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Should You Go See The New Ghost Rider?

Posted by Billy Lane On February - 17 - 2012

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance hits theaters tomorrow. Easily the least anticipated superhero movie of the year, I decided the only way to determine whether or not to see the movie was with a good old fashioned pro and cons list. 

Pro: Idris Elba and the Highlander Are In It

If you’ve seen Thor, The Wire, or Luther, you should know that Idris Elba is an undisputed badass. This guy’s steely gaze makes me feel inadequate as a man and as a human being. Every movie he stars in immediately becomes twice as watchable. Not to mention, Christopher Lambert is in it.  That’s right, the god damn Highlander.

Con: Nick Cage Needs Professional Help

Remember when everyone was so excited about Nick Cage coming back to play Ghost Rider? Me neither. You may or may not know that Nick Cage is an Academy Award winning actor, and has delivered some wonderful performances throughout a memorable career. He also starred in The Wicker Man. The internet has already done a great job of insulting the man, so I’ll just leave you with this. Beware the foul language and general insanity.

Pro: Mentally Unhinged Directors

Ghost Rider is a…less than realistic hero. He’s such an extreme character, anything other than excessive violence is just a waste of my time. Exploring the nature of humanity feels kind of ridiculous when your protagonist has a flaming skull and motorcycle. Luckily, directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor excel in this sort of batshittery. Look no further than Crank to see how far removed from reality these guys are. Sounds like a decent fit.

Con: Ghost Rider 1 Is the Worst Comic Book Movie Ever Made

In the long years between the original Spider-Man and Iron Man, Marvel produced some pretty terrible movies. Two of which were directed by Mark Steven Johnson. One is Daredevil, the other Ghost Rider. With the hellishly terrible Blackheart as the villain and a cliché script, the movie was just terrible. I like the idea of giving things second chances, but Ghost Rider was too terrible to be forgotten.

Result: Stay the Hell Away

Sure, I haven’t seen the movie. Technically, yes it is unfair for me to judge this movie purely on hearsay. But you know what? I will anyway. The trailers were forgettable at best, and everything from the low budget to Nick Cage’s presence screams train wreck.  Save that money so you can buy an extra ticket for the Avengers.

AMC Loves the Nerds and We Love Comic Book Men

Posted by Jordan On February - 13 - 2012

AMC has gotten a pretty nerdy following recently. The Walking Dead is a big part of this, and AMC has apparently realized that comic books and the people who read them are awesome. Also we are now a powerful demographic to be targeted by everyone! Our time has finally come! Moving on from that rush of power, let’s talk about AMC’s newest show: Comic Book Men. The basic premise is watching a bunch of nerds hang out in their comic book shop, talk comics and collectables, and show the cool stuff that people bring into the store. Also. it’s Kevin Smith’s comic book shop. Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash.

There are plenty of anti-Kevin Smith folks out there, but I am a fan of most of his work. While his refusal to pay attention to any sort of deadlines with his comic book work is infuriating, I still find Kevin Smith to be a very entertaining individual. That made me pretty optimistic about Comic Book Men, but I was surprised to find that I found the employees in his shop to be a better and bigger part of the show than him. Bryan, a former manager at a different branch of Smith’s comic book stores, isn’t technically an employee anymore, but he hangs around the shop and has quickly become my favorite part of the show. His sardonic wit, often at the expense of Ming, left me laughing several times throughout the premier episode. The back and forth between everybody on the show, and their willingness to tease their customers, make for a fun show that leaves me excited for the next episode.

One thing I’d like to see more of is the stuff that people bring to trade into the shop. The first items brought in were pretty cool, with issue #35 of Batman and an original sketch by Batman creator Bob Kane. Unfortunately the quality of the stuff brought in dropped off sharply after that. It is hard to be interested in a folded up Australian movie poster for Dawn of the Dead. Hopefully some more awesome stuff will be brought in during later shows. Overall, I was very pleased with Comic Book Men and highly recommend that you check it out if you missed the premier.

The Dark And Gritty Spider-Man Trailer

Posted by Billy Lane On February - 12 - 2012

The superhero movie apocalypse is soon upon us. We already have exceptional footage from the Avengers and Batman, and this trailer for the Amazing Spider-Man gives us another good look at the movie. Enjoy.

It might just be me, but I wasn’t blown away. I didn’t see any “wow” action moments like I did with the Avengers, where Tony propelled head first into an alien onslaught and the Hulk swatted down enemy aircraft like flies. We didn’t get any original dialogue, and to be honest Andrew Garfield sounds kind of whiney so far. I’ll keep my fingers crossed on this one.

One thing that feels kind weird is the tone. Our benevolent editor recently wrote how he wasn’t a fan of the dark and gritty approach, and neither am I. The comics have always been at their best when they tell fun stories about Peter managing his personal life with superheroics. It’s basically a soap opera with tights and a lot of punching. There are some darker stories, but I’m hoping one day to see a happy-go lucky Peter who can somehow keep his chin up even when absolutely nothing in his life is working.

The problem is that this trailer has me asking some strange questions. Mainly, why won’t Peter work with the police? They seem like regular guys, and Spider has pissed them off to the point where they’ll actually shoot at him and try to kill him. Peter Parker isn’t Batman, working outside a corrupt police department to uphold a strict moral code and act as a symbol of fear. This trailer really plays up the idea of Spider-Man as a vigilante, which I suppose all superheroes are, right?

Some heroes can work well with the darker tone. Batman certainly does, same goes for Daredevil. Let’s hope Spider-Man can make it work too.

The Walking Dead Returns! With Hugs!

Posted by Jordan On February - 12 - 2012

While I love The Walking Dead, I hate that they took this mid-season break. How was I supposed to get mentally scarred on Sundays without Rick and the gang taking on little girl zombies? Thank goodness that the wait is nearly over. The Walking Dead will be returning with new episodes tomorrow night on AMC! It has been far too long since we’ve been able to see a good old zombie apocalypse in action. Check out AMC’s trailer for tomorrow’s big event:

Yes, this looks awesome. What that trailer didn’t focus on is the great relationships building up between the various characters on the show. This is a mistake, considering that Valentine’s Day is coming up on the 14th. We should celebrate the love between Glenn and Maggie, Shane and being a dick, zombies and succulent human flesh. The good folks over at someecards.com didn’t forget that fact and have created some great Walking Dead themed Valentine’s Day cards. Here are two, you can check the rest out on someecards.

Death of Superman: The True Story

Posted by Jordan On February - 7 - 2012

The Death of Superman was a pretty monumental event in comic book history. It happened in issue 75 of volume 2 of Action Comics, when Superman went toe to toe with Doomsday and only kind of won, what with the whole dying immediately after thing. The whole story is actually pretty ridiculous, especially when it gets to the aftermath of Superman’s death. I don’t feel like typing out that whole story, so instead here is a movie produced by Bryan Basham and starring Elijah Wood and Mandy Moore that explains the whole Death of Superman storyline in a very entertaining 17 minutes. Be warned, there’s lots of swearing and stuff in this movie, so maybe you don’t want to watch it in the same room as a boss/grandmother/small child.

I’d like to defend this storyline for a second. Watching this movie, it is clear to see the many faults and lack of logic used throughout. Still, it was a groundbreaking event at the time and it was the 90′s, so lots of this stuff seemed like a good idea at the time. Looking back, yeah, the whole Death of Superman thing was pretty dumb. We are older, wiser and less into grunge music now, able to look back on the silly things we used to enjoy and laugh at how naive we were. Hopefully you found this short film to be as entertaining as I did.

The Super Bowl Avengers Trailer Released!

Posted by Billy Lane On February - 6 - 2012

The Super Bowl is famous for having the best commercials of the year, and one of the most anticipated is the long awaited second Avengers commercial. Many details are still murky. We have yet to get a great look at Loki’s army, which limits the amount of action we can see, but holy hell was this trailer amazing. Here’s the extended trailer shown online.

Talk about epic. The Avengers has something very important other Marvel movies have been missing: scale. The action looks larger than life, and we can see the team desperately fighting against the impossible. This isn’t going to be a cheery ride. The world is on the line here. Iron Man and the Hulk had some unbelievable shots, and I think this movie will be the most visually exciting Marvel movie yet. We even get glimpses of the alien antagonists, which look pretty cool.

The Avengers is three months away. If you’ve been following this movie since Iron Man, it’s been a long road. We’re almost there. It’s been one hell of a ride so far.

Chronicle: Realistically Portraying Teenagers with Super Powers

Posted by Jordan On February - 5 - 2012

I am pretty pumped to see Chronicle. According to the numerous previews and sneak peeks I have seen, this is the most accurate portrayal of super powers that have ever been shown on screen, which is pretty exciting. This is especially significant considering how many movies are going for that whole gritty realistic thing these days. Chronicle looks like it will have a good amount of that realism without going overboard on the grittiness. First off, I love that the previews all show that the first thing that teenage guys would do with super powers is mess with people. I would totally make toys float to scare little girls if I had crazy mind control powers. The fact that these super powered teenagers then use their powers to lift some lady skirts seems pretty realistic to me as well, what with all the raging hormones and all. Overall, it looks like Chronicle will be able to draw plenty of chuckles from the audience as we all agree that, yes, that is exactly what I would do in that situation.

If they were smart, they’d use their powers to get to the Pringles without having to make their hands act like contortionists.

Of course Chronicle is not a Seth Rogen/Jonah Hill/Steve Carell comedy, although that could be fun too. Instead, one of the three high school friends decides that he should use his powers to enslave mankind or something instead of hilariously smacking strangers on the back of their heads with his telekinesis, simultaneously confusing an enraging them. This is also pretty realistic, as out of any group of friends, one of them is probably kind of a dick. We all know it’s true. The dickish friend can be a lot of fun to hang out with when his dickery is aimed towards others, but it is still agreed that he is not a very nice person. So yes, Chronicle is officially the most realistic super hero movie ever made. That is actually not the main reason I want to see it, though. What I’m really interested in seeing is how creative these guys get with their powers when they mess with people. Will they settle for giving people mental wedgies or will they use their mind powers to raise somebody’s dead grandma from her grave and pull a whole Weekend at Bernie’s thing? Okay, maybe that would be going too far. I bet the evil one does it.

Green Arrow TV Show Actually Happening

Posted by Billy Lane On February - 1 - 2012

A short time ago, we heard rumors that DC was working on a live action Green Arrow show for the CW. We’ve heard plenty of rumors about DC trying out various obscure characters (Deadman, Raven), and the closest we’ve seen to a project being picked up was the failed Wonder Woman pilot. A few weeks later, we already have our Green Arrow. It’s…… this guy!

He needs to work on his goatee.

Yeah! This guy! Who is “This Guy”, you ask? Why Stephen Amell, known for his appearances on….the Vampire Diaries and 90210. Okay, so that’s not the most confidence inspiring resume for DC’s goatee-sporting hero. Regardless, the guy is basically an unknown property, so who knows? It could go either way with him. Then again, everything about this project is still up in the air.

Why might this project get picked up where something like Wonder Woman failed? Wonder Woman has always been a tricky character to tackle, and was also fighting for a spot on a huge network. CW has been a home for shows like these for some time now, and there isn’t the same pressure for huge numbers and mass appeal.

I guess I was the only one to find this appealing.

I’m surprisingly excited for a Green Arrow TV show. He’s not my favorite character and I’m not expecting a riveting drama, but there is certainly room for an interesting story following Oliver Queen’s early career. I’m curious to see how they incorporate Queen’s social crusading. Green Arrow really found his place when he began taking up social causes, and it makes him a much more unique hero. He can tackle issues that ground the series more in reality and, as long as the show isn’t too heavy handed, can add some real depth to the character.

The Walking Dead Moving in a Whole New Direction

Posted by Jordan On January - 27 - 2012

Things got pretty intense during the half-season finale of The Walking Dead. It was so crazy that we actually needed a half season finale and the ensuing time off just to let our minds recuperate from what we saw. The producers of The Walking Dead also realized that the astounding turn of events might have been a little too much for us viewers to handle. As a result, you can expect the second half of the season to be quite a bit different than the first half. Radically different. Take the newly tooled intro to The Walking Dead as an example of what to expect from the second half of the season:

Thankfully that is just a hilarious parody made over at MovieWeb. You can still expect to see all the gory zombie kills and shocking plot twists that you have grown accustomed to.

Boo!

Does Deadpool Movie Footage Already Exist?

Posted by Jordan On January - 22 - 2012

I love Deadpool. He is my favorite comic book character when written well (keep up the good work, Rick Remender) and I have been following the rumors surrounding a possible Deadpool movie very closely. It has been years since the rumors started, and not a whole lot seems to have been done. Things have actually been pretty quiet on that front, at least until Rob Liefeld, the creator of Deadpool, decided to drop some very interesting tidbits while at the Amazing Arizona Comic Con. According to Liefeld, there may be up to 8 minutes of footage filmed for a Deadpool movie. Here are his quotes via MTV Splash Page:

“They’ve got a great director on the movie, they’ve got a great script. I may or may have not seen some sort of test of footage that would blow your mind if you saw it and go holy crap and that’s Deadpool in costume.”

“Katana swords, guns, shooting people’s faces off and making me laugh. And I may or may not have seen something that looks just like that. And you’ve got what would amount to the first R-rated X-Men movie, because that script is R-rated.”

“They may or may not have wanted to shoot eight minutes to see how it would play, and all I can tell you, it’s close. It’s closer that it’s even been to going, or going ‘Naaah, that’s too scary a proposition to make a R-rated Deadpool movie.’”

8 minutes of footage for a Deadpool/Headpool buddy cop movie.

Holy crap, that would be amazing. I think I speak for everybody when I say I really want to see this mysterious 8 minutes of footage that may or may not exist. It is nice to hear Deadpool’s name come up in movie discussions again and this feels like a step in the right direction to getting it done. Still, I won’t be satisfied until I am sitting in the movie theater watching it for the first time. Make it happen, Liefeld!

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