Monday, December 31, 2012

My Big Movie Year and Top Ten Movies of 2012


Happy New Year to all... I've decided to end the year the way it began, out at the pictures. I considered this my big movie year and now that it's come to close I thought it was time for a last minute tally of the movies I've seen this year. Starting in January I went to the movies every month and in some cases multiple times. 2011 wasn't my best year to say the least, and the need for an escape was almost immediate when I rang in 2012. So here's a list of all the movies I've seen in the past year... you'll see why I call it my Big Movie Year.

  • The Grey
  • John Carter
  • Safe House
  • The Hobbit in High Frame Rate
  • Battle Royale
  • Seven Psychopaths
  • Wrath of the Titans
  • Project X
  • Chronicle 
  • The Hunger Games
  • The Cabin in the Woods - 2x
  • Cloud Atlas
  • Argo
  • Prometheus - 3x
  • The Dark Knight Rises - 2x (Including Batman Begins and The Dark Knight in mightnight movie premiere)
  • Avengers - 5x (Including midnight premiere after Marvel Movie Marathon: Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Skyfall
  • Safety Not Guaranteed
  • Your Sister's Sister
  • Looper
  • Django Unchained
My Dark Knight Rises all-day pass
My collectors edition Captain America 3D goggles from the Marvel Movie Marathon
Do the math and I've sat in the theater for over 30 movies, that includes some repeated views of some movies. I got to be at 2 midnight showings for two of the highest grossing movies of the year, and had the pleasure of seeing the Hobbit in a new film format, HFR, double the frames and crisper than real life. The Avengers Movie marathon started at 11:30 am and ran until 3 am. I saw multiple genres: Western, Foreign, Indie, Action/Adventure, Sci-fi, Hard Sci-fi, Fantasy, Thriller,  Horror, Romantic Comedies, and Superhero. I stepped into the art's theater in town to see two mumblecore movies as well as a Halloween weekend midnight showing of the cult classic Battle Royale. I saw the return of James Bond in Skyfall, and Tarantino's return with Django Unchained. Django was the last movie I saw this year and might say that it could possibly be right at the top. Here's my Top 10 movies I saw at the theater this year:
  1. Avengers
  2. Skyfall
  3. Django Unchained
  4. The Cabin in the Woods
  5. Looper
  6. Argo
  7. The Dark Knight Rises
  8. The Grey
  9. Seven Psychopaths
  10. Prometheus (yeah, I said it!)

Here's a toast to 2012, and I'll see you in 2013...


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Pacific Rim Trailer


This is only a test... Remember this only a test.



Kaiju are attacking in the new movie from Guillermo Del Toro, Pacific Rim.

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, start rising from the sea, a war begins that takes millions of lives and consumes humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon is devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers prove nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes - a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) - who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse
Check out the trailer below:



I have been looking forward to a movie like this since it was announced. In a week where a large number of sci-fi movie trailers were dumped on us I think this movie has me the most hyped for 2013...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December Trailer Dump

December has brought this great movie year to a close, and studios have decided to give us some great teasers for 2013. A few months ago, we got a look at Marvel's Phase 2, with a trailer for next summer's Iron Man 3, and in a world bombarded by sequels we get a few original sci-fi movies, Oblivion with Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman and After Earth with Will and Jaden Smith, Johnny Depp outbills The Lone Ranger, and there was even a quick teaser for Star Trek Into Darkness (the full trailer is being released with the first part of The Hobbit.)


Iron Man 3



The Lone Ranger


After Earth


Oblivion



Man of Steel


Star Trek Into Darkness

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Youtube Supercuts

I love youtube, especially for the ability for people to splice videos together and post funny things to the web, it's not all about kicking a man in the junk. Here are some funny videos with just the swearing and just the sexual innuendo...
South Park: Bigger Longer Uncut
 The Sopranos
Cartoon Sexual Innuendo

Halloween Movie Double Feature Marathon



Need some movie ideas for this Halloween season, well I've gone through my movie library and come up with some Double Feature ideas leading up to Halloween. I decided to change it up and pass on some classics like Halloween and Friday the 13th to include some other entertaining movie that fit with the season.

Monster Mash
Attack the Block and Super 8

Zombie Comedy Night
Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland


Sci-Fi Double Feature
Prometheus and Alien


Fresh Take Double Feature
The Cabin in the Woods and Drag Me to Hell


Ghostfacers Night
Ghostbusters and Ghost Breakers

Fight to the Death
Battle Royale and Hunger Games


Hitchcock Double Feature
Psycho and The Birds

B-Movie Night
Grindhouse and From Dusk Till Dawn


Classic Double Feature
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and Night of the Living Dead


And of course it wouldn't be Halloween without It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown 

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Oral Fixation

The Parallax View, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Oral Fixation: 'via Blog this'

On my vacation I re-watched the original Millennium Trilogy and realized just how much food Lisbeth Salander  (the eponymous Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) at and how often she smokes... Getting the idea from the tumblr Law & Order & Food, I started a tumblr chronicling her oral fixation. Check out girlwithdragontattooeats.tumblr.com/

Walk and Talk the Vote - West Wing Reunion - Bridget Mary McCormack

I hate politics, but I love this video for two reasons: 
1) I love The West Wing.
2) It's the first political ad that didn't make we want to throw my laptop against the wall.


Bradley Whitford being a more handsome Hollywood Louis CK... I can see that.


Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Parallax View, Real Life Achievement - Fixing Stuff Around the House

The Parallax View, Real Life Achievement - Fixing Stuff Around the House:


So, in the pouring rain I had to drive to the hardware store to buy a new toilet flusher. The handle snapped the last time I flushed the toilet and I had to buy a new one. I’m 25, I guess I should know how to fix things around the house. I was so happy with myself when I was done, I felt like Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear - 
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'via Blog this'

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Video Game Trailer Dump


There've been some exciting game announcements post-E3, I'm a big fan of what's coming from both Sony and Xbox. Here's a look at some of the stuff coming soon...

The Last of Us 


Here's a new trailer for The Last of Us from Naughty Dog. Every video I see gets me more and more excited for this game.

Star Wars 1313
The next generation of consoles can't get here any sooner. 1313 looks like a Star Wars run and gun game like Uncharted or Red Dead Redemption and I can't wait to go deeper (sorry for the bad pun) into the Star Wars universe.

Sleeping Dogs
True Crime: Hong Kong is finally here, now redubbed Sleeping Dogs, a loud bombastic Hong Kong movie in an open-world video game like GTA or Saints Row.

Sound Shapes
I actually bought this of the Playstation network. It's a bright colorfully music game that combines rhythmic tones with platforming. Think Super Meatboy meets Rez.

and how could I forget DEADPOOL...



I love that they used The Heavy for the Sleeping Dogs trailer.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Beyond: Two Souls First Look


Here's another awesome looking game that Sony showed off at E3 this year. I loved Heavy Rain from Quantic Dream, it was one of the reasons why I bought a PS3. The game company's next video game looks to be just as ambitious as a choose your own adventure neo noir story. Here's the synopsis from the PS3 website for Beyond: Two Souls:
From the makers of the award-winning Heavy Rain™ comes a unique, psychological action thriller. Featuring a brand-new game engine, a compelling, original story, and a top-notch Hollywood cast; BEYOND: Two Souls™ promises to be one of the most immersive experiences on the PlayStation®3.
Live the remarkable life of Jodie Holmes, a young woman who possesses supernatural powers through a psychic link to an invisible entity. Experience the most striking moments of Jodie’s life as your actions and decisions determine her fate. As she traverses the globe, Jodie will face incredible challenges against a backdrop of emotionally-charged events never before seen in a video game.

What really gets me excited for this game is the amount of work that looks to be going into the detail, graphics and story-wise.  I think what most excites me is Jodie, the heroine, is being played by film actress Ellen Page. Anyone who knows me knows I had a huge crush on Ellen Page post-Juno and I cannot wait to play this. Sony is definitely pushing the boundaries of what our current generation's gaming platforms are capable of doing. Uncharted 2 and 3 were incredibly detailed beautiful action movies that you controlled with a remote, and Naughty Dog is poised to use their skills as they move into the Survival-Horror genre with The Last of Us. This game gives me pause as to what the next generation will be able to do.



And if you haven't played Heavy Rain before, you should go out and play it...

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Trailer Dump

A ton of movie trailers have been dropped in the past few weeks, including the first official looks at Django Unchained and a better look at Jeremy Renner stepping in to fill a Damon-sized void in The Bourne Legacy. Here I'm gonna run through a few of the most recent trailer that show some promise.

Looper 

I'm definitely excited to see this. It's next movie from the creator of both Brick and The Brother's Bloom. I'm interested in seeing Joseph Gordon Levitt playing a young version of Bruce Willis.

The Man With the Iron Fists

This is the directorial debut of Wu Tang clan founder RZA. This send-up to the kung fu days of old comes from the man who provided the score to Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill. Tarantino is releasing it and collaborator Eli Roth helped the RZA with his script. What really gets me pumped for this is Russell flippin Crowe is the villain.

Alex Cross

I'm glad to see Tyler Perry drop the padded drag Madea costume and step into the shoes of another character. He is filling some pretty big shoes as Alex Cross, a role that was played in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider by Morgan Freeman.

Total Recall



I never know what to expect with a remake/sequel/prequel but I'm fine with an Arnie movie getting redone with a new face. Total Recall looks amazing and I like the idea of Colin Farrell as an action star. He was great in Fright Night and In Bruges, but he looks to make his Quaid different than the former Governator. I'm sold by Bryan Cranston and Bill Nighy being involved as well.

Shut Up and Play the Hits


I never listened to LCD Soundsystem while they're together. But now that the band has broken up I found myself interested based purely on the strength of the trailer alone. Plus the quick appearance of Reggie Watts having one hell of a time had me sold too.

There are a lot of good movies coming soon especially this summer and fall. And I didn't even mention The Dark Knight Rises, Savages, or The Neighborhood Watch.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Newsroom Premieres Tonight


HBO has a potential goldmine on it's hand with Aaron Sorkin's return to television, The Newsroom. I just got done binge watching all seven seasons of The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip in anticipation of the show's premiere. Like The West Wing, Sports Night and Studio 60 this new show chronicles the lives behind the camera at a cable news network like MSNBC, CNN or Fox News. Jeff Daniels leads an epic cast of actors, playing the on-air voice of the news, and after a major gaffe (god, I hate that word) he and his crew have to figure out a way to do the news and do it well. You can expect just as much walkandtalk rapid fire wit as West Wing and The Social Network, now with more swearing. I'm excited to see Dev Patel again, who was amazing in Slumdog Millionaire and Skins, and Jack McCoy himself Sam Waterson in his first post-Law and Order role. Now let's hope this can last longer than Luck.


Friday, June 22, 2012

Taken 2: Electric Boogaloo


Liam Neeson is back as the former ass kick operative Bryan Mills in Taken 2. This time he's being chased by mobsters out for blood.
Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, a retired CIA operative who decimated an Albanian slave-trading ring to rescue his kidnapped daughter. A year later, on a trip to Istanbul, Mills gets a surprise visit from his daughter, Kim, and his wife, Lenore. The happy reunion turns sour when Lenore is taken by gangsters serving Murad, father of one of the fallen Albanian criminals. With his wife held hostage and Kim on the run, Mills must once again use his lethal skills to track down his wife and eliminate all who stand in his way.

I was a big fan of the first film, it reminded me of Luc Besson's Leon: The Professional. It worked as a standalone action movie, but I don't think it needed a sequel. That doesn't mean I won't see it. Come on, the director's name is Olivier Megaton, could you get a better director with a more kick-ass name?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Android and Robots and Cyborgs, Oh My!

Are robots eventually going to kill us all? Most science fiction movies and television series would lead us to believe this. Are all robots inherently evil?


The most recent movie to look at the interaction between humans and robots is Prometheus, a group of explorers travel to a distant planet in search of knowledge and answers to life's questions. They bring along an android David, who acts as caretaker while the crew of the Prometheus is in a cryogenic sleep. He studies languages to assist the team of scientist and in his spare time, bleaches his hair to look more like Peter O'Toole's T.E. Lawrence from Lawrence of Arabia. He assists the team on the ground as they search long-forgotten ruins but he also follows the orders of his creater Peter Weyland. Doing so, he puts some of the scientists in harms way. He shows no real malevolence mostly because he has no emotions, but his actions lead to death and despair. Looking back at movies and tv you can see a lot of robots, cyborgs and androids who share his cold and calculating nature.



There have been robots throughout films and movies but the one who was probably the biggest threat to man was Ash from Alien, Like David in Prometheus, Ash was on the crew of the Nostromo assisting the mining crew on an interstellar mission investigating an unknown signal in deep space. After coming into contact with alien life Ash attacks the crew while carrying out orders sent down from the company the crew is employed by. The crew of the Nostromo had no idea they had an android on the crew and the realization was one of the biggest twists in film history to that point. The android was carrying out orders to retrieve the alien organism but that put humans at risk, and it was willing to harm human life to fulfill it's objectives. Ash and David are a lot alike, thanks to Weyland Industries.


David in Prometheus mentions that every child wants to kill it's parents. Is that the reason why most robots want to kill their makers? That's the theme of Battlestar Galactica. Once the race of robots, cylons gained true artificial intelligence and became self-aware they were at war with the humans who created them. They went so far to destroy humans that hey created cybernetic organisms that resembled humans, all the way down to the cellular level. Being able to infiltrate human society they were able to launch a simultaneous attack wiping out most of the human race. The same applies to the machines in Terminator and The Matrix who decide to eliminate and subjugate humans. The Daleks fight the Time Lords in Doctor Who to eliminate all sentient life in the universe because of life's flaws and impurities.


In Blade Runner humans fear the cyborgs they created in their image, replicants, that were forced off-world to do the jobs humans wouldn't have to. They hunt down replicants who return to Earth because they're stronger and can blend in with the population. The fear of an other is same fear the crew of the Nostromo felt in Alien, the same inherent fear in The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, where the most terrifying monster we could face looks exactly like us. That fear is realized in Battlestar Galactica, where there are multiple copies of cylon models who go unnoticed, some are sleepers who do not even know they are robots. It's deep space McCarthyism when you can't trust that the person next to you is actually human, who can you trust.

Now, not all robots are bad news. Data from Star Trek Next Generation became a senior officer on the starship Enterprise and in Star Trek: Nemesis he was Lieutenant Commander, one rank below the First Officer Command Riker. Some robots maintain objectivity and are subservient to humans. Wall-e spends his time on Earth organizing the Earth's garbage long after humans have fled to the stars, he even comes to humanity's defense when the AI on the ship ferrying humans through space goes rogue and attempts to kill the captain. Robot from Lost In Space protects Will Robinson from danger, Johnny 5 protects humans in Short Circuit and even one of the T-800 robots comes back through time to protect John Connor from other cybernetic Terminators. Then you have Steve Austin, the six-million dollar man, who is critically injured and rebuilt using cybernetics. So they're not all bad.

So what do you think, while robots live with us in harmony or will they eventually rise up and enslave or obliterate us?

Watch Dogs E3 Game Footage


Ubisoft showed off something new at E3 this year. The studio known for Tom Clancy games like Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon showed off a new open world game called Watch Dogs. From the game trailer it reminds me of the television series Person of Interest which takes place in the present where our every move can be traced by cameras, cell phones and computers. This game coming from the same studio that created the Assassin's Creed series, another free roaming open world experience, looks to follow that same idea.



While the trailer doesn't give much in the way of gameplay it makes me more than a little worried, big brother type stuff you know. You play as a guy who can go around hacking and spying on the people around him to your advantage. The gameplay footage does look great, it's looks like GTA and Assassin's Creed had a baby. I'm definitely interested in seeing more of this game.

HACK THE PLANET!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Django Unchained Trailer


Christmas can't come any sooner. Quentin Tarantino's latest movie Django Unchained comes out this holiday season and the first trailer premiered today. There have been many news stories of who's in and who's out but the principal cast is set and it looks amazing. Here's a brief synopsis.
Set in the South two years before the Civil War, DJANGO UNCHAINED stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles - dead or alive. Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South's most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago. Django andSchultz's search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of "Candyland," an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) to battle each other for sport. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson), Candie's trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival...


I'm definitely excited, and this trailer is definitely a step in the right direction when it comes providing some plot details as well as some action. We've hit a time where movie trailers are teased and lack any information to get you excited as to not spoil you. I thought this was just right, and how can you go wrong when you have Johnny Cash and James Brown in the same trailer.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Last of Us Trailer and Gameplay


I haven't been paying attention to much of the news coming out of E3 this year, but the footage I was most excited about was for Naughty Dog's The Last of Us. There have been a couple of trailers released since the announcement of it back in 2011, but finally getting some footage was a great capper for Sony's press conference. Naughty Dog's been on a roll thanks to the Uncharted franchise, a handheld game was just released on the PS Vita, and this is their first new property since the Jax and Daxter and Sly Cooper action platforming games. Here's a brief synopsis of the game from the trailer ad:
The Last of Us is genre-defining experience blending survival and action elements to tell a character driven story about a population decimated by a modern plague. Cities are abandoned and being reclaimed by nature. Remaining survivors are killing each other for food, weapons and whatever they can find. Joel, a ruthless survivor, and Ellie, a young teenage girl who's braver and wiser beyond her years, must work together to survive their journey across what remains of the United States.


The game reminds me of Cormack McCarthy's The Road, the idea that human beings can be more worse than the horrors that surround them. That's a central theme to The Walking Dead, zombies shuffle along aimlessly hungering, the humans were the people who left laws and morals behind in order to survive. The gameplay shown from E3 definitely shows that. Using the game mechanics of Uncharted but adding some survival-horror elements, we get a closer look at life after the end of the world.




I can't wait to try a demo of this.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Bourne Legacy Trailer


I know what you're thinking, no that's not Matt Damon. Jeremy Renner has stepped into the Bourne movie franchise playing another lethal kick-ass agent made in the same program as Jason Bourne. Here's a brief synopsis of the movie:
The narrative architect behind the Bourne film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: The Bourne Legacy. The writer/director expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films. For The Bourne Legacy, Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles.
Eric Van Lustbader took over the Bourne franchise and the first book he wrote was titled The Bourne Legacy, but it was a continuation of Bourne's story and not a stand-alone story like this one. Here's the description of the book's plot:
Jason Bourne is known and feared in the deadly world of covert-ops as one of the most highly skilled assassins for hire. Bourne, however, was merely an identity assumed by CIA agent David Webb, a personality implanted by the CIA to facilitate a dangerous operation, but one that threatened to subsume David Webb entirely.
Years after the events of The Bourne Identity, Webb is no longer an active CIA agent and is now a professor of Eastern Studies at Georgetown University, living a quiet life, far from the dangers of his previous life. Until one day he finds himself the target of an assassin nearly as skilled as himself and is framed for the brutal murder of his two closest associates and friends. Fighting for his life against unseen assailants, as well as the full resources of the CIA who believe he has gone dangerously rogue, the Bourne identity asserts itself, leaving Jason Bourne in control. Now Bourne must use all his skills to stay alive as he battles against a determined assassin, the combined skills of the world's intelligence networks, and a shadowy figure in the background, skillfully manipulating events and people, in a far deadlier and more dangerous game than any of them realize.

Which sounds better to you?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What's Next for The Avengers? Part 2

This is going to be huge... what'll it cost man, what'll it cost?
So here's my problem with making a sequel to the Avengers. The movie is amazing, and right now it's on track to pass The Dark Knight for the 3rd highest grossing movie of all time in the domestic market and on track to pass Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 as 3rd highest grossing movie of all time in the worldwide box office. I'm curious to see how much out of the 1.309 billion dollars the movie went to the cast. Getting the cast together for this movie is an achievement to say the least, and if they intend to add more heroes and heroines to the roster they'll be adding to a very large cast of people.

A fanboy can only dream.
When the cast and director trotted out on stage at comic con a few years back I was excited to say the least. I was excited to see Joss Whedon in the saddle of a major project acting as the screenwriter and director. The you have the golden boy RDJ, who's career has somewhat fizzled before getting the role of a lifetime as Iron Man (can you say niche casting?) You also have one of the hottest women in hollywood slipping into some leather and kicking some serious ass with Scarlett Johansson playing the Black Widow. You add some serious beef with Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth who both had successful movies as Captain America and Thor. When you add Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo, two academy award nominees, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders and Samuel L Muthafuckin' Jackson and you've got a big cast.


With what happened in the movie and getting a taste of what's coming down the pipe, it stands to reason that the Avengers are going to need more guns. But how will they fit them all in one movie? This movie ran over 2 hours and the last half hour or so was a frenetically paced action sequence, the rest was dialogue. Some people crunched the numbers and looked at how much screen type each character had. Hawkeye only had 12 minutes or so of screen time besides his brief cameo in Thor whereas Iron Man, the patriarch of the Marvel universe, was on screen 37 minutes and Captain America was on screen a few seconds more than he. If they added more heroes who would get the shaft? Would they boot Ruffalo's Bruce Banner until they need him to Hulk-up and smash? While I'd love to see Ant Man and Wasp flying around with Thor and Hulk would they possibly be given more screen time than Iron Man or Cap? Will they push out Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. or put them on the fringes as ancillary characters, can you see SLJ as window dressing?


Seeing as how the next three movies announced for 2013 and 2014 are Iron Man 3, Thor 2, and Captain America 2 it will be a couple of years before we get an Avengers 2. I say Marvel introduce Doctor Strange and Heroes for Hire and add in the Hulk and do a Defenders movie and then when they finally do an Ant Man movie you can have him Wasp and Hawkeye move to LA with Iron Man and do a West Coast Avengers movie. Once they're all introduced then you can do a massive sequel, but lay the groundwork in smaller movies that either introduce more heroes or crossover smaller bands of heroes first. And with what's been hinted at you're going to want to go big or go home.

Avengers Assemble!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

What's next for The Avengers?


So it's been a month and I've withheld any spoilery-type comments I might have had after seeing The Avengers. In a month's time, including the midnight premiere I've seen the movie 5 times. I loved the movie and enjoyed the movie going experience every time I saw it. (Thank god for coupons and AMC stubs, do you realize how much a IMAX 3D ticket costs?) So here are a few of my thoughts, I'll try to stay as spoiler free as possible (but seriously, if you haven't seen the movie get off your ass.)

What's next?
The main thing to take away from the movie is that all of these character exist in a larger universe. There are things out there that require the strengths of all the members of the Avengers to stop them. Those heroes assembled, defended the universe and unsurprising to no one, Avengers 2 is in development at Marvel. Iron Man 3 is going into production this summer with a release set for May of 2013; and is rumored to be based on the Extermis arc of Invincible Iron Man. Thor 2 is also in development for a November 2013 release. Marvel has stated they intend to release 2 movies a year. That could mean we could finally get an Ant Man movie or Marvel may be working on some of their other comic properties like Immortal Iron Fist or the recently rumored Guardians of the Galaxy.


I honestly think it's going to be a while before we get another Avengers movie, for a couple reasons. The Marvel movie universe has become really big, but it's set to get pretty bigger with the post-credits reveal of the future big bag waiting on the other side of the wormhole (seriously you have to see the movie.) They are going to need more guns to fight off what's coming next. There are a couple of characters that could be introduced in either their own standalone movie or in other character's movie as the movies ramp up for an Avengers sequel.

Who are the next Avengers?

Doctor Strange


With the release of Thor we have a justification for magic in the Marvel movies. And with the cosmic cube (tesseract) playing a role both in Captain America and Avengers it makes sense to delve deeper into the magic portion of the universe. Doctor Strange could appear in his own movie dealing with some sort of mystical attack on New York (why not right?) and some one like Bruce Banner or Dr. Selvig could come to him about the Avengers' Initiative. Patrick Dempsey has expressed interest in playing the role and he could definitely pull it off.

Black Panther

One of the oldest and most popular black superheroes in comics is the Black Panther, the king of Wakanda.  A legend in Africa on par with Captain America, he's quick and agile with animal instincts and according to the comics he's one of the 8 smartest people in the world. He's one in a line of warriors who protects Wakanda. He could appear in Captain America 2 in WWII flashbacks or as an ally of Captain America's in an international conflict.

Ant Man & Wasp

It seems odd that you would make a movie about the founding of the Avengers without two of it's founding members. Granted it seems kind of pointless in having a guy who can shrink down and speak to ant's and his wife who can shrink down and shoot stinging bolts and fly around with insect wings. These two character may be dumb sounding but they are an integral part to the Avengers and the Marvel Universe. Hank Pym (ant man) creates a form of particle that allows himself to shrink down and ride an ant he can also use the particles to grow exponentially to become Giant Man. In an Avengers sequel he could be a 'big' contribution to a global threat, imagine him growing and smacking down chitauri. Introducing these two characters in their own movie, which has been rumored to be in the works with Shaun of the Dead's Edgar Wright, could set up a potential villain for the Avengers as well.

Ultron

Ultron is a robot A.I. that decided to eliminate human beings. It's software is decided by Hank Pym with help from Tony Stark. It is incredibly adaptive and has eliminated multiple groups of Avengers over the years. Ultron could function as a villain that takes the new Avengers squad to the breaking point with other dangers lurking in the galaxy.


Heroes for Hire

The Immortal Iron Fist and Luke Cage could each have their own movie, covering their origins, but the idea of two superheroes working for money could work in the Marvel movies, especially as potential Avengers. Iron Fist is a martial arts expert who can focus his chi through his fists, and Luke Cage has bulletproof skin and increased physical strength. Quick flashbacks could tell their origins as they work to fight crime in New York City.




The Cosmic Cube (tesseract) and the Infinity Gauntlet


Anyone who's read the Infinity Gauntlet knows the importance of the cosmic cube. It can be used to bend reality to the will of the user. In Captain America it was used by the Red Skull to power Hydra's weapons of destruction. In Avengers, Loki uses it to power a machine long enough to rip a whole in the fabric of spacetime opening a gateway for the chitauri to come through and attack New York. It was used to give a user enough power to harness the infinity gems, which when gathered would form the infinity gauntlet, granting the barer unlimited power. Rumor has it Loki's staff was powered by one of the infinity gems, and some of the other gems have been held by people like Doctor Strange, Iron Man and Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four.

The Avengers would have an uphill battle on their hands if the infinity gauntlet or the cosmic cube fall into the wrong hands. Having some new blood would definitely make things a little easier, but not too easy.

I do have one problem with making an Avengers' sequel, which I'll get into tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Skyfall Teaser Trailer


I am very excited for a new James Bond movie... especially after all the crap that went down at MGM that put the future of all of their movies in doubt. But we finally have a new Bond movie coming out called Skyfall. No real information about Javier Bardem villain role, but I have to say I'm excited to see what Sam Mendes brings to the table.


Sam Mendes did American Beauty, Road to Perdition and Jarhead... This has got some serious potential.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Amazing Spider-Man Super Trailer


The Amazing Spider-Man is coming soon in 3D, July 4th weekend. To get us pumped up, Sony is putting a lot of work into the ad campaign. At the midnight premiere of The Avengers a 3D trailer for the movie appeared. It gave us a small glimpse at the humorous side of Peter Parker; not to mention it gave us our best look so far at the villain of the movie, Dr. Kurt Conners aka The Lizard.



This week during the premiere of America's Got Talent we got a longer look at the movie... with an appearance from C. Thomas Howell. I've heard a lot about the retelling of the origin and how oddly human The Lizard looks, but I have to say I'm really excited for this movie... As much as I was looking forward to seeing Dylan Baker, who played Conners in two of the previous Spider-Man movies, I think Rhys Ifans will kick some serious butt.  I can ignore a lot of things, I'm still trying to wash the awful taste out of my mouth that was Peter Parker Cries with Everyone He Meets (Spider-Man 3) 







Can you imagine what a piece of crap a movie would have been if C. Thomas Howell played Spider-Man back in the 80's.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

SONOFABITCH: The Supercut

One of my favorite things on youtube is the ability to share hilarious videos supercuts, like this one, which focuses squarely on scenes in movies where the character says... well you guessed it, SON OF A BITCH

I haven't watched Supernatural in about a season and a half, but Dean Winchester may have the best sweary voice on television.
 

Josh Holloway does give him a run for his money on LOST though.
 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Prometheus International Extended Trailer




I don't know about you but I can't get enough of these trailers. Here's the trailer for Alien to keep you pumped for Prometheus.
 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises New Trailer


As much as I am excited for the premiere of The Avengers I think I'm equally or possibly more excited for The Dark Knight Rises. The newest trailer was just released, and those chants get me excited every time. I personally have no problem with Tom Hardy as Bane, or his voice (he wears a mask.)  The one thing I could do without is the googles Anne Hathaway wears as Catwoman, I'm a big fan of Catwoman's recent costumes, but I can let aesthetic choices go.


Check of the new trailer. The movie premieres July 20th, and I will most definitely be seeing it in IMAX.