Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer Release Party

Exclusive video from Random Angst recorded while at Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer release party on Nov 13, 2017.
Brandon Sanderson talks about nostalgia, change and progression and how it relates to the Stormlight Archives and Oathbringer.
Also, there is a Q&A session where Brandon answer’s fan questions or RAFO’s them.

 

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Skyward reading from Brandon Sanderson

The following is an exclusive audio only clip from the release party of Oathbringer, Book Three of the Stormlight Archive. Read by Brandon Sanderson (the author) himself, this is a very rough draft of the Prologue from an upcoming book titled ‘Skyward’.
He has asked that if you haven’t heard this and plan on going to a release party that you not listen until you can hear it live from him as he reads it.

Yes! More Star Wars!

In a shareholders call, Bob Iger, announced that Rian Johnson will direct a whole new Star Wars trilogy, and that a new Live Action Star Wars television show is to be produced to be streamed online by Disney in 2019.

For director Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was just the beginning of his journey in a galaxy far, far away.

Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Johnson will create a brand-new Star Wars trilogy, the first of which he is also set to write and direct, with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman onboard to produce. 

As writer-director of The Last Jedi, Johnson conceived and realized a powerful film of which Lucasfilm and Disney are immensely proud. In shepherding this new trilogy, which is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.

“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”

“We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on The Last Jedi,” Johnson and Bergman said in a joint statement. “Star Wars is the greatest modern mythology and we feel very lucky to have contributed to it. We can’t wait to continue with this new series of films.” 

Johnson’s upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in U.S. theaters on Dec. 15, 2017.

No release dates have been set for the new films, and no porgs were available for comment.

Hopefully more info on this new trilogy will be released soon!
Variety.com is also reporting a live action TV show to be produced as well and will be released in 2019.

Disney has just closed a deal with director Rian Johnson to develop a new “Star Wars” trilogy, and it is planning a live-action “Star Wars” TV series to air on its entertainment streaming service that is expected to launch by the end of 2019.

Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger announced the “Star Wars” news during the company’s quarterly earnings call. In addition to the “Star Wars” TV series, Disney is working on TV adaptations of Pixar’s “Monsters Inc.,” the Disney Channel’s “High School Musical” franchise and an original series from Marvel.

Johnson helmed “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which is due out next month. He’s set to write and direct another trio of “Star Wars” theatrical pics with his longtime collaborator Ram Bergman.

“We all loved working with Rian on ‘The Last Jedi,’” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “He’s a creative force, and watching him craft ‘The Last Jedi’ from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”

 

Thor: Ragnarok Review

I have been a Thor movie fan since the first Thor film, I wasn’t one who bashed Thor and how it was a weak entry in the MCU as many others did. I enjoyed the first movie and thought it had the right mix of action, love story, humor, and comic book elements to make it an enjoyable movie. Thor tied in well with the existing MCU at the time and helped with the expansion of the SHIELD storyline which was important in the beginning of the MCU.

I also enjoyed Thor: The Dark World and again, it actually has some implications that moved the whole overarching MCU storyline forward with the introduction of the aether as another Infinity Stone. The cast from the first movie was back together with some new additions and it had a good mix or humor, love, and action.

So bring on Thor 3 – Thor: Ragnarok! Right?!

THOR: RAGNAROK SPOILERS BELOW:

Well, despite the early 98% Rotten Tomatoes score (currently sitting at a 93% critic review and 90% audience reviews) and gushing reviews of “the best comedy movie from Marvel“, “Might leave you ‘Thor’ from laughter“, “The best, silly superhero yet – it is thunderful!“, “Thor is basically a blast!“, blah, blah, blah; I didn’t find Ragnarok as enjoyable as the first two Thor movies. Overall, I enjoyed Ragnarok and felt it had some great moments and introduced some great new characters – Kurg (voiced by the director, Taika Waititi) and Valkyrie, as well as the inclusion of Doctor Strange (however, that was more eye candy than anything), the addition of these great new characters was refreshing to the overall Thor storyline. The new director, Taika Waititi, also brought a new vision to the MCU that is appreciated by Random Angst.

I wasn’t very impressed with the action in Ragnarok, as outside of the Thor/Hulk gladiator sequence, all other action sequences were unimaginative and unmemorable. While the introduction of the long lost sister Hela is a great idea, I felt that she was underused and in the end she has gone the way of most other MCU villians (dead after one movie and therefore, not very powerful – or interesting). The most used and interesting MCU villian (at least up until this movie), Loki, also made an appearance in Ragnarok. However, at what point do we stop calling Loki a villian? Loki is always defeated, Thor (and the audience) knows his tricks well enough to the point that he isn’t a threat, and Thor won’t kill him (even though Loki has threatened and destroyed just as many beings as Malekith the Dark Elf, and Hela, who have both been killed off), and he has become less intimidating with each movie he has appeared in.

It’s interesting that with as many villians as Ragnarok has, I never felt that Thor was in jeopardy. Throughout the film, we are introduced to Surtur, Hela, Grandmaster, Hulk, and Loki all of whom tried to thwart, kill, or destroy Thor during the story. With this many characters trying to take out Thor, one would think that there would be large amounts of tension and conflict. For me, I didn’t get that because of the comedic beats and jokes that were prevalent throughout the movie and I think that this is a big part of the problem that I believe this film has. Again, as with the rest of the MCU, the fate of the world, universe, and our heroes lives are at stake but you wouldn’t know it as everyone is too busy cracking jokes and therefore alleviating any angst or sense of danger that would arise with our heroes being put into these dangerous situations. With a title of Ragnarok, which is the Asgardian apocalypse, I never felt a sense of urgency or that the fate of the world was at stake due to an impending doom. Which is ironic, because as we see at the end of the film Asgard as a world, nation, and people is what’s at stake and in danger of being destroyed. However, the being that allows Asgard to eventually be destroyed isn’t one of these villians – it’s Thor, the protector of Asgard, himself.

While there were a lot of average things about Thor: Ragnarok, something I enjoyed a lot was how this movie has expanded the Thor part of the MCU. I feel that in expanding the character lineup and spending time on other world’s besides Earth or Asgard, that the Thor movies and the MCU as a whole are better off.  Outside of that though, there were a lot of average things about Ragnarok that dragged down the film as a whole. The most common element from the critic reviews was that it was hilarious, lots of laughs, and the funniest MCU movie yet. For me, this movie was average at best – average action, average humor, and an average storyline. I give it a C, a 7 out of 10, or a 3.5 out of 5 – take your pick.

*One thing this movie needed more of? Natalie Portman. It’s interesting how this is the least interesting Thor movie, and it’s the only movie without Jane Foster.

Random Angst Podcast Episode 10 – Stranger Things 2049

After a short hiatus, we’re back with a longer episode to make up for lost time!
We discuss Blade Runner 2049 and is it a flop or success? How does it tie into the original Blade Runner from 30 years ago and is it worth seeing the original first?
We talk about the latest trailer for The Black Panther and how awesome it looks!
We dive deep into Stranger Things 2 and talk about our first impressions of this second season. Is Season 2 better than Season 1? Who is Eight? We talk Dart, Demigorgons, and Demidogs and how MadMax is perhaps the best new character of the new season.

*while recording this podcast episode we erroneously referred to Number 8 as Roman, when in actuality her name is Kali played by Linnea Berthelsen.

 

First Tracks from Danny Elfman’s Justice League Soundtrack!

Watertower Music has released the first tracks from the Justice League Motion Picture Soundtrack by Danny Elfman. The first track is titled “Hero’s Theme” and the second is “Friends and Foes”. While Hero’s Theme is a new composition, Friends and Foes does contain hints from John Williams iconic Main Theme from 1978’s Superman The Movie. Random Angst is hoping that Danny Elfman also includes themes from previous DC movies and is able to weave them into his original compositions. I think that having this musical continuity is key to tying in previous films and stories recently released by WB and DC. Rupert Gregson-Williams was able to do it with the Wonder Woman soundtrack in a satisfying way, so he was able to show that it can be done and be done well.

Stay tuned for more releases and the entire soundtrack can be pre-ordered now and will be available on November 10th, 2017 (per iTunes).

 

Watertower Music has also released the titles for the 2-Disc soundtrack.

Disc 1
01. Everybody Knows – Sigrid
02. The Justice League Theme – Logos
03. Hero’s Theme
04. Batman on the Roof
05. Enter Cyborg
06. Wonder Woman Rescue
07. Hippolyta’s Arrow
08. The Story of Steppenwolf
09. The Amazon Mother Box
10. Cyborg Meets Diana
11. Aquaman in Atlantis
12. Then There Were Three
13. The Tunnel Fight
14. The World Needs Superman
15. Spark of The Flash
16. Friends and Foes
17. Justice League United
18. Home
19. Bruce and Diana
20. The Final Battle
21. A New Hope
22. Anti-Hero’s Theme
23. Come Together – Gary Clark Jr. and Junkie XL
24. Icky Thump – The White Stripes

Disc 2
01. The Tunnel Fight (Full Length Bonus Track)
02. The Final Battle (Full Length Bonus Track)
03. Mother Russia (Bonus Track)

You can currently stream or buy these two songs on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, and other digital music services.

 

UPDATE: As of today, Oct 30, 2017, Friends and Foes is no longer available to stream or buy (at least via iTunes).  My speculation is that it will be released as a single sometime over the couple of weeks prior to the film release in the theaters. Then it will be available once the album is fully released on November 10, 2017.

 

Early Reviews for Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok seems to have fallen into the typical, all too familiar, and now predictable, Marvel trope of telling non-stop jokes to sell movie tickets. Apparently just like every other Earth-ending, Universe-ending, event that we’ve seen in Marvel movies – the Apocalypse (Ragnarok) is just as hilarious! 
Here’s an excerpt from EW.com review by Chris Nashawaty, where he gives this movie a B, while simultaneously shredding it.
“There’s a lot more to the bloated story, but honestly, none of it is very interesting. In fact, it’s endless. You don’t care what’s happening or what’s going to happen next. We’re just led from place to place for a hash of foggy reasons that no one will ever remember 10 minutes after leaving the theater. But that’s not really the point of this movie. Ragnarok is basically a Joke Delivery System — and on that score, it works.”
“Back in the day, audiences had to wait a few weeks for Mad magazine to skewer the latest self-important Hollywood blockbuster. These days, Marvel sequels arrive as parodies of the earnest, self-respecting entries that launched each character (cf. “Iron Man 2’s” undoing of all that “Iron Man” established). If only that were an indication of the genre’s own impending Ragnarok — a sign that the entire phenomenon is about to implode, only to be reborn as something more worthy of the audience’s time and intelligence.”
   Ouch!
Rotten Tomatoes has it at a score of 98% from the hand chosen critics who’ve seen the movie up to this point in time.
Random Angst will post our review soon after seeing the movie when it is released.

And the Title for the Previously #UntitledHanSoloMovie Is….

After months of speculation and posts from the new director, Ron Howard, that had only called the movie #untitledHanSolomovie, we finally have a title! And the title is….

 

 

lol

 

Check out StarWars.com for more info.

 

Check out the twitter announcement from Ron Howard himself:

 

The Random Angst Podcast Episode 9 – King Arthur: The Last Jedi

 

In this episode we discuss our final thoughts on Salt Lake Comic Con 2017, and how you can access our content from SLCC17. We spend time talking Ahsoka from Star Wars The Clone Wars and Rebels and how EK Johnston got inducted into the 501st at SLCC17.
We give our review of King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword and whether we would like to see a second King Arthur movie.
We review the newly released Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer and discuss our thoughts on the trailer. We talk about how or if Princess Leia will survive Episode 8 and Marc learns that Kylo Ren is a Skywalker.
We plug Jim Butcher’s newest series, The Cinder Spires Series and Marc gives us a synopsis of this new book – The Aeronaut’s Windlass.

Give us a listen and let us know what you think and what you would like to see us talk about on a future podcast!

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie poster

 

 

Here’s the theatrical poster for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. As far as Star Wars theatrical posters go, it’s pretty consistent with the previous Episodes, which is good but at the same time – predictable. I do like the red coloring and the placement of the characters, as well as the vehicles on Crait getting ready to battle. I do like the different posters that are released, then how the theatrical posters are symmetrical and complement each other.