Ouija: Origin of Evil – Trailer

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Contrary to what some people say 2014’s Ouija–based on the Hasbro board ‘game‘; And before you say it, Yes. that spooky-ass thing is an actual game–wasn’t a bad movie more than it was a ‘Meh’ movie.

And that’s coming from someone who had the misfortune of paying to see it.

It took what should have been terrifying–Ouija, or spirit boards are that all on their lonesome–and turned it into bland, horror-by-the-numbers schlock.

Despite that being the case the movie cost $5 million to produce and earned over $100 million worldwide; which is another way of saying that there’s no way that there wasn’t going to be a sequel.

Though this time around I think that the producers have keyed into how poorly the first movie was received (despite how much it earned).

Because this time around they hired Mike Flanagan, who helmed the far superior Oculus, to direct.

They also increased its budget–from $5 to 6 million for the sequel–so this time around Oculus: Origina of Evil should at least make an impression.

Something the original can’t claim to do.

Doctor Strange – Trailer (2) Into Reaction

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Why does the latest poster for Marvel’s Doctor Strange remind me of the poster for Martin Scorsese’s Hugo?  Looking at the two posters, I think it has more to do with some of the color scheme–lot’s of golden yellows and blues–more than anything else.

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It’s also been confirmed by Scott Derrickson that Doctor Strange will open up what he calls a Marvel Cinematic Multiverse.

Blair Witch – Trailer

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Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez’s 1999 movie The Blair Witch Project was an aberration–a successful one, but an aberration nonetheless–that has DNA that leads not only to low-budget horror features like the Paranormal Activity movies but an entire studio, Blumhouse Pictures, built on the model.

And a very successful model it is.  The last movie in Blumhouse’s Purge trilogy cost $10 million to produce, and earned almost $90 million at the worldwide box-office.

That’s a spectacular rate of return, which is why a sequel to the first Blair Witch movie isn’t a huge shock (that being said, there was one released a year after the original, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2.  It was underrated, underperformed at the box office and is mostly unappreciated though –despite being structured more conventionally than the original movie–it’s a significantly better movie.

Which isn’t to say that The Blair Witch Project brought nothing to the table.  It was filmed in a manner that at the time was probably considered pretty daring–shot with hand-held cameras, and few of the niceties that accompany more traditional productions.

The problem was that, if you happen to be in a situation, you’re in it.  It’s by definition immersive. An imitation of that immediacy, that intensity is particularly difficult to copy–which isn’t to say that it hasn’t been tried prior.–and more often than not pales in comparison to the reality.

So, to be honest I am not expecting all that much from Blair Witch 2016, except more overt gore because today’s viewers won’t settle for the bloodlessness (never mind the almost nauseating camera work, the ancestor of today’s shaky-cam) that sufficed for the original movie.

Justice League – Teaser Trailer

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I have to admit that I enjoyed the first trailer for Zach Snyder’s Justice League. but if I say I weren’t concerned I’d be lying.

Reason being, he had two chances to make movies based on Batman and Superman.

The first attempt, Man of Steel is enjoyed by many, but in its way is as divisive as its follow-up, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

And the worse thing is, his task was relatively easy in that all he to do is work with two characters that between them have somewhere in the ballpark of 150 years of history.

Relatively little in in the way of a rethink was necessary, or warranted.

Acknowledge that history, and go from there. Such an approach works really, really well with Marvel Studios, as well as Guillermo Del Toro’s uber-faithful interpretations of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy

My question is why did Zach Snyder, and by extension Warner Bros., though that they could so greviously misinterpret–some say ‘reinterpret,’ though the problem with that reasoning is that you can’t reinterpret something that wasn’t interpreted correctly in the first place–these characters.

Never mind that they were seeking to differentiate themselves from Marvel Studios, because I get the feeling that most people don’t confuse Batman with Spider-Man or Superman with Thor.

 

 

Marvel’s Iron Fist – Teaser Trailer

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Gotta admit, I like the logo though it’s especially good to see because for awhile there were members of the online community that were saying that a series based on Iron Fist wasn’t going to happen.

That being said, Finn Jones?

That’s not even that I think Jones is a bad actor–I’ve heard that he’s appeared in Game of Thrones, which I don’t particularly care for–more so than I haven’t anything to base a decision on.

Though I am not sure it would matter all that much because what puts me off is sort of silly; almost dumb, really.

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It’s the curly hair.

Danny Rand in the comics typically have very straight hair.  I know it’s a minor point, but having followed the adventures of Power Man and Iron Fist for awhile, it’s part of the image I’ve carried in my head.

 

Marvel’s The Defenders – Teaser Trailer

For fans of Marvel Television and their work with Netflix, ComicCon 2016 is as close to nirvana as you’re likely to get because that’s where they premiered the teaser trailer for The Defenders, a street-level super team in the vein of the Avengers. 

They will consist of Daredevil (which has been renewed for a third season), Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

The trailer is less interesting for what it shows–which is next to nothing–than what it says about what the new show will be like tonally, which is very gritty and realistic.

When you take into account the two seasons of Daredevil and the single season of Jessica Jones already released, it should fit in quite nicely.

I (Think) I Finally Understand The Ghostbusters Brouhaha

When I heard all the brouhaha over Paul Feig’s reboot of Ivan Reitman’s 1984 Ghostbusters I didn’t quite understand what it was all about; beyond the obvious, such as recasting the leads as women.

You see, because while I enjoyed the original movie, it didn’t make much of an impression on me.

And Brendan Mertans Ghostheads didn’t change that, what it did was help me understand why it is that some people feel so passionately about the movie in the first place.

Ghostheads, a Kickstarter-financed movie is currently on Netflix is about people who’s lives have been changed by the original movie (it also features an interview with Feig.  It was good to hear him respond positively to the idea of Ghostbusters fandom, which is welcome, especially considering his reaction to people on Twitter who have not responded well to his reboot).

It’s a fascinating look into these people’s lives, and appears to be nothing about positive.

That being said, there’s something a bit odd about people who devote so much of their lives to a movie; though to be fair it’s no more strange than the average Trekkie.

Though more importantly, what it says is that some people use Ghostbusters as a way to meet other people, to be part of something bigger than themselves, like a massive, worldwide social club.

And if you look at it that way, it’s pretty cool.