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When I think of Mallrats and Chasing Amy Ben Affleck I shudder at the thought of him playing Batman, but when I think of The Town and Argo Ben Affleck, I think he'll do an awesome job.
1 year, 2 months ago on Ben Affleck is Batman
I was really interested to see a sequel to "Salvation"(I know Im in the minority here) and the development of the time travel tech in the franchise, hopefully they delve into some of that in the new trilogy. The Terminator is a at the same time a tough and easy role to cast, I think the look is what's most important, more so then acting range (not to be confused with ability), that being said, I think the Rock could do the role justice.
1 year, 3 months ago on What we know about Terminator 5
This was my most anticipated film of the year and after the embargo lifted I was happy with the mostly positive reviews... then the negative ones just kept coming and I got worried that the film was gonna suck. After seeing it I couldn't really get a handle on what the critics didn't like, other than that it was a comic book film.
1 year, 4 months ago on Why Man of Steel is receiving bad reviews and the public loves this Superman
Its nice to see a lot of positive fan reviews to balance out what many critics are saying. It seems that much of the flack this film is getting is that it's nothing like the Donner film, which is ironic because the perceived problem with Superman Returns was that it was too much like the Donner film. I think within the context of what people thought about 'Returns', the studio succeeded in making the exact Superman movie they set out to. The fans seem to appreciate this while many critics do not...
1 year, 4 months ago on Review: Man of Steel redefines the Superman we know
@Anthony_TMB @KevinC1 Thats actually a great idea... if you noticed the LexCorp building in the trailer, I wonder if Luthor procures Zod's suit at the end and tweaks it for his own use... could be cool.
1 year, 6 months ago on New Man of Steel trailer
@Anthony_TMB i saw a pic of faora with a weird force field helmet... i think that is zod with a similar helmet...
this looks about as epic as epic can be... lots of departures from canon (which i am fine with) i wonder how purists will respond...
How does Micheal Angarano keep getting jobs? He must be some big shot's nephew or son or something... its not that he's a bad actor, he just always seems terribly miscast...
1 year, 6 months ago on The English Teacher
@JamesM @KevinC1 @WillLambert canon goes out the window, at this point. The films are their own story now. Im not saying they should kill off Pepper so Stark can have vengeance... Im simply connecting some dots in the trailers. If i happen to be right (and I acknowledge I am most likely not) I would be okay with that... Shane Black has cited The Dark Knight as inspiration for this story, and we saw what happened to Rachel Dawes, just sayin.
1 year, 7 months ago on Get in here and watch this New Iron Man 3 trailer NOW!
@JamesM @WillLambert I don't see how it would be stupid if it serves the story... Im not saying I want to see Pepper killed off or that she should be, but if it is the impetus for Tony to get his "good old fashioned revenge", Im all for it...
I feel like Pepper is gonna get the Rachel Dawes treatment in this one...
There are some comic book costumes that simply do not translate onto live action film... Batman's is one of those costumes... Nolan did it about as well as could be done IMO without looking silly...
1 year, 8 months ago on Marc Webb showed off The Amazing Spider-Man’s new costume
You can't judge a film by it's trailer... two words: Phantom Menace. However, I disagree on the points about Superman Returns. The trailer was phenomenal, yes... but I personally thought the film delivered what the trailer promised. It wasn't the Superman film a lot of people wanted, but it was a very good film nonetheless.
I think Man of Steel will be good. It will bring the action that fans have been clamoring for since CGI has made it possible to translate Superman on film. I had high hopes prior to the trailer, and since then my excitement has increased. Hopefully it can deliver.
Also, I thought Watchmen was a very good adaptation as well, not sure what the guy could have done differently to improve it all that much... The worst you could say is that the casting of a few characters could have been better and Dr. Manhattan's facial CGI left something to be desired...
1 year, 8 months ago on Don’t judge ‘Man of Steel’ by the trailer, Superman could still fail
I actually really like this guy... he was great in moneyball.
1 year, 8 months ago on Chris Pratt is James Gunn’s Star Lord for Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”
Seems like its 99% that Cumberbatch is playing Khan...
1 year, 8 months ago on Super Bowl Commercial: Star Trek Into Darkness
@Anthony_TMB @KevinC1 I say why not go for the gusto? The Avengers introduced a guy like Thanos, then fans would be ready for Apocalypse... Start the film in Ancient Egypt and introduce him and then just start time jumping all over the place and just go nuts....
1 year, 8 months ago on Bryan Singer spoke with James Cameron about time travel
What about Prof. X? He dies in X3 and he's confirmed as coming back in both McAvoy's and Stewarts iterations... I wonder if this is where the whole 'string theory' and 'parallel universes' come into play. I hope they go for Apoalypse as a villain here in some way shape or form...
While I respect George Lucas for the visionary he is in terms of hatching ideas, characters and concepts, GL isn't half the director JJ Abrams is. The scripts Lucas put out and the direction he applied to them were the biggest reason the prequel trilogy fell short of expectations. With writing and directing out of his hands, I think we will see the best of Star Wars since the OT. I am excited as anything to see what Abrams does with this.
1 year, 9 months ago on Kevin Smith humorously speaks on JJ Abrams directing ‘Star Wars VII’
Star Wars is right in his wheel house as far as his talents are concerned. I wonder how much freedom they will give him concerning the script... if Arndt will basically hand over the first draft and then Abrams and his crew will look at it and tweak it or not...
1 year, 9 months ago on J.J. Abrams WILL Direct Star Wars Episode VII
I think this is probably the best thing that any Star Wars fan could ask for. What Abrams did with Star Trek was take all the great stuff from Star Wars (A New Hope), and apply it. It is all the same things that the prequel trilogy sorely missed. While I don't think Abrams is the best director out there, I do think he is the best director out there to make Star Wars relevant and successful today...
Perry White is black and Jimmy Olsen is Jenny Olsen... don't make me no nevermind so long as it helps the story...
1 year, 9 months ago on Has Jimmy Olsen become Jenny Olsen in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel?
The DC properties are in a tight spot with Nolan's trilogy having just ended and The Avengers doing so well... These execs clearly don't have the patience to follow the Marvel model, but then again that might prove redundant to have all the solo films that loosely tie together at some point. If they are smart and organized they can make it work in reverse by doing the big movie first then breaking down by character to build it back up again...
1 year, 9 months ago on Rumor: Justice League in 2015 and Batman Reboot in 2017
Say what you want about Nolan and that he overcomplicates or oversimplifies... I love his work. This sounds like it could be a hell of a ride, and I for one, am psyched.
1 year, 9 months ago on Christopher Nolan’s NEXT sci-fi film might be Interstellar
I think there will always be a place for the brick and mortar cinema in some way shape or form. Watching a movie at home is not the same thing unless you have a ridiculous home theater which is not the case for most of us. Until that is the case though, people will want to gather together and watch movies in their truest form, on the silver screen. Even after the format becomes totally obsolete, it will hang around as a novelty for a while. So I don't think its going anywhere for a long time...
1 year, 9 months ago on Guest Post: Is there a future for the ‘Brick and Mortar’ cinema?
I would like to see Rian Johnson get a crack at it...
1 year, 10 months ago on Did J.J. Abrams really turn down directing Star Wars Episode VII?
I love these...
1 year, 10 months ago on Superman and Batman discuss the Man of Steel trailer
From what I have read here and on other sites, it seems like Cruise is able to overcome the physical disparity between himself and the character as written. Im not the biggest Cruise fan, but he is a good actor and I haven't heard anything bad about him in this, quite the opposite actually. Still don't think Ill be taking a trip to the theater for this one, but I will definitely look for it on dvd...
1 year, 10 months ago on Review: Jack Reacher
Nice review John! I've been a little worried about the mixed bag of reviews this has gotten early on, but I am excited none the less. I'm glad you liked it and dug the book. I read The Hobbit after seeing "Fellowship of the Ring" and having no prior exposure to the books, and I loved it. Looking forward to more of the same from Jackson and company...
1 year, 10 months ago on Review: The Hobbit
@salatyork The difference is Snyder wrote and directed Sucker Punch, he didn't write Man of Steel. I think Snyder's body of work solely as a director is pretty solid, and based on this trailer he looks to have topped himself...
1 year, 10 months ago on Behold! The Man of Steel trailer #2
I would think this is a red herring of some sort and he will later be revealed in the film as Khan or Gary Mitchell...
1 year, 10 months ago on Benedict Cumberbatch’s Star Trek character revealed?
1:52... kneeling before Zod???
I really love how the movie "feels" so far. it looks beautiful, and the music is compelling (I wonder if its part of the actual score or not) but Im very impressed so far with what Snyder has shown us. Im digging the approach in terms of handling the origin. Its not Smallville, yet we seem to get a little more background into young Clark dealing with his powers. I wonder if this will be a chronological linear story line or if it will jump back and forth a little, I am guessing the latter. Superman looks excellent, the effects look great and that quick shot of Zod looked straight menacing. My excitement level just went to 11.
BTW, just wanted to throw out a Thank you to you guys running the site... no easy task the last few years but you guys have been doing well for a while now, and I wanted to send some appreciation back your way. Ive been following since back in the day and yearn for the glory days of the audio edition and Doug's profanity laced tirades, Darren's quibs, (later Bruxy's analytical tones) and John steering the ship. Its a different site today, but its gaining consistency and quality every day. So once again, thanks for keeping it going.
1 year, 10 months ago on What should John review next?
Just throwing this out there, what about a review/discussion about the Man of Steel trailer playing in front of the Hobbit. From what I remember, John was a fan of Superman Returns and I would love to hear some speculation and ideas or comparisons about what they give us with this trailer. That and definitely Django Unchained...
@Anthony_TMB I have a feeling you will get what you are looking for as they are being fairly outspoken with regards to distancing themselves from what Donner and Singer gave done. I think we'll see a more introspective Clark and more of a journey to becoming Superman.
Grant Morrison has done some cool stuff with the character and I think/hope we get something in that vein.
I was a big Routh fan and I thought he did well with the character in SR, but Im fully on board with this film and I think Snyder is going to surprise a lot of people.
Looking forward to the trailer, hope there is some discussion about it!
1 year, 10 months ago on Another look at Henry Cavill as Superman
He looks the part, no doubt. FYI, its Henry Cavill, no "e" at the end.
i hope this isnt like a Hancock deal where he sits in prison until the world appreciates and needs him...
1 year, 10 months ago on Poster: Man of Steel
@Anthony_TMB I agree that it felt a bit outside of the narrative of the previous two films and that would bother me if Quantum of Solace was any good. This film feels more like the older ones where each one was almost a stand alone, with implicit nods to other stories but no tangible common threads. I guess Im saying I agree with you, but I dont think its atypical of a Bond film.
I will say that Bardem is in my top 3 Bond villians and my favorite of the Craig films. I think my assessment falls inline with what others are saying: better than Quantum, not quite as good as Casino... yet the more I think about this film, the more I want to see it again. I would love to see Sam Mendes do another one and perhaps rebuild some continuity that started with Casino Royale through Quantum of Solace... or forget them and move on from Skyfall.
1 year, 10 months ago on Review: Skyfall
Well if this is at all like the more recent blockbusters, perhaps DOFP will be broken into multiple films... BTW having Wolverine in this will be awesome.
1 year, 10 months ago on Is Hugh Jackman in Days of Future Past?
I think WB is in a "wait and see" mode until Man of Steel comes out and they know what they have on their hands. If it bombs, they may just go with a whole new cast and hope to ride on The Avengers coat tails to turn a profit, but if MOS is a hit, they would be foolish not to have Cavil and Snyder be a big part of Justice League. If there are some cameos or nods, I think the fans always dig nods to the source material or stingers to set up sequels, so we'll see.
So far I have high hopes for this movie, as I think Snyder has talent that we havent seen yet, hopefully it comes out in this!
1 year, 11 months ago on Superman’s role in Justice League, According to Zack Snyder
I just recently came upon some of the leaked comic-con footage of MOS, and it was both ambitious and impressive. While Snyder and co. may be giving us a new canon to deal with, they are definitely taking the mythos of Superman seriously, and that comes across in the epic nature of some of the shots. I hope the trailer includes some of that footage...
1 year, 11 months ago on A more intense trailer for ‘Man of Steel’ will appear before ‘The Hobbit’
Although my expectations were extremely tempered early on, I find myself getting very excited for this film. I think this trailer has a lot riding on it, and the studio knows it. Hopefully we get a good feel for the tone and characters without blowing too much story... looking forward to seeing this in front of The Hobbit in a couple weeks!
This is unfortunate. Unless they plan to sandwich this new trilogy in between episode 3 and 4, this would be very bad. To bring him back after episode 6 would completely undo his redemption in the OT and pretty much negate the entire franchise. Ill wait to hear more before I get heated, but this is plain silly.
1 year, 11 months ago on Darth Vader is back for the new Star Wars films?!?
I was really looking forward to seeing Vaughns take on this, but I dont think you can find a better replacement than Singer. I still am really curious about the cast, will Jackman be involved at all in this or will the story use completely different characters? What if they pull a 180 and use Magneto as the lead??? That would be cool to turn the story on its ear...
1 year, 11 months ago on Bryan Singer will begin filming Days of Future past in April
I skipped right to the end to see the rating out of 10... didnt want to be spoiled.
1 year, 11 months ago on Review: Skyfall
This is fantastic news... I have always thought that Lucas should have had a vague outline of the prequel trilogy and handed it off to capable writers and directors, doing so in the 3rd trilogy might just make up for the mess that the prequel trilogy was...
1 year, 11 months ago on Could Matthew Vaughn be the Director for Star Wars VII?
I get why they would ignore the Momoa reboot, but why are they disregarding Conan the Destroyer as well?
1 year, 12 months ago on Schwarzenegger returning to Conan!
Wasn't it also said that this film was intended to be a standalone story? Perhaps they will ignore the other films completely... Or it could be a flashback.
1 year, 12 months ago on New image of The Wolverine with… bone claws??
@Anthony_TMB @KevinC1 Is there any news to be shared here?
2 years ago on Review: Sinister
@Anthony_TMB Excellent, can we expect an audio edition comeback, or dare I say, a Doug Nagy cameo?