It goes without saying I didn’t particularly like the firsr trailer for Shane Black’s The Predator.
It played a bit too much like AVP: Requiem (which is insult enough) but for some reason felt the need to imply some kid somehow gained the ability to control a Predator space craft, which one-upped the former movie as far as really bad ideas go.
Which is weird because this most recent entry in the franchise was directed by Shane Black and written by him and Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps, Monster Squad, Robocop 3), so at the very least we could have expected a clever story.
‘…ultimate Predator!?’ Wasn’t this terrain covered in 2010’s Predators (though to be fair it wasn’t done particularly well so I wouldn’t mind another visit to that particular space)?
The trailer for Deadpool 2 dropped yesterday, so here’s the Red band version (because unlike Deadpool, we’re all adults).
And speaking of Mr. Pool, the first movie wasn’t nearly as risqué, innovative or clever as it liked to think it was though it was an interesting–at the time–and novel interpretation of a superhero, unending many tropes of the genre.
The only problem is that it has to up its game because while Deadpool’s potty mouth was interesting the first time around, it won’t be quite as much the second.
The latest trailer for Fox’s Deadpool 2 dropped a few hours ago, and it’s pretty funny. As usual, Deadpool shows a wanton disregard for not only propriety, but the third wall, which he demolishes with aplomb.
And while I don’t think it’s necessary for this movie–or any superhero movie for that matter–to have an R rating, I do admit that I enjoy the way the Deadpool movies seem to revel in their R-ratedness.
Though the problem is that there’re likely a whole batch of movies –like Sony’s upcoming Venom–that will be R-rated less because the story requires it than they’re trying to imitate the success of movies like Deadpool and Logan.
So thanks, Mr. Pool.
And speaking of Avatar, guess which studio released it?
If your guess is ‘20th Century Fox,’ now picture one studio releasing Avatar, the Alien and Predator movies, Star Wars and Marvel superhero movies.
Those are a few of the movies that would come under the aegis of a combined Disney and Fox, which would likely cause even more consolidation among studios because who can effectively compete with that lineup?
As awesome as the idea is of the X-Men finally coming back to Marvel Studios is, I’m not at sure Disney buying Fox’s film and television production and distribution businesses is such a great idea.
Sure, Simon Kinberg would likely no longer be given free rein to ruin the X-Men, and the fate of the Fantastic Four would finall be resolved in the most awesomest manner possible but it would make Disney even more massive, more powerful than it already is.
And I’m not entirely sure a 21st Century Fox as a division of The Walt Disney Company (it would likely require way too much effort–and money–to get rid of Fox branding, which is why it’s likely to exist alongside Disney as a stand-along shingle) is a really good idea for anyone that’s not a shareholder in either company.
And to emphasize my last point, Disney earned $2.9 billion in 2016 (and that’s not including the millions generated by Thor: Ragnarök).
Combining the titles they already control with those of Fox sounds like Ragnarök for all the other studios, which certainly wouldn’t have the seer market power of a combined Disney/Fox.
I have to admit that when I learned a bit more about Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water I was somewhat underwhelmed (partially because the color palette of the trailer seemed too evocative of earlier Del Toro films and partially because it also seemed like a stealth Hellboy prequel, which sucks because we never ended up with a third movie in the series; though that’s no longer the case, it will be an entirely different animal than the Del Toro movies).
So reviews have begun to filter in, and they so far seem rather effusive with their praise (though keep in mind that there have been relatively few reviews thus far; no more than eight to ten. So expect The Shape of Water‘s perfect score to fall when more are posted) with lots of comparisons to Pan’s Labyrinth–though for my money The Devil’s Backbone is a more interesting movie.
Guillermo Del Toro is, visually speaking, one of the most distinctive directors working today.
The way he lays out a scene, the color palette he uses…typically unique and unlike any anyone else.
So, why am I (atypically) lukewarm toward his latest project, The Shape of Water?
Maybe because it looks very much like things we have already seen from the auteur before.
The set design of the laboratory where the creature is held looks too similar to designs he’s used in movies like Blade II and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army while the Deep One itself looks like a not-too-distant relation of Abe Sapien from the latter movie.
In fact, the trailer plays almost as a Hellboy prequel (minus Hellboy, that is) which is certainly odd.
The Gifted is the second series begat from the deal between Marvel Entertainment and Fox and it’s curiously conventional-looking, especially compared to Legion (the first series launched on sister channel, FX).
That aforementioned conventionality may have a lot to do with it being directed by Bryan Singer, who helmed many of the X-Men movies, and contributed to their inconsistent tone (in terms of how they appear in movies versus their counterparts in the comics).