While we wait for someone to find that damned elusive easter egg in Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn has generously shared a few easter eggs that didn’t make the cut in Vol. 2. The references appear to have been part of a deleted scene from the film, but it’s not one that was included on the official Blu-ray release back in August, making this a real sweet early Halloween treat.
Well, that’s one way to promote your upcoming home video releases! A few months ago, fans who sat all the way through to the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 were treated to more than a handful of bonus scenes: they were also treated to “Guardians Inferno” by The Sneepers, a fictitious disco band that also included a guest appearance by noted German pop star David Hasselhoff. No bonus footage could hold a candle to the infectious disco pop of the song, and plenty of people - myself included - immediately went home and listened to the track on repeat. It’s everything we want the delightfully weird Marvel universe to be.
Gag reels are a gift given to us by the cinema gods. Who doesn’t enjoy beloved actors from a beloved series messing up their lines repeatedly while everyone else in the cast laughs at them? If a good blooper reel is the number one sign that production on a movie was fun, then Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 must have been a blast. Even if the actors thought some of the lines they had to say sounded kind of ridiculous.
If you spend enough time reading interviews with writer-directors, you may find yourself wondering how big a role music plays in the creative process. Hollywood is littered with movies that were written under the influence of a particularly strong playlist; filmmakers who have been given control over every aspect of production, from screenplay the final cut, can sometimes appear to be writing to the music that influenced them along the way. That’s one of the beautiful things about the work of James Gunn. Not only does he exhibit a delightfully eclectic taste in ’70s and ’80s music, he often finds ways to bring those songs directly into the action of his Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.
Something that should be apparent just from watching the Guardians of the Galaxy movies is that James Gunn is a dude who likes to have fun. He’s the kind of director who posts tons of updates on his movies on social media, including the occasional tricky misleading clue, and loves to stay in contact with his fans. Which is why, when someone contacted him on Instagram pretending to be Marvel chief Kevin Feige, Gunn went along with it, and posted screenshots afterward for all of us to enjoy.
I put on Guardians of the Galaxy on my Blu-ray player this morning, and have the movie going in the background while I work. I’m not paying too much attention, but every couple of minutes another great song comes on the soundtrack that sets my toe tapping. That would be the now-famous “Awesome Mix Vol. 1,” the cassette tape bequeathed to Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord by his dying mom. The keepsake, collecting some of the finest pop songs of the late ’70s and early ’80s, formed the spine of Guardians’ soundtrack, and even became a crucial plot point. And at the end of the film, Peter finds “Awesome Mix Vol. 2,” setting up the sequel, coming to theaters next month.
The Guardians of the Galaxy are heroes, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the galaxy isn‘t out to get them. Like, all the time. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 sees our favorite spacefaring miscreants go up against an evil golden woman, Peter Quill’s former allies the ravagers, and a giant tentacle beast, amongst probably a host of other things. As the new TV spot says: the hits keep coming.
I’ve always wondered why more horror films aren’t set in corporate environments. While the office remains a popular setting for comedies and the ubiquitous faux-documentary television programs, anything darker — such as the 2006 horror film Severance which centers on a group of coworkers in the midst of an office wilderness retreat — remains the exception rather than the rule. For how much hidden animosity and frustration your typical office building contains, you’d think this would be an area ripe for exploration by the right twisted storyteller.