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Morning Ranters. Guess everyone is sleeping in after the 4th?
Saw Deliver us from Evil, I enjoyed it. Rises of the Apes is next.
Saw Noah over the weekend.
anyone who didn’t like it is clearly wrong and didn’t understand it
it had great visuals
So last week turned out to be “catch up” week and I watched Edge of Tomorrow and 22 Jump Street at the cinema and I also watched Magic Mike and Paranoia at home.
I must say that the one that surprised me the most was actually Paranoia. Perhaps it was because I entered that movie with zero expectations or previous knowledge, unlike the other ones, but it really surprised me this movie got no publicity last year. The movie is not “otherworldly”, but it is entertaining, well made, with a good pace and full of familiar faces: Liam Hemsworth in the lead, Josh Holloway and Lucas Till in supporting roles, Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman giving credibility to the whole thing… I also don’t know why Amber Heard is not more popular. She has everything to be a star.
I have checked if SR did a review of this movie and I couldn’t find it… why was this movie so ignored by the general public? I don’t want to raise anyone’s expectations, because if you watch it with expectations I am sure you will start to nitpick stuff, but I think it is worth watching and it seems clearly overlooked.
Away from that little discovery, I liked the other three very different movies too.
I like seeing and respect what Matthew McConaughey has done with his career (i.e. stop the romantic comedies and start taking weirder roles like in Magic Mike, Buyers Dallas Club and True Detective). Magic Mike is worth watching just because of him.
I also found Channing Tattum more likeable after these movies. I wasn’t a big fan of him, but I am warming to the guy and it was pretty funny seeing him forcing a Spanish accent at the beginning of 22 Jump Street. I still don’t see him being Gambit though.
Regarding Edge of Tomorrow and not to over extend the analysis, let’s say I quite agree with Kofi’s review. I thought it was pretty good, but I also felt it had potential for more. More on Emily Blunt’s character would have helped.
On comics, I am currently quite happy with DC’s “Injustice: Gods Among Us” run and I am glad there is going to be a Year Three. SPOILER AHEAD STOP READING:
Seeing Superman killing the Joker at the outset was quite cool. I just like Superman so much better when he is more edgy, more angry and just rougher. I hope they explore this in the DCCU beyond killing Zod, which by the way I had no problem with. I want them to push him and make him flip.
Marvel could do this with Sentry, but unfortunately I just can’t see an agoraphobic and schizophrenic dark character with the power levels of Superman entering the child friendly MCU. This character could make for such an interesting movie!!!
By the way, it would be interesting to analyze some of the similarities between DC’s “Injustice: Gods Among Us” and Marvel’s “Civil War”. I think the conflict between Batman and Superman has similarities with the conflict between Captain America and Iron Man. Both very good books worth of any comic book collection.
And as far as dream goes, how about making a movie of the DC/Marvel crossover JLA/Avengers by let’s say 2021? It would require the agreement of WB and Marvel Studios but perhaps that would stop all the nonsense of Marvel vs. DC? I know it is not gonna happen but just saying… If that doesn’t happen, can we get at least Fox and Marvel Studios to agree on Avengers vs. X-Men? Come on studios, let’s all be friends, you know we already buy the products of both sides anyway.
The “Injustice” comic is definitely one of the best kept secrets at the moment, and still shocks me that it’s tied in with a fighting game. Love that DC has embraced it.
Massive kudos to the guys that made the game because that’s what came first. Superman as a dictator? great theme.
The best sentence in the comic to lay the foundation of the story is from the Joker when he is asked why he did it: “a God that has deluded himself into thinking he is a man… wanted to see what would happen”
The comics are meant to be set 5 years before the game. We are already through Year 1 and Year 2 and now in Year 3 they are gonna introduce Constantine and magic. If that keeps selling well we will hopefully get Year 4 and Year 5.
People, go buy these comics!
This one would be mine: http://i.imgur.com/LfBcdPx.jpg
What about “The Quiver” then?
I mashed up the two BvS images of Batfleck and SuperCavill and holy Dark Knight Returns! They look bada– together!!! I don’t know about the quality the film, I’ve been ideologically opposed to the project and feel that Batman is simply being used for the draw, but if there is one thing that people need to respect Zack Snyder for it’s his aesthetic taste. He made the Batsuit that should’ve been made all these years. I’m certain that at least visually, the film will be amazing.
Which makes me think about the fact that this will be Goyer’s Batman once again. Someone should track him down and interview him and ask him how different his approach to Batman was in this film as opposed to the Batman he wrote for The Dark Knight. Is it still the same guy?
I definitely understand that concern, but I think Snyder (a die-hard comic book fan) and Nolan (not one) will end up with very different visions for that character. I hope it will be best described as “Snyder’s Batman.”
This 4th I was Upstate, NY and it was freezing! I took a cold home with me to Virginia. Not fun.
When it comes to movie news, I feel like there has not been anything good lately! I hope this is the calm before the storm
Yeah it’s been slow lately but it usually is around this time.
Between the holiday and especially with Comic-Con right around the corner studios want to keep the big news under wraps.
Good evening, people. Here are my top 5 cbm’s so far.
1. Captain America The Winter Soldier
2. Iron Man 3
3. The avengers
4. The Dark Knight
5. Iron Man
Honourable mantions- The Dark Knight Rises, Iron Man 2, The Amazing Spider Man 2, X men 1st Class, Spider man 2
I haven’t seen x men dofp yes, because I lost interest with what fox was doing with all the crappy movies so far. Dofp looks good, and my friends tell me its nice, so I might get around to it
I would definitely recommend seeing DoFP…it, IMO, is the best Marvel film released, regardless of studio.
As for my top 5 CBMs, they are:
2. The Dark Knight trilogy
3. “V for Vendetta”
On a separate note, I rewatched “Gladiator” this weekend…truly, a magnificent film.
You’ve started something here:
1. Man of Steel
2. X-Men: DoFP
3. The Dark Knight
4. Captain America: WS
My movie of the year, so far, is Edge of Tomorrow. It epitomizes what going to the cinema is all about.
LOL, Man of Steel…
For your reference, these are the DC/Marvel CBM that I’ve seen that Screen Rant gave 4 stars or more so far:
Batman Begins – 4.5 (Vic)
The Dark Knight – 4.5 (Vic)
The Dark Knight Rises – 4.0 (Kofi)
Man of Steel – 4.0 (Kofi)
Iron Man 1 – 4.5 (Vic)
The Incredible Hulk – 4.0 (Vic)
CA: TFA – 4.0 (Kofi)
Avengers – 4.5 (Kofi)
CA: TWS – 4.0 (Ben)
X-Men:DoFP – 4.5 (Kofi)
Spiderman 2 – 5.0 (Vic)
Watchmen, Hellboy II and Dredd also got 4 starts but they are not 100% DC/Marvel. There are also some older movies that simply have no reviews (e.g. X-Men & X-Men 2) so we don’t know where they would rank them.
If I think of my personal opinion, I am usually not more than half a star off. My proposed changes would be to increase half a star The Dark Knight, The Avengers and CA: TWS. I would also reduce half a star Spiderman 2 and I would give 4.5 stars to X-Men 2. So basically in my case it would read:
5 Stars – The Dark Knight and Avengers
4.5 Stars – Batman Begins, Iron Man 1, CA: TWS, X-Men 2, X:DoFP, Spiderman 2
So I guess that is my top 8.
My embarrassing confession would be that while everybody hated Constantine, I quite liked it… anyone there with me?
My top 5 CBM’s…
1. The Avengers (IMO, the best CBM ever made; it’s the bar for me)
2. Iron Man (IMO, the best origin story in any CBM to date)
3. Captian America The First Avenger (IMO, a fine all around film)
4. Captian America The Winter Soldier (excellent film, best this year so far, IMO)
5. Batman ’89/The Incredible Hulk (Batman ’89 got the ball rolling, so to speak and the Hulk was the perfect compliment to Iron Man, IMO)
Numbers 1and 2 are really 1and 1a but The Avengers has a slight edge. Honorable mentions, Thor, Superman (original), Superman 2, the original Spiderman 1and 2.
Wow, you and Archeon couldn’t have taken more different picks.
You have completely ignored the Nolan trilogy and the X-Men movies, and Archeon has completely ignored the Marvel Studios movies and the Spiderman movies. From my part I cannot understand a top without any of those, especially the Nolan movies and the Marvel Studios movies.
I guess I could be acussed of ignoring Superman, but I am gonna fix that right now: I’ll add Superman 1 to the eight above and also Sin City/300 on a tie to complete my top 10.
To me, the Nolan trilogy wasn’t the real Batman. The Batman in those movies certainly wasn’t the world’s greatest detective. Plus, I found it slightly silly that Batman would rely on the applied sciences division of Wayne Enterprises for his tech. Batman would never do that, he would make his own stuff. Like I said, Nolan’s Batman was a “form” of Batman, just not the real thing. I’m really hoping that the new Batman is the genius inventor/detective that we all know he is. Batman, not Nolan’s version, but the real one, is one of my favorite superheroes because of his brain. That brain was very noticeably absent from Nolan’s trilogy, IMO.
As for the X-Men movies, they have always been just meh to me. Nothing to really get me super excited about, even the latest one. They are what they are I guess.
IMO, the new Spiderman movies are trying too hard to be good, and are just falling short. Except for the organic web shooters, I much prefer the originals.
When it comes to CBM’s, I just prefer Marvel Studios style thus far, over the other studios. That doesn’t mean I don’t like the other studios products because I do, its just that they aren’t my favorites. I loved the first two original Superman movies and the original Batman movie for example, but not the follow up sequels. Even MoS has grown on me.
Archaeon is a good guy, we just have different tastes and ideas about what makes a good CBM. I guess that’s why they make so many different kinds.
I guess I sit in between you two then.
My comic book collection is very diverse, so when I make picks for favourite movies I can’t forget that and I also want it to be diverse.
That’s why I have ended up in my list with 3 Avengers movies (Iron Man I, Avengers, CA: TWS), 2 X-Men movies (X-Men 2, X:DoFP), 1 Spiderman movie (Spiderman 2), 2 Batman movies (Batman Begins, TDK) and 1 Superman movie, so pretty much everybody is represented (I wish I could add the Fantastic Four but those movies were not worthy, just like Green Lantern wasn’t).
I have been excited and satisfied of seeing all those characters on the big screen, so I can’t shake that feeling and I have to put them.
If I have to go with absolute favourites and do a top 5 instead of a top 10, which is what I did to avoid that, I guess I would do the following:
#3 CA: TWS
#4 X-Men 2/X:DoFP
#5 Iron Man I
So basically I would be dropping Spiderman and Superman, and favouring Avengers, X-Men and Batman. I would agree with you on the Marvel Studios point but disagree on Nolan and the X-Men.
Yep, and that is perfectly ok, these are opinions after all.
I personally don’t care who makes what as far as studios are concerned, I just know what I like when I see it. Unlike some, I am not “anti” anything. If WB makes a great movie about one of my favorite superheroes, I’m happy and I’ll go see it. If Marvel, Sony or Fox does it, I’m happy and I’ll go see them. I’m not a fan of really any studio, so I don’t really feel the need to balance anything out. I really wanted to like Green Lantern, but I just couldn’t. Same with Iron Man 3, I wanted to love it, but I just couldn’t.
I say all that to say this, I’m more of a favorite superhero guy than I am a favorite studio guy, which is why I find the whole Marvel/WB/DC wars so ridiculous. I actually want all CBM’s to do well, so we get more and so the genre stays hot and relevant.
Amen to that
@Stark: I always consider Nolan’s trilogy to be a set of movies about Bruce Wayne first, not Batman. Not a bad thing, since that side of the character was always overshadowed by the cowl. But not my mental image of Batman either.
I have to say I liked your list the best.
@ Wally West
Well thank you Wally.
You’re welcome. Not sure what my top 5 would be, but would be close to yours with honorable mentions included. (smiles)
I heard this was the worst 4th of July holiday box office results in a long time… on that note, I haven’t seen a movie since X-Men. I’d like to go to the theater more often, but I’ve been on vacation/camping and nothing really screamed “this movie is better than Mount Rushmore” to me.
22 Jump Street, Snowpiercer, and Edge of Tomorrow are the ones that I’ve wanted to see but probably will have to wait to rent. Transformers has no interest to me even though I’ve gone to the first 3 in theaters.
Is it just me or does this year’s crop of movies seem not as good? The big 4th of July release was a Melissa McCarthy comedy…nothing against Melissa, but I kind of miss the Will Smith tentpole era of film.
I’m not ragging on Hollywood because I’ve liked all the movies I’ve seen this year for different reasons…Godzilla’s suspense building towards monster-on-monster action, Captain America’s action-thriller adventure, X-Men’s time-travel retconning, and Spider-Man had some great special effects that were spectacular in 3D. Even the Muppets had some fantastic comedy musical numbers. And of course, in February when the sub-zero weather seemed so bleak in Minnesota…I was running around singing that Everything is Awesome. So, I’ve had plenty of fun at the theater so far this year, but it seemed like all the films I really wanted to see were released in a few week period. Now, I’m waiting through June and July for the Guardians to be released. But I’m hoping this weekend I’ll find the time to go see some damn dirty apes.
I would definitely say to see Edge of Tomorrow. Especially if you’re in need of a fun, smart, funny summer movie. I loved that one.
Thanks Dyce. The wife and I are planning on a movie night this weekend. Snowpiercer is playing at a local AMC theater (she has no interest in that one)…Dawn of the Planets of the Apes is released (which she wants to see)…but I think I’ll try pushing Edge of Tomorrow. She liked Groundhog Day…it’s basically the same thing, right?
I do hope the $6 Mil Man rumors are true. Been waiting too long for it… I actually would prefer a TV series reboot to a movie.
Finally finished Season 4 of Game of Thrones. No real surprises like Season 3. It’s okay, I prefer when there is more action than talking.
The Last Ship is interesting. Anyone watching Falling Skies?
Yeah, I watch Falling Skies. But I’m disappointed that they yet again jumped ahead a few months. It’s a cheap trick to scramble up the set pieces and to come up with new situatioons instead of leading up to them by proper writing, and it robs us of months of character development, so that some characters suddenly seem like strangers. It’s lazy and makes it hard to get invested in the journey of the characters.
Spoilers spoilers. I completely agree, that and the whole “the baby is a teenage blonde” thing. Oh and her mom goes from a decent human to a complete lunatic, I understand the capture of your child would have some affect, but come on. I could go on, it seems like about eighty percent of the characters we came to know the past three seasons are different now, and I’m not feeling the change so far. But that’s just like, my opinion man.
@ Big Nerd
I would also like a new Six Million Dollar Man or a reboot, but not with Mark Wahlberg. IMO, it seems that everything he’s ever been in is hyped to look cool but ultimately ends up disappointing. I don’t want that to happen to Steve Austin.
I must say that the one that surprised me the most was actually Paranoia. Perhaps it was because I entered that movie with no expectations or previous knowledge, unlike the other ones, but it really surprised me this movie got zero publicity last year. The movie is not “otherworldly”, but it is entertaining, well made, with a good pace and full of familiar faces: Liam Hemsworth in the lead, Josh Holloway and Lucas Till in supporting roles, Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman giving credibility to the whole thing… I also don’t know why Amber Heard is not more popular. She has everything to be a star.
PS – This is the third time I try to post this so I don’t know how many times it will end up showing. Apologies in advance for the spam if that’s the case
Also, saw Independence Day this weekend (how appropriate), so funny how it’s so bad now.
I watched War of the Worlds (Cruise version) yesterday too… and was it just a coincidence that the aliens looked almost identical to Independence Day?
I don’t think Independence Day is bad now. For me it works just as well as it did back in 1997. The practical effects are fantastic and the characters are fun.
I think what bothers me is the same thing that bothered me back in 1997:
1. How can Will Smith punch that alien into unconsciousness through his bio-armor?
2. Why did they need a countdown signal when the humans just used their watches?
3. If they are telepathic, can’t they just read Goldblum’s and Smith’s mind on the mother ship?
But it all goes back to my prevailing theory that if an alien force has the advanced technology to get to Earth, there is no way we can defend against them (Battlefield LA, Battleship, etc etc etc).
Hi. With no pretentiousness intended, I have a couple answers to those questions:
1. Much like a person falling unconscious after getting struck while in his car, if the container gets rocked hard enough, so does the person inside it. Also, the alien’s ship had just crashed into rock and sand. The little guy would’ve likely been pretty woozy.
2. Seeing as how even today watches aren’t globally synchronized, they would do no good for precisely coordinated attacks. The aliens hijacked the pre-existing infrastructure to coordinate global devastation. I’m sure they could have set up their own satellites, but why bother when the groundwork (skywork?) has already been laid out.
3. The telepathic loophole may not be a factor due to physical distance or maybe even hubris. The captured alien didn’t brain frag or mind control anyone outside of its line of sight or immediate radius. If this was possible, they would’ve been able to down every hostile fighter jet without firing a shot. As for hubris, they probably didn’t even factor that humans could ascertain or pilot any of their ships, so even if they could mind-meld, they may not have been paranoid enough to find it necessary.
I can’t think of one alien invasion story where the invader’s downfall isn’t due to overconfidence in their tech and/or underestimating human ingenuity. Predictable? Yes. Highly unlikely? Probably. Plausible? Slightly. For me, science fiction really lives or dies in the “slightly plausible” area. Too plausible, you lose the wonder and excitement of witnessing something that’s supposed to be outside of our current reality. Too implausible, and you risk stretching suspension of belief past its breaking point. It’s a hard balance to get right, and I don’t think ID4 did horribly. I can still watch it today without rolling my eyes.
So, I know a lot of you guys and gals like Arrow. I’ve watched a couple episodes and didn’t love it but didn’t hate it. Question: does it get better as the first season goes along? Any recommendations on how long I should give it before I can tell that it’s just not the show for me?
Near the end of Season 1 and the first half of Season 2, I mostly enjoyed but I found after that period of episodes, it started slowly declining again. But that’s just my opinion, A LOT of people love this show through and through. One thing that is consistently awesome though, is Manu Bennet as Slade Wilson.
I would almost completely agree with ColdSc. End of Season 1 committed to some story changes, and Season 2 started off strongly, but… well, to say it got a little goofy/silly for me is enough. Not ragging on those who like it, just not really my thing. Part of why I’m not so hot on Fox’s Gotham.
And Manu Bennett remains my top choice for the role of ‘Clones’ in a Star Wars: Republic Commando spin-off.
The first season towards the middle started to get pretty intense in my opinion! It was what kept me holding on…
Back half of season 1 is where it picked up for me. I would have gave up on it after a few episodes, but my wife liked it. In season 2, we switched positions and I was addicted to it and she could care less about it.
Thanks for the feedback everyone! It seems to be the consensus that the second half of Season 1 is where it picks up. I’m not sure i’ll have the patience to wait that long with all the other shows I need to catch up on but maybe i’ll give it a shot!
I lost interest in the middle of the first season of Arrow and actually stopped watching it, but my fellow Screenranters cncouraged me to get back into it, and whaddayaknow? I started enjoying it again and didn’t miss an episode since. Perhaps you need to be in the right mood to get into the swing of the show? That seemed to be my problem. And yes, it does get better!
I’m kind of where you were before. I watched the first half of season 1 and was never compelled to pick it back up after the mid-season break. I didn’t dislike the show, but I got a little put off by the tacked on love triangles and the villain-of-the-week pattern that was starting to persist. Does that stuff go away later? If so, I’d likely give it another go.
Alright, I love Spider-Man, but this bothering me a bit. Does anyone else feel that an extended universe for Spidey is unnecessary? I love him, I grew up on him, and I love his universe, but for some reason it seems unnecessary in film. Out of all of the superhero universes in development and ongoing right now, his seems like a cash grab for Sony. Again, I love Spidey and his movies-the reboot sort of grew on me.
Also: Does anyone else feel like Marvel movies good be better? I’m a Marvel and a DC fan, and I think the movies are really entertaining, but I always get the feeling that the story could have been better, or just the general movie could have been better. Thor 2 really gave me that feeling. Fun to watch, but I felt like it lacked something.
Peter Jackson announced on his Facebook that a teaser for The Battle of Five Armies would be coming out very soon…with that being said, what things do you think we might see in the teaser? I just watched the Desolation of Smaug teaser to see what kind of things were shown, and I was surprised by how much he actually did reveal!
I’m finally caught up with Doctor Who. After the all the hype was a bit disappointed about the 50th Anniversary episode. It was okay, but a little too incoherent, even for Doctor Who standards. The Time of the Doctor episode was kinda weak as well, although the ending made up for it. Looking forward to Capaldi’s portrayal of the Doctor, and I agree… that guy looks creepy as hell. Those eyes!
Also, I started watching Torchwood and am surprised about the change in in tone compared to Doctor Who. F-bombs, “tosser”, male/male and female/female makeout scenes, bathroom sex, voyeuristic masturbation, bloody headshots… and that’s just in the first three episodes. Torchwood sure aims for a different demographic than Doctor Who.
Good morning all….
I hope everybody had a great holiday. I actually spent part of mine watching Cap 2 again at the $2 dollar show. The place was packed, but there was something I never realized before, how small that theater actually is. It’s attached to a local mall, it has about 8 screens and each theater couldn’t hold more than 60 people. When I go to MJR or AMC the theater holds probably close to three hundred. What happened to movie theaters and why are they so gigantic now? The older ones, now known as the $2 dollar shows are so small by comparison.
It was kind of strange, both Spiiderman2 & Cap 2 both debuted at the $2 show this week, but the were originally released about a month apart.
I also watched The Punisher this weekend with Thomas Jane. IMO, he gives an under rated performance in that film, althought the film itself was meh. He made a grat Punisher IMO, I just wish he would make another one. Of course after watching that I had to hop on-line and watch Dirty Laundry, which is also very good. Anybody know where I can download Dirty Laundry?
“Cloak and Dagger” would be a nice couple to spice up one of the new Netflix Marvel Series! This would get them “on-board” should we ever get a Civil War Type Situation. Tandy! I need you now (or, very, very, soon)
This is the fourth attempt to post this…
So did anyone else read that Brandon Routh is coming to Arrow? Supposedly he is playing Ray Palmer aka The Atom. Thoughts?
Just read a news about but i am still now it true or not.
but it’s good for Brandon Routh.
typing on phone is awful hard for me sometime.
If true, I would be very happy, as I enjoy Rough in his roles…
ROUTH, not ROUGH…I despise auto-correct.
I only recall him from Superman Returns and Scott Pilgrim. What else has he done?
Those two were great, I thought, and he did quite well in “Chuck” on TV. He had another role as a supernatural detective in another film, but I don’t recall it as much. Over all, however, I have enjoyed him onscreen.
Ah ok, I haven’t followed Chuck on TV, but I know it is a popular series.
Regarding Superman Returns, while I am a proud owner of the DVD (how many people can say that, huh?), I can’t say I was fully satisfied there. It wasn’t Brandon Routh’s fault of course.
Yeah, I think I’m most curious how that tone could possibly fit into Arrow’s world. If it had been announced for Flash, it would be a no-brainer. But a dark Ray Palmer? I’m hoping he is just introduced as a scientist/side character alongside Felicity, and keep the powers to a minimum. Or, that seems the safest, at least?
Anyone watched True Blood Sunday night? Two more characters met the true death,one made me happy. I love Violet. I wonder what will be left of Vince’s group.
Anyone else want Tatiana Maslany in a CBM? She would have fit nicely in A Dame to Kill For.