Did you ever want to know what would happen to Batman when he would inevitably become aged? In Frank Miller’s non-canonical but still incredibly relevant, “The Dark Knight Returns”, follows Batman in his golden years, 10 years after retirement. As Gotham is still in the dark shadows, a new generation of criminals who do not know fear try to take over Gotham. Only so long can the Dark Knight sit idly as he watches the city he gave half of his life to burns. But he isn’t the only one watching Gotham…When he inevitably comes back, an old foe’s spark is reignited to return as well.
Kick-Ass, a title you’ve only probably heard as a 2010 movie that relatively little people saw, revolved around a boy who wanted to become a superhero in everyday life. The movie was based on a comic book written by Mark Millar (Wanted) and illustrated by John Romita, Jr. Being a super geek myself, I’ve found myself in the same position that I wish I could be a superhero in real life. Unfortunately this is not the type of comic book or movie to inspire you to do so. Both tales are dark, one being significantly darker than the other, with cutting dialogue, violent page spreads, and snappy pop culture references.
Seeing as not many people have read or even seen the movie, I’ll keep this article light on the major spoilers.
There are a lot of options to choose from when looking for something to watch on Netflix Instant – sometimes too many options to tell what is good and what isn’t. There is one movie available which stands out as a groundbreaking example of one of the world’s first sci-fi films.
The Amazing Spider-Man came out on DVD and Blu-Ray this past week and I was able to finally watch what I didn’t feel obliged to watch in the movie theaters. After only 5 years, it’s pretty absurd to get another reboot, with other reboots of such short range only being [in my knowledge] Sweden’s 2008 Let the Right One In and America’s 2010 adaptation Let Me In or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Swedish and America’s version in 2009 and 2011 versions, respectively. But in all honesty, rebooting foreign films is somewhat understandable versus the Sony reboot with totally different cast and director. So this was definitely an interesting watch. Balancing whether or not it stands in itself from the original trilogy starting in 2002 or if it’s better or worse doesn’t necessarily matter, because it already made loads of money and sequels are on the way. This new series will eventually overshadow the original whether it’s better or worse simply because it’s more contemporary. However, I still find it interesting to write about as the new direction they took is definitely worth writing about.
You all know Spider-Man’s story. Peter Parker is a textbook nerd with a descent heart and gets bitten by a mutative spider. Director Marc Webb [500 Days of Summer] took a darker approach to the film with more realistic [but still fairly absurd considering the source material] storylines and better chemistry between leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone [in my opinion] than Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. But let’s get into the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
I love a good montage. Nothing quite says progress (or perhaps a gaping plot hole) like a quick moving, musically depicted action over a period of time. However, with the right combination of clips, soundtrack, and a satisfying end result – a montage can be inspiring, engaging, and epic. Listed below are some of my favorite whirlwinds of non-Sylvester Stallone starring movie and television montages.
My favorite movies are the ones that allow me to connect the story to my own life so that I can explore what it means to be happy and fulfilled in real time with the characters of the film. There are exceedingly few films however that have the ability to produce such a cathartic effect on me. I must be transfixed, lost, entranced. Often Hollywood movies are too formulaic and conventional to provide the realism psyche uppercut that I crave. When you feel as though you’ve seen the movie a thousand times before you are much more likely to remember that you are indeed watching a movie. That is why offbeat, low-budget films are so appealing to me. The filmmaker is often not trying to break box records; they are attempting to communicate a narrative. Independent films are the fresh squeezed orange juice that I wish everyone could appreciate on a hot day. I happen to believe that life is strange, confusing, and messy so when I see films described by these adjectives it does not strike me as a negative thing. I flock towards it in hopes of a stronger connection with the story.
Another ingredient for a truly powerful tale is great acting. If the characters are not genuine, sympathetic, and believable your chances of connecting the film to your life are slim. At the risk of sounding like an art snob (although I like to think I’m not so sensitive to be ashamed of what I prefer) I want to mention that independent films have a boosted believability factor due to the less famous actors/actresses that they often feature. It takes extraordinary talent to overcome stardom and continue to create unique characters. And thankfully there are many that possess this talent. But sometimes even that is not enough. I love Matt Damon but every time I see him in a movie I can’t help but think about all of his other roles that I have seen him play. That does not mean that I do not enjoy his movies, it means I can’t connect to his character in a way that I feel he is real. There are so many factors that go into a film that teleports you completely and gives you sublime reflection. The most important factor however is that the subject matter sparks your interest. This is my review of a movie I just saw that defines all of the favorable things that I just wrote about. This is my review of Jeff Who Lives at Home from the writing/directing team of Jay and Mark Duplass. (more…)
With movie studios seemingly in permanent remake/reboot/remodel mode, we thought it was a good time to run down some films from the new century that should be off limits. We’ve already made an argument for films from the 90′s and from the 80′s, but somewhere in the dark crevices of Hollywood there’s a studio executive just waiting to get their hands on the rights to eventually remake “Drive,” ”Kill Bill,” ”Once” and even “Superbad.”
We posted about how Psy has affected pop culture before with Han Solo. This is an equally awesome mash up that combines Gangnam Style with Stanley Kubrik’s The Shining. I personally like this one even more just solely based from Shelley Duvall’s reaction whilst holding a knife. Anyone else think this Gungnam fad will fade out eventually?
This is a cool image from Jason Heuser, be sure to visit his Etsy to check out all his work. So this is a cool image from his that combines President Abraham Lincoln with The Matrix graphic. It seems as though his artwork is based on famous American figures in pop culture. He’s also got Paul Revere on a Tron bike, Barack Obama on a mountain lion, and Ronald Reagan riding a velociraptor. I’ve included those below.
This is a really freaking cool graphic. And it’s really freaking big, so I included a preview of the image here and then if you hit more, you can get the humungous image afterwards. This is from Michael Hobson from Tremulent Design, where he essentially compiles the best of all sci-fi/futuristic movies and puts them onto a timeline. It ranges from 2012 to as far as year 10191. I haven’t seen a quite a number of these, so if I don’t recognize the title, I try not to read it to be aware of spoilers. I also really like that he tells us to ‘prepare’ for the future. Seeing as 2012 is wrapping up, a pretty quick vampiric pandemic needs to happen if I Am Legend needs to occur. But maybe this all doesn’t matter if the 2012 disaster actually happens..Bah who are we kidding, no one actually believes that mumbo jumbo do they?
Regardless, this is a really cool graphic and I highly suggest you check out.
I just saw this earlier today, and thought I’d share it with our lovely BananaScoop audience. This is a trailer for a movie titled ‘Movie 43′, featuring an awesome lineup of people. While I have reservations about movies that remind me too much of the ‘movie’ series, such as Date Movie, Scary Movie, etc., I just couldn’t help but giggle at some of the brash and somewhat offensive humor they used in the trailer alone. I may not go out to watch this movie when it finally releases, but I think I’ll definitely be keeping tabs on it in the mean time, especially after seeing Gerard Butler transformed into leprechaun.
I got around to finally watching Prometheus having skipped out on it when it was out in theaters. I didn’t really know what to expect as a whole although I did watch the trailer and was pleasantly surprised on how hair raising it was. Therefore, I wasn’t too surprised and even disappointed when I saw the movie and thought it to be as hair raising and spine tingling as the trailer. Ridley Scott sure knows how to make a pretty damn entertaining movie. The cast is great, with special shout-out to Michael Fassbender’s David. The writers however have another issue coming at them, while they did pen a great cast of personalities and create an interesting premise, they ultimately failed to deliver on the bringing the story to some descent closure. First a short summary and then read on below for a SPOILER FILLED critique and review as well as hopefully the beginning of a great discussion on a definite “love it/hate it” type movie.
Dr. Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Dr. Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) are archeologists/anthropologists [I'm not entirely sure on what their profession is, seeing as they're pretty well versed in a lot of stuff regarding humanity] who have found an alien connection throughout human history. They appeal to a research and development company to charter a 2 year journey to an obscure planet. Joining them are a crew of geologists, biologists, pilots, an android and commanding officers. When they arrive on the planet they find themselves far more over their heads than thought possible.
The Dark Knight Rises came out last summer, but every once in a while, I stumble upon a cool collection of interesting things regarding the very popular movie. Despite having a nearly 3 hour run time, it’s pretty obvious that movie had some plot holes. Many people have tried to use them to tarnish the movie and others go to extreme lengths to refute them. However, Jest has compiled a very cool way of compiling the plot holes by making them satirical newspaper headlines. Check out the rest of them below and then refute any of them if you thought of a way to get around it!
Collegehumor has awesomely created this photoshop series where they shop Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney’s face onto popular romantic comedy posters. We’ve featured a couple of other Election 2102 images, but as I’ve mentioned, I don’t really want to polarize this site [despite our current 2012 poll has Obama up 11-0, so at least we know how liberal our viewers are]. Anywho, these are just a little bit of fun especially because Romney’s face is pretty funny in some of these photoshops. Check out the micro gallery I’ve included below and check out the rest of them at Collegehumor.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen was perhaps my most anticipated film voyage as of late apart from maybe Perks of Being a Wallflower. The British film is based off of a novel of the same name by Paul Torday. It premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and achieved widespread release in 2012. The premise is eccentric and endearing. Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt are the dream team of charm. And there is something romantic to me about salmon. I want to start this review of “Salmon Fishing” the way one of my favorite movies 500 Days of Summer began. This is the story of a boy meets movie, “but you should know upfront, this is not a love story.” (more…)
This summer was an enormous superhero release time with big players like The Avengers and Dark Knight Rises. Hitfix decided to compile the best of the best in gallery form. You’ll get your traditional stuff like The Dark Knight and Incredibles, but they leave out some of my favorites and include even one I didn’t recognize. Rocketeer? Never heard of ya’.
EDIT**: Found the artist, check out Votric’s Deviant Art Page!
This picture of the Parr family in the future is both awesome and adorable. How about awesomely adorable. The Incredibles is probably one of my favorite Pixar movies. Here we have Bob and Helen, aged and still very in love, but what’s even cooler is how their kids have grown. Violet seems to have adapted her father’s older costume, Dash seems to have added a little Frozone flair, and then Jack-Jack went traditional. I want an entire back story to this: Their names, arch nemeses, and how their powers have changed. And more Frozone. I’d like to see Frozone’s family as well…Pixar, will you please make Incredibles 2 with this as your inspiration?
Growing up amidst the all encompassing world of modern societal media, it is no surprise that a lifetime of movies depicting everyday life has begun to effect how many of us view our own lives. Sometimes the influences of movies have effects we aren’t even aware of, but are simply embedded in our minds and accepted as fact. I will describe some of these interesting facts below, and illustrate some examples of cinematic misinformation.
There’s something soothing about combining the innocence and general happiness of Disney movies and mixing them up with gritty and rather violent movies. We’ve featured Game of Thrones, Lion King, among many others here before that all feature iconic and lovable Disney characters being lip dubbed to saying brutal and unforgiving things. Well we’ve got another here that features a much more similar plot line to it’s graphic counterpart. Taking Nemo features Finding Nemo and Taken in a mixed up trailer. It’s very fitting considering the similar plots of having children taken away from fathers. The trailer’s pretty badass and having the contrast of Marlin turning from hesitant father to Neeson-badassery is all around awesome.
There have been countless Bond girls over the years, from Pussy Galore to Mary Goodnight to Strawberry Fields, and the most iconic 007 femme fatale would probably be bikini-clad Ursula Andress, who played Honey Ryder in the first James Bond film, Dr. No, in 1962. See the bodacious ladies who’ve wielded guns, showed off their assets, and bedded Bond for the last 50-plus years!