Blade of the Immortal Live-Action Trailer

Kimura seems to be a good choice for Manji. Otherwise, the jury is still out. I hope that it at least has the fun and excellent choreography of the Rurouni Kenshin films even if it doesn’t end up being a faithful adaptation of Hiroaki Samura’s legendary manga. I was certainly surprised to see Manji and Anotsu facing off against each other at the end of the trailer. I guess they are only planning for this to be a one-film adaptation. I do love samurai film trailers that make it a point to advertise a fight between one (or seven) people fighting hundreds of enemies.

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Alien: Covenant Teaser Trailer

Yeah, yeah, I know this is over a month old at this point but I finally decided to write a little bit about the best look we’ve gotten so far at Ridley Scott’s newest attempt to drain any remaining life out of the Alien franchise.

WARNING: Only watch the trailer if you don’t really give a shit about spoilers. Really. This trailer gives away a lot.

The only thing really hidden in the trailer are the monsters themselves (apart from the facehugger). The ad runs as a giant “THIS IS WHAT YOU GUYS WANTED, RIGHT?!” from Ridley to all the fans of the franchise that were disappointed/gutted by 2012’s Prometheus.

I could go on forever about the story and how I thought Prometheus was terrible and that prequels are just a terrible idea but we shall instead focus on what Ridley has always been phenomenal at: his visuals.

The film looks gorgeous. From the set design, to the choice of lighting and shots. It looks properly scary and vast at the same time. I haven’t cared about spoilers for the film as the real enjoyment for me will come from actually seeing what’s on the screen. I’ve been hearing cool things about how the effects team actualized the monsters in the film so I was pleased that most  of all that was hidden in this teaser. The back-buster scene has caused a lot of buzz among the members of the press who saw a preview of the sequence so I’m certainly looking forward to that. Since the story will almost certainly be rubbish, the fun that remains will be in seeing how these monsters (chief among them being the Big Chap) will be realized with modern special effects.

I can’t resist commenting a bit more on the story for the film. It does seem that David is being set-up as the creator of the Alien. This would be tremendously dumb for a dozen different reasons. I feel strongly that if we have to see how the Aliens were created, the creator of this supreme life form should be female, not Michael Fassbender’s android character. This makes narrative sense to me. The aliens themselves are designed with intense gendered imagery in mind and the one who ultimately stops them in the series is a woman. We’ll find out in May if David is truly revealed to have such an important role in the saga.

Another interesting thought that I came across while reading hundreds of comments and articles on Covenant is that now that it appears that Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 is pretty much dead in the water, one wonders if these movies are intended to set up an eventual showdown between David and Ripley. That may be a bit too far-fetched. A bit more likely is that, if Covenant is a big hit, this will lead to Fox trying out Alien Vs. Predator again as they try to create a bigger cinematic universe akin to Marvel and DC’s films. Again, I can’t help but think that there is a creative black hole when it comes to ideas for what to do with the Alien franchise. Retcons. Prequels. AVP. Doesn’t anyone have any decent ideas for what to do with Giger’s amazing monster? No? At this point the only person who I think could write a new Alien story with anything truly twisted and new in it is Clive Barker.

I’ll rant some more when the next trailer for the film appears.

Alien: Covenant Poster

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It’s like Ridley Scott and Fox really want me to forget that this is the sequel to Prometheus for some reason.

I do like how the alien here reminds me of the ‘ol chap from Alien 3, which is an excellent take on the monster before it became a sludgy mass of poop-drool in Alien: Resurrection.

Could be good but they’ve gotta work hard to impress me after Prometheus.

Ghost in the Shell Live-Action Trailer

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Honestly, it looks a lot better than I expected. Could be good. I hope that it’s good? It’s replication of shots from the original film is cool but will the film have anything inspired within it other than what it borrows from? We’ll see in March. It would have been interesting if this new film had taken more inspiration from Masamune Shirow’s original manga series than the Mamoru Oshii film.

At least I may have to buy that poster.

 

 

2D Champions Episode 63: Shin Godzilla + Minisode 11

The first Japanese Godzilla movie in 12 years. The creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion. A legendary director and the king of the monsters collide in the scariest and most surreal Godzilla movie yet. The Champions fight through miles of bureaucratic red tape and purple laser beams to bring you a review of Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi’s ‘Shin Godzilla’. Films such as this one don’t come around very often and it leaves the Champions with a lot to discuss. Is ‘Shin Godzilla’ the new standard in giant monster movies? Or does it collapse under it’s own weight? Listen and find out!

Funimation’s official ‘Shin Godzilla’ site:
www.funimationfilms.com/movie/shingodzilla/

Toho’s official site:
www.shin-godzilla.jp/index.html

And a special bonus:

Julian and Ben discuss the latest trailer for the upcoming film ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”. The first entry in the new Star Wars anthology series; the latest trailer for the film offers our best look yet at what awaits us in ‘Rogue One’. What do the Champions think of what they see? How excited are they for this new Star Wars film? Listen and find out!

You can watch the newest Rogue One trailer here:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC9abcLLQpI

Godzilla Anime Announced

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A couple of weeks ago Godzilla fans got the surprise announcement that a Godzilla anime film is in production. The film is set to be released in Japan in 2017 and will be produced by Polygon Pictures. Gen Urobuchi will be the writer of the new project which will be directed by Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita. Basically, the new project has a lot of the talent and staff behind Knights of Sidonia, Ajin, and the upcoming Blame! film. I expect the new Godzilla film to look quite similar to those projects. Although the promo image above is tantalizing; the premise behind the new film is unknown. Although I am a little disappointed that this will be mostly  CGI; I certainly wasn’t expecting the next Godzilla project to be an anime film. Not only is this new for the franchise; it’s a cool direction to go in without immediately beginning production on another live-action film that will ultimately just be compared to Hideaki Anno’s mega-hit Shin Godzilla from this year.

Source: Crunchyroll, Official Godzilla Anime site

2D Champions Episode 57: Bungo Stray Dogs (& The Revenant)

This week the Champions take apart the first five episodes of ‘Bungo Stray Dogs’. Animated by Bones and adapted from the popular manga series written by Kafka Asagiri and illustrated by Sango Harukawa; does this supernatural super sleuth show have what it takes to impress the Champions? or does it end up as just another pretty Bones show? Listen and find out!

NOTE: The first 16 minutes of this episode is spent discussing the film The Revenant as Julalien is a super slowpoke and had only just seen the film shortly before we recorded. Skip to just past the 16 minute mark if you want to get right into our discussion of Bungo Stray Dogs. Also, our conversation on The Revenant is full of spoilers, so be careful if you haven’t seen the film and care about that sort of thing.

You can watch all of Bungo Stray Bones here:
www.crunchyroll.com/bungo-stray-dogs

The Bungo Stray Dogs manga has also been licensed by Yen Press in North America! Make sure to pick up the volumes when they are released to support the original creators if you live in the US!