Category: Reviews

The Trailer Park: Passengers

Welcome back to the Trailer Park! This time, I’ll be taking a look at Passengers.

Passengers is a sci-fi film following a ship on a 120-year journey to a new colony, with the crew and passengers in stasis for the duration. The film begins when a writer (played by Jennifer Lawrence) and an engineer (Christ Pratt) are awakened 90 years ahead of schedule due to a malfunction with their pods. They quickly discover that that’s not the only thing wrong with the ship, and things go to hell fairly quickly.

The film (written by Jon Spaihts and directed by Morten Tyldum) had spent some time in development hell for about 9 years before finally being greenlit. Apparently it was originally supposed to star Keanu Reeves and Reese Witherspoon (kinda glad that they went with Chris Pratt, though), and was supposed to have been directed by Brian Kirk. Then Sony picked up the project, and here we are.

The opening of the trailer kind of makes it look like more of a romantic comedy in space, a concept that I would actually find interesting and would kind of like to see. However, as the trailer goes on, it seems that it’s a bit more standard, with something terrible happening on the ship that the characters then have to react to.  That said, both Lawrence and Pratt are very talented and charismatic actors, and should be able to make this work. I also spotted Laurence Fishburne in the trailer, and he’s always a plus.

Also, does the scene with the robot bartender remind anyone else of The Shining, except less terrifying and more quirky? Because that’s the first thing I thought of.

Passengers hits theaters on December 21, in both standard and 3D formats (because all movies have to be released in 3D these days).

Update (12/20/2016): It’s recently come to my attention that the actual plot of the movie is really gross and rape culture-y. So, yeah, I think I’m gonna sit this one out. 

Katie Plays Stuff-World of Warcraft: Legion

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World of Warcraft: Legion dropped on August 31. I’ve been playing it almost exclusively since then, and I have some thoughts on it. I promise that this post won’t just be me saying "WoW is awesome" over and over, though I admit that there will be some gushing over it (and maybe a few spoilers, so read with caution).

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The Trailer Park: Hidden Figures

It’s been a while since I last wrote about a trailer. Mostly this was because I hadn’t seen any film trailers that sparked my interest. Until I watched the trailer for Hidden Figures.

Hidden Figures, directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder, tells the story of three women: Katherine Johnson (Taraji P Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), and is based on the non-fiction work by Margo Lee Shetterly. These three women were mathematicians who worked for NASA and were crucial to a number of projects. It looks like this one focuses on John Glenn’s orbit around the earth in 1962.

The movie looks like most of the focus is going to be on Johnson, but Vaughan and Jackson appear to be getting a good amount of screentime as well. I will admit, though, that I had no idea who these women were until I watched this trailer, but I did look them up on Wikipedia and they’re actually pretty interesting. Obviously, being women of color in a field dominated by white men, they experience that lovely intersection of racism and sexism, and the film doesn’t look like it’s going to gloss over that.

It also helps that it looks funnier than hell. I think my favorite part of the trailer is when the three meet John Glenn (Glen Powell), and Jackson checks him out as he walks away. Johnson asks her, “How can you be ogling those white men?” and Jackson replies, “It’s equal rights. I have the right to see fine in every color.”

Also, while I am admittedly unfamiliar with Taraji P Henson and Octavia Spencer’s work, I am excited to see Janelle Monáe here. I love her work as a singer, and she just seems to be a really awesome person all around.

The current release date for Hidden Figures is January 13, 2017. I will probably be seeing it, and I’m most likely going to be looking up the book in the near future as well.

Katie Plays Stuff: This Is The Police

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(First, some business. I have a new patron on Patreon! Christina Kortes (full disclosure: my sister) recently pledged five dollars a post. Please email a post idea to katjapants@gmail.com and I will write a post on it. If you would like to give me some money, you can go to my Patreon page or my PayPal. Thanks!)

This Is The Police shows you what it’s like to be a police chief for a corrupt force. And that experience is mostly really, really boring.

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Katie Hears Stuff: Alice Isn’t Dead, “Go Home Again”

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So, when I said in my last Alice post that that episode was the end of part one, it turns out I was wrong. The episode after this one is actually going to be the end of part one. The creators have stated that there will be a part two, but as they are also working on other projects and other jobs, they aren’t sure when it will be. However, you can click here to make a donation to the show if you so desire.

That out of the way, holy fucking shit.

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The Trailer Park: The Birth Of A Nation (2016)

I feel like I should point out that this film doesn’t have anything to do with the 1915 silent movie of the same name. In fact, it’s sort of the opposite of that film.

This The Birth of A Nation (written, directed, produced, and starring Nate Parker), rather than being a love letter to the KKK, is actually about slave and Baptist preacher Nat Turner. In August of 1831, Nat Turner lead a slave rebellion in Virginia after seeing a solar eclipse the previous February that he took as a sign. I’m not going to go too much into the history of the rebellion here, but I’ve linked the Wikipedia article above if you would like to know more about it.

The trailer is simple, but effective. We see clips of the movie that help to illustrate what had happened to lead up to this rebellion. The music (especially the use of Andra Day’s “Rise Up”) also works to its advantage.

I would also like to say that this is a very important story about an important (and horrible) chapter in US history. In the grand scheme of things, the slave trade wasn’t really all that long ago (and in some respects is still happening), and it still affects the lives of African-American citizens to this day.

I also really enjoy that Mr. Parker took the title of one of the most racist films ever made and applied it to the story of a black man.

The Birth of A Nation premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, and will be getting a theatrical release on October 7.