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The Predator – Review

I was really expecting Shane Black’s reboot of the Predator franchise to be all sorts of awesome. After all, this is the same guy who wrote the Lethal Weapon movies, as well as The Long Kiss Goodnight, The Last Boyscout, as well as directing movies like The Nice Guys and Iron Man 3.

And…I was wrong because The Predator was a mess. It’s certainly not the worse movie I’ve ever seen, but it’s not very good either.

If you want the bloody details, check out the video below.

Be warned, it contains mild spoilers and even milder profanity.

The Predator – Teaser Trailer Recut

I’ve got my ticket to catch Shane Black’s The Predator this afternoon, and while me seeing the movie was never really in doubt, I was really put off by how bad the first teaser for the movie was.

I was literally having debates with people over how dopey it was. And as I said, I’ve already drank the Kool-Aide–and was already in the queue for more–so as terrible a trailer as it was, it wouldn’t have any effect on me catching the movie.

But if I were on the fence? That’d be another matter entirely.

The Predator – Official Trailer # 2

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)?

Deadpool 2 – Red Band Trailer #1

 

Deadpool 2

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.

Deadpool, Meet Cable Trailer

Deadpool 2The 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.

Disney & Fox Would Be the Avatar of Movie Studios

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.

The Water Seems Fine

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.

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