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Tuesday July 26, 2016

10 Quick Thoughts on the Wonder Woman Trailer

  1. “You're a man.” Um, yeah. This is a little too close to the hot-but-innocent alien chick saying things like “What is love?” (See: TOS, “Gamesters of Triskelion”), but Gal Gadot saves it a little by stating it, and then Chris Pine helps with his comic response.
  2. But let's face it: The origin of Wonder Woman, the Amazon island thing, was always fairly idiotic/boring and the movie doesn't seem to make it any smarter/more interesting. 
  3. Chick with the cracked mask: “Boardwalk Empire” did it better. 
  4. “I was brought to life by... ” Juice? Jews? Oh, Zeus. Whew.
  5. So why WWI instead of WWII? The argument from io9 is that her character becomes disgusted with humanity and stays away for 100 years, and the Great War was a bad war (resolving nothing), while WWII had a clear villain and absolute atrocities. Me, I think the Holocaust is reason enough to steer clear of humanity, but whatever. Do what you need to do. 
  6. Her fighting scenes look good. 
  7. “I can't let you do this.”/“What I do is not up to you.” Good line. 
  8. Same with “I like her.” 
  9. The muted grays: Zack Snyder's sucky pallette. Can't we ever get away from this, DC?
  10. Fingers crossed.  
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Posted at 10:31 AM on Jul 26, 2016 in category Trailers
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Saturday July 23, 2016

Ezra Miller is the Best Thing in the 'Justice League' Trailer

Here:

Thoughts:

  • It's smart putting Batman/Bruce Wayne into the Nick Fury role, since he doesn't have, you know, super powers. At the same time, isn't it a little too “Avengers”? “I'm putting together a team.” Over and over again.
  • What does “I was last night” mean? And when did Aquaman get so cool?   
  • Still don't know the Borged-out-looking black guy. As character or actor.  
  • The best thing here, by far, is Ezra Miller's Barry Allen/Flash. Every nuance, every line. Sometimes when you put an intelligent actor into a mediocre role, you make beautiful music. Cf., “Iron Man.” 
  • The worst thing, by far, is: “Directed by Zack Snyder.” On IMDb, not in the trailer. Who'd brag about that? They're even pushing it as a “Ben Affleck Movie” on YouTube. 
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Posted at 05:50 PM on Jul 23, 2016 in category Trailers
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Wednesday June 01, 2016

Trailer: Tickled (2016)

I would've gone to this movie at SIFF 2016 if I'd known what it was about, but I saw the promo photo—buff guy in chains getting tickled—and went, “Nah.”

But “Tickled” is more than a doc about tickling fetishists. It's about the NY company behind tickling videos, who's running it, and—based on conversations with friends who have seen the doc—whether what they're doing is criminally liable:

Now the filmmakers are being sued, and a website is devoted to discrediting the movie. Which makes me want to see it all the more. 

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Posted at 05:05 AM on Jun 01, 2016 in category Trailers
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Friday May 13, 2016

Trailer: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

This has a chance of being great. Ang Lee, yo. And it hits the right points about what's wrong with America (war as spectator sport, PR, not owning who/what you are), and maybe what's right. I just hope it doesn't hit them too hard, or misses for political/financial reasons. Great title, too. 

Shocking seeing Vin Diesel in this, but he was in “Saving Private Ryan” before he turned himself into a cartoon. Kid (Joe Alwyn) looks about perfect. And when is Garrett Hedlund going to be a star? I thought that would've happened already. 

Here's an excerpt from the New York Times review of the Ben Fountain novel on which the movie is based:

All this unfolds amid the constant attention of the public. Left to themselves, the Bravos act like a bunch of street-­corner pervs who snap into politeness when required. Events are complicated by the halftime fireworks, which risk setting off P.T.S.D. flashbacks among the soldiers, who, if provoked, are primed to respond as a pack.

November.

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Posted at 07:57 AM on May 13, 2016 in category Trailers
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Thursday May 12, 2016

Trailer: The Founder

Fingers crossed. Keaton looks good, it's got John Carroll Lynch and Nick Offerman as the McDonald brothers, and it's written by the guy who wrote “The Wrestler.” More worrisome, it's directected by John Lee Hancock, who gave us “The Blind Side,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” and the 2004 version of “The Alamo.” Not a great track record. But a great American story. Fingers crossed. 

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Posted at 02:57 PM on May 12, 2016 in category Trailers
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