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Trailer: Star Trek Into Darkness

Aw, crap. I was not a fan of the 2009 Star Trek reboot. (No, seriously, it was not good.) It was bad enough that J.J. Abrams wanted to turn Star Trek into Star Wars. (Not even good Star Wars. More like Attack of the Clones, except with incessant lens flare and a less interesting storyline.) Now he apparently wants Star Trek to be Star Wars‘ answer to The Dark Knight and  Inception. Don’t get me wrong: I loves me some Christopher Nolan. But one of the reasons I love the old Star Trek franchise is because it was distinctly Star Trek. Even when the The Motion Picture turned out to be Star Trek‘s answer to 2001: A Space Odyssey, it was still Star Trek. It could very well be that Abrams is trying to be all socially relevant, thoughtful, and darn-tootin’ optimistic while wrestling with tough questions (that is to say, Star Trek) while still delivering a smashing sci-fi epic, but this trailer doesn’t look like it. It looks like a potentially fun sci-fi epic, but it doesn’t look like Star Trek. At least, not to me. Even if Trek lost its way in the later years, as many fans would argue, there were still undeniable flashes of its core mission. I didn’t see any of that in Abrams’s vision. To him, Star Trek was a means to an end — the end being making a big, blockbuster outer space saga, rather than the end being making a great Star Trek movie. Now it appears that Star Trek is the means to the end of making a Christopher Nolan space opera. I think that’s something to mourn, if for no other reason than a Christopher Nolan space opera would probably be a lot more like Star Trek than J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars knockoff, which happens to bear the name Star Trek. Hopefully it’ll be good (unlikely), even if it is disappointing (inevitably). ☕


Trailer: The Grandmasters

Interesting and exciting. I expect that WKW is going to play with the tropes and conventions of the martial arts genre (and in a way that’s different from Ashes of Time, which was more specifically a take on wuxia), but I’m not yet sure how. (My guess is that most of the action in the film was already showcased in the trailer, but I could be wrong.) I look forward to seeing what he’s up to, especially since Donnie Yen just did a couple of excellent Yip Man biopics within the last several years, and Wong will probably inject the film with his trademark world-weary romanticism.

Via Opus. ☕

Trailers: The Last Stand, Tai Chi 0, and Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

You may scoff at the prospect of a new Arnie action flick (especially one released in the dumping ground of January), but take a look at the director credit. Kim Jee-woon is one of the elite directors of action in the world. A Bittersweet Life is a near masterpiece; I thought quite highly of The Good, the Bad, the Weird and A Tale of Two Sisters. I Saw the Devil was problematic, but it was certainly suspenseful. Plus, you know, I’m always in the mood for an Arnie action flick, scoffers be damned. Continue reading

Trailer: The Man with the Iron Fists

Via io9. Imdb doesn’t have a release date yet, but I’m looking forward to checking this one out in the theater. It also has a sweet poster: Continue reading

A trailer deconstructed: 2016 and anti-Obama prejudice

For the last several years, I’ve tried to resist the narrative that the conservative/Tea Party animus against the president is purely motivated by racism.  For the most part, I don’t think there’s overwhelming evidence for that narrative, though I know must still be a segment of the population that forms judgments based on racial bigotry.  By and large, I think the charge of racism is used as a catchall ad hominem by those who want to reframe the debate away from the actual political issues involved.  And then.  Then I see something like this trailer for the upcoming documentary, 2016.  Lest I fall into the pit that I just described, I’ll officially and explicitly state that I don’t categorically believe that these filmmakers are dirty, rotten racists.  With that out of the way, let me now question how anybody could see this trailer as anything but ignorant at best, or bigoted at worst. Continue reading

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