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Nov 19 2014

James Cameron’s ‘The Potential Spider-Man’: What Almost Was

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In June of 2002 I had my first real Spider-Man experience. Seeing Raimi’s web slinger swinging through New York City was a spectacle that really struck a chord with me. And it obviously stuck, because Spidey has been a subject of a number of my articles on Unreality. And today I want to talk about the Spider-Man that nearly was.

Jump back another 10 years to 1992, where the world is still basking in the metallic glow of Terminator 2 (I was three at the time, so I’m taking some atmospheric liberties here). James Cameron had stoked a fire under the simmering blockbuster wok, and now had his pick of recipes. Would he stick to the sci-fi world where he’d found comfort with his aliens and robots? Or was it time to scale new territory?

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Nov 18 2014

If You’re Ever Considering a Big Lebowski Themed Wedding, This is the Reference You Use

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So here’s how the story goes.  At the end of their first date, Jesse and Chelsea watched The Big Lebowski. It became an anniversary tradition every year to revisit the film together.  However to many reading this it may surprise you though to their friends it came as no surprise when they decided to have a Big Lebowski-themed wedding.   Complete with White Russians, cupcakes, and yes, it was in a bowling alley, this is a site to behold

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Nov 18 2014

Casting Choices for Captain Marvel Other Than Katee Sackhoff

Published by under Comics,Movies

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For the record, there were/are a lot of versions of Captain Marvel. I’m personally glad that Marvel (the comic peeps) decided to run with the Carol Danvers version for the upcoming film. She is by and large more interesting and relatable than say the Kree who started it all, Captain Mar-Vell. (Kree is an alien race – see Guardians of the Galaxy – Ronan the Accuser or Korath the Pursuer) I seem to have one qualm with the announcement of this film, it’s coming out in July of 2018, well after Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and the Avengers Infinity War 1. If anything I would have switched Dr. Strange and Captain Marvel around so that she could make cameo appearances within the upcoming films and really bring everything together in one cohesive mashup! Sorry, did I lose you? Ok, let me back track a bit and explain a few things before we proceed with the casting.

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Nov 18 2014

Why I’m Actually Excited for a Dead Space Movie

Published by under Movies,Video Games

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It’s tough to get excited for video game movies in this day and age when so many are really, really terrible. The “best” video game movie to date is probably the original Resident Evil as it managed to toe the line between faithful adaptation and not-terrible action movie. I can see cases being made for Silent Hill and even Prince of Persia to some extent, but right now all of these are just “not bad for video game movies,” and not necessarily “good movies,” which is an important distinction.

And yet, I’m hopeful for the future in at least a few upcoming instances. Duncan Jones of Moon and Source Code fame was given the keys to the Warcraft universe for a new film, and Michael Fassbender has thrown himself into an adaptation of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed. But there’s one film which has been optioned that I’m still pretty excited about, despite the fact that we haven’t heard anything about the project in quite a while.

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Nov 18 2014

Why the Ending of Fury Works… but Not in the Way You Might Expect

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A couple weeks ago, Devin Faraci of Badass Digest wrote up a piece that delved into the problems filmgoers might find in the climactic sequences of recent war movie Fury. He’s not the only one to make mention of the issues; the premise in this piece is that the first two-thirds of Fury are basically so brilliant that they make up for a third act that turns into a typical Hollywood cheese-n-action climax. He’s not entirely wrong, either. The climax of Fury definitely has that Hollywood vibe to it, and in some ways it is a tangent from the approach the movie opens with.

But is it a problem? That I’m not so sure about. The more I think on the ending of Fury, the more I think its shortcomings and incongruities are actually their own little avenues into a different discussion of what the movie is doing.

So here’s my take.

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Nov 17 2014

Charlie Brown Gets a 3D Makeover in The Peanuts Movie

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Say it ain’t so!  One of the few and most classic cartoons left that’s managed to stay in 2D all these years just got a makeover.   Perhaps because Charlie Brown and Snoopy turn 65 years old next year the franchise decided to make up some large plans for the occasion.   According to Slashfilm,  They’ll be starring in The Peanuts Movie, a new 3D, CG-animated adventure featuring the classic characters created by Charles M. Schulz.

You can check out the new Peanuts Movie images after the jump and read all the details at Slashfilm

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Nov 17 2014

Five Movies that Did Poorly But had Amazing Soundracks

Published by under Movies,Videos

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Incidental music, for me. plays a huge part in a films capacity to occupy my thoughts and imagination in the days, weeks, months and often years after having seen it. It is an ongoing irritation for me that the current crop of superhero movies are largely without big scores to carry the heroism and nobility of these characters into the realms of the abstract. The fashion these days tends towards the textural rather than the outright melodic.

However, there are many films that are not terribly good (and some that are outright awful) that I feel compelled to watch over and over again because the music in them is so evocative or unique. Before I do this, I’ll do the mandatory disclaimer of this being ‘just my opinion’ but most of these films are either known to have done badly or have gotten a fair slice of bad press. I will also be mainly talking about the theatrical releases of these movies. As to the quality of the music…well you decide

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Nov 17 2014

Avengers Extended Trailer Is One Of Many Missed Last Week

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Who doesn’t like movie trailers bright and early on Monday morning!? My apologies everyone, somehow I completely it spaced Friday (I blame work) and forgot to post the week’s movie trailers. I feel ashamed. Hey, at least if I do a better job and remember to post this Friday that means you’ll get 2 days this week for movie trailers! Woo hoo! Well, I’d be excited about it.

Oh, and did anyone catch Rosewater, Foxcatcher, Dumb & Dumber To, or Beyond the Lights? I really wanted to see Foxcatcher and didn’t get an opportunity to. *sadface

Let’s do this.

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Nov 17 2014

David Fincher, My Couch, And What It would Take to Get Me off It

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Fincher and my couch. It’s a match made in heaven. A lazy Saturday afternoon, me all by my lonesome, and a Fincher flick. David Fincher is one of my all time favorite directors, but I just don’t see the point of viewing any of his flicks in the theater. I’ve heard great things about Gone Girl from both critics and friends, but like most Fincher flicks it’s long with a run time of 2 hours and 29 minutes. That’s a deal breaker for me to see anything in theaters unless it’s something completely bombastic visually. Marvel movies, epic period pieces, or crazy sci-fi/fantasy are pretty much my theater fare these days. So what would it take from Fincher to get me off the couch and into the cineplex?

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Nov 14 2014

The Top Ten Space Films Not Named Interstellar

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After seeing Interstellar this last weekend, I can safely say that it is the definitive Science Fiction film of the Twenty-First Century: a film that’s not quite Inception and not quite 2001: A Space Odyssey, but finds itself somewhere uniquely in-between the two.  Possessing the best qualities of its genre – an ambitious scope, stunning visuals and more than a working knowledge of the scientific principles that form its core premise – it deftly navigates its interstellar narrative in a way that never feels derivative of the celebrated films that have come before it.

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Nov 13 2014

Seventeen Questions I Have Immediately After Seeing Interstellar

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At long last, I finally saw Interstellar, my opening-night dreams being long delayed by unforeseen events. I am as much of a Nolan fanboy as you can get, and count everything from Memento to The Prestige to Inception to the entire Dark Knight Trilogy among my favorite movies. And now Nolan was heading to SPACE? Are you KIDDING? It was like a dream come true.

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