For the country in general; seriously, have we come to the point where Donald Trump is a presidential nominee, and his likely opponent is struggling to wrap up her nomination, and looking like her one claim to strength will be Not Being Trump? Weeks like these we need things like The Force Awakens being told in emoji:
Hope Civil War doesn’t break my heart further.(Although given the way most things have gone in the MCU so far this year…)
Last night felt a good deal like the Academy doing public penance for the sins of their racist hometown and voting body. They certainly let Chris Rock rake them across the coals. His hosting job had hits and misses both(that whole thing with the Asian kids was an especially Bad Idea), but above all, amid all the wisecracks, he did, finally, tell the problem like it is and like it really needed to be told:
We’ve been anticipating the new Daredevil trailer and our first extended look at the new season since yesterday, but then Star Wars went and dropped this:
Which of course tells us absolutely nothing, but still, it’s fun to celebrate this moment with the people actually making the movie.
And then there’s this:
Strange, how even those of us who have no prior exposure to the Punisher have now spent months hearing enough of his story that the opening of this trailer, the reminder of his murdered children, can hit us this hard. And oh, Foggy, just wanting Matt to not destroy himself. And Karen, too; I’m still not shipping her and Matt, but her willingness to argue with Matt over the rightness of his actions is a good sign. I’m kind of meh on Elektra right now, though. A bit too much femme fatale for my tastes. Maybe the second trailer will make her more interesting, since it looks like that’s going to focus on her.
When I finished watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens yesterday, the first word that coalesced in my head to describe it was masterpiece. Having slept on it, I still think it is, although more one of pure filmmaking than anything else.
Of course today there was a good deal of news for geeks to go a little nuts over(are we sure Comic Con doesn’t start for two more days? At this rate we’ll all be too exhausted for whatever news gets announced then!). But then again, the announcement of the young Han Solo movie isn’t really that much of a stunner; there were words or at least speculation on that one from the moment Disney mentioned they’d be doing one-shot movies as well as a new trilogy. Glad to hear the directors of The Lego Movie are taking it on; it’s always good when the directors on tap have a really good movie in their recent history, even if the subject matters might differ in various ways. Also, we of course already knew Elektra Natchios was going to be on the second season of Daredevil thanks to leaked audition scripts, although again the news today is good: from everything I’m hearing about the casting of Elodie Yung it seems she’d be absolutely perfect for the role were she Greek, and as it is remains a pretty excellent choice(they spoke of looking worldwide. I would hope at least some Greek actresses read for the part).
And I suppose, when it comes down to it, the photographs posted yesterday by the lovely and amazing Shelly Kay don’t really reveal much about the series either. But they’re new shots of Matt and Foggy. With Matt holding onto Foggy’s arm, even though Foggy now knows he doesn’t actually have to.
Unfortunately the better picture of this one that makes clear they’re walking wasn’t downloadable. Seriously, everyone, give a photographer credit for her photos so she won’t have to do that
Seriously, the bromance of it all:
What are they doing here? Who knows? Who cares?
Okay, maybe I’m getting a little overexcited(seriously, this show has made me feel like a teenage fangirl again). But I can’t wait to see this scene on my computer screen. Also, it’s kind of fascinating to see them out on the street, and all the marks they have in place for Charlie and Elden to stand at.
Speaking of photographs on Twitter, this sort of thing may be inevitable now, but I still love it.
And I thought the first season schedule for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a bit jagged. I was lucky to catch the premiere of Star Wars: Rebels‘ second season last night; I only heard about it by a chance tweet Friday afternoon! Previously I’d read about the second season happening in the fall-which is it; we have to wait that long for the rest of it! Which ain’t a short wait, especially considering the last ten minutes of the hour-long premiere, during which, by the way, this show went up a whole new level of quality, though it concerns me a little that the character who *really* broke our hearts s the one from Clone Wars which we may or may not see much of during the rest of the season.
Big franchises are where it’s at these days, and this winter I spent my Mondays and Tuesdays watching two TV series’ tying into movie franchises, both of them the second series of that franchise I had tuned into(In the case of Star Wars: Rebels I’d watched the premiere back in the fall, but missed the other fall episodes because they’d aired at the same time as Dancing with the Stars; thankfully they were all reran later). They also chose to wrap up within a week of each other; Agent Carter‘s first season concluded Tuesdays, and the season finale of Star Wars: Rebels airs this coming Monday. Both of them were quite good; in fact, I would go so far as to say both were better than the recent movies(although that’s an incredible thing to say in one case, and maybe not so incredible a thing to say in the other), and both have had me on the edge of my seat these final weeks. And both were very much made for fans of the franchise, and gave them very much what they wanted. And now it’s looking like only one of them might come back, which is really sad.