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Ready Player One — First Trailer

Ok, now about that other key trailer from Comic-Con: The trailer for Ready Player One.

Ernest Cline’s science-fiction novel, Ready Player One was the fanboy must-read book of 2011. It’s set in the unhappy and decaying United States of 2044, when a decades-long recession, a trashed environment, and the general collapse of civil society have driven many people to spend much of their time hooked into a virtual reality universe called the OASIS. When there’s a two-year waiting list for jobs at Burger King, escapism is a logical choice.

As our hero and narrator, Wade Watts, known in the OASIS as “Parzival,” points out:

“Now that I was eighteen, I could vote, in both the OASIS elections and the elections for U.S. government officials. I didn’t bother with the latter, because I didn’t see the point. The once-great country into which I’d been born now resembled its former self in name only. It didn’t matter who was in charge. Those people were rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic and everyone knew it. Besides, now that everyone could vote from home, via the OASIS, the only people who could get elected were movie stars, reality TV personalities, or radical televangelists.”

[Keep repeating, “It’s only a movie. It’s only a movie. It’s only a movie.”]

Anyhow, the now-dead creator of the OASIS was a man named James Halliday who, not unlike many of the readers of this book, was a 1980s obsessive. You know, the kind of person who goes nuts over spotting the 80s allusions in Stranger Things….

OASIS made Halliday very, very rich. When his will was read, it revealed that he’d hidden three “keys” in OASIS, and that the first person to find them, and solve the puzzles linked to them, would be the sole inheritor of OASIS and of Halliday’s massive fortune. All that would be required to solve the puzzles was an encyclopedic knowledge of the movies, music, video games, and TV shows of the 1980s.

Enter Parzival.

I liked the book, but didn’t love it. It’s a fast, easy, enjoyable read, full of Easter eggs for those of us who have, well, “an encyclopedic knowledge of the movies, music, video games, and TV shows of the 1980s,” but it was definitely light reading, without much depth or meaning. It’s a book that’s the perfect source for a big spring/summer movie.

Steven Spielberg (who else?) is directing. The film is scheduled to be released on 30 March 2018.


Stranger Things Season 2 — Comic-Con “Thriller” Trailer

The 2017 Comic-Con International ends today, and, as always, the event was packed with teasers, trailers, and sneak peaks. Among he most anticipated was this trailer for the second season of Stranger Things.

It doesn’t disappoint.

We’re back in the 80s again, a year after the action of last summer’s breakout hit.

Arcades! Dragon’s Lair! Reagan/Bush! Winona Ryder! Ghostbusters! Thriller! Shorts that were actually, you know, short.

It even has Memphis sheets!*

Sequels are always tricky. Can the Stranger Things recapture the charm and magic of the original?

We’ll find out on 27 October 2017, when Netflix will make the whole series available for streaming.

To Be Stuck Here Inside of Mobile, with These Memphis Sheets Again

*Well, sort of. The sheets you can see at the 3:03 mark are certainly reminiscent of the Memphis designs that were ubiquitous in the mid-80s, but I don’t think they’re the original item. This is just another subtle Stranger Things 80s homage.

You can see real Memphis sheets on Grady’s bed at the beginning of this scene from 1985’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. (AKA the gay one.)

Memphis,” btw, doesn’t have anything to do with the city in Egypt. It was the name of a Milan design group, and had a style that heavily influenced New Wave graphics. Apparently, it’s making a comeback this year.

Being able to spread important, potentially life-changing information like this is what makes blogging so rewarding.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — Comic-Con Trailer

Comic-Con International was last weekend in San Diego, which means we have a whole bunch of new movie trailers.  Here’s the one for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

I posted an earlier trailer here, and a brief “Behind the Scenes” video here.

Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander, the lead character in this first film of a new trilogy based on J. K. Rowling’s 2001 Harry Potter prequel.

This film will be released on 18 November 2016.

The Shannara Chronicles — Official First Look

Looks like MTV is getting into the Swords and Sorcery business.  This video was shown at Comic-Con 2015.

The Shannara Chronicles is a 10-episode series that’s set to screen in early 2016.  If it’s a hit, there’s plenty of material for more episodes; it’s based on an epic fantasy by Terry Brooks, who has published somewhere north of 30 (30!) novels in the series.  George R. R. Martin, please take note.

I haven’t read any of the 30+ books, lacking, as I do, both any great interest in epic fantasy novels and an attention span longer than seven minutes.  But I do love Game of Thrones (the TV series) and Lord of the Rings (the movies.)  I’ll have to find where MTV is on Comcast’s channel grid, because I’ll be checking this out.

BTW, “I remember when MTV played music videos.” = “I’m really old.”

Hunger Games:  Mockingjay Part 2 — The Comic-Con San Diego 2015 Panel

Here’s the Hunger Games:  Mockingjay Part 2 panel from this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego.  It doesn’t include the full trailer that was previewed at CCSD, but I’m not sure how long this will be up, so enjoy it while you can.

Parkour Atop the Roofs of Paris

This is so good!  And…Paris!

Ubisoft, the French video game publisher that developed the Assassin’s Creed series, invited director Devin Graham to create a real-life video to help introduce Assassin’s Creed Unity, the newest entry in the series, to the crowds at San Diego Comic-Con.  The video stars Ronnie Shalvis and the French FreeRun family.

Here’s the funny “Behind the Scenes” video:

“Don’t get hit by cars, ’cause you’re gonna die”.