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Ghostbusters – the worst movie trailer ever?

When I was seeing news about a reviled trailer for the Ghostbusters movie I figured that a new trailer had hit and that it was truly bad. So I went and looked, and… nope. Just the same one.

A trailer that has over 31 million views, over 230,000 likes right now, and over 740,000 dislikes.

I mean, that’s approaching the levels of something like Rebecca Black’s Friday. Meaning either a) it’s being shared around because it’s so bad and others are agreeing and disliking it… or b) it’s being deliberately targeted with bad blood to dislike it.

Ask the director, Paul Feig, and it seems he has an answer on that. I found the quote on The Mary Sue, but reading the original interview piece was more revealing.

It’s sad to hear a statement like that about Geek Culture, but at the same time, can you blame him? Some of what I liked in the original interview is the list of movies he’s done, with Melissa McCarthy as well: BridesmaidsThe HeatSpy, and now Ghostbusters. And I will admit, we love all of those movies. The grossout of Bridesmaids isn’t my normal sort of humor, but The Heat we absolutely love, and we watched Spy recently and wanted to blog on it but just haven’t yet…

Quick thoughts on Spy: it reminded us a lot of the recent Get Smart (in fact, we watched Get Smart the week after and were amazed how much they are reminiscent). However, unlike Get Smart, where the new spy is competent but ends up with a lot of slapstick and accident sort of jokes around him. Melissa McCarthy in Spy is competent and a lot of the jokes are around people not expecting her to be competent, things like her awful cover identities.

So was the Ghostbusters trailer the best thing ever? Nah. Are there legitimate reasons someone might not be happy for the movie? Sure – we’re tired of reboots, why is it a reboot instead of a 30-years-later, it’s looking like a grosser movie than the originals… But I mean, the original was made by a bunch of comedians, and this one’s a bunch of comedians. It’s 30 years later, things change. But do I think these are the reasons why trolls are trolling and disliking this movie trailer? Nope.

Do I trust Paul Feig, with that track record of movies, to deliver? Do I trust that cast to deliver? Yes, I do. Do you?

Boycotting Exodus?

I had heard about this earlier, but with the release of Exodus: Gods and Kings I think it is coming out in the news a bit more and that is the boycott of the movie over the more egregious whitewashing in the movie. It is also in the news because Ridley Scott apparently has been blasting critics who have been saying that they will boycott the film. He also has been talking about how the casting for the film was motivated by economics. All of these reasons really seem like copouts.Then recently I read an article on The Mary Sue that reviews the movie and apparently the whitewashing is overshadowed by how bad it is. Whitewashing is mentioned in various movies, but I wonder if the reason it is getting so much attention now is because of the current political climate in the United States. At the same time it could be one of many points to judge the movie upon. Continue reading

Marvel Phase 3 – They’ve Given Us Too Much to Talk About

Okay, when Marvel leaked their Age of Ultron trailer last week, I was excited. And we were starting to get some rumors on the next movie in the works, Captain America 3. It’s going to have Iron Man! It might be Civil War! With those little tidbits, I figured that would be it for a while. After all, we’re seven months out from the next Marvel movie, and we just got the first trailer for it…

Then last week, DC announced all of their movies between now and 2020. I haven’t even had a chance to talk about these – so check out the post about them on We Minored in Film to cover that! The announcements are both exciting and expected, as they are movies for the members of the Justice League. The Marvel equivalent would be announcing Hawkeye, Hulk, and Black Widow movies to go with the existing titles.

And I feel that there’s an element of DC forcing this play, but maybe it was always planned. Marvel announced all of Phase 3, all in one go! With release dates, subtitles, and everything! I should add, though, that it seems their plan was to announce all of these movies – and then show the trailer for Age of Ultron that evening. By which point, there would have been way too much for one day.

Alright, so to try to keep this halfway manageable, there’s a great article on The Mary Sue about the movie announcements already. So I’m going to add a bit of my own speculation and excitement about the movies!

Update: Also, check out some thoughts from We Minored in Film: the good and the bad.

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Women Only Gaming Events

Yesterday there was an article in the Mary Sue discussing Women-Only eSports events. The crux of the issue seems to be that if we offer women-only events then should we also offer men-only events. The other view is that for sports / games where there is not the worry of a physical gender difference then there should not be separate events. I can see the arguments both way and I don’t know which way is actually better. On one hand we are trying to create a safe space for women and girls to be able to participate in these sports and games without feeling like they need to have their guard up all the time. The other side is that by separating them out are we just perpetuating the idea that we do not belong or that we need special privileges. I do not think the second one is the case, but it makes me wonder if it is helping more than hurting.

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Kitty Pryde in X-Men: Days of Future Past

Cover from Uncanny X-Men #139... 2 issues before Days of Future Past. One of the more iconic lines from X-Men lore.

Cover from Uncanny X-Men #139… 2 issues before Days of Future Past. One of the more iconic lines from X-Men lore.

I wanted to close out my week of looking at X-Men: Days of Future Past by looking at one of the biggest changes: the role of Kitty Pryde. She’s come up in my look at the mutant character adaptations, and of course in the LitFlix comparing the film to the comic source.

A quick breakdown of how she was used: in the comics, Kitty Pryde travels back in time into the consciousness of her younger self, a new member of the X-Men, to warn of the apocalyptic future. She goes from being brand-new character, to being one that you know has a future and a purpose and immense power.

So there were three elements of this that they had to try to adapt into the film: the time travel, and its method; the traveler, Kitty Pryde; and the impending doom of the future. The movie accomplishes two of these three, but loses Kitty Pryde in the process. Now, I don’t see a way to hit all three and work within the movie continuity, but let’s explore some of the problems and options!

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