The Superbowl is on! Don’t personally have a dog in the fight of who should win, nor have I followed either team enough to know with any prediction authority, but in these circumstances with sports I like to root for the team that has had the longest stretch since they won last. Using that criteria, it’s KC. But as I write this, SF is driving strong in the first possession.
Those famous expensive commercials during the Superbowl cost as much as $5.6 million for 30 seconds! Yikes. I know a lot of eyeballs are on these coveted time spots, but this is trouble for movie budgets.
Caught one trailer already that apparently doesn’t care: Top Gun: Maverick. Will we see other trailers during the commercials?
Every Friday we’re watching, rating and reviewing new season one episodes of the Harley Quinn adult animated TV series and I’m reading through the Harley comics on DC Universe (there are many). Tomorrow, 1/10/2020 is S1E7: “The Line” There are 13 episodes scheduled for the first season and a second season has already been greenlit.
I’ve also started watching the acclaimed Batman: Animated Series (1992-1995) which covers Harley’s first animated TV debut. Would like to post reviews of the Harley-related episodes, so count on that coming out in the not too distant future.
From my early research, Harley was in at least 8 episodes of that series:
S1E22 Joker’s Favor (pictured above)
S1E34 The Laughing Fish
S1E46 Almost Got ‘Im
S1E51 The Man Who Killed Batman
S1E56 Harley and Ivy – Notable for first time harley meets ivy in series
The first trailer for No Time To Die, Bond 25 dropped today, and it’s embedded below. I’ve been very eager to see what the movie looks like. We had some juicy info to chew on in the form of a teaser trailer released a couple days ago.
We talked a bit about Rami Malek starring as the first Bond eco-villain. The fact that he is joking being labeled Greenfinger might be a humorous barb, but I think the subject does lend itself to serious Bond treatment, as long as it’s not handled in too preachy and agenda-driven way (which more movies, unfortunately, are doing).
Here’s what little do we officially know about this film. We got this behind the scenes Jamaica featurette in June:
So, filming is at least partly in Jamaica, mon.
If you watched that and thought, nice, some behind the scenes filming. Looks like a lot of dancing and more Jamaica. Bond does have a history of going to scenic settings, so Jamaica is a good place for part of his adventure, but I want me some Rami Malek villain takes.
On Sunday a teaser for the upcoming trailer dropped:
Cool title intro! Not sure why they are putting the word “trailer” in that though, it’s literally just the title graphic sequence. Maybe. Without the new Bond theme song, it’s a bit lacking.
Enough suspense, let’s get to the trailer all Bond fans have been waiting for.
The first official trailer … here it is .. !!!!
Nice evil twitch expression from Rami Malek!
Cool Q-powered machine gunning car. Looks like a love interest for Bond will be a stake (perhaps a bit of a homage/style return to From Russia with Love). I didn’t catch much eco terror in the trailer, more of the usual Bond run and gun, car chases and the like, but with the added element of an African American partner who is also a 007. That is a curious element that I’d like to see how it plays out. Is she taking over the 007 or is the 007 more like one of many Bosleys as portrayed in Charlie’s Angels (2019)? (I did not care for the whole Bosley, Inc. thing).
While I like Daniel Craig as James Bond (he’s probably #2 for me behind Sean Connery), haven’t been a fan of Craig delivering the “Bond. James Bond.” iconic line here in the new trailer or in any of the Bond films he’s done. Just seems too dry and uninspired. He’s one of my least favorite delivering that classic Sean Connery line. My second favorite delivering the line was Roger Moore. Third favorite would be Pierce Brosnan. Lazenby and Dalton were in a mere combined 3 films of 25, so they are sort of afterthoughts using that line, but I did like how Lazenby said it in his one film
Good first trailer! I’m intrigued but don’t think the movie was spoiled. What do you think?
Several movies have been using Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” in the trailers lately. An iconic song featuring the blazing guitar work of the late, great Randy Rhoads.
Interestingly, both movies are family friendly, with the first being Jumanji: The Next Level and the second being Trolls World Tour (tentatively opening April 17, 2020).
If you’ve seen any movie in the theater recently, you’ve seen this is one trailer they’re heavily rotating. It looks to be checking off several boxes of mine: comedy, videogames, adventure.
Until this writing, I hadn’t seen either of the first two Jumanji movies, so was went in search to see where I could watch at least one of them prior to this coming out. I like the basic concept of the movie for real people transporting inside a videogame.
JustWatch.com reported as of this writing that the original Jumanji is streaming on Amazon Prime, with Starz having the sequel: Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle.
I watched, rated and reviewed Jumanji⭐️⭐️⭐️½. The original Jumanji starred Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst. The first one doesn’t use a videogame as a plot device, it is a board game that gets played with a very jungle consequences at each roll of the dice. Robin Williams was good and I’m reminded somewhat sadly that he’s no longer with us.
Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillian, Morgan Turner, Madison Iseman and others are returning from Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to star in the third movie in the franchise.
Technically, there is another movie in the franchise, Zathura: A Space Adventure directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ Iron Man 2 ⭐️⭐️⭐️½, The Mandalorian, etc), which takes place in the same fictional universe, but has no direct story connection to the other Jumanji movies.
Jumanji: The Next Level opens wide in theaters December 12, 2019.
Are you planning on seeing Jumanji: The Next Level in the theater, waiting for streaming or still undecided if you want to see it at all?
This is something I think long about the fourth or fifth trailer that plays: enough already! Recently, I’ve noticed that after the movie would usually start, they show yet another trailer.
More than half polled (pictured above) in the Cinemablend poll, say 1-3 is enough. Only 5% polled, 5 out of 100 (50 out of 1000, 500 out of 10,000, however you want to look at it), are interested in 7-9 trailers.
A worse trend is something new: showing a trailer when the viewer thinks the trailers have all ended. I used to watch for Olivia Wilde from Booksmart to show up and then the NYU brief film and then the feature would play, but now sometimes there is one final trailer (sigh!). This “new” trailer ad practice is explained at Deadline:
Under a new agreement with major in-theater advertising firm National CineMedia, top exhibitors Regal and Cinemark will incorporate advertising just prior to the “attached” trailers before feature films.
Head’s up to the powers that be: when you are annoying 88% of the people in the audience when you show “too many” trailers, it might be a good time to change your strategy.