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Pirates of the Caribbean Movie Connections

(Welcome to Movie Mixtape, where we find cinematic relatives and seek out interesting connections between new releases and older movies that allow us to rethink and enjoy what’s in our theaters as well as the favorites on our shelf. In this edition: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.)

Who would have thought we’d be on the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie? Consensus when the first installment was announced held that basing a giant budget feature off a dark ride with animatronic rum fans wasn’t such a hot idea. It’s not like The Country Bears or Tower of Terror were smash successes, and we were still years away from a major studio successfully adapting colored bricks into a beloved blockbuster.

Obviously, Curse of the Black Pearl was less an adaptation of a theme park ride and more a resurrection of an insanely popular genre from the Hollywood Golden Age, which went a long way toward why it worked.

After the standard diminishing returns of a franchise, here we are, with Johnny Depp stumbling through another adventure where treasure gets sought and swash gets buckled. Let’s make some connections.

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Trailer

There’s one thing we can say for sure about Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – it’s going to be spectacular to look at. Luc Besson‘s adaptation of Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières’ comic books appears to be a visual treat and the latest trailer offers enough eye candy to fill an entire movie. But is that enough to grab the attention of audiences in a summer filled with more recognizable faces and movies with numbers in their titles? After all, your average moviegoer probably isn’t familiar with Valerian and Laureline.

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Logan Honest Trailer

This week brought to home video Hugh Jackman‘s ninth and final round as the mutant Wolverine in the form of Logan. In what many have already regarded one of the best comic book movies of all time, director James Mangold subverts almost all the expectations fans have from an X-Men movie, including the assumption that another Wolverine spin-off will be just as mediocre as the previous two solo outings for the character.

Of course, Screen Junkies couldn’t help but take some shots at Logan in their latest Honest Trailer, which is also their 200th episode. Even if the movie was a little more difficult to make fun of because of how great it is, they still have some good jokes, mostly about sad, aging Logan, the surprisingly expert created documentary about all the mutant children being experimented on, and how the rest of the X-Men movies now pale in comparison. Oh, and they bring in Deadpool (the real Ryan Reynolds) to help spice things up a bit.

Watch the Logan Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »

Spider-Man Homecoming Trailer

With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 out of the way, we can look forward to the next Marvel Studios title arriving this summer, and that’s their collaboration with Sony Pictures, Spider-Man: Homecoming.

This will be the second reboot of the Spider-Man franchise in five years, but since the introduction of Tom Holland as the new webslinger in Captain America: Civil War, fans are actually excited to see the franchise start over, especially since we’re not getting the wallcrawler’s origin story again. Instead, as shown in the final Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer (there are actually two of them), we get to see Peter Parker struggle as he balances his double life as a superhero desperate to prove himself and a high school student who can’t share his biggest secret.

Watch the two final Spider-Man Homecoming trailer below. Read More »

Car Botz Trailer

Even though Transformers may be a worldwide box office sensation, it should come as no surprise that there are international rip-offs of big franchises like this. However, Russia seems to be a little further behind the times when it comes to making their own Transformers as evidenced by the trailer for the their own alien automobile franchise known as CAR BOTZ!, featuring none other than The Room star Tommy Wiseau as the President of the United States of America.

Watch the CAR BOTZ trailer after the jump. Read More »

twin peaks season 3 trailer

Peaks TV is a new podcast from David Chen and Joanna Robinson. Every two weeks, we’ll be recapping the latest episodes of Twin Peaks: The Return on Showtime. This week, a special double episode: A recap of season 3 episodes 1-4 are below, broken out into two separate podcast episodes for your listening convenience. Be sure to check out Ben’s recap of the season premiere and Joanna’s list of Twin Peaks easter eggs.

Find more episodes of the podcast at peakstv.com. Feel free to email us your theories at peakstv(AT)gmail.com.
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Wonder Woman

Ready to play Marvel Heroes Omega in open beta on PlayStation 4? Will T.I. return for Ant-Man and the Wasp? Which comic book movie was voted the most anticipated movie of the summer in a Fandango poll? Who will direct the season finale of Inhumans? Want to see all the cinematics from Injustice 2 in one video? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Baywatch Review

It’s time for the second big studio comedy of the summer to hit theaters in the form of Baywatch, the big screen adaptation of the popular TV series from the 1990s that starred David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson.

Hitting the beach are Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron as a couple of musclehead lifeguards who get caught up in some high stakes action and danger. All the trailers have teased an action comedy in the same vein of 21 Jump Street, but if the first Baywatch reviews are any indication, then it’s nowhere near as good, and it barely keeps itself afloat.

Read on for the Baywatch review round-up after the jump. Read More »

wish upon trailer

If you cross Joey King, get ready to pay the consequences. That’s basically the premise of Wish Upon, in which the The ConjuringWhite House Down, and Wish I Was Here star gets seven wishes to do as she pleases, like making a bully rot. A pretty sweet deal for a teenager quickly goes terribly wrong in director John R. Leonetti‘s (Annabelle) summer horror movie.

Below, watch the new Wish Upon trailer.

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Ant-Man animated

On June 10 and 11, Ant-Man is coming to Disney XD. Passion Pictures, which is the production company behind the instantly recognizable music videos for the Gorillaz, made six two-minute short films starring Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Below, take a look at the Ant-Man animated shorts coming this summer.

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