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Two films looming huge on my horizon, I mean, HUGE!….

Oh, boy, oh, boy, oh, boy—

I mean, holy frack, just this little peek left me alternately giggling and gibbering with delight.  If all else fails, I have at least one reason to live until May next year.

On a completely different note–

This movie wasn’t even on my radar until I spotted its trailer on IMDB.  Oh, my God, what a grim looking tale, perhaps worse, on a personal scale,than the imagined alternate future in Days of Future Past.  Here’s the premise from Wikipedia

Set in 2024, Logan and Professor Charles Xavier must cope with the loss of the X-Men at the hands of a corporation led by Nathaniel Essex. With Logan’s healing abilities slowly fading and Xavier’s Alzheimer’s hampering his memory, Logan must defeat Essex with the help of a young girl named Laura Kinney, a female clone of Wolverine.

There could be some weeping involved here.  Just saying.  Oh, and whoever put this trailer to Johnny Cash’s Hurt— genius.

According to the Wikipedia article this should be Hugh Jackman’s last outing as Wolverine, not surprising as he’s been playing the character for about fifteen years.  Not sure anybody can take over after Jackman, but then I said the same thing about the Joker after Heath Ledger, and then Jared Leto came along.

All the same, it looks as if Marvel/Disney is ringing down the curtain on this incarnation of the X-Men, and Wolverine.  An era is passing.  I have no idea what comes after this, particularly as there are so many different alternate versions of the team in the comics, and, of course, Disney has shown it is not bound by previously established canon with the new Star Wars movies.  However, at the very least, they have my attention.

 

I will now take a moment to gibber incoherently….

I have got to see this!!

Ian McKellen! Laura Linney! Sherlock Holmes! BEES!

Okay, I have to calm down….

And how is it that the trailer for a little art film (by Bill Condon, who directed Gods and Monsters, another film you should absolutely stop and see this instant) should suddenly engender more acute excitement in me than even the trailers for The Force Awakens?? Obviously it pushes buttons I have been fifty years adding to my psyche, built out of Sherlock Holmes and The-Seven-Percent Solution and watching Basil Rathbone in films that were brilliant, despite the fact that they ignored the original milieu of the stories– and, possibly, because I am dying for a film that is focused on character, and full of wit and intelligence. As much as I enjoy films like The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy (and I do, enormously), there are times I need something more concentrated and discerning– the sort of thing to be found, for example, in the 1995 version of Persuasion, another favorite of mine. It is yet to be determined whether Mr. Holmes will actually deliver– again, judging a film by its trailer is problematic– but the premise– an aged Sherlock Holmes, post-World War II (and, yes, the math adds up, if you think about it) is intriguing.

Not to mention, the phrase “Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes” gives me a shiver of anticipation such as I have not felt in a long, long time. I think McKellen should be made a citizen of every civilized country on the planet, and whatever alien worlds we may contact, as well. The guy is just that damn good.

Okay– got that off my chest. Now I’ll lay down for a while with a wet cloth over my face.

Can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait….