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Riddick as a film zeroed the clock, while the story didn't expand forwards in a way you probably wanted. I thought the character had to be reset since the events of Chronicles. While it was cool for him to become the Lord Marshall that was never Riddick as a character. Ignore the obvious budget reasons, expanding the universe for Twohy/Diesel has always been about the precise progression and they've been on the record saying that.
The fans aren't going to care anyway, the die-hard fans like myself will pretty much say this; loved: more Riddick, hated: not enough Riddick. The next film (apparently the last, in this planned 'Chronicles' trilogy) is supposed to cover the Underverse, more Elementals, and (I hope) finally bring on Furya. Here's hoping it doesn't take another 9 years to see that happen.
We need more movies like this; Dredd, Pandorum and Riddick deserve sequels. And are all far more interesting properties than what Hollywood spews out yearly. So if anything maybe there is a place for these R-rated, low/modest-budget films - that's what the fans care about.
6 months ago on Review: Riddick continues the story without much substance
@JamesM Admittedly that was before my time, no disrespect to what you grew up to! I do remember Jonny Quest, Bugs Bunny/Road Runner, Super Friends, and Flash Gordon from that era. In respect to Saturday morning cartoons turned into films Flash Gordon, The Flintstones, and maybe He-Man starring Dolph Lundgren could've made the list.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Top Saturday morning cartoons turned into movies
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That said, I actually don't mind the casting and will wait until 2015... to you know... actually see how it turns out.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Ben Affleck is Batman
@JamesM All the staff on TMB have normal day jobs, so while we'd love to get reviews up on a timely/immediately relevant manner (and sometimes we manage to). We don't. It's not an excuse nor am I saying it's policy. It is however, both a struggle and a balance we continue to work at. The staff is very much like everyone else that visits the site, just movie fans.
For example, I know Ryan missed the screener for Elysium. I caught the film (Elysium) over the weekend. I enjoyed it, probably more my type of film than District 9 was, but still felt disappointed by it. My overall review for it will be up soon.
As per The Heat. I had conversations with Anthony about TMB reviewing it awhile ago or even reviewing it late (which is another thing altogether). It was a definite taste thing as neither of us were McCarthy fans. I was actually sold on the concept originally when I heard about the movie, but the trailer immediately turned me off so I never watched it personally. I know Anthony has seen it however.
Anyway thanks for the comments as always JamesM. We'll so our best to keep trying to fill in all the gaps, especially for stuff you'd like to see written about. I'm sure you're not alone in that amongst the visitors.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Review: 2GUNS
@Dan_Bam That whole final act involving the ninjas at the end, outside of what we saw in the theatres, a good majority of that fight was completely cut out. Supposedly it's going to be in the home video release. Also I heard how the Silver Samurai was at the end was a push by the studios wanting to market toys for the film. So with what was cut out and potentially altered, the 'grittiness' may have been what was left out.
7 months, 1 week ago on Review: The Wolverine
I saw this trailer finally in the theatre, I liked what I saw initially with the premise. But then felt I saw too much as Stallone was placed in an almost Tango & Cash/Prison Break moment for the remaining half of the trailer.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Stallone & Schwarzenegger colab in Escape Plan
(Haha! You did post them. Okay, I'll give you a comment at the very least.)
I just wasn't a big fan of them, especially the typography and really didn't want to post them for the sake of posting them. (Otherwise I'd be posting Mondo posters weekly.) Ken Taylor who did Aliens, his artwork is always very clean/tight, but the composition for this particular poster felt like his Hulk poster he did for the Avengers Mondo set. I wasn't a fan of that one either (call it personal preference). Ash Thorp did the Predator poster and he also did a Pacific Rim poster Mondo is putting out this week at SDCC. While I'm not feeling the Predator poster either, I do appreciate his artwork having looked through his portfolio (really cool stuff).
For me both the posters feel unsuccessful, especially considering the licensing opportunity and how established these films are already with collateral. But I don't know the behind the scenes process for Mondo, all I know is I wouldn't buy either. However I will still keep my eye out for both what Taylor and Thorp do in the future.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Mondo’s new posters for Aliens and Predator
I finally was able to catch this movie, I really liked it. Liked it a lot more than the original in fact (I don't know if that's sacrilege to say or what), but it could also be because visually Monsters Inc. feels outdated. Given how University looks so sharp and vibrate. But that's the advantage of Pixar being Pixar in 2013. I was surprised at how thoughtful the film was given the relateable college subplots like you mentioned. And the overall care to the audience both young and old. It was nice. Much like you, definitely not my favorite Pixar film but a welcomed addition.
Thanks for the review Ryan!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Review: Monsters University, a welcomed addition to the Pixar library
@liyo I reviewed Pacific Rim which should be up soon.
It took a bit to finish writing up (watched it Saturday) and also @Ryan Brown TMB is the hero we need, but don't deserve right now, our Grown Ups Knight.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Review: Grown Ups 2
You know these cars are nice and all. But I really hope we don't have scenes with these cars in the background just chilling out. There would be action scenes in the previous Transformers films where things would be happening on-screen and there would be the Autobots, just sitting in park.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on And the latest Transformers 4 car is…
@JamesM I don't think this poster works anyway but as the 80's homage it is being presented as. Conceptually however it feels more video game-esque to me than movie. The poster does a good job of making this movie look cooler than the trailers do. I personally would've gone way more retro and clean, ala Armed and Dangerous (1986).
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Check out Mondo’s surprisingly good poster for The Heat
Ryan, what do you think our chances are of getting the Sinister Six as the villains with Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4 already dated?
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Shailene Woodley’s role of Mary Jane completely cut from Amazing Spider-Man 2
@JamesM I wasn't a big fan of Iron Man 3 either, felt like an in-between film of nothing really happened. At this point I just want more Avengers movies instead of the side character plots. It's strange, I'm not looking forward to The Wolverine at all, but I'll watch it. The more I see of Despicable Me 2, the more I'm finding myself looking forward to it. I definitely need to see Pacific Rim first hand.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on How is Summer 2013 film wise stacking up for you so far?
@Jackstin We're presented with opportunities to help revenue for the website. We simply do our best to make sure these sponsored posts work within the quality of the website. Your concerns aren't dismissed though, it's continued progress we keep in mind as we move forward with TMB. Thanks Jackstin.
Thanks for the review Ryan. I haven't read the book and after watching this film, it felt like this could've been a really, really great mini-series instead. But for what it's worth with my matinee trip watching it - I honestly enjoyed it (probably a little more than you did).
The production nightmares for this film have me really curious though with the whole third act rewrite, the ballooned budget, and the obvious marketing push to recoup the costs as a result. So if the studio ever decides to put out a Blu-ray with the theatrical cut and the original director's cut with the Russia zombie war third act. I might just have to pick that up. Also, the weekend box office numbers smell like John Carter all over again.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Review: World War Z entertains visually but lacks intimacy with its audience
@Ryan Brown TMB You know I actually liked Superman Returns! The airplane scene when he's back always gets my attention. I still think it's awesome.
Moving forward it'll be interesting how they'll maintain a balance for this universe. Thinking back on the previous films (and pardon me, my comic book knowledge isn't as good as yours, so maybe you can chime in here and tell me if it's the same or not) but I've always found there has been this unnecessary need to humanize Superman physically. It was always a way to get the audience to relate 'oh now he's human, that guy in the bar can beat him up easily now, and so can I probably' or 'oh the Kryptonite is his weakness, now Luthor can hurt him'.
There has always been a need to bring him down to our level, versus where Man of Steel does that in terms of his character and upbringing instead - it's emotional. To me it was more an AHA moment saying "why didn't they do that before?" It was not only smart, but also relatable. But like I was saying, the balance moving forward, the villains they need to be on his level, the danger need to be on his level. In the same stead how do you bring in Lex Luthor and make his threat level credible. It'll be interesting and hopefully we'll get an opportunity to see it all unfold.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Why Man of Steel is receiving bad reviews and the public loves this Superman
@JamesM I could be, you're right. A part of me was also thinking given what the movie was, I could just be, being really cynical about it. It wasn't to 'hate' on the film though, it lost my interest midway, because nothing was happening outside of the laughs. For as much hate Your Highness (2011) gets, I felt that movie had more direction story wise. (Or I've been conditioned by so many replays on TV.) I stand by my review score though, I wanted more from this group of guys, I do like them too. So moments when Cera was off'd too easily, I thought more could've been done given 'who' was involved - that to me was the tragedy.
Thanks for your comment JamesM.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Review: This is The End
Okay, I'll bite. Thanks for writing this up Ryan, as such I'll add a few more words with you.
I think another thing the audience/critics might've been expecting/wanting is the light humor of Clark Kent and the lovey dovey romance with Lois Lane. Fact is we've been conditioned with five different Superman films in this regard. Going into this movie, I didn't want that. Why even remake/reboot a franchise (not a film) if you're going to trend on the exact same tropes and approach. The Donner films need to be let go, I had nothing but love for them growing up. But for me it's 2013. The last thing I want is Superman constantly erasing Lois' memory by flying around the Earth in reverse or his magical memory wipe kiss. Get out of here with that nostalgia and nonsensical tripe. Also another thing, there is a bigger picture here - Justice League. As long as a consistency is maintained throughout, this could be something great.
Snyder was only a red flag to me after Sucker Punch. But for him that was a vanity project which he wrote, produced and directed. And yeah, while that movie really sucked I knew deep down he'd work well as the director for Man of Steel. I had high hopes of seeing the imagery I'm reminded of when I think of Dawn of Dead (2004), 300 (2007), and/or Watchmen (2009). And now when I think of Man of Steel, I remember imagery like the camera angles where the military is looking up at Superman just hovering above the ground, the draw from a distance and close up with a quick zoom in/out when they're in space, the battle in Smallville. It goes hand-in-hand with the action. If you can't portray Superman as 'big' how do you portray him at all?
Too much action? I heard the reverse complaint when Superman Returns (2006) happened. The guy has super speed, super strength, heat vision, x-ray vision, can fly - I just don't get how you can't not depict that in a manner which is grandiose. And if you're making a movie which at the very definition of what a movie is, especially for a film like this is requiring "movie magic" - why wouldn't you!? There isn't anything lazy about the action in Man of Steel. It is prolonged, because the threat is constant and you've got one guy at his first rodeo trying to clean up, define who he is through the story, and ultimately chose who he wants to become. The whole premise of the film itself.
I'm glad we had Snyder there to give the action an energy, a scope, and a direction. His visual and stylized eye allowed us to be able to follow these 'beyond human' movements. The Michael Bay comparisons are disingenuous as well, if anything that has been a lazy reference. Too much destruction, too much CGI? Bay's Transformers had one problem
and it wasn't either of those and it wasn't even his penchant for
explosions. It was there was too many humans in all three of the films. The only real lazy moment for Transformers was Bay reusing a scene from his film, The Island (2005). Anyway I'm digressing.
The best news coming out this weekend is the fact that this franchise is being fast-tracked and the sequel should hit theatres in 2014. So hopefully the film continues to do well, so yes, moviegoers - watch it! The last thing anyone wants is to wait another almost ten years for another Superman film.
@Ryan Brown TMB Thanks! And I wholeheartedly agree with you. The tomatometer if it meant anything should be the other way around. In some ways it's expected, especially with the popular generation nowadays. That's why despite things, I just try to watch everything and see for myself.
Spot on review Ryan. I thoroughly enjoyed the film myself.
It's strange hearing complaints like "too much action", I thought for once they portrayed Superman the right way. The intensity is exactly what was needed, it genuinely surprised me how the last third or even last 40% of the film was just constant. I loved the cinematography, the quick zoom ins/outs, and really cool angles giving Superman's flight a sense of energy. Snyder works well as the director, I figured this film would make or break him since Sucker Punch. I can see a lot of complaints to the film maybe just being 'darker' in tone, but I'm in the camp that I wanted something different from Superman and that's what I got. If anything Kal-el as a character/his humanity makes him relatable in Man of Steel. One final thing I'd say is the flashback treatments were very interesting, in regards to moving forward we could see certain characters still being brought back.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Review: Man of Steel redefines the Superman we know