Here’s my advice to you: if you’re going to go see Alien: Covenant in the theater and you have not watched Prometheus since it came out, you will be vastly better informed if you give yourself a refresher course. Now, if you hated Prometheus, that’s going to be a problem, because Alien: Covenant picks up 14 years after those events and the end of Prometheus spawns by far the most interesting parts of Covenant. The quick and dirty of my opinion on Covenant, because I am going to have to get into spoiler territory a bit, is that I think two episodes into Ridley Scott’s demystification of the origins of the xenomorphs have convinced me the entire endeavor is a mistake. Sometimes things become a lot less interesting the more you know about them (Wolverine’s origin should still be a mystery, for example). Prometheus was gorgeous, dreamed big, was massively flawed, but was admirable in its ambition. Covenant provides answers….eventually, but is criminally boring in getting to them with 75% of Prometheus‘ budget (no one will be calling this film “gorgeous”). It’s not Aliens 3 or Resurrection….but, honestly, it’s not even Prometheus. Continue reading Movie Review: Alien Covenant (2017) “Some Things Should Remain a Mystery”
The final blockbuster of summer 2017 to unveil its first trailer is the long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower fantasy/western series. Starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey among others, this is an impressive first look at a series that has long been considered to be unadaptable for the big screen. Coming Soon has more below. Roland will follow The Man in Black into theaters on August 4, 2017. Continue reading Trailer Time: The Dark Tower Trailer #1 (2017) “The Man in Black Fled…and the Gunslinger Followed”
Having watched it about ten times now, the first teaser for The Last Jedi is a decidedly different roll out than either The Force Awakens or Rogue One got. It’s definitely a teaser; not a full trailer and still gives very little away on plot, but what it does give is pretty jaw-dropping. It looks like Luke did indeed find the first Jedi Temple, and agrees to train Rey (remember, this film will pick up exactly where Episode VII ended). Kylo Ren/Ben Solo is on the teaser poster sporting a new scar courtesy of Rey and it looks like he’s ditched the helmet (what would grandfather think?). Aside from that, the shots are very cryptic; new ships, Finn still recovering, a brief look at the new Super AT-ATs, but the shocker is the end of the teaser and Luke’s opinion of the Jedi. Far from restarting the order, Luke says, “It’s time for the Jedi….to end.” Stills from the trailer and more speculation below. Continue reading Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi Trailer – HD Screenshots and Breakdown
It’s been awhile since we’ve seen Thor and Hulk. The former left on a quest to discover what was going on with the Infinity Gems (as we know Thanos is collecting them for his gauntlet), and Hulk flew off in the Quinjet after Black Widow broke his big, green heart. Thor 3, entitled Thor: Ragnarok, returns us to Asgard and it is a changed place indeed. Loki deposed Odin at the end of Thor: The Dark World, and it seems he’s lost his own place to Hela (Cate Blanchett), the Queen of the Norse Underworld. If Marvel has a consistent criticism it’s that it has focused on its heroes nearly to the exclusion of developing iconic villains (Loki aside). Hela is on a very different level of power than Loki or Malekith and she demonstrates that about 20 seconds into this awesome first look at the Marvel fall film.
Continue reading Trailer Time: Thor Ragnarok Trailer #1 (2017) *Beaten, Broken, and Banished*