I love Netflix. Netflix is my best good friend and we go together like peas and carrots. It’s because of that god of streaming that I discovered ‘Torchwood.’ Not to mention those upcoming Marvel shows. Thanks to Netflix, I was able to see my beloved Bluth family do an ‘Arrested Development’ Season 4; and without them, I’d be looking at my Facebook feed asking myself “who the hell is ‘Crazy Eyes?’“ For $8 to $10 a month, depending on when you signed up, the company offers a strong assortment of new and old drugs for your TV addiction. And it also contributes to the weaning off that outrageous leach – cable television. We’ve picked up a huge list of October goodies coming your way. Just let your pointer do what it does best to join the party! (more…)
Recently we saw some test footage for a potential Deadpool movie. The internet was pretty dang happy. Then, earlier this week it was officially announced that we’d get a Deadpool movie. The internet promptly exploded with glee. We’d gotten a taste of the Merc With A Mouth with Ryan Reynold‘s fantastic portrayal of him in X-Men Origins: Wolverine before they immediately messed up the character, also in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. After the the test footage, we had hope that we’d get to see the character done justice in a movie, finally getting the right mix of violence and insanity down. Well, it looks like we’ll get a movie, just maybe not quite what everyone was expecting. (more…)
Once upon a time, Marvel Comics was being dragged hopelessly into bankruptcy. In order to stay afloat, they sold off precious movie rights to their most popular characters. That money helped enable them to create their own studio, and that’s why we get to see awesome films like ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy.’ Those film companies would become rivals and prove themselves incapable of regularly releasing hits starring the Marvel properties. An attempt at making a good Hulk movie bombed and the rights went back home. Same deal with Daredevil. But Spiderman is a longshot. Sony Pictures is dead set on keeping that property, even if that have to reboot it every few years – origin story rehash included! And Cinema Sins and Screen Junkies will be there to point at them and laugh. Welcome to 19 whole minutes of blasting the crapfest that is ‘The Amazing Spiderman 2.’
Potentially in reaction to everyone’s wish to see him team up with directors other than Tim Burton, Johnny Depp is teaming up with Kevin Smith to make the action-adventure movie Yoga Hosers. The movie marks the second in Smith’s “True North Trilogy”, which began with Tusk and are movies steeped in Canadian culture and mythology. In addition to being the follow up to Tusk, Yoga Hosers will feature the entire cast of Tusk, including Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Ralph Garman and Harley Morenstein.
Last January, right around the time when Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time was just days away from its bungled release on EPIX, actor and comedian Patton Oswalt spoke to The AV Club about the rich bouquet that is his collection of stand-up specials. In the interview, Oswalt detailed his plan to alternate fresh stand-up specials with books like his New York Times Best Selling essay collection, “Zombie Spaceship Wasteland”, and true to his word, Oswalt will release his next book on January 6, 2015. (more…)
For decades, entertainment franchises have been able to share universes in both television and movies. The Twilight Zone did it. Firefly did it with Serenity. The Doctor Who series did it with the Doctor Who TV movie. The X-Files did it with big and small screens. And Marvel is doing it with surgical precision and innovation in combining their cinematic world with the ABC network’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. And then there’s Netflix’s upcoming four-series deal. That, in particular, will expand Marvel’s live action roster with the Hell’s Kitchen Heroes – Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. So, not only is occupying the same universe a thing that’s worked successfully, it’s proven to be a smart move on several occasions in terms of continuity. DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns disagrees. (more…)
There are two different classes of Jason Bourne movies: the Paul Greengrass-directed action classics (Supremacy, Ultimatum) and the “Other Two” (Identity, Legacy). It really isn’t that Doug Liman’s The Bourne Identity is bad, it’s just that Greengrass helped usher in a new style of chaotically shot and cut actions films with his as-hated-as-it-is-loved “shaky-cam” style (Legacy, on the other hand, is undeniably terrible). However, the one constant that runs through the quality Bourne films is Matt Damon, whose performance as the memory-wiped super assassin proved that he could shake his seemingly typecast “nice guy” persona and mold a character that, for the time, felt distinctly outside of his comfort zone.
In what seems to be a continued disregard for the mental well-being of Jeremy Renner (whose turn as faux-Bourne in the still financially successful Bourne Legacy is merely passable at best), Matt Damon has now said he’d be “open” to reprising the role. Only he has a few stipulations for the studio in order to get him back in the super spy saddle.
Though we all constantly kvetch and beg for studios to come up with new ideas as the sequel filled assembly line passes by our eyes every summer, something tells me that this isn’t what we had in mind.
According to Deadline… and Deadline, both the Peeps brand of candy and Disney’s It’s a Small World ride have separately entered into the development process with legitimate and surprising creative talent already attached.
Some social rules are so basic that it staggers the mind to think that someone doesn’t know, understand, and follow those rules. You want to know something about a person? Take them to a movie. If they break any of the simple rules shown in the video, you can bet they’ve got plenty of other much more serious problems and you’re most likely better off alone. (more…)
Some have called nostalgia a sickness, but I think of nostalgia as if it were a tub of icing — benign and enjoyable when smeared lightly on the top of things, but if you slam your fist inside your mouth and lick it clean, you’ll throw up for hours and hours.
The point is, nostalgia is good in small doses. It allows us to not just take solace in the warm memories of the past, but it also lets us accurately assess and feel the loss of things once familiar as they are crushed under the road roller of progress. That’s vital for some of us who were raised in a different world than the one we presently inhabit. (more…)