Even if I don’t always agree with their actual choices, I admire the ability of WatchMojo to churn out list topics like fortune cookies. Character deaths are tricky. On one hand, a great character death can be a defining moment not just for the story arc of the deceased character but also for every character around them. On the other, if you botch it, people get maaaaaad. WatchMojo hits a number of them in their Top 10: Movie Deaths That Pissed People Off. The list is too heavily weighted toward recent films, and has some duds (is anyone really super incensed over Mortal Komat: Annihilation, Pacific Rim: Uprising, or Godzilla?). It does also make the long-overdue argument that all Kate Winslet had to do to save us from one of the most annoying deaths of all time in Titanic was haul to Leonardo Dicaprio out of the water and spoon. No matter what side of the debate you are on, you have to admit that the deaths of Luke Skywalker and Captain Kirk deeply peeved people. What makes me maddest about character death is when characters die just to fill an unspoken death quota in bigger films. I love Joss Whedon, but he is the absolute worst at this. Whedon blood rage is the only explanation for why Quicksilver had to die in Age of Ultron or, even worse, why Wash & Shepherd Book were slaughtered in Serenity. Which character deaths made you throw things for weeks?
Star Trek: Beyond is the 13th film to spin out of Gene Roddenberry’s original series, which began-hard to believe-over 50 years ago. The film is a change of tone with a new writer in Simon Pegg (who also plays Scotty) and a new director in Fast & the Furious’ Justin Lin taking over for JJ Abrams. The last installment, 2013’s Star Trek: Into Darkness, was deeply divisive, but Beyond came out in the back half of a deeply disappointing summer to fairly good reviews and did well enough that a fourth installment with Chris Pine & Zachary Quinto’s new crew is already scheduled. Despite all that, this was the first Star Trek film I didn’t see in the theaters on opening weekend since Star Trek VI. I didn’t see it in the theaters at all. I never felt excited by anything I’d seen. The first trailer, featuring the Beastie Boys “Sabotage” blaring over what looked nothing like Trek really put me off (though if I knew the song was going to be a major plot point I probably would still be putting off seeing the film). Mild spoilers below. Continue reading Movie Review: Star Trek Beyond (2016) *Just Beyond Mediocre*→
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. July 22nd brings the 13th StarTrek installment: Star Trek Beyond, a well-reviewed horror thriller in Lights Out, and the 75th Ice Age movie (it feels like 75, ok?) Continue reading In Theaters This Week (7/22/2016) – Star Trek: Beyond, Lights Out, Ice Age→
Paramount has released the final trailer for Star Trek: Beyond (Star Trek XIII), which will open in theaters this weekend. Each one of the four trailers has gotten progressively better, so combined with pretty positive reviews, I’m looking forward to spending some more time with Kirk & Co. As a side not, JJ Abrams (no word on if he’s directing or continuing in a producer role) has confirmed Star Trek XIV will see the return of George Kirk (Chris Hemsworth). That will be a bit of a trick since he died in the first few minutes of Abram’s reboot. But, hey, it’s Star Trek. What’s a little time travel when it’s family? Star Trek: Beyond opens July 22, 2016.
The first trailer for Star Trek XIII or Star Trek: Beyond (people get so squirrelly about numbers on sequels these days) was awful. It was a mess, featured the Beastie Boys song Kirk was listening to as a kid when he was joyriding, but that really did not mesh as the background to a space adventure. The second trailer was a vast improvement. The third trailer, featuring Rhianna’s song “Sledgehammer” from the film’s soundtrack, makes me want to see it.
We’re picking up with the crew of the Enterprise mid-way through the five-year journey of exploration they began at the close of Star Trek: Into Darkness. They’re tired. They’re burnt to a crisp. Things have gotten so sad they’ve taken to wearing the uniforms from Galaxy Quest (or is that just me?). This third trailer, while still featuring the destruction of the Enterprise which is not at all eyebrow raising anymore, gives you a sense that there’s actually a solid plot to the film. Things surrounding Beyond already have a pall cast over them from the tragic death of cast member Anton Yelchin. It’s nice to see his final adventure with his crew may be a good one. Star Trek: Beyond opens wide on July 22, 2016.