We got a dialogue-free trailer for Kubo and the Two Strings late last year, but I don’t know how I missed trailer 2, then I saw the third trailer before X-Men: Apocalypse and was completely blown away. I love animation. I love it when animators push the boundaries of their craft like The LEGO Movie did. Kubo is visually stunning and features a great voice cast including Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, and Game of Thrones’ Art Parkinson as Kubo. Check the trailers out, read the synopsis below, then circle August 19th. It looks like we’ve got a late summer treat coming. Continue reading Trailer Time: Kubo and the Two Strings Trailers #2 and #3 *Amazing Visuals and an Intriguing Story*
I’ve seen A to Z prints for a lot of things before and they’re always cool, but never a Star Trek one until I saw this one by Carly Strickland and it is fantastic. If you want to see the whole thing or buy a print or the series in book form, visit her site and behold her talent by clicking here.
Feeling like a quick Star Trek marathon after having seen Star Trek Into Darkness? Here’s a fantastic look through the highlights of the series if you don’t have time to rip through the eleven films you have at home (yes, even the crap ones, you have those too…we all do…sigh).
Week four of our seven week countdown to Star Trek: Into Darkness brings us to Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. I think VI gets overlooked in the film pantheon. It’s a fantastic end to the original crew (well all the original crew) in the films. Christopher Plummer is a fantastic villain, playing the Klingon general trying to sabotage the peace process at the center of the film. I almost picked his Shakespeare-spewing space battle scene, but really this film is about getting old, one last adventure and the punctuation is the film’s final scene. Everyone gets a final nod and then one of the best closing lines to any film I’ve scene, “Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.”
Week three of our seven week countdown to Star Trek: Into Darkness brings us to Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. This was the first Star Trek film I ever saw as a kid, so it holds a special place in my heart. As I’ve devoured the rest and most of the TV shows, I realize how unique and ballsy a movie it is. After two very serious films, they made a flat-out comedy. The plot is that a probe has approached earth and it will only communicate with humpback whales of which there are none in the future (well done, Earth). So Kirk and company slingshot around the sun and somehow end up in 1986. It sounds utterly ridiculous and it is, but it allows the series to explore the characters and their interactions in a way the other films don’t. I love Kirk teaching Spock how to swear. I love Scotty’s elaborate retrofit of the cargo bay into an aquarium and all that entailed. But the highlight is, when Chekov is injured in one of their side missions, McCoy and Kirk go to save him from 20th century medicine. Bones, who is my favorite character, rips through the hospital like Jesus on speed, tossing cancer curing pills and growling about the barbarity of the century. It’s hysterical and you love it because by this point, you adore these characters.