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Justice League Trailer #5 (2017) “Justice is Served”

The five Justice League trailers over the last 18 months have been wildly divergent in tone, reflecting the turmoil in making the film, but the last two have been really solid.  This is a bit of a “greatest hits” of the trailers we’ve seen with new footage thrown in to whet out appetites.  I’m really looking forward to this, and that is something I was not feeling at all a few months ago.  I have a lot of questions about the future of the DCEU (not the least of which is we are going to get more Justice League films that lead to Darkseid, right?), but I think WB knows they have to nail this film to keep the momentum going from Wonder Woman (because there isn’t another DCEU film until Aquaman a year later, so the impression from this is going to last). Justice League will open November 10, 2017.  For a full plot summary, read below. Continue reading Justice League Trailer #5 (2017) “Justice is Served”

Justice League Trailer #4 (2017) “All In!!!”

There are a few new bits, but this is essentially a streamlined version of the preview fans got last week at SDCC.  This looks really good.  I mean…really good.  I’ve gone from dreading this to being there opening night. Justice League will open November 10, 2017.  For a full plot summary, read below. Continue reading Justice League Trailer #4 (2017) “All In!!!”

Justice League Trailer #3 (2017) *Now THIS is More Like It!!1*

For the second year in a row, the WB panel featured a look at Justice League.  Things, however, are very different than they were a year ago with massive reshoots, the director change to Joss Whedon following Zack Snyder’s family tragedy, and the unexpectly wild success of Wonder Woman.  This is BY FAR the best look at the film so far, the most cohesive trailer, and not only is it noticeably more Wonder Woman-intensive, it carries the same tone.  It also gives us the first look at the film’s villain: Steppenwolf (NO NOT THE BAND), who will inevitably lead us to Darkseid.  I feel a lot more optimistic about this after this year’s look than last year’s.  Justice League will open November 10, 2017.  For a full plot summary, read below. Continue reading Justice League Trailer #3 (2017) *Now THIS is More Like It!!1*

Top 5: Crap Films with Amazing Trailers

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Trailers are an art form unto themselves.  They sell the film more than any other form of marketing.  Sometimes a trailer is so good that it’s a mini-film of its own.  The very best leave you completely assured that when you walk into the movie it’s advertising, you’re going to walk out a fist-pumping veteran of a crucial, life-altering movie experience.  However, sometimes that awesome trailer that you watched 100 times to amp up for the movie, turns out to be much better than the actual final product.  Here are five, in order of release, which wrote a check they couldn’t cash (though that doesn’t mean the trailers still aren’t fantastic if you can erase the memory of the actual film).

 1. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) dir. by George Lucas

Before we knew what midichlorians, pod racing or Gungans were, we got our first peek at new Star Wars footage for the first time in 16 years and every person in that theater was completely quiet, studying every frame.  UNTIL Darth Maul ignited the second blade on his saber, and then you could have scraped the lot of us off of the ceiling.  It’s easy in retrospect to see red flags, but not many of us walked in expecting anything less than awesomeness.

 2. Where the Wild Things Are (2009) dir. by Spike Jonze

This is still one of the best trailers I’ve ever seen.  The song, by the way, is “Wake Up” by Arcade Fire, which needs to be compulsory listening for all people all the time.  Where the Wild Things Are was one of my favorite books as a child.  Maurice Sendak got the misfit, bestial energy of little boys, and this two-minute trailer is a much better adaptation than the full go.  A book with 37 sentences in it needs a whole lot of padding to reach a two-hour film.  This book didn’t need it.  The trailer did the job and still does; capturing the iconic imagery and themes of the book with the perfect marriage of Arcade Fire’s best song.

 3. Sucker Punch (2011) dir. by Zack Snyder

In 2011, Zack Snyder was coming off 300 and Watchmen and was one of the hottest directors in Hollywood.  Sucker Punch was a mystery film, but though it was completely confusing as a trailer, there were giant samurai fights, steampunk Nazi battles, science fiction cities, and an amazing dragon.  Check, check, check and check.  What I should have paid closer attention to was the trailer’s own warning “You will be unprepared”….for how deeply creepy (not in a good way) this film is.  The fantasy vignettes in the film are visually stunning action pieces.  It’s what connects them that is super, super…..no, “creepy” is the precise word.

 4. Prometheus (2012) dir. by Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott returning to the Alien franchise after what it had endured since 1986 seemed to be perfect, and this trailer cemented it.  This was a sure thing.  It looked gorgeous, had a great cast, and it looked like we were in for a terrifying introduction to where the xenomorphs originated.  What we got was a ponderous, question filled, few answers given, cryptic mess.  The aliens are tadpoles?  Does that make them amphibians?  Why is that a thing that even popped into my head?  Probably because I spaced out while someone trudged down a corridor for another 10 minutes.  And it’s STILL better than Alien: Covenant.

 5. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) dir. by Ben Stiller

Much like the trailer for Where the Wild Things Are, this works almost as a music video, this time to “Dirty Paws” by Of Monsters and Men.  If you’ve never read the short story, it’ll take you 15 minutes and it’s brilliant, and the same problems that sunk Wild Things did so in Mitty.  This two-minute short film tells you the story of a repressed, bored, lonely man who dreams of doing great things and then one day sets off and does them.  It accomplishes it with almost no dialogue.  It remains a fantastic trailer and all of the movie you ever need to see.

Revisiting all of these has my emotions in this place:
Disney Pixar's Inside Out

 

My Favorite Scene: Man of Steel (2013) “Learning to Fly”

In two days, the DCEU looks like it’s finally going to get the blockbuster, critical success it desperately needed.  That success won’t come from Batman or Superman, but Wonder Woman, which at time of writing is holding at a stunning 96% on Rotten Tomatoes.  The film that began DC’s shared super hero universe, Man of Steel, remains divisive (though not as much as Batman vs. Superman).  Man of Steel is the only film I’ve ever reviewed twice on this site.  I really loved Superman Returns so this was a radical departure, but I gave it another chance, and I’m glad I did.  It’s flawed, but nowhere near so the next two DC films, and it has truly great moments in it.  My favorite scene in the film comes after discovering his suit and talking with Jor-El: his first flight.  Henry Cavill is so likable in this role (one of BvS’ greatest sins is painting him as the villain and taking that likability away).  I love how it’s not effortless for him.  He has to keep trying.  But when he gets it down, the pure joy on his face is priceless.  It’s human.  After all, how would you feel if you could fly?
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