Stargirl on DC Universe

DC just released the first teaser for the TV show which will be available on the DC Universe (the equivalent of Netflix but for DC).

The show will be premiered in spring 2020 and will have Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore / Stargirl. We also already know that TIgress and Sportmaster will be in the show  There is not a lot of information about it yet, so it is a bit unclear on the tone of the show.

 

Scorsese Coppola and the MCU

Recently, Martin Scorsese said that movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe were like “theme parks”. More precisly he said: “That is fine and good for those who enjoy that type of film and, by the way, knowing what goes into them now, I admire what they do. It’s not my kind of thing; it simply is not. It’s creating another kind of audience that thinks cinema is that.” and add: “Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”. Francis Ford Coppola then added that those movies were “despicable” also adding: “Because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration. I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again.”.

And all this really sounds like someone saying “it was better before” or “back in my time …” kind of a thing. This is always an interesting question to ask, but also and most of the time a sign that you have lost contact with the younger generation …. It is a bit like the classical musician telling you that rock is just garbage and noise (spoiler alert, you can still like both!).

First, do not get me wrong, they can both have their own opinion about the MCU. But what they are saying does not seem to match millions of people’s opinion, and that is the sad and bad part. When I hear that the MCU does not convey any emotional and psychological experience, I can say that it is not at all what I feel. I got emotional, I got attached to a character, sad if they disappear, happy to see their progress etc. The fact that the MCU is spread over 10 years is by itself an incredible cinematographic experience, merging characters from different movies, that’s what made the success of the MCU. A formula coming from the comic books, highly popular and definitely artistic. I also can’t see anyone trying to argue that Cinema can not use the work of literature to get better. As an example, Scorsese did not write The Irishman, he is director and producer of it, the story comes from a book, work of literature.

Another slightly annoying thing is that it mentions the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe but not a movie in particular. Scorsese even admits that he has not seen the movie(s?) but already made an opinion about it. I have not seen the movie Irishman, yes and my gut feeling is telling me that it will a similar experience than another gangster movie from the 80’s/’90s but I will wait to at least see the movie to make my conclusion about it. Some MCU are also not great, and others are good, it is hard to judge them all at once.

From Coppola’s statement, it seems that the problem is to see the same movie over and over, and that the MCU are not “smart” enough. That can be a fair point, but a great screenwriter,  got roughly a very good movie every 5 years (when was the last great movie from Coppola? and as mentioned Scorsese did not write The Irishman). Hundreds of movies need to be out every year! You can’t expect all of them to be intellectual. MCU movies are really entertaining which is one way of making a movie.

My guess is that they are seeing the MCU a bit like a growing fast-food in comparison to good gastronomy. But they are two different things and they will co-exist. Sometimes I want something and another time I want something else. However, both Scorsese and Coppola’s comments are saying that Cinema should be in a certain way and not in the other, and that is where I am afraid because it means that they are not interested in looking in any other form of “arts” and even less to learn from them.

I would be curious to know what they think about Star Wars? Jurassic Park? Harry Potter? Because they are all some of the most successful movies in the cinema. Are they also “despicable” and “not what Cinema is”? is most of the Cinema not what the Cinema is?

 

The Boys – Amazon – Review

It took me a bit of time to write that review but I really wanted to have one because … I would recommend people to watch The Boys.

I already talk a bit about that show, and clearly, it is for adults. it is violent and a bit gore but also very fun and I really do like the concept.

What is “The Boys”?

As a reminder, or for people that never heard of that show before, The Boys is set in a world where super-heroes do exists. However, we could say that they are still humans, so they are not as good as you would expect. They do not care about casualties, and they work for a big business company with strong marketing. In other words, they are more interested in fame and money than saving people.

That upset some “normal” people who would like to, well, kill some of super-heroes

The Seven – heroes but not really

Violently refreshing

The idea of having super-heroes that are bad people is refreshing with all the movies and shows we have on super-heroes. Another famous movie/comic about that topic is Watchmen (coming with a TV show very soon too) but is different. In Watchmen, people do not like super-heroes so they have to hide and other super-heroes are trying to help with the situation.

In The Boys, the “heroes” are famous and very powerful and it is just a bunch of powerless humans who want to kick them where it hurts.

How to kill Super-heroes?

The good, the bad and the ugly

The only bad point I would give to the show is may the rhythm. It starts a bit slow, but on purpose, so you get a massive smack in the face when everything goes out of control. However, I felt that somewhere in the middle it also go slow a bit, and the fun is more what keeps you awake. And probably the curiosity to know what will happen.

It is a bit like those movies where a lot of things are out of control but also connected. Each character is also interesting, They all have their own back story, personality and they are all relatable. It is easy to understand why everyone is acting that way. There is no inconsistency of people being very very smart of switching from smart to dumb, and that is definitely good.

All the actors are playing very nice, especially Karl Urban with his British accent, but also Jack Quaid as someone learning from experience and Antony Starr, who is the strongest super-heroes and someone you really want to punch in the face.

Another thing that I like is the ugly but very realistic part that shows how some people can be manipulating any story to turn them into their advantages. How all this turn into a business, with a lot of politics involved, each character also seems to have its own agenda.

Conclusion

I do not want to talk too much about the show to not spoil it but I really can’t wait to see the second season. I am also thinking about getting the comic books. Because yes, that show is coming from a Comic with the same name.

Halo TV series cast

Probably as a reminder that the Halo TV series is happening, Showtimes has revealed new cast members today.

The show will be based on the Halo video game, where Master Chief, an advanced soldier, will have to fight against an alien race called Covenant. A bit more precisely, he will meet Kwan Ha, played by Yerin Ha,  on a planet and that will change both of their lives … somehow. I hope to have more details about that because I have a hard time to see how a 16 years-old will fit in the story and help a super soldier to win a war.

The most important news is probably Natascha McElhone being cast as Dr. Catherine Halsey, the creator of the Spartan projects and as Cortana, the AI helping Master Chief.

Then we have Bokeem Woodbine who will play Soren-066, a privateer who will be in conflict with Master Chief, played by Pablo Schreiber
Other confirmed actors are Bentley Kalu as Spartan Vannak-134. Natasha Culzac as Spartan Riz-028 and Kate Kennedy as Spartan Kai-125.

Shabana Azmi will play Admiral Margaret Parangosky, the head of the Office of Naval Intelligence.

The show will get 9 episodes and be shot this year for a released in 2021.

I am not sure how I feel about that. It looks like making TV series based on a video game is a new trend (even if the Witcher said it would be based on the books).  However,  movies have already shown multiple time how hard it is to get a video game right. I will get fingers crossed and hope that the Halo TV series will be a very nice show to enjoy!

Zombieland: Double Tap Movie and Game

Two in one! Zombieland: Double Tap recently got a trailer and today a coop game has also been announced.

Zombieland: Double Tap is the sequel of Zombieland, a movie obviously with zombies but actually a funny comedy. The original movie was actually released 10 years, and the same cast will be in the sequel, but older, which is nice. Check the trailer just to get an opinion, but definitely sounds like a lot of fun.  It will be in theatres on October 19th.

The second news is that a game will be available on October 15th. It will be a coop shooter on Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. The game is actually called Zombieland: Double Tap – Road Trip and set after the first movie (and so probably before the second one). And it will be up to 4 players, No images or video yet, this will probably be a small and quick game just to link the two movies and grab a bit of cash. But you never know, it could be a nice little game to play.

I would however highly recommend seeing the movie!