‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Trailer #2 Breakdown

Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures’ love child Spider-Man: Homecoming has had its second trailer released and it’s time for a trailer breakdown! Watch the official second trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, below.

 

0:08 – We see Peter Parker put on the new auto adjusting Spider-Man suit. The same suit which was given to him by Tony Stark in Captain America: Civil War. It looks like Mr. Stark took a page out of Back to the Future with the auto adjusting feature.

0:18 – Tony Stark makes his first of many appearances in the new trailer. Peter Parker is asking about what it takes to be in the Avengers and Tony Stark slips in the “friendly neighborhood Spider-Man” phrase/title.

0:30 – Iron Man and Spider-Man fly and swing through the streets of New York.

0:37 – Captain America makes his cameo in a educational video. A cameo that in my opinion should have been left a surprise and not put into the trailer. During Cap’s cameo, Peter Parker references when he stole his shield in Civil War.

0:45 – The Avengers tower makes an appearance. And we also see what Tony Starks role is in the film. Adrian Toomes aka The Vulture (Michael Keaton) is explaining that “rich and powerful people like Tony Stark” don’t help people like “us”. Who is the “us” that he is referring to?

0:47 – A Shocker and Donald Glover show up. It’s not yet known what role Donald Glover is playing.

0:54 – The Vulture takes flight.

0:58 – Peter Parker is finally in the Avengers tower. Tony Stark is explaining to Peter Parker that there are people that take care of “flying-monster guys.” Referring to The Vulture and the Avengers.

1:04 – Spider-Man takes on some henchmen and Vulture makes his presence known.

1:19 – Spider-Man has a really cool comic book cover-like action shot where he is attempting to keep the ship together with his webs.

1:22 – Iron Man comes to Spidey’s rescue.

1:30 – Tony Stark gives Peter Parker a father-like lecture of what it takes to be a hero.

1:41 – The Vulture’s agenda is now known as he explains that he will do anything to protect his family. It reminds of a Doctor Octopus or Sandman type of villain to where they have some good intentions hidden in the madness of being a villain.

1:44 – Spider-Man takes one of the Shockers

1:52 – Vulture is going after Spider-Man who happens to be wearing a Spider-Man suit a little similar to the Scarlet Spider suit.

1:59Spider-Man: Homecoming has some action in Washington.

2:02 – Spider-Man has some more cool looking tech. This time it’s a robotic spider that flies straight out of his suit. He also has the webbed wings that he had early on in the comics.

2:08 – Spider-Man and Vulture take the fight to the skies on a jet.

Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Halland, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Bokeem Woodbine and Jon Favreau.

 

 

 

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‘Legion’ is Hypnotically Intense

 
Have you ever had that feeling that you’re experiencing a dream? Only to realize you were actually just watching FX newest hit show ‘Legion’? Maybe not? Well that has been my experience for the first six weeks of its premiere season, and it is now safe to say my mind grapes have been stretched and twisted in ways I never thought could be so engaging. Each new chapter in the show feels as if I’m given a cosmically charged LSD trip littered with foreshadowing of oncoming information revelations, reminders of past events that tie into current events, and easter eggs for future plot twists. It is bold in its very nature, a show about a mutant who has potentially hundreds of personalities existing within him, and each personality comes equipped with its own characteristics and more interestingly their very own super powers. It is also bold in its storytelling and production. Scenes seemingly end and begin traveling between planes of reality and time periods. The creators expect you to be sharp enough to keep up, forcing you to earn the right to understand David Haller’s gift. You can never truly be sure what you are seeing exists. Is it reality? Or is part of David’s mind? These sorts of questions are answered while at the same time compounded upon in a way that is both satisfying and challenging. Without hesitation I can say this show is very heavy and needs to be given your maximum focus and attention while viewing. This may be a drawback for people looking for a casual experience, but I can attest to the fun and excitement of trying to play detective, picking apart every detail to form your own interpretation of what’s to come. Noah Hawley (Fargo) beautifully demonstrates that he is not scared of testing your understanding of reality within the “Legion” universe. Drawing heavy on flashbacks, dream sequences, astral planes as well as times in which characters have changed bodies or are figments of the imagination, you may easily begin to think you have lost your own mind trying to keep pace with the storytelling. Eventually the scale tips the other way, providing important information revealing momentary clarity while simultaneously creating new questions. Patience will pay off in a well crafted and well designed story such as this. Those who need instant gratification may be frustrated by the lack of answers initially given. Same for those who expect non-stop action, just because it’s a Marvel title. But who needs those people anyway, I mean I’m sure there is a new Transformers movie right around the corner for them to stare blankly at. A unique quality about “Legion” is its overall ambiguous tone (which seems to be purposefully done to mirror David’s character). This show feels like a drama with some action but has a tendency to dance with elements of psychological horror. As we explore some memories of David’s they glow with an aura of creepiness through the tone and set pieces. The character design in the baddies are simple yet effectively terrifying, striking a nerve we all have within us that reaches to the roots of our childhood. Its setting and timeline seem to draw heavy influence from late 60’s to mid 70’s culture and is executed it in a way that feels real but also dreamlike. The sound design is supremely handled. I can recall many moments where the music was effectively altered in a way that communicated the tone change of the scene and heightened the tension. This show successfully aims to draw on your senses as it guides you through the characters psyches in a hypnotic fashion. Among the multitude of recurring themes within “Legion” I have noticed a large one revolves around control, more specifically having none of it. David struggles to grip his own thoughts and actions at times constantly at war within himself. Spotlight characters have had traumatic pasts and dwell over having no way of changing it, becoming victim to its outcome. This motif of no control is masterfully reflected in the environments they find themselves in. Whether confined to a psych ward or trapped within a memory their restrictions become haunting. It is layered to the point where the characters feel completely helpless adding depth to the unsettling tone set all throughout. Even between romantic partners we see the ongoing clash of control. Resisting urges, regret over past choices, not knowing the truth about intentions… The theme of control creeps through the narrative like a parasite feeding on the conscious of the characters. Legion” is not afraid to spread its wings narratively and challenge its audience to unfold the wrinkles of their own brains along the way. It has quickly became one of my staple shows and I look forward to continuing my journey through David’s mindscape. The fact that it has already been renewed for a second season proves that i’m not the only one invested in this journey. The post ‘Legion’ is Hypnotically Intense appeared first on Age of The Nerd. Save

‘Bates Motel’: The Final Season So Far

(AOTN) Psycho and Bates Motel have finally collided in what is the final season of A&E’s Bates Motel, starring Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore as the mentally troubled young motel manager whose evil alter ego could endanger everybody that dares invade the life of “mother” and son.

After the events of the season 4 finale, Norman Bates is back at home after receiving psychiatric treatment, except this time he has the frozen corpse of his mom, Norma Bates to keep him company after he attempted to kill himself and her. Former Sheriff, Alex Romero was locked up on perjury charges, eventually escaping prison to go after Norman after he killed the one woman that could have potentially see his life result in some kind of salvation. After being beaten in prison and shot while on the run, will Romero make it to the Bates Motel to finish what he started?

Dylan and Emma have settled into a quiet life in Seattle. His father, Caleb came knocking and needed a place to stay for a while but Emma had to build up the courage to ask him to leave. After all that has happened in the past three seasons, Dylan felt that the only way forward was to maintain distance. Caleb obliged and made his way to Norman’s home, startled at seeing the place deserted at first despite Norma’s car parked up outside the house.

After receiving the news that his sister was killed and rival Chick Hogan confirming so, Caleb worked out that Norman must have surely been the one responsible. Breaking in and shouting for Norman later the same evening, he was knocked unconscious while standing in the basement and staring in terror at his sister’s dead body laid in her rocking chair. Unfortunately for Norma/Norman, Chick stumbled upon the scene but the two quickly came to an agreement that allowed the former crook to stay at the motel with “Norma’s” consent.

Caleb met a sudden end when he was put to death by the sight of Chick’s oncoming car when Norman sent him scurrying after he tired him up in the basement. This show never promised any happy endings for anybody.

A case of infidelity unwittingly involved Norman when a married guy turned up requesting a room for himself and a secret mistress. As it turned out he happened to be the husband of the girl, Madeleine, that Norman met in a paint shop early in the season. Eventually he confessed to be none other than Sam Loomis! He was the character made famous in the original movie that ultimately helped reveal Norman’s terrible secret.

Madeleine and Norman hit it off almost immediately despite delaying their lust for one another. The two eventually got close enough and they eventually fell into a passionate embrace, but as always “mother” arrived on the scene to disturb the proceedings, sending Norman dashing out of fear that “Miss Bates” would cause harm to his new love interest!

Adding to Norman’s problems, Sheriff Greene made inquiries concerning the disappearance of a certain Joe Blackwell, the guy that was sent on a mission by Romero to shoot and kill off Norman in events that occurred between the season 4 finale and the final season’s first episode. Norman as “mother” ended his life and hid his car in some bushes but it probably will not be long before Greene turns up the heat a notch or two.

Fans waiting for the arrival of famous shower movie victim Marion Crane will have to anticipate her entrance for a little while longer as events unfold. We were given a glimpse of what many viewers think was her in the season’s first episode but things will surely ramp up within the next couple of weeks! Whether we will get to see the show’s own version of the shower murder sequence is not known at this point and nothing has been hinted at by producers.

Nods and references to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic have made themselves known, some of which have been imitated for this version of the narrative. What is surprising is the shockingly low amount of outcries by Psycho worshippers that this final series of episodes are, when looking at the bigger picture, a reboot of the movie! Character names and events are vastly different, as are the alterations to the story, but this is still essentially a television redo. The interrogation sequence between Norman and Greene in Monday’s episode is one jot of proof. Perhaps the dreadful 1998 remake starring Vince Vaughn has made fans simply not give a stuff.

Still, Bates Motel has become a riveting piece of television during the last couple of years after making a strong entrance back in 2013. Seasons 2 and 3 may have contained little inspiration to maintain viewership but at least the series is being allowed to finish the story it wants to tell, unlike NBC’s superior Hannibal series which was cancelled after it’s third run.

If you have been watching since the very beginning then there is no doubt that you will probably be interested enough in continuing watching the show to it’s very end. But may this article be so bold enough to suggest that if you skipped out during the show’s second and third seasons that you check back in and get yourself comfortable.

Afterall, the timing could never be better!

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Review

(AOTN) The main problem with all of these mega-blockbuster films, going back to the original King Kong has always been incorporating the human elements with these massive monsters, whomever they may be.  It’s one thing to make the monsters in these flicks look visually compelling enough to keep the audiences fleeting interest at bay, let alone tell a compelling story.  For example, the thing that the 1993 original Jurassic Park or 1995’s Independence Day had were compelling HUMAN characters.  Sure these movies used the newest and baddest special effects of the time, the thing that separated these from the rest of the Blockbusters are the human characters audiences can get behind.  Independence Day doesn’t work without Will Smith or Jeff Goldblum.  Jurassic Park isn’t the same film without Sam Neil or Jeff Goldblum (this is not to say Goldblum is the glue of forming a Blockbuster, I completely forgot he was in both until I wrote this but he IS fantastic).  Having digressed big time, it is to say Kong: Skull Island while not on a level of timeless, has proven itself a step ahead of the rest, and an exciting and valiant attempt to bring back the giant monster flicks of yesterdays past.

The original Inkg Kong trailer:

Jumping back years chronologically in Legendary’s Godzilla/King Kong Universe, the GKK as I will refer to it, Kong: Skull Island begins circa 1944.  Two fighters from World War 2 (WW2) land  onto an island in the South Pacific, one American and one Japanese.  After engaging in some hand-on-hand combat, we are quickly introduced to the star of the show, Mr. Kong, the king of kings.  Fast forward the timeline to 1973 and we are introduced to our new set of protagonists.  Led by William “Bill” Randa (John Goodman) and fellow scientist, is geologist Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkins) who set their sight on the unexplored “Skull Island”.  With a great leading cast including but not limited to James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston), Preston Packard (Sam Jackson), Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), San Lin (Jing Tian), and Jack Chapman (Toby Kebbell), the crew set out to explore the formally unexplored Skull Island.

First things first.  Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts did an amazing job of paying homage, yet it makes something completely unique.  It’s hard to stray far from the original without people crying foul.  Kong incorporates enough yet says, “hey, I’ve got something to say”!  Luckily for fans, Kong doesn’t have a weird interspecies relationship with a woman, but has a satisfyingly intimate relationship with humans.  Kong is the main “bad guy” but isn’t necessarily the “bad guy”.  Like 2014’s Godzilla, Kong ills many a people, but isn’t maliciously killing them.  Kong like Godzilla has clearly defined motives that make the audience root for that character.  Humans, you me him and her, are impeding on their turf.  Much like the less-than-subtle Vietnam comparisons, these creatures want to be left alone.  The country of Vietnam didn’t want Western influence inflicting the destruction of their country, yet it happened.  As a member of the West, shit, I’m sorry.  The take-over of things that aren’t ours is in the blood and tradition of our country, and is exemplified in our arts.  Enter Kong: Skull Island, a love-letter to the Vietnam era directly influencing both the aesthetics and message of the new King Kong.

Moving past my rants-and-raves and weird political metaphors, Kong: Skull Island is simply a fun action monster movie.  Unlike 2014’s Godzilla, Kong doesn’t hide its titular character.  Within the first 8 minutes of the film, audiences are introduced to the scale of the title character.  He’s huge.  People small.  Kong king.  People… not king Kong.  This is exactly what you want out of this type of movie, it’s just done more style and care than one may expect.  Going back to my initial rants, this Blockbuster seems to have been made with more care and craft than audiences expect.  It’s a $200 million movie which one can walk away from and realize it was done with ONE specific vision.  Now there may have very well been a too many cooks-in-the-kitchen, but it feels like one filmmakers vision of what a monster movie could be.  Skull Island is done in an stylish manor that respects filmmaking in both past and present yet has a fresh feeling to it…sort of.  It’s not perfect, but it will excite both nerds and average movie-goers universally.  The saving grace of the film is its insane cast.

Leading the charge and keeping the audience fully locked in was the character Hank Marlow portrayed by John C. Reilly.  We first met this character in the opening scenes of the film, as the American solder who fell to the island with the rival Japanese soldier.  We pick this story up 29 years later, as the rest of the cast lands on the island looking for their buried treasure.  The heart and soul of these movies must be the glue, and while these characters minus Reilly’s don’t quite hold up to the necessary standards, there is enough to keep audiences engaged.  My real qualm with the film is the lack of character development, but thats a hard task to ask.  It’s like an episode of 24.  But, you have less than two-hours to complete and you have to tell both a visually strong yet cohesive story to satisfy both Democrats and Republicans.  Kidding, but its hard to make everyone happy.  Kong: Skull Island is a fantasic attempt at this, and is so far superior to movies like Jurassic World, it’s laughable.  It’s a silly monster movie that knows exactly what it is, but strives for more.

Kong:Skull Island
is now playing in theaters nationwide.

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Review

(AOTN) The main problem with all of these mega-blockbuster films, going back to the original King Kong has always been incorporating the human elements with these massive monsters, whomever they may be.  It’s one thing to make the monsters in these flicks look visually compelling enough to keep the audiences fleeting interest at bay, let alone tell a compelling story.  For example, the thing that the 1993 original Jurassic Park or 1995’s Independence Day had were compelling HUMAN characters.  Sure these movies used the newest and baddest special effects of the time, the thing that separated these from the rest of the Blockbusters are the human characters audiences can get behind.  Independence Day doesn’t work without Will Smith or Jeff Goldblum.  Jurassic Park isn’t the same film without Sam Neil or Jeff Goldblum (this is not to say Goldblum is the glue of forming a Blockbuster, I completely forgot he was in both until I wrote this but he IS fantastic).  Having digressed big time, it is to say Kong: Skull Island while not on a level of timeless, has proven itself a step ahead of the rest, and an exciting and valiant attempt to bring back the giant monster flicks of yesterdays past.

The original Inkg Kong trailer:

Jumping back years chronologically in Legendary’s Godzilla/King Kong Universe, the GKK as I will refer to it, Kong: Skull Island begins circa 1944.  Two fighters from World War 2 (WW2) land  onto an island in the South Pacific, one American and one Japanese.  After engaging in some hand-on-hand combat, we are quickly introduced to the star of the show, Mr. Kong, the king of kings.  Fast forward the timeline to 1973 and we are introduced to our new set of protagonists.  Led by William “Bill” Randa (John Goodman) and fellow scientist, is geologist Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkins) who set their sight on the unexplored “Skull Island”.  With a great leading cast including but not limited to James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston), Preston Packard (Sam Jackson), Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), San Lin (Jing Tian), and Jack Chapman (Toby Kebbell), the crew set out to explore the formally unexplored Skull Island.

First things first.  Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts did an amazing job of paying homage, yet it makes something completely unique.  It’s hard to stray far from the original without people crying foul.  Kong incorporates enough yet says, “hey, I’ve got something to say”!  Luckily for fans, Kong doesn’t have a weird interspecies relationship with a woman, but has a satisfyingly intimate relationship with humans.  Kong is the main “bad guy” but isn’t necessarily the “bad guy”.  Like 2014’s Godzilla, Kong ills many a people, but isn’t maliciously killing them.  Kong like Godzilla has clearly defined motives that make the audience root for that character.  Humans, you me him and her, are impeding on their turf.  Much like the less-than-subtle Vietnam comparisons, these creatures want to be left alone.  The country of Vietnam didn’t want Western influence inflicting the destruction of their country, yet it happened.  As a member of the West, shit, I’m sorry.  The take-over of things that aren’t ours is in the blood and tradition of our country, and is exemplified in our arts.  Enter Kong: Skull Island, a love-letter to the Vietnam era directly influencing both the aesthetics and message of the new King Kong.

Moving past my rants-and-raves and weird political metaphors, Kong: Skull Island is simply a fun action monster movie.  Unlike 2014’s Godzilla, Kong doesn’t hide its titular character.  Within the first 8 minutes of the film, audiences are introduced to the scale of the title character.  He’s huge.  People small.  Kong king.  People… not king Kong.  This is exactly what you want out of this type of movie, it’s just done more style and care than one may expect.  Going back to my initial rants, this Blockbuster seems to have been made with more care and craft than audiences expect.  It’s a $200 million movie which one can walk away from and realize it was done with ONE specific vision.  Now there may have very well been a too many cooks-in-the-kitchen, but it feels like one filmmakers vision of what a monster movie could be.  Skull Island is done in an stylish manor that respects filmmaking in both past and present yet has a fresh feeling to it…sort of.  It’s not perfect, but it will excite both nerds and average movie-goers universally.  The saving grace of the film is its insane cast.

Leading the charge and keeping the audience fully locked in was the character Hank Marlow portrayed by John C. Reilly.  We first met this character in the opening scenes of the film, as the American solder who fell to the island with the rival Japanese soldier.  We pick this story up 29 years later, as the rest of the cast lands on the island looking for their buried treasure.  The heart and soul of these movies must be the glue, and while these characters minus Reilly’s don’t quite hold up to the necessary standards, there is enough to keep audiences engaged.  My real qualm with the film is the lack of character development, but thats a hard task to ask.  It’s like an episode of 24.  But, you have less than two-hours to complete and you have to tell both a visually strong yet cohesive story to satisfy both Democrats and Republicans.  Kidding, but its hard to make everyone happy.  Kong: Skull Island is a fantasic attempt at this, and is so far superior to movies like Jurassic World, it’s laughable.  It’s a silly monster movie that knows exactly what it is, but strives for more.

Kong:Skull Island
is now playing in theaters nationwide.

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5 Vs Movies That Should Happen

(AOTN) Kong: Skull Island has recently made over $61,000,000 at the box office, signalling that audiences have not got tired of the largest cinematic ape. The film has garnered mixed opinions but plans for a King Kong v Godzilla movie, slated to be released sometime in 2020, is going full steam ahead as of time of writing.

A revealing post credits scene at the end of the recently released film has gotten fans all excited about what lies ahead although there are concerns about differences in physical attributes between the two monsters. Godzilla was also given the Hollywood remake treatment, a film that was released in 2014 and was predicted to make more money than it actually did. Still, all the obstacles are being seemingly plowed through to get the epic vs monster film up on    the screen.

Hollywood started a minor phase of vs films back in 2003 when the long awaited Freddy vs Jason was released after many years of anticipation. Alien vs Predator followed a couple of years later as well as a sequel. It was surprising that more films were not made to capitalise on what is an admittedly corny but entertaining concept.

Will Hollywood executives ponder to resurrect the idea? And if so, what vs films would fans want exactly?

This article is going to lend five suggestions.

Let us know at the bottom of this feature what characters you would like to see pitted against one another!

Michael Myers v Jason Voorhees

Let us start with one of the most obvious and demanded ones. Two kings of the slasher genre fighting one another is a mouth watering image for horror fans. But there are a few snags. Myers has proven in past films that he does not have the physical strength that his would be nemesis has. And his butcher knife is probably no match for Jason’s huge machete. But what Myers lacks physically, he has more of upstairs. He is smarter, and as has what has been said before time and time again throughout cinematic horror history, “evil never dies.”

Robocop v The Terminator

The Robocop films never had the shelf life that the Terminator films had but time has proven not to be an issue, as fans still occasionally voice their enthusiasm in wanting to see the two shoot it out against one another. The terminator likely has the edge in physical toughness and can absorb much more damage. He is also probably more smarter. Which is why Robocop would most likely need some kind of back up. Realistically, Jason Voorhees should have crushed Freddy Krueger in their real world final battle in Freddy vs Jason but the crew tweaked the script to make the match up more even. If this movie was to ever be produced then that is what can be foreseen to occur.

KITT v Airwolf

If one browses Youtube for Knight Rider and, or Airwolf then you are bound to see a few KITT v Airwolf fan made videos. Anybody not born before 1989 will probably not be familiar with either technological character but that does not stop this showdown being quite thought provoking. The heavily armored helicopter vs the most technologically advanced car of the 1980’s would make for a great battle providing KITT’s driver Michael Knight isn’t behind the wheel!

Airwolf has enough speed and stealth capabilities to give KITT the drive for it’s money!

DC v Marvel

We know it will never happen! And the characters are too numerous to pick any kind of battle. The closest we have ever gotten to experiencing such frays was back in 1996 when short lived comics, plainly named DC vs Marvel, were designed to give fans something they have wanted for a long time at least in some form of media.

There are many great ones, but if you readers really want to push me to think of any particular Marvel v DC battle then how does Batman v Captain America sound? One of the darkest and most psychologically haunted of superheroes going up against one of the most famous soldiers in the Marvel universe. Both are human, although Captain America was somewhat genetically modified to give birth to his then newfound abilities. It would be the ultimate battle of wits, speed, agility, strength and ultimately will!

Chucky v Leatherface

Hold up! You’re thinking that it would be easy work for Leatherface, right? Well, not exactly. This battle would also be potentially the most amusing! As was proven in the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Leatherface can be made to be frustrated and crack under pressure. And Chucky has plenty of potential to tease the chainsaw wielding lunatic with a liking for eating human flesh.

Incorporating the killer doll into Leatherface’s world would be interesting, requiring some skilled and creative writing. At present, there is a new Child’s Play movie in production but it would be good to give the voodoo loving killer something else to do for once. Leatherface could also do with starring in a movie that is not another redo that we have all seen before.

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