor, I don’t think it’s nearly as important as some make it out to be.

What’s more interesting is that Marvel has a history of allowing relatively inexperienced (in the terms of handling massive productions that require huge special effects budgets) directors to build multi-million dollar franchises.

Which isn’t to say that it always works out.  After all, Edgar Wright left the upcoming Ant-Man because his vision (and screenplay) didn’t quite mesh with what Marvel Studios wanted, and Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) was a bit put out because Marvel demanded certain changes during filming that he was not particularly happy about.

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Fantastic Four – Trailer

Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four just released a trailer, and its…okay.  All the elements are there, but it’s coming on the heels of  trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (still hate that subtitle), Ant-Man and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, so it’s easy to see why it’s a bit underwhelming at this point.

As I said, it’s okay.  You see the Fantastic Four display their abilities, glimpse Doctor Doom, as well as the Negative Zone.

I guess my biggest issue is that I really want to see the Fantastic Four, as well as the X-Men, back in the hands of Marvel Studios, because they’re shown, if nothing else that they know how to manage their franchises.

Fox?  Not so much.

And if I were being entirely honest, I have to say that what I know of Bryan Singer (which is admittedly little) I don’t particularly like.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens : Teaser Trailer

I was thinking that I don’t particularly care about the upcoming Star Wars prequels, till I saw the crashed Star Destroyer in the desert…now I am getting a bit jazzed.

Then there were the melty Darth Vader helmet (which looked like it was gone over a bit too much), new-style Stormtroopers, and various Jedi.

I’m not The Avengers: The Age of Ultron jazzed, nor Ant-Man jazzed, but it’s on the radar.