Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Wolverine Review

The fear of another awful film with Hugh Jackman playing the Canadian super hero loomed heavily in both the hearts of film goers and yours truly this past weekend as Jackman took a fifth turn at playing the clawed super hero. After his last two romps, the exceedingly forgettable Origins and X3, you could hardly blame the skeptics for anticipating yet another train wreck. When a sequel for Origins was announced I too was heavily skeptical. Why make a sequel to a film that may have made money but destroyed a character for fans. Not only did it destroy Wolverine but the other characters in the film and totally butchered the X-Men time line. Why did Wolverine look modern but have a teenaged Cyclops who hadn’t met Xavier yet?

If we were to go back into the late 1980’s and look at the big summer releases we’d be hard pressed to find the plethora of super hero flicks we get on an almost yearly basis. Tim Burton’s Batman and the Superman flicks were all that were out and following the debacle that was the Joel Schumaker Batman films the genre died off. Hell even Bats didn’t back into the cinemas until 2005. So with the recent influx of super hero films they are either really amazing (Nolan’s Batman flicks, the first two X-Men flicks, three quarters of Spider Man) or totally awful (X3, Origins, Ghost Rider series, Spider Man 3). The problem now is that comic films are in and they sell. Especially characters that are recognizable. And how many people in the street could you ask about Wolverine and they would say who?

My point here before I divulge too far into nonsense is that X-Men Origins is to Wolverine as Schumaker’s Batman films is to Batman. Origins destroyed the character and the credibility to the point that anything else featuring him would be trash. So if Origins is indeed Schumaker’s Batman and Robin then what is director James Mangold’s The Wolverine?

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In Awful News…Batman-Superman Movie Is Happening

So at Comic-Con yesterday they announced what I deem to be a franchise killing film. The long anticipated Batman-Superman movie is official. And with that my hope for the continuation of a quality series of Batman films went down the drain. I really did enjoy the Christopher Nolan franchise and I loved Christian Bale’s turn as the Caped Crusader but this, this just ruins everything that Nolan worked hard on for the series, because not only are you recasting the dark and gritty hero but you are forcefully teaming him up with the Man of Steel.

Henry Cavill is slated to return with Zac Snyder on in some form, possibly directing while David Goyer is helping pen another script. While I haven’t seen the latest Superman flick I can’t judge horribly but I have heard very mixed reviews from people saying it either kicked ass or it blew chunks. Anyways we can expect this dredge in a handful of years but with the superhero popularity I’d say 2015 is when we’ll get it.

And in good news or bad, a Flash movie is underway as well, kind of like a footnote seeing as it’s target release is 2016.

Electro’s First Appearance…Kind of

Comic Con is right around the corner if not already underway out in San Diego and needless to say there will be a lot of fun developments. First up on the slate is an actual video clip from the upcoming (like next year) Amazing Spider-Man 2. We all know that I thoroughly enjoyed Marc Webb’s adaptation on the character but with the announcement of release dates for 2 and 3 recently I am a bit more skeptical towards it as a series. Look I get the fact that you want to reboot Spidey and that super hero movies are in but to throw release dates out for sequels is just eh.

In Spidey 2 news though they dropped MJ from the film and decided to put her in the third film instead and the lead actor himself Andrew Garfield suggested that maybe MJ should be a male which would be a nice change of pace for these kind of films. First they suggest a black Spider-Man (I was so down with Donald Glover) and now a male MJ (hey I can somehow see Spidey being bi or gay) but that was a couple weeks ago.

Now we are getting our first glimpse of Electro, who will be the main villain alongside with Paul Giamatti who plays the Rhino. After watching the thirty second clip I can say that I am not really liking the selection of Jamie Foxx as Electro. Look Foxx is a good actor and all but I don’t see him as Spidey villain material. Judge for yourself.

Pacific Rim Review

I believe it was last summer or this past winter when I first gazed upon what was the teaser trailer for the latest film from Guerimillo Del Toro that I first thought that it honestly looked just like Bayformers mixed in with some Godzilla. Mix that in with no true star lead actor and what appeared to be the generic giant robot film that litters the mainstream Hollywood these days. After the film’s release and generally favorable reviews I had the urge to check it out. I left the theater with this feeling that I hadn’t felt since I walked out after Star Trek. But was this feeling simply because of giant robots beating the ever loving shit out of giant kaiju? Or was Pacific Rim a film that accomplished more than most people will give it credit for? 

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Bond 24 Has It’s Director

Last year James Bond came back with a vengeance. After the stellar reboot that was Casino Royale they followed up with the slightly disappointing Quantum of Solance. Just last year director Sam Mendes took Bond for his 23rd adventure and the third to feature Daniel Craig. While Skyfall was not just a commercial success it was also a critical success as the film threw in some old time references in what would be the 50th anniversary flick for the spy with the license to kill.

After several months of debate Mendes has announced that he will return to direct the untitled follow up that is slated for release on November 6th 2015. Both Mendes and Craig will be returning as will Skyfall scribe John Logan . Mendes originally turned it down because he had previous stage obligations with stage productions of King Lear and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He mentioned how the producers allowed him to fulfill those obligations which thus have allowed him to direct the untitled sequel.

Skyfall was the highest grossing film in the history of the UK and the 8th highest grossing film of all time. Here’s to hoping the next Bond flick is as good as Skyfall was.

Don’t Trade In Your PS3 For a PS4 Right Away

I for one am getting the latest system in Sony’s line on the day of launch at some point later this year. Now just because they are making a new console doesn’t mean that the titles will stop coming to the PS3 plus on top of that the PS4 isn’t backwards compatible.

So before you consider trading in your PS3 remember that your PS3 library can only be played on the PS3. Sony today has announced a new title in one of their huge hit series today. Ratchet and Clank will be returning as a PSN title this holiday season at a suggested rate of 30 bucks.

Instead of going with the multiplayer format from All 4 One to the tactical tower defense of Full Frontal Assault comes Ratchet and Clank Into the Nexus, which will be a traditional R+C game. So hopefully it will be as close to as awesome as the Future series was.

Comedy Central Announces Roastee

So every year Comedy Central does a roast of some celebrity who is beyond their prime, like Bob Saget or William Shatner and you get the idea. Well this year they are roasted super star actor James Franco. How fun.  “If only James Franco was a more successful, multi-hyphenated, incessant creative risk taker in different media, he’d be the perfect person to roast.  Oh well… I suppose we’ll just have to make do,” said Kent Alterman, President, Content Development & Original Programming, Comedy Central.

“I’ve dreamed about this Roast for as long as I can remember,” said Franco.

The roast will air Labor Day this year so look for some fun.