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Saturday, March 8, 2014

BLT Buffet #8: Transformers 4 and Godzilla Trailer, Chris Evans to Direct, and More!

Hello and welcome to BLT Buffet #8. This week I will be discussing new trailers, possible directors, and more! I'm Linus Schill, and this is my review of the latest and greatest news from the world of entertainment, laid out to you in a BLT Buffet.

Godzilla Main Trailer

I have not seen the past Godzilla films, but I have heard that the most recent one by Roland Emmerich was nothing short of bad. With an average critic rating of 25% and a box office of not even $400 million on a $130 million budget, the audience was dying for a better rendition to be made. When it was announced that another Godzilla film would be coming I was excited because I love movies like this. Finally when a Comic-Con teaser was leaked onto the internet, it really gave people a sense of what tone this film would take. Showing the destruction and aftermath of what was clear was multiple creatures, it looked more like a CNN news story than a Godzilla film. When the official teaser trailer was released back in December, it showed us similar shots to the teaser, most notably that epic final shot. It didn’t show much of Bryan Cranston, who is said to be the main character. It jumped around to many different places, without completely showing us what path the movie would take, which was enough for a teaser. Then it was announced a new trailer, the main one, was coming and when I saw it I loved it.

Showing us more of Bryan Cranston and his terrifying voice being so forceful and impactful, this trailer really tells us he will be a great addition to this movie. It also shows more destruction, and makes it clear to audiences who haven’t seen the !!!Comic-Con Trailer!!! that there will be multiple monsters. Most notably was when we saw a shot on an aircraft carrier and jets were just falling out of the sky, but Godzilla was no where around. This trailer also shows us some of the backstory behind this creature, showing nuclear “tests” in the Pacific, strange goo on some container marked with radiation. All of this makes me extremely excited for the film’s May 17th release date, now just 2 months away. If you want to see the the trailers click the following links: ComicCon Teaser, Official Teaser, Main Trailer.

Transformers: Age of Extinction Full-Length Trailer

At the release of the first teaser trailer during the Super Bowl, I talked about how I didn’t care for the last two films and this looked like nothing original. Then I saw this full length trailer, and continue to feel the exact same way. This movie looks so much like the previous films I legitimately thought some of the “new” shots were flashbacks at first. That one sequence where there were 50 spaceships over a city destroying it looked exactly like the last film. The Dino-Bots look ridiculous and still don’t make any sense. What is the purpose of making a robot that resembles a dinosaur. It doesn’t need to hunt, it doesn’t need teeth because robotics don’t eat. It is nice to see a better back story, with Mark Wahlberg and his family. However the 30 seconds we saw in the trailer could amount to only be around 5 minutes in the movie, so its impossible to say. This trailer peaks my interest a little more than the last teaser did, but I am still most likely not going to see this movie. If you want to see the trailers click these following likes: Super Bowl Teaser, First Trailer.

Chris Evans to Step Down From Acting to Direct

A recent trend that has sprung up among actors recently is them taking a break and stepping behind the lens. Actors such as Scarlet Johansson, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Ellen Page, and James Franco are all soon to get a taste of what its like to paint the art, not be a subject in it. Recently in an interview, Chris Evans said that he would also like to give this a shot, once his contract with Marvel is up. The metaphor Evans used was

“With acting, you're one piece in a very big puzzle. It's like you helped buy a gift but you don't know what the gift is, so you come back and see the movie. Sometimes it's nice, sometimes it's tragic. This process [directing], you're involved in every single decision.”

When I first head this news, the first thought that ran through my head was, what about Marvel? Evan’s contract with Marvel was a 6-film contract, and he has already appeared in 3 of those 6, two more he is signed on for (Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America 3). So that means he will also star in Avengers 3, most likely not until 2018 (as crazy as that sounds), which means another 5 years until he begins directing.

Honestly, I can’t see the Marvel Universe without the first Avenger. Obviously there is a plethora of characters they can use, but the only explanation for an Avengers film would be killing the character off or recasting. It is an interesting piece of news, but I don’t think it is going to begin arising some conflict until towards the end of his contract, which isn’t for a few more years.

David Fincher In Talks to Helm Steve Jobs Biopic

One of the biggest let downs for me last year was the Steve Jobs “biopic” Jobs. I put quotes because apparently it was so far from realistic major events never even happened according to Woz himself, Steve Wozniak. It was also nominated for a Sandy for worst picture. But I digress. Recently it was announced that the other Jobs film written by Aaron Sorkin was looking to bring on board David Fincher to direct. This team was also the creative geniuses behind the other technology/computer origin story The Social Network, which went on to win 3 Oscars for Best Writing, Best Editing, and Best Original Score. It was also nominated for 5 more including Best Picture. Basically the exact opposite of Jobs. So when I heard that this team was coming together again I was extremely happy. I am a big fan of Apple, but it also has an amazing history and mythology behind it, something that deserves to be portrayed on film correctly.

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