Even with the, much deserved, criticism that Sam Rami’s third foray into the movie world of Spider-Man gathers anytime someone mentions the movie on the Internet, the film did have some amazingly cool stuff in it. The problem was that there was just too much of everything, to many characters, too many villains, too much dancing dousche Peter Parker. Turns out, there was some amazing stuff created for the film that wasn’t used, like this Venom costume. (more…)
*** Warning: Spoilers For Films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Follow ***
I need to get this out of the way up front: I’m not a “comic book guy”.
That’s probably weird for you to read, as this site is called “Nerd Bastards” after all; complete with a smattering of classic funny books comprising the logo alongside what appears to be a homeless man who mugged Darth Vader for his Camel Lights (doesn’t that dude have asthma?). The truth is: I’m pretty much a strict “cinephile”, my education (formal and otherwise) rooted in both classic and contemporary film history. That’s not to say I’m a complete ignoramus when it comes to comics. I collected when I was a kid, frequenting my local shop at least once a week, hooked on the books whose stories fascinated me. It’s just that this main vein habit didn’t follow me into adulthood like cinema did — a hobby that I chose to turn into a career of sorts.
I don’t bring this fact up to distance myself from the NB audience; more to illustrate that I probably view the films adapted from the stories they so love through a different prism. Where they’re looking for consistency of character and adherence to the established mythologies, I’m motly hoping to sit down with a (hopefully more than) competently constructed work of filmic language that not only brings our diligent defenders to life, but does so with a focus on pleasing more than just the established fan base. In no way is one method of evaluation better than the other — it’s just a different value system with which to rate a specific subsection of the form. To be honest, the best critics of “comic book cinema” are those who can do both, dropping knowledge about the “mis-en-scène” as easily as they can break down why this particular iteration of Captain America is the most faithful to its four-color creators. I strive to do both, but my limitations with the source material keep me from going full-blown FilmCritHulk most of the time.
To wit, I introduce to you my very own take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At this point in the sprawling franchise’s history, everybody seems to have their own personal rankings of the films leading up to and beyond Joss Whedon’s Avengers. As much as the snobbier cinema goers would like “comic book filmmaking” to evaporate completely into the ether, it’s time to start recognizing that the genre is far too profitable to disappear anytime soon. These movies need to be treated like bona fide works of art and evaluated as such, so I present my own personal, cinephilic take on the MCU, from worst to best…
Because if a day goes by without us getting something new about the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie the terrorists win, we’ve got some more Spider-Man news. As we count down to the release of the film, fate (and the internet) brings us a pair of new interviews with the cast and crew, and some provocative potential spoilers courtesy of one of the film’s social media outlets. So what ties all this together? As a wise man once said: Think about the future. So without further ado, let’s consider the future of Spider-Man… (more…)
The release of X-Men: Days of Future Past is just over a month away so, as we can expect, the marketing is being ramped up to get everyone hyped for the film. The latest bit consists of about a minute of footage from the beginning of the flick. Check out an assortment of mutants as they take on the Singer-esque version of the DOFP sentinels in the video below. (more…)
There have been whisperings that Marvel character Agent Peggy Carter, as portrayed by Hayley Atwell, would be getting her own TV series since January (at least). Now, according to Deadline, ABC appears ready to throw their total support behind the project, and dive straight in–no pilot necessary. (That’s what a “Straight To Series” order means. Don’t be embarrassed–I had to look it up myself.) (more…)
Quickly, list all the actors rumored for Star Wars: Episode VII. You can’t, can you? That’s because the list of performers who maybe, possibly, might be in J.J. Abrams’s ridiculously-anticipated film is too long to remember.
However, one of the more memorable names reportedly tied to the movie has just confirmed he won’t be in it. That’s right, Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t going to a galaxy far, far away.
While making the late night show rounds for Transcendence, Paul Bettany stopped by Jimmy Kimmel for a chat. There’s the usual banter and movie talk, but then Kimmel asked Bettany about his role as the Vision in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. (more…)
With just over two months to go until the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction (AKA: Trans4mers), it strikes us to think just how much we don’t know about the upcoming sequel to 2007′s Transformers. But now it looks like the production is trying to close that knowledge gap by promoting the heck out of the film, which is both a continuation of the Transformers saga from the previous three films, and a launching pad for a brand new trilogy of films with a new cast, new story line and everything. So what’s in store? Franchise filmmaker and originator of the Bay-hem aesthetic, Michael Bay, recently shared some thoughts… (more…)
We’ve finally gotten a glimpse what the Micheal Bay version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘ sensei Splinter will look like. It’s not a full body you get to see everything, but you can get the idea along with what I’m guessing is Tony Shalhoub‘s voice doing the teaser’s voice over. (more…)
In a rare bit of Hollywood restraint, the latest project to come down the recycling pipeline is actually something that’s been over and done for more than 35 years – Kung Fu. Yes, the adventures of Kwai Chang Caine, the slow-motion kicking mo-fo that wandered the Old West and beat up the bad guys shall be coming to theaters near you. And now it looks like Legendary Pictures may be lining up one unusual choice of directors – Baz Luhrmann. (more…)