Monday, April 20, 2015

Pan Will Fly Off To Neverland In October

Looking over the 2015 release schedule, I was surprised to see Warner Bros. had nothing planned for October 2015. Considering they release more movies in any given year than any other studio, it was surprising they didn't have anything up their sleeves for October. That's changed today, as their reinvention of Peter Pan will arrive now on October 9, 2015.

Iron Man's Influence Spread Far Beyond Its Own Cinematic Universe (Make Mine Marvel #1)

PHASE ONE

Discovery
"Iron Man. That's kind of catchy!"

Looking over the history of superhero films, there is no more important time period than the summer of 2008, wherein five very different superhero films debuted over the course of 12 weeks. One, Hancock, was not based on any preexisting property, while another, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, delved into Guillermo Del Toro style fantasy with aplomb. The differences between just these two movies is vast, but tossing in the other three that premiered over the summer just shows how wide in storytelling scope the framework of superhero cinema can be.

Welcome To Make Mine Marvel

The entire model of cinema is built on risks. People taking leaps of faiths solely because they believe in the artform of storytelling. That was the sort of perilous situation the folks starting up Marvel Studios found themselves in during the middle portion of the first decade of the 21st century. Adaptations of the characters Marvel had made over the countless years had ranged in quality, with some like Spider-Man 2 being of a high caliber of quality. But then there was Howard The Duck, The Hulk and Fantastic Four and forthcoming films like X-Men: The Last Stand, Ghost Rider and Spider-Man 3.

These movies not only missed what made the beloved superheroes so popular in the first place, they also forgot about making these into features that could stand on their own as good cinema. Now, Marvel Studios, with $525 million in financing from Merrill Lynch, was out to bring the characters they still had the film rights to in a way that would be both profitable and artistically successful. A similar previous effort to create a multitude of features based on their comic book characters in collaboration with Artisan Entertainment didn't yield much success, but this massive endeavor wound up finding some level of opulence, to put it very very lightly.

With The Avengers: Age of Ultron on the horizon, I think it's time to look back on the 10 movies the Marvel Cinematic Universe has created. Starting today, and all the way through April 29, I'll look at each of the films in this epic saga in a series of editorials entitled Make Mine Marvel and analyze the qualities, flaws and impact on pop culture at large of each individual motion picture. Join me, won't you, for an adventure that's gonna be loads and loads of nerdy fun!




Jurassic World Unleashes New Trailer Chock Full Of Dino Mayhem

Who wants to watch Star-Lord and some raptors take on vicious dinos? You do? Well then, check out the new trailer for Jurassic World below!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Get A Feel Of The Cast, Scope And Humor Of Fantastic Four With New Trailer!

A lot of this summers big blockbusters (Ant-Man, Terminator: Genisys) have been releasing trailers recently, likely in order to make sure their shown on Avengers: Age of Ultron. This trend continues tomorrow when Jurassic World releases its new trailer, and now 20th Century Fox has gotten into the game by releasing a new look at the Fant4stic, er, Fantastic Four.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Unfriended Review

With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies?
You know what's a fun game? Watching movies that aren't even that old (in some cases, as little as six years later) and noticing the outdated technology characters carry around. I first noticed this in Mars Attacks!, when Sarah Jessica Parker is eating breakfast, when she suddenly gets an important call on her massive cell phone. It's relic of another age, but instead of reducing the entirety of the feature to being an outdated piece of entertainment, seeing this kind of tech more often than not just comes off as charming to me.

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Official Batman v. Superman Trailer Is Here To Ask...Do You Bleed?

The trailer for Batman v. Superman leaked last night, and for some reason, major publications like The AV Club and Variety decided to run this bootleg version of the trailer instead of waiting for Warner Bros. to release something official. The studio has done just that now, with a teaser trailer (emphasis on teaser) for the 2016 film that you can watch below.

Melancholia Review (Classic Write-Up)

When The Stars Align
Well, this is gonna be tricky. That was my first thought when I set myself on the task to review Lars Von Triers 2011 feature Melancholia. This is an unorthodox film that mixes a humongous event (the end of the human race) with a minuscule scope, setting its sights on two sisters as the vessel to tell the tale of humanities final days. To put in terms so simple they feel sorta insulting for a movie of this complexity: some of it works, some of it doesn't, but at least it all, in some shape or form, leaves an impression on you.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Has Arrived!!

Star Wars Celebration (a recurring fan event that's pretty much San Diego Comic Con for Star Wars geeks like yours truly) is underway today, and one of the first panels of the event was one centered around the forthcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Lucasfilm was kind enough to live stream the event to all of us not in Anaheim, California. Excitingly, the event brought a new trailer for Episode VII, which I'm proud to say you can watch now!


Can Vin Diesel Outrace Mall Cops And Paranormal Teenagers? (Box Office Predictions)

There's a ton of new releases this weekend, so let's waste no time and get right down to predicting this weekends box office!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters Review (Classic Write-Up)

The Witch Is Back
It needs to said right upfront: Maleficent, this is not. Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters wears it's R-rating on its sleeve, with numerous violent death scenes, blood, guts, heavy artillery and witches, Lots and lots of witches. Most of which suffer gruesome fates at the hands of Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton), who are, as the title suggests, witch hunters. They've gotten really good at this whole killing witches thing, but a duel with evildoer Muriel (Famke Janssen) could be their greatest challenge yet.

Patty Jenkins Will Direct Wonder Woman!!

Losing Michelle MacLaren as director of Wonder Woman was a crushing blow, but hey, at least Warner Bros. has gotten a pretty interesting choice, according to The Hollywood Reporter, to handle the notable superhero's first solo cinematic outing.

The Director of Kingsman: The Secret Service Is Rebooting Flash Gordon

20th Century Foxs recent attempt to reboot Flash Gordon as an action movie has been puzzling me, namely because Flash's large presence in the uber popular film Ted makes me wonder if audiences unaware of the original movie from the 80's will think it's some kind of Ted spin-off or not take the movie seriously due to Sam Gordons antics in that Seth Macfarlane movie.

Monday, April 13, 2015

It Follows Review

Fearful Following Frightens
It was interesting leaving my screening of It Follows, as I heard the other audience members murmur to each other their thoughts on the film, which ran quite contrary to mine. "I could film a better movie in my garage!" "What terrible acting!" "Nothing even happened!" It was pity to hear that, as I was sorry to hear these viewers had not enjoyed the movie like I had. As they say, one mans trash is another mans treasure, or in this case, the slower pace they found to be excruciating was something I found to be exhilarating.

New Ant-Man Trailers Brings The Gags, The Ants And The Trains...Er, Pain

With Age of Ultron on the horizon (only 18 days to go!), Marvel is now turning it's attention to their next big budget blockbuster: Ant-Man. The only promotional material we've seen from the movie are some cool looking images, a funny poster and a decent, if overly serious, teaser. A new trailer has popped up to help put the movie on the map, and hey! It actually does a good job of setting the movie up as, maybe, just maybe, something special. Check it out below!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Daredevil Episodes 3+4 Review

The release structure of all Netflix programming allows for certain television storytelling freedoms; like Cable shows, with all 13 episodes out at once, there's no need for Netflix programs to have entities like story recaps of past episodes for viewers who missed last weeks episode. This also has an influence on story and character progressions, as the various plotlines on the show tend to last for far more than one single episode.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Daredevil Episodes 1+2 Review

Dare To Go Beyond Expectations
It's kind of fitting that Marvel Studios and Netflix have come together for a television program, considering how they're two entertainment companies changing the face of entertainment today. Both had plans that sounded crazy when they first started; creating a shared universe across multiple films and a streaming service dedicated to original film and television content may seem commonplace today, but they most surely were not even five years ago.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Two Of Quest For Camelots Songs Managed To Ape Disney While Creating Something Unique

Welcome to a new bi-weekly column called When Good Songs Happen To Bad Movies, in which I look at pretty well done songs that just so happened to debut in more subpar features.
Animation, like many other aspects of Hollywood that spawn success, seems to be a fertile ground for imitation, as seen by the surplus of fairy tale skewing animated features that were released in the wake of Shrek's phenomenal success or the insane amount of CGI animated films released in 2006 thanks to the success of Finding Nemo three years earlier. The 90's followed this sort of trend to a tee, with The Lion King's humongous box office managing to get every movie studio to create their own animation company to churn out would-be animation blockbusters.

Adaptation Review (Classic Write-Up)

Adaptation Is The Sincerest Form of Flattery
A meta approach to a film or TV show or any piece of media is not uncommon, but it is unique for it to be embraced as heartily as it is by Adaptation, a 2002 Spike Jonze directed feature that goes absolutely all in when it comes to utilizing this style of storytelling. How exactly does the movie engage in a meta narrative you ask? Why, by focusing on an exaggerated version of the films screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage).