‘Ragnarok’ Trailer

I am not terribly familiar with the Norse concept of Ragnarök, though I do know that it revolves around the end of the world and all sorts of unpleasantness (which according to Wikipedia doesn’t typically include really large lizard-like monsters).  I should mention that I found this trailer while I was searching for the trailer for Robert Downey Jr’s. The Judge, where he apparently tries to play a character that’s only a little bit like Tony Stark.

It’s strangely difficult to find.

Though Ragnarok looks almost Disney-like, till the intrepid explorers come upon a cave covered with human bones, that is.

New ‘Iron Man 3’ Poster

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Here’s another “Iron Man 3” poster, this time focusing on Iron Man/Tony Stark and various armored suits.  It appears that the penultimate Iron Man film (Yeah right, if this makes a much money as anticipated, I expect that we’ll be seeing Iron Man for a long while, which is when things get really interesting because Robert Downey, Jr. probably has no more than two–including this one–Iron Man films in him, I’d imagine) will follow in a somewhat different direction than the prior two entries, which isn’t a bad thing.

I have read that it adapts the ‘Extremis’ storyline from the comics, though I haven’t followed it, I cannot say how it goes.

Though what I think is a really good thing is that Jon Favreau isn’t directing, though that shouldn’t be taken as being critical of him.  I am thinking more in the sense that some new blood will bring an interesting perspective to things, and if anyone can do that, Shane Black can.

‘Iron Man 3’ Will Not Be A Serious Movie?

Superherohype is saying that Kevin Feige, Robert Downey, Jr., and Shane Black, the director of the film, are saying that the upcoming “Iron Man 3” will not be a “serious” movie.  Feige, Downey and Black are closer to the production than I am (by an almost indescribable degree), so I think that we can take their words as gospel, but I reading various quotes from the three men, makes me wonder if they have ever seen the trailer.

In an earlier post I called it “The Dark Knight Of The Iron Man.”  There must be some serious belly laughs yet to be revealed, because it was a lot of things, though funny (or even light-hearted) was not among them.

That being said, Shane Black has been known on occasion to mix relatively dark, situational humor into his films (particularly “Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang”) though the ‘Lethal Weapon’ series of films, which he wrote, also show it, to varying degrees.

‘Seven Psychopaths’ Red Band Trailer

“Seven Psychopaths” stars Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Tom Waits, Woody Harrelson, and Christopher Walken.

It was directed by Martin McDonagh, who also did “In Bruges,” which I have heard is a very entertaining, though I have yet to see it.

Though not billed as such, “Seven Psychopaths” feels to me like a must-see film, bordering on an event because there’s no way that a film with so much star power cannot in some way illuminate (which is by no means as true as I would like to think).

Colin Farrell, most recently of the “Total Recall” reboot, which was proceeded by “Fright Night,” (also a reboot, by the way) is very charismatic and engaging thought he may not always make the best choice in terms of projects, those choices are at least interesting.

Though one of favorite performances of his was when he guest-starred on an episode of “Scrubs.”

Sam Rockwell was remarkable in “Moon,” though I wasn’t too crazy about his interpretation of ‘Justin Hammer’ in “Iron Man 2″ because the character, as he appears in the comic, was more of a threat–than a comedic foil–to Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.).

The first performance I recall from Tom Waits was from 2010’s “The Book of Eli.”  Waits wasn’t on screen as long as I would have liked, though every time he did turn up, it was worth watching.

Woody Harrelson has had a very varied career, though “White Men Can’t Jump” and “Zombieland” are two of my favorites.  I also recall his performance as Woody Boyd, the dim bartender (which is putting it mildly) from the third season of NBC’s “Cheers.”

Christopher Walken, whom I first noticed in 1977’s “The Sentinel,” playing Det. Rizzo.  Since that time he’s developed a broad and resonant filmography, and has done everything from horror to comedy, sometimes in his trademark deadpan style.

He also taught me to appreciate the beauty of the cowbell.