I really, really like this recently released clip from Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant because it seems–with good reason–to assume that most viewers are already familiar with the xenomorphs and instead spends its time developing the human characters.
And there’s more character development in the just over four minute scene than in some entire movies, which is pleasing.
And the ‘shout-out’ to Scott’s original–which starts around 2:47–is a lot of fun and pretty cheeky.
Though what’s not so pleasant to me is the appearance of James Franco, that felt a little bit out of place for me.
And I readily admit that I have no particularly valid reason why I feel that way.
Alien: Covenant Red Band Trailer
When I read yesterday that the kibosh had been put on Hellboy III by none other than Guillermo Del Toro himself, I have to admit that I was a bit put out.
And what his account lacks in detail, it more than made up for in finality.
As I said, I was a bit bothered, till I gave it some thought. The first Hellboy premiered in 2004, and like most projects Del Toro tackled, the love he felt for the subject matter saturated every frame.
The sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army came four years later, and managed to build on what was introduced in the first movie, while at the same time expanding on the world of the B.P.R.D (the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense).
And as usual, it was a beautiful movie. Del Toro was one of the first directors I can recall who used color to saturate a scene and I am confident in saying no one does so with more assurance than he (the Underworld movies attempted a similar technique, but appeared heavy-handed compared to Del Toro’s use of the technique).
So would I like to see another Hellboy movie? Sure, especially since they managed to be unlike anything else produced at the time though as far as I am concerned, Del Toro (in movies) was Hellboy’s heart and soul and if he’s ready to turn the last page of this particular comic, then I am too.
The All Nighter looks pretty amusing. The role J.K. Simmons plays–a concerned father who’s daughter has gone missing-vaguely reminds me of Liam Neeson’s character in the Taken movies, but geared toward comedy.
Speaking of Simmons he’s perhaps one of the more versatile character actors working today, with an enviable ability to elevate whatever he happens to be starring in (a quality that used to be shared by Robert DeNiro, till a lack of discrimination in choosing parts killed it).
You may not have like Vern Slesinger from O.Z.–truth be told, nor were you supposed to–but portrayal of a Neo-Nazi stayed with you.
Or his portrayal as a UFO abductee from Dark Skies, a performance that resonated with a quiet intensity that elevated the material.
I’m going to just come out and say it. Aquaman is lame. And sure, much effort has been invested by DC Comics to give the character just a bit of much needed edge in the past few years, though his corny past is never terribly far behind.
If your preferences ran toward water-based superheroes, as mine tended to do, Aquaman was never a character I could take particularly serious.
Now Namor, The Sub-Mariner? Quite possibly the coolest king Atlantis ever had as well as one of Marvel Comics’ earliest characters.
Though the oddest thing about him is that–when not being an arrogant douche–he literally spent an inordinate amount of time trying to conquer the surface world, and yet he somehow remained likable.
Namor was an ‘anti-hero’ before the word ever entered the popular lexicon.
Though what’s the point of all this, you may be asking?
That’s simple. For a long time it was assumed that the rights for Namor were at Universal Pictures, along with those for the Incredible Hulk.
As far as Namor is concerned, that’s apparently not the case, and Marvel Studios may be prepping a movie based on their irascible Prince of the Deep!
And to whet your appetite a little bit more–as if that were even necessary–here’s the opening to Namor’s cartoon, made in 1966.
I find Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects an irritating movie mainly because it’s not really as smart or as clever as it like to think that it is.
Which is probably why I’m surprised to find that I really enjoyed this trailer from the sequel.
And Stephen Colbert in the role made famous by Kevin Spacey? Genius.
The Shadow was created by Walter B. Gibson, and long before he appeared in movies and television, he was a staple of radio. HIs first appearance was in the 1930’s, and he’s had a huge influence on heroes (and villains) to follow.
For instance, the origin of Marvel Comics’ Iron Fist and Doctor Strange are remarkably similar to the Shadow’s, as is the that of Batman (from the Christopher Nolan movies) though the way he’s often depicted in the comics is very much in line with the Shadow as well.
The Shadow was Lamont Cranston (and Ken Allard, depending upon whether we’re talking about radio, television or novels. This idea of identities within identities is very similar to how Marvel’s Moon Knight has been portrayed), young wealthy man about town though having spend time in mysterious Asia gained the ability to cloud men’s minds.
Yet, can even the Shadow and all his mysterious powers stop a man with the ability to control Time?
Avengers: Infinity War has begun filming in Atlanta and I know this because Marvel has released a featurette telling me so!
And it looks really, really awesome. I know it’s early days yet, but it’s as if Marvel has built this massive edifice; they’ve shown us some of the rooms and we’ve seen how sprawling a structure it is.
Though there are some rooms that we have yet to see, and the most interesting spaces have yet to see, amd I get the feeling thst they hold something amazing…
To be contimued.