For centuries, writers have been transfixed by monster stories. The most common monsters are from the 20th Century films: Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, the Wolfman, King Kong. But the ancient greeks had Medusa and the Minotaur. The Nords marvelled at Fenrir and Jormungand. The Chinese spun tales of Zhulong and Juiwei Hu. Humans have always been fascinated by the terrible creatures lying around each corner and, perhaps more fascinatingly, the aspects of their humanity.
Even more of a marvel is the evolution of monsters and love stories. Often, monsters would steal young women and were seen as cruel antagonists. They even were commonly metaphors for female impurity. However, over time, the idea of monsters being romantic leads grew and has become a new trope in literature and cinema. One of the earliest, most popular examples of this is the iconic, classic tale of Beauty and The Beast.
While Beauty and The Beast is a leader in this romantic subgenre, other films such as Twilight, Warm Bodies, and The Shape of Water have also been modern staples of the “finding beauty in ugliness” love stories. Though only these few are mentioned, there are countless more tales expounding upon the topic. However, one might wonder, how does such an odd sub-genre come about?
Bryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant Slayer has a new trailer out. This one focuses more attention on the giants and their interaction with the world at large without all the culinary comedy. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still humor in this trailer, it’s just not the slapstick baked in a giant tart kind of humor.
A couple of scenes are down right terrifying. Consider the scene where the guy runs at full speed away from that giant, who then takes three giant steps and snatches the guy up. The big battle scenes also show how much of an advantage the giants have in battle, even against large armies.
Jack the Giant Slayer takes its cues from the “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Jack the Giant Killer” stories, with Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies) playing the farm boy who accidentally plants magical beans given to him by a mysterious magical stranger. This leads to the rekindling of an ancient war between humans and giants.
The cast includes Eleanor Tomlinson (Alice in Wonderland) as the daring, captured princess, Ewan McGregor plays a comically over-confidant knight who seems OK now, but might be annoying in larger doses. Ian McShane (Deadwood, American Horror Story: Asylum) as the crotchety old king with Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games) as the king’s scheming advisor.
On the Giant’s side we have the two headed giant General Fallon. The larger head is motion captured by Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), and the smaller head played by John Kassir (Tales from the Crypt).
In 2012, All-Star Marvel and DC artist Mike Norton further moved toward creator owned projects, continuining his Eisner Award winning Battlepug saga online (and in collected editions through Dark Horse) while also co-creating Image Comics’ rural noir zombie book Revivaland Dark Horse Comics’ brand new costumed hero book, The Answer, which debuts today.
Here, Norton tells us about how he picks his projects, why he doesn’t hide from superhero tropes, how Revival isn’t your typical zombie book, battling zombie fatigue, and if he’d like to see Battlepug live on as a cartoon series.
Along the way, we also discuss the challenges of telling a slow burn story, the appeal of The Answer‘s female lead, and how a costumed hero fits in at Dark Horse.
All that and more with Mike Norton after the jump. (more…)
It’s a new year, and along with the resolutions you’ve probably already broken, there’s a fresh slate of films to look forward to, and Nerd Bastards has chosen 25 to keep your eye on. Some titles you’ll know, others you might not, but one thing’s for sure, by the end of the year you’ll think some of them rocked and the rest of them sucked. As to which films will go which way, I’ll let that be a pleasant surprise.
Here are the 25 Nerdy Movies to Watch For in 2013: (more…)
I dunno about the rest of y’all, but I for one am stoked for Jonathan Levine‘s rom-zom-com, Warm Bodies.
I’ll tell you, my 10 years of domestication and demasculation with Mrs. Nerd Bastards has had no influence on my girlish anticipation. This isn’t about having any misplaced love for Twilight, or having strong feminine sensibilities. This flicks corky, funny Zombieland humor is what got my attention. It’s a flick that doesn’t take itself seriously. No bullshit romances, or dorky metrosexual-creatures here. What you got is purely comical and satirical.
If you’re note on the bandwagon yet, then I implore you to check out the trailer. If, after viewing, you don’t agree we finally have a decent flesh-eating monsters with heart story, well… then I’ll just have to re-evaluate my manhood.
For the rest of you Warm Bodies fanatics, Summit Entertainment has released three clips and 13 minutes of B-roll for the film.
I haven’t watched the clips or the footage since I want to go in having seen as little of the movie as possible. I might finally be able to enjoy a rom-com with Mrs. Nerd Bastards without any per-conceived judgements, and thus, not be an asshole about it. I’ll possibly (and hopefully) have fun with this one.
Check out the clips and the B-roll. The film also stars Rob Corddry and John Malkovich.
These days, zombies are everywhere. Writers and directors are trying to cram the undead menace into pretty much any genre they can think of. And while we’ve had plenty of zombie comedies come to theaters, the latest flick, Warm Bodies, takes that to the next level by adding some romance to the mix. That’s right, a beautiful love affair between a zombie and one of the living.
So you say you don’t trust zombies anymore? Think a romantic comedy zombie film is taking it a step too far? Well, now you can check out the first four minutes of the movie and see if that convinces you that it’s worth the price of admission.
And here it is:
Doesn’t have my money, but I’m sure I’ll be Netflixing it when the time comes.
Directed by Jonathan Levine, Warm Bodies is based on a book by Isaac Marion and stars Nicholas Hoult as the dead guy, “R”, as well as Teresa Palmer as his living crush, Julie. Check it out in theaters on February 1st, 2013.
There’s a right and wrong way to make a supernatural love story. Twilight , for example, is how NOT to do it. There’s a film coming out, however, that tells a better love story than Twilight because it is (thank gawd) almost nothing like Twilight.
The film in question is Jonathan Levine and Summit Entertainment’s zombie romantic comedy (or zom-rom-com)Warm Bodies. Based on the novel by Isaac Marion, it stars Nicholas Hoult as R, your average everyday zombie, who feels lost among the hordes of undead. That is, until he begins to fall in love with Julie (Teresa Palmer). Along the way, their connection starts off a chain reaction which may affect the future of civilization and conceivably reverse the zombie plague.
When the trailer for this zombie apocalypse/romantic comedy hit a few weeks back, it surprised (mostly) everyone. Myself included. Initially, I assumed it was going to be Twilight but with stupid-sexy/metrosexual-zombies instead of stupid-sparkling-vampires. I thought it was going to be one of those “serious” romances, but nope… it’s purely comical and satirical. The corky, funny zombieland humor changed my perspective from “Efff that!” to “I’m gonna see that.”
Truly, this is how you do flesh-eating monsters with heart.
Anyway, Summit Entertainment has released a second new trailer for Warm Bodies. It’s not as lively (no pun intended) as the first trailer, but it still looks to be a nerdtastic movie.
Warm Bodies will be chomping it’s way into theaters February 1st, 2013.
When Luke, the Head-NerdBastard in charge, asked me to do a post about the new trailer for director Jonathan Levine‘s Warm Bodies, based on the book of the same name by first time author Isaac Marion, he said, “Feel free to make fun of it as hard as you want.” So that was exactly the attitude I went with as I started watching. I mean really, a Zombie love story, is this gonna be Twilight with Zombies?
Something happened while I watched and listened to the inner dialogue going on in R’s ( That’s what the zombie’s name is listed as in IMDB) head. Maybe it was the musical selection, or the actually funny dialogue and scenes. By the time I finished the trailer I was checking the release date and the book cost over at Amazons.
Take a look and let me know if I’m right or do I need to do a weekend zombie movie marathon to cleanse my Zombie palate.
Warm Bodies stars Teresa Palmer as Julie, Nicholas Hoult as R, Dave Franco as Perry Kelvin, John Malkovich as General Grigio, Analeigh Tipton as Nora, Cory Hardrict as Kevin, and Rob Corddry as M. The movie shambles onto theater screens February 1st, 2013.
And I must admit they’re still underwhelming. I already aired my disappointment over how not very dead and decaying this zombie looks. Also how I fear this movie will be turned into more fodder for Twi-hards. These new images won’t change my mind.
Warm Bodies follows, “existentially-tormented zombie (Nicholas Hoult)named R that begins an unlikely friendship with the human girlfriend of one of his victims. The blossoming relationship starts a chain reaction that will transform him, his fellow zombies and maybe the whole lifeless world.”
I still have some hope this won’t be a complete bomb. I though Hoult was great in X-Men: First Class, and the film is being directed by Jonathan Levine who was responsible for 50/50 and The Wackness. Those are clearly not films for the tween crowd.
Either way, we won’t know for sure until Warm Bodies releases August 10th this year.
From Summit Entertainment, the same studio that brought you the Twilight films, comes Warm Bodies, the love story of a zombie and the human girlfriend of one of his victims.
Not joking. This is a real movie. Here’s star Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) as the, “existentially-tormented zombie named R that begins an unlikely friendship with the human girlfriend of one of his victims. The blossoming relationship starts a chain reaction that will transform him, his fellow zombies and maybe the whole lifeless world.”
This photo is disappointing. No other way to put it, he looks like he could be a distant relative of Twilight‘s vampire family, the Cullens. He just wears a bit more dark eye shadow. This guy hardly looks dead! But of course, we’re supposed to identify him as the romatice lead so he must look the part. What a handsome zombie.
I was initially intrigued by this idea of a zombie romance. If you’ve ever read the novel, Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament by S.G. Browne, it features a quite beautiful relationship between two zombies, decaying flesh and all. This film didn’t seem to want to take that kind of daring approach and appears to be nothing more than fodder for Twi-hards.
What do you think? Am I being to harsh? I haven’t read the novel by Isaac Marion so maybe it’s not so terrible as it looks. I’m just unimpressed with the zombie-ness of the zombie.