Friday, November 11, 2016

Two Things...

1.  I think am more excited to see this than I was to see The Force Awakens.  I mean, Wow! This looks amazing.  I hope it lives up to the hype because the Episode VII gave me reason to be hopeful again for Star Wars movies.  Don't burn me, Disney.

2.  To millennials distraught over Donald Trump's election, please, please, PLEASE, in the name of Jesus, do not make Rogue One political.  As I watched this trailer in light of Tuesday and the aftermath, it almost immediately occurred to me the film's theme - the struggle of the rebellion against impossible odds against the overwhelming might of the evil Galactic Empire - could easily be co-opted as a metaphor for the heroic opposition to the sinister Donald Trump.  Given the highly diverse cast of heroes that appears absent of white men (which I'm not criticizing), pitted against the new villain, an old white guy, it's not a stretch to see how this could seized upon and embraced on social media, and become a thing.  That would suck.

Star Wars is for everybody.  It's not political.  And it would be a crime to make it a source of division, so please don't make it one.  Star Wars was my first love, and I am genuinely gratified that Rogue One (like Ep. VII) by virtue of its international cast, has the potential to allow more different kinds of people, especially children, to feel what I felt for Star Wars as a child, which was magical.

Maybe I'm being ridiculous.  Maybe I'm too cynical.  I hope so.  Perhaps the apparent themes of unity in Rogue One will have the opposite effect and bring people together in these uncertain times. That would be cool.  Here's to me being wrong.  There's been a lot of that lately.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Comedy That Heals (maybe?)

I caught this Saturday Night Live skit over the weekend and I must say, I found it cathartic.  In an election season where the polarization and rhetoric are toxic, SNL manages to remind us in that we all have much more in common than what we are led to believe on TV or social media (while making us laugh).  I was pleasantly surprised Monday to discover the skit has been making the rounds on the internet with an overwhelmingly positive reception.  The way I see it, the only way you can be offended by this skit is if you are looking to be offended.

Increasingly, it seems we categorize ourselves and one another, and with those categories come simple assumptions about what the other group thinks, behaves and even whether they are all good or bad.  In my life, I find people are much more complicated.  And looking a certain way or thinking a certain way doesn't entirely define an individual or a group, much less determine a minimum threshold for basic decency and respect.

Anyway, it's not much.  But right now with our politics and culture so broken and divided, I'll take it.

Friday, May 16, 2014

New Batsuit & Batmobile

After Man Of Steel, there's no reason to believe Zack Snyder's upcoming fanboy rapture, Batman vs. Superman, will be anything more 2 1/2 hour big screen version of the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game. But I have to admit, it sure does look cool. The suit is clearly a nod to The Dark Knight Returns comic. Meanwhile, the Batmobile is reminiscent of the hot rod Michael Keaton pimped out. At any rate, it's a welcome change from the hyper-utilitarian design of the Nolan films.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

New Godzilla trailer

I'm not sure if I like showing the monster stuff before the film's release.   I thought the apocalyptic force of nature approach used in previous trailers was much better, and scarier.  Still number one on my summer movie list.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Godzilla trailer

There was a really cool teaser that leaked online a few months back, but it didn't show a lot.  This another great trailer.  It shows you just enough to get excited and to build anticipation like a well done trailer should.  Will it be enough to make amends for the 1998 version?