Guest Post: Upcoming Movies

Here's a guest post looking ahead at some movie blockbusters coming our way.

Upcoming Movies
by Robert La Vallie
With the new Avengers: Age of Ultron movie released this past Friday, the season of the blockbuster movie is upon us. With that said, which epic movie are you most looking forward to seeing? Here are some choices, along with my opinion about each movie.
Note: The views expressed here are my views alone, and if you do not agree, we can agree to disagree. Also, no animals were harmed in the writing of this blog entry. 


 The story takes place several years after Conan The Barbarian, with the title character, Arnold Schwarzenegger, getting back into action as he must fight to keep his throne, and live up to his own legend. This film takes place AFTER Conan has been king. The whole idea that got me so enthusiastic about the new creative take is, can he live up to the legend he is? Conan is in his mid 60s now, so he will have to fight through an aging warrior body, having cracking bones, aches and having to get back into the battle.

Robert's Take:
 This is the movie I am most excited to see [yes, even more than the new Star Wars movies]. There is something about the Conan character that is appealing. Perhaps it is his mindset of what is important in life. Maybe it is because the movie transports you to a simpler time. Then again, having the original Conan appear on the big screen after a 30-year hiatus? Grab the popcorn, put on your 3-D glasses, and get ready for the ride of your life.

Return to a time when the oceans drank Atlantis and the rise of the sons of Aryas, when there was an age undreamed of! See once again how Conan indeed wears the jeweled crown of Aquilonia upon a troubled brow. Revisit the days of high adventure!


The plot for this movie will be set 30 years after the Battle of Endor and the events portrayed in Return of the Jedi. This makes complete sense, given that the film will once again feature the likes of Luke, Leia and Han from George Lucas’ original trilogy. In order to pull this off realistically, Episode VII would need to factor in the age of the actual actors, and it appears that’s exactly what’s being done.

Robert's Take: After the horrific prequels (is there anyone who wants more of Jar Jar Binks?), it seems from the two trailers that J.J. Abrams understands the essence of what Star Wars is all about.

Choice #3: STAR WARS ANTHOLOGY: ROGUE ONE [Episode 3.5?]
Synopsis: Not much is available about this movie, aside from a teaser trailer with audio from Sir Alec Guinness and a brief synopsis that this movie bridges the gap between Episodes III and IV.

Robert's Take: My concern here is that this could be the beginning of mass commercialism of the Star Wars franchise, and this may result in a watering down of the saga. What George Lucas learned, unfortunately, is that less is, indeed, more. After all, did we really need to know about midichlorians? Hopefully, this movie will be powerful, but only time will tell.

Synopsis: The world of the growing DC Cinematic Universe has labeled Superman (Henry Cavill) a controversial figure after the events seen in Man of Steel, and while there are many in the world who see him as a superhero, there are many others who view him as an extreme threat. It would seem that Batman (Ben Affleck) falls into this latter category, and uses his incredible resources to do what he can to try and stop the perceived alien menace.

Robert's Take: I was underwhelmed by the trailer. Maybe it is Ben Affleck portraying the Batman character after his abysmal role as Daredevil. Perhaps, it is Henry Cavill as Superman when his acting in Man of Steel was leaden. This seems a lightweight version of Alex Ross' Kingdom Come epic miniseries. Now, if Hollywood wants to do a Batman vs. Superman epic movie, there is only one way to go: The Dark Knight Returns. Have Frank Miller write, produce, and direct the screen version. However, as it stands, the movie looks OK, and I probably will see it, but don't be surprised if this movie earns some Razzies.


 On the verge of winning the war against Skynet, John Connor sends his trusted lieutenant Kyle Reese back through time to save his mother's life and ensure his own existence. But what he finds on the other side is like nothing he ever expected. After being orphaned at age 9 by a Terminator, Sarah Connor has since been brought up by another Terminator, played by Schwarzenegger, programmed to protect her. This Terminator has then trained her to face her destiny, which she adamantly tries to reject. Now Kyle and Sarah have to escape the T-800, the T-1000, and John Connor himself in a desperate attempt to stop Judgment Day from ever happening; while at the same time trying to stop the sinister GENISYS app from going online.
Robert's Take: Unlike John Connor, this is going to be the movie that finally kills the Terminator. The trailer looks ridiculous. Then again, look on the bright side. Unlike the Mayweather-Pacquiao snooze fest, you won't have to shell out $100 to see this dud.

Which movie is the one you are most excited to see? We'd like to know.
Let me know which films are on your must-see list.


Jeff McGinley said…
Great points.

As much of a first generation Star Wars geek that I am, I have to agree with you on Conan. There's something that looks very promising about their chances of recapturing what made the original kick off a whole wave of imitators.

DC animated already did a spectacular Dark Knight Returns...Batman Vs Superman reads like a film written by Lex Luthor. Superheroes are dark, alien, and untrustworthy.