Tell Us – What Did You Think of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’?

- 07-04-12Comics, Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

Hello followers of  Nerd Bastards. How are you enjoying our nations Independence Day? Personally, I started the day off listening to Bill Pullmans speech in ID4. Then I grabbed case of Samuel Adams Summer Ale. Which, I plan to suck down in preparation for my viewing of The Amazing Spider-Man. I’m seeing it this afternoon then off to some parties. Oh, it’s rumored that one of parties will have a stripper who’s promised to shoot a firework out of here ass. Awesome, right? But I digress. I’m hear to get your opinion on The Amazing Spider-Man. From what I hear, I’ll need to suck down that case of beer…

I’ve read quite a lot of reviews so far, including our own Sarah Moran’s thorough observation of the film. The general consensus seems to celebrate the actors and their small moments, but the rest of the film is hand-fart worthy. I’ve gathered that the retelling of Spidey’s origin — yes, again —, the severe lack of action, the Lizard being a typical silly villain, the muddled narrative regarding Parker’s parents and having to except the whole restructuring of the franchise (only 10 years since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man swung into theaters) doesn’t leave much for Spidey fans to love.

Is that right? Or, does the character development and performances out shadow all of those faults? I guess I’ll find out for myself when I see it.

Tell me though, was this film a solid base on which to rebuild the franchise? Do they have the right actors, and just need refine the storytelling and action sequences a bit more? Sound off in the comments below. Spoilers are expected and accepted.

 

MOVIE REVIEW: The Amazing Spider-Man

- 07-03-12Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Sarah Moran

Having only been five years since we last saw Spidey on the big screen, the timing of The Amazing Spider-Man hurts more than it helps. Add in the facts only two months ago we were hyperventilating over The Avengers and in a few weeks we’ll be in the midst of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight finale, and it only gets worse for the web-slinger. That being said, The Amazing Spider-Man is by no means a bad movie, or a bad super hero movie. It’s just that now, in 2012, the stakes for the super hero movie have been raised and Spider-Man falls a little short.

But like I said, Amazing Spider-Man is a good movie. Marc Webb scores big by crafting a believable origin for the teen hero that is more emotionally nuanced than Raimi’s and having a cast who deliver great performances across the board. The web-slinging and parkour acrobatics look fantastic, so good you’ll be craving more. And there’s one of the film’s hiccups, for a summer action flick there should be more heart-pounding action to keep you on the edge of your seat. The film’s highlights come not from spectacle or the climatic battle, but rather from the quiet moments between characters.

Minor spoilers follow.

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Spider-News! New Clips, More ‘Avengers’ Rumors, Hot Toy’s 1/6th Scale Figurine, & How Scientifically Accurate is ‘Amazing Spider-Man’?

- 06-28-12Comics, Film Posted by Sarah Moran

In less than a week we’ll all have seen The Amazing Spider-Man and will be able to weigh in on the great debate: should Sony have rebooted the franchise so soon? It really is the question hanging over the movie. For as craptacular as Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 was, the first and second were truly, spectacular, and a lot of fans are still upset Sony decided to restart the whole franchise only five years later.

But, come on guys, you’ve got to admit what we’ve seen of Amazing Spider-Man looks goooooood. Not convinced? Here’s three more clips released today,

I really feel this movie has cracked the code, and not to knock the Raimi pictures, but Amazing Spider-Man looks to be the truest representation of the character yet. Agree or disagree?

Hit the jump for more Spectacular Spider-News!

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Take That Sony! 25 Minute Fan-Made Cut of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

- 06-25-12Comics, Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

Studios releasing way too much of a film before it hits theaters is nothing new. I for one, have come to accept and ignore the marketing onslaughts. However, I gotta shake a shit stick at Sony Pictures. They went way overboard in promoting The Amazing Spider-Man. Honestly, I’ve never seen so many trailers, teasers, featurettes, clips and TV spots for a movie in my life (Except for maybe Prometheus). It’s fucking nuts, man. If you’ve been following it all you can literally say you’ve seen the whole damn film. Don’t think so? Here, I’ll prove it how bad it is….

Some Vimeo user going by Sleepyskunk  ended up taking all of the trailers, clips and featurettes that Sony Pictures has released for Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man, and edited together a 25-minute cut of the film that basically gives us the whole story! Check it out below (SPOILER WARNING, duh! )

Admittedly, I didn’t watch the video. I didn’t want to completely spoil myself. I assume, though,  Sleepyskunk was able to stitch enough of the film together to completely ruin the movie. And shame on Sony for giving him enough of their own marketing materials to allow him to do that.

Obviously, 25 minutes of footage still means there are 110 minutes of the film we haven’t seen, but 25 minutes is far too much. I mean come on, that’s an unreasonable amount product to give away as a “Free Sample”. Wouldn’t you agree?

Source: Screen Crush]

Marc Webb Has a Cocktail with Stan Lee

- 06-18-12Comics, Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

Stan Lee, the all-father of comics, is high on my lists of people I want to sit down and have a drink with. I’d love to get him drunk and hear some stories. I was a little jealous when I saw that Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb actually got to do this. That lucky bastard! It seems the only way to get some time with Lee  is to make a super hero movie. Kickstarter here I come…

In a ploy to have comic books fans  buy into this Spider-Man reboot,  Webb sat down with Stan Lee for “Cocktails with Stan.” Lee doesn’t actually get drunk, but he does get super excited about a glass of vodka. Check out the interview with host Jenna in the video below:

OK, so the round table wasn’t as epic as you though it might be. Regardless, Stan is such a funny old man. I love hearing him speak.  Oh, and that panel that Lee was talking about was a story of Spider Man fighting the Lizard, ironically.

The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance  leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

New ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Clips Show ‘Ole Web Head Fighting The Lizard and Parker/Stacy Having a Tender Moment

- 06-13-12Comics, Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

I have a general rule about movies I’m interested in. I will watch the initial theatrical trailer only. That’s it!  No clips, spots or featurettes. I want my viewing experience to be pre-judgment free. With The Amazing Spider-Man however, I find myself watching everything the Sony marketing machine throws at me. I guess this means I’m not too interested in the movie. And truth be told, I’m really not…

Too much of the initial trailer rubbed me the wrong way. I can’t stand the new moto-cross inspired costume. I’m irked at the retconning of Spidey’s origin (trailers implies he was a super test tube baby) and the  CG looks like a sub-par theme park attraction. Bargh!

The one thing I DO like… is the cast. Primarily Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Garfield delivers the SM snark we know and love from the comics. And Stone? Well… let’s just she looks mighty pretty with blonde hair. If anything, these two will distract me enough from all the farty stuff I mentioned about.

But, that’s enough from me…

Here we are. Another day, another Spider-Man clip. Two clips actually. The first one features  Spider-Man and The Lizard beating the hell out of each other.

See what I mean about it looking like sub-par theme park attraction?

The second clip (11th in the line), courtesy of Sky Movies,  shows the  chemistry between Gwen and Peter.

OK, I’m a sucker for soft tender moments and this clip certainly charmed me. These two indeed have great chemistry. I’ll go see just for them.

Synopsis:

The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

The Avengers/Amazing Spiderman Easter Egg That Almost Was

- 06-12-12Comics, Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

We have another new addition to the archive of “shit that almost happened but didn’t and thus doesn’t matter”. Actually, this is our first and probably our only entry to STAHBDATDM. I mean, really, reflecting on unexecuted ideas is torturous and pointless. In the game of “should’ve, could’ve, would’ve”… nobody wins. Anyhow, for a good “curses” moment, here’s a tale of how The Avengers almost had a Spider-Man Easter egg.

Our friends at Latino Review, who don’t usually post stuff unless it’s legit, got word that Sony and Marvel Studios were very close to slipping in something from The Amazing Spider-Man into Joss Whedon’s superfucking-tastic film.

Here’s what was reported:

Imagine my surprise when I heard a rumor that the Oscorp Tower from Amazing Spider-Man was “this close” to becoming part of the sky line for Avengers. (Hint: pretty surprised)

Here’s the story – last week, The Amazing Spider-Man’s production designer J Michael Riva (he passed away recently after suffering a stroke at the age of 63). Not only did he design the Oscorp Tower for ASM, but he has a staggering resume of awesomeness including The Goonies, The Color Purple, A Few Good Men, Congo, Evolution, and the upcoming Django Unchained.

Oh – And the Iron Man movies.

That design overlap, and the stunning look of the Oscorp Tower (seriously stunning) was enough for Marvel Studios and Sony to have the discussion about inserting Oscorp into The Avengers skyline. The Unified Marvel Manhattan Skyline almost existed.

By the time the Oscorp building was fully designed, The Avengers digital Manhattan was already basically rendered and there was some up-conversion that needed to go down, so – for timing – it was scrapped.

BUT – Sony and Disney were going to let this happen. THAT’s the key thing here. Timing just didn’t work out.

Holy waffles! We missed out on a 1 second shot of a building in a movie! Whoa…

Excuse my sarcasm. In all seriousness, talk about a missed opportunity! That would have been such a neat little nod to the fans. After all, Spidey eventually teams up with the Avengers in the comics and he is part of the Marvel universe.

If anything, this story – if legit – means that Sony wants to work with Marvel Studios instead of those assholes at FOX. That means there may be potential for future involvement for cross merging their licensed characters.

They still have time to edit Stark Tower into the TASM New York skyline…

Source: Latino Review

‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Marketing Onslaught Continues With 3 New Clips

- 06-07-12Comics, Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

“Hollywood, Hollywood, can’t stop showing clips galore, spoil the plot, then some more, look out…look out for Marketeers!!!” In case you’re wondering, yes… that was a riff on the 1960’s Spider-Man theme. Crafty, aren’t I? Anyway, here we are again with another round of clips from The Amazing Spider-Man.

First up, we got a clip featuring Andrew Garfield‘s Peter Parker telling Denis Leary‘s Captain Stacy about how the alligator in the sewer (aka The Lizard) is really Dr. Connors. Leary responds with an appropriate “Do I LOOK like the Mayor of Tokyo to you?” [via MetaCafe ]

Next, we have a minute long clip of Spidey swinging around New York City. Really that’s it. Just some New York free running from ‘ole web head. Enjoy. [via Yahoo! Movies ]

Lastly, we have a brand-new behind-the-scenes featurette which focuses on films stunt work. Parkour, free-running, wires and blue screen galore. I agree with Andy Armstrong, the action looks pretty narly. [via Sprint]

Opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on July 3, the Marc Webb-directed action adventure also stars Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen and Sally Field.

 

 

Two New ‘The Amazing Spiderman’ Clips Feature Dr. Conners

- 05-31-12Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

For those of you wondering how The Amazing Spiderman movie is going to handle the transformation of Dr. Curt Conners into the infamous Lizard, you could take a look at the two videos below.

Don’t get your hopes up though, aside from some twitching and other symptoms you won’t see much. This NerdBastard is kinda glad that the marketing geniuses have not shown too much of the movie’s villain. It seems like the new thing is to show almost the whole movie in clips, trailers, and featurettes well before the movie hits the theater screens.

These are the latest in the viral promotion campaign buildup to the film’s July 3rd release. It’s still this NerdBastards’ opinion that the push back of G.I.Joe: Retaliation will do more for the box office of The Amazing Spiderman than any of these “viral” videos.

‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ 6-Minute Preview Leaks Online

- 05-26-12Comics, Film Posted by Sarah Moran

Sure, you could go spend $10+ dollars on Men in Black III, or you could just hit play below to see the six minute preview of The Amazing Spider-Man that screens before it. That’s why you were going to MIB III anyway, right? You didn’t think that movie actually looked good, did you? For shame.

Anyway, what does look good is Amazing Spider-Man. Check out the preview below before it’s taken down!

I already wanted to like this movie, now I think I actually will. I love Martin Sheen‘s Uncle Ben. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone seem to have some genuine chemistry and I think they’re cute, budding romance won’t be nauseating to watch. Spider-Man looks awesome. The web-shooting, how he flings himself through New York’s skyline, the wise cracks, it all looks good. I think we’re going to be pleasantly surprised by this one, folks. And I know, I was someone whining, “But why do we need another Spider-Man movie.” Now I’m glad the people who make these movies don’t always listen to fans’ bitching.

Source: CBM