Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas from Disney, etc.!

I know the ol' Etc. has been short on posts lately, but I've been too engulfed by the Christmas spirit to use a computer! Sorry 'bout that, folks. After the holidays, expect a return to our regularly-paced, exciting stream of news all about Disney, Pixar, Movies, and everything in-between.

I hope I haven't lost any of you beloved readers due to my recent lack of . . . consistency. More news is to come! Reviews! The rousing Awards Season! What Makes it Timeless! It's all coming your way, and it's all coming very soon.

Until then, have a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!!

Oh, and watch Mickey's A Christmas Carol tonight. I demand it.

Merry Christmas!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New 'Pirates' Trailer

Above you will find a brand new trailer for the fourth installment of Bruckheimer's Pirates franchise.

First, let's discuss the trailer itself. More specifically, the elephant in this post--that little intro to the trailer. It was odd. Really odd. But I'll excuse it just because I love the character of Jack Sparrow. In fact, I'm sure that the only reason the peculiar intro was there was to showcase Depp's character even more. But, as I said, I'll ignore its strangeness just because I love the character so much...

Now, the film in general. I am not entirely sure what to make of On Stranger Tides just yet. Being a piratical history enthusiast as well as a lover of Disney and cinema, I am very excited that this new Pirates film will have the historical aspect of Blackbeard in it. I have studied the biography of Blackbeard, as well as other pirates, and am very excited to see how they will treat him as both a brand new character and a historical entity--Ian McShane seems to make a great Blackbeard, and I can't wait to further see how he portrays him.

However, the plot doesn't seem incredibly strong. Similar to my issues with Cars 2, this film seems rather gimmicky and void of true, deep emotion. Granted the only Pirates film with any "heart" was Curse of the Black Pearl, I still wanted to see the screenwriters try a little harder to make the audience fall back in love with Sparrow and new supporting characters. It doesn't seem like there will be much room for this in such an adventure-heavy, emotionless film. However, the lack of emotion will leave much more room for crazy adventures and stunts and hilarity from Jack Sparrow.

Having said that, I'm excited to see Blackbeard, excited for Jack Sparrow, and I'm a complete sucker for pirate adventures. It isn't fair for me to judge the movie before I've seen it, and I'll still be first in line for the midnight showing come May 20, 2011.