Here’s the Second Trailer For Solo: A Star Wars Story!

Hi, everyone!

So, the second trailer for Solo dropped on Sunday and here it is!

Y’know, compared to the other contributors here at the Shattered Lens, I’m not a huge Star Wars fan but I really have to say that this trailer looks really, really, really, really cool.  It has a totally different feel to it than any of the other Star Wars trailers that I’ve seen.  It has a sort of Ocean’s 11/Snowpiercer/Baby Driver-in-space kind of feel to it.

Plus, it also has Donald Glover!

Solo will be released on May 25th!

Lisa’s Week In Review — 4/2/18 — 4/8/18

The highlight of this weekend was seeing an absolutely wonderful performance of the musical Heathers in Denton, Texas!  Heathers was produced by the Denton Community Theater and if you live near Denton, I suggest catching the show before the run ends on the 15th.

The rest of the week found me a bit less active than in previous weeks and I’m little bit annoyed by that.  I know I say this every week but seriously …. THIS UPCOMING WEEK I AM GOING TO GET CAUGHT UP!

Here’s what I did accomplish last week:

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975, dir. Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones)

Movies I Watched:

  1. The Canyons (2013)
  2. The Comedian (2016)
  3. The Comedy of Terrors (1963)
  4. Empire Records (1995)
  5. Evil Doctor (2o18)
  6. Go (1999)
  7. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
  8. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
  9. Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983)
  10. One on One (1977)
  11. Palo Alto (2013)
  12. Paterno (2018)
  13. Run, Lola, Run (1998)
  14. Twin Betrayal (2018)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. The Americans
  2. Archer
  3. Ash vs Evil Dead
  4. Atlanta
  5. Barry
  6. Brooklyn 99
  7. California Dreams
  8. The Crossing
  9. Degrassi
  10. Ghost Whisperer
  11. Homeland
  12. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  13. King of the Hill
  14. Legion
  15. Lucifer
  16. The Magicians
  17. Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
  18. Night Gallery
  19. The Office
  20. Roseanne
  21. Saved By The Bell: The New Class
  22. Silicon Valley
  23. South Park
  24. Survivor 36
  25. The Terror
  26. Trust
  27. UnReal
  28. The Walking Dead

Books I Read:

  1. The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Afrojack
  2. Arcade Fire
  3. Bad Honey
  4. Big Data
  5. Britney Spears
  6. Calvin Harris
  7. The Chemical Brothers
  8. Daft Punk
  9. David Guetta
  10. Dillon Francis
  11. Esther Dean
  12. Fitz and the Tanturms
  13. G-Eazy
  14. Jakalope
  15. Jake Bugg
  16. Kimbra
  17. Lauren Flax
  18. Little Boots
  19. Lola Rennt
  20. Lovefoxxx
  21. Major Lazer
  22. Martin Garrix
  23. Moby
  24. NERVO
  25. No Doubt
  26. Phantogram
  27. Pills
  28. Saint Motel
  29. Scott Walker
  30. Skrillex
  31. Steve Aoki
  32. Sunn O)))
  33. Swedish House Mafia
  34. Taylor Swift
  35. Tim Burgess
  36. Tony Junior

Links From Last Week

  1. On her photography site, Erin shared this picture of a creepy cabin!
  2. On SyFy Designs, in observance of National Poetry Month, I shared poems from Thomas Hood, Bonnie Parker, Emily Dickinson, William Butler Yeats, Elise Cowen, Remco Campert, and Jack Kerouac!
  3. On my online Dream Journal, I shared one weird dream and one cat dream!  Actor Bruce Glover, who played Mr. Wint in Diamonds are Forever, commented on my weird dream, which was pretty awesome of him.
  4. On AwardsCircuit, Clayton Davis has posted his first round of Academy Award predictions!

Links From The Site

  1. Erin celebrated American Circus Day!
  2. Gary reviewed Once a Thief, Murder Inc, Alias The Chimp, and 50 Years of Who’s On First!
  3. Ryan shared his weekly reading round-up and reviewed Mudbite, along with sharing Tom Shapira’s review of The Beef!
  4. I celebrated Roger Corman’s birthday with 12 trailers and reviewed One on One and Paterno!

(Want to see what I accomplished last week?  Click here!)

Have a great week and keep me in your thoughts as I attempt to get caught up!

Film Review: Paterno (dir by Barry Levinson)

There’s a great scene that occurs about an hour into HBO’s latest original film, Paterno.

Joe Paterno (Al Pacino), the legendary and aging Penn State football coach, has been accused of knowing and failing to report that one of his former assistant coaches, Jerry Sandusky (Jim Johnson), was a pedophile.  With Paterno and his family plotting out strategy behind closed doors, a group of Penn State students gather outside of the Paterno home.  Instead of being angry that children were molested at their college, they’ve come to show their support for Paterno.

“JOE PATERNO!” they chant.

Scott Paterno (Greg Grunberg) hears the chants.  Scott is a lawyer and appears to be the only member of the Paterno family to truly understand the seriousness of the accusations.  Scott steps outside.

“JOE PATERNO!” the crowd continues to chant.

Scott thanks them for their support but then says that they also need to show the same support to all of Sandusky’s victims…

“JOE PATERNO!” the chant continues.

Struggling to be heard, Scott again asks them to remember that the children molested by Sandusky are the ones who need the most support…

Suddenly, the chant changes.  “SCOTT PATERNO!” the crowd starts to chant.  It’s not because they’ve heard anything that Scott’s said.  Instead, it’s because Scott’s a Paterno and, in the eyes of the crowd, that makes him royalty.  As the crowd continues to chant his name, Scott gives up and reenters the house.

Paterno could have used more scenes like that, scenes that explicitly showed the danger of blind hero worship as opposed to just telling us about it.  For the most part, Paterno feels like a well-written Wikipedia article.  You can’t deny the skill with which the film was made but, at the same time, it’s difficult not to get frustrated by Paterno‘s refusal to really dig too far underneath the surface of the story.

Some of the problem is with the film’s structure.  The film primarily takes place over the final six days of Paterno’s career.  Paterno spends the majority of the film locked away in his house, passive aggressively avoiding the question of what he knew and when he knew it.  His wife (Kathy Baker) and his other son, buffoonish Jay (Larry Mitchell), make excuses for him while Scott tries to get everyone to understand that the accusations aren’t just going to go away.  This is the part of the Paterno story that, in most films, would be summed up by an end credits title card.

As a result, Paterno never really deals with why Joe Paterno not only didn’t report Sandusky but also apparently protected him and that, to be honest, is the most important and troubling part of the story.  Since Sandusky is only briefly seen, we never get any insight into his relationship with Paterno and we never understand why Paterno would go to bat for an assistant who he, at one point, refers to as being “a pain in the ass.”  Was Paterno truly clueless about what was happening or did he just think he could sweep it under the rug and nobody would say anything because he was Joe Paterno?  Were Paterno’s actions the result of willful blindness or hubris?  It’s not so much a problem that the film leaves certain questions unanswered as much as it’s a problem that the film itself doesn’t seem to be all that concerned with the answers.

When the film isn’t concentrating on the Paternos, it’s concentrating on the reporter, Sara Ganim (Riley Keough), who originally broke the story.  However, these scenes are never quite as compelling as the film seems to think they are.  Riley Keough, who was so great in American Honey, seems miscast here.  For the most part. Sara seems to be there so that she can witness the Penn State students rioting and chanting, “Fuck the Media” after Paterno loses his job.

The best thing that Paterno has going for it is the lead performance of Al Pacino.  Pacino plays Paterno as a man who is very comfortable with the routine that he’s built up for himself.  His life revolves around Penn State, his team, and finally his own legend.  When the Sandusky story first breaks, Paterno can’t understand why he even has to be concerned about it.  He’s got a game against Nebraska coming up!  Awkward even around his adoring family, Paterno only seems to be truly comfortable when he’s coaching.  Pacino plays Paterno as a fragile and sickly man, a once ferocious lion brought down by a combination of cancer and scandal.  When we first see him, Paterno is coaching his team to a record-setting victory and he seems like a larger-than-life figure.  By the end of the movie, Paterno seems much smaller, a confused man who still can’t seem to bring himself to deal with why everyone is getting so upset.  It’s a great performance in an uneven film.


Music Video of the Day: Rock Me by Pills (1997, dir by Mathilde Jouannet)

While visiting with some old friends early on Saturday morning, we decided to watch the 1998 film Run, Lola, Run.

There’s a lot of great things that can be said about Run, Lola, Run but, for now, I just want to say that this song has one of the greatest soundtracks of all time.  This song is one of those that is featured in the film and it’s been stuck in my head ever since.

Maybe it’ll get stuck in your head now, too.