Thursday, February 28, 2008

Marvel on Ol' Walt's Path..

(Images from Empire Here!)

Marvel may have made a name for itself these past eight years by dominating the action movie market with the reinvention of the superhero film, but with the release of Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk this Spring, Marvel will finally have the possibility of making some serious cash for itself. These movies Marvel has made with it's own funding, so the losses or gains will be all Marvel's. If Iron Man makes Spider-man money, Marvel could be the next Disney and Marvel seems very aware of this fact.

Iron Man isn't a throw away like Ghost Rider, DareDevil, Elecktra or The Fantastic Four. The cast is filled with Oscar winners (Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges), and a director (Jon
Favreau) driven to breath the kind of real personalities and humor into Tony Stark, Jim Rhodes, Pepper Potts and Obediah Stane that Toby Maguire and Hugh Jackman created in Peter parker and Wolverine.

If that's not enough, how about a new Incredible Hulk movie, written and staring Edward Norton, William Hurt and Tim Roth? I've read a script review that got me pretty excited, for a real Abomination VS. Hulk type of action!

Marvel is connecting these two films to the same universe, Robert Downey Jr. "apparently" has a cameo in the Hulk movie and Samuel L. Jackson is "apparently" playing Nick Fury in both movies. With plans to make Thor (directed by Matthew Vaughn of Stardust and Layer Cake), Captain America (directed by Nick Cassavetes of Alpha Dog)and Antman (Directed by Edgar Wright of Shawn of the Dead) Iron Man director Jon Favreau has let it be known that Marvel has dangled the carrot of helming and Avengers movie in the near future.

So that's Marvel's plan.. build five big films, all with extremely talented actors and directors, then combine them into one giant tent pole film that would have Robert Downey Jr., Edward Norton and whoever the other stars are working in the ultimate superhero team movie, under the command of... Samuel L. Jackson... Man that is the definition of synergy!!

And that doesn't mean that Marvel's past success is over. Hugh Jackman is going forward with a huge cast filled with unused or underused X-Men characters like Deadpool, Gambit, Beak, Sabretooth and Silver Fox among others in creating a prequel: X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I'm kind of iffy on this one, because I wanted to see the Claremont/Miller Wolverine story in Japan first, but you can't deny it will make a lot of money. Wolverine is now an American (Canadian) icon.

Comparably, Warner Bros./DC's management of Smallville, Batman Begins, Superman Returns, Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman, and Justice League, which are all happening in stand alone universes that require two different actors to play Superman, Batman and The Flash, looks as awkward as Micheal Jackson at the Playboy mansion. Maybe they should take a que from Marvel and build on success, with some kind of plan to integrate. Still, this is the big role of the dice for Marvel and the future is still a surprising opponent. I wish them good luck.

Racism VS. Sexism.... is there a winner?

I try to keep my political blogs on my other site, but this is an interesting time and some interesting allies are at each others throats. My little comments on the issue are HERE!

Get Smart... Got Funny?

God help me, this trailer looks like a movie I want to watch in the theater!!

Starring ...

Steve Carell
Anne Hathaway
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Alan Arkin
Terrence Stamp

Check it out...... GET SMART!

In the all-new action comedy “Get Smart,” Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) is on a mission to thwart the latest plot for world domination by the evil crime syndicate known as KAOS. When the headquarters of U.S. spy agency Control is attacked and the identities of its agents compromised, the Chief (Alan Arkin) has no choice but to promote his ever-eager analyst Maxwell Smart, who has always dreamt of working in the field alongside stalwart superstar Agent 23 (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson). Smart is partnered instead with the only other agent whose identity has not been compromised: the lovely-but-lethal veteran Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway). As Smart and 99 get closer to unraveling KAOS’ master plan—and each other—they discover that key KAOS operative Siegfried (Terence Stamp) and his sidekick Shtarker (Kenneth Davitian) are scheming to cash in with their network of terror. Given little field experience and even less time, Smart—armed with nothing but a few spy-tech gadgets and his unbridled enthusiasm—must defeat KAOS if he is to save the day.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Bruce Leeroy Is Still My Hero!

I just joined one of those facebook/myspace things which asks me for my favorite movie list. My favorite movie is easy, anyone who knows me knows it's "The Third Man." My favorite second film is a hard pick, I probably have hundreds of them.

Anyway, I had the film "The Last Dragon" on my list and a friend asked me if that was the Bruce Lee story. It is not. It couldn't be farther from it. It is a piece of low grade 'B' movie, 1980's silliness. It is a dumb movie, but I really love it, especially the end. Where else do you get Motown music at its worst like Debarge's "Rythym of the Night" bad karate and a super cool hero named Bruce Leeroy. Its not art, but when the kicking songs like "The Glow" and "The Last Dragon" kick in, my ten year old self is jumping up and down on the couch Saturday morning style.

To me, the next few minutes may be perfection in the eyes of childhood's heroic redemption. I won't be offended if you disagree.

And since we're talking about it, here's a list of films on the thumbs up list, not at all a full list, but a good start. Number one doesn't change.

Long Live Harry Lime!!

1. The Third Man
2. Lost In Translation
3. Spider-Man 2
4. Ghost World
5. Do the Right Thing
6. Rushmore
7. The 39 Steps (1935)
8. High Fidelity
9. The Seven Samurai
10. Mad Dog and Glory
11. True Romance
12. Murder, My Sweet
13. Spirited Away
14. Leon - The Professional
15. The Lady from Shanghai
16. Spider-Man
17. X2: X-Men United
18. Blazing Saddles
19. The Last Dragon ing
20. Clerks
21. Reservoir Dogs
22. Almost Famous
23. Yojimbo
24. Batman Begins
25. Grand Illusion
26. Hollywood Shuffle
27. Apocalypse Now
28. X-Men
29. Catch Me If You Can
30. Love Actually
31. Princess Mononoke
32. Raiders of the Lost Ark
33. Unbreakable
34. Sin City
35. Pulp Fiction
36. The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring
37. The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers
38. The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King
39. Star Wars
40. The Empire Strikes Back
41. Good Will Hunting
42. The Shawshank Redemption
43. The Hidden Fortress
44. Rashomon
45. Down by Law
46. The Sixth Sense
47. Trainspotting
48. My Life as a Dog
49. Ghostbusters
50. Diva
51. The Silence of the Lambs
52. V for Vendetta
53. GoodFellas
54. Blade Runner
55. The Usual Suspects
56. Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai
57. The Godfather
58. What's Eating Gilbert Grape
59. The Incredibles
60. The Fifth Element
61. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
62. Young Frankenstein
63. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
64. The Sound of Music
65. Caddyshack
66. The Nightmare Before Christmas
67. The Shining
68. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
69. Full Metal Jacket
70. Platoon
71. One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
72. The Wizard of Oz
73. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
74. The Breakfast Club
75. Snatch.
76. Memento
77. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
78. The Bourne Identity
79. There's Something About Mary
80. The Abyss

Update: I forgot "The Muppet Movie!" I put that at number eight. Knock everything else down a peg. -SD

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Michel Gondry on Michel Gondry!

Michel Gondry has more heart, soul and creativity in his work than many folks who are sensitized to media can take. I don't think people really understand how much conditioning a viewer of a certain genre or era of media undergoes. We expect and want the sugar sweet roller coaster we are promised and we can't always taste the subtlety of daring artists.

People complain when comfortably "qwirky" becomes unclear, unexpected and avant-garde. They say the artist has lost his meaning or way. What they mean is, "This is not what I expected or wanted. I am lost. I am feeble. I'm a big douche."

Here's the trailer for Gondry's new film and his sweded trailer of his trailer. You'll understand after you see it in order



Friday, February 15, 2008

A Peek at Batman: Gotham Knight

Batman: Gotham Knight, The Origin

Batboy: Mmmm, I love me some Batman.

Anime Girl:
Oooh, this Anime is soo honey!

(violent collision here!) Crash!! Zang!! Queeerp!!
(don't ask, I just like 'queeerp')

Batboy: Hey manga mouth, you got your Anime all over my Batman!

Anime Girl: Hey yourself, you ugly American clown, you got your Batman all over my luscious Anime!


Anime Girl:

(they both pause and stare at the goopy mess of Batman and Anime scattered everywhere..)

You know, it kind of looks... cool..

Anime Girl: And kind of... badass...

I love you.

Anime Girl:
You had me at bitch!

(cue lurid fan orgy)

And then all of a sudden this came out..

Looks good!

The trend is curving up again for DC/Warner Animation!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

A Heap of Iron Man Pics!

Comics 2 Film has a bunch of crazy new Iron Man stills, I don't know if they are "exclusive" or not, they didn't say, but you can go over there and see them all. These are my favorites.

Click em and they Grow!

See the rest here!

The Guy Who's The Best There Is At What He Does

I got nothing.. They aren't making the film I want to see based on Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's Wolverine limited series from the 80's where Logan slices his way through heaping helpings of ninjas and angst while trying to reconcile with his love, the lady Mariko, who's father just happens to be one bad dude with a sword.

All the great lines come from this one..
"I'm the best there is at what I do. But what I do isn't very nice."
"He cuts deep... I cut deeper"

But USA Today does have a great picture!
The first from the film.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Superhero Movie Trailer

This thing kind of looks funny and kind of looks stupid in the kind of funny way that stupid looks when it's actually quite funny, except for the bits that seem a little too obvious, which are just too blatantly stupid to be funny except when sometimes they are, but you don't want anyone to know you watched it, so you cleverly wait until it comes to cable, but uncleverly not long enough to show on the movie channels you pay for, just the pay the pay-per-view channel that charges half of a ticket price to watch it, which then you forget you ordered and then have to admit to your roommate that you rented, in a big bubble of shame.
Enjoy the "Superhero Movie" trailer Here!

Monday, February 04, 2008

Iron Man Screen Shots!

Like the immortal Casey, Tom Brady is only human and perfect is a tall order. An order we almost made. While the rest of the country thinks we're cheating, pompous losers, who got what they deserved, we stiffen our lip and remember that we have a special team, one of the greats, something special and more Spartan then most teams will ever know. We will show them all next time and the "cheating," issue will be put in perspective, as it becomes more and more clear that its as common in football as steroids in baseball (football, and the Olympics too).

While my fellow Bostonians whimper and shuffle their feet at what could have been, I will try to lose my self in the future: what could be and what will be.

The truth is, football is way out there. Far, far away. On the other side of Summer. On the other side of The Dark Knight, The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man! So let's enjoy something we all can get behind. Iron Man ass kicking stills from the Super Bowl commercial!

(click em all to see em big!)

Friday, February 01, 2008

Anthony & His Sunday Best!

Here comes the Superbowl, a boring, usually unevenly matched game, watched by people who like to giggle at silly, expensive commercials and talk about their hybrids during gameplay and people who like to paint themselves blue and commit bodily harm to people who are not from their city, state or region, because "We Ahh Da Winnahs Mudda Fukkas!" But... The Patriots are playing the Giants, which should insure a seriously tough game, with historical significance on the line and... at approximately 4:30, Marvel will present the new Iron Man trailer, which should, if nothing else, completely destroy my ingenious plan to avoid Budweiser commercials. Shortly after that, the trailer will be available on,, and the official Iron Man website at

(click this sucka)

I'm looking forward to this movie, let's hope this is the beginning of the Silver Age of comic book films.