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Rogue Binks: A Star Wars Story

Binks rebels...

Binks rebels…

Good old Jar Jar Binks, the annoyance that keeps on giving. Spoof trailers, theories about him being a Sith, he is a meme that reminds us of how bad things can get when you resort to slapstick for humour. Binks is the Inspector Clouseau of the Star Wars universe – the Steve Martin version obviously, Peter Sellers was great. But the memes and parodies are funny. I think so anyway and in this corner of cyberspace, I am in charge.

Without further waffle meesa gives you Rogue Binks:

 

 

 

Justice League Comic-Con footage

Justice League

Justice League

Due to all the negative reviews, I missed Batman vs Superman in the cinema and ended up watching the ultimate 3-hour edition at home. I think I was so prepared for disappointment that I actually really enjoyed it. I have heard the longer edition is the better one, so maybe I lucked out. I was also pleased to have all my doubts about Battfleck swept away – Affleck is a superb Batman.

So this new Justice League footage isn’s supposed to be a trailer, but I have included in today’s post Comic-Con trailerfest because it looks and acts exactly like a trailer. It also looks pretty cool with all the leads looking right for their respective roles.

No more waffle, the final entry in my trailer bonanza is the Justice League trail- I mean assembled footage.

 

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword trailer

King Arthur

King Arthur

For the next instalment of the Scifi Ward trailerfest, we have Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Like Kong, this has been done several times before but there are quite a few angle’s you can take with the tale. King Arthur was basically a set of legends after all. Also, Guy Ritchie has quite a fun style, as you can see from the trailer. Enjoy:

 

 

Kong: Skull Island trailer

Kong: Skull IslandThe trailerfest continues with Kong: Skull Island. This could also be fun but I am not that bothered about King Kong. I love the ‘lost world’ idea, with dinosaurs and crazy tribes, but a giant creature trashing stuff has already been done pretty well from quite a few different angles – King Kong, Godzilla, Cloverfield, Transformers, Pacific Rim, and so on. Hopefully there will be a new twist.

This is another trailer that debuted at Comicon:

 

 

Phil Tippett: My Life in Monsters

Phil Tippett

Phil Tippett

Oscar-winning Phil Tippett is a stop-motion animator and designer who has worked on Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Starship Troopers, Robocop and more. The man is a legend and his work genius. No matter what you think about CGI versus models, old-school model making was/is amazing. Everything has its place and a blend of techniques keeps most people happy. I do think that making proper sets and models looks a damn sight more fun than pure green screen though and I bet Phil Tippett’s house is full of very cool things. In fact, I bet modern science fiction CGI animators and programmers save up and spend a lot of their hard earned programming money of models like these. I know I do.

This documentary is fascinating.

Empire Strikes Back but with Bond intro

Empire Strikes Back's awesome crawl. The music plays in my head even looking at a still picture

Empire Strikes Back’s awesome crawl. The music plays in my head even looking at a still picture

Imagine if, instead of the brilliant opening Star Wars crawl, there was a Bond-type intro sequence. Personally, I think it would suck, but as an experiment a talented chap called Kurt Rauffer went ahead and made one anyway, using the unused Radiohead version of the Spectre song.

Having seen every Star Wars film in the cinema, I am a huge fan of the opening crawl and the epic Star Wars music and I still crap myself with excitement when it appears. Between 5 years old and 43, there has been no lessening of my inner child, thank the Force.

I have also seen every Bond in the cinema since the Spy Who Loved Me (also in 1977) and apart from the whole “Ooh, was that a nipple?” aspect, I find the opening Bond music/graphic sequences dull. There should always be the opening bit where he walks in and shoots the screen, and that should be where the title of the film is – then start the film. You hear me Bond?

However, as an experiment done on the internet that pays a homage to both franchises, this video works really well and is quite cool. Here is a Bond-esque intro to Empire Strikes Back. Enjoy.

 

Matrix fan theory: Agent Smith was the One

Matrix fan theory

Matrix fan theory

Do you remember the Matrix? You should, it was superb. I remember seeing it in New York because Star Wars: the Phantom Menace was sold out. I went in with no idea what it was about and was blown away. Which is more than I can say for Phantom Menace.

The Matrix was always ripe for a decent fan theory, with its themes of messiahs and reality and so on. The films sadly didn’t improve as the trilogy progressed but the chance of fans coming up with  crazy/decent theories certainly did with Architects, Oracles and the ‘One’. By the end of the third Matrix the internet was abuzz with commentary and theory. And it still is. I don’t know if this is an old theory but a couple of months ago a fan posted an intriguing possibility that Neo wasn’t the one (even though his name is an anagram of ‘one’!) and that the real ‘one’ was Agent Smith. In the comments, others theorise that they were both half of the one and they absorb each other at various points. Except that would make them the ‘two’. Or Neo is the ‘half’. Or whatever.

Anyway, here is the Matrix theory courtesy of ‘The Film Theorists’: