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Dumbo

The teaser trailer for Tim Burton’s Dumbo is here and I’ve got to say, I forgot how much I love him. It’s so nice to have a Johnny Depp-less Burton film to look forward to.

As far as Disney live-action remakes go, this looks pretty dark. And that’s a good thing!

It’s not just the story of a cute elephant that can fly, but of animal cruelty.

The iconic movie Dumbo, released in 1941, was ahead of its time in showcasing how baby elephants (elephants: one of the world’s most intelligent animals, and empathetic beings) in circuses are torn away from their mothers, beaten into submission, and sentenced to a life in chains and boxcars when they aren’t being forced to perform dangerous tricks. 

Dumbo is a deeply disturbing story that’s ruined many a childhood and it deserves an equally disturbing, childhood ruining remake.

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The Girl In The Spider’s Web

I’ve never actually read any of the Stieg Larsson Millennium Series novels ’cause I’m not really into novels.

However, I watched the excellent 2009 original Swedish production of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, starring actual Swede Noomi Rapace, before Americans made the English version (’cause reading subtitles is hard, I can only assume) with Rooney Mara.

The Girl In The Spider’s Web is based on the 4th book in that series, but is actually the 5th movie to be made.

First there was The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, plus two follow ups The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, all with Noomi Rapace.

Now, this new production follows the American version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo with English actress Claire Foy as the main character (Lisbeth Salander)

In other words, it’s CONFUSING AF but it looks like my type of film.

I have no idea why did they skip the other two books, but although Claire looks great, and Rooney was brilliant… Lisbeth Salander = Noomi Rapace. Period!

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David Who?

I’m not questioning the artistic merit of Michelangelo’s David, the sculpture is an unquestionable timeless masterpiece. But this sculpt of Marvel’s Venom is pretty cool!

By now it’s clear that soon every movie, TV show, and artistic endeavour is going to be tied to a Marvel comic book property, so let’s put Venom in Italy’s famed Galleria dell’Accademia as well.

It still blows my mind that Nicholas J. Brown (aka YouTube’s LoreCraft) only took up sculpting about a year ago.

In all seriousness, comparing Michelangelo’s David was a bad joke.

You cannot compare clay and marble.

David’ sculpture is not only so detailed, carving out a whole slab of marble without a single stone vein running out of place is a miracle if not a testament of amazing skill in itself.

Regardless, good job Nicholas J. Brown. 

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McQueen

It’s been almost eight years since his death, yet the full-length trailer for McQueen still packs an emotional punch.

I used to be obsessed with fashion when younger and always thought of a career in the field, however, I was too coward to spend so much money and sacrifice other stuff for an unstable profession. 

In the early 90s my fascination was Mugler, and some Gualtier, Galliano and Miyake. But by the 2000s was all about McQueen who was discovered by the equally fascinating Isabella Blow.

Being attracted by art and the unconventional made love those people.

Revisiting the life of Lee Alexander McQueen, McQueen is a feature length documentary that looks upon the eponymous designer as he morphed from a self-described “East End yob” to one of the most extraordinary visionaries the fashion industry has ever known.

The trailer not only praise the revolutionary idol, but also suggests that there will be a focus on the troubled relationship between “genius” and mental health.

A great loss I must watch.

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Avengers: Infinity GENOCIDE

I watched the latest Avengers and Marvel actually did it!

The reigning king of planet blockbuster crammed 30-plus superheroes into a single sardine tin of a movie.

Did it work, though? Was it any good? 

Personally I liked it, although Marvel always use alternative timelines (so everybody is always alive) for once I was satisfied to see many die. And not because I’m a hater but c’mon, they cannot always win. 

Thanos was portrayed fantastically, and Doctor Strange FINALLY delivered some A game! His solo movie was boring beyond believe, however he’s pretty awesome in this film.

The Scarlet Witch also showed some real powers AT LAST (but her role still small, and I don’t understand why,) and Thor as well was the GOD he is and not just another mortal like the rest.

This movie should be called Genocide.

I have many questions tho such as:

  1. Why did Strange did what he did??
  2. Why they made Vision look so weak?
  3. Why they didn’t cut off Thanos arm when they have the opportunity to? 
  4. Why is the Red Skull With the Soul Stone on Vormir? 
  5. Why won’t the Hulk Come Out?
  6. Why Tony (aka Iron Man) didn’t die instantly but instead survived on the final scenes? He’s a human, not a god or a mutant?? Didn’t make sense at all.
  7. Why powerful heroes died but the one with no super power (Black Widow) didn’t? 

Regardless, this film was SPECTACULAR! 

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Fantastic

The new trailer for Sony’s Venom movie is out, and it corrects the first trailer’s mistake by actually having Venom in it. Quite a lot of Venom, actually.

I’ve always been a huge fan of Venom (and Carnage) and have been waiting for a proper movie, especially in the wake of the abomination that was Spider-Man 3.

I thought not having any Spidey would be an issue (’cause he bonded with Spiderman first) but this looks absolutely fantastic to me!

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Subtly Hidden (And Depressing) Poster Image

Grave of the Fireflies is one of the saddest Masterpiece ever made.

Decades after its original release, people have discovered a haunting, hidden image in the Japanese movie poster.

Attention has been re-focused on Grave of the Fireflies after director Isao Takahata’s recent passing. Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 Studio Ghibli movie about two children in Japan during World War II.

The image on the left is of the Japanese poster in question.

It looks like main characters Seita and Setsuko are playing with fireflies, right? 

But if you look closely at the top of the poster…

…or alter the poster’s colour…

There appears to be a B29 bomber hidden in the blackness.

If you alter the colour further, you can see that there’s the round glowing light of fireflies at the bottom contrasted with what appears to be bullets or firebombs raining down.

This poster is perhaps one of the most famous in animation, and it’s also depressing as hell, but doesn’t quite pack the same emotional punch upon closer inspection.

They should make the leader of every country watch that movie!

On the other hand, I better get to the hospital because all of this edge has me haemorrhaging.

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