New Trailer for “Blade Runner: Black Lotus”

This is I believe the second trailer for Blade Runner: Black Lotus, which is being produced by Toonami and Crunchyroll for adult swim. From memory, the first one centred almost exclusively on over the top action sequences, and as a result it was apparently not received very well. This trailer, on the other hand, shows a different side of Black Lotus, a more suspenseful one, which makes it seem a whole lot more appealing to me. It definitely might be worth checking out when it’s released next month (in countries where adult swim is available, at least). Incidentally, the overall look of the show reminds me a lot of Ghost in the Shell. I would be surprised if this was entirely by coincidence.

Official Trailer for “Resident Evil: Welcome to Racoon City” Released

I must say, this Resident Evil film reboot looks promising. Although, in my opinion, it looks more like a TV series than a blockbuster film, it does seem to follow the plot of the first few Resident Evil games quite closely, which makes it infinitely more interesting to me than any of the Resident Evil films starring Milla Jovovich. Claire Redfield is apparently the central character, which is cool. I just hope that Jill Valentine gets plenty of screen time too. But I did not see any sign that Sherry Birkin will make an appearance. I really hope she does, because after Jill, Sherry is my favourite Resident Evil character.😊

Also, you may have noticed at the end of the trailer that Talenthouse is having a fan art contest for this movie. The deadline is now less than two weeks away, and there are a raft of conditions to take into account, but since I’m such a big Resident Evil fan, I really would like to submit something to this competition.😄

Featured Heroine: Urraca of Zamora

Note: this article is about the character in Amazon Prime’s El Cid TV show, not the historical figure.

Yesterday I finished watching the second season of Amazon Prime’s Spanish series El Cid (titled The Legend of El Cid in English), which stars Jaime Lorente as the titular hero, a Castilian knight who won renown in medieval Spain. Like all TV shows that are based on human history, I’m sure that there are many who decry the historical inaccuracies in El Cid, but for me it was a thoroughly exciting show which features heaps of medieval military action and political intrigue, plus a bit of sex/romance as well. El Cid himself is portrayed as a brooding and overly intense young warrior, which does not really appeal to me all that much, but I was fascinated by the character of Urraca of Zamora (played by Spanish actress Alicia Sanz), the eldest of the five children of King Fernando I of Leon.

The only real point of reference I have for El Cid (and therefore of Urraca), is the 1961 Hollywood film, also titled El Cid, starring Charlton Heston. In that film, Urraca (played by French actress Geneviève Page) is portrayed as a conniving, manipulative individual, and thus one of El Cid’s main antagonists. In Amazon’s El Cid, Urraca is also portrayed in this way, at least initially. I don’t want to say too much that might spoil certain parts of the show, but by the end of the second season, she becomes quite admirable and even takes part in a battle herself. Mind you, I liked Urraca from the very beginning. Being so confident and fearless, I think it’d be hard for anybody not to like her at least a little bit. On top of that, of course, she is played by the gorgeous Ms Sanz, who I think is a very good actress.😊

I’m not sure if Amazon has a third season for El Cid in the works or not, but I certainly would like to see more of Urraca of Zamora in action. Incidentally, the image at the top of this article of Ms Sanz in her combat outfit is from an article posted in June on Cosmopolitan magazine’s Spanish edition. I can’t say it’s the exact outfit she wore onscreen, but if it’s not, it’s certainly one that is very similar.

Something to Look Forward to: “Ainbo” Animated Film

On Pinterest today I happened upon a poster (see above) for an upcoming 3D animated film called Ainbo. From what I can gather, this film was originally planned to be released in 2019, but it is now scheduled to be released in 2021 instead. You can check out an official teaser trailer for it below.

Put succinctly, Ainbo is the story of a young native girl from the jungles of South America, and her journey to save her home, which is being threatened by civilisation. From a purely personal point of view, I think it Ainbo has the potential to be a really fun film. And I say that for three reasons. Firstly, it’s about a jungle girl, and I’m a big fan of stories about jungle girls. Secondly, the animation looks top notch and very cute (in a Disney-like way). Thirdly, it is mainly being produced by a Peruvian studio (Tunche Films), which puts it somewhere close to my heart.

Unfortunately, Ainbo doesn’t seem to have an official website at the moment (the link provided by IMDB is dead) but if I come across more information about it in the future, I’ll write a follow-up post to this one. But for now, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you!😊