FIRST LOOK: Avengers: Endgame!

Hey Everyone,

Paul here…

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As is so often the case, the biggest reveals from the year’s biggest movies come Toy marketing.  Avengers: Endgame is no differentWeirdly this photo is from Orville Redenbacher.  This is the best and clearest picture yet we’ve seen of (some) of the team post “The Snappening” or as it’s officially referred to at Marvel, The Decimation (which is grammatically incorrect, but sounds way cooler).

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Note that only the six original Avengers are shown here. The original team from the first film.  We know that Captain Marvel, Rocket, War Machine, Nebula, and Ant-man are all on the team in Avengers: Endgame. But it’s just one piece of promo art, so let’s not lose our goddamn minds. Gamespot.com had this official sysnopsis:

The Avengers will attemp to “undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.”

Oh, really? Thanks for the sysnopsis Marvel! Because I thought The Avengers were going to sit this one out!

Avengers: Endgame opens 4/26/19

Thanks for reading!

-Paul

FIRST LOOK: Game of Thrones: Season 8!

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Paul here…

HBO is notoriously secretive  when it comes to their hit series fantasy Game of Thrones.  They want the audience to know as little as possible coming into each new season. Especially going into the final season.

So far they’ve done a pretty damn good job. The show has always maintained a high level of secrecy to keep the audience surprised. A few years ago, the first 4 episodes of Season 5 leaked online about a month before the Season 5 premiere (I’m certainly DID NOT, find those early episodes online, hook my laptop up to my TV, and watch all 4 episodes alone on a Saturday night, because downloading content like that is WRONG). That incident increased the levels of secrecy and security HBO imposed even more. With April 14 premiere date of the final season fast approaching, we’ve been given very little promotional material showing us anything from the upcoming season. There have been two teasers  which I posted right below, but neither have shown any real content from Season 8. After the teasers, scroll down to all the cool pics HBO released to promote Season 8:

However today HBO dropped a bunch of new pictures from the new season. They mostly look like they are taking place at Winterfell. If I had to guess, the pictures all look like they’re probably from the first 2 episodes of the season. Based on the sets and the way that people are dressing, it seems to be that Jon has made his triumphant return to Winterfell with his new aunt/lover/queen in tow. Let’s dig in…

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Goddammit, these two are sexy!
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Last we saw the Lord Tyrion, he seemed concerned about these two young lovers. One would think a marriage between these two Houses will only make them stronger. But is Tyrion afraid that Daenerys inherited some of her father‘s jealousy and insanity after all?  Who knows?
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Now, this is a guy who threw a young boy out of 10 story window to hide the fact that he was fucking his own sister, but despite all of that… I’m really rooting for Jamie in the season. In a perfect world, he gets Tyrion to convince Jon and Daenerys to pardon him and he joins the fight for Westeros. Maybe he’ll even end up with Brienne of Tarth, but I think Tormund would have a thing or two to say about that.
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Speaking Of Brienne, as much as I like this character,  I’ve got a strong feeling she’s not gonna make it out of this season alive, unfortunately …
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…Neither will Varys, I’m afraid.  After all, The Red Woman did say it was his destiny to die in this strange country, but she could’ve just been fucking with him. I mean we all going to die somewhere. Maybe he is destined to die in Westrose, but not for a few more decades? Or he’s fucked.
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I’ve got a good feeling that The Onion Night is going to make it out of this one alive.
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Ah, Sam. Sweet wonderful Sam.  In a perfect world, things play out like this: Sam becomes an unconventional Maester  (like Q’byrn) or (eventually, years from now), Hand Of The King, to King Jon and Queen Daenerys. All the while, going home each night to fuck his illegitimate wife Gilly and raise his beloved, if non-biological son, Little Sam.
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As long as we don’t have some fucked up situation where Daenerys kills Jon out of jealousy because of his claim to the Throne or something crazy. If that doesn’t happen, I think it’s very likely that Sansa will become Warden of The North.

 

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Oh, Arya. Jesus, I don’t know about this one.  Arya’s defined her life by revenge.  When death is all you know, how can you expect to live life? My money is she ain’t making it out of this story.
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I’m not really sure how things are going to play out with Bran. It seems like his entire existence has been to ensure humanity survives this upcoming war. So I don’t know where that leaves him when the battle is over.
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Your own decisions have led you to be so alone, Cersie.
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I think either Jaimie or Tyrion will kill her, but my money’s on Jaimie.  Or they could throw us a curveball, who knows?
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One last look at our heroes …
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Godddammit, Jon Snow is a Grade A prime cut of Beefcake!

Anyway, thanks for reading!

Paul

Super Bowl 2019 Movie Trailers!

Hey Everyone,

Paul here..

When I watch the Super Bowl every year, my favorite thing is to see all of the cool new trailers that debut during the game. The biggest movies of the upcoming year usually reserve spots to debut teasers and trailers during the game’s commercials.  But if you have no interest in watching the game or you just want one easy place where you can find all of the coolest trailers as soon as they drop, I’ve got you covered. Instead of trying to find them all on YouTube, keep checking back to this page all night. I’ll be updating each new trailer and posting them here, live as they debut!

Enjoy the game and check back here starting at 6:40pm EST…

All right!!!! GAME TIME! Aaaand… here… we… GO!

CAPTAIN MARVEL

This looks awesome! Can’t wait! March 8th!

 

AVENGERS: ENDGAME 

Oh, Fuck Yes. Marvel is BRINGING IT tonight!

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

This looks like an absolute blast! I loved the full trailer they put out earlier this week. Johnson has charisma to spare and Statham’s the man. Not to mention Iris Elba as the super soldier villain! Someone made a great comment on YouTube saying “The next movie will have Hobbs and Shaw fighting Thanos.”

 

Alita: Battle Angel

Meh. I’d watch this, I guess. Maybe. I’ve heard mixed things. I might see it and give a review for the site. We’ll see. I think it looks kind of cool, but it also could be another Ghost In The Shell.

 

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This movie looks fucking HORRIFYING, in the best way. I almost shit my pants just watching the trailer! This is from Jordan Peele who gave us the excellent Get Out. I love horror movies, so this is definitely must see for me.

 

The Twilight Zone (New TV Series)

There have been a few attempts to revive this show with varying degrees of success, but  Jordan Peele’s involvement gets my hopes up. CBS ALL ACCESS is really bringing it for this Super Bowl

 

Toy Story 4

I almost missed this one because it technically aired after the game, but I wanted to make sure to include it. I’m a big believer that great stories need great endings and Toy Story 3 is one of the greediest endings to a trilogy of films of all time. So Toy Story 4  better have a damn good reason to justify its existence other than the obvious answer which is: money. Hopefully I’m wrong and it’s just the masterpiece we need to follow up one of the all-time great animated films Toy Story 3. But I doubt it.

 

Well, another Super Bowl comes to an end.  While not the best year for Super Bowl movie trailers, there were a few solid ones in there. Particularly Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame. I hope you guys enjoyed my coverage of the movie trailers that played during the game and I hope you come back next year to enjoy some more of the same! Thanks for watching!

-Paul

TRAILER: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

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Paul here…

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….Um… Well… Jesus Christ…

The pinnacle of modern filmmaking? Very likely. After watching this trailer I did a set of sick squats, blasted my pecs, drank 5 pints of Guinness, and ate a 42 ounce steak. This trailer is so MANLY, it made ME more manly.

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Hobbs & Shaw happens to us all on 8/2/19

PODCAST: Comic Book Movies At The Oscars & More!

 

Hey Everyone,

Paul here…

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   I haven’t been a big fan of the Academy Awards for years now, but I must admit I was very excited when Black Panther received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. This is the first time a comic book film, a superhero film has been nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Even though I don’t consider the Oscars to be the standard by which excellence in film should necessarily be judged, it’s still a great feeling of validation to a lifelong comic book fan. Not to mention that it’s all too rare to see a big budget superhero film with a predominantly black cast that, as put so well by Marc Bernardin in his Entertainment Weekly cover story, Black Panther is a movie about celebrating “Excellence”. Which is all too rare. This movie’s cultural impact cannot be understated. Even putting all of that aside, Black Panther is just a great fucking movie that absolutely deserves this recognition.

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The cast of Black Panther after their win for Best Ensemble Cast at The Screen Actors Guild Awards.

So, With Black Panther nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, on this episode we wanted to acknowledge that historic accomplishment as well as talk about other comic book films that deserved Oscar noms. We also discuss some of the upcoming DC films, like Birds of Prey. To top it all off, we try to figure out (if you could pick ANY character from ANY comic book universe) who would have the best chance in a face off against Thanos with The Infinity Gauntlet! All this and so much more on this episode of “The World’s Best Podcast”! Enjoy! Listen here or subscribe on Stitcher and iTunes:

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16900477

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Stitcher:

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The cover for this week’s Entertainment Weekly, which featured an article about Black Panther’s historic Oscar nomination.

Thanks for listening!

-Paul

New Trailer & Poster For SHAZAM!

Hey Everyone,

Paul here…

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  The folks over at DC and Warner Bros. must be feeling pretty damn good right about now. After years of attempting and failing to copy Marvel’s shared universe format, it finally seems like their superhero movies are on the right track. Wonder Woman was their first huge step in the right direction. Unfortunately, by the time Warner Bros realized Wonder Woman was a hit, production on the craptacular Justice League film was in full swing. I’m not quite sure what they could’ve done, but if production on Justice league had begun following the critical and commercial success of Wonder Woman, I think Warner Bros. probably would’ve tried to write the ship a little bit on JL. 

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  Anyway, you can’t change the past (Or can you?… Well… No, um, no. I don’t think you can… Actually, who’s to say?), so they went from the success of Wonder Woman, to the unavoidable speedbump of Justice League, and now they have another bona fide hit on their hands with Aquaman. A film which was both financially successful and generally well received by fans and audiences in general. However, the DCEU (I REFUSE to call it The Worlds of DC!) has another very big test coming up, their next movie: SHAZAM! (Yes, the exclamation point IS part of the title, not just for emphasis).

   DC just released the second trailer for SHAZAM!, which I have posted below. As well as a few pretty cool posters (one at the top of the article and one below) and some stills and pictures from the film. 

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This movie has the potential to make or break DC at this point. This is really their do or die film. Yes, Aquaman absolutely had a lot riding on it as well. Had that movie been a failure, it would’ve been disastrous for the DCEU. However, if they’re able to pull off SHAZAM! after the success of Aquaman, it demonstrates that Aquaman wasn’t a fluke (No, that’s not a lame pun). It shows that DC can consistently and reliably put out solid superhero films.

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If they somehow manage to pull another rabbit out of their ass and make SHAZAM! a success, it’s almost even more impressive because on the paper, both Aquaman and SHAZAM! are pretty fucking weird characters. Also, neither of them are very well known in mainstream pop culture. Based on this trailer, which is nothing mind blowing and that’s OK, I think they really need to nail the tone of this movie for it to work. If it’s too comedic and goofy it won’t work is a serious movie that has any real stakes. At the same time you want that sense of youthful fun and exuberance which comes with telling the Shazam story. It’s basically the superhero version of “Big”. Kid says the magic word “SHAZAM!” and he’s transformed into an adult superhero at will. His powers a magic based and they’re very similar to Superman’s, he can turn back into a kid at any time by repeating the magic word “SHAZAM!”. There’s no time limit. So they’re walking a really fine line here. 

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    Like I said, based on the trailer, it’s hard to see if they’re pulling it off. But I know I’m rooting for this movie because I like the character, I like the cast, and I just want to see good DC movies. Hopefully this will be another solid film after last months very good Aquaman and we’ll start to get some consistently great DC movies. There are so many amazing character occupying this Universe, it would be such a shame to miss out on all the possibilities. Anyway check out the trailer below and let me know what you think. Id love to hear your thoughts in the comments section or on Facebook or Twitter.

Thanks for reading have a great day!

-Paul

Superman: Afternoon Delight

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Superman is mostly portrayed as such a wholesome, pure character. A lot of people mentally associate him with classic Americana, like apple pie and Norman Rockwell. However, the best writers understand that the key to writing Superman is to highlight his humanity. Take the recent Superman #7 written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by Ivan Reis, for example. Something I’ve enjoyed in some of the recent Superman comics, especially Bendis’ Superman comics is, without being gratuitous, it’s clear that Clark and Lois have a healthy sex life. Yet Clark is still a big old Kansas farm boy, raised to be a respectful and decent son. 

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   So I loved a small moment in Issue #7, during a scene involving Clark and Lois’ adolescent son Jonathan. Jon who’s about 12 or 13, has been out traveling the cosmos with his grandfather, in what I guess is the Kryptonian version of backpacking through Europe. An unexpected problem presents itself When Clark quickly realizes that his son who is only been gone for a month or so has aged at least three years. At first he thinks this has something to do with one of those weird colored Kryptonites. You know, the yellow Kryptonite or the pink Kryptonite or … something like that. What was supposed to be a summer vacation has turned, through the weirdness of space travel (think the movie Interstellar) into Clark and Lois missing a pretty large portion of their sons life and development. It comes as no surprise that it’s quite a shock. 

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   After Clark’s emotional, but joyous reunion with his son, they of course go to see his mother, Lois whose been living out of a hotel in Metropolis for awhile now as she puts the finishing touches on her latest book. It’s implied that it is not uncommon for Clark to fly on by for a little afternoon delight semi-frequently, which is where the fun begins. 

 

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Clark flies up to her balcony and Lois is at her computer, writing, in nothing but a fluffy white hotel bathrobe and black underwear. Lois sees Clark before she realizes Jonathan is there, she begins to undo her bathrobe with a sultry little smirk, just as their son peaks around from behind Clark. It’s such a perfect moment seeing the absolute embarrassment on Clark’s face is he quickly shoots his arm up to cover his sons eyes and Lois’ mortified expression as she attempts to cover up and make herself look a bit more modest in front of her son. The small scene is a good example of how you can take a god and tell a story about a man.

What’s more human then those million little moments that make up life? Some good, some bad, and some, like this one, hilariously embarrassing. Writers often complain that Superman is a difficult character to write, I just think many of them don’t understand him. Like I said at the beginning, the key to any great Superman story is his humanity and this small scene illustrates that perfectly.

Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer Breakdown!

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Paul here…

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After months of teasing, the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home has finally arrived. I’m so pleased to say that even after all of the excellent Spider-Man content we’ve been getting recently, this doesn’t look quite like any other Spider-Man movie we’ve see. Which is a tall order after Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. 

  So, here’s something completely new for the Internet! A trailer breakdown for Spider-Man: Far From Home! What exactly is going on in this movie? When does this take place? How is Peter alive after the events of Infinity War? 

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What’s old Nick Fury up to? 

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Is that Hydro-Man? Sandman? Molten Man? 

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Most importantly, who’s this Mysterio guy Jake Gyllenhaal is playing?

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All these questions and more are answered right here in Paul’s breakdown of the 1st trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home! Enjoy! I also have the full trailer posted below the trailer breakdown link! Listen here or subscribe on Stitcher and iTunes:

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16734341

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-worlds-best-podcast/id1246038441?mt=2&i=1000427829029

 

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Thanks for listening!

-Paul

TEASER: Game of Thrones: The Final Season!

Hey Everyone, Paul here. This a great teaser. It doesn’t show us much, but it gets us in the mood. Now we finally know, the End Begins… April 14! Winter Is Coming.

3Below Season 1: Reviewed

 

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Earlier this year, Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia ended after their third season.  As far as I know, they completed the story and ended according to the schedule that creator Guillermo Del Toro had envisioned.  I loved the series, and I was sad to see it go.  Then about a month ago or so, I saw on one of those “Everything new coming to Netflix in December” articles, something called “3Below: Tales of Arcadia,” and the article had an image, and it was clear that the animation was similar style to Trollhunters, but the article itself didn’t mention whether or not the two were related, so a quick IMDb check confirmed that his was a spinoff series, and a brief conversation with Paul, he informed me that this was the second in a planned 3 part series.

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Anyway, the show has been out for about three weeks, and I just finished watching the first season, and I’ve got to say it’s pretty good.  It’s not as good as Trollhunters, (my 2 year-old would give up about thirty seconds into every episode and say “we watch real Trollhunters now?”) but it’s good.

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Above: Krel, guardian Varvatos Vex, & Aja in their natural form.  Below: In their human disguises.

First off, even though the two main characters Aja and Krel, extra-terrestrial (they don’t like the term aliens!) siblings living in Arcadia were featured briefly in Trollhunters, the show had a little more work to setting it up than Trollhunters did.  Trollhunters starts out on Earth, on a pretty standard version we would all recognize, and then reveals that there is a secret underworld of trolls, and other magical creatures; they start with the default and add.  3Below however starts on a planet known as Acaridian 5 and tells the story of Princess Aja and Prince Krel on the day they are to become the King and Queen in waiting, and are attacked by enemies and have to go on the run.  We don’t see Earth until the end of the episode.  This doesn’t make it a worse show that Trollhunters, but certainly it gives it a different set of challenges to overcome.  They do so pretty well, but it takes just a little longer to really get invested.

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I’m not going to get too into spoilers, but I will say that one of the things I really like about this show, is that they create a lot of new mythology within this universe, and they aren’t just applying the same formula as Trollhunters to this, meaning it’s not an Madlibs style situation where they’re like alright we need this role because Trollhunters had it.  Trollhunters is largely about Jim and his friends going after something, and this is definitely more of Aja and Krell running from something, and not necessarily in a cowardly way, but in order to protect their kingdom.

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Another thing that I really like about this show, is that they manage to pull in characters we’ve gotten to know through Trollhunters, and build upon them.  We get to see Jim, Toby, and Claire, but we also get to see Steve, who’ a bully on Trollhuntersgiven some fleshing out, fully realized on this show, as he quickly has a crush on Aja after she kicks his ass.  We get to see Senor Uhl, less as the authority figure to be thwarted or avoided, but more as the protector when other humans seem to target the twins in their human forms.

 

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All in all, I really liked this show, and I hope that we get to see another season or two (whatever Guillermo Del Toro has envisioned) and now that I’ve seen how aliens and magic have played with each other in this setting, I’m really interested in seeing what he has in mind for the 3rd series he’s planning.

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Written by Michael Cole