Star Trek Beyond

Kelvin Timeline 10 Year Retrospective

Kelvin Timeline 10 Year Retrospective
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May 8th, 2009 marked the return of Star Trek after a long 4 year gap that started with the end of Star Trek: Enterprise. Now, 10 years later, Greg & Derreck take a walk down memory lane to discuss the state of the Kelvin timeline created in the 2009 film that includes Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness, and Star Trek Beyond.

We’ll be back next week to wrap-up Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 as a whole and talk about what we want and do not want from season 3.

How do you feel about the Kelvin timeline and its films?

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Kelvin Timeline 10 Year Retrospective

SH S2E12: Summer Movie Wrap-Up

With the summer movie season officially over, we look back at the big blockbusters that hit theaters between May 1st and August 31st. We discuss the summer movie winners, losers, surprises, and complete busts along with some thoughts as to why this summer was better or worse than 2015’s. We use a lot of financial data from Box Office Mojo and you can see most of that information below.

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Summer Movie Box Office Winners: 20 total weeks with 12 different box office winners

  • The Jungle Book: 1 week (plus 2 weeks prior to Summer Season)
  • Captain America: 2 weeks
  • Angry Birds: 1 week
  • X-Men: 2 Weeks
  • TMNT 2: 1 week
  • The Conjuring 2: 1 week
  • Finding Dory: 4 weeks
  • Secret Life of Pets: 2 weeks
  • Star Trek Beyond: 1 week
  • Jason Bourne: 1 week
  • Suicide Squad: 3 weeks
  • Don’t Breathe: 1 week (plus 2 after the Summer Season)

Biggest summer movie overall week: May 6-8 with $233.6 million across Top 12 – Cap 3 won that weekend

Top Grossing Summer Movie Films:

  1. Finding Dory $483.55 million (135.06 opening)
  2. Captain America: Civil War $408.06 million (179.139 opening) – 4.608
  3. The Secret Life of Pets $361.84 million (104.35 opening) – 10.53
  4. Suicide Squad $307.48 million (133.68 opening) – 4
  5. Jason Bourne $158.727 million (59.215 opening) – 3.25
  6. Star Trek Beyond $156.578 million (59.253 opening) – 1.72
  7. X-Men: Apocalypse $155.442 million (65.769 opening) – 3.05
  8. Central Intelligence $127.44 million (35.535 opening) – 4.3
  9. Ghostbusters $126.984 million (46.018 opening) – 1.57
  10. The Legend of Tarzan $126.585 million (38.527 opening) – 1.98

The number at the end of the lines was calculated based on the international box office gross divided by the reported budget. Box Office Mojo did not have a reported budget for Finding Dory.

Surprises:

  • Independence Day: Resurgence – no winning weekends, did not crack Top 10 ($103.137 million with $41.039 opening) but did hit 2.34 gross to budget
  • TMNT 2 – 1 winning weekend, did not crack Top 10 ($82.051 million with $35.316 opening) with a 1.81 gross to budget
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass – no winning weekends, did not crack Top 10 ($77.082 million with $26.858 opening) – 1.74 gross to budget
  • Biggest Bust: Ben Hur 2016 – $100 million budget, current gross: $65.77 million international, only $25.573 domestic

All box office information provided by Box Office Mojo.

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SH S2E12: Summer Movie Wrap-Up

SH S2E5: Star Trek Beyond & Discovery

This week we boldly go reviewing Star Trek Beyond, which opened last weekend in most of the territories it will hit. This episode is full of spoilers as we talk characters and casting, motivations, plot points, the film’s resolution, special effects, costume design, and how the movie fits in with not just the Kelvin timeline but also the Prime timeline of the Star Trek franchise in its 50th year. Then, we talk a bit about the newly named Star Trek: Discovery series coming to CBS All-Access in January 2017. We talk about the title of the series, the title logo, and the ship design along with some of our hopes or thoughts on what we’d like to see in the next Star Trek series.

Star Trek Beyond won the US domestic box office, bringing in $59.25 million beating out The Secret Life of Pets, Lights Out, and Ice Age: Collision Course. The film had a $185 million budget not counting marketing and brought in an additional $30 million internationally bringing its opening weekend total to $95.5 million.

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SH S2E5: Star Trek Beyond & Discovery

Star Trek Beyond: Spoiler-Filled Review

For those who don’t know, I’m The Star Trek Dude on Twitter and Facebook. I’ve also recently begun my Trek Watch in which I am reviewing literally every official episode and movie of Star Trek including The Animated Series. Even though my plan is to do this in order (TOS, TAS, TNG, DS9, VOY, and Enterprise with the movies interspersed as they happen), I thought I would take this opportunity to review Star Trek Beyond while it’s fresh in my mind. The review below is from my Trek Watch site, so please check out the rest of my reviews that are ongoing at TheStarTrekDude.com. You can find the original Start Trek Beyond review article here: thestartrekdude.com/star-trek-beyond

Stardate: 2263.02
Year: 2263
Written by: Simon Pegg & Doug Jung
Direct by: Justin Lin

This review, like all on this site unless noted otherwise, will contain spoilers but since the movie just came out, I wanted to warn you.

My Trek Watch is being shifted a bit in honor of Star Trek Beyond which opened in theaters today. Star Trek Beyond is the third film in the Kelvin Timeline (previously dubbed JJ-verse by many, myself included) and the 13th film of the franchise. The movie was co-written by self-proclaimed Trekkie and Trek actor, Simon Pegg and directed by Fast & Furious director Justin Lin, another self-proclaimed Trekkie. The film stars the returning cast which includes Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (Bones), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Simon Pegg (Scotty), John Cho (Sulu), and Anton Yelchin (Chekov). We are joined by two newcomers in the main villain played by Idris Elba (Krall) and a new protagonist played by Sofia Boutella (Jaylah). You might remember Sofia Boutella from Kingsmen, as she plays Samuel L. Jackson’s #2, the woman with the blade legs.

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Alright, let’s talk about the film. Star Trek Beyond takes place just about 3 years into the Enterprise’s Five Year Mission. This might even be a bit of a nod to The Original Series, since it was canceled around the time this movie would have taken place. I love the way the movie begins. We are shown a Captain Kirk who is bored, tired, and disenchanted by the chair. He even makes an inside-joke about things feeling episodic. I laughed. What I liked about this was the parallels to Captain Pike of the Prime Timeline in “The Cage”. Both characters had lost their sense of adventure and drive for exploration. They had lost themselves a bit and didn’t know what their next step would be. Both even thought about leaving the Enterprise.

In the meantime, we had Spock’s interesting arc of conflict dating back to the 2009 film. He is constantly struggling with his duties to Starfleet and his duties to the Vulcan people in the aftermath of Nero. In a truly touching tribute to Leonard Nimoy (Spock Prime), Spock learns that the Ambassador has died. This is an incredibly complex situation. What does it feel like if a version of yourself dies? How can one know?

Things don’t stay dark the whole time, though. In fact, I found that the film brought a sense of light and brightness to the franchise we had not seen since Star Trek: Insurrection. I found that this movie enjoyed the spirit of The Original Series but did so in the 21st century when movies are more fast paced and action packed.

The overall plot is solid. I also really liked the origin of Krall, even if some critics claim they caught on immediately. I did not. I found Krall to be a menacing character as well. He is powerful, intelligent, and dedicated to his cause. The characters have fun and/or important arcs that are all more or less resolved by the end of the film. Again, Chekov has the least going on but he did get more screen time than Into Darkness. Jaylah was a nice breath of fresh air too. Her speaking style, visual appearance, and attitude made the movie more enjoyable and brought a sense of wonder with her.

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The character relationships are the best part of this movie from a story perspective. Bones and Spock have some wonderful moments both humorous and serious in nature. When Spock is close to death, it is their respect and friendship that keeps them going. Since 1966, we’ve watch Bones and Spock trade barbs. McCoy would throw a “green blooded” insult and Spock would reply with something intellectual yet sarcastic. What some don’t realize is that they were true friends with deep respect for one another. Beyond showed this better than any film before it and I loved every second. Seeing the characters paired up differently was also fun. We had Kirk and Chekov, Uhura and Sulu, Scotty and Jaylah, and Bones and Spock as I mentioned.

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What sold this movie to me, as a Trekkie, is its understanding of the franchise and canon. While the 2009 film obviously referenced the Prime Timeline it didn’t add anything outside of Spock Prime. At the same token, Into Darkness ignored the Prime timeline all together with the exception of Khan’s existence. Star Trek Beyond does exactly the opposite throughout the film. First, we have all of the Star Trek: Enterprise references like the Xindi and Romulan Wars, MACOs, and the formation of the Federation. We even got a glimpse of that era’s uniforms and the USS Franklin is clearly based on the NX-01 Enterprise design from the TV show, even if it’s different. But that’s not where it ended. We got references in basic dialogue like Chekov’s tale pertaining to the origins of Scotch, straight from TOS. Kirk even makes a statement about “absent friends” in his toast toward the end of the film. The birthday references are there too. These were echos of The Wrath of Khan and The Search for Spock but in a different light for different incarnations.

The resolution for the film is fun, for me at least, but flimsy at best. I saw some similarities to how the Borg were handled at times during Voyager with the whole disrupt communication concept and I can appreciate all of the ships in the swarm functioning that way but I don’t understand why they blew up anymore than I understood it in the Voyager episode “The Swarm” when those ships exploded due to a phaser feedback… but at least that was an actual weapon. But, as I said, the scene and music is fun, so I’m going to let it slide because Trek has done worse before and it’s my only serious gripe for the film.

USS Franklin

Finally, we had the major tribute to Nimoy. Quinto’s Spock is looking through a box of items from Spock Prime. He then pulls out a small case where a photo slides out. I expected just a picture of Nimoy as Spock, maybe young, maybe old but just something to say goodbye one last time. We got so much more. We got the iconic photo of the original crew, similar to the one below. We got to see the Kelvin Timeline not only honor Nimoy in his passing but honor his Spock, his Kirk, his Enterprise, and his crew. It was a picture I never expected to see in new Trek and an acknowledgement of the franchise’s history that was perfectly deserving on its 50th year.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Crew

In the credits, we got a final goodbye to Nimoy and the film’s dedication to Anton Yelchin. While Nimoy’s loss was a major one for many in the Trek community and beyond, Yelchin’s was shocking and painful. He was so young and his presence will be missed in everything he could have been a part of. I fully support Abrams’ and the studio’s decision not to recast Chekov.

To end on a positive note, Star Trek Beyond was a fantastic birthday present to a franchise half a century old that has hit every corner of this globe. It captures the spirit of The Original Series while pushing forward in its own right, respecting the franchise every step of the way. I loved it and can’t wait to see what’s in store for Star Trek 4 and the upcoming TV series on CBS.

May you all live long and prosper.

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Star Trek Beyond: Spoiler-Filled Review

Star Trek Beyond: The Spoiler Free Review, It’s Fantastic

But I’m sure you’ve already heard that it’s good or that some reviews not liking Star Trek Beyond for its lack of depth, you know, the kinda of depth of classic episodes like “City on the Edge of Forever” or “Balance of Terror”, for example. What some people forget is that on average The Original Series was far from perfect. Depending on who you ask, only about half the episodes are really good. What brings fans like me back continually are the characters and how they interact. I’ll sit through some of the worst TOS episodes if the banter between Spock and McCoy makes me smile and if it has a theme or at least some solid message I’ll have a good time watching it. And that’s what Star Trek Beyond is, a simple character driven story with a theme. Its theme is camaraderie plain and simple. There are also much more sublet nods to ideas of globalization and provincialism and sense of wonder. Sometimes all you need is a nod if you want to focus more on the characters and you’ll have a great film.

Plot:
The plot is functional, nothing too elaborate, but it gets the job done. There are no big loop holes or dramatically illogical moments like what was found in Star Trek Into Darkness. But it does lack the freshness and charm of something like an origin story that is found Star Trek (2009). At no time was the story dull or boring, even during the moments of exposition and story setup it was fun to watch. The film moves from start to finish in a quick way that will leave you feeling like it’s going to end way too soon but the pacing never disappoints.  Interestingly enough where you could argue Into Darkness failed at plot twists and surprises, Beyond does a much better job at it. You’ll definitely want to avoid spoilers with this one.kirk-yorktown-uniform

Cast and Acting:
This film’s saving grace is its cast and acting. I know it’s been said before but if you think these actors have hit there mark before, you’ll be blown away with how they’ve improved on capturing the characters. They all feel much more visceral. Most noticeably is Karl Urban’s McCoy who is given a far greater role in the story. He’s your battle medic alright. And McCoy is gonna make you laugh, let me tell you.

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The new comers to Star Trek, Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella, are well done also. You’d think Idris Elba, being so buried in makeup would be a mistake. When I first saw the trailer, I was reminded of the Remans from Star Trek: Nemisis, shallow Nosferatu like aliens that were flat and dull, more monster than villain. But Elba pulls it off well. He has a certain speaking cadence like Bane from The Dark Knight Returns but it’s actually much closer to how Ceaser speaks in the Planet of the Apes remakes. It draws you in, eager to hear every word, it keeps you hanging on his words. The villain interestingly enough has a not too subtle character arch that when it reaches its climax is interesting and adds to both the story and characters motivation, if a little to late.

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Sofia Boutella’s female heroin character, Jaylah, has some range as well. She portrays her as a strong and cunning independent survivor. Yet Boutell gives Jaylah a much needed vulnerability at times. Something that other space fairing, sci-fi flicks didn’t do with there stick fighting female leads (cough, cough Force Awakens). It’s Jaylah’s vulnerability with her strength that makes her compelling in the opposite way of how Rey was handled in Star Wars.

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Script:
Much of the charm and fun from Star Trek Beyond comes from the clever script. Cheeky one liners and interactions between characters are what makes this film exciting during the down time between the action scenes. McCoy and Spock’s interactions are some of the best moments with the film. But every character has his or her scenes and contributions to the plot; no character is wasted and everyone has a reason to be there.

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The only draw back at the end is the problem solving felt a little too collaborative. Like cheesy 90s sitcoms where couples finish each others sentences when faced with a problem, it felt like they where kicking a ball back and forth and it felt a bit too forced.

Action:
The action is real good but perhaps not as good as something like Force Awakens. True, there are some moments where Star Trek Beyond introduces some very interesting shots and camera work that depict actions scenes in zero gravity in a new way, both in space and hand to hand combat. But these shots don’t always pay off. When they do, they’re something special.

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Oddly enough though, the infamous motorcycle scene is actually pretty darn good. When I saw it first in the trailer I was reminded of the lame dune buggy scene from Star Trek: Nemesis. But it fits with the story and is fun to watch. I actually liked it. Kirk was the action hero we always knew he was.

Lastly, the space battles where good but not overly so. Much as with the plot, the strength is with the characters not the space ships.

Special Effects:
Actually, I was slightly disappointed with the special effects. Generally most sci-fi films do a great job at this, heck even fan films can have some great stuff. But there are some moments here and there where I guess they got overly ambitious with shots and angles and didn’t have the budget to make everything look perfect. I mean don’t get me wrong, the film overall looks great but early on in the above mentioned motorcycle scene for example,  it looked sub-standard, perhaps because they wanted an interesting pan shot for the camera. It may be from lack of budget more than lack of vision though.  I got to hand it to them for trying an interesting shot though. I’m no special effects purists.

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Overall:
Star Trek Beyond is a fantastic film but if you’re an old school Trekkie that hated the previous two films then there really isn’t much here you’d like. As for everyone else, you’re going to enjoy yourself with Beyond. It feels like a love letter to The Original Series, at many times echoing it in form and function. Though not a film with intellectual depth, it stands on par with the complexity found with Star Trek: First Contact easily and in many ways surpasses it. It’s an incredible bounce back from the shortcomings of Into Darkness and though in may not have the charm of the 2009 entry, it feels much closer to the source material than many other Star Trek films. In many ways, it was much closer to Star Trek: The Motion Picture as far as look and feel to The Original Series. That’s pretty darn impressive in itself.

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What did you think of Star Trek Beyond? Do you think Justin Lin was up to the task? Comment below with your thoughts!

Live long and prosper.

Star Trek Beyond: The Spoiler Free Review, It’s Fantastic

Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2016

With 2015 coming to a close, we can look back at some amazing films. We finally got a major blockbuster sequel to Jurassic Park. We closed out the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2 with Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. We rebelled against the Capitol with Katniss to close out The Hunger Games. We saw Pixar’s first two-movie year featuring the incredibly emotional Inside Out. We scienced the **** out of things with Matt Damon on Mars and we drove sports cars through buildings in Dubai with a surprisingly well-thought and heartfelt goodbye to Paul Walker. Tom Cruise continued to complete his impossible missions while James Bond dealt with the aftermath of Skyfall. Meanwhile, another Disney animated classic was brought to live action and a February James Bond knockoff film surprised us all and was green-lit for a sequel. Oh and let’s not forget about the galaxy far, far away. 2015 was a big year for films and I’ve barely scratch the surface here but 2016 stands to be even bigger and bolder. So, let’s take a look at my Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2016.

10. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (11/18)

We recently got our first look at the Harry Potter universe film and while it didn’t show much, it did bring a little bit of magic back to us. I’m most excited about this film because I’m curious to see how the magic world is depicted not only in the past (this takes place 70 years before Harry enters Hogwarts) but in North America since the film takes place in New York. The film stars Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Flash (2018)), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, Les Miserables), Colin Farrell (Phone Booth, Total Recall), Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy), Jon Voight (Mission: Impossible, Heat), and Samantha Morton (Minority Report, John Carter). Catch the first teaser trailer below.

9. Ghostbusters (7/15)

Who you gonna call? This time, it’s four female heroes in the form of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. Our heroes are joined by Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and several original returning cast members including Bill Murray, Signourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd (who also co-wrote the film), and Ernie Hudson. This past week we got our first official look at the women in costume plus four individual character posters spotlighting the tech more than anything. I’m excited that Aykroyd was involved in the writing and I’m excited that so many people are coming back for cameos in the film. This is a good sign to me. Additionally, the woman look the part in the official images we’ve seen. It doesn’t hurt that the tech looks solid too. Check out the character posters below.

Ghostbusters Character Posters Collage

8. Warcraft (6/10)

Blizzard Entertainment has finally made a feature film and it’s not even CGI like their glorious in-game cut scenes. The studio behind such iconic PC games as World of Warcraft, Diablo, Starcraft, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch is finally putting out a Warcraft universe film. The CGI looks awesome. The battles look awesome and hey, when the “for the horde” and “for the alliance” war cries sound, my voice is part of it thanks to my BlizzCon 2014 attendance. But, biases aside, the movie looks really cool. The film stars Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Deja Vu, Precious), Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Daniel Wu (The Man with the Iron Fists), and Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma, Lone Survivor). Check out the trailer below!

7. Independence Day Resurgence (6/24)

It’s been 20 years and Will Smith’s character died in a experimental plane test but several other major characters from the original sci-fi classic are returning including Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, and Judd Hirsch. Now yes, Brent’s character died… right? Wrong. Rumor has it, he’s been in a coma of sorts. The returning cast is joined by Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) and William Fichtnet (Armageddon, Black Hawk Down, The Dark Knight), Joey King (Crazy, Stupid, Love., The Conjuring, Oz the Great and Powerful, White House Down), and Maika Monroe (It Follows, The Bling Ring). I’m very excited to see how we adapted the alien technology to advance our own defenses. Sure, some of it looks silly, like an alien ship half the size of Earth entering the atmosphere, but hey… it’s Independence Day! Check out the trailer below.

6. X-Men: Apocalypse (5/27)

I’m a big fan of the X-Men films overall. Sure, X3 was pretty rough and I skipped X-Men Origins: Wolverine due to the low ratings and poor CGI but the first two films, First Class, The Wolverine, and Days of Future Past were pretty solid superhero and action flicks. Well, the story isn’t over yet. The young cast (Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Evan Peters, and Hank McCoy) return with some newcomers to take on the big bad Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac). Now, there’s a few directions this could go but based on the recently released first trailer, it looks like we are getting the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse concept with Magneto (Fassbender), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), and Angel (Ben Hardy). The trailer looks solid and the style for Storm, Jubilee (Lana Condor), and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) are fantastic. True, Jennifer Lawrence appears more Raven than Mystique and we didn’t get a glimpse of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine cameo but I have high hopes for this one. Check out the trailer below.

5. Suicide Squad (8/5)

I’m a DC Comics guy. Yes, I love the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Iron Man, The Winter Solider, all fantastic, not to mention the others. But I am first and foremost a DC fan. I love the comic books, cartoons, The CW TV series, you name it. On top of that, I’m a huge Will Smith fan. It’s a great combination. You’ve got a solid cast of Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wallstreet, Focus), Cara Delevingne (Pan, Paper Towns), Jared Leto (Requiem for a Dream, Dallas Buyers Club), Jai Courtney (Divergent, Terminator Genisys), Viola Davis (The Help, Doubt, Disturbia), Common (Selma, Now You See Me, Wanted), and yes, Will Smith. Plus, Ben Affleck is reprising his Batman role in this film, making that TWO appearances by the Dark Knight in a motion picture in the same year. Crazy. Also, just try to tell me that Viola Davis is not the perfect casting choice for Amanda Waller. We’ve got a cast photo below but no trailer yet. Of course, this is an August release, so we have a little while to wait.

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4. Star Trek Beyond (7/22)

For those of you who come here often or listen to our podcasts Grid Talk and Screen Heroes, you know I’m a Trekkie. You can find me online @TheStarTrekDude on both Twitter and Facebook. It’s my thing. So, I am excited that Trek is continuing and that we have a movie for the 50th anniversary of the franchise. With that said, Into Darkness is at the bottom of my list. Seriously, I made a list. You can read it here. So, I am looking forward to a new Star Trek film not helmed by J.J. Abrams but instead a new director who is actually a fan of the franchise, Justin Lin. Also, Simon Pegg, an avid Trekkie, co-wrote the script. These are good signs. Additionally, the first trailer showed some solid stuff. I know not everyone is a fan of the action-packed “Sabotage” filled trailer (Simon Pegg is in that group by the way) but look past that and focus on what is being shown. The Enterprise is being destroyed, something that’s very Trek. Second, the uniforms are losing that athletic look and look more like TOS and TNG. Plus, we are on an alien planet with new species and the premise is brand new to Trek. So, let’s watch them seek out new lifeforms and new civilizations while they boldly go where no one has gone before. Oh and Idris Elba as the big bad? Thank you! Trailer below!

3. Captain America: Civil War (5/6)

My friends know I have a problem with the title because this is an MCU film, an Avengers film. It is not a Captain America solo film so the name should reflect that. Yes, Cap is a big focus and he seems to cause the divide directly but just call it Marvel’s Civil War and then I’m happy. Anyway, we’ve been building up to this for a while now. The Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron set this stuff up and it’s about time. We also get Black Panther which is very exciting. So what’s not to love about this movie? We get the Avengers battling it out over principle with new comer Black Panther stuck in the middle AND Spider-Man is supposed to show up at some point. There is so much potential here and after Age of Ultron, most of our expectations are a little lower which isn’t bad. Trailer below!

2. Star Wars: Rogue One (12/16)

I mean did you see The Force Awakens yet? No?!? Stop reading and go see it now… I’ll wait. Back? It was awesome, right? So why wouldn’t you want to see another film set in that universe focusing on earlier events less than a year from now? Rogue One is the first of the Star Wars Anthology films and revolves around the group that stole the original Death Star plans. We’ve got a solid cast including Felicity Jones, Alan Tudyk, and Forest Whitaker. We don’t have a ton of information yet but based on how great The Force Awakens was and how much I love this franchise, I can’t wait.

1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (3/25)

Finally, the big one. This film, in my opinion, is the most important on this list because it has so much riding on its shoulders. If this movie fails, the rest of the DCEU tumbles with it which means no Wonder Woman, Justice League, Shazaam, Aquaman, nothing but Suicide Squad since it’s basically done at this point. Now, based on the images, posters, and trailers we’ve seen…. I couldn’t be more confident that this will work. The film looks awesome. The tone is solid, the style of the characters is nothing short of epic. Oh and Wonder Woman is looking like she will steal the show which is something I welcome. Not pumped about this? Check out Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns either in graphic novel or animated film form. In the animated film Peter Weller voices Batman… so that’s cool. While this movie will be different, it borrows a lot of concepts and designs from The Dark Knight Returns. This is hands down, the movie I am most excited about, the most looking forward to, and the one that has the opportunity to disappoint me the most. Good luck to everyone involved! Check out the character posters and trailer below.


Batman v Superman Trinity Posters

 

Honorable Mentions

There’s a few more films that didn’t quite make the cut that I’m still excited about. The next five on my list in alphabetical order are:

Deadpool – February 12th

Doctor Strange – November 4th

Finding Dory – June 17th

The Jungle Book – April 15th

TMNT 2 – June 3rd

What did I leave off the list? What films are you most looking forward to in 2016? Comment below with your thoughts!

Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2016

Star Trek Beyond: Trailer Reaction

The new Star Trek Beyond trailer dropped earlier this week, with rumors of it showing before the much anticipated upcoming Star Wars film. The first thing I noticed was how crude the first scene was with Kirk and Scotty. It looked so mashed together. They pasted scenes from the film together to sell the Beastie Boys song, “Sabotage”. Recycling from the first film’s music. This isn’t unusual for a teaser though. Neither is a simplified representation.

Typically trailers try to put all films into cookie cutter genres; action, romance, comedy, etc. So don’t get your feathers all ruffled just yet if this one comes across as an action adventure romp. Hollywood is expertly adept at twisting and turning films to fit their cookie cutter image of what they think will get the most butts in seats in July. They rushed this one out to hit with Star Wars. I know first impressions aren’t that good but teaser trailers usually suck, instead lest take a closer look at some of the more interesting details.

If you haven’t seen the first Star Trek Beyond trailer yet, check it out below before continuing.

 

Enterprise Destruction

You clearly see the port-side nacelle separate and the neck linking the primary and secondary hull take heavy damage. There are also hints of the saucer separating and the crew using escape pods. This wouldn’t be the first time the Big E was taken out in a film (see Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek: Generations ) and even more times on the television show; this is a popular way to ramp up the drama and excitement if it’s done right. Ultimately the ship is a part of the family and when it dies you can feel its loss. Hopefully, the ship isn’t sacrificed on the altar of action and adventure. Maybe they’ll try to evoke the sadness of the Search for Spock. One thing to note is that the Enterprise was attacked by a swarm, kamikaze style. Star Trek usually doesn’t touch on either of these often. The only exception being Voyager’s episode, “Swarm”.

Star Trek Beyond: Nacelle Damage

New Aliens

There looks to be at least two new aliens introduced in Star Trek Beyond; one enemy, one friendly. The hostile one (Idris Elba) looks to be a mixture of perhaps Jem’hadar and Reman, and probably with the same disposition to match. The other is a more friendly, black and white toned alien with a wielding a staff, presumably played by Sofia Boutella. What these two characters represent in the story is unknown but it may be related to the two different types of locals in the film cities and wilderness

Star Trek Beyond: Idris Elba Alien
New Uniforms

The obvious one would be the previously leaked Guardians of the Galaxy style worn by Kirk. Though unoriginal, it looks good. Maybe Paramount is hoping to cash in on the casual fun of Guardians of The Galaxy. But more the subtle change would be the regular duty uniforms seen on the ship and on the surface of the planet(s). It looks like a high mandarin collar has been added with some slight shoulder pads. And it looks like the fine texture that gave the uniforms a jersey, modern sports look has been dropped. With the high collar, plain texture, and shoulder pads it shares many similarities with the TNG uniforms. We don’t get many clear shots of the new regular duty uniform so it’s hard to say if it’s an improvement. Usually, high collars and shoulder pads add a certain professionalism to the look, a seriousness. Maybe hinting at the true tone of the film. I guess we’ll find out in July if they actually pull it off.

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Star Trek Beyond Plot Speculation

Creeping on forum boards, hoping to get glimpse of movies before they release really isn’t my thing. It’s just that I prefer something more tangible than rumors. From what I’ve seen, the ship takes heavy damage and the crew has used escape pods. But I wonder if this happens at the start of the film instead of at the climax at the end as it looks like they continue on the planet surface for a bit. The film may have a survivalist aspect with the ship being lost and the crew captured as POWs with Kirk saying “we have no ship, no crew” supporting this. A sort of Great Escape style story of the crew fighting to survive and get the upper hand of their captors. Perhaps Starfleet has gotten too ambitious pressing Beyond civilized space and found that “this is where the Frontier pushes back.” I love that line, I just hope it’s better than Voyager’s “Back to Basics” episode if this is the case. Either way this is just idle speculation.

Star Trek Beyond: POWs

Note Scotty’s little alien friend

Conclusion

The newer Star Trek films have been hit and miss with Trekkies and critics alike. After the less than perfect Into Darkness iteration they’ll need Star Trek Beyond to do much better, well at least if they want to keep making movies. Add to that a strong desire for the studio to get that huge Avengers and Guardians kind of revenue, you have some potential for Star Trek Beyond to be a hit. Consider also that they’re already taking steps to make another film after this and it makes me wonder if it will be a semi-cliffhanger like the end of Star Trek III. But when it comes to trailers, I’m too jaded and I try to stick to the look and feel of it, ignoring the studio’s attempt to cookie-cutter categorization. It looks like they may be setting audiences up for an emotional loss and comeback story. Are they bold enough to end it like Empire Strikes Back? All in all, just try to remember teaser trailers are rushed and try to fit cookie cutter ideas of genres. Let’s be a little patient shall we. Isn’t Star Trek about optimism. Keep your chin up Trekkies!

What did you think of the trailer? Comment below with your thoughts!

Star Trek Beyond: Trailer Reaction

Star Trek Beyond First Image

Well folks, Star Trek 3 or Star Trek Beyond, is currently in production and we have our first image from the set. It comes to us via Justin Lin’s Twitter account in the form of the new Starfleet patch on a character’s uniform. Justin Lin will be the director of this first non-JJ Bad Robot Trek film. Lin is known for directing The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, and Fast & Furious 6. This has some Trekkies\Trekkers concerned that Star Trek 3 will be turned into some big car chase in space but Simon Pegg (The World’s End, Paul, Hott Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead), who is writing the film, is assuring us that we’ll get the Trek we deserve.

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What do you think of the new Starfleet badge from Star Trek Beyond? Clearly, it’s very similar to previous incarnations but it does look a little worn, perhaps it’s been used on some away missions already.

Star Trek 3 (Star Trek Beyond) is slated for a July 8th, 2016 release, in time for the franchise’s 50th anniversary. It will star returning cast Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Karl Urban (Bones), Anton Yelchin (Chekov), and John Cho (Sulu) along with possible new comer Idris Elba, among others.

 

Star Trek Beyond First Image