Web Bytes: Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday Trailer

If you caught our last podcast, you may remember that Pee-Wee is much beloved in our family.  Speaking for my own nuclear family, we just flat out love Pee-Wee.  My brother and I would wake up early to eat cereal and watch reruns of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, it is mandatory every year that we watch  the Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas special (because it is amazing), and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure  is a family classic that is oft-quoted (“Paging Mr. Herman.”).

This new trailer doesn’t completely have me sold, but if Netflix is giving Reubens and Co. the creative liberties to rekindle the comedic sensibilities of the Pee-Wee of yore, sign me up.

Ellen

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Thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

star-wars-trailerSure fire way to make a the Comic Con crowd and NFL crowd come together? Air a Star Wars trailer during the halftime of Monday Night Football.  I had to actually figure out what channel ESPN is on in order to take in the sweet, sweet goodness that is this trailer.  My thoughts and reactions were multiple and varied, but I thought I would run through some of them for you.

  • First off, I cried.  I am a bit of the “boy who cried wolf” as I cry at the drop of a hat, so this may not be saying much.  It is of note, however, that I cried during this trailer out of pure excitement and not because of anything particularly sad.
  • WHERE IS LUKE?  The question that is haunting nerds everywhere.  Is he good?  Has he gone to the dark side?  What is he doing?  How much will he be in the movie?  Looks like JJ and Co. are reserving that and more until December 18.
  • I am happy to see Rey (Daisy Ridley) featured so prominently in the trailer, almost as if she is the lead.  Star Wars has always suffered criticisms because of the its lack of ladies and while there may only be two (that we see the faces of) in the trailer, baby steps.
  • How cute is BB-8?  I want one.
  • Is Finn a Storm Trooper?  Former Storm Trooper? Why is he in the Storm Trooper getup?  I am thinking former, especially with the line that we get here “I was raised to do one thing, but I’ve got nothing to fight for.” Perhaps he saw too much of the dark side in his former employers?
  • How amazing do the effects look?  Right mix of CGI and practical.  It looks so beautiful.
  • Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is really channeling Darth.  He seems to be a bit obsessed, really.  That mangled helmet rings of Helga on Hey! Arnold.
  • “It’s true all of it.” + John Williams score beginning to swell + Millenium Falcon in hyperdrive =  Ellen crying
  • Speculation about that look between Finn and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaacs) are swirling, but I think it is just a moment of camraderie as they head into a fight that could be their last (or something like that), so calm down, internet!
  • I know that the hilted light saber had its naysayers, but I dig it.
  • Over whom is Daisy crying?  Hmm?
  • I love that moment of Han and Chewie with their hand on their heads.  Looks like those crazy kids are still up to their hijinx.
  • Again, so excited for Rey.  She looks bad ass and integral to the story.
  • This final montage of all these quick shots of epic looking action set piece makes me get goosebumps every time.  There’s just so much I want to know!
  • Han comforting Leia!  I hope this means that those two worked everything out.  I’m also hoping for a “scruffy looking nerf herder” at some point in all of this.
  • Agh! That final moment of Finn and Kylo about to battle with light sabers?  SQUEE!!!!  Better yet, watch John Boyega’s reaction to that moment.
  • My favorite part of all?  That I still know nothing about this  movie, really.  Yes, I want to know everything, but only within the context of the whole movie.

It should be obvious, but December 18 could not come soon enough.  If you have been living under a rock and have not seen this yet, watch it below.  Or if you are like me and just want to watch it again, watch it below.

-Ellen

Web Bytes: Trailers for The Giver and Step Up: All In

On the list of my favorite things, YA novels and dance movies both rank pretty high.  Imagine my excitement when I got trailers for both The Giver and a new Step Up this week.

Yes, it looks like it may not be very faithful to the book, but HELLO!  It has Meryl freaking Streep!  Also, T-Swift.

An all-star Step Up movie?  It’s only all of my wildest dreams coming true.  “Does it always have to end up in a big giant dance battle?” Yes.  Yes, it does, Moose.  And don’t you dare take that away from me. – Ellen

Web Bytes: X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailer

I don’t mean to brag, but I saw most of this trailer back in July at Comic Con.  (Oh, wait.  That’s right.  I love bragging about Comic Con. )  This doesn’t mean that I was any less excited to see this new trailer this morning.  How rad does this look?!  Granted, I will get excited about any Fassbender/McAvoy vehicle, but especially an X-Men movie.  Which happens to work out nicely, since that is all they have done together.

Anyway, check out the trailer and get excited for May 23rd with me!

 

Ellen

Web Bytes: Much Ado About Nothing Trailer

much_ado_about_nothing_still_a_lCould my day get any better?  I stumbled upon this trailer today and am now only upset that it took me a full week to do so.

Much Ado About Nothing has always been my favorite Shakespeare play, so when you throw in Joss Whedon, one of my favorite people out there, I’m sold.

The trailer has done nothing to put a damper on said excitement.  In fact, it increasing with alarming frenzy after each viewing of the trailer.  Maybe I should just stop watching it?

Ellen