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)?

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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.

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.

‘Iron Man 3’ Review

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“Iron Man 3″ Is The Superhero Film Quentin Tarantino Would Direct, If He Had Directed A Superhero Film”

The biggest problem I had with with Jon Favreau’s “Iron Man 2” was that the filmmakers decided to pit Iron Man against another armored character, just like in the first film (though there was also the way that they turned Justin Hammer into a Tony Stark wannabe, when in the comics he was far more threatening and a much better foil to Stark).

Shane Black seemed to learn from their mistake, because other than Iron Man himself and War Machine – now known as Iron Patriot – there are no other armored characters in the film.

What struck me as odd about the film is that it plays more like something by Quentin Tarantino, in that you get what feels like tons of dialog, with a few set pieces strategically placed to remind you why you’re there in the first place.

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New ‘Iron Man 3’ Poster

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Here’s another “Iron Man 3” poster, this time focusing on Iron Man/Tony Stark and various armored suits.  It appears that the penultimate Iron Man film (Yeah right, if this makes a much money as anticipated, I expect that we’ll be seeing Iron Man for a long while, which is when things get really interesting because Robert Downey, Jr. probably has no more than two–including this one–Iron Man films in him, I’d imagine) will follow in a somewhat different direction than the prior two entries, which isn’t a bad thing.

I have read that it adapts the ‘Extremis’ storyline from the comics, though I haven’t followed it, I cannot say how it goes.

Though what I think is a really good thing is that Jon Favreau isn’t directing, though that shouldn’t be taken as being critical of him.  I am thinking more in the sense that some new blood will bring an interesting perspective to things, and if anyone can do that, Shane Black can.

‘Iron Man 3’ Will Not Be A Serious Movie?

Superherohype is saying that Kevin Feige, Robert Downey, Jr., and Shane Black, the director of the film, are saying that the upcoming “Iron Man 3” will not be a “serious” movie.  Feige, Downey and Black are closer to the production than I am (by an almost indescribable degree), so I think that we can take their words as gospel, but I reading various quotes from the three men, makes me wonder if they have ever seen the trailer.

In an earlier post I called it “The Dark Knight Of The Iron Man.”  There must be some serious belly laughs yet to be revealed, because it was a lot of things, though funny (or even light-hearted) was not among them.

That being said, Shane Black has been known on occasion to mix relatively dark, situational humor into his films (particularly “Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang”) though the ‘Lethal Weapon’ series of films, which he wrote, also show it, to varying degrees.

The Mandarin Lives!

When I heard that Ben Kingsley was going to be in Shane Black’s “Iron Man 3,” I was hoping that he would appear as the Mandarin, especially since the character has been teased since the first film (The ‘Ten Rings’ organization).  Well, it appears that someone has come to their senses, because rumors have it that Kingley will definitely be playing the Mandarin.

This is really cool, and hopefully will get the memory of the ‘Hood’ out of my head, from 2004’s “Thunderbirds.”

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That picture isn’t all that bad, though, trust me, he looked really silly in the movie.

I should also mention that the ‘Iron Man’ movies need to move beyond armored villains.  If you go to the link at Collider, you’ll see another suit of armor that Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) will probably not be wearing), though I would have thought that “Iron Man 2” had enough armored suits for five sequels.