First Glance: “The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”

I’m a little late getting to this, but last week Marvel Studios dropped the first trailer for the upcoming third installment in their “The Guardians of the Galaxy” branch of the MCU. I’ve enjoyed the “Guardians” films, but I’ve never considered them top-tier MCU. The films are full of fun characters, but the hit-and-miss goofiness along with some pretty bland villains have held them back. Still, director James Gunn finds ways to make things entertaining.

His third chapter sees the Guardians at a pretty low point. It’s especially true for Peter (Chris Pratt) who’s still struggling with the loss of his Gamora. But this is a James Gunn movie so you know things aren’t going to stay somber for very long. In fact we get several good laughs in the trailer that fit nicely with the goofy tone of the previous films. But we also get glimpses that make us wonder if we’re in for some heartbreak. Time will tell. I’m pretty interested in seeing where this third (and possibly final) “Guardians” movie goes.

“The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” opens May 5, 2023. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

First Glance: “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”

Very little in the realm of movies could excite me more than this – “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”. 2023 was already stacking up to be a stellar year for movie lovers. One of the biggest treats was a new Indiana Jones movie. Most of us had written off any chance of a new installment, especially after the woefully bad “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”. Yet here we are with a fifth Indy film on the way. And it’s once again led by the wonderful 80-year-old Harrison Ford.

As a die-hard fan of the first three films, of course I had concerns. But then I saw the just-released first trailer. Now I’m as giddy as 10-year-old me was back in 1981 as we left the Flick Twin Cinema after seeing “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. Everything about this trailer excited me – fabulous familiar faces, some interesting new ones, glorious callbacks, plenty of Indy-styled swashbuckling. It hit every mark it needed to. I love the look of it. And with director James Mangold at the helm, I think the property is in very good hands!

“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” hits theaters June 30, 2023. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

Movie Poster Spotlight: “White Noise” (2022)

Noah Baumbach’s new film “White Noise” hits Netflix late next month. I recently had the chance to see it at an awards season press screening (I’ll have a full review coming soon). It’s an odd and fascinating film adaptation of Don DeLillo’s odd and fascinating 1985 novel. So it’s kind of fitting that it also has three odd and fascinating character posters. I absolutely love them, and crack up every time I see them. There’s no need to say much more. I’ll let you check them out yourselves. Let me know what you think.

DIRECTOR – Noah Baumbach

WRITER – Noah Baumbach

STARRING – Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig, Don Cheadle, Raffey Cassidy, Sam Nivola, May Nivola, Jodie Turner-Smith, Lars Eidinger, André Benjamin

RELEASE – December 30, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I love Thanksgiving. It’s a great time here in States to celebrate all that we’re thankful for. For many of us it’s a fun-filled day of family, food, and football. So whether you’re celebrating the holiday or not, I want to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for all the time you’ve spent reading, following, liking, and commenting on this little site. I can’t express how much I appreciate it.

Again, have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a joyful holiday season!

New on Home Video: “Don’t Worry Darling” (2022) 4K UHD

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the home release of “Don’t Worry Darling”. This 4K UHD combo pack features the film in 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and Digital. The film stars a magnetic Florence Pugh playing a young wife who begins to suspect that not everything in her seemingly idyllic 1950s-era suburban life is what it seems to be. Beautifully shot and with terrific style, the film pops off the screen in this vibrant 4K edition. See my full review of the film HERE.

This new 4K UHD of Don’t Worry Darling” hits shelves NOVEMBER 29, 2022. See below for a full synopsis and breakdown of the bonus features.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS:

Year: 2022

Rating: R

Runtime: 122 Minutes

Director: Olivia Wilde

Starring: Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde, Gemma Chan, KiKi Layne, Nick Kroll, Sydney Chandler, Asif Ali, Kate Berlant, Timothy Simons, Douglas Smith

In “Don’t Worry Darling,” Alice (Florence Pugh) and Jack (Harry Styles) are lucky to be living in the idealized community of Victory, the experimental company town housing the men who work for the top-secret Victory Project and their families. The 1950’s societal optimism espoused by their CEO, Frank (Chris Pine)—equal parts corporate visionary and motivational life coach—anchors every aspect of daily life in the tight-knit desert utopia.

While the husbands spend every day inside the Victory Project Headquarters, working on the “development of progressive materials,” their wives—including Frank’s elegant partner, Shelley (Gemma Chan)—get to spend their time enjoying the beauty, luxury and debauchery of their community. Life is perfect, with every resident’s needs met by the company. All they ask in return is discretion and unquestioning commitment to the Victory cause.

But when cracks in their idyllic life begin to appear, exposing flashes of something much more sinister lurking beneath the attractive façade, Alice can’t help questioning exactly what they’re doing in Victory, and why. Just how much is Alice willing to lose to expose what’s really going on in this paradise?

BONUS FEATURES:

Both the 4K UHD combo pack and Blu-ray and Digital Copy contain the following special features: 

  • The Making of Don’t Worry Darling
  • Alice’s Nightmare Deleted Scene

DVD: DLBY/DGTL

Blu-ray: ATMOS TrueHD

4K: ATMOS TrueHD

New on Home Video: “The Ambush” (2022)

Well Go USA Entertainment has announced the Blu-Ray and DVD release of the intensely thrilling “The Ambush”. Based on a gripping true account, the movie follows three UAE soldiers who fight to stay alive after they are ambushed during patrol in a remote section of war-torn Yemen. The action is gritty and grounded but it never loses sight of the human element. Best of all, it’s told from the soldiers’ perspective, and that alone makes it a story worth telling. Read my full film review HERE.

This new Blu-Ray edition of “The Ambush” hits shelves DECEMBER 13, 2022. See below for a full synopsis and breakdown of the bonus features.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS:

Year: 2022

Rating: R

Runtime: 112 Minutes

Director: Pierre Morel

Starring: Marwan Abdulla Saleh, Khalifa Al Jassem, Mohammed Ahmed, Abdulla Saeed Bin Haider, Saeed Alharsh, Hassan Yousuf Alblooshi, Khalifa Albahri, Ghanim Nasser and Mansoor Alfeeli.

On the final patrol of their deployment, three soldiers are ambushed by heavily armed militants, leaving them wounded, isolated, and nearly out of ammunition. Upon receiving word of the attack, their commanding officer undertakes a daring, midnight-hour operation to free his men.

From Well Go USA Entertainment:

Based on a true story, the unrelentingly intense action drama THE AMBUSH—by Pierre Morel, the director of Taken—debuts on Blu-ray and DVD with an all-new English dub on December 13 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Three UAE soldiers desperately await rescue after their armored vehicle is attacked by heavy enemy gunfire, leaving them trapped in a remote canyon with only one chance for survival: a daring, midnight-hour rescue mission plotted by their courageous commander.