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New trailer for Black Panther (2018)

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New Black Panther Trailer (2018)

To the delight of movie-goers everywhere, Marvel released a new trailer for Black Panther (2018) today and…wow!! The more I see, the more I definitely want to see this movie when it comes out next year.

I love the visual look of this film, and how Wakanda is this advanced civilization hidden from the world, yet it still retains elements from Africa’s tribal past, it’s all just so…beautiful and wonderful. The cast looks amazing, and you just know Andy Serkis is going to be AWESOME too.

Let me know what you thought of the trailer in the comments below. I’m really sorry those soundtrack reviews haven’t come yet, I’m working on getting my schedule back on track now that my sinus infection (aka the reason I didn’t write much of anything last week) is finally taken care of. I promise those reviews ARE coming. Have a good Monday!

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The new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer is here and OMG what is even happening??

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer #2

It’s finally here! For six LONG months, the Star Wars fandom has been kept waiting for a new, full-length trailer for the upcoming 8th installment in the Star Wars saga.* And last night, it finally arrived! We really should be careful what we wish for, because we got everything we asked for and then some, including more questions than answers!

I’m just going to dive right in and get to the part everyone wants to talk about: WHAT ON EARTH is happening at the end? Because it looks like Rey is talking to Kylo and saying “I need someone (you, Kylo) to tell me my place in all this” and the (seeming) reverse shot has Kylo extending his hand. Now, before we all freak out with “OMG Rey is going to the Dark Side!!”, I do need to point out that this IS a trailer, and trailers are known to splice together footage in ways that can be misleading. It may turn out that Rey isn’t talking to Kylo at all, she could just as easily be talking to Luke (or someone else, who knows?). But then again, it is VERY possible that what we see is exactly what happens and Rey and Kylo are forming a (temporary?) alliance. What I can say for sure is that when the screen went black I nearly screamed at my television because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

Now then, back to the rest of the trailer. It was awesome to hear Snoke speak. I’m fairly convinced his words are aimed at Kylo, but as someone pointed out, he could be speaking to Rey as well. And then there’s Kylo’s moment, where he says “The past, kill it if you have to. It is the only way to be what you were meant to become.” The footage of Ren flying in his TIE Interceptor is great (clearly he’s inherited his father and grandfather’s piloting skills, though he’d probably only acknowledge the latter). But as he’s saying this line, the footage of him flying in his colossal space battle is intercut with Leia in her ship, and the way the scene is cut implies that Kylo has located her through the Force and is locked on, his finger on the trigger with the means to kill his mother. And while this too freaked me out, I couldn’t help but notice that Kylo seemed deeply conflicted about the idea (he noticeably swallows like he’s thinking “can I really kill my mother too?”) I don’t personally think Kylo is going to kill Leia; it’s been stated before that Carrie Fisher’s part in the film was NOT changed in the slightest due to her untimely death, and since we know she was supposed to figure BIG in Episode IX, I think that at the very least she will be injured, but not dead (I’m very interested to see how they resolve this in Episode IX).

Based on something Daisy Ridley said during Star Wars Celebration (about how you shouldn’t meet your heroes because they can disappoint you), I was not completely surprised at Luke’s dialogue towards Rey. While the first trailer implied that Luke was training Rey, THIS trailer (to me) implies that after he begins training, he realizes just how powerful Rey actually is and this scares him, to the point that I think he’s going to refuse to train her any further. As he says:

“I’ve seen this raw strength only once before. It didn’t scare me enough then…it does now.”

Given that this line is intercut with Luke’s mechanical hand clawing up through some wreckage before another shot of (what is surely) his Jedi temple burning to the ground, I have to believe that Luke is talking about Kylo Ren, and how he felt his nephew’s raw power and didn’t take it seriously enough at the time. And speaking of power, I love the shot where Rey’s Force meditation cracks the stone around her and Luke’s jaw nearly smacks the ground in shock. I think I’m going to love seeing Luke and Rey onscreen together.

One of the moments that scared me the most is Snoke growling “Fulfill your destiny” and the camera shows us Rey screaming in pain (with Snoke visible in the background). Which begs the question “How, when and WHY is Rey in the clutches of Snoke?” Did she attempt to infiltrate somewhere and get caught? Did she just get captured outright in battle? I can’t wait to find out what’s going on.

The other big moment I want to talk about is when Luke says (presumably to Rey): “This is not going to go the way you think…” That line is loaded with so many layers of meaning. For one, he could just be talking about her training like “What you think is going to happen, won’t happen.” Or, maybe Rey becomes convinced that she can save Kylo from the dark side and Luke is telling her that story won’t go the way she thinks it will. But there’s also a deeper level of meaning that’s directed to US, the audience. We’ve developed all these ideas about how the Star Wars saga will ultimately go, and this could be a subtle way of Rian Johnson telling us that a bombshell twist is coming, and the way we think the story is going to go (i.e. the typical redemption arc for Kylo, Luke or someone) isn’t going to happen at all. Then again I could just be overthinking it, but you never know these days…

Other thoughts:

Where is General Hux? We’ve yet to see him in either the first teaser trailer or this one.

I can’t be the only one who freaked out when Finn confronted Captain Phasma and they started fighting. That is going to be EPIC and I can’t wait to see how it plays out.

That Porg is so cute!!! I bet he becomes Chewbacca’s sidekick thingy.

I want to know the context of the moment where Leia is standing by this huge mechanical doorway (in her big cloak outfit looking sad), the long shot is one of my favorites in the trailer.

What is up with the Millennium Falcon flying through what appear to be giant red crystals? Is that the interior of that one planet with the red dust (where the new AT-M6 walkers are seen)?

Listen carefully to the music in the first part of the trailer, the Imperial March is playing in the bass line. Does it mean anything? We’re not sure to be honest…

Thankfully, there is only just over two months to go until all of our questions are (hopefully) answered. I’m happy to report that I’ve secured my ticket and the final countdown has officially begun. Now, what did YOU think about the new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Are you freaking out too? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

There will be a lot of soundtrack reviews coming this week, I have plenty of catching up to do. Until next time, have a good Tuesday! (And may the Force be with you).

*Technically Rogue One isn’t part of the saga since it’s a standalone anthology film.

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Black Panther (2018) trailer

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So I will be the first to admit that I don’t know that much about Black Panther except what I gleaned from the animated series Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. I know that his real name is T’Challa, he’s the ruler of Wakanda, and Wakanda is where vibranium (what Captain America’s shield is made of) comes from. That’s pretty much all I know, so when I saw the first poster and trailer/teaser for the Black Panther film coming out early next year had been released, I decided to check it out.

Black Panther (2018) Teaser

WOW!!

Even though this was only the first teaser, I already love the look of the film. The idea of Wakanda having this hidden advanced technology and the outside world has no idea (well, except for Andy Serkis’s character) sounds super-interesting. I’m excited to learn more about the culture of Wakanda and how exactly this film ties in to the overall story (because there’s going to be a tie-in somewhere, there is ALWAYS a tie in somewhere).

What do you think of this first look at Black Panther? Is it already on your “must-see” list for next year? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Trailer for Victoria and Abdul (2017)

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There are some films that I will just go see automatically no matter what the critics say: Star Wars, James Bond, the latest Marvel flick, and so on. Slightly lower on this list of “must-sees” is any drama that involves Britain’s Royal Family. I must admit I’ve been fascinated by stories involving the kings and queens of England for years (I enjoyed The King’s Speech very much), and when I saw articles on a movie called Victoria and Abdul, I was intrigued.

Victoria and Abdul (2017) Official Trailer

Until Queen Elizabeth II passed her in 2015, Queen Victoria was the longest reigning monarch in Britain’s history. She spent a large portion of that reign in widowhood, as her husband Prince Albert passed away in 1861 (she survived him by 40 years). During the last few years of her reign, she struck up a friendship with an Indian servant named Abdul Karim, to the consternation of her family and the royal court. Victoria and Abdul tells the story of this friendship, and with the legendary Dame Judi Dench playing the role of Victoria, the film looks to be a definite “must-see.”

One of my favorite lines in the trailer involves the Queen learning about mangoes. Upon learning that they are a delicious fruit, the Queen goes to her butler (I presume) and requests one. When she is told that they only grow in India, the Queen promptly quips back “Well I am Empress of India. So have one sent!” The follow up scene at the end of the trailer shows a mango being presented, only for Abdul to apologetically inform the Queen that the mango is “off” (i.e. rotten)

Victoria and Abdul premieres this September, and it is firmly on my list of films to see this fall.

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Blade Runner 2049 trailer….it actually looks good!

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Blade Runner 2049: Official Trailer

Aw man…I was really hoping that the more I learned about this still-unnecessary sequel to Blade Runner, the more I would not like it and not HAVE to see it. But I saw the full trailer yesterday and dang it all now I HAVE to see it!!

As far as I can tell, it looks like this film does as much as possible to match the look and feel of the original (down to the driving rain and decrepit skyline). And…I’m hoping the use of Vangelis’ music in the trailer means we’ll hear something very much like it in the actual film.

My biggest thought though is…Jared Leto is in this film? I must have missed an announcement somewhere because I had no idea (unless it was a surprise that they’re just unveiling now). I also recognized Dave Bautista (that’s interesting), and I wonder what type of character he’s playing.

The big question I’d like to ask is: what’s up with the deserted city area that Ryan Gosling’s character goes to to find Deckard? I have this thought that maybe this is the ruins of Los Angeles and the active city seen in the trailer is somewhere else, but I’m not sure. The point is, this film looks a LOT more interesting than I thought it might be. So definitely count me in for Blade Runner 2049.

Final thoughts: What happened to Rachael? If Deckard is really a replicant, why/how is he still alive 30 years later? And…I’m going to call it now, I bet Ryan Gosling’s character is some new kind of replicant/human hybrid.

What do YOU think of the trailer for Blade Runner 2049? Are you surprised by how good it looks? Can it possibly live up to the glory of the original? Will there be three separate versions like with the original film?? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear about it 🙂

Blade Runner 2049 is scheduled to be released on October 6th, 2017

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47 Meters Down: I should NOT have watched that trailer!!

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47 Meters Down Trailer

To paraphrase Hagrid: “I shouldn’t have done that. I should NOT have done that!”

“That” is referring to watching the trailer for 47 Meters Down, a survival horror film scheduled to be released on June 16th. Now, if you’ve read my blog before, you know that with the exception of the Alien franchise, horror films and myself do NOT mix, so you’re probably asking “What the hell are you doing watching a trailer for this kind of movie?”

Well…you know how lately when a new trailer is released it can come out as a long ad on YouTube before the video you want plays? That’s what happened this morning, and I got curious to see what it was about.

Remember the film Open Water where two scuba divers must fend off sharks in the middle of the ocean? 47 Meters Down is a similar premise, but much, MUCH worse. In the trailer, two ladies have traveled to Mexico for a vacation and are talked into going on a shark cage excursion, where they wear scuba gear, get into a shark cage, and watch the Great White sharks (because movies with Great Whites always end well, don’t they?) swim around them. One massive shark in particular freaks the ladies out so they ask to be lifted back up, but as they’re being raised, the cable snaps and the cage PLUMMETS to the bottom of the sea, settling at…you guessed it….47 meters down. This isn’t spoilers by the way, I saw all of this in the trailer and by the time the cage reached the bottom I was freaking out! Because, as far as I can tell, the bulk of the plot is spent on these two ladies trapped in a shark tank, at the bottom of the ocean, surrounded by killer sharks, with their air tanks slowly running out. (2:1 says they don’t get out alive)

If you like this kind of film, rock on because you will love it. But as for me, I’m going to stay as far away from this film as possible to avoid the nightmares of killer sharks that would inevitably fill my head.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Teaser #1 !!!!!!!!!!

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Behold the epic teaser poster!!!

After months and MONTHS of speculation and wondering, the prayers of Star Wars fans the world over have FINALLY been answered, the first teaser for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is FINALLY here!!!!

If you have not seen it, take a moment and watch it here before going on to my thoughts:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Teaser #1

Now then…*deep breaths* Oh  my god, oh my god, OH MY FREAKING GOD that was a lot they put in there!!!!

Let’s start with breaking down the different things we see:

  • Rey is in the midst of training on the island we last saw her on at the conclusion of The Force Awakens. Luke (in voice-over) seems to be coaching Rey into meditating through the Force, to see what she can see. Rey responds that she can see “The light” and we see a back shot of General Leia (with faint overtones of her immortal line “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi”), “the dark” and we see Kylo Ren’s now shattered face helmet, and most interestingly of all, she can see “the balance” and we get a shot of some unfamiliar dark space with something illuminated on the far side, and then a close shot of what I think is a symbol of the Jedi. And Luke’s voice answers “It’s so much more than that”
  • We see Finn still in a coma, so I’m guessing that this is where he is when the film opens (makes sense).
  • Theory: if the base does come under attack and Finn is still in a coma, is Poe going to rescue him, thus furthering the Poe/Finn story? Hmmmmmmm.
  • Poe and BB-8 are fleeing a place that is under attack. Not sure if this is the base from The Force Awakens being attacked or someplace else.
  • The shot that grabbed my attention the most comes towards the end. We see a shot of a building in flames, with Luke speaking that the only truth he knows is that it is time for the Jedi to come to an end (Oh I can’t wait to see the context of THAT line). I watched the shot five separate times, and I think I know what this is, or at least what it is part of. Look at the extreme foreground of the shot, and you will see a hooded figure slumping next to what is surely R2-D2. If that looks at ALL familiar, it’s because we’ve seen those two already: that’s Luke and R2 from the beginning of Rey’s Force vision when she grabs Anakin’s lightsaber. I believe that this is another vision/flashback that shows the Knights of Ren (seen marching through the flames) destroying Luke’s Jedi temple/school, with Kylo at their head (I’m thinking the shot of Kylo, saber drawn with the flames behind him comes from this scene, but it might not either). If I’m right, it will be interesting to see more of what led to Luke’s school being destroyed.
  • There’s also a shot of Rey running in a dark/twilight place, lightsaber drawn, might be a different planet entirely, the island doesn’t have that much flat space.
  • And there’s a strange shot of a line of fighters, new ones, zooming across a desert plain towards AT-AT walkers in the distance, trailing pink/red smoke for some reason, I guess as some kind of smoke cover?

As a teaser, this one works great by giving us a look at a LOT of things, but also keeping out the finer details, to keep us hungering for more. I can’t wait to see more as the summer begins, and until the next trailer arrives, I will happily pore over this teaser piece by piece, gleaning what I can.

One last note to speak about the music: of course it’s the excellent music from John Williams, but by and large I don’t think anything new has been introduced yet. It was a retread of themes we heard in The Force Awakens: Rey’s theme is interwoven with The Force/Luke’s theme, there’s a brief mention of the First Order’s theme and the latter half of the trailer has the dramatic musical build up that is almost an identical match to the music heard in one of the last trailers for The Force Awakens.

What do YOU think of the first teaser for The Last Jedi? I’m so excited to FINALLY be getting a look at this film, so please let me know what you think in the comments below.

Only 8 months and one day until The Last Jedi is released in theaters!!!

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