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Oct 21 2014

Casting the Amalgam Universe Movies Phase 2

Published by under Comics,Movies

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Fire up your Tamagotchi and pop on The Spice Girls, we’re bring the 90s into today by casting Phase 2 of the Amalgam Universe comic book movies. For you Unrealtors who may have missed the first edition of this article, the Amalgam Universe was a once-in-a-True-Believer’s-lifetime event where the big two comic publishers, Marvel and DC, decided to throw their respective universes into one big blender and publish books with whatever came out. It was fascinating, it was fun, and it’ll never happen again.

However, happen it did and in this wild world of comic cinema who knows who will be trading quips on the silver screen. So, assuming we’re following the Marvel Studios system, let’s see who’d be donning tights, capes, and maybe a helmet or two for Amalgam Universe Phase 2. Continue Reading »

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Oct 17 2014

Days of Future Awesome

Published by under Movies,Reviews

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There are some things that you just can’t help but give second chances to.  Despite the innumerable ways that they have disappointed you in the past, you know that somehow, if given enough time, they will prove that you were right to trust them all along.  This is how I have felt about the X-Men films since X2.  Despite a strong start to the series, it quickly spiraled into a miasma of false starts, tangled continuity and disappointing Wolverine spin-offs.  And just when First Class offered a fresh new start to a stagnant series, Days of Future Past loomed ominously in the distance – an impossibly complicated film that would attempt to merge the franchise’s parallel timelines into a streamlined retcon.  I had never been so worried about the direction of the franchise, nor have I ever been so pleased to give a struggling series a second chance.

The future is a bleak and desolate wasteland.  In their blind desperation to secure their survival as a species, mankind developed Sentinels – robotic drones that can adaptively incorporate the powers of any mutant that they come into contact with.  Not only have they brought mutants to near extinction, but have even succeeded at eradicating humans whose genetics would eventually produce mutant descendants.  Faced with the inevitability of their own destruction, Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr have made common cause against a titanic mutual enemy.

Even at the brink of extinction, however, there is still hope.  Kitty Pryde’s ability to phase through solid matter has developed to the point where she can phase a person’s consciousness into their younger body: allowing them to travel backwards through time and change the course of future events.  She succeeds at sending Wolverine back to 1973, where he must unite a misanthropic Xavier and an incarcerated Magneto, at a time when the two men couldn’t be further apart, in order to prevent Mystique from assassinating Sentinel inventor Bolivar Trask and setting into motion the events that would convince humanity of the need for Trask’s weapons. Continue Reading »

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Oct 17 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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This past weekend I went, I saw and I loved Gone Girl. It was absolutely one heck of a thrill to watch and it truly kept me guessing the entire time. I was constantly coming up with my own theories as to how all the events would unfold. I was also consistently wrong with most of them.

What other movies have you guys seen lately that you would suggest I go check out? I hear the Judge is better than the critics are saying about it …

Let’s do this.

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Oct 15 2014

Adam Sandler + Netflix = A Good Thing?

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You may have caught last week’s announcement of this strange little team up. Strange was how it first struck me, at least. With Netflix taking more and more good television hostage, I immediately wondered why they’d opt for…frankly, bad movies. But first impressions are rarely something to go by.

Let’s take a step back and look at the deal itself. Continue Reading »

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Oct 15 2014

Five Things X-Men Days of Future Past Should Have Screwed Up …But Somehow Didn’t

Published by under Editorials,Lists,Movies

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Days of Future Past had a lot of hype going for it, but nearly everything else going against it. The film, which came out on DVD and Blu-ray yesterday, is officially the seventh in the line of X-Men movies. It also marked the return of most of the cast for the first time in nearly a decade, including the reappearance of director Bryan Singer to the helm.

All the makings of a well-intentioned supergroup disaster were in the mix. The new film intended to merge the storyline of reboot installment The First Class while capturing the magic of Singer’s first two universally-praised entries into the franchise. On top of that, it was going to use one of the most well-regarded storylines from the X-Men comic series. A million unfathomably-obese Blob’s-worth of pressure was upon the entire production to not suck.

And did it succeed? Hell yes! Some critics and fanboys had lots of nitpicks, but by and large the film was popular with both audiences and critics. And China. China loved them some Days of Future Past. The fact that the Chinese adore Hugh Jackman and that Singer cast Chinese movie icon Fan Bingbing probably helped.

Regardless, Days of Future Past hardly stumbled, let alone fell on its face. Fully appreciating the fact that the movie was successful takes pointing out where other productions would have failed. For instance… Continue Reading »

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Oct 15 2014

Comic Book Films – Old News?

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So I’m sure that you all read this yesterday right? Robert Downey was doing an interview plugging his movie The Judge and was asked if he gets jealous when another superhero movie comes out and becomes popular. His response might have surprised some but I think that I see his point and might be slightly siding with him on this. He replied with this:

“Honestly, the whole thing is just showing the beginning signs of fraying around the edges. It’s a little bit old. Last summer there were five or seven different ones out.”

What gives? The guy that I would argue was one of the larger catalysts for comic book movies doing so well now a days basically seems to be getting tired of the superhero genre. I’ll touch on a little more about this after the jump but I’m really looking for the Unrealtors to sound off on this one.

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Oct 13 2014

Please Shut Up – A Trip to the Theater

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As I stated in last week’s trailer post, I wanted and was going to go see Gone Girl. Friday night came and went, as did Saturday night, but low and behold an opportunity popped up on Sunday and I rushed to my local AMC at 4 in the afternoon. I’m uncertain if it was due to bad luck, if it was going to a movie in the afternoon, or if it was the simple act of seeing a film a week after it’s debut. Either way, I’m sure many of you would agree with me that there are good movie going experiences and bad ones.

This, as the title suggests, was a less than exceptional experience. There were multiple reasons for this, but two in particular stood out that I just had to get off my chest. One being the audience, and the other was the theater itself. Before I begin, I want you to know that I will do my best to go see a movie on opening night in hopes to avoid what I’m about to tell you – so I’ll take the responsibility and say that it was my own fault for the turmoil I endured.

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Oct 10 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

Published by under Lists,Movies

A plethora of good movies coming out recently and I’ve not had a single ounce of time to go watch any of them. (insert sad face here) I have hopes that I’ll be able to escape the clutches of the to-do list of my home dwelling and go see Gone Girl this weekend. I doubt that Dracula, the Judge or Alexander could knock it from the top spot … but I’ve been wrong before. Thankfully I write this weekly post and delve into the world of movie trailers to supply some sort of “fix” for my anguish.

By the way, at the end of each little blurb I typically jot down “Will I see this?” followed by an answer. I’ve never outlined what those answers mean but I’ll do that now…Yes, I will definitely go see it in theaters. Maybe, I will see it in theaters but I’ve not decided yet – this might be dependent upon the reviews. Rental, I’ll watch it at home via Netflix or something. Nope, I will not be watching this movie ever.

Let’s do this.

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Oct 08 2014

The Rise of the Badaptation

Published by under Books,Columns,Movies

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I had such high hopes. Too high, maybe, but that wasn’t the real problem. Gone Girl was technically wonderful, as are most things under David Fincher’s ever vigilant eye. But a big mistake was made in its creation.

Adapting for film is a tricky business. Novels are the most recognised form of adaptation (I’ve heard around a third of all films are estimated to be somehow derived from books), but there are other sources – plays, games, historical figures/situations, websites, and the latest, childhood board games. There’s certainly plenty of inspiration for studios and filmmakers who want the safety net of a pre-existing audience.

The key word here is inspiration.

There’s a reason video games are yet to have a breakthrough film that shows the potential for good RPG to DVD adaptation. The mediums are much too similar! You play a game, you like the game, and you think ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to see this as a movie?’ You mean on a screen? With people moving and talking and stuff? Haven’t you already seen that? Continue Reading »

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Oct 08 2014

5 Childhood Movies That Deserve Reboots

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No, I’m not talking about remaking the Iron Giant (it will stand the test of time) – but I am referring to 5 other childhood favorites that I feel deserve a re-do of sorts. Before you go getting all bent out of shape please hear me out. I have a 2 year old son who one day will be old enough to start partaking in movies from my childhood. Films that I’ve treasured over the years that if you were to dust off the ol’ VHS player (if you could find one) and slide one of these 5 tapes into it, I’d probably watch it with a huge grin on my face. I can’t wait to sit down with him on a Friday night, turn one of these on, pop some popcorn and watch his reactions to all the magical moments. Yet, I’m fearful that by the time he hits that age, these movies will not hold up as well as I might think they do.

I’m only speaking to childhood favorites of my generation. I’m not trying to say that the movies were amazing on any oscar award winning merit or that they were the best in their respective genres. These are simply films that I think the younger generations of today shouldn’t miss – but might – due to how they might perceive them as old and outdated. (it’s as if you were to ask yourself how many films that you enjoy that your parents grew up watching … yeah, not many for me either)

 

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Oct 07 2014

The Shining and Psycho Reimagined

Published by under Images,Movies

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Artist Bryan Ewing had some fun with the lead villains of The Shining and Psycho in these Japanese-inspired poster remakes. I believe each are available for purchase here somewhere, for a limited time.

Someday I’m going to get really good at art and sell prints ALL the time. Not just in little day-long windows or 50-run prints. Someday.

Check out the Psycho version below: Continue Reading »

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