The Predator – Teaser Trailer

What is it with the Alien and Predator franchises?

It almost feels like they’re being deliberately sabotaged (few other things can explain why Ridley Scott is so intent on undermining a series he himself helped to create) by some really bizarre decisions on the part of the people directing them, and it’s a pity.

In the case of the Predator, the problems started with 1990’s Predator 2 (the great idea of a Predator movie in the vein of Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop undermined by Stephen Hopkins paint-by-numbers direction and a weak script) and have pretty much continued to varying degrees since that time.

Though I had assumed that the Predator franchise had bottomed out with 2007’s Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem.

And apparently I was wrong because despite being co-written and directed by the undeniably talented Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) the upcoming The Predator looks to continue the time-honored idea of mixing lots of bad ideas with one or two half-decent ones.

For instance, the idea that the predators are using the DNA from the creatures on the planets they visit to make themselves even deadlier?  Great idea and probably the best addition to the franchise in many Hunter’s moons.

The idea that a little kid discovers a model (!?) of a Predator craft that somehow manages to (apparently) control an actual Predator spacecraft!?

Dumb beyond belief (on the face of it, at any rate).

Then there’s the idea of the movie taking place in Small Town, U.S.A., an idea that didn’t do AVPR ANY favors, so why not do it again?

As I said earlier, Shane Black is a damn talented writer and director, but I get the feeling he’s screwed the pooch on this one.

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The Nice Guys – Official Red Band & Final Trailer

I think I want to see this movie.

While the The Nice Guys looks like a typical Shane Black movie–The Last Boy Scout, The Long Kiss Goodnight–that’s not necessarily a bad thing because those movies were a lot of fun.

 After all, it’s not like he’s is directing movies left and right (his last was Iron Man 3 back 1993, which I enjoyed despite their treatment of the Mandarin–and I am convinced that most of the people on the Internet who were so up in arms over the way Shane Black used, or perhaps misused would be a better word, the Mandarin probably  barely know who the character is.

Blackhat – Trailer

Isn’t it remarkable what a few days can bring?  A few weeks ago, a thriller like Michael Mann‘s Blackhat–a movie that revolves around about Nicholas Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth) a cyber criminal released from prison to counter the threat of a cyber terrorist with the ability to bring a nation to its collective knees–would probably have been an interesting diversion and little else, till Sony Pictures was hacked and thousands of no longer private emails and social security numbers were released.

Imagine how devastating such an attack could potentially be if it were aimed at our infrastructure instead, which we hopefully won’t have to discover any time soon.

Though what’s sort of interesting in reference to the trailer is that the unseen terrorist sounds strangely like Trevor Slattery/faux Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) from Iron Man 3, which makes me wonder if this is some sort of unofficial sequel (It’s not, but the idea that Mann might be in the superhero business makes it more than worth the scorn such a comment might traditionally elicit).

Blackhat isn’t the type of movie that I would traditionally see, but I have to admit that I am a bit curious.

‘Iron Man 4’ Is A Go!

Iron Man Flying

According to Robert Downey, Jr. Iron Man 4 is happening and truth be told I am a little torn by the decision.  It’s a good thing because Downey, for millions of people (including this writer) embodies Tony Stark.

It’s not such a good thing because Marvel has to know that they’re just delaying the inevitable.  Originally when this question was posed to Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios,  he said something to the effect that the plan was to have the Iron Man franchise to be similar to James Bond, in that the actor who plays Bond is important, but less so than the franchise itself.

In other words, the actor who plays Iron Man would change from time to time.

The thing is that Marvel Studios is known for their thriftiness (or miserliness, depending upon how you look at such things) and it goes without saying that they must be paying Downey a butt-load of money, to put on the red and gold suit again (though in Marvel and Feige’s defense, Iron Man 3 made over $1.2 billion on a $200 million budget, so $50 million–what he earned for Iron Man 3–was just a drop in the bucket).

All Hail The King

All Hail The King “Iron Man 3,” with the reveal that the character that everyone thought was the Mandarin was actually Trevor Slattery (supposedly an actor of some repute in British theater circles) was a pretty bold move.

Some fans rolled with it, while others were a bit peeved.  Myself, I thought it was a particularly ballsy move on Marvel’s part.  Ben Kingsley was remarkable, and his portrayal of  Slattery was fun and an interesting twist.

When I heard that his adventures were being continued in the Marvel One-Shot “All Hail The King” I was jazzed to see it.

And seen it I have, and so can you, and I say that it was worth the wait.  It’s a bunch of good, cheeky fun.

Hopefully, Slattery turns up on an episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”  That would be all sorts of awesome.

Cool Dr. Strange Rumor!

The Doctor Is In The House (Hopefully)

Remember when Marvel’s ‘Phase 2’ slate of films were announced?  They consisted of:  “Ant-Man,” “Thor 2: The Dark World,” “Iron Man 3,” Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians Of The Galaxy,” and it goes without saying, Avengers 2.

Notice who’s not on the list:  Dr. Strange, which is odd considering that Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, expressed an interest in the character.

So, where is he?  According to Screenrant, the good doctor will be playing a big role in the upcoming Thor sequel, which makes a lot of sense when you think about it because the characters in ‘Thor’ deal with a science so advanced that it looks for all intents and purposes like magic.

Which is not only why it’s a great opportunity to introduce Dr. Strange, but it offers a way to introduce his magics in a way that grounds it in a consistent Marvel reality.

Keep in mind that everything in the article is speculation, though it’s all very logical (from the perspective that I really, really want it to be true).