Since the dawn of humanity, long before there were even words to describe the two groups, there has been a rift between audiences and critics, a deepening chasm which can never be traversed and can even more rarely be empathized across. Ever since an early hunter elicited cheers from his fellow tribe members by smashing a squirrel with a club only to look over at a fellow hunter smugly critiquing his squirrel-smashing form with an eyebrow raised in a “meh”-shaped arc, the value of work (especially work of a creative nature) has been judged differently by two groups who are looking for very different things. One group is more concerned with the technical aspects of an efficient, artful club swing, while the other is more interested in the finished product of delicious squirrel innards oozing out onto the ground.
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Despite a lengthy history of epic failures, Hollywood is hoping to resurrect the concept of movies based on video games. In the past, projects like these have been cursed with insufficient budgets, studio meddling and inexperienced filmmakers that don’t understand how to translate one popular art form to another. Even recent videogame-related projects like Hitman: Agent 47, Pixels and Ratchet and Clank have failed to resonate with critics or the general public, and all faced dismal runs at the box office. However, with anticipated projects like The Angry Birds Movie, Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed hitting theaters this year, gamers may finally get a chance to see watchable movies based on their favorite franchises. What’s even more exciting is that one of the biggest video game companies of all time may be getting in on Hollywood’s latest ambition.
It seems that these days, everyone has an opinion on everything – or more accurately: people have had opinions for a long time, but now the internet bombards us with everyone’s opinion on everything. There is a select group of people in the world of entertainment, however, that most would agree have actually earned the right to have their opinions carry the actual weight that most of us believe our ideas should. I think most would agree that Quentin Tarantino – the seminal writer/director behind such pop-culture mega-hits as Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs, Inglorious Basterds, and so much more – would fall into that category. He recently opened up about his feelings on the recent influx of superhero movies – read on to hear his thoughts!
Sony is officially letting the world know what it has going on for the next few years. With reboots and sequels aplenty, it appears that the company is content to take existing properties and ride them for as long as possible – but will movie-goers want to take the ride with them? That’s the million-dollar question.
The cast has been announced for the live-action film version of Attack On Titan and we have been provided with some spectacular looking shots of each of the characters. We have noticed that some of the Japanese names are not actually part of the Manga or Anime, so this has left us assuming that liberties have been made in the script. Furthermore, in the manga and anime, Asians are practically extinct with the character of Mikasa being considered exotic – due to her kind being rare. (more…)
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…)