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JJ Abrams shows Millennium Falcon

I previously wrote about the JJ Abrams and Zach Snyder Star Wars/ Superman vs Batman crossover shenanigans here. Essentially they are having fun inserting bits of each other’s franchise into pictures from their own. They are also coincidentally publicising their work knowing that nerds will salivate over every shot and will share it all over social media like the sad Star Wars / Superman / Batman obsessed fools we all know and love (and probably are).

Well, JJ Abrams has recently released a steady cam shot of the new Millennium Falcon. There is a Batmobile camouflaged on the bottom but after viewing the real life Falcon model in all its glory I had forgotten that it was supposed to be a Snyder crossover thingy. It’s an impressive hunk of junk. The Snyder fun is fine but can now stop. It has achieved what it set out to do which was to use websites like Scifiward to promote their franchise for free and – ahh, whatever.  Just show me more Star Wars! Anything!

 

 

Batman vs Superman vs Star Wars mashup

On twitter there has been an amusing exchange between the Bad Robot studios (JJ Abrahms’ lot doing Star Wars), and Zack Snyder who is currently making Batman vs Superman. Here is a tweet from Zack Snyder where he has actually staged the pic near the Batmobile and features a Gotham police car:

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 5.43.17 pmNot to be outdone, the people at Bad Robot have been tweeting things like this:

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 5.42.34 pmLong may this battle continue! Talented nerds doing crossovers are a joy.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

I didn’t mean to post another trailer but the new Guardians of the Galaxy trailer is out and it looks damned awesome fun. It’s quite nice to have something a bit more non-gritty just-for-fun comic book based action. Obviously I will still be tremendously excited by the new X-men movie and possibly Superman vs Batman – although I will hold opinion on the latter until nearer the time. Refreshingly, Guardians of the Galaxy looks like it doesn’t take itself too seriously and as a bonus is full of space battles and the lovely Zoe Saldana being a sexy green assassin. Enjoy!

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

I seem to be having a bit of a trailer bonanza here at the moment. I blame the movie/TV industry for releasing a lot of good looking stuff. The last trailer was for Star Wars: Rebels, which is a kid’s thing on Disney that may or may not be relatively fun, it’s hard to tell.

This new trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes however, looks fucking awesome! It is the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes which was brilliant. So this probably will be too because er… sequels are erm… often as good as the originals… um.

Actually, I’m perpetuating a myth. There are tons of sequels as good as the original, if not better. To name a few in just the scifi genre: Empire Strikes Back, Mad Max 2, Aliens (first one was excellent but completely different), Blade 2, Superman 2, Star Trek 2, Evil Dead 2, Dawn of the Dead, the Dark Knight, Spiderman 2, and so on.

If you include the original five Planet of the Apes movies, then I can confidently predict that this new one will be at least in the top 3. So with that proved, here is the new trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes:

 

Star Wars: Rebels

 Star Wars Rebels

Star Wars Rebels

For a brief second I was a bit shocked by the news that Disney had bought Star Wars but then I remembered that they had been responsible for all the recent Marvel movies. They also made Tron: Legacy which wasn’t very good (and I have forgotten everything that happens in it already) but it looked and sounded great. The first Pirates of the Caribbean was fun and – I don’t care what you say – I even enjoyed John Carter of Mars (the books were pretty daft but enjoyable too, in case you are bored).

So why not let them do Star Wars? It’s not like Lucas was going to steer the series to a dark and brooding universe. I have more faith in someone involved with The Avengers than I do with someone involved with Ewoks or Jarjar or Darth crying ‘Noooooooooo!’ I know they are kids films but if you are old enough to have watched the original trilogy (not including bastard Ewoks) you will understand how disappointing the new trilogy was. Not to mention the constant tinkering / ruining of the originals. Han shot first! If you saw the newer films first then you are approaching the series from a different mindset and are probably wrong about everything relating to Star Wars.

This mild, heavily edited rant brings me nicely to Star Wars: Rebels. It is animated, you know, for kids. Or Young Adults – whatever they are. It teeters dangerously close to being a bit too childlike  and cutesy but it could be fun and might help fill in the time until Star Wars VII comes out. On the other hand it might make you feel sick and anxious about the direction it is all taking. A feeling I got the first time I watched an Ewok defeat a helmeted soldier of a galaxy-conquering army by dropping some rocks on his/her head.

Alright, I’ll lighten up. This is for the kids out there. Here is the trailer:

Jupiter Ascending trailer

Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending

The new Jupiter Ascending Trailer is here and it actually looks like it might be pretty good. But as it is impossible to tell how good a film is from a trailer these days, I will reserve judgement. (I’m looking at you, Burton’s Planet of the Apes, and the Wachowski’s Matrix 2 & 3, and, obviously, Prometheus.)

This could, however, be a good trailer for a good film. Just try and ignore the pointy ears thing. Enjoy.

 

 

‘They Live’ selfie

This has been all over the interweb all day, so you have probably already seen it. Some genius has wisely spent his/her time parodying the Ellen selfie taken at the Oscars by changing it to a ‘They Live’ version.

They Live selfie

They Live selfie

By the way, if you haven’t seen ‘They Live’ you should. I would review it but frankly it needs little more said about it than – it’s brilliant. John Carpenter at his almost finest. Go and watch it now. Review done.

Robocop trailer 2

Robocop

Robocop

This is the second trailer for the Robocop reboot. I know that sentence doesn’t exactly scream ‘Wow, here’s something new and exciting’ but it does actually look pretty damn cool and I felt it needed to be shared here. I am fairly confident that the new Robocop will be the best one since the original but frankly, that should’t be too hard. The Verhoeven version will remain a classic of violence, humour and general awesomeness. But I see no reason why the new Robocop can’t forge its own exciting new franchise, and this trailer looks damned good fun. At least now it seems marginally harder to shoot Murphy (Robocop) in the face, which was a design flaw in the original film that bugged the hell out of me as it just seemed so bloody obvious. Now he can, er, tilt his head a bit.

Anyway, here is the trailer. Apologies for the delay.

 

 

Kung Fury

KUNG FURY!

KUNG FURY!

I seem to be supporting a lot of stuff on Kickstarter these days but sometimes it just has to be done. Especially when something as mental as Kung Fury comes along! Think 80s. Think Hitler, viking chicks, time travel and machine guns. (Apart from Hitler I am usually thinking along those lines anyway.)

The Kickstarter page is here. They only want $200,000 and have $376,527 (at time of writing) with 25 days to go. So it looks like Kung Fury will be a reality.

Now watch the genius that is Kung Fury. Ahhh the 80s…