The early 2000s saw a huge boost in superhero movies, and among this early set was the nearly universally-panned film Fantastic Four (2005). Now, although I was only 14 when the movie came out, I’d like to think my movie taste wasn’t terrible, and I liked the movie so there must have been a special something about that particular story because I agree that the sequel was terrible. Continue reading
To be honest, I didn’t grow up reading comic books or keep track of the latest superhero creation. They were never of any interest to me — until now. Is it just me, or does anyone else notice there are way more shows based on a superhero than ever before? If it isn’t a TV show, your favorite villain or hero might be in a movie. Anyway, the point is, I’ve slowly geeked out over the years and I’ve become a fan of comic book heroes. Continue reading
The Avengers is the superhero movie of all superhero movies – it has humor, action, creepy alien invaders and a Stan Lee cameo. What more could a moviegoer want? What’s even better is that wedged between Tony Stark’s snark and a space Viking’s (or Norse god, whatever) quest for world domination, there are some life lessons to be found. Continue reading
With X-Men: Days of Future Past just beyond my reach, I started again to think about how useful it would be to have some of their amazing powers. Sure, everyone loves Wolverine because he is the X-Man, but would you really want to have his powers? He’s blatantly said his retractable claws hurt — and they wouldn’t be that useful in the real world — and no one wants to live forever. Professor X is pretty amazing, but do you really want to know what everyone is thinking? I think a lot of things are better left unknown. As an uber-fan of many things, I know I love essentially all the X-Men — except Jean Grey, I know I don’t like her — but speaking rationally, some of their powers are simply much more practical than others. Continue reading
It’s still kind of weird to me that Hollywood decided to reboot the Spider-Man franchise only 10 years after the first Spider-Man movie with Tobey Maguire debuted. And while that series will always have a place in my heart, I have to say that The Amazing Spider-Man series is pretty awesome. Continue reading
The powerhouse that is Marvel Studios has recently revealed another super team that isn’t The Avengers or Guardians of the Galaxy: The Fantastic Four, directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) is set to be released June 19, 2015. Obviously, Marvel wants to continue their string of successful superheroes on the big screen that arguably started with Iron Man in 2008 and the pitch-perfect Robert Downey, Jr. Trank is no stranger to the genre, as he brought a refreshing spin to the found footage movie as well as defining what it means to be a superhero in Chronicle. Based on this casting news, it seems Trank is exploring the last half of that theme once again. Below is the list of actors that make up the reboot of this age-old, fan-favorite team that was last brought to the screen (with lukewarm results) in 2005, with Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis. Continue reading
Many would say superhero movies nowadays have certainly bounced back from their ‘90s cartoonish antics, having been (nearly) perfected in the drama department, by the likes of directors such as Christopher Nolan and Joss Whedon. Furthermore, other reputable film talents have decided to jump onboard – actors like Robert Redford (Captain America: Winter Soldier) and Michael Douglas (Ant-Man). And now, the genre can add two more acclaimed players to its game: Jesse Eisenberg (nominated for an Oscar) and Jeremy Irons (already carrying an Oscar). Continue reading
When I met Felicia Day way back in 2003, she’d just come off a stint in Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s seventh season. She hadn’t done her web series The Guild or her recurring roles on Eureka and Supernatural yet, and it’s been interesting watching as her career has taken off and more and more people recognize who she is.
Of course, part of that notoriety comes from her YouTube channel, Geek & Sundry, which launched in 2012. The channel expanded from only a few unscripted shows to an enormous variety of series, both unscripted and scripted. They even launched a second channel last year in order to feature additional vlogs and at the most recent San Diego Comic Con, the website announced even more shows to add to its already busy lineup. Continue reading
Kevin Feige, president of production at Marvel Studios, is a smart man. Combined, his films have a worldwide box office gross of $8.3 billion. With the upcoming release of Thor: The Dark World and the release of Iron Man 3 last May, it’s safe to say Marvel’s “Phase Two” of the requisite superhero flicks leading up to 2015’s release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron is well underway. However, one could also say that Marvel needs to keep things fresh and perhaps unpredictable – not just fillers a la Captain America: The First Avenger to the initial Avengers to keep fandoms’ appetites whet and the box office bucks flowing. So, below are a list of ways the guys at Marvel can (and have chosen to) mix it up. Continue reading
At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. announced they would follow up this summer’s Man of Steel with a Batman vs. Superman sequel set to be released in 2015. It is unlikely that actor Christian Bale will return to his iconic role since The Dark Knight trilogy director Christopher Nolan’s iteration of Batman takes place in a separate universe (as he’s specified many times), therefore Warner Bros. must put a new face to Bruce Wayne. So, below I’ve chosen a list of contenders I think would make a pretty decent Dark Knight. Continue reading
What I’m basically talking about:
I saw the latest Superman installment, Man of Steel and was once again horribly disappointed. But rather than condemn DC Comics, Christopher Nolan or anyone else, I decided it was the idea behind a Superman movie I had a problem with.
But that’s almost un-American!
No, it’s not. I can totally explain where I’m coming from with this. Continue reading
It will be two weeks before you get a new episode of the CW’s Arrow, Episode 20 “Home Invasion doesn’t air till April 24th, but in the meantime I thought I would give you a round-up of all the best spoilers to satisfy your Arrow hunger and get you amped up for the final four episodes of season one! Read on for all the spoilery goodness…
Oh The True Heroines, I did not know my life was missing a Mad Men, Heroes, cabaret mash-up until your web series graced my screen. I will not lie, it took me until “Part Two” of the pilot to become truly engrossed, but considering each episode is only a few minutes long, you pretty much hooked me within what would be considered the first first half of a traditional television pilot and that’s impressive. Continue reading