I tried something new at SXSW this year. I went blind. No, I didn’t lose my sight (although that would make all my movie reviews very unique). I went in blind to every movie I saw, which from Friday to Wednesday was a grand total of 23. Let me explain: Usually, when I get to SXSW the first thing I do is look at film listings so I can search trailers to get a jist of what movies I might want to see. This helps get my schedule ready so I can surgically jump from venue to venue seeing as many movies as I can. Like a mother-fucking movie seeing James Bond. However, this year I stuck with just reading the text synopsis and looked at the single photo that came along with it.
Here’s an example of what SXSW puts out for each movie:
A small synopsis, director, writer, some cast, a photo and that’s it. Nothing about the score or soundtrack, no spoilers and nothing really to prepare you for what you’re about to see. Which is a good thing.
I have been taking more chances this trip, largely because i’m trailer free. Trailers, for me, are the judge-a-book-by-it’s-cover-type shit and I won’t have it. In the past, if I saw even the smallest thing in a trailer I didn’t like, I would immediately write that movie off. which isn’t fair. Trailers can be misleading, ruin story elements and make a film feel totally not what it actually is. So I got rid of them.
I know it’s almost impossible to avoid mainstream trailers, for two reasons. One, they are fucking awesome, especially for a trailer from a film franchise you love. And B, they are literally everywhere: before YouTube videos, TV commercials, movie theaters, billboards… fuckin’ Spotify! A MUSIC streaming app has movie trailers, think about that. I know the process it would take to avoid trailers, so I guess what i’m saying is take a chance on new movies and try seeing movies without having any predispositions before doing so. Head to your nearest art house or indy theater and see something. Hell, pop open Netflix and search for something there!
Avoid trailers……except when we post them on here. Always watch the trailers we post. ALWAYS.
Get the mop, I just wet myself. Maybe I was just as excited for the first Avengers’ trailer, but I sure don’t remember that excitement. This excitement though…this excitement is palpable. I’m super ready for The Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman to join their fellow Justice League members on the big screen.
PS – GIVE ME MORE BAT-FLECK AND GIVE HIM TO ME NOW. People can argue whatever they want, but he is the best Bruce Wayne, ever. EVER. Strike me dead if that isn’t true.
Keep the mop out, there’s another puddle forming. Gal Gadot is a smoking-hot badass who makes me cry on command when she sacrifices herself for Han in Fast and Furious. She is the Wonder Woman we deserve and the one the Justice League NEEDS. With news of Brie Larson taking on the role as Captain Marvel, we are in for more badassery all around.
DC Comics is coming in hot today, releasing a first look for ‘Supergirl’, their new show on CBS and ‘Legends of Tomorrow’, their new show on the CW Network. ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ looks like it will primarily feature The Flash and Arrow, but there’s an entire case of villains and heroes that are listed on the show’s IMDB page. Rip Hunter (sneaky awesome name) is at the forefront of this massive group of heroes and villains, as he’s a time traveler who brings all these mofo’s together. That’s pretty much where my comic book knowledge starts and ends, but if it’s good TV, I’ll watch it. Supergirl, on the other hand, seems like a mix of The Devil Wears Prada and Superman, and I’m 100% on board. It helps that Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) is easy on the eyes, but it also seems about time Supergirl got a fair shot at becoming a part of pop culture. We’ve seen what Superman can do a million times over, so why not give Supergirl a chance. Plus, Kara Zor-El is a badass name. Both shows are scheduled to debut in late 2015.
If there is one thing that will get me to see a movie it’s a monster cast, this movie has that plus Bill Murray. How could you possibly go wrong! How about the Sac and Rachel McAdams getting back together!?
This is going to awesome, although I hope if follows more closely to “Notorious” rather than “Get Rich or Die Tryin” as far as rap movies go. When are we going get the DMX movie?!