If you’re a fan of the Robert Ludlum/Tom Clancy military espionage thriller genre of novels, you may have discovered Vince Flynn when his literary career took off in the late 1990’s. His main protagonist, Mitch Rapp, is a really interesting creation and I always enjoyed the series which is now being continued by author Kyle Mills since Flynn’s tragic death at only 47. American Assassin is chronologically the first novel in the Rapp series, and the first trailer for the film adaptation starring Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner) and Michael Keaton is impressive and looks like it could be something to liven up the traditional doldrums of September when it debuts on September 15, 2017.
I have no idea how in its eighth installment The Fast and the Furious franchise has reached the box office clout of Star Wars. While it’s nowhere near as possible as THE SAGA in the US; globally, it seems there is a worldwide love of fast cars, pretty people, explosions, and increasingly humongous set pieces. The Fate of the Furious opened with the largest international opening in history, passing even Star Wars Episode VII to set the new record. The opening is bigger than Furious 7, but is F8 an improvement on the first movie in the series to be a legitimately great action movie? No. In no way is it a descent of epic proportions, but it feels a lot like the fifth and sixth installments: islands of cool moments, enjoyable enough, but bloated beyond justification and beginning to get mired down in its own mythology. Continue reading Movie Review: The Fate of the Furious (2017) “CARMAGEDDON!!!”
While they haven’t specifically used the word, it seems clear that Unicron is the threat in Transformers: The Last Knight and that he is responsible for turning Prime evil (didn’t we do that already?) and trying to consume Earth. While this is the least annoying of the trailers for the fifth live-action Transformers film, it still doesn’t give me any hope that anything has changed. What’s more chilling is that director Michael Bay is claiming (I gave the source for CONTEXT) that 14 more Transformers films are in the works following next year’s Bumblebee spin-off, which will be a prequel. Just mull that over. TWENTY of these if they keep making money. For what that will cost, we could go to Mars…..and leave Michael Bay there. Continue reading Trailer Time: Transformers: The Last Knight Trailer #3 (2017) *For My World to Live, Yours Must Die*
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*