ALIEN: COVENANT Trailer #2: “What Happened Here?”


Finally, in the 2nd, far less graphic trailer for Alien: Covenant, the connection to Prometheus is made clear.

Though Ridley Scott returned to the Alien franchise in 2012, with the “Not an Alien Prequel” that was clearly a strange Alien Prequel, Prometheus, things are only now beginning to look a look a lot like 1979’s Alien! In this direct sequel to Prometheus, “Alien” triumphantly returns to the title, in time for a new series of films leading us into the original classic. The following trailer takes the elements and threads left from Prometheus  and builds it into a horror film finally worthy to follow what I consider the scariest film of all time… Alien.

 

We got eggs and facehuggers! Creepy hallways and Xenomorphs! New to the equation are couples, at first a curiosity in the Prologue released last week, now established as being a necessity for a crew set on colonizing a new world. These more intense relationships will surely make the ability to let go and the pain of loss that follows all the worse. On this new world, the crew of the Covenant find plant-life from Earth… but no other living beings… animal or otherwise. What they do find is the ship that Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and David’s head (Michael Fassbender) used to escape the deadly planet in Prometheus. And it looks like they brought a few horrors with them. How nice.

This trailer for Alien: Covenant shows me all the iconic imagery and tight corridor chills I want to see… along with a big fucking Alien! (For more… check out all these SCREENGRABS!)

Alien: Covenant Poster #2
Also… new Poster!

May 19th can’t come soon enough!

On that day, you will here me scream… with joy! (And in terror…)

Watch ALIEN: COVENANT “Prologue: Last Supper” Jokingly Tease Grisly Deaths


Surprise! 20th Century Fox just released a “Prologue” for May’s Alien: Covenant, directed by Ridley Scott.

“Last Supper” gives us a fun introduction to the larger-than-average “crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy*,” following the disappearance of the exploration ship Prometheus. We have the chance to spend our first and final meal with characters played by James Franco, Billy Crudup, Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterson, Danny McBride… and many more I don’t know yet! These Alien movies have a reputation, so which one or two characters will actually survive?

Watch the Prologue for Alien: Covenant, “The Last Supper” below. Then we’ll hit on a few fun Easter Eggs, references, and foreshadowing from the scene.

Foreboding, no?

First off, this feels like Alien. It looks like Alien. Could this finally be the horror follow-up to 1979’s Alien, that I’ve been waiting for? There is a clever Alien fake-out that comes when one of the crew begins to choke, immediately conjuring images of that Chestburster ripping through John Hurt (RIP) in the original film. Danny McBride’s character also seems to reference the events that kicked off Aliens… or something like it.  Of course, Michael Fassbender, playing a different android than David from Prometheus… in this scene… ties the film to the one that precedes it. Even with the Aliens Easter Egg, this should all be set between the events of Prometheus and Alien.

There have been worries that having not one, but two, “Team Seth Rogen” actors, McBride and Franco, would tilt the film too far into the comedy zone, even though the two have both great dramatic work and the initial Red Band Trailer is dark and scary as shit.  Franco is sullen in the clip, literally ill, while McBride is off making Cum jokes… which really doesn’t feel out of place when you have Crudup telling his wife that McBride is an ass. What is the deal with Franco, though? In the trailer he seems to be the 1st victim of a possible “backburster,” based on something he picked up on “what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world.*”  Or, it could be my theory, a complete transformation into the new Xenomorph!Alien Covenant Trailer James Franco Backburster XenomorphThe other fun detail to note is the new android Fassbender is playing. I say new, because it has been confirmed Fassbender is a robot on the Covenant we’ve never met, while David from Prometheus (or his head) will be found later in the film. Fassbender is playing a very different synthetic at this point; his movement is more robotic than David’s and his sense of humor/humanity is infantile. Though we can assume this is a newer model than David based on the timeline, perhaps he is more of a blank slate, as he has not had the decades alone while his crew was in cryosleep to learn and practice being human.

Finally, we actually see married couples, including two gay men, aboard a ship together. There have often been flings in these movies, but this crew is practically made up of families, sans children. Someone also mentions getting marooned… which seems to be extreme foreshadowing based on the final part of the Alien: Covenant synopsis, “When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.”

I guess we’ll find out who gets to live on May 19th when Alien: Covenant hits the big screen.

RUN!!!
RUN!!!

 

* Excerpts from the official synopsis for the film.

X-MEN APOCALYPSE Review: Why Can’t They All Be Like DEADPOOL?


Only MILD SPOILERS  ahead. There’s nothing here that you couldn’t surmise from the trailer.

Even as a huge Comic Book Movie Fan who has Marvel leanings, X-Men is one of those franchises I’ve never really cared for. X-2  is fine, I do really like First Class, but Days of Future Past and The Wolverine are simply okay. The 1st X-Men ages terribly, while  X-Men 3: The Last Stand and X-Men: Wolverine Origins are completely unwatchable. Deadpool is by the far the best film in Fox’s X-Men Universe, but that’s because it’s the only film that doesn’t feel stale and clichéd. (Did I miss any?)

That being said, I don’t feel I have a mutant prejudice. I want these movies to be good, I really do.  Deadpool  and First Class (and The Wolverine… sort of…) proved that these characters can work, but only when they are treated as unique, genre films that avoid the generic superhero formula that the other X-Men films follow. Deadpool was a whole new spin on the superhero genre as a whole; a deconstruction of the genre, if you will. First Class used Pre-Magneto Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) as a Bond type assassin, hunting down Nazi’s before the film slipped into classic origin story territory. The Wolverine had limited mutants and was more Samurai movie than Superhero.xmen0002Even the best of the other 6 X-Men movies were average superhero films that brought nothing new to the table; not terrible (Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine were terrible, actually), but not  memorable either, repeating storylines like the Weapon X program, the antagonistic “friendship” between Professor X and Magneto, and “love” triangle between Wolverine, Cyclops, and Jean Grey. Unfortunately, the latest outing, X-Men: Apocalypse is no exception, repeating yet again, many of these same story beats.

Repetition is what hits Apocalypse the hardest. Part of the problem is that the original X-Men trilogy and X-Men Origins: Wolverine used up many interesting characters just to cram new mutants into every movie, without any thought or plan put in place to continue their storyline like what Marvel has done with even minor characters like Scarlet Witch and Vision. They’re using Storm, Cyclops, and Jean Grey again? Yup, but this time it’s the origin (groan…). Haven’t I seen Nightcrawler, Angel, and Havok before? Again, yes, but they were one dimensional characters abandoned in the sequels that followed their initial appearance. X-Men Apocalypse Review Michael Fassbender as Magneto ErikAs alluded to earlier with my comments about Magneto having an almost 007 like adventure in the 1st half of First Class, I’ve always found Michael Fassbender’s version to be  the most interesting character in the X-Men Movie Universe (aside from ANY character from Deadpool), but here he has nothing to do. Sure, we see him with a new family that he loses (he says it right in the trailer to James McAvoy’s Professor Charlies Xavier in the trailer, so that ain’t a spoiler!), but how is this new trauma necessary when we’ve seen him losing his mother at Auschwitz twice before (with flashbacks again in this movie, for a 3rd go around)? Fassbender’s version of Magneto has been less interesting each film he’s in, so at this point his decision to go with the bad guy, and his on-again/off-again friendship with Charles are incredibly overplayed and uninteresting.

But Magneto’s just the tip of the iceberg: the film has a giant villain problem (and that’s not a reference to Apocalypse growing giant in the trailer). These bad guys are boring. Angel (Ben Hardy), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), and Storm (Alexandra Shipp) might as well not be in the movie at all. They’re left with nothing to do but pose during the dull and uninspired action scene that finally ends the film. X-Men Apocalypse Review All the VillainsEven worse, Apocalypse is just a boring villain, plain and simple. He wants to create a world where only Mutants survive? I haven’t seen that in about half the X-Men movies already…  Oscar Isaac does nothing to elevate the part, easily making this his worst film (because he’s usually so great!). And what exactly are his super powers? I’ve seen the movie but I couldn’t tell you what he can do and what he can’t.

The heroes are stronger than the villains, as far as characterization and giving them something to do, but even this department is repetitive as hell. Oh no, Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) can’t control her powers, just the same as X-Men and X-2, and she’s not even given an origin (thankfully?). We see nearly the exact same scene of Scott Summers/Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) getting his powers that was in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. And though I couldn’t wait for the Wolverine scene from the end of the final trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse, it did give us the most animalistic version of the character, but it’s literally the same Weapon X escape we’ve seen twice before!X-Men Apocalypse Review Wolverine Hugh JackmanI apologize for repeating myself, but this movie is completely repetitive on every level and I guess I want to drive that point home. Oh boy, another Quicksilver scene set to a rock song. There’s Jenifer Lawrence using her star power to avoid the Blue Paint, negating the lesson she learned in First Class about being comfortable showing her true, blue self.  Oh, but here’s something new… we’ve never seen Professor X’s hair literally fall out of his head. That’s about as fresh as this movie gets.

Simply put, Apocalypse is not a bad movie, but it gives us nothing new and suffers from a weak villain and incredibly weak action. Director Bryan Singer is doing the bare minimum to bring you a safe Superhero Film that doesn’t take any risks or attempt to subvert the genre. This is the superhero genre at its most generic.

So, I will continue to wait until Fox can show me on the screen, what makes these characters so interesting in a comic panel. Except for Deadpool. Did I say I liked Deadpool? I like Deadpool.

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X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Trailer 2!


X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE past is looking to be one of the better films in the X-MEN franchise. It takes the characters from my favorite X-MEN film, FIRST CLASS, and mashes them together with an apocalyptic future and… The Wolverine! Since FIRST CLASS and THE WOLVERINE are my favorite X-flicks (the rest really don’t do anything for me), it will be fun to have Logan interacting with the likes of young Erik aka Magneto (the incomparable Michael Fassbender).

X-Men Days of Future Past PosterIt is also nice to see Fox has decided to take specific storylines from the comics, like Wolverine’s trip to Japan previously, a trend that is begining to become the norm (CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER anyone?).

It’s still a shame these films are in Fox’s X-Men universe and not part of the official Marvel Studios’  “Marvel Cinematic Universe” (MCU). How will we ever see an epic (and improved) version of AVENGERS VS. X-MEN. The MCU has always felt strange without the mutants the superheroes share the world with in the comics.

But enough about rambling, check out the 2nd, even better than the 1st, trailer for Bryan Singers’ X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.

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X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Trailer


Another great X-MEN trailer!

(And this time it isn’t Pete Holmes firing an ‘Ex-Men’.)

The one time Wolverine was allowed to say 'Fuck.'
The one time Wolverine was allowed to say ‘Fuck.’

Unfortunately, trailers for all the X-MEN movies have looked amazballs, but only X-MEN: FIRST CLASS has delivered. Which is odd, because Wolverine is the best of the X-Men, and he is literally in FIRST CLASS for a single line.

THE WOLVERINE was okay, but it still doesn’t hold a candle to FIRST CLASS.

Perhaps, combining the best X-Men cast, that of FIRST CLASS, with some extreme Wolverine action will be the perfect cocktail.

My favorite of the X-Men actors, Michael Fassbender as Magneto.
My favorite of the X-Men actors, Michael Fassbender as youthful Magneto.

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