The Trailer Park-Alien: Covenant

(Content warning for body horror and gore. Of course, it’s an Alien movie, so it kind of goes without saying.)

I’m a pretty big fan of the Alien movies. I remember watching the first movie with my mom when I was about 15, and it was basically my introduction to the horror genre. It also gave us a badass heroine in the form of SIgourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley.

Needless to say, I’m pretty excited about an addition to the franchise.

Alien: Covenant (directed by Ridley Scott, who also directed Alien), apparently takes place sometime between Prometheus and Alien. It follows a colony ship who go to the planet where the ill-fated Prometheus expedition landed to find it’s one survivor: an android named David (Michael Fassbender). I actually haven’t seen Prometheus yet, though I do have it in my Netlix queue. From what I’ve seen, it was released to decent reviews, though a lot of people I know who are also fans of the series didn’t like it very much. Either way, it obviously did well enough at the box office.

The main issue I have with the above trailer is that it doesn’t really give any information about the actual plot. The above plot info came from the film’s Wikipedia page.  It certainly does a good job of setting the tone, however. The lack of plot details is still somewhat troubling to me, though, especially since it came to light how badly the trailer for Passengers grossly misrepresented its plot. Then again, Covenant is a part of a well-known franchise that people generally know what to expect from, even if it’s had its ups and downs. (That said, I may be the only human being on the planet that actually liked Alien: Resurrection, despite its flaws).

Alien: Covenant is currently scheduled for a May 19 release date, after being pushed up from August 4. This is one that I will most likely be seeing when it comes out. 

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The Trailer Park-Batman: The Killing Joke

They did it. They finally got around to adapting Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s Batman: The Killing Joke.

This particular entry into the Batman mythos is rather, shall we say, contentious. People generally either love it or hate it. I’m in the camp that loves the story, but I can see where people wouldn’t (particularly the way it treats Barbara Gordon, which is definitely an aspect of the story that I dislike). I am quite looking forward to this adaption, however.

See, I quite like Batman: The Animated Series. To me, that is really the quintessential Batman, outside of the comics. And it mostly comes down to the performers: Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill are 100 percent amazing as Batman and the Joker, respectively.

Well, they’re reprising their roles in The Killing Joke, which I find extremely exciting.

The film is set to be rated R, which some people have thought to be a gimmick based on the success of Deadpool. But I think that it would be more or less impossible to do a non R-rated version of The Killing Joke. A lot of really dark shit happens in the comic, and trying to cut that down to fit a PG or PG-13 rating would change the story.

Of course, because its animated, I’m sure that some parents will end up buying this for their kids anyway, because we have this mentality that if something’s animated or it has to do with superheroes, it has to be for kids. To which I say, please don’t make the same mistake with this that a lot of parents made with Deadpool. The Killing Joke is not, and has never been, intended for a young audience.

The Killing Joke is set to make a premiere this summer at the San Diego Comic Con. There is going to be a digital release on July 23, with the film coming to Blue-Ray on August 2.

The Trailer Park: Keanu

 

I’m not gonna lie: I really, really like cats. I like cats more than I like most people. So it looks like this movie was made for me.

Keanu, directed by Peter Atencio and starring Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key, is about a guy named Rell (Peele) who is depressed because his girlfriend dumped him. That is, until he opens a door and finds an adorable tabby kitten that he calls Keanu. But when gang members break into his home and capture the feline, Rell and his friend Clarence (Key) spring into action to rescue him.

First things first: that kitten is fucking adorable. I would probably go to the ends of the earth to rescue that kitten (then again, I would probably do the same for any cat). I also love the premise and how completely and utterly ridiculous it is. Two dorks trying to infiltrate a gang to recue their pet cat. How can anyone not love this?

Needles to say, I am most likely going to be watching this when it comes to theaters on April 29.

The Trailer Park: Rogue One-A Star Wars Story

The trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was released on Thursday and it looks fucking amazing.

Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards, is a prequel of sorts to A New Hope. Taking place shortly before the first Star Wars, it follows a wanted criminal named Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) who is recruited by the Rebellion for a very important mission: stealing the plans for the Death Star. The film also stars Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelson, and Alan Tudyk, and will be opening on December 16.

Admittedly while I’m more into Star Trek than Star Wars, I do still enjoy the latter. I really liked the original trilogy, thought the prequel trilogy was kind of meh, and absolutely adored The Force Awakens. So, I’m actually pretty pumped for this movie.

Plus there’s the fact that certain fanboys are getting their undies in a bunch because the film features a female protagonist. That right there pretty much guarantees that I’m going to see the movie.

So, yes. Really looking forward to this one.