Here’s The Teaser For The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part!


Oh hell yeah!  Everything is awesome because Emmett, Wyldstyle, and Princess Unikitty are back!

Of course, some people online are already complaining that this film is basically just a combination of Mad Max and Guardians of the Galaxy but who cares?  It looks fun.  It looks like it will make me laugh.  It looks like it will help me get over the fact that there’s not a Pixar movie called Bumblebee that features Martin Freeman as a bee who is struggling to understand why the only ability God gave him — the ability to sting — is also the only thing that can kill him.  That’s what is important here, people!

I’d follow Chris Pratt to the gates of Hell.  In fact, I have.  Anyone tried to sit through Passengers recently?

Anyway, the important thing is that this looks like a fun and cute movie, sure to be full of laughs for both the kids and the adults.  This looks more like that Lego movie about Batman than the Lego movie about all the ninjas.  I’m looking forward to it.

(Actually the LEGO movie with all the ninjas had a cute cat in it so it wasn’t all bad.)

Here’s The Trailer For Bumblebee!


Yesterday, when I heard that there was a trailer for a film called Bumblebee, I was really excited because I assumed it would be a Pixar film about a bee who speaks with the voice of Martin Freeman and who wonders why he was given the ability to sting if he can only use it once before dying.

Then I watched the trailer and I discovered that it was just another Transformers movie.

Actually, to be specific, this is a Transformers spin-off.  In fact, it’s a prequel!  It’s set in the 80s, which means that there will be a lot of retro fun to be had!  So, this might be better than the average Transformers film.  Or it might really suck, again like an average Transformers film.

Regardless, I bet it will have a killer soundtrack.

(Also, there is a reason for cautious optimism.  Michael Bay is not directing.  Instead, the director is Travis Knight, who previously gave us the brilliant Kubo and The Two Strings.)

 

A Blast From The Past: Archival Newsreel Footage of D-Day!


Today is the 74th anniversary of D-Day, a day in which thousands sacrificed themselves so that the world could live free of Hitler’s tyranny.

Now, back in 1944, they didn’t have the nightly news.  They didn’t have CNN or MSNBC or Fox News.  There was no 24-hour news channels.  And certainly, there was no internet.  No one live tweeted the invasion of Normandy.  No one blogged about it.  No one marked themselves safe on Facebook.  Instead, for many of the citizens back home, their first knowledge of D-Day came from the newsreels that often ran before movies.

The newsreel below is from June 9th, 1944, three days after the invasion.  Take a look:

Also, be sure to check out some of our previous D-Day posts:

  1. The D-Day Photos of Robert Capa
  2. Film Review: The Longest Day
  3. Scenes I Love: Saving Private Ryan
  4. A Second Scene I Love From Saving Private Ryan

 

Music Video Of The Day: The Shores of Normandy by Jim Radford (2014, dir by ????)


Jim Radford is a British folksinger and peace activist.  At the age of 15, he was also the youngest participant of the Allied Invasion of Normandy, which occurred 74 years ago today.

This video, from 2014, features Radford singing about his D-Day experiences at the Royal Albert Hall.