Turns out the sequel to **Prometheus** –and it is very much more a sequel to that movie than it is a prequel **Alien**– is not only good, but retroactively makes **Prometheus** better. What are the odds of that?
Hot on the heels of [the terrible posters](http://awesomefriday.ca/2014/07/exodus-gods-and-kings-posters-christian-bale-joel-edgerton-in-egyptian-fashion-ads/) here’s the trailer for Ridley Scott’s Ridley Scott Epic Slow Burn Thinking Mans Biblical Action Movie.
Wow. These are Awful. I mean just look at the poster above. Awkward poses. Black with gold detail. Over the top makeup. These seriously look like the ads you see when you’re flipping through the first million pages of an issue of Vanity Fair looking for some actual content. That’s not a good thing, in case I wasn’t clear.
Setting aside, for now, the issue of Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton (English and Australian, respectively) being cast to play characters who in all likelihood weren’t white, they just look terrible. Also, I dunno if it’s the lack of hair, the makeup, or what, but I’ve seen several images of Joel Edgerton in this movie and didn’t recognize him until someone pointed out that it was him to me. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but there it is. Hit the jump for two more posters.
It’s come to my attention that many of you haven’t seen the [the films of] series of videos I mentioned yesterday when I posted about the _[Insight: Derek Cianfrance](http://awesomefriday.ca/2014/03/awesome-insight-derek-cianfrance-examines-the-directors-voice/?preview=true)_ video. This is something that needs to be corrected, so here is a playlist of the entire series.
Released over the course of 2011 each video profiles a different director and manages to distill that directors voice into something pretty special. The entire playlist is around 35 minutes long so set aside some time and watch the whole thing. It’s pretty amazing.
When I first heard about _The Counselor_ I was intrigued. Ridley Scott directing and a screenplay by Cormac McCarthy? Sounds good to me! Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, and Penelope Cruz starring? Sounds great!
Then [there was a trailer](http://awesomefriday.ca/2013/07/the-counselor-trailer-you-dont-have-any-friends/) and I became ever more excited for what sounded, and now looked, like a great movie.
Turns out I was wrong. _The Counselor_ is a bit of a mess.
[Dave Trumbore writing for Collider](http://collider.com/ridley-scott-sci-fi-short-films/)
> Ridley Scott…only on Machinima! The longtime director of such sci-fi greats as Alien and Blade Runner will now set his sights on smaller fare with a series of web shorts. Scott, his commercials production company RSA and Machinima will team up to produce 12 short sci-fi films with the possibility of developing features from them. While Scott, now 75, is revisiting new visions of his earliest feature successes, he’ll stay out of the director’s chair for these shorts, sticking to executive producer status only.
Yes, this is slightly old news now, but it’s still worth spreading. Machinima has put out some great stuff lately (anyone who hasn’t seen _Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn_ needs to [take a time out and go watch it now](http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbX5s9tyTEFboBuPReykPblf3XPitNexf) even if you’re not a fan of Halo itself) and Ridley Scott is, well, he’s Ridley Scott. Not only that but he’s got some pretty high calibre directorial talent working with him at RSA.
So basically, I can’t wait to see what they come up with!