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The end of the new Spider-Man trailer reminded me of playing Mirror’s Edge. Stephen Totilo on Kotaku noticed the similarities as well and he created the above video comparing the two.
The results are striking. From sliding under pipes, to looking down towards the street as you jump across buildings to jumping into your own reflection. The similarities are unmistakeable.
Spider-Man isn’t the first movie to be influenced by videogame and it won’t be the last. You can’t forget Shawn of the Dead’s brief encounter with first person shooting towards the end of the movie. But this is a relatively new phenomenon so let’s celebrate it. Also, Spider-Man and videogames go hand in hand.
I just wonder if we are going to see a dot in the middle of the screen so people won’t get nauseous watching the movie.
[Video used with permission. Read the original article on Kotaku]
I agree with Jeff. Who is going to see X-men this weekend?
I’m unsure about it. X-men 3 cut me deep and I don’t know if the franchise can recover even if they make only prequels.
X-Men: First Class - Trailer
I love X-Men. I read the comics from 1992 until 2009. I really liked X-Men 1 and 2, I thought Bryan Singer did an amazing job because I understand that the best way to make an X-Men movie is to take the characters and just totally ignore their ages and origin from the comic books. I get that. But I can’t stand including characters just to include them.
X-Men: The Last Stand came out 5 years ago (not long enough for people to forget how bad it was) and it suffered from the too-many-characters-trying-to-do-fan-service problem. It makes me worry that X-Men First Class is going to have the same problem. Don’t get me wrong, it looks great, and I’ll probably go see it opening day, but I’m going into this one cautiously.
Buy a movie once. Watch it on any device. Share it with friends.
That’s the idea behind Ultraviolet, a connected media download service. What does that mean exactly? It means that the film industry has finally decided to loosen its grip, ever so slightly, and they are finally allowing people who purchase their movies to watch them wherever they want… as long as it’s on a pre-approved device.
People who buy content from Ultraviolet digital retailers, which include Best Buy, Comcast, Microsoft, Panasonic, Sony and Toshiba, will be able to share it with up to six friends or family members, transfer or stream the movie on up to 12 devices and create copies on DVDs and portable flash drives. It’s intended to alleviate one of the major impediments to the sales of digital copies of movies: that files are typically limited to a single device and thus are less usable than a DVD. - LA TIMES
According to the press release you can expect the service to go live in several months with applications for PC’s, smart phones and, yes, even game consoles coming by the end of the year. In 2012 expect Ultraviolet to be in even more hardware like “connected Blu-ray Disc players, set-top boxes, Internet TVs and other devices.”
The biggest concern with new formats or platforms is content. You’re not going to buy into this eco system if you can’t get the movies I want right? Ultraviolet seems to have it right though. Warner, NBC Universal, Fox, Sony, Paramount and Lions Gate are all on board from the start. With that many partners we should not be wanting for content.
I slowed my purchasing physical copies of music, movies and television to almost a complete stop (Star Wars excluded). To own a copy of something and have it stored in a cloud allowing me to access it wherever I am is a dream I have been talking about for a long time. I like it because it challenges how we think of ownership. Not we. It challenges how the studios think of ownership. Being able to say ‘I own this, forever, and I can put it on all these devices’ is powerful. I will definitely be following this story throughout the year as it begins to launch on hardware and we get to see what it’s actually like to use.
“If you go to this adaptation of Stephen King’s novel expecting to see a horror movie, you’ll be disappointed. “…the setting is promising enough - an empty, isolated hotel in dead-of-winter Colorado - but Kubrick makes it warm, well-lit and devoid of threat.”
- Time Out London Film Guide, 1980
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, including the opinion that your opinion is stupid.
There is also a review of Empire Strikes Back that reads “The Force is with us, indeed, and a lot of it is hot air…The Empire Strikes Back is about as personal as a Christmas card from a bank.” Ouch.
Word’s recently got around that Zack Snyder, director of Watchmen, 300 and that one with owls wearing helmets, will be helming the new Superman movie and it’s sparked some pretty heated debate. While it’s true that all Snyder’s films aren’t as strong as they really could be, he’s definitely not the biggest problem this new Superman movie faces. The more interesting thing about the film is that it’s being written by David Goyer and Jonathan Nolan and being “Godfathered” (whatever that means) by Chris Nolan himself. Goyer and the Nolans have been the team behind the latest Batman franchise which it’s fair to say is doing pretty well.
The good news is that, with the strong writing the Nolans are known for (Not so much Goyer, his IMDB page minus Batman reads like a tragedy) and the great action/visuals Snyder is extremely capable of producing, we’re already halfway to an excellent, modern Superman film. The bad news is that it sure seems like Warner Brothers are heaping all of their eggs into one basket in Nolan(s). They’re not going to be involved forever, Chris has already confirmed that his third Batman movie will be his last. Where does that leave the Superman franchise beyond “The Man Of Steel” (That’s what Snyder’s version will be called)? The last thing any Superman fan wants at this point is to be left out in the cold after a promising start, which is exactly what happened in 2006 with “Superman Returns”.
What about the story? Very loose, early leaks report it being about “Clark Kent traveling the world deciding whether or not he actually wants to be Superman”. It’s an interesting concept, sure, but we’ve already had a slower, character-driven Superman film this decade. With a director like Snyder at their disposal, I hope Warner Brother’s push the film into slightly more… dynamic territory. Origin Stories are soooo 00’s. The description also sounds a little too similar to Batman Begins for my liking. This is all just speculation, mind. At this stage, the story could be anything.
The “reboot” is the hot topic around Hollywood right now. Nothing gets a crowd excited like seeing established, familiar characters refreshed and presented to them anew. It can go too far, though. Think of all the superhero films you’ve seen this decade. How many of them were origin stories? How many of them just got on with it and gave you a full movie with the character you know? The X-Men franchise has now exclusively started telling origin stories. While that’s good for the more obscure, interesting characters (God, I hope they get that Deadpool movie made), an average audience will probably already know most of what’s being told. Superman is the most recognised hero in the world, fact. People know who he is. Why not, then, as the writer of the film, just go with it and present a broader, longer, more interesting journey without the baggage of all this background? A film about Clark Kent debating being Superman would be as much a Smallville movie as it would an addition to the Superman franchise.
While there are many reasons to be cautious about getting excited for the rebirth of the Superman franchise yet again, there are also some excellent reasons to be optimistic that, at the very least, we’re going to get another solid superhero movie out of an extremely promising team of filmmakers.
Superman: The Man Of Steel is due out Christmas 2012.
There are two chances to see Back to the Future in theaters for it’s 25th anniversary. Saturday, October 23 (12:30pm) and Monday, October 25 (7:00pm). That second one is the day Marty McFly went back in time.
All guests will receive a full-sized poster commemorating the 25th Anniversary limited-release of the movie with their ticket purchase, while supplies last.
Each theatre will also have special movie-related giveaways prior to the movie as a part of the experience. We’re excited to bring this digitally remastered film back for a new generation to see the film as it was intended – up on the big screen.
You should probably order tickets now before you run out of time…