Bright – Teaser Trailer

Davis Ayer’s Bright is a fascinating movie for numerous reasons.  The first being that it was directed by Ayer himself, off the box office success of Suicide Squad.  Next is that it was written by Max Landis, son of John Landis and a in-demand writer.

Though what’s most interesting is that it’s being financed to the tune of $90 million by Netflix, and will be seen no where else (as far as I am aware) but there. And while I know that they get their money not from box office receipts, but subscribers $90 is a lot of moolah and as far as I know, their most expensive production to date.

Alien: Covenant Movie Clip – Prologue: Last Supper – Trailer

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

2017 Remake Of ‘The Usual Suspects’

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. 

3 Reasons We Need to Stop Speculating Peter Dinklage Will Play M.O.D.O.K in Avengers: Infinity War

Some fan sites have speculated that Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, X-Men: Days of Future Past) would appear as M.O.D.O.K,  which stands for Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing in Marvel Studios’ upcoming Avengers: Infinity War (though I get the feeling the people who are making this suggestion are not only unaware who M.O.D.O.K is, but how ultimately insulting an idea that actually is

And speaking of ‘insulting,’ that’s also my first reason.

  • It’s Really Insulting Toward Dinklage

Here is an image of M.O.D.O.K.

He has such tiny arms and legs because he was created to lead AIM (Advanced Idea Mechanics) so all their efforts went toward developing his mental abilities, which are pretty impressive.

Now keep in mind that some characters don’t make the transition from comics to movies visually intact–this was the case for the Falcon, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, Zemo and many others so it’s entirely possible that M.O.D.O.K could be played by Dinklage and translate to the screen in such a way that is reminiscent of the character from the comics, yet reinterpreted, like with the case of Arnim Zola from Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

 

The problem is that M.O.D.O.K’s massive cabeza IS his most distinctive feature, and I am unsure how they could reinterpret that and capture how bizarre and unusual the character actually is.

Which is strangely enough where our problems start.

Here is a picture of Dinklage from the after party of The Station Agent.   He’s a person of short-stature, and while he’s played a whole gamut of roles I am not sure how playing a giant head doesn’t become more than a little offensive.

And while some people may call that PC, that’s just a cross I’ll have to bear.

  • AIM Has Barely Been Introduced Into the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

The organization known as AIM (Advanced Idea Mechanics) was introduced into the MCU in Iron Man 3 (in the movies it was a company started by Aldrich Killian, who developed Extremis) though it was one of those ‘blink and you’ll miss it‘ sort of moments.

With Hydra on the decline it would be nice for the movies to introduce another villainous organization to take up the slack, and AIM could serve that purpose admirably (plus we’d get a chance to see people wearing those cool yellow ‘beekeeper’ helmets, so there’s always that).

Though to introduce MODOK as a main villain means reintroducing AIM, something not likely to happen if Avengers: Infinity War has half the characters it’s supposed to have.

  • Most Importantly, M.O.D.O.K Has No Connection to the Infinty Gauntlet or Infinity Watch Storylines 

I am aware that Marvel Studios movies don’t adapt any storyline verbatim from the comics, though introducing  M.O.D.O.K would be worse than clutter because it would be adding a character and a supporting organization the film would hardly need.

So those are the reasons why Dinklage will not be M.O.D.O.K but instead be playing…

Pip the Troll!  It’s not exactly rocket science, and actually makes a lot of sense when you think about it.  Dinklage already looks like Pip, all that’s required to complete the look would be a shave and a loincloth (which isn’t necessarily to say that that’s the direction they’re going with visually, though if it is, it would be really work).

Ben Affleck No Longer Directing ‘The Batman’

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ben Affleck will no longer be directing the tentatively titled The Batman for Warner Bros, though he still intends to star (and probably write with Geoff Johns) the upcoming feature. 

Part of me wonders if Affleck’s change of heart has anything to do with his latest feature, Live By Night tanking at the box office, and costing the studio somewhere in the ballpark of $75 million. 

Maybe? Maybe not?  Only time will tell though if for the reasons Affleck sites in the article–that as the director and the star that he perhaps couldn’t deliver the quality fans expect–is good enough reason for him to step aside.  

CHiPS – Official Trailer #1

Apparently Erik Estrada (who played Officer Frank Poncherello in the 1977 series CHiPs, which stands for California Highway Patrol) is none too happy about Dax Shepard‘s reinterpretation of the show he co-headlined with Larry Wilcox.

The truth of it is that I have no idea if Estrada has even seen the movie–though he mentioned about the highway patrolmen being involved in gunplay, none of which can be seen in the trailer, which at least raises the possibility that he has–though what surprises me about the trailer is not gun violence, but the blatant homoeroticism.  

Which, if you’ve seen Shepard in Bob Odenkirk’s Let’s Go To Prison, probably wouldn’t be that much of a shocker though when you take into account that the original series barely even hinted that the two officers had a sex life, never mind flirting with homosexuality (which seems to be done primarily for laughs, and is certainly going to piss off more than a few people if the scenes in the trailer make their way into the movie) then I could understand see Erik Estrada’s complaint a bit better.

Though considering that Archie is being interpreted as dark and edgy in the new CW series, Riverdale, I am not sure I see what the fuss is all about. 

Three Things To Consider For An Unbreakable Sequel To Work

While it’s good news that M. Night Shyamalan is finally getting around to producing a sequel to his Bruce Willis/Sam Jackson-led Unbreakable, three problems in particular come to mind. 

1.  The original Unbreakable came out 17 years ago.

The point being that a lot of people aren’t going to get fired up for a sequel to a movie that came out before they were born. This is why Bruce Willis and Sam Jackson must reprise their roles.  The two leads returning will help to bridge not only the gap in people’s minds, but  the very real gap between the original and the sequel. 

Could the movie work without Willis and Jackson?  Maybe, though why take the chance?  After all, many believe that one reason in particular  Independence Day: Resurgence tanked (which is perhaps too strong a word for a movie that earned almost $390 million worldwide) was because Will Smith did not return to the role that catapulted him to A-list stardom.   

2. Will we be seeing the ‘Blumhouse’ Shyamalan, or the ‘Lady In The Water’ Shyamalan?

I could have written the ‘AfterEarth’ Shyamalan, though the meaning would have been the same, namely I’m talking about the period of time when Shyamalan was seemingly driven more by ego than creativity, and it showed in vanity projects like Lady In The Water,  AfterEarth and The Last Airbender. 

While the ‘Blumhouse Shyamalan, ’ where the resurgence of his career began with movies like The Visit and Split

Lean, relatively small-budgeted features (pretty much the only type of movies Blumhouse Pictures makes), managed to reign in Shyamalan’s excesses though I suspect he won’t have a Jason Blum to keep an eye on things for an Unbreakable 2.

Though considering we’re talking about Bruce Willis and Sam Jackson, I suspect that neither will come cheap. 

3. How will Unbreakable 2 differentiate itself from all the other superhero movies?

When Unbreakable came out the idea of superhero films was relatively uncommon, which is why the original could work as a superhero film despite being relatively action-free.  Such an approach would likely not work today, so how can Shyamalan create a drastically different-looking superhero story, while not drifting too far afield of what made the original so engrossing and worthy of revisiting is a question worth pondering. 

If Shyamalan can address these three points, it by no means guarantees that Unbreakable 2 will be a success, though what it does mean is that it will likely find a receptive audience, one way or another.