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Avengers: Infinity War Super Bowl footage.

Marvel teased some more of the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War during the Super Bowl, and I just have one or two questions:

What is the runtime on this going to be: Three hours? The Russo brothers are going to have their hands full to balance the screen time for all the heroes to prevent complaints that “such-and-so was just a cameo,” and the like. That would be a shame.

Thanos looks better here than he did in the earlier trailer, but someone pointed out that may be a trick of the light, so the jury is still out on that one.

Steve Rogers’/Captain America’s/Nomad’s new Wakandan shield certainly looks cool, but its functionality will be 100% NOT what we—or he, for that matter—is used to. Will it impact his fighting style/effectiveness? We shall see.

A couple of times I thought the CGI looked a bit… wonky. I hope that’s a result of them not actually being 100% completed yet.

If Tom Holland can’t keep a secret about the movie, it’s just a reflection of the fact Spider-Man can’t keep his damned mask on. It’s Peter Parker in Spider-Man pajamas in this footage, too, lol. The mask is there for a reason, Pete!

Overall, I’ve got enough faith in Marvel, and the Russo Brothers, to be worried about this film at a level of approximately 3%. Why 3%? Because you never really know, and unlike some people, if this film manages, somehow, to fall into that 3%, I’ll be ready to talk about it honestly.

But I don’t expect that to happen.

Definitely hoping for an early screening on this one, as well.

See you in May!

Solo: The Super Bowl Teaser Footage

Well, now that everyone has seen it, I guess I’ll put in my two cents on the upcoming entry into the Star Wars expanded universe: Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The second of the “standalone” Star Wars films (after 2016’s Rogue One), Solo will tell the story of the beloved smuggler and unwilling hero of the Rebellion, Han Solo (portrayed in the “mainstream” films by Harrison Ford, by young Alden Ehrenreich in this film), until his ****SPOILER ALERT**** death at the hands of his son with Princess Leia Organa/Skywalker in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Unlike some folks, I have watched this teaser footage/trailer exactly ONCE: when it aired during the Super Bowl last night. With all of the production issues that have plagued the film, I just wanted to get a sense of how the film was going to be. So here are some random thoughts about the trailer, in no particular order, followed by my overall opinion:

**Spoilers, obviously. Duh.**

– Who knew the interior of the Millennium Falcon was white?

– Donald Glover certainly looks the part of Lando Calrissian in his one second of screen-time.

– The visual tone of the film (based on the trailer) is dark: like, Lego Batman dark (blacks and very dark greys). Oddly, I don’t mind that at this stage.

– The Imperial Star Destroyer looks pretty bad-ass coming out that cloud.

– The exchange between Solo and the Imperial recruiter (?) seems reminiscent of the scene in Starship Troopers when they get their Federation assignments (“I’m going to be a pilot”).

– Chewie!

Overall, we don’t get a sense of the story Ron Howard has been left to tell us in the wake of all that came before him on-set, except what we already knew in broad strokes: that we will (somehow) get from Han enlisting, meeting Lando and Chewie along the way, leaving the Imperial Navy, and getting to the Millennium Falcon. And, hopefully, seeing a Kessel Run made along the way.

But, so far, at least, I’m okay with what I’m seeing. Let’s hope the full experience matches that.

Fingers crossed we can get into an advanced screening of this one.

See you in May!

A Taste of 2018

Hey, all! I hope everyone has survived the holiday season in more A Christmas Story manner than National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Now that we’re fully into 2018, I thought I’d peek ahead at some of the films slated for release this year that we may end up talking about for you in this, our third season of the Visually Stunning Movie Podcast.

This list won’t be all-inclusive, and we may or may not actually get to see every one of these films, but maybe you’ll see something on this list you might not have known about, and make your way to the theater for it.

January:

Proud Mary; 12 Strong; Den of Thieves; Mom and Dad; Please Stand By

February:

Winchester; The 15:17 to Paris; Black Panther; The Party; Annihilation

March:

Red Sparrow; A Wrinkle in Time; Thoroughbreds; Sherlock Gnomes; Pacific Rim: Uprising; The Isle of Dogs; Ready Player One

April:

Chappaquiddick; A Quiet Place; You Were Never Really Here; The New Mutants; 2017 Cloverfield Movie; Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare

May:

Avengers: Infinity War; Slenderman; Solo: A Star Wars Story

June:

Deadpool 2; Ocean’s 8; Won’t You Be My Neighbor?; Incredibles 2; Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom; Sicario 2: Soldado; I Feel Pretty

July:

Ant-Man and The Wasp; The Nun; Alita: Battle Angel; Teen Titans GO! to the Movies

August:

The Predator; The Meg; White Boy Rick; Captive State; Kin

September: The Darkest Minds; Alpha; Robin Hood; The Kid Who Would Be King

October:

A Star is Born; Venom; Bad Times at the El Royale; First Man; Halloween; Overlord

November:

X-Men: Dark Phoenix; Mary, Queen of Scots; Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald; Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-Ralph 2

December:

Mortal Engines; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Aquaman; Bumblebee; Bohemian Rhapsody; Mary Poppins Returns; Uncharted; Delirium

So that’s it for now. Hopefully we get to a fairly large chunk of these, plus a couple hang-overs from 2017 (such as The Greatest Showman). We look forward to continuing to inform and entertain you throughout 2018.

2017 Favorites – Ryan’s cut

Since Ryan had to do his “favorites” list for his day job, we figured we wouldn’t make him type it up twice.

Therefore, without further ado, here are Ryan’s favorite films of 2017.

Enjoy, and here’s the links to some of our original reviews of his favorites:

Blade Runner 2049Dunkirk; It; Lady Bird;

It Comes at Night; Logan; Raw;

The Shape of WaterStar Wars: The Last Jedi;

War for the Planet of the Apes; Wonder Woman