Friday, October 31, 2014

Grumpy Cat's Lifetime Christmas Movie Gets A Trailer. God Help Us. Everyone.

It came upon the midnight clear,
That hideous trailer of old,
From Lifetime bending memes on earth,
To fill their bank accounts with gold:
"We'll make millions, sell toys to girls and men,
From the internets all-grumpy King."
The world in solemn stillness lay,
To hear the trailer play.

New Female Centered Potential Spider-Man Movie From Sony Sounds Like It Could Be....Good????

A ton of things have been wasted in the Amazing Spider-Man films (primarily in the second one, though the first one wasted opportunities to lend gravitas to The Lizard), but Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy may be the biggest waste. She and Andrew Garfield had good chemistry, but those romantic scenes in the second one, while sporadically engaging, were bogged down by plodding repetition.

The True Scariness of The Nightmare Before Christmas

What's This? What's This? There's Hot Topic Merchandise Everywhere
We human beings are fascinating creatures. We absolutely love consistency in our daily lives, but we also occasionally find ourselves being eager for change in our daily lives. That’s especially true as we get older and think about all the other parts of the world we have yet to experience. Who has time to stick to the familiar when there’s so much more to explore out there in this big wide world of ours? Why, the idea of settling for the routine can be more frightening than any ghost or ghoul.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Next Coen Brothers Movie Has A 2016 Release Date!

Whether it's through True Grit, Inside Llewyn Davis, Burn After Reading or the incomparable No Country For Old Men, Joel and Ethan Coen have been an unstoppable directing duo in the 21st century after breaking through in the 90's with the likes of Fargo and The Big Lebowski. The duo will have a new movie called Hail Caesar! out soon, with a cast that includes Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.

Anita Sarkeesian Interviewed By Stephen Colbert Helps Highlight Hostile Seixm In Gaming

If there's one thing I love as much as Stephen Colberts witty humor, it's women rights. Frankly, it boggles my mind that in the year 2014 society still has so many egregious examples of sexism against females, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the world of video gaming. Back in August, Anita Sarkeesian made a video pointing out extremely sexist roles for women in video games, which was met with the kind of calm response you could expect from the interwebs; rape, bomb and death threats greeted her.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S2E6) Review: Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

The Agents of what used to be a massive organization called S.H.I.E.L.D. sure don't get a lot of breaks in life. However, although the crux of the episode centers on more trouble for what's left of Nick Fury's spy agency, there's some breakthrough news to come for these guys and gals secretly protecting the world. But first, they have to deal with the fact that HYDRA just framed them for an attack on the United Nations.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wanna First Peek At Black Panther?

Perhaps the biggest piece of Marvel's massive news today (and this is saying something considering Inhumans and Captain Marvel films were announced) was the official date and information given to Black Panther. Having been one of Marvel's most famous heroes for ages, we've all been eagerly awaiting some confirmation on the Wakanda hero to get his own film. Well, we certainly got boatloads of information on the character today, including concept art of the hero!

Marvel Announces Captain America 3, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Avengers 3, Black Panther, And Tons Of Other Movie News

Marvel had a huge event today where they announced some truly tremendous news on their future movies. Let's waste no time and get right to discussing this overload of awesome news, shall we?

Jason Aldeans Burnin' It Down Is Occasionally Catchy But Overall Weak

Just a bit of scruff on his chin, a cowboy hat, tall frame...Jason Aldean could be taken for a country music singer any day of the week. But his astounding success in the world of country music is likely to surprise anyone. He's had twelve number one songs in his nine year old career, and every song he's released in the last six years has either gone gold or platinum. His first track, Burnin' It Down, is the first from his new album called Old Boots, New Dirt, and the success it's found is astonishing. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Some Thoughts On Benedict Cumberbatch As Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange, as depicted in the comics
Speculation over who would be playing Marvels Supreme Sorcerer has been running rampant for years. For a two month period starting around this years Comic-Con, Joaquin Phoenix was in heavy discussions for the role that went nowhere. Tons of actors were rumored for the role during the month, including Tom Hardy, Adrien Brody and Collin Farrell. One name that had come up numerous times, even during a Q&A session at Comic-Con with the actor, was Benedict Cumberbatch, who seems to the be the one who Marvel will get to play Doctor Strange.

Star Wars Rebels (S1E3): A New Evil Emerges

This episode finally unveils the most heavily promoted new character on Star Wars Rebels, The Inquisitor. An antagonistic character with an eye-catching design and voiced by Jason Isaacs, he's been a fixture of most marketing for the show, but makes his first physical appearance on the program three episodes in (to be fair, he did appear in a hologram at the end of the TV movie). Before we get to his debut though, we've got to deal with the recent shenanigans of the crew of the Ghost.

Box Office Analysis: The Biggest October Of All-Time Draws To A Close

Box Office Analysis is trying a new format where I take more of a larger look at a number of films at the box office instead of just one particular movie or topic. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

John Wick Review

A Shot In The Dark Becomes A Bullseye
There's one indisputable fact on this planet; puppies are adorable. I'm pretty partial to pugs myself, but all kinds of adorable puppies grace this Earth and make the world a better to place to be. The awesomeness of puppies was proved with Tom Hardy in The Drop last month, and now Keanu Reeves gets to pile on more evidence to this fact with John Wick. Reeves play the titular character, a widower whose sole solace from the pain he feels from his wife's passing is a puppy named Daisy his deceased wife gave him just before her passing.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Book Of Life Review

Guillermo Del Toro has lent his name to a vast amount of projects since he became a household name with the Hellboy features and Pans Labyrinth. Since the second Hellboy, he's only directed one feature (last years beautifully exciting Pacific Rim), but has produced several more than that. His most recent endeavor as a producer is The Book Of Life, an animated feature from Reel FX and director Jorge R. Gutierrez. Gutierrez makes his debut as a director of a feature length film with this production, his previous defining work being the Nickelodeon program El Tigre.

Christopher Nolan Has Left The DC Comics Building

Christopher Nolan pretty much revolutionized blockbuster cinema with his Dark Knight trilogy, which took a cinematic icon (Batman) and made him the center of an epic saga filled with great acting and compelling stories. Nolan was kept onboard for the first DC Comics feature after The Dark Knights trilogies conclusion, Man of Steel, though here he was solely a producer. Steel had lots of Nolan's influence, but none of that influence felt personal. Instead, Zack Snyder just seemed to be mimicking the "darkness" and "brooding" of The Dark Knight trilogy without realizing those weren't the sole elements that made those movies successful.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Christian Bale Will Be The Steve Jobs We Deserve And Need

You can call me crazy, but I think the newest Steve Jobs biopics casting for the role of the famed icon is a bit of an upgrade on Ashton Kutcher. This new Jobs movie has been in development for ages now, with Aaron Sorkin writing and directors like David Fincher passing on it. But Danny Boyle is confirmed to direct and now we have an actor confirmed to play Steve Jobs himself!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The First Trailer For Insidious 3 Tiptoes Through Terror

I've never seen the first two Insidious features, but their marketing is always pretty memorable. Like most horror features in modern cinema, they rely on long pauses and jump scares, and this newest installment continues the tradition of the past in terms of both aesthetic and scares.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer Is Here To Amaze You Beyond Belief

The first poster for The Avengers: Age of Ultron
After it got leaked earlier today, the internet went into a frenzy on the first trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The massively anticipated sequel to the third highest grossing movie of all-time was supposed to unleash its first trailer next Tuesday on Agents of SHIELD, but the leak has forced Marvel to release it officially, in glorious HD, right now. So ladies and gentleman, here's a nice Wednesday surprise, the first trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron!

Agents of SHIELD (S1E5) Review: All The Pieces Fall Together

One reason Agents of SHIELD has found so much improvement this season is because of the expansion of focus the show has had in the past few episodes. More characters (like Fitz, Lance, Simmons and Melinda May) are being given storylines with more depth and fun that really enhance them and make the stakes more dramatically effective. That's a stark contrast to last season, when most things in the show revolved around Skye, a character who last season was decent at best, absolutely grating at worst.