Typically the month of August is when summer movies that can’t hack it earlier are dumped to studios can try to earn their money back. In recent years with movies like Guardians of the Galaxy and Suicide Squad and most recently Don’t Breathe proved that August has become a hot month for summer sleepers. Unfortunately, this is not the case with the new sci-fi “thriller” Morgan by Luke Scott (son of renowned director Ridley Scott) that unfortunately doesn’t quite land the way it intended.
“If at first you don’t succeed, fail, fail, fail again,” has become an apt description for Warner Bros.’ repeated attempts to duplicate Marvel’s multi-billion dollar exercise in multi-media branding, the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). Stubbornly clinging to a “grimmer and bleaker is better” credo courtesy of Frank Miller acolyte Zack Snyder (Man of Steel, Sucker Punch, Watchmen, 300), Warner Bros. managed to turned the Big Blue Boy Scout, a.k.a. Superman/Clark Kent, into a monosyllabic, fragile, conflicted brooder and the Caped Crusader, a.k.a. Batman/Bruce Wayne, into an ultra-violent, paranoid, amoral sociopath. Not surprisingly, moviegoers rejected – or to temporarily sidestep hyperbole, yawned indifferently – when Snyder’s bloated, nonsensical Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice arrived in multiplexes just four months ago. By then, however, it was too late for the DC Cinematic Universe (DCCU). With Wonder Woman almost completed and Justice League nearing the mid-point production wise (both are set to be released next year), the DCCU and the Snyderverse have become – for better or for worse – synonymous (the latter more than the former).
NOTE: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS CHARACTER BASED SPOILERS (more…)
As Fox and Marvel Studios decided to each have a Quicksilver in their films, fans scratched their heads a bit, while those who were unfamiliar with comics became confused – some audience members not even realizing that the Avengers: Age of Ultron and X-Men: Days of Future Past shared the character. There is no doubt that of the two, X-Men’s Quicksilver garnered more audience love after his on screen appearance but considering Hot Toys newest addition to their Marvel masterpieces, Age of Ultron’s Quicksilver is the one that fans will want to take home. (more…)
This week’s Game of Thrones episode “Book of the Stranger” (still don’t get the title reference) continued to move the ball forward. Daario and Jorah continued their road trip. The Greyjoy siblings finally reunited, as did a few Stark siblings. The Small Council reunited to finally start to deal with the Faith of the Seven. The Meereen Small Council had a dangerous deal with the Wise Masters. We finally got a Littlefinger sighting. And of course, Danny finally got her mojo back! True to the title of “Ice and Fire,” this week’s Game of Thrones started cold and definitely ended with a fiery bang!
Warning: This article contains spoilers from the “Game of Thrones” Season 6 episode “Book of the Stranger.”
To paraphrase the author E.A. Bucchianeri:
“You can kill a superhero crossover movie quicker by your silence than by a bad review.”
Dawn Of Justice got a lot of good word of mouth going for it, with nerds praising it to high heaven after some early screenings, while stay-at-home critics in Rotten Tomatoes gave it a series of scathing reviews and a solid 33% score, very eloquently calling the film:
“a grim whirlwind of effects-driven action”
But we guess that the internet talks while box office walks, especially considering the massive success of the film this opening weekend…
Iron Man 3 may not the best of anything to do with Iron Man (what they did with The Mandarin was sinful, and the other main bad guy, played by Guy Pierce, was an egomaniac who killed lots of people just because Tony Stark stood him up on a business date…really?), but the film did feature the largest & coolest assortment of Iron Man armors on screen (which did all get blown up by Tony for no apparent reason, but they were cool in the fleeting moments they were featured). The film also saw Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts kicking some butt… by turning into a human furnace thanks to that Extremis thing, which was sort of lame, but still – girl power and what not. Speaking of Pepper, lets take a moment and acknowledge what an underrated character she is. Pepper is an integral part of Tony Stark’s life. She runs Stark Enterprises and keeps Tony in check. She may not be a legitimate superhero, but what a super-heroic feat it is to juggle those two things. How’s the saying go: behind every great man is a great woman.
Now, the Iron Man property itself has been the bread and butter for HOT TOYS and Sideshow Collectibles. A long line of Iron Man armors and characters have made their way to astonishingly detailed, high-end collectibles figures, with each entry in the ongoing line being highly sought after, selling out, and often going for twice as much on auction and collector sites. Because there are enough people who are Tony Stark rich (and some pretending to be), HOT TOYS has two new 1/6th scale figures – available now – to add to the Iron Man collectible family: Iron Man 3′s Pepper Potts and Iron Man Armor Mark IX.
Sideshow Collectibles was kind enough to send us this awesome two-pack for review. Head on past the jump to look at spiffy photos, read up on our detailed two-part take, and maybe have some laughs along the way. (more…)
As expected, the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead gives us no time for an emotional reunion between Glenn and Maggie. It’s immediately chaos now that the walls of the safe zone are fractured. Walkers have taken over Alexandria and all anyone can do is run for their lives.
“Start to Finish” gives us something a bit different than the show’s typical violent zombie invasion storyline does. We see part of the episode through the eyes of Jessie’s son, Sam. Whether or not you like him as a character, seeing his panic at the onslaught of walkers is emotional. He is only a fragile little boy. Alexandria has sheltered him. He doesn’t have any experience with this violence. He doesn’t have a hardened spirit like Carl does. The few scenes with him do what Fear the Walking Dead never did – they make us feel the fear of realizing that your normal life is over and zombies are coming to eat your face. (more…)
The previews for “Always Accountable,” tugged on the emotions of fans everywhere. They implied that Daryl’s life may be in trouble. Although many view his character as sacrosanct, no one on this show is impervious to zombies or to bullets.
Since Glenn’s supposed death, every moment on this show is tense. Anyone can go at any moment. That intensity was there for all three of the central characters of the episode – Daryl, Sasha and Abe. They all saw some character development and not all of it is interesting.
There are spoilers from this point forward. Do not read unless you want to know much of what happens in the episode. (more…)
Last week was one of the most pivotal and emotional episodes of The Walking Dead. It left many of us hopeless and many of us rewatching a certain scene frame by frame looking for signs of hope.
We don’t get a resolution to that this week. Instead, we see Morgan’s origin story – and all good superheroes have an origin story.
Morgan tells his story to the Wolf that he encountered at the end of JSS, the same Wolf who approached him in the woods in season 5’s “Conquer.” Morgan tells him that if he truly wants to take everything from him, then he’s going to give him everything. Like most of us, “everything” to Morgan isn’t something material. It’s not something he owns. It’s his memories, his history, his emotions.
When Ant-Man was announced people cheered because one of the most iconic comic book characters was coming to the big screen. When news about the casting came out, people hit the brakes. How could Paul Rudd play Ant-Man? Wasn’t he the guy in Clueless? Soon, people began to jump off the bandwagon as more and more details came out. Eventually, people began jumping ship when Edgar Wright left the project. Still, the movie kept chugging, and it prevailed through the sea of doubters. It’s currently the 11th in biggest opening weekends for a movie in 2015. And, of course, it’s one of the best movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With that said, it’s no surprise that fans want their Ant-Man memorabilia. If you’re looking for a piece, then consider this: the Hot Toys Ant-Man – Artist Mix Deluxe Set of 3.