I started this blog over two years ago, and i’ve had a blast working on it. However, it’s now time for me to move on. I’ve now got a PS4 and am going to start trying to do more reviews for games that are more current, and thus I can no longer take on the moniker of “poor mans geek”. By the time you read this i’ll have started my new pages, “Ludophile Lab” and “What William’s Watching”. I’ll still be doing reviews, trailer impressions and editorials, but i’ll no longer be doing them on this site.
If I’m following you, then I enjoy your content and for the first few hours, days or however long it takes, i’ll go about re-following everyone I follow now so that I may keep up with your content, and I hope that, if you follow me now, you’ll follow me on my new pages as well.
The one good thing i can think to say about the abomination that was 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was that the advertising was spot on. The creative and marketing team knew just what to show to make me think that maybe, just maybe it wouldn’t be all that bad. Remember that as i begin talking about the positives of the trailer.
First off, the trailer already makes this look like a better, more interesting film than the first. Alien invasions, Bebop and Rocksteady, and the Foot Clan are Ninja’s again. All of that with a tone that’s screaming out “we want this too be a fun movie” add up to a trailer that looks like the film makers took to heart the criticisms fans had of the first film and really made an effort to make this a better film (though i’m disappointing they are still letting Megan Fox act but hey, baby steps). Unfortunately, there are still a lot of issues. The Turtles still look awful and the CG on Rocksteady and Bebop look unfinished. But those are only minor complaints.
The real issue is that this franchise seems to be suffering an identity crisis. The entire climax of the first film was ripped off form The Amazing Spider Man (the second worst spiderman movie, beat only by it’s sequel) and the climatic looking scenes look to be taking it’s cues from The Avengers (at lest they’re ripping of better films this time). While i am more than okay with reference and homage and the like, it’s hard to escape the feeling that no one working on this franchise has a clear vision of what they want the films to be. Personally, that’s what i think is going to make this franchise.
I really like Neill Blomkamp’s other two films (District 9 and Elysium) and have been eagerly awaiting his next film. And boy am i glad it’s here. While i have been loving all the superhero movies as of late, it has to be said that it is somewhat said that the sci-fi genre, witch was once known for big ideas, has had few entry with any real substance lately. Sure, a few of the marvel movies have had a bit of 9/11 subtext, but that’s not really the same. For me, that’s what makes Blomkamp’s films worth watch: there fun, sure, but they are also about something. The metaphors might be a bit on the nose, but i don’t have an issue with that.
So, do i think i know exactly where this film is going? Yep. Humans with out humanity….mans cruelty to man…these are all things we’ve seen before. Will i go see it any ways? Hell yes. As with Blomkamp’s other films, the journey is what will make this worth the watch.
I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again, while i don’t think Stewart is a “good” actor i do feel like a lot of the stigma surrounding her is still unwarranted. The last time i stated this opinion someone chose to get pissy with me, so before commenting, reread that line until you understand that i’m not completely shitting on Stewart.
Now, with that out of the way: damn this looks pretty good. I hope the next trailer comes out sooner than this one did, because i like what i’m seeing and don’t want to have to wait this long before seeing more again. I’m honestly kind of bummed i have to wait until the DVD comes out til i get to see this.
I bet this “Noah” kid’s social media pages are filled with some variation of “I’m a Nice Guy”. Personally i think that’s an interesting way to take this movie. There have been a few murders lately where a man was rejected by a woman or a few women and wanted revenge. So, taking that rout is both poignant and relevant. But would it have killed the creative team to try and make the movie look any good? I’ve watched this trailer three times now and the reason to do so was all the “nice guy” and “fedora” jokes i could make. Everything about the film itself seems lazy to me. So, i’ll give this a skip while “Noah” gets pissed and whines about how i’m “trailer-zoning” him or some crap.
When i first saw this in my youtube subscriptions i was worried. We already had a bio-pic about Muhammad Ali, back in 2001. Even in an age of nearly endless remakes, it would have been completely superfluous to be making that again. Luckily this isn’t that. This is more of a documentary about his life and honestly, i’m kind of surprised we haven’t gotten this yet. I’ve never really cared about boxing and i grew up knowing about this man, and i don’t think i’m alone in that. When you have someone who’s that big these kinds of films are almost assured. So again, why are we just now getting it? I don’t know, but i’m glad to see it.
Like i said, i’m not a boxing fan, so i might skip over this one, but i can understand why some of you might be looking forward to it.
For a genre that gives us Gods, Demons, Dragons, Monsters and Magic i find a surprising lack of originality in most fantasy these days. Sure all genre fiction has it’s tropes, but i find it harder and harder to tell fantasy stories apart from one another lately. That is true for this as well, but it does look better that the average “paint by numbers” fantasy i’ve seen. At the end of the day, this looks forgettable, but not bad enough for me to ignore it completely. I may try and rent it when it comes out on DVD and i’m sure it’ll be enjoyable. I’m also sure i’ll forget most of it the next day.
This is what they should have lead with. The first trailer was so underwhelming and gave so little away that it ultimately felt pointless. This trailer was much better. This made me want to see the movie where as the last trailer just made me want to know what was going on.
As for the trailer itself, it seems to be doing everything it can to get my attention. The protagonist is looking for a job and is finding it somewhat difficult. I know what that’s like. He then looks to Journalism. I can understand that. Then he abandons all ethics in order to achieve his goals. Well…i haven’t got to that point yet, but the movie sure as hell looks good. So yeah, i’ll be keeping an eye out for this one. How do you feel about the movie? Leave a comment below and let me know.
I can’t say if i find Kevin Smith to be a good film maker or not, but i can say i find him interesting. I haven’t seen all his films, and i’m not rushing out to find a copy of the ones i’ve missed, but from what i’ve seen i’d prefer to watch the worst of his films (and from what i’ve seen, i’d say that would be his last film “Red State”) than the best of some one like Michael Bay. Because Smith is at least bad in an interesting way.
As for the trailer itself, it had a few good laughs. Especially that last line: “I don’t want to die in Canada” played over the creepy music that typically ends horror movies. That really conveyed the tone well, and continually make me chuckle. The rest of the trailer though feel like it is a funny version of “The Human Centipede” (or so i felt) witch would have been great…if this was released back in 2009 when “The Human Centipede” was still relevant. I don’t know what to think about this. Smith really hasn’t been consistent enough, even in the films i’ve seen, to give me any real ground to stand on. I’m hoping for the best but…i can see just how easily this could be for Smith to screw up.
Two things stood out to me when i first started watching this trailer: all entirely white cast, and Africa. I was kind of expecting this to be another “white savior” movie. You know the ones, those movies where a white protagonist helps better the lives of impoverished (usually black) youths. Those movies that look at minority and say: “don’t worry kid, soon one of us great white people will come and save you!” Once i finished the trailer, it appeared to me that this may not be one of those movies, and thank god for that. Even better is that that plot point isn’t the only change up the movie is trowing at us.
Again, upon my first viewing i thought i knew where this was going: they run into the poachers, the wife/step-mom gets killed and it’s up to Mr. White Man, all powerful being!, to save himself and his daughter. Well, i was almost right. Instead, it’s the woman and her step-daughter that have to find a way to survive. Sure, this shouldn’t be a big deal, but how often do you see women in a role like this? This isn’t like “The Hunger Games” or any of the flood of “young adult” fiction that has been coming out, as all of the women in those have something that makes the special: these are just two women, plan and average, who are caught up in a shit storm.
The big draw here is clearly Maisie Williams (best known as “Arya” from HBO’s “Game of Thrones”). Not only is she one of the best parts of “Game of Thrones”, she’s really one of the only young actors i could ever stand. Normally just knowing a child actor is going to be one of the main starts for a movie instantly makes me not want to see it. But because that actor is Ms. Williams here, well, now i’m getting genuinely excited for this.