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    • Titanic returning to theaters for its 20th Birthday!

      2 months ago

      ericvespe

      Holy shit does this make me feel old. Titanic is turning 20 this year and to celebrate there's going to be a limited re-release of the movie into theaters December 1st.




      The film will be playing exclusively in AMC Dolby Cinemas (check the list here to see if it's playing near you) in both 2D and 3D Dolby Vision. Dolby Vision, if you're curious, is essentially Dolby's proprietary HDR system, so that just means this has been remastered in Ultra HD HDR and will be projected that way. Super bright and crisp.


      Titanic is one of the great big screen movies and I'm always happy to see the studios embrace the re-release. There's nothing like seeing an audience-pleasing classic projected nicely with a big, enthusiastic crowd. They did one of those kinda crappy Fathom Event things with Jaws last year and I took my then 9 year old nephew to see it big and he was enraptured even though we'd already watched it on TV.


      Movies were meant to be seen big and every time one of these limited re-releases does well it gives me hope that we'll continue to see classics restored and projected.



    • EricHVela asked ericvespe a question

      Is it wrong to want to see a movie (like Bullet Head) for the one and only reason that one of your favorite composers (like Austin Wintory - award winning video game composer) does the music?

      Answered: Nov 16, 2017

      Absolutely not. That's what being a geek is all about. I can't tell you how many cool, random, weird movies I've found while chasing down movies with favorite character actors in it or directed by people I dig. That's the fun of all this!

    • Hope you like James Franco 'cause you're about to get a whole lot of him!

      2 months ago

      ericvespe

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      James Franco is having a good year. He directed and starred in a movie called The Disaster Artist, about the making of the legendarily bad movie The Room (not the one with Brie Larson and the cute kid, the other one with the bad acting and gratuitous middle aged flexing man-butt closeups), which is great and is already being whispered about for awards consideration. 


      That good year is going full steam ahead with the latest word from The Hollywood Reporter that Franco is being courted by Fox to join the X-Men Universe as Jamie Madrox aka Multiple Man. 



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      Multiple Man's power, if you can't deduce from the name, is to create duplicate copies of himself and anything he's wearing. He's one of the trippier mutants in that each duplicate has his own independent thought and is telepathically connected to Jamie Prime, who can re-absorb the dupe at any time. That means he creates copies of himself, send them out into the world, reabsorb them and have all their new memories. That means he has a huge amount of memories, some of them conflicting, knocking around in his head.


      Simon Kinberg, who is pretty much the big comic book dude at Fox, is leading the negotiations with Franco and the idea is that Multiple Man will get his own movie, not necessarily be folded into an existing team right away. In the comics Madrox was a key player in the X-Factor series, as was Wolfsbane who will be introduced in another X-Men spin-off movie The New Mutants and will be played by Game of Thrones' Maise Williams. Could this mean Fox is building up to a new team? Perhaps.


      The deal isn't done yet, but it seems to be close and Fox has already tapped one of Wonder Woman's screenwriters, Allan Heinberg, to pen the Multiple Man movie, so I'd say this one looks like it just might actually happen. 


      Thoughts?

    • Justice League Is Choppy And Sloppy, But Not Awful.

      2 months ago

      ericvespe

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      Justice League is finally here. The production has gone through many ups and downs over the last year and some change, but that's not necessarily an indicator of poor quality. The Wizard of Oz changed directors mid-stream (no less than four directors had a hand in bringing that classic to life believe it or not), Lord of the Rings lost their first Aragorn, Stuart Townsend, after four days of shooting and Robert Zemeckis reshot half of Back to the Future after Eric Stoltz didn't work out in the role of Marty McFly.


      Filmmaking is a huge undertaking with thousands of moving parts and constantly shifting situations that have be dealt with every other minute. Every film is a troubled production in one way or another. There's always some drama and hurt feelings and conflicting ideas and interests. That's just how the creative process for this art form works.


      The only time that becomes a real problem for a film is when all that behind the scenes conflict shows up in the finished product. And it certainly does with Justice League.


      Now, Justice League isn't an awful movie. In fact in tone and character realization it's a giant step in the right direction for the DC Extended Universe. The problem is it's choppy, sloppy and all over the map in its plotting and structure. The worst thing I can say about the movie is it feels premature. The groundwork hasn't been done enough to really set up the threat and as such Steppenwolf and his horde of CG bug men don't feel like a big enough threat to demand that Earth's remaining heroes team up to stop them.


      I never felt that this was a task that Wonder Woman couldn't handle on her own, for instance. Batman might have an issue facing Steppenwolf alone and Cyborg and Flash were too new at the game to stare him down, but I think Diana Prince could have had him handled. It would have been a challenge, but when she's flanked by the most powerful dudes on the planet it's like setting the game on easy mode, which isn't all that fun for a thrill-seeking audience.


      What you want in a movie like this is the feeling of real stakes. You want to see a challenge for your protagonists to overcome and in the case of these big group movies like Justice League or The Avengers that means the challenge has to be supersized, even if only on a personal level.


      I feel Captain America: Civil War was a great recent example of seeing those smaller scale challenges played out. Zemo's not the flashiest villain. He's not a giant CG monster with an army of aliens behind him. He's just a guy out for revenge and in tackling the personal issues between the MCU characters he does something no other villain succeeded at: he split them apart. There's permanent damage done between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers by the end of that movie. They will probably play well together again when it comes time for Infinity War, but nothing will ever be the same.


      Steppenwolf cuts a fine silhouette and is shown laying waste to some powerful adversaries pretty early on (being vague to avoid real deal spoilers!), but at the end of the day he's relegated to being a final boss battle instead of a character. He's so one-dimensional. Steppenwolf is a bad guy that wants to destroy Earth because... that's what he does. He's tried it before, but he's really going to do it this time! Why does he want to? Because, that's why.


      They got a great actor to play him in Ciaran Hinds (you'll remember him as Mance Rayder on Game of Thrones), but there's just no depth to the character. He's not mysteriously threatening, either. He's just a big CG guy with a fire ax that wants them sweet, sweet motherboxes so he can turn the world red.


      The problem is his invasion isn't handled with any flair. In the very first scene we see Batman hunting down the Parademons (Steppenwolf's winged minions). They're already here. There's no sense of “what the hell is going on?!?” from Batman, there's no impending sense of doom or dread. Winged humanoid demons just exists around Gotham now.


      The big scene we get to set up just how powerful Steppenwolf is a narrated flashback that is essentially the prologue to Lord of the Rings except with Amazonians, Atlanteans, Gods, men and a few other geeky surprises thrown in. It's so close to LOTR you'll laugh. You have motherboxes that act like the Rings of Power. Seriously, they split them up between races to keep them from being together.


      Steppenwolf only gets one really great sequence and that involves a showdown on Themyscira. You see his ability as a warrior there that hinted at him being strong enough to require a super friends team to take him out, but then he spends the rest of the movie hiding. It's seriously his whole game plan.


      So, knowing that the villain is kind of Generic Bad Guy, how does the heroic side of the equation measure up? Surprisingly well. There are some problems, especially centered around Ben Affleck's Batman, but on the whole the reason this movie is worth seeing is because of this cast and how they interact with each other.


      Since I brought him up, let's talk a little about...


      Batman. I may not be a big fan of Batman v Superman, but I thought Affleck's Batman was pretty on point. His big fight scene in that movie (the one that felt like one of the Arkham games come to life) was a highlight and I think he looks great in the suit. I don't know if it's a choice or Affleck is already tired of playing the character, but Bruce Wayne/Batman just feels beat all the time here. The dude looks tired. He's low energy and a little bit of a woe-is-me Eeyore.


      I mean, I now Batman is supposed to be moody, but he's also supposed to radiate confidence. The character in this movie is shook by the death of Superman and the role he had to play in that coming to pass. Great! That's what we call depth and we like depth. The problem is there's no journey for him here other than getting a group together. I don't feel like Batman ends this movie in a radically different place from where he began. If you're going to put him through hell there's got to be some kind of catharsis moment for him and we never get that. We see him act a little more selflessly (to the point of almost being suicidal), but he's not the confident Dark Knight that you kind of want him to be.


      Superman. This is a tough one to talk about without delving into spoilers, but I will say that I'm very happy that they've seemed to learn their lesson from previous films. I won't say in what form or circumstance he's in this movie, but it's nice to see the character represented as the Big Blue Boy Scout again, not the sad God with the world on his shoulders. Cavill has really relaxed in the role and I'm excited to see what direction we go in with further on-screen Superman appearances.


      Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot is the DCEU's single best decision so far and she doesn't let us down in this one. Diana doesn't have has much time to shine as she did in her own movie (naturally), but she radiates goodness and it's a much needed counterbalance to the muscled up testosterone around her. She gets a little moment where she has to grapple with the fact that she has been helping, but only from the shadows and not from a position to inspire others, that is some ripe stuff to play with, but because everything feels so quick and condensed it doesn't really have any time to grow into an interesting character moment. Instead we just get her being badass and kind in equal measures. Not a bad thing to settle for.


      Aquaman. I wasn't sold on Jason Mamoa in this role, to be honest, but him playing the character as a lovable, swaggering asshole is pretty great. All the stuff we get to see involving his underwater kingdom is cool, his position within the team is pretty neat and there's a fantastic moment with him being a big dickhead to the group that I'm 99% sure is all Joss Whedon. Aquaman is having fun and so is Mamoa. That goes a long way in a film like this. His character suffers a little bit from WB fast-forwarding the MCU playbook and jumping right into the big team movie, but it's not a big jump for audiences to buy him as part of the team.


      Cyborg. Victor Stone is testing his new powers when we first meet him. He's fighting between the robot part of him and the still remaining human side, but it's one of those things that looks great on paper, but in the actual movie it's not explored enough. He's great in that every day he's discovering something new about his abilities, but they don't really have fun with that. There's a great moment where his body reads a friendly character as a threat and auto-defenses kick in against his will, but it's a one-and-done moment. How much more interesting would it have been if he spent the whole movie an indispensable member of the team that could turn on them at any moment? Much more, I think. Ray Fisher does a good job with the character, but I hope they give him a little more to work with in future outings.


      Flash. Ezra Miller is great in this part. He's got the right attitude, enthusiasm, nervousness and quirks for the part and immediately fills the role of the team's little brother. His backstory is again breezed by (yuk-yuk-yuk) and makes you wish his standalone movie happened BEFORE the big team up one, but I think you'll be happy with him in the red suit. He has by far my favorite moment in the film, which again I won't spoil, but look out for his “oh shit” face and you'll know you're in the best scene of the movie. You'll know it when you see it.


      On the whole, the movie is fractured. You definitely get a too many cooks vibe from it, but the one constant is the chemistry the cast shares. Even in some of the less well-written scenes you dig this cast and roll with some of the clunkers they have to speak. The sense of fun that we've been wanting for a while is back, which is a good thing. Now we just need a singular voice to come in and give this super powered group a real challenge. That's what I want more than anything in future DCEU movies. I want to legitimately wonder how our lead will prevail.


      It'll be interesting to see where the DCEU goes from here. It feels like they finally have the right combination of ingredients and the compass needle is finally pointing to true north, but they haven't gotten everything together yet.


      DC fans will gobble this up just because they get so much of the character stuff right, superhero fans in general will probably dig it as pure escapist entertainment, but if you're at all worn out by the deluge of comic book movies then Justice League will likely test your patience with its plot conveniences and pockets of character-summary exposition.


    • Bob Rosspool urges you to keep your pants dry and your dreams wet!

      2 months ago

      ericvespe

      I'm seriously going to have to ask Fox to continue to make Deadpool movies just so we can keep getting these amazing smart-ass teases. The first real teaser trailer for Deadpool 2 is... unlike anything you're used to seeing in the realm of the superhero movie. RT fans are pretty familiar with happy painter Bob Ross, but I doubt you guys expected the first Deadpool 2 trailer to be Bob Rossified.


      Well, it is and it's just as awesome as you could possibly imagine. Check it out:



      It may be light on actual Deadpool 2 footage, but I'd honestly be happy to keep seeing these kinds of trailers all the way up to release. Can you imagine sitting down in a theater on June 1st next year and not having anything remotely ruined for you? If there's a series that can make that work it's Deadpool. I doubt it'll happen, but a guy can dream, can't he?


      The studio is already playing with the traditional way of marketing this kind of movie and not just with the above trailer. Usually when press releases go out, even for zany comedies, they're pretty deadly serious. There's a link to the new available trailer, a release date, plot synopsis and a little text about what the news is. The plot synopsis included for Deadpool 2 is something special. I'll leave you with this slice of fried gold:


      SYNOPSIS:

      After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade
      Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry's hottest
      bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste.
      Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor,
      Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive
      canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of
      family, friendship, and flavor - finding a new taste for adventure and
      earning the coveted coffee mug title of World's Best Lover.

    • Disney announces a live action Star Wars series!!!

      2 months ago

      ericvespe

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      My God, is this real life? Not only do we get a brand new Star Wars cinematic trilogy spearheaded by Rian Johnson, but we'll finally be getting the long-promised live action Star Wars TV series. 


      Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed today that they'll be producing a live action Star Wars show for their upcoming Disney Streaming Service, thus ensuring that it's going to be a massive success. Not only will there be original Star Wars content on this service, but also a TV series based on Pixar's Monsters, Inc, Disney Channel's High School Musical and even "an original entry from Marvel," whatever that could mean.


      Iger also said he believes the price point for Disney's Streaming Service will be "substantially below" Netflix's $10.99/month, which means it's a no brainer for just about any fanboy or fangirl out there. Original Disney animation, Marvel and Star Wars content AND access to Disney's massive library? Where do I sign?!?


      It also helps that Star Wars has been kicking so much ass on TV lately. The Clone Wars went a long way to helping me come to peace with my negative thoughts on the Star Wars prequels and Rebels is just straight up great. 


      The live action show was an idea George Lucas was pursuing pretty vigorously before he ended up retiring, going so far as to have whole episode scripts written for the first season. My understanding is a lot of that was mined by Dave Filoni for The Clone Wars and Rebels. It's not a new idea for the franchise, but the time is right to actually execute it and do it with a significant budget and level of production value.


      What's your ideal Star Wars TV show? I'd love it if the folks behind Rebels and The Clone Wars got to try out live action for a bit and I also wouldn't complain if we finally got some Old Republic action going on. Let's finally see the early days visualized! What do you folks think?

    • Hold on to your hats! Rian Johnson creating a brand new Star Wars Trilogy!

      2 months ago

      ericvespe

      Alright, Star Wars fans, this is the news you've been looking for. Word around the entertainment business is that Lucasfilm really loved working with Rian Johnson on Episode 8 and that the feeling was mutual. Now we see that's not just typical pleasantries as the studio has officially announced that Rian Johnson will be creating a brand new Star Wars Trilogy for them, with Johnson for sure writing and directing the first installment and creatively guiding the second and third.


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      Now, when I say new trilogy I really mean new trilogy. This isn't going to be part of the Skywalker Saga, which means this will be the first of the spin-offs that actually gets to do something new and do it in a familiar Star Wars-y three movie cycle. 


      The wording of the statement on StarWars.com is incredibly intriguing: "Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored." Holy shit, what could that mean? Because Star Wars lore would include other fiction books, comics and the literal millions of words in making ofs and behind the scenes books. My interpretation of it is that we're going to be completely unchained from following the same story we've been watching for 40 years now and that we're finally FINALLY getting something new.


      For me, when Lucasfilm announced Star Wars spinoffs this is what I was hoping for. Brand new characters with new stories told in the swashbuckling, fun Star Wars style. What I got is kind of a Muppet Babies/Landfill lady from Labyrinth approach. Young Han Solo! Maybe Young Obi-Wan or Yoda, too! And don't forget Boba Fett maybe possibly! Oh, and you loved Darth Vader right? Here's some more Darth Vader!


      This news signals to me that not only is Kathleen Kennedy and the rest of the Lucasfilm team taken with Johnson's work on The Last Jedi, but they saw originality in the way he approached the material and decided to break their current formula of releasing their Star Wars films.


      Giving creative control to someone to construct a brand new trilogy of Star Wars films not necessarily connected to the same core group of characters we already know is a bold move for the company. I love Star Wars with all my heart and have so far been really on board with the new Trilogy, but this is hands down the most excited about anything Star Wars I've been since I was a kid. The galaxy's the limit and with a talent like Rian Johnson piloting the ship I have a feeling we're in for something truly special.

    • Happy Thanksgiving from Deadpool and Family!

      2 months ago

      ericvespe

      Halloween's over, Christmas is on the horizon and Thanksgiving is breathing down our necks. You may be preparing to engage with your dysfunctional family, but you're not alone. Even scarred up, taco-loving, fourth-wall-breaking, Bea Arthur fan club president superheroes have to go through that trauma, too. 


      As evidence here is a Holiday poster for Deadpool 2 unearthed by Collider featuring everybody's favorite Merc With A Mouth serving up turkey to his extended family, including his new BFF Cable, as played by Josh Brolin. You got Colossus, Blind Al, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Domino, Vanessa, Weasel and even a little cameo by Uncle Stan Lee (naturally). 


      Take a look:


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    • Marvel's Black Panther gets a slew of rad character posters!

      2 months ago

      ericvespe

      One of the most excitingly different projects on Marvel's slate is next February's Black Panther, directed by Creed's Ryan Coogler and featuring the studio's first majority PoC cast including star Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong'o, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya and Danai Gurira.


      As is the norm with a giant cast for a big franchise film it's now time to get a slew of character posters showing off each character. All the posters are sharp (har-har-har) and seemingly have a lot of focus on hands. Black Panther looks to be checking out his nails, Andy Serkis is showing off his fake hand, Forest Whitaker's got some prayer hands going on and all but Angela Bassett got some cool handheld weapons on display.


      Check 'em out:


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    • Kevin Spacey to be completely removed from Ridley Scott's ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD

      2 months ago

      ericvespe

      In light of recent sexual assault allegations against his star, director Ridley Scott will be replacing Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer in his latest flick, ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD. Per Deadline Scott will soon reshoot all of Spacey's scenes with an aim to keep to his December 22nd release date.


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      It's not unusual for reshoots on films, but it is unusual for them to happen so late in the game and under these conditions. Typically a reshoot happens when something doesn't cut together right in the editing room, a new emotional beat is needed or something just plain isn't well-received by test screening audiences. This is happening to erase a troubled actor from the film altogether.


      Hollywood is being shaken by revelation after revelation lately and to the credit of most of the power players swift action is finally being taken. Harvey Weinstein has been all but drummed out of town and Spacey has been fired from his popular show House of Cards and is now being completely removed from this likely awards contender. 


      All The Money In The World is the true life story of the kidnapping John Paul Getty III and the drama that ensued as his parents try to convince his billionaire grandfather to pay the ransom. Spacey played the elder John Paul Getty under a ton of old age makeup and Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams are the desperate parents.


      Funnily enough, Christopher Plummer is not only more age-appropriate for the part but he was also Ridley Scott's first choice for the role, but was overruled by studio head Tom Rothman who thought they needed a bigger name.


      Plummer may be pushing 90, but he's a workhorse with 5 feature credits in 2017 and 2018 alone. He'll always be Captain Von Trapp from The Sound of Music to me. 


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