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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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Reaction to final Logan (2017) trailer

This week saw the debut of the final trailer for the upcoming film Logan (2017), the final outing of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and the last time we’ll see Patrick Stewart play Professor X (both have played their respective roles since X-Men (2000)).

Final Trailer for Logan (2017): contains violence and swearing

*deep breath* HOLY SH**!!!!!!! Insert any other bleep you’d like, and that about sums up my reaction to this trailer.

I’m so excited to see X-23 brought to life on the big screen. I first became aware of her about two years ago when she showed up in a Black Widow comic (set not long after Wolverine’s “death” in the Marvel Universe). And right now I have to say that the shot of her claws slowly extending as she stalks forward is one of my favorite images. She’s little, but she is NOT to be trifled with.

I’m really looking forward to the relationship that will build between X-23 and Logan, because according to the trailer, Logan doesn’t seem too keen to help (at first anyways). I know a lot of people are speculating that Wolverine is going to die by the end, and I have to say, they might be right. I feel a little torn on this: on the one hand, having Wolverine die would provide a conclusive end to his character’s arc (and it’s not like he’s coming back for another sequel), but at the same time…I don’t WANT to see him die. I know he’s just a fictional character, but of all the X-Men, Wolverine is particularly “real” to me. I’m not sure why, I just identify with him the most, so I know if he does die, watching it happen will be painful for me. I would actually love it if the film ended with Logan and X-23 driving off into the sunset (and I’m perfectly okay if they make a later film with a teenage or a fully grown X-23, because let’s face it, that would be awesome).

Logan premieres on March 3rd, so we don’t have that much longer to wait.

One last note: I love how Logan pulls the girl back from attacking the clerk and he’s like “Not okay!!!” I loved that.

Okay, I mentioned this yesterday and I’ll say it one more time in case anyone missed it: tomorrow I’m leaving on a trip and I won’t be back until the 28th. And when I say I’m on a trip, I mean I will be completely away, no internet access or nothing, so I won’t be able to check my email, respond to comments or anything. I just wanted to make sure everyone knew. Have a good weekend, and have a great week next week 🙂 -Becky

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Thinking about the trailer for Alien: Covenant (2017)

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Oh.my.gosh!!!!!!!

After waiting what feels like an eternity, the full trailer for Alien: Covenant finally dropped and holy #*#&# did it deliver! I honestly have no idea how any of what we saw will tie in to Prometheus while simultaneously setting us up for the original Alien, but I do know one thing: Alien: Covenant is getting back to the roots of the story.

Alien: Covenant Trailer

Think about it: this all started with the crew of a spaceship being stalked by the menacing Alien xenomorph, and it looks like we’re going back to that scenario once again. And I think this is a good thing!! Half the thrill of any Alien film is wondering when/where that terrifying creature is going to appear, and unless the trailer is leaving some significant details out, this is going to happen once again.

Did anyone else notice in the “chestburster” scene imminently happening while the other crewmember was trapped inside, that the Alien seemed to be bursting out of his back?? Maybe I had the angle wrong, but it didn’t look like the typical Alien birth (it figures they would try to switch things up).

I’m willing to bet the shower scene with the Alien (at the end of the trailer) is going to be the most terrifying moment of the film. It also reminded me of something I heard regarding the original Alien film: that Ridley Scott had wanted to include more…sexual moments with the Alien, or at the very least, moments that could be interpreted as sexual, but they either didn’t work or were disturbing for all the wrong reasons, so they were cut. I couldn’t help but notice the Alien’s tail curling up the woman’s leg and I wonder if this is Ridley Scott trying once more to include moments he’d wanted to do in the original film.

And is anyone else convinced that everyone is going to die in one way or another? Because I’m pretty sure they’re all going to die, this is a xenomorph we’re talking about after all.

This is one film I can’t wait to see next year! Are you looking forward to Alien: Covenant? Let me know in the comments! I hope everyone had a great Christmas (or a great holiday in general), now that I’m back in town I will be working to get the blog back on schedule. I can’t believe that 2016 is nearly over, but I’m looking forward to the new year. Have a great day! -Becky

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