Monthly Archives: March 2017

Happy Monday

The team behind Justice League is looking to do its forthcoming film, well, justice with a brand new trailer.

Continuing with the Comic Con schedule of another Saturday trailer release (even though Comic Con isn’t for a few months), Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Comics debuted the new Justice League trailer online and throughout its social media channels this past weekend for anxious fans and curious moviegoers. The tone and special effects appear quite similar to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Understandable. Continuity is, after all, a top priority when weaving together many superheroes, each with their own individual film(s) during a decade-long (maybe more?) time frame.

Ladies and gentlemen, here is the aforementioned trailer for Justice League.

This movie (Justice League) could very well propel or sink the current DC superhero cinematic universe collectively and, therefore, individually as well.

No pressure.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week.

This IS the Star Wars News You’ve Been Looking For

“We’re starting talk about what could happen after Episode IX. About what could be another decade-and-a-half of Star Wars stories,” Iger said Thursday during a talk in Santa Monica.
–The Hollywood Reporter, March 23, 2017

While the original trilogy is untouchable (the originality, cultural impact, cast, story, etc.), if The Force Awakens and Rogue One are any indication of the quality of the Star Wars films to come, then the quote above by Mr. Iger should be received with elation by fans. It’s clear that the next generation in this franchise is being introduced and groomed for their own bright cinematic spotlight. And, thus far, these 20-something and 30-something Star Wars newcomers (Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Felicity Jones) are impressing in exciting, dynamic ways.

Star Wars as a cinematic universe is here to stay and Star Wars as a vacation destination is on-track for a 2019 opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland. The latter was confirmed in a report from last month.

This all started with one of the wildest and craziest ideas for a film that soared to impossible heights back in 1977. Amazing.

If these forthcoming Star Wars lands don’t perfectly capture the magic of movies, I don’t know what does.

O Captain! My Captain Under – Wait, What?

There are some blog posts that require very little introduction. Ladies and gentlemen, the following video requires only two words:

Captain Underpants.

That any serious movie studio would make such a film with that title and…

how soon can I purchase my tickets?

When a title is enough to make you laugh-out-loud (or “lol” for the younger readers), that’s a great first sign for any comedic story.

One Person’s Painful Exit is Another Person’s Helpful Departure

Good? Bad? The right move? The wrong move?

Whatever your view, whether you were for or against Brexit, the historic exit happened and the process of Britain leaving the EU (European Union) continues to unfold. The fascinating dynamic that’s been transpiring in the months that have followed is that the EU still appears to be exuding an air of arrogance and utter disbelief that Brexit was the elective choice of the British people last year.

When votes are cast by the public, there are consequences, both good and bad in a variety of forms. However, many votes in elections (if not all) are cast for specific, passionate reasons. Even proponents of the EU conceded a little bit that the bureaucracy of the governing body needed amending and reform. The simple fact is the EU has not catapulted Europe and its diverse citizenry to the forefront of the globalized world, as many predicted during its inception. The gamble was big and the winnings have been, to a majority of voters in Britain, nonexistent…or perhaps only microscopic.

Some voters prefer to take a scalpel to a problem and surgically fix an issue piece-by-piece. Some voters prefer to take a sledge hammer to a problem to begin knocking down a long-standing institution that’s not working and not getting any better. The macro vs. micro debate, as demonstrated in Britain, the United States of America and other countries around the world, is swinging quite significantly towards the macro solution. This meaning people are leaning towards dramatic, wholesale change versus tinkering with the failing status quo.

To make matters more intense, the recent smugness of the EU not only illuminates their resistance to the reality of its struggling and frustrated European people, but also fuels the strength of the current populist movement well into the future if that reality isn’t understood and resolved with both a scalpel and a sledge hammer.

“…the least painful for the EU.”
–Donald Tusk, President of the European Council

And now the acclaimed and brilliant historian Niall Ferguson with his trademark insight, quick-wit and humility.

Mr. Tusk chose the correct word near the end of his remarks above: painful.

Ironically, that’s actually the word many of the Brexit voters likely felt concerning their working and living situations day-to-day under the failing bureaucratic labyrinth that is the EU.

P.S. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the terrorist attack in London.