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Venom Trailer #2 (2018) *The World Has Enough Superheroes*

Venom’s second full trailer focuses less on the film’s plot and more on showing off Spider-Man’s morally ambiguous doppelganger.  The Venom teaser took a lot of heat for not really showing the symbiote (a word I have apparently been mispronouncing for 30 years).  The first Venom trailer was more story-based but did show a lot of Venom.  The second Venom trailer has more Venom than Tom Hardy.  Aside from the lack of a spider-symbol on his chest (given the absence of Spider-Man from Sony’s Spiderverse, that wouldn’t make sense) Venom looks pretty much exactly as Todd McFarlane drew him when he debuted in Amazing Spider-Man.  There is a ton of Venom fanservice going on in this film, which if nothing else, seems like it is going to be a very different type of comic book movie.  We’ll see if that’s a good or a bad thing when Venom hits theaters October 5, 2018. Continue reading Venom Trailer #2 (2018) *The World Has Enough Superheroes*

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Movie Review: Solo – A Star Wars Story (2018) “I’ve Got a Good Feeling About This!”

Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover in Solo: A Star Wars Story
Anyone who has followed the troubled production of Solo: A Star Wars Story is justifiably nervous about the second Star Wars spin-off film.  Anyone who felt extremely disillusioned by the atonal mess that was Star Wars: The Last Jedi might feel that Disney has gone completely off the reservation with the franchise.  Those are both understandable sentiments.  The spoiler-free nuts and bolts on Solo is that the film feels much more like a Star Wars film than The Last Jedi did, is full of fan service, does justice to fan-favorite characters, has some surprises up its sleeve, and while it takes awhile to get going, is ultimately a fun outing.
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Venom Trailer #1 (2018) “WE are Venom!”

Sony has released the first full trailer for Venom.  The teaser trailer had a good atmosphere to it, but we didn’t actually get to see Venom.  Well, we’ve seen him now!  There’s a lot about the trailer I like that Spider-Man 3 completely got wrong with the character, there’s also a few things about it that give me pause (not the least of which is that is NOT how I have been saying “symbiote” for 25 years).  I like they establish Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) as a decent guy.  I like that Venom is its own personality and that together they are a “we” entity.  That’s very true to the comics.  I love the look of the character.  Some of the F/X seem a little off, but in a trailer six months out that’s tough to judge.  It’s recently been reported that Woody Harrelson’s role in the film will be Carnage, but we’ll have to see when Venom hits theaters October 5, 2018.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer #1 (2018) *THAT is More Like It!*

Solo: A Star Wars Story has had a troubled production (to say the least), and follows on the heels of the financially successful but fan-dividing Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  The first teaser for the film was…underwhelming; however, the full trailer looks like the movie may actually be a ton of fun.  It seems a whole lot less than a heist film and more of Han, Lando (Donald Glover is going to own this), and Chewie on their first adventure together.  You can start to see the point of the film, which is to show how Han ended up the man we met in the Mos Eisley Cantina.  I have hope about this thing for the first time.  Seriously, seriously tempered hope after TLJ, but a wee bit, which is a giant change from before I watched this trailer.  Read below for Coming Soon’s summary.  Solo: A Star Wars Story is coming to theaters Memorial Day. Continue reading Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer #1 (2018) *THAT is More Like It!*

My Favorite Scene: The Edge of Seventeen (2016) “Lunch Break”

If you’re lucky, you get one great teacher; one teacher who steps into your life and makes a difference that lasts the rest of your days.  In some cases, you may have to actively stalk that teacher to engage his burnt out, underpaid, overworked, teenager-warped soul….but that’s just what you gotta do then!  The Edge of Seventeen was a hilarious, wonderfully acted film from 2016 that got absolutely no recognition, which is a shame, because Hailee Steinfeld was Oscar-worthy and Woody Harrelson got his best comedic role since Cheers.

Steinfeld’s dramatic, over-the-top Nadine is stymied when she runs into the jaded stonewall that is her history teacher, Mr. Bruner (Harrelson), constantly harrassing him for advice and counsel against his will, especially holding him hostage during his lunch break.  The relationship that they build over the course of the film is touching and always darkly funny, never more so when Nadine’s hysterical threat to jump in front of the largest moving vehicle she can find is calmly met by a withering dueling suicidal rant from Bruner.  Everyone in high school should be so lucky to have a Mr. Bruner.Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson in The Edge of Seventeen