While doing some research for the latest The Pop Culture Cafe podcast I came across the trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s new film, The Shape of Water. As with a del Toro movie you step into another world from Guillermo mind. But is it a totally original? I got trapped down the YouTube rabbit hole after watching the trailer. I came across a short film from Norway, The Space Between Us. The Space Between Us was a short film by the Netherlands Film Academy in 2015. Now after watching each trailer does it each have a similar feel and look.
The Shape of Water
An other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.
We follow Juliette, a cleaning lady in a research institute called Beacon. The world of Beacon is a desolate place where the remainder of the human race is forced to use oxygen masks to survive because of severe air pollution.
In their search for finding a new way of living they manage to capture a sea creature, they name Adam that could prove vital in mankindâ€™s salvation. The short film explores the theme self-sacrifice in a fast paced action, sci – fi setting. The main selling point is the VFX done by a crew of 10 students at The Netherlands Film Academy
Now I am not shitting on Guillermo del Toro here. But I did find from these two trailers I find it hard to believe that del Toro did not come across film and a germ of a idea came about.
What do you think?
If you have listening to The Pop Culture Cafe podcast(if not shame on you) Scott and I talked about the “My Friend Dahmer”. Well if you have not seen it then here you go ladies and gents.
Before Jeffrey Dahmer became a notorious serial killer, he was a shy, alcoholic teen who never quite fit in. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Derf Backderf, this is the true, haunting story of Jeffrey Dahmer in high school.
Ryan Reynolds is a marketing tool on his own. Reynolds has since the first Deadpool movie Ryan has constantly tweeted, Instagram images and updates. I truly believe that Ryan was able to get people out to see Deadpool because of the use of social media. Once again he has done it with Deadpool 2. Earlier he used social media to introduce us to Zazie Beetz as Domino.
Now this weekend Reynolds posted 2 pictures of Josh Brolin in full Cable gear. Brolin’s Cable has the cybernetic arm, and eye along with an adorable teddy bear attached to his belt. This version of Cable is trimmed down but looks dam good.
Brolin is looking dam good.
Here is a few of the programs coming to Netflix Canada in August. The highlight for many will be ‘Marvel’s – The Defenders’. There are some hidden gems also.
Source: Netflix Canada,
Neill Blomkamp has been a very busy boy. Earlier Neill release to short film through Oats Studios, titled “Rakka.” Now this time an 26:52 short film called “Firebase”.
Neill Blomkamp along with independent production studio, Oats Studios are producing some great experimental filmed content. Then through various online platforms they will be able to raise additional funding by sale of more original digital content on Steam. Their hope is that they will be able to then give what the fans want by financial support and feed back. So in a small way each financial backer is a producer.
If you enjoy this short film and would love to help support Neill and Oats Studios follow the links below.
Steam Page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/633…
If Sony had of just called this movie “Welcome to the Jungle “they probably would have saved themselves a tonne of grief. The word Jumanji conjures up images and memories of late comedic icon Robin Williams and that’s something that will probably not help this film. Many tweets I’ve read about these trailers have been negative .Many for no reason I feel.
The Trailer begins almost as an Homage to “The Breakfast Club” in that 4 students of diverse back grounds get to spend some time in detention. I’m not completely sure this was not a coincidence. They actually gave a little bit more away in this trailer then I wanted to see.Sometimes it’s not a bad thing to keep a surprise how people get from one place to another.
Soon we’re cranking it up with strains of Guns and Roses “Welcome to the Jungle “booming through the scenes. Guns and Roses works with practically every trailer so not reading too much into the movies quality here.
The movies stars The Rock, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan. Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire), also signed on for it and he usually doesn’t do scripts unless there is something there so that interests me . Most of the Jokes in the Trailers land, and Jack Black channeling a lovely blonde seems like it might have a few chuckles from the trailer. You are, of course going to see many, many dangerous animals along the way in all their CGI majesty
I found the International Trailer did a better job of selling the movie for me.These folks seem like they had a good time making the film and poking some fun at their character stereotypes so that to me is a plus. If people go in to watch the movie without thinking of Robin Williams they will probably enjoy the movie much more. All the man wanted to do was make you smile. Why not try it?
It’s releasing Dec.22nd and will probably face some pretty rough competition at that time(The Last Jedi drops the week before) but it might be effective counter programming. I say cautiously. Domestic and International Trailers are below. Thanks for reading
Yes this is a little late but here are just some of the fine Cosplay that was happening this years Calgary Expo. Every year the people that spend the time and effort to create these amazing piece keeps getting better and better.
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