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Guardians Of The Galaxy - Trailer

Vin Diesel plays a tree and Bradley Cooper plays a raccoon named Rocket. That was all I knew about Guardians of The galaxy until I saw this trailer. I still only know slightly more than that.

I will say this, based on this trailer I’m a little worried that the comedy is too slow. However, this is quite the departure from Iron Man and Thor for Marvel. I read Marvel for 15 years and I didn’t know this book. So maybe this was just to serve as an introduction.

But honestly, Vin Diesel plays a tree and Bradley Cooper plays a raccoon named Rocket so I’m going to see this movie.

Superhero Movies Are Getting Too Greedy -- Vulture 

Great read by Kyle Buchanan. Definitely echos my fears about Amazing Spider-Man and Batman / Superman.

That’s what worries me about the Spider-Man news. Already, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is so perilously overcrowded with new characters — including three villains in Electro, Rhino, and the Green Goblin — that another important Spider-Man figure, Mary Jane Watson, was completely excised from the final cut after Shailene Woodley had already shot her scenes. Sony seems determined to churn through villains and story lines as fast as possible to get to the good stuff, but doesn’t that handicap the solo Spider-Man movies from the get-go? It’s going to be awfully hard to invest in Spider-Man’s upcoming battle with Electro (not to mention the additional villains he’ll tussle with in The Amazing Spider-Man 3) when we know that the bad guy can’t possibly be killed off, that in fact he’ll be alive and thriving two movies down the line just so he can join a Sinister Six team-up.

Interstellar - Trailer

The first trailer for Christopher Nolan’s next movie, Interstellar. Yes, please.

Posters for the movies from Seinfeld.

I love these so much more than I should. I can’t believe it took until August of 2013 to make this happen. Based on posters alone I would see Check Mate, Prognosis Negative, Death Blow, and Rochelle Rochelle (obviously).

Cry, Cry Again is obviously Oscar bait, and Chunnel looks like garbage. I bet they converted it to 3D in post.

[via NextMovie]

The Best Way to Combat Piracy Is to Make Movies Easier to Watch 

I believe this 100%. I’ve been saying it for a long time, even if it’s never been committed to this blog.

It was a conversation that was ongoing about music until the iTunes Store made music easier to buy than to pirate. 

Jupiter Ascending - Trailer

I’ll just… let me just… I’m going to put this here. It’s the trailer for Jupiter Ascending, a new movie from the Wachowskis. You have my attention.

I think Bryan Singer just announced another X-Men movie on twitter.

I’m already excited for Days of Future Past. I have every confidence in whatever he does with Apocalypse, be it Age of Apocalypse or just featuring Apocalypse.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Trailer

After two days of me ranting about Spider-Man, I thought I’d be done. But today Sony released the first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. *sigh*

Well, I’ve watched it twice. I like the stuff about Peters parents, but I liked it when it was promised in the first film too. It does look like it’ll be more prevalent in this film which is great. The story of Peter’s parents is the best thing this franchise has going for it.

I’m not into what they’ve done to Electro. Electro is my favorite Spider-Man villain. I liked that Spider-Man had to solve how to beat him, because webs wouldn’t stick, and punching him would cause electrocution. Spidey figured out that if he wore rubber booties and gloves he would be fine. It was the perfect combo of the brains of Peter Parker and the fighting style of Spider-Man.

And Electro wasn’t just muscle for Oscorp. He was his own person with his own reasons for hating Spider-Man. The opening VO says “Every day I wake up knowing that the more people I try to save, the more enemies I will make” … but it’s not more enemies, it’s one enemy. One your father made. Rhino, Electro, Goblin… they’re all having their strings pulled by Oscorp / Norman Osborn.

Oh, and at 1:15 in, you can see Vulture’s wings and Dr Octopus arms. I can bet we’ll see those in 3. 

Would love to know what you guys think.



After my intial reaction to Batman vs. Superman (which is not the title for the film) earlier this year, I mentioned a few times on this site that I was confident Wonder Woman would be appearing in the Man of Steel sequel. What I wasn’t sure of is who would be playing her.

Well, here she is: Gal Gadot! I want to wish Gal (above images via Stndrd) good luck, those are some mighty big boots to fill.

I noticed that in all the press releases, they refer to her a Wonder Woman/Diana Prince. What that says to me is that we’ll be seeing Wonder Woman in her alter ego for a good portion of the film. But how? As Bruce’s love interest? As Superman’s love interest? As a bad ass government operative? Who knows. I just hope Zack Snyder gives this character the respect she deserves in her big screen debut…

DCU has been on the Wonder Woman beat for some time. I’m glad to see it finally paying off.

Bryan (of DCU fame) and I had a long conversation about The Amazing Spider-Man when it was released last year. Apparently we did it on Facebook, which is out of character for me. Usually these happen over text and I put them here. Our Facebook posts are above.

After seeing the poster for Amazing Spider-Man 2 yesterday I felt like it was worth bringing up why I’m so concerned.

I had a theory, it was a loose theory, that Amazing Spider-Man started as Spider-Man 4. As I said last year:

We met Conners in Spidy 2. He had an existing relationship with Peter and you can easily make the jump to where he knew Richard Parker and Peter could stumble upon the briefcase. Grow that part of the story, make digging up his fathers past a mystery that leads Peter down a path in which he discovers Conners has revived the research and it has gone wrong.

There isn’t much that needs to change to make Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man 4. Everything else kind of falls in line. But, ok, Sony wanted to start the character over. Make him a little darker, moody. That’s ok.

Bryan was convinced that Sony couldn’t commit to what movie they wanted to make. That’s supported by the complete removal of “The Untold Story” as pointed out by Badass Digest (… don’t ask…). The whole untold story thing would have actually made this reboot interesting. Instead Amazing Spider-Man played it safe. Even went as far as to make sure no one said the phrase “with great power, comes great responsibility”. They dance around it to a point where it’s just ridiculous.

Ultimately The Amazing Spider-Man was a mediocre reboot. It could have tread new ground for Peter Parker and his parents (who almost never show up in the comics, and are always surrounded in mystery. Did they work for the CIA? Shield? was their death really an accident? Are they really dead?) but instead it was played very safe.

So now we come to Amazing Spider-Man 2. Not many details, it’s 6 months away. But from what I’ve seen it has all the makings of a mediocre sequel. Unfortunately, the sequel can’t draw on the things that were cut from the film, only the things that were in the film. So that leaves cranes, a lizard, and an wheezing Norman Osborn.

Have we learned nothing from Spider-Man 3? Three villains is too many. Focus on your story, the story of your human characters. How does all of it affect them. See Spider-Man 2, X-Men 2, and The Empire Strikes Back for reference on how to make a good followup.

Sorry about all this, guys. I just needed to get that out.

Oh. And I do think I should have been in charge of the reboot. It’s the only comic book franchise that I enjoyed that I would even consider working on.


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