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. 

Independence Day: Resurgence – Trailer 2

Take note, Bryan Singer, this is how you do it!  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: No body brings the destruction like Roland Emmerich (and I’m not suggesting for a moment that it has anything to do with him being German, though it can’t hurt).

The sequel to 1996’s Independence Day has the Earth apparently not only recovered from the devastating alien attack of the first movie, but we have managed to use the remnants of the alien’s technology to enhance the planet’s defenses.

And apparently we’ll need it because the aliens aren’t done with us yet.

Though while the invaders will be back, Will Smith won’t.

Visually, the trailer reminds me of Stargate, not the movie also directed by Emmerich as well, but the far superior series based on the movie.

And that’s a good thing.


X-Men: Apocalypse – Trailer 2 & 3

The most recent trailer for X-men: Apocalypse dropped yesterday, so I gave it a look.

If you check out my last trailer review–posted below–you’ll see what I think about about X:Men: Apocalypse – Trailer 2 below.

Looking at the third trailer, it feels like director Bryan Singer is playing in Roland Emmerich’s sandbox, and I am not at all sure that’s a good thing because no one can destroy real estate–and national landmarks–with such gleeful abandon like Emmerich.

Singer’s also once again–if the end of the trailer is any indication–leaning on the crutch that is Wolverine.  My problem with this is that he must not have read any of the X-Men comics that comprise The Age of Apocalypse because Wolverine isn’t a threat to a being like Apocalypse.

Adamantium claws or not.

Though what I keep forgetting is that more people know Wolverine, so of course we have to throw him into situations where he doesn’t fit (in the comics it was Kitty Pride/Shadowcat who went back into the past in the Days of Future Past storyline).

That made sense because, unlike Wolverine, she possessed the ability to go back in time.

Though worse of all I don’t understand why they do it.  Fox has the rights to all the X-characters from Marvel Comics, so why not start using them already!  And this may be wishful thinking, but there are so many of them that I’d be willing to be that if you have someone other than Logan a chance, maybe people would be interested in them too.

And you’d broaden the reach of your franchise, and you know, make more money long-term?



X-Men: Age Of Apocalypse – Official Trailer

While it’s great that Bryan Singer finally understands that he’s making movies based on comic books, the bulletin might have come just a bit too late.

Reason being, we’ve got Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice premiering March 28–by the time its competition appears on the horizon hopefully it will have profitability in its sights.  If it doesn’t there might be a few problems down Warner Bros.Way–though the more relevant issue, and the purpose of this post, is that Captain America: Civil War comes out May 6, while X-Men: Apocalypse comes out a few weeks later, on May 27th.

It’s almost undebatable that when Captain America’s third movie is released that Batman v Superman will likely fall to second place.  This especially makes sense when you take into account that Batman v Superman would have already been out for over a month, and if moviegoers love anything , it’s novelty (There’s also what I like to  call the ‘Spider-Man Effect,’ which I will explore in a later post).

So, when X-Men: Apocalypse comes out, it probably won’t top Captain America at the box office, though it will be close.  At this point the order of things will probably be:  Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice brining up the rear.

This is why in this scenario it’s not only important that Batman v Superman makes the best of its month-long holiday from competition, but X-Men: Apocalypse to hold off some pretty strong competition from Captain America: Civil War.

Deadpool Red Band Trailer – Trailer 2

I’m not particularly fond of how Fox has treated the Marvel properties (X-Men, Fantastic Four) that they have under their control.

Though my feelings–and the clusterfuck that was the recent Fantastic Four movie notwithstanding–if box office receipts are any indication, most people approve of what they’re doing with the X-Men.

Which brings me to the latest Deadpool trailer.  It’s early days yet, but this looks like perhaps the most accurate interpretation of a Marvel superhero by Fox yet.  Ryan Reynolds and the other people behind the movie seem to have captured the irrelevance–and to be honest, douchy–nature of the character perfectly.

In fact, I look more forward to Deadpool than X-Men: Apocalypse because Bryan Singer has taken too long to realize that, while the types of stories comics can tell is near-infinite, they’re more than on-the-nose analogies for religious persecution or that based upon sexual preference.

Fantastic Four – Trailer

Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four just released a trailer, and its…okay.  All the elements are there, but it’s coming on the heels of  trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (still hate that subtitle), Ant-Man and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, so it’s easy to see why it’s a bit underwhelming at this point.

As I said, it’s okay.  You see the Fantastic Four display their abilities, glimpse Doctor Doom, as well as the Negative Zone.

I guess my biggest issue is that I really want to see the Fantastic Four, as well as the X-Men, back in the hands of Marvel Studios, because they’re shown, if nothing else that they know how to manage their franchises.

Fox?  Not so much.

And if I were being entirely honest, I have to say that what I know of Bryan Singer (which is admittedly little) I don’t particularly like.

The Signal

Ecclesiastes 1:4-11 said: What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.

Most movies seem to have taken those words to heart, because they tend to be be all the same, no matter whether they’re comedies, action movies, or Biblical epics.  Sure, actors may change, special effects improve, but when all is said and done, they’re still the same.

Though there are exceptions, such as William Eubank‘s The Signal.  What makes this movie so remarkable is that it takes ideas that you have seen before, and mixes them up in such a way as to create something that at least feels new.   

And that’s saying something.

There were a few instances that I though that I had this picture made, and I was often sort of right; though it’s that little bit of uncertainty, that small helping of doubt, that made it such a clever and enjoyable ride.

This perspective even filtered down to the way the film was directed because The Signal starts as one thing, and before you know it, right under your nose, morphs into a bigger, more interesting thing.

Most movies are made in a way that the audience knows what’s going to happen before the characters on screen or the director (deliberately?) neglects to show you information that would make everything that unfolds a whole lot clearer.

Which is one reason that I can’t watch Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects without getting irritated.  Keyser Söze literally builds an life out of found items in the police station, which is clever but I don’t recall the character acting with the high level of scrutiny that such an act would have required.

But as I said, The Signal is different.  The characters on screen are in the dark, though you are too, both literally and figuratively.

It’s a scary feeling, but I have to admit that I liked it.

A lot.