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The Monday Roundup

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The Monday roundup is your handy little guide to everything movie related. Including the best of the weekend’s news, what’s new on DVD & Blu-Ray & what you can look forward to at the cinema this week. Read the rest of this entry »

My Top Ten Worst Comic Book Movies

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Back in February I wrote a list of my top ten favourite comic book movies. It was a fun piece to do and I like to think that you all enjoyed reading it. During the months since then I have wanted to do a follow-up piece regarding the worst comic book movies. Everyone has an opinion on this, and it will be fun to see what you think of my list and whether you agree with my selections and omissions.

Most of the movies on this list I have seen once, some on the other hand I have had the misfortune of seeing two or three times, so I have a pretty good idea of how bad they are. One rule I have put in place here is that no franchise can be represented twice, so if I pick an X-Men movie, that will be the only X-Men movie to feature on this list. Sure, there may be some franchises that have more than one bad entry but I wanted to keep things streamlined and pick just one.

As with my top ten best comic book movies I will open this list up for debate. So, if you feel inclined to do so then please use the comments section below to tell me what I have missed and got wrong, or you can use Twitter & Facebook to do the same. I have also included a poll at the bottom of the list so you can even vote on which movie you feel is the worst of the bunch. Read the rest of this entry »

The Monday Roundup

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The Monday roundup is your handy little guide to everything movie related. Including the best of the weekend’s news, what’s new on DVD & Blu-Ray & what you can look forward to at the cinema this week. Read the rest of this entry »

The Monday Roundup

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The Monday roundup is your handy little guide to everything movie related. Including the best of the weekend’s news, what’s new on DVD & Blu-Ray & what you can look forward to at the cinema this week. Read the rest of this entry »

Four Questions Raised By Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Now that Captain America: The Winter Soldier has finally been released to our American cousins, I feel it is a good time to talk about what happened in the film and how it affects the Marvel cinematic universe going forward.

The film has been described by many as a “game changer” both in the films shift from a general superhero film to a full on political thriller, and in the way the events of the film seem to have a greater effect on where Marvel will go now, and how films like Avengers: Age Of Ultron seemingly take on a new light.

Now, while I would never encourage anyone to avoid one of my articles, I will warn anyone who hasn’t yet seen Marvel’s latest outing that spoilers lie within. So if you have yet to see the film and don’t want anything ruined, then you should go no further. Read the rest of this entry »

The Monday Roundup

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The Monday roundup is your handy little guide to everything movie related. Including the best of the weekend’s news, what’s new on DVD & Blu-Ray & what you can look forward to at the cinema this week. Read the rest of this entry »

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, My Review

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Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo Starring: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson & Scarlett Johansson Synopsis: “Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.” Runtime: 136 minutes Rating: 12A

Are you ready for the world to see you as you really are? Look out the window, you know how the game works: disorder, war, all it takes is one step.”

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is unlike any other movie Marvel have made so far. Of course, it’s a comic book movie full of pulpy moments, great action & features a heroic lead, but it’s also a hugely political thriller and one that could end up being seen as a turning point for the Marvel cinematic universe. Gone are the days when superheroes saved children from burning buildings or stopped them from falling into the Niagara Falls, no, now they take on international terrorism, combat arms dealers and try to stop aliens from taking over the world. Are we better off as an audience for this? Time will tell, but at the moment the current crop of superhero films, especially those Marvel based, are letting us enjoy a golden age of comic book cinema, where seemingly anything can happen and where things can change in an instant. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a part of that movement, and has proved once again that Marvel know exactly what they are doing. Read the rest of this entry »

What I’ve Learned About X-Men: Days Of Future Past By Looking At Empire Magazines Exclusive Covers

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My apologies for the slightly long-winded title, but I wasn’t really sure how to make my point and condense the title. Anyway, as I’m sure you have all seen, Empire magazine is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and as such has tied down some exclusive content to help celebrate that fact. The first of those exclusives being 25 different covers for this months edition of the magazine, featuring all the different cast members of this years mutant mashup X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

Taking a look at the different covers, it is clear that Empire and Fox have cleverly let loose a few tidbits of information regarding their summer tent pole release. Read on as I take a look at several of the covers and dig deep to see what hidden bits of info they contain. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Ideas For The Wolverine Sequel

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With the news that director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman are set to return for a sequel to this years The Wolverine, there has been much talk on the internet about where they could go next with the story, and which, if any, of the many comic book storylines the film will be based upon.

Mangold has indeed confirmed he will be looking to the comic books for inspiration on the sequel, but has obviously not confirmed which of those he has in mind. Hugh Jackman has also commented, and while also giving nothing away he has hinted at one possible story, while maintaining that he and Mangold already have some very cool ideas in place.

With that in mind, here are 3 comic book storylines that could be adapted for the big screen. Read the rest of this entry »

The Monday Roundup

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The Monday Roundup

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The Monday roundup is your handy little guide to everything movie related. Including the best of the weekends news, what’s new on DVD & Blu-Ray & what you can look forward to at the cinema this week. Read the rest of this entry »

The Wolverine, My Review

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Director: James Mangold Starring: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto & Rila Fukushima Synopsis: “Summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, Wolverine becomes embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons.” Runtime: 126 minutes.

“Eternity can be a curse. The losses you have had to suffer… a man can run out of things to care for, lose his purpose.”

Director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman have teamed together to wipe away any memories you had remaining of the woeful X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and have provided us with a tale of a lone wolf, struggling to get by and one who’s not entirely at peace with himself or the world around him. In a summer full of superheroes and action spectacular’s, does The Wolverine stand up to the challenge laid down before him or crumble under the pressure? Read the rest of this entry »

The Monday Roundup, July 22nd

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The Monday Roundup, July 15th

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The Monday Roundup, July 8th

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The Monday roundup is your handy little guide to everything movie related. Including the best of the weekends news, what’s new on DVD & Blu-Ray & what you can look forward to at the cinema this week.

News bites

  • Russell Crowe has recently received a lot of questions on twitter about his thoughts on a prequel to Man Of Steel. He eventually tweeted back with the following: “A lot of you are asking about a KRYPTON prequel, if that’s something you feel strongly about let @Legendary pictures know your thoughts. Just getting sick of reading the same question mate, however, if it came up, I’d give the tights another go.” I would like to see Jor-El return in any Man Of Steel sequel, perhaps in a flashback sequence of some sort, but the idea of a prequel set on Krypton doesn’t fly with me and I think DC & Warner Bros. should focus their efforts on creating more movies about characters from the larger DC universe like The Flash, Wonder Woman or Aquaman.
  • One of my favourite comic book heroes, or anti-hero, is Deadpool, and while I didn’t at all mind Ryan Reynolds brief portrayal of the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I feel the character has so far been mishandled on the big screen. Reynolds recently gave an interview to Total Film, telling us where the Merc with a Mouth stands. ” That movie is alive and kicking, and then it’s dead as a doornail. Then it’s alive and kicking and then it’s dead … it’s like the worst relationship I’ve ever had! The character knows he’s a comic-book character, he knows he’s in a film, he knows who the executives are at the studio making the movie. In the current iteration of the script, Deadpool is aware of the Wolverine movie. He doesn’t say anything disparaging about it but he does at one point play with the Deadpool action figure with some curiosity.” 
  • The US box office battle between Despicable Me 2 and The Lone Ranger quickly turned into a one horse race, with Despicable Me 2 taking in $82.5 million, while The Lone Ranger completely tanked and took a miserable $29 million. When you consider that Disney spent roughly $250 million on making The Lone Ranger, they have a long way to go before breaking even.

DVD/Blu-Ray pick of the week

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“A thief with a unique code of professional ethics is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the crew’s latest heist.”

The Stath is the best at what he does, and what he does is make entertaining action movies for the masses. Having said that, while I’m sure Parker is entertaining, I would put this down as a rental only.

TV pick of the week

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Shaun Of The Dead, ITV2, 9PM, Friday July 12th.

Anyone who lives in the UK knows that ITV have about 6 films in their catalogue and tend to show them about 17 times a week. This week is the turn of horror/comedy classic Shaun Of The Dead. Surely being broadcast to capitalise on the hype for The World’s End, Shaun is still highly watchable and endlessly quotable.

Cinema pick of the week

monsters-university-poster-1pacific-rim-crimson-typhon_(1)Well this a tough one isn’t it? Monsters vs robots in every sense of it. Monsters University vs Pacific Rim. I am going to see Monsters U on Saturday evening, but I will hopefully be going to see Pacific Rim the following Tuesday. Both look really good and I hope neither disappoint.

The Monday roundup, June 17th

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The Monday roundup is your handy little guide to everything movie related. Including the best of the weekends news, what’s new on DVD & Blu-Ray & what you can look forward to at the cinema this week.

News bites

  • Man Of Steel was released on Friday ( I finally get to see it tomorrow), and its box office figures put it as the second largest opening this year, behind Iron Man 3, taking in $113 million. Which puts it as the largest June opening ever, breaking Toy Story 3′s previous record of earning $110 million.
  • Sticking with the Man Of Steel’s weekend success, rumour has it that a sequel is going to be fast tracked into production ready for release next year. Not only that, but it is also believed that the Justice League movie will be hitting the big screen the following year. I happen to take this with a large pinch of salt and hope Warner Bros. don’t rush things just to capitalise on the recent success Marvel has had with the Avengers.
  • The successful comic book series, Y: The Last Man could finally be in production by next year. The story follows amateur escape artist Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand, the last two men on Earth. After something simultaneously kills every mammal on Earth possessing a Y chromosome – including embryos, fertilized eggs, and even sperm. Writer David S. Goyer had the following to say: “We’ve got a script that’s as close as it’s ever been, so knock on wood. That could go into production next year… The first movie is meant to function as a standalone, but hopefully continue. Hopefully there will be others.”

DVD/Blu-Ray pick of the week

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I thoroughly enjoyed Mama when I saw it at the cinema. It has a strong cast and some great scares. However, I’m not too sure it would stand up to multiple viewing and should perhaps be considered as a rental only.

My original review for this movie can be found here.

Cinema pick of the week

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Most fans of the book have already made their mind up about World War Z, and probably won’t be going to see it. Despite coming out to mostly favourable reviews, it has, apparently, left many of the themes of the book behind and crucially (judging from the trailers at least) left out any references to anything resembling a Zombie. I still think this will be a fun ride though, and might just surprise a few people.

The Monday roundup June 10th

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The Monday roundup is your handy little guide to everything movie related. Including the best of the weekends news, what’s new on DVD & Blu-Ray & what you can look forward to at the cinema this week.

News bites

  • Some casting news arrived over the last few days. It is being reported that Kick-Ass himself, Aaron Taylor-Johnson is be lined up for a role in Marvel’s upcoming Avengers sequel. The role would be that of Quicksilver, a character Marvel share the rights to along with Fox and who will also be appearing in their X-Men sequel, Days Of Future Past.
  • At the US box office, The Purge rules the weekend by taking in an estimated $36 million. That may not seem like huge numbers, but keeping in mind it only cost, roughly, $3 million to make, then that is a pretty big return so far.
  • This is not movie news at all, but yesterday author Iain Banks passed away after losing his battle with cancer. He was 59. RIP Sir.

DVD/Blu-Ray pick of the week

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The multi award-winning, Steven Spielberg directed and Daniel Day-Lewis starring Lincoln arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray this week. Out of the 140 awards it was nominated for, it won a total of 52. Not bad huh?

Cinema pick of the week 

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There really is only one film worth your time and money this week. Released on Friday, Man Of Steel is Warner Bros. new tent pole blockbuster franchise. I’m massively excited about this, but won’t get to see it until the following Tuesday.

3 superhero movies I would love to see happen

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Superhero movies are big business these days. There are currently three movies in the top ten for all time worldwide box offices takings, those being Avengers Assemble, Iron Man 3 & The Dark Knight Rises.

So it’s no surprise that most major studios have at least one superhero franchise to their name, and most fanboys have seen at least one of their favourite superheroes take to the big screen. There are, however, some superhero movies that have either been stuck in development hell or for one reason or another not made it past the initial development stage.

So today, I am going to present to you the 3 superhero movies I would like to see on the big screen. Two of these, potential, movies have been mentioned in Hollywood circles in the past and one is pure fanboy daydreaming.

Superman/Batman

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Henry Cavill, aka the new Man Of Steel, recently spoke about the possibility of a Superman/Batman crossover movie. When asked about the possibility of the two DC heavyweights coming together on the big screen, he had this to say “Who knows. I’m sure there’s all sorts of ideas being thrown around at Warner Bros. right now” 

The idea of seeing The World’s Finest on the big screen is something that excites me more than seeing a Justice League movie. Superman & Batman have been mainstays of both my youth and adult life and any coming together of these two characters would be something very special indeed.

Back in 2003 when Warner Bros. were going over various plans on how to bring Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent back to the big screen, one idea that was banded around was that of a Superman vs Batman movie. The plot would essentially consist of a retired from the cape Bruce Wayne blaming Superman for the death of his wife. Superman would go into hiding in Smallville, only to be tracked down by a vengeance seeking Batman. They would both learn later in the movie that events had been entirely manipulated by Lex Luthor, and it was up to The World’s Finest to stop him.

There was also an excellent comic book series that started in 2003 and ran for 87 issues until 2011. Granted not all the issues were brilliant, but overall the quality was very good.

A Superman/Batman movie could work on so many levels. It would obviously be box office gold for the studio, but more importantly, if done well it could be the best superhero movie ever. Batman and Superman are different sides of the same coin, they both want the same thing but have completely different methods to achieving their goals. They also inhabit the same universe, and having these two together could be a stepping stone to something bigger, say something like the forever in limbo Justice League movie.

Green Arrow: Escape From Super Max

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Green Arrow is another DC character who has received short shrift when compared to some of the bigger names on the DC roster. Green Arrow has however been a mainstay in the comic books and featured in several team ups with Batman and Green Lantern.

That changed recently when Green Arrow featured heavily in several seasons of Smallville. He then received his own show, smartly titled Arrow. This has proved a popular hit among both fans and critics, and is arguably the most famous the character has been since, well ever.

Back in 2008 however, a script was penned for a Green Arrow movie, entitled Green Arrow: Escape From Super Max. David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy) & Justin Marks were the two men behind the script, which involved Arrow being framed for a crime he didn’t commit (very A-Team alike) and his plan to escape prison.

The only problem was, this was no ordinary prison. This prison was home to rogue superheroes and villains, some of whom Green Arrow had helped to put behind bars. At one point it was even mentioned that the prison itself had superpowers of its own, in order to keep the criminals within its walls.

This idea fascinates me. How would a man cope going with being framed for a crime he didn’t commit and being sent to a prison packed full of people he had put there. Coming across the likes of the Joker, Lex Luthor and the Riddler as well as other B & C list villains and having to entrust these people to help aid his escape.

Unfortunately there has been no movement on this project for sometime now, but with the recent success of the Arrow TV show and Warner Bros. desire to make a Justice League movie, this would be a great opportunity to make a captivating story about one of DC’s main characters and also introduce some more of the lesser known villains.

Civil War

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Civil War takes place in the Marvel comic book universe, and presents a very real story for an otherwise fantastical landscape.

In Civil War the US Government implements the Superhero Registration Act after a series of events in the Marvel universe caused severe damage across the country and many human casualties.  The act proposed that anyone in the United States who had superpowers had to register and make themselves known to Government.

The Act split the superhero community and two sides formed. One side led by Tony Stark (pro-registration) and the other led by Captain America (anti-registration). Tony Stark took to the Presidents side and assumed that any resistance was futile, while Captain America was forced underground with others who wanted to keep their identities a secret.

We’ve already seen in last years Avengers Assemble how delicate their relationship is with one another. Yes, they become a team by the end of the movie, but they all have fragile egos finely balanced. This reason alone is why Civil War would make a great movie. Given the time to establish more heroes across their cinematic universe and those characters individual personalities, what bigger threat could they face than themselves?

The Monday Roundup, May 27th

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The Monday roundup is your handy little guide to everything movie related. Including the best of the weekends news, what’s new on DVD & blu ray & what you can look forward to at the cinema this week.

News bites

  • There are roughly 3 people who have yet to see Iron Man 3 at the cinema, and I know two of those people, as Walt Disney Pictures have announced current worldwide takings to be at $1.142 billion for Marvel’s latest blockbuster. This is a huge taking make no mistake, and proves there is more than enough interest in Marvels playboy, billionaire, philanthropist despite rumblings over whether Robert Downey Jr would continue in the role.
  • After previously being aligned to star in the big screen adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Tom Cruise has now dropped out, due to his commitment to star in a fifth Mission: Impossible movie. Guy Ritchie & Armie Hammer, however, still remain attached to the project.
  • In a strange turnout for the books, Marvel character of both the X-Men & The Avengers is due to appear in upcoming sequels for for both movies, but played by a different actor. Bryan Singer recently tweeted that Evan Peters will play the role in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Joss Whedon, however, has not yet cast his version of the character. Apparently there is an agreement between both studios, Fox & Marvel, over the use of some characters and how they can be portrayed in their respective franchises. I have a feeling though, that Fox surprised Marvel with this recent announcement.

Video of the day

I’ve always liked the DC animated movies and TV shows. They’ve generally maintained a high quality output with these titles, unlike some of their silver screen versions and this trailer for Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox looks to be maintaining that high quality.

Blu-ray/DVD pick of the week

A rental pick for sure. The Last Stand is a return to the big screen for action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger, where he plays a Sheriff standing between a drugs cartel and their escape through the Mexican border. It also stars Johnny Knoxville, so you can see why I’ve put it on the rental list.

TV pick of the week

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Hard Eight stars Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow and a young(ish) Samuel L. Jackson. A wonderful movie with a great cast telling a smart story with multiple layers to it. Set your set top box to record, unless you fancy staying up past the witching hour.

Cinema pick of the week 

Starring Ethan Hawke & Lena Headey, The Purge has a very high concept story regarding a 12 hour period one night of the year where anything goes. All crimes are legalised and the emergency services basically get the night off. It looks slightly silly but could also be lots of fun.