Category Archives: Blog

Wes Anderson’s X-Men

Your life is now complete.

All we’re missing is Bill Murray as Sebastian Shaw and Luke Wilson as Mr. Sinister.

Please to enjoy.

Advertisements

Trailer Park: LOGAN

Earlier today, the trailer for the 3rd and FINAL Wolverine movie dropped. Simply called LOGAN and if you haven’t seen it yet, check it out:

Let me start out by saying, that if you take out ALL of the X-MEN elements out of this movie, this trailer still makes me want to see it. Logan AKA Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) looks old and worn out and I like it. However, before I watched this trailer Tony T described it by saying that it looks like it could be the movie trailer for The Last of Us and fortunately/unfortunately, that is all I saw the first few viewings. Even down to the acoustic guitar music behind the entire trailer. For real, there are some shots from this that makes me think that Hugh Jackman could in fact be Joel. All we’re missing is Ellen Paige for Ellie and we got a stew goin’ baby.

But I digress.

All in all, this was a very enjoyable trailer and I’m assuming that they’re going for an Old Man Logan adaptation, which I am not mad at. I (sadly) confess that I’ve only read the first part of OML and from what little I’ve read it already seems like they are straying away from the story. Most of that has to do with the fact that there are Hulk elements in the story as well as a blind Hawkeye, both of which Fox doesn’t have the rights to. I’m not one of those people who are going to get up in arms about that, I just want a good story. So far, to me, that is what this trailer is presenting. It looks gritty, it looks emotional and the cinematography looks astounding. MOVIE NERD SIDE NOTE: This film is being shot John Mathieson, who was the cinematographer for X-Men First Class and Gladiator and that bodes well for me.

All in all, I’m excited for this movie. I’m not rushing to my local cinema and pre-ordering my seats, but I am heavily intrigued. The only part that worries me is the March release (Also my concern with POWER RANGERS but that’s a different discussion) seeing as movies released in February and March tend to not do so hot as it’s the “slow” time for movies as they pass from Oscar season to the summer blockbusters. I really want this movie to exceed my expectations and continue to push comic book movies to a new level, to make them great movies and not looked at as “just a good COMIC BOOK movie”. This movie looks like it can be different.

What do YOU guys think?

Never Go THAT Way

I have to admit, this has been a very tough week. My wife and I have been staying at my mom’s house the past few days due to a broken AC in our home (during the hottest part of the summer, because why not?) We’ve also had other drama happening, the details of which I will spare you, but that cumulatively have resulted in a frustrating and discouraging season for us. Then this morning I opened the closet in my sister’s old room where we’ve been sleeping, and something fell on me.

It was a worm.

File Jul 21, 11 50 06 AM

To those in the know you will recognize this as the worm from Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, one of my all time favorite movies, of which my sisters and I have fond memories. I bought this plush worm for my youngest sister Jamie for her birthday several years ago. As I picked him up from the closet floor, I replayed his scene in in my mind. If you have never seen the film, Sarah (Jennifer Connoly) is trying to rescue her kidnapped baby brother. To recover him, she must reach the castle of Jareth, the Goblin King (David Bowie) at the center of the titular labyrinth. Here is their interaction:

The worm, while trying to help Sarah on her way, unwittingly sent her on a far more arduous path than was necessary. While showing her a way our of his corridor, he failed to show her the easiest way, the way that would have led her “straight to that castle.” Had she realized the fullness of her options, the movie would have been much shorter, but Sarah would not have had the opportunity to grow as a character or to impact others along the way. Allow me to elaborate.

It was while on the more difficult path she rescued Ludo, the beast, who was being tortured by goblins. In her struggle she helped the Quixotic Sir Didymus, a fox-terrier with delusions of knighthood, find his inner hero. Finally it was in peril that she redeemed Hoggle, the dwarfen betrayer who saw in himself nothing of worth beyond a few plastic trinkets. Ultimately, the hard road finds Sarah transformed from self-centered to self-aware. It was the longer, more difficult version of the journey that impressed upon her to stop taking things for granted, not to be so consumed with material possessions, and to see value in others.

As I placed the plush worm back on his shelf, I began to relate this fairy tale to my own story. I was feeling overcome by self-pity due to unfavorable circumstances, and my attitude and actions were beginning to show it. While I wished things were going easier for me this week, that the right answers would be clearer, the resources more abundant, I still made a choice to let the resistance I was experiencing overshadow my hope. In walking by feelings and not by faith I allowed myself to be blinded to the God-given potential in my season of difficulty. The worm reminded me that adventure is never on the road that goes straight to the castle. [Tweet This] Sometimes there is an easy way that is good TO us and there is a difficult way that is good FOR us. If I am on that more trying path, I wonder what God will teach me on the way, who’s life I can impact before reaching the center of this labyrinth.

May we remember every day, especially in our struggle, that the treasure that comes without cost can never truly be more than a trinket. [Tweet This]