With Man of Steel being released on Blu-ray last week, I wanted to take the opportunity to revisit some of the criticisms and debates that developed while the movie was in theaters. If you haven't already seen director Zack Snyder's updated take on Superman, maybe you got a chance to watch it on video over the past weekend. If you did see it at the cinema, perhaps you took the opportunity to see it again.
Or maybe you heard some of the negative criticism leveled at Man of Steel during the summer, decided to pass on it and are waiting to be persuaded that the movie is worth your time. Where was the fun? Superman seemed so joyless! It was so violent! All Superman did was punch people. Did Superman care about helping anybody while Metropolis was being destroyed? Then, of course, there's the ending — which was extremely controversial and really can't be discussed without major spoilers, so we'll save that for after the jump.
This is my attempt to convince you that this Superman is worth a shot. Yes, it's different from other interpretations of the character than you've seen before. This isn't the do-gooder, big blue boy scout that most of us grew up with and may have found boring compared to more relatable, conflicted superheroes like Batman and Spider-Man. (I was right there with you, as my comic book collection will confirm.) But I think that's a good thing.
Here are several reasons why Man of Steel is better than many critics and fans would have you believe. (Again, if you haven't seen the movie, major spoilers follow.)no comments
Did you rent one last video from Blockbuster during the past weekend? Saturday, Nov. 9 was the final day customers could pick up a movie from the rental chain, which announced last week that it was closing all of its remaining stores (reported to be 300 locations).
In a development that you couldn't make up, yet is apparently true, the final movie rented from the chain overall was This is the End, the comedy starring Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco and that whole gang. Either it's a tremendous coincidence that Blockbuster's last rental was a story about the apocalypse or that customer has a wicked sense of humor.
What do you think people who went in for one last rental ended up taking home last weekend? Did they go for one of the newer releases, as did the gentleman who checked out This is the End? Perhaps some took home an old favorite, maybe even a classic film. I'd like to think that a few rented a guilty pleasure, like a bad sci-fi flick, cheesy horror film or lusty erotic thriller.no comments
As I watched Thor: The Dark World, I kept thinking about what I didn't want to see in the next Thor movie. And there likely will be another Thor movie from Marvel Studios. Not just because it was promised at the end of the credits that "Thor will return." We'll see Chris Hemsworth's lovely blonde hair and bulging muscles again in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. However, an $86.2 million take at the domestic box office this past weekend (along with $327 million in international ticket sales) means we will get more Thor.
However, when the next movie featuring Marvel's Norse God of Thunder comes around, it needs to straighten out its identity crisis.
The dark elves that make up the main villains of this latest flick wear expression-less helmets that look scary but somewhat resemble stormtroopers from Star Wars. They also fire what I believe are supposed to be arrows, but they're illuminated to look like lasers. So we have elves firing frickin' laser beams at Thor, his fellow Asgardians and the poor Earthlings who are hanging around in London when the bad guys attack. Between the lasers and the spaceships (which resemble flying blades and look pretty cool), Thor: The Dark World comes off looking like a Star Wars prequel. Does anyone want another Star Wars prequel?no comments
Ender's Game finished No. 1 at the box office this past weekend with an estimated take of $28 million. Yet the movie only surpassed Bad Grandpa — in its second week of release — by $7.5 million. With a reported budget of $110 million, it seems difficult to project that Ender's Game will make that back in ticket sales, though international box office and video sales will eventually factor into the final tally. Especially with Marvel's Thor: The Dark World sure to suck up all the moviegoing money next weekend.
Last year at this time, Wreck-It Ralph drew $49 million. That's not an entirely fair comparison, as an animated film is sure to bring more families to the theater. And the video game premise of the story tapped into some nostalgia among the generation that grew up playing arcade games. But a big sci-fi blockbuster with children at the heart of the story seems like something that could potentially be a major hit among kids and adults alike.
There are many reasons why Ender's Game may have fallen below expectations. Maybe the movie wasn't promoted well, with trailers and commercials emphasizing grumpy old Harrison Ford, rather than the title character. Did those ads explain the story well enough? Perhaps the source novel, a beloved sci-fi book, is just a bit too old to resonate with younger audiences, having been published nearly 30 years ago. Think if it had come out in the last 10-15 years with the wave of popularity for young adult fiction.
But what about sentiment against the book's author, Orson Scott Card? How much might outrage over his expressed views against homosexuality and gay marriage have factored into the opening weekend box office? Could that have made any difference at all? As the old saying goes, there's no such thing as bad publicity. But maybe there was when it came to Ender's Game.no comments
The NBA Season is now upon us (FINALLY) and Huffington Post Sports columnist & NBC Sports Radio host Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) joins Ben (@bennyheis) to preview the upcoming 2013-2014 NBA season and give his predictions on who comes home with the Larry O'Brien championship trophy.no comments
Filmgoers didn't seem too interested in Ridley Scott's latest film, The Counselor, which finished fourth at the box office this past weekend. But I think it provides plenty to write about.
Obviously, there's the film itself. Is it any good? It's pretty good. Neither the story or characters are clear or compelling enough for it to be considered great. Scott and screenwriter Cormac McCarthy are a bit too in love with their dialogue and I think it prevented the conversations from feeling authentic. People talk in ambiguities and circles in far too many scenes. If you enjoy the tension of waiting for someone to be killed and watching people die horribly, you might dig this movie.
But what really intrigued me about The Counselor was Javier Bardem's hair. Since wearing a mop-top haircut as ruthless killer Anton Chigurh in No Country For Old Men, Bardem has continued to make bold choices with his characters' hair. For a man with a great, thick head of hair, this seems particularly daring. But his willingness to sport bad hairdos may have started even before he played Chigurh. Apparently, the man finds his characters through their hair.
Following the jump are five of Bardem's most notable cinematic haircuts and the performances that accompanied them.no comments