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Trailer Time: Assassin’s Creed Trailer #3 (2016) *Blood Will Win Out*

The final trailer for Assassin’s Creed is, also in my opinion, the best we’ve seen so far.  The last trailer was awful; the first trailer was extremely promising, and now this leaves things on a hopeful note that we’ll finally get a good film out of a video game franchise.  The plot as explained in the film is essentially the plot of the first game in the franchise only with a different protagonist and historical setting.  The look of everything (with the exception of making The Animus a little more exciting than the table it is in the games) is true to the series, and the plot seems dead-on.  My biggest reason for being worried is that this is getting little to no marketing push.  Compared to Passengers, which it opens against, you barely hear about this film.  I’ve analyzed this industry enough to know that if they really felt they had something that could go up against Passengers and Rogue One in its second week, we’d be seeing advertising everywhere.  I hope I’m wrong, because AC is my favorite video game franchise and with it’s material and the caliber of actors, if this falls flat….maybe video games really can’t be adapted for the screen.  Assassin’s Creed opens December 21, 2016.
Assassin's Creed, Michael Fassbender

 

Trailer Time: Assassin’s Creed Trailer #2 (2016) *Time War Gone Tone Deaf*

Assassin’s Creed is my favorite video game franchise.  I also think it’s the best chance we may ever have to get a good movie out of a video game franchise of the ones in work right now (no, not betting on the Tetris trilogy).  The first trailer was awesome and did a fantastic job explaining the premise of the games.  I really, really hate this second trailer.  It’s a mess.  If you didn’t know anything about the games or hadn’t seen the first trailer, you’d have no idea what the heck was going on, plus it ties the first Star Trek Beyond trailer for most off-putting use of music in a trailer this year.  A minute into it, I just wanted it to end.  Now Star Trek Beyond (which I tragically have not seen yet) generally got very good reviews, so you can’t judge it by the trailer alone, but my expectations and hopes for this took a nosedive.  Assassin’s Creed opens December 21, 2016. Continue reading Trailer Time: Assassin’s Creed Trailer #2 (2016) *Time War Gone Tone Deaf*

Movie Review: Batman vs. Superman – Dawn of Justice: Ultimate Edition (2016) *Does 30 More Minutes Make it Good?*

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Batman, Superman, Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill
In a year that’s given us a lot of great films already, there have been a few disappointments, but none more so than Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.  The first pairing of the biggest characters in comics was a befuddling, out-of-character, mess with plot holes you could throw Doomsday through.  It’s an unfortunate start to the DCEU.  I’m an optimist about the recent reshuffling in the creative powers that be, and that Warner Brothers appointed Geoff Johns to run the DCEU as Kevin Feige does the MCU is an encouraging sign.  When it was announced, that there would be an R-Rated version of the bloated BvS that would add 30 minutes onto it’s running time (which is now 3 hours 2 minutes if you’re scoring at home), most assumed it was a cash grab to try to eke more money out of the film WB has dubbed a financial disappointment.  Before we go any further, spoiler warnings below. Continue reading Movie Review: Batman vs. Superman – Dawn of Justice: Ultimate Edition (2016) *Does 30 More Minutes Make it Good?*

Trailer Time: Assassin’s Creed Trailer #1 (2016) *We Work In The Dark To Serve The Light*

Assassin’s Creed is my favorite video game franchise.  The video game and movie industry have a long history of not working and playing well with others.  If this film doesn’t break the curse, nothing will.  Essentially the entire team from last year’s phenomenal Macbeth adaptation (including stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, director Justin Hurzel and cinematographer Adam Arkapaw) is returning to bring this thing to life.  You have a good director, a fantastic cinematographer, and Oscar-caliber leads.  This is the best chance a video game adaptation has ever had, and Fassbender in interviews has been extremely enthusiastic about it.  Read below for Coming Soon’s summary.  Assassin’s Creed opens at Christmas, where it will have to deal with the force that is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (I hate typing that title). Continue reading Trailer Time: Assassin’s Creed Trailer #1 (2016) *We Work In The Dark To Serve The Light*

Ben Affleck to Write, Direct and Star in Solo Batman Movie

Batman, Ben Affleck, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of JusticeI’m actually fine with this.  I did not think any of the performances, aside from Jesse Eisenberg’s worst comic movie villain since Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Mr. Freeze, was the problem in Batman vs. Superman.  The problem was Zach Snyder can’t direct and the script had SIX writers.  I’ll pick David Goyer and blame him since he’s written fantastic things.  I think the same situation is what tanked the 2003 Daredevil movie, not Affleck.  This time, especially, I feel sorry for him because he had to want to choke out Zach Snyder and scream I HAVE WON AN OSCAR FOR DOING YOUR JOB!!!  Affleck is a terrific director, has another Oscar for screenplay, so having him in control of all facets makes me hopeful for THIS installment of the DCCU.  More below from Coming Soon. Continue reading Ben Affleck to Write, Direct and Star in Solo Batman Movie