The trailer for the Happytime Murders is admittedly funny, but the idea of children’s television characters acting inappropriately has a long history in television and movies.
Here’s a scene from the ‘Smiletime‘ episode from Angel (1999).
And Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) revolved around cartoon characters interacting with the ‘real’ world–as opposed to puppets–though the same idea of subverting tropes typical to children’s television are still evident.
And there are certainly others. I’m sure that there are television shows and movies that I haven’t included here (you could even go back to the ‘Living Doll’ episode of The Twilight Zone (1963) and the Puppetmaster (1989) franchise.
Though, back to The Happytime Murders. As I have already stated it’s not nearly as subversive as it likes to think that it is though to be so all they had to do is include Muppets that people are already familiar with (like Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and so on) though there’s no way that Disney (the current owners of the Muppets) would allow them to do so.
Spike Lee can be a very controversial director, though I typically find his movies somewhat difficult to watch.
This is due less to the subject matter–though he can be a bit pedantic at times–than he has certain stylistic tendencies (such as putting the actors on dollies and pulling them through a scene) that typically feels more distracting than illuminating.
In fact, the more ‘conventional’ Lee’s movies appear–such as Inside Man and Clockers, though so recall both have dolly scenes–the more I tend to enjoy them because they’re less about directorial affectation than telling a story as efficiently and as effectively as possible.
I can’t tell which camp BlackkKlansman will fall in, though I find it interesting that a similarly-titled movie was released in 1966.
What I find particularly interesting about Lee’s film is that it’s supposedly based on a true story (which triggers my bs sensor because when that phrase is typically so loosely applied that it becomes almost meaningless).
Though the thing is that the premise of BlackkKlansman (a black man infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan) sounds so ludicrous that I’m willing to bet that a lot of it will be end up being true.
Yesterday Netflix released a trailer for the second season of Luke Cage, one of the four series from Marvel Television and it looks…okay.
Cage seems to have accepted a degree of notoriety in his life–which truth be told is unavoidable when you take into account everyone is running around with technology that makes them their own network.
And we’re introduced to Bushmaster (who thankfully doesn’t appear to be wearing any sort of costume. For some reason tropes native to the genre–such as costumes–does not benefit the show)and Misty Knight received her bionic arm (like in the comics. Yay!).
Truth be told I’d be happy to get this series of Luke Cage and another Iron Fist (the first series wasn’t nearly as terrible as people make it out to be. In fact it’s greatest problem is was that it made Danny Rand/Iron Fist a secondary character in his own story though the 13-epsisode structure of the season may have had a lot to do with that) culminating not in The Defenders, but in Heroes For Hire.
And speaking of Iron Fist, he needs a costume (or at least some sort of uniform) because if there’s something underwhelming it should be the costume, not the person wearing it.
Watching the teaser trailer for Otto Bathurst‘s upcoming Robin Hood I wonder if it’s alternate title was Arrow: The REALLY Early Years because thematically it plays just like an episode of that series in a medieval setting.
Though that’s picking nits.
A more significant problem potentially is that, despite being masked, how is it even possible–even in medieval times where I hear they didn’t have the Internet–does one become such a great archer sans a reputation as such?
Archery isn’t an innate skill. You have to learn it, so why isn’t anyone aware of a guy who’s a master archer–especially one so young–is a bit odd.
The movie may explain this, but it feels like it might be a bit of a plot hole.
And I hope the movie expands upon another aspect of life in that period, namely medieval cities were supposedly filthy–if London was any indicator–which helped the spread of plagues like the Black Death (though according to Wikipedia it didn’t start there, pre-existing sanitary conditions certainly wouldn’t have helped matters).
Though I get the feeling that the archery won’t be the only thing that’s blatantly unrealistic.
Now this is an interesting trailer (and made even more so considering the events of Avengers: Infinity War) because the MCU has never forgotten that a ‘teaspoon of sugar makes the medicine go down’–unlike the DCEU who apparently never heard of the truism in the first place.
And while I believe that Infinity War was an excellent and bold movie, no one in their right mind would call it fun.
And that was by design, though at this point we need something a bit lighter and simpler (in terms of tone and storyline).
A palate cleanser, a lighter meal till we’re ready to gorge ourselves on heavier fare.
Something with smaller stakes, that doesn’t hold the survival of the world in the balance.
And judging from the trailer Ant-Man And The Wasp may be the movie many of us–especially Jay from Half In The Bag–didn’t know we needed.
According to Comicbook.com fan-favorite (at least THIS fan) Nova is being considered for a role in the MCU by the president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige (despite James Gunn not being particularly fond of the character).
That’s probably fairly obvious, but did you know, attributable to the same source, that Moon Knight is also particularly high on Feige’s Wish List.
My point? A few months ago there was a lot of hue and cry (read: rumors) about Moon Knight appearing in the Marvel/Netflix shows.
Here’s the problem with that little bit of wish fulfillment: When characters appear on Marvel Television shows, they DON’T appear in Marvel Studios movies (at least up to this point).
This way, assuming Moon Knight appears in the MCU, he’ll be catapulted on the world stage not only in a fashion that cannot be estimated, he’ll certainly attract more attention than he would on a television show.
And if you ask me that’s a win-win for comics’ fans.
You don’t typically get much in the way of mea culpas (and in Latin, no less!) out of me, but seeing that I originally posted that George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers was on Syfy, not Netflix , I felt an apology was in order.
This is important for two reasons. First, I subscribe to Netflix, not Syfy. And second–and perhaps most importantly–Syfy tends to suck (Though in the name of fairness, for every Altered Carbon there’s a Hemlock Grove or two on Netflix).
For those of you unfamiliar with the work of George R.R. Martin he’s written more than Game Of Thrones. For instance, if you’re into vampires, Fevre Dream is for you. Superheroes? Then his Wild Cards series might be right up your alley.
Nightflyers falls firmly in the science fiction arena–with a healty does of horror–as a crew embark of a ship called Nightflyer, which it should go without saying does it’s damnedest to kill them.
I honestly cannot wait.