• Game of Thrones Anime Style Intro

    Oct 09, 2017

    Game of Thrones started as medieval-style drama grounded in political intrigue ... and then came the dragons. The politics never went away, but the show has definitely become more over-the-top as it eased mainstream viewers into the world of ice and fire. It's the over-the-topness that really shines in this incredible anime intro.

    I think it's safe to say that Game of Thrones fans would be way open to an animated spinoff whether they're self-identifying anime fans or not.

  • New Mutants X-Men Spinoff First Trailer

    Oct 13, 2017

    The X-Men movie franchise is a mixed bag. We've had some good. We've had some bad. We've had some super-bad. While the core series has seen the most attention over the past 17 years, new additions to the universe like Deadpool, genre-defying standalones like Logan, and TV spinoffs like Legion show that Fox may have finally adopted a fan-pleasing strategy that will help it compete with and, in some ways, outside the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    When a New Mutants spinoff movie was announced, the immediate question was, "how will the newbie set itself apart and not just become X-Men Jr.?" This trailer answers that question!

    New Mutants is being presented as a horror movie featuring mutants. The adoption of a distinct genre outside of the general "superhero" or "comic-book" trope has been employed successful in the past, but has rarely been fully embraced. Take Logan, for example. It feels like a Western, but it isn't a straight Western. Deadpool is a raunchy comedy, but it is a superhero, raunchy comedy. New Mutants looks like it is thoroughly and unashamedly a horror movie, which could be the solution to "superhero fatigue".

    It doesn't hurt that the movie stars Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones, Anya Taylor-Joy from The Witch and Split, and Charlie Heaton from Stranger Things. This should bring extra attention when New Mutants hits theaters in April, 2018.

  • Stranger Things Season 2 Final Trailer

    Oct 13, 2017

    Things will only get stranger very soon. The final trailer for season 2 of Netflix's 80s-homage-scifi-horror fan-pleaser promises all of the things you loved about the first season, but more! The monsters, the music, the bikes, the 80s references, the Winona, Steve's hair, you get it all -- plus actual-Goonie Sean Astin! Not only that, we get an extra episode this year, as the season expands from 8 to 9.

    Trick or treating may have to be postponed. We'll be indoors binge-watching thigs Halloween!

    Stranger Things goes to Eleven on October 27.

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    Black Panther Trailer 2

    Oct 16, 2017

    When we met T'Challa in Captain America: Civil War, we got a small glimpse of what's to come in the Black Panther standalone movie, but this trailer is full-on Wakanda wonder. 

    Check out the hidden, futuristic city that Black Panther calls home, and the people who inhabit it. Between Michael B. Jordan's Killmonger and Andy Serkis's Ulysses Klaue, T'Challa is going to need some help. Fortunately, he's got Danai Gurira (Michonne!) to back him up.

    Black Panther pounces into theaters February, 2018!

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    The Punisher on Netflix Trailer 2

    Oct 19, 2017

    The second trailer for The Punisher series is more Rambo and less Death Wish than we have seen previously. This might not be surprising considering the effect that the recent shooting in Las Vegas had on Marvel and Netflix's plan.

    Leading up to NY Comic Con, a campaign was launched that gave cryptic messages alluding to a secret release date for The Punisher series. A panel was scheduled for the Saturday of New York Comic-con and was one of the convention's most high-profile, and highly anticipated events. The rumor was that Netflix would secretly make the series available during thge panel and it would be announced on stage. In the week before this was to occur, the largest shooting in American history unfolded in Las Vegas and, due to the nature of The Punisher, it was decided to cancel the NY Comic Con panel, along with any plans that may have coincided with it.

    Now we know that The Punisher will hit Netflix on November 17, which does not seem to be a date of any significance beyond the fact that we've long waited for its announcement. The trailer released alongside it also takes on a different angle than previous materials related to the series; it focuses more on Frank Castle's military history and an underlying cover-up than a well-armed vigilante dispatching his own brand of justice, one bullet at a time. Surely, this is a continued reaction to the recent shooting, and an attempt to distance a character who is synonmous with guns and killing from real-life events.

    Regardless of intent or motive, this trailer is a welcomed change that highlights the depth of the character, and it is great to finally know when our binge can begin.

    The Punisher finally launches on Netflix November 17, 2017.

  • Carol's Evolution in The Walking Dead

    Oct 03, 2015

    Carol has been a part of The Walking Dead from the very beginning, but she bears little resemblance to the timid, abused house wife we met in season one. She is now one of the strongest, most capable members of the group. Her journey may prove to be the best part of The Walking Dead series, and much of that is due to the exemplary performance of Melissa McBride in the role.

    It's a little known fact, but The Walking Dead's writers originally intended to kill Carol's character in season 3. When Melissa McBride learned of this, she campaigned to save Carol and, fortunately, was successful. You can see the direction of her character change drastically from season 3 onward, and that may be the direct result of having a strong willed, intelligent woman behind the woman who came to showcase those same qualities on screen.

    Enjoy this conversation with Melissa McBride about Carol, and be thankful that we, as viewers, may continue to follow her journey, while the rest of the characters can be thankful they still have her around to protect them.

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