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After The Avengers Movie In IMAX 3D I Wanted To Walk Back Into The Theater And See It Again And Again And Again…   1 comment

Hey Everybody,

It not secret by now that The Avengers is destroying all box office records in the last few weeks,  snatching up very close to $374 million Domestic and $476 million International. With $850 million worldwide the flick has very little signs of slowing down, by the end of this weekend it might be very close to breaking the billion mark in only the second week of release in North America .  These numbers are pure madness and I love and savore every second.

The real question here is, is The Avengers film any good or just big hypey piece of bullshit? If you’ve seen it already your opinion is most likely the same, It fucking rocked the hardest any superhero flick ever has and dare I say it, played as well as any tent pole action film in recent history.  It took me to such a great childhood place I thought was actually gone when watching movies now, that I must see it at least a few more times in the theater to see if it was a one time thing or just that epic. Director Josh Whedon unleashes such fucking radness on the screen that I can’t help but swoon over his first mega budget film and hope that the power that be at Marvel and Disney use this as the benchmark for all other Marvel outings on the big screen and realize the genius and understanding the Whedon has in this comic universe.

If you’re one of the ones that’s on the fence on seeing the Avengers and comic filcks aren’t really your cup of tea, I can tell you that if you enjoy mega action movies, great one lines, mind blowing action sequences and perfect play on classic archetypes you can enjoy this film on that level and walk away wholly and completely satisfied. Now if you are a page turning card carrying Marvel geek nerd ( like I am) then prepare to have your nuts figuratively blown off as well as your mind melted to some state of utter comic geek bliss.

The real thing for me is I went into this film with such high expectation seeing the trailers and knowing who the film makers were, being a fan, I was still surprised by my reaction to the film. I actually got goose bumps, cheered out loud, clapped in approval, laughed in joy and awe so many times I can’t even remember liking a theater experience so much for a modern movie ever. No texting, No one talking, just all sheeple  glued to a screen as it should be.

 

The real jem of the whole thing is definitely the Hulk. I did actually enjoy Edward Norton”s Incredible Hulk film from 2008, but in Avengers we get to see the strait up, kick mega ass, SMASH shit, bat nuts Hulk. Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner is very tonally played and the scenes with Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark are extremely enjoyable, super banter. Without giving away any specific details and/or surprises, I can only say I have finally seen Marvel’s real Hulk on the big screen in full motion and I adore every second with the pure utter geek love I’ve had for the character since childhood, SUPER FABULOUS EPIC is the only words close to my feelings on the matter. More Hulk Please!!!

The other super important thing Whedon did and does very well is giving each character his or her time on screen and importance through out the story. The interaction between them all in filled with great one liners and moments to laugh at and clap your hands in amazement of the coolness factor being witnessed. The balance he achieves almost seems like a magic trick, but this is what the comic was always all about and the understanding of the material shines so brightly when you get someone who loves and cherishes the source full-boar.

In the end nothing to do but extend my personal thanks to the studio’s involved in production of the Avengers film for putting Joss Whedon in charge of this ever so important film. Hopefully our days of seeing Marvel films like the super fails, Fan 4 1 and 2, Daredevil, Ghost Rider,  X3 are behind us. No more directors in-charge of properties they don’t even give a shit about or understand  in the slightest way ( yes I’m talking directly to you Brett Ratner and Tim Story). All studios take notice what happens when you put a super geek in charge of a huge comic film, pure pure gold. Can’t wait for Avengers 2, desperately need more Hulk Smash now!!!

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

The Avengers Trailer Gives Us A Tease Of Momentous Proportions   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

With a cast the likes of  Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård , Samuel L. Jackson, Marvel Films The Avengers will make history one way or another May 4th 2012. The fact we have a epic Marvel team up film with a $150 million dollar budget, unprecedented ensemble cast for a comic book film and a director that really is one of the biggest “Fan Boys” working in Hollywood today, is all kinds of miracles upon voodoo upon black magic. A decade ago even the idea on how to do one film like that was just impossible to even think of it being done right. After X-men 1 and 2 it seemed that we might get a really great epic film in X-Men 3, with the Dark Phoenix strongly hinted at the end of number 2. Of course after Bryan Singer left the project with no direction or helmer, 20th Century Fox decided finally on director Brett Ratner to take the reins to meet the release date that was already set. Instead of delaying the project to work on story and script, Ratner went to camera with no real completed script and ended up with the shit storm extraordinaire X-Men:Last Stand. You can really tell he never read a comic in his life, total and utter Bullshit. 
So after that and the second Fantastic 4 film, I figured the major epic Marvel story lines were doomed to be handled by people who don’t even care about comics, the fan base, the characters or worst of all, the story. This is why I have the highest hopes for director Joss Whedon’s Avengers film, He really cares about the story and understands it. The trailer looks pretty epic with lots of one liner jokes. Not showing much but defiantly a great introduction teaser for those that are unfamiliar with the Ultimate Marvel comic universe.
May 4th 2012 can’t come soon enough for me.
Till Next Time. Stay Tuned
J.

Oscar Nominations 2010. In Case Anyone Gives A S#!t Anymore   1 comment

Hey Everybody,

The 83rd Annual Academy Award nominations have been announced, in case anybody really cares anymore. I find the Oscars depressing sometimes, and so obviously political in many years past. Once in a while the Academy come through with some interesting and right choices, mostly it’s a way too long TV special that leaves you scratching your head as to the decisions the people who are voting for these awards make.

Saying that, there are some great filmmakers, actors, technicians and films I really love up for lots of awards this year. “The King’s Speech”  and “True Grit” lead the pack with twelve and ten nominations respectively, followed by “The Social Network” and “Inception” with eight each.

Also  “The Fighter” with seven, “127 Hours” with six, “Toy Story 3” and “Black Swan” with five, and “Winter’s Bone” and “The Kids Are All Right” with four.

Here’s the Full  list:

BEST PICTURE
“127 Hours”
“Black Swan”
“The Fighter”
“Inception”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“The King’s Speech”
“The Social Network”
“Toy Story 3”
“True Grit”
“Winter’s Bone”

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Javier Bardem for “Biutiful”
Jeff Bridges for “True Grit”
Jesse Eisenberg for “The Social Network”
Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech”
James Franco for “127 Hours”

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Annette Benning for “The Kids Are All Right”
Nicole Kidman for “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence for “Winter’s Bone”
Natalie Portman for “Black Swan”
Michelle Williams for “Blue Valentine”

DIRECTING
Darren Aronofsky for “Black Swan”
David O. Russell for “The Fighter”
Tom Hooper for “The King’s Speech”
David Fincher for “The Social Network”
Joel & Ethan Coen for “True Grit”

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Christian Bale for “The Fighter”
Mark Ruffalo for “The Kids Are All Right”
Geoffrey Rush for “The King’s Speech”
Jeremy Renner for “The Town”
John Hawkes for “Winter’s Bone”

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Amy Adams for “The Fighter”
Helena Bonham Carter for “The King’s Speech”
Melissa Leo for “The Fighter”
Hailee Steinfeld for “True Grit”
Jacki Weaver for “Animal Kingdom”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Biutiful” – Mexico
“Dogtooth” – Greece
“In a Better World” – Denmark
“Incendies” – Canada
“Hors la Loi” (“Outside the Law”) – Algeria

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“How To Train Your Dragon”
“The Illusionist”
“Toy Story 3”

SCREENPLAY (Adapted)
Michael Arndt for “Toy Story 3”
Simon Beaufoy & Danny Boyle for “127 Hours”
Joel & Ethan Coen for “True Grit”
Aaron Sorkin for “The Social Network”
Debra Granki, Anne Rosellini for “Winter’s Bone”

SCREENPLAY (Original)
Mike Leigh for “Another Year”
Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg for “The Kids Are All Right”
Christopher Nolan for “Inception”
David Seidler for “The King’s Speech”
Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Keith Dorrington for “The Fighter”

ART DIRECTION
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One”
“Inception”
“The King’s Speech”
“True Grit”

CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Black Swan”
“Inception”
“The King’s Speech”
“The Social Network”
“True Grit”

COSTUME DESIGN
“Alice in Wonderland”
“I Am Love”
“The King’s Speech”
“The Tempest”
“True Grit”

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“Exit Through the Gift Shop”
“Gasland”
“Inside Job”
“Restrepo”
“Waste Land”

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
“Killing in the Name”
“Poster Girl”
“Strangers No More”
“Sun Come Up”
“The Warriors of Qiugang”

FILM EDITING
“127 Hours”
“Black Swan”
“The Fighter”
“The King’s Speech”
“The Social Network”

MAKEUP
“Barney’s Version”
“The Way Back”
“The Wolfman”

MUSIC (SCORE)
A.R. Rahman for “127 Hours”
John Powell for “How To Train Your Dragon”
Hans Zimmer for “Inception”
Alexandre Desplat for “The King’s Speech”
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for “The Social Network”

MUSIC (SONG)
‘Coming Home’ from “Country Strong”
‘I See the Light’ from “Tangled”
‘If I Rise’ from “127 Hours”
‘We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3”

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
“Day & Night”
“The Gruffalo”
“Let’s Pollute”
“The Lost Thing”
“Madagascar, a Journey Diary”

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
“The Confession”
“The Crush”
“God of Love”
“Na Wewe”
“Wish 143”

SOUND EDITING
“Inception”
“Toy Story 3”
“Tron: Legacy”
“True Grit”
“Unstoppable”

SOUND MIXING
“Inception”
“The King’s Speech”
“Salt”
“The Social Network”
“True Grit”

VISUAL EFFECTS
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One”
“Hereafter”
“Inception”
“Iron Man 2”

I’m really hoping that Aronofsky takes home an Oscar for directing Black Swan, but I’m pretty sure it will be Fincher for The Social Network  or The Coen Brothers for True Grit; Which is great either way as far as I’m concerned, love all these director works. I’m thinking Natalie Portman will take home the Best Actress Oscar, Colin Firth will take home the Best Actor  for “The King’s Speech”(once you see his performance, you’ll see it’s a lock for him to win.).

Best Supporting Actor will most likely go to Christian Bale for “The Fighter”, Best Supporting Actress is too close for me to call, but 14 year old Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit” holds her own beside Jeff Bridges brilliant acting chops without showing any sign of actual acting, a phenomenal performance for a young teenager.

Toy Story 3 will win Best Animated Feature, Adapted Screenplay will most likely be either Joel & Ethan Coen for True Grit or Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network, Original Screenplay David Seidler for The King’s Speech or Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Keith Dorrington for “The Fighter”, I’m thinking The Fighter might not win just because it would be just too much money to give all the writers Oscars.

I’m sure Inception will be a winner in most of  the technical awards, cinematography, sound editing and mixing, visual effects, and possibly art direction . Black Swan or True Grit might rival in cinematography.

Most of the rest is up in the air for me. I’m notoriously bad at “calling” the winner of the documentary, short films and foreign film categories, but I’m usually pretty close with the other ones. We’ll see how it pans out in February 27th. Place Your Bets.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned

J.

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Marvel Studios “The Avengers” assemble for the first time.   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody

Well some serious news in the Marvel film world has been floating in the air as of late. With Comic-Con happening last weekend we get some solid information on some long awaited projects.

The larger news I figure is the recasting of Bruce Banner for a third time. Word of Ed Norton leaving the project the last few weeks are confirmed with the casting of Mark Ruffalo in his place for the Joss Whedon Directed Avengers Film. Jeremy Renner is also confirmed as Clint Barton better known as Hawkeye.

Joss Whedon is certainly putting together a stellar cast for what could be the most ambitious comic book film ever conceived. I think it’s about time Whedon got a decent budget and support on a feature film project. I loved Serenity and the Firefly series. I think both are highly under rated and under watched.

Whedon has been around for a while. His first writing job was on TV’s “Roseanne”, then made a good living as a script doctor on films for several  years. Returning to TV with Buffy the vampire slayer, which won an Emmy in 2000 for outstanding writing in a drama series. His series Angel did five seasons.  He did uncredited drafts on X-men, Speed and Waterworld, all which were pretty much thrown away. Joss co-wrote Alien:Resurrection which he claimed was a good script wrecked by director Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Also no stranger to comics and their stories being the writer of Marvel’s “the Astonishing X-Men” series. As well as the writer of all the Buffy the vampire slayer/Angel and Serenity comics of course.

Only time will tell with a project of this size. With all the egos and minds involved, I think Whedon has his work really cut out for him, good thing he knows his stuff and is a super geek. That’s exactly what The Avengers needs at the helm.

The Avengers assembles for the first time in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Com 2010

Robert Downey Jr/ Iron Man  , Clark Gregg/Agent Phil Coulson, Scarlett Johansson/Black Widow, Chris Hemsworth/Thor, Chris Evans/Captain America, Samuel L. Jackson/Nick Fury, Jeremy Renner/Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo/Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Joss Whedon/Director

Wow! It’s hard to believe that this movie is actually happening with a giant cast, and a great director who cares about the source material. I don’t think Marvel could have done better than Whedon for the Avengers.  We only have to wait till May 4 2012 to see it. I’m sure for some it seems like an eternity…

Let the count down begin!!!

J.