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Thursday, March 31, 2011

On Reboots and Why Warner/DC Should Not Try to Copy Marvel.



            Earlier this week it was confirmed in the LA Times that THE DARK KNIGHT RISES will be the final chapter in Nolan’s adaptation of the Batman story. I can understand why many fans are very displeased with this decision; Nolan’s vision of Batman is so epic we all want more of it. However there are a few advantages to this. First and foremost, The Dark Knight was so overwhelmingly awesome that there is no way any subsequent sequel will ever meet expectations. It might still be really good, but it won’t be The Dark Knight. Secondly it is the first time a definitive end has been announced for any superhero helmed by a single director, so it is going to be very interesting seeing some closure. Yes, Raimi’s Spiderman had an ending and he helmed all three. But, lets face it, those were not Raimi films in the same sense the Dark Knight is a Nolan film and there had been talks of making a fourth fifth and sixth installment with or without Raimi afterwards. Ultimately Marvel chose to reboot the Spiderman franchise so it can tie it to its new Avengers assembly of movies. Warner/DC has announced its intentions to reboot the Batman franchise after The Dark Knight Rises so it can tie it in to a series of films that will lead to a Justice League movie in a few years. Monkey see monkey do.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Review: CEREMONY


            There is nothing particularly bad about Ceremony, but there is also nothing that makes it stand out above anything in particular. It is simply a quirky cinematic experience that might or might not produce a few laughs. That being said, it is also far beyond an average film; almost as if writer/filmmaker Max Winkler would have tried to walk away from average in all directions at the same time, only to come full circle at the opposite end of OKness. Yes it is an odd thing, but if you ever get to see the movie you’ll understand.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

PARAMOUNT PICTURES OPTIONS EARTHSEED



HOLLYWOOD, CA (March 29, 2011) – Paramount Pictures Film Group President
Adam Goodman today announced that the studio has optioned the novel EARTHSEED,
with Melissa Rosenberg (“TWILIGHT,” “Dexter,” “HIGHLANDER”) attached to pen the
script and produce through her Tall Girls Productions.

Monday, March 28, 2011

New Images from CAPTAIN AMERICA











Watch these images move on the big screen July 22nd! (Though why a movie called Captain America doesn't come out July 4th is beyond me)

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Three Musketeers Trailer Arrives

Well... I think this is a little more action packed than Dumas had in mind...


The Three Musketeers by ThePlaylist

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Review: LIMITLESS


At one point in Limitless a character mentions, “If I don’t keep moving forward, it felt like I might explode”. It seems the whole movie feels the exact same way. And when I left the theater, so did I. Like a good thriller Limitless keeps moving forward and it doesn’t stop for one second to look back. If you missed something you've missed it. So, it is a good thing the movie captures your attention effectively as it does while your eyes and mind indulge in one of the most pulpy thrillers in a long time.
Limitless

Sunday, March 20, 2011

‘The Chronicles of Rick Roll’ Movie Trailer

In this trailer to generate the interest to raise the funds for a feature film, every popular internet meme over the past 7 or so years is featured - played by their original generators.




While they said Social Network was defining of our generation, I have always disagreed because sure - they create one form of social networking - but they never show the effect that it has on our culture; moving us into the internet. Meanwhile, this film shows the effects that memes have had on our culture and just how much the internet has penetrated our lives. Thus, as stupid as it sounds, this seems to be the defining film of our web-based generation.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

New Costume for Wonder Woman Revealed

So the new Spiderman costume looks kinda cool, or at least less goofy than the one Tobey Maguire wore. However the NBC Wonder Woman remake apparently decided to go the opposite direction: to look as goofy as possible. Here is the costume Adrianne Palicki will wear for Wonder Woman:



I think it looks like a cheap Halloween costume. And since when does Wonder Woman wear pants! What do you think?

Monday, March 14, 2011

New Poster for On Stranger Tides Surfaces.


The new poster for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, has been revealed. It pretty much reveals that Jack Sparrow is the protagonist here. Honestly, I am not sure how I feel about this. Despite being the franchise's iconic character Jack was never really meant to be the protagonist. He certainly wasn't in the first one, although he took a more central role in the sequels where pointing out a protagonist is really freaking hard. Technically it should be Will, but he was kinda shoved aside in order to make room for more swashbuckling. Which, if anything, having Jack as the protagonist will guarantee tons of. I'm always down for more swashbuckling.
Anyway here is the poster:
Click to see it big. 

Review: THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU


            Like many Sci-Fi thrillers before it The Adjustment Bureau plays with the conflict between predestination and free will. And it has a lot of fun tossing a few ideas while Matt Damon and Emily Blunt are chased across New York by the adjusters of fate. But it doesn’t even try to arrive at a conclusion. This is not a deeply philosophical movie, and it doesn’t even pretend to be one; it is a pulpy action/romance movie and it enjoys playing with the implications of these genres.
The Adjustment Bureau 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Review: PAUL


            Paul is a silly and somewhat amiable R rated version of E.T. that behaves like a 5 year old who just discovered a whole new set of four letter words; I am talking of both the movie and the character. The film itself brings together the Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz team and the Superbad team. It is not as effective or good as any of either’s past work. But it is much more easygoing and likely to appeal to a wider audience than their previous works.
 Paul Poster - Teaser Flyer - 11 X 17 2011 Movie Simon Pegg Seth Rogan

Friday, March 11, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Announcing an Interesting Mash-up


I thought it all started with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, by Quirk Books publishing. The little mash-up was a success so without hesitating Quirk quickly developed the thematic sequel, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. It was an original idea to take classic novels and mash them up with something completely unrelated to them in anyway. Of course it did not take long for others to start copying bringing us Little Women and WerewolvesAndroid Karenina, and many others by different publishers.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Review: RANGO


           In today’s Hollywood there is a tendency for movies to try and find the widest audience possible. This is a reasonable; the wider your target audience the more likely you will be at finding one and thus making bank. The problem is that the easiest way for movies to achieve this is to dumb them down. In this environment, Rango is some kind of silent revolution. It achieves this not by dumbing itself down but by being clever on how it goes about doing it. Rango manages to be: a legit a western as The Man With No Name trilogy, and at the same time family film that is fun and fit for kids and adults alike. This is a lot to tackle in a single film somehow Rango manages to juggle it all.

Rango

Monday, March 7, 2011

A New Trailer for Cars 2

What do you think? I think it looks better than the previous trailers, and actually looks better than Cars. We'll see soon.

<a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=us&brand=msn%20video&from=sp&vid=44e28d26-be35-4abe-9039-d0125ea0854e&src=FLCP:sharebar:embed" target="_new" title="MSN Exclusive: 'Cars 2' trailer from Disney">Video: MSN Exclusive: 'Cars 2' trailer from Disney</a>

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Review: BATTLE: LOS ANGELES


I am not really sure what the plot of Battle: Los Angeles was. There where lots of explosions, some very loud noises, and excessive queasy-cam movements. Every now and then Aaron Eckhart would yell at his platoon, Michelle Rodriguez would curse in Spanish and another explosion would happen after that. The rest was a blur.
Battle: Los Angeles

Friday, March 4, 2011

Oh no... here we go again. Lucas plans to rerelease Star Wars in 3D.


You heard right. It is not like we didn't see it coming; George Lucas has milked the Star Wars franchise as much as it naturally could, and he is planning to continue way past the time the franchise turns dry. The films will be released in chronological order starting in February 2012 with Episode 1. The good news is the world ends that year, so we won't get to see our beloved trilogy bastardized once again.

Star Wars Prequel Trilogy

KUNG FU PANDA 2 TRAILER (Official)

For once "Awesome" does not describe how awesome I think this movie looks.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Movie About a Tire That Blows Stuff Up

This movie is deep in the tradition of B-movies.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

International Poster for X-MEN First Class Surface

       International posters are always interesting. Somehow Hollywood believes that everyone outside the United States will not understand their posters and so a new one is made. I like these poster for X-Men First Class the certainly seem to point the movie is headed in a new direction. Thankfully there is no sign of the Wolverine Claws anywhere. 

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