The Equalizer 2 – Official Trailer 1

I participated in a thread on Twitter with C. Robert Cargill (co-writer of Sinister, Sinister 2 and Doctor Strange) where he was talking about The Equalizer 2 and it’s director, Antoine Fuqua (who also directed the first movie).

I described Fuqua as ‘the thinking man’s Michael Bay,’ and it’s an apt comparison because if you look at the trailer below you’ll see some very kinetic action set pieces, buoyed by quiet, introspective moments.

It’s a pretty impressive trailer that takes the movie more in the direction of the television series (starring Edward Woodward) that it’s  based upon.

And apropos of nothing, does ‘EQ2’ vaguely remind you of the the name of a coleoneor perfume?

As usual, let me know what you think below.  

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The Punisher Finds His Skull

I was speculating a few weeks ago about about how happy I would be if in the upcoming second season of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix–coming in ten days, but who’s counting!–the Punisher (Jon Bernthal) wore his iconic skull like in the comics.

Though I foresaw a problem, namely that the reality-based nature of the Marvel Television/Netflix universe would preclude such a thing from happening (for instance, the only reason that Daredevil adapted a costume at all was, besides hiding his identity, was to provide body armor that was proof against bladed weapons) because there needed to be a logical reason for it being there.

The image below is courtesy of Daredevil’s Twitter account, and as you can see, the famous skull is in full effect.

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And while I don’t know what the justification is it (yet), I’m glad to see it.

 

More Reasons (As If You Needed Any) Why Marvel Studios Is Awesome

A few days ago I caught a pirated version of the trailer for Marvel Studios’ upcoming The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and noted in a post that it looked particularly good for a pirated trailer.

Since that time Marvel has released a HD version that was watched by over 34.3 million people in the first 24 hours, beating the last record holder, Iron Man 3, which had 20 million views in the same period.

So, in case you were somehow not among those millions, or living in a cave–which doesn’t explain how you happen to be reading this post–here it is.

Marvel Studios originally planned to release it during a showing of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which has been hurting in the ratings lately, so it could have definitely drawn a few more eyes.

Though when they learned that it was released prematurely, Marvel could have done quite a few things, such as pull the clip from anywhere it was live, and then sic their legal department on anyone else.

Such tactics aren’t unheard of, after all.

Instead Marvel sent this tweet, and released an HD version of the pirated trailer.

Marvel Studios TweetPretty awesome and classy, though it also managed to get millions of people not only very excited about the movie but managed to preserve a lot of goodwill.

‘Boyhood’ And Hyperbole In The Twitter Age

I just scored some tickets to Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood today.  It’t not the type of movie I typically go for, but then again, I enjoy sneak previews.  I mention it because I was checking out my Twitter feed, and noticed this Tweet from @IFCFilms:

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And Boyhood may indeed be as good as Rolling Stone says it is, though what’s more than likely is that we’re witnessing a bit of hyperbole (It’s early July.  There’s plenty of time for another movie as good, if not better, to come along), which is when you describe someone or something in a particularly exaggerated and/or dramatic fashion.  And in and of itself there’s nothing wrong with it, as long as it’s not too manipulative.  After all, Boyhood is a small movie, competing with others with significantly larger budgets and consumer awareness so positive word-of-mouth can make the difference between box office failure or success.

Though unfortunately hyperbole isn’t limited to just movies and probably has been around as long as there have been humans with reason to exaggerate.

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James Gunn Is Awesome

Guardians/Star WarsJames Gunn, director of the upcoming Guardians Of The Galaxy, posted this picture by Poster Posse on his Twitter feed today, and it brings back all sorts of memories.

If Guardians touches on the feelings that Star Wars evoked, even a little bit, it’s going to be awesome.

Ben Affleck As Batman!

Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 6.46.33 PMZach Snyder released this black & white image of Batman (Ben Affleck) today on Twitter.  It’s from the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman.  And it looks OK, and while I wish that Snyder had taken the photo less to depict a mood than to actually show us Batman and the Batmobile.

That being said, I am not seeing all the hype over this suit yet because from what I can tell it looks similar to the way Batman looked in the Christopher Nolan features (though his ears seem to be shorter, and the costume a bit bulkier), which is pretty much the way the character has  looked since he began to appear in features.

Check out the link above for Snyder’s Twitter account, and some more images.

 

Thanks to Collider for the information, and Zach Snyder for posting!