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Commentary

Hollywood, one film per book, that's it!

Posted April 16, 2014, 5:04 PM

In case you have been living in a cave and only come out during awards season, the latest trend in Hollywood is taking one book and chopping it up into two (or more) films. As with most things in Hollywood these days, I blame Harry Potter.

Famously, Warner Bros., who was sad that the seven book franchise was ending, decided to fleece their golden goose one last time and commissioned and eighth movie by splitting the final book into two films. Now, granted, The Deathly Hallows is a massive book, but I’m still not convinced that the events in the book necessitate two separate movies. Given that an eighth film was inevitable, I probably would have taken the last two books and split them into three films as the main competing narratives about horcruxes and deathly hallows overlap the final two...

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Movie Trailer News

Final 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' trailer is best yet

Posted April 16, 2014, 3:04 PM

This is my biggest complaint with movie trailers. No one knows how to make a really good one. It's a dead art form and today we usually run into one of two extremes.

First, the studio gives away everything but the kitchen sink in the trailer leaving the film to be nothing more than a shell of what it could have been. All of the best jokes are in the trailer for comedies and there's no mystery left in crime suspense dramas. In other words, there's no need to see the film because all of the best parts and important beats are right there in the two minute trailer.

At the other end of the spectrum, they are too scared about giving away too much, to they just release a water-downed version of something resembling a trailer. More often than not, the...

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Movie Trailer News

Fincher goes dark for 'Gone Girl' trailer

Posted April 15, 2014, 10:04 AM

Ben Affleck is a polarizing figure. You either love him or hate him. There's really no middle ground.

David Fincher is not. He is almost universally praised for his artistic vision and ability for making compelling and dark films.

Fight Club

Zodiac

The Social Network

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I rest my case.

Interestingly, the subject matter of his next film is also hotly debated. Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl is either adored or loathed depending on whom you talk to. But there's no debate about the tone of the book. It's dark, it's bleak, it will make you physically disgusted to be a human being when you finish reading it.

Of course, it's this quality and lack of a single likable, redeeming character that makes this story so hard to envision up on the big screen. And yet, in the right hands, this story has the...

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Commentary

Monday Morning Mixer: 'Captain America' soldiers on

Posted April 14, 2014, 11:04 AM

I've learned my lesson. Here I am in my friendly little text editor writing today's MMM. You just go ahead and try to freeze up or re-load on me now. Ha!

Speaking of re-loading, it's a good week to be a Marvel movie, but then again, isn't it always? The Captain played the underdog card to remain on top, despite only being the second best movie on Friday night.

Confused? Well, don't be. Sit back and read today's MMM and the answer will appear magically. Like in a Magic 8 Ball.

I should probably mention, you know for legal reasons and such, that I do not use a Magic 8 Ball to compose the MMM.

I should probably further mention that while the Magic 8 Ball is a great and fun toy, its use here wouldn't be professional. But that in no way should...

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Movie Trailer News

Red band trailer for '22 Jump Street' is meh

Posted April 10, 2014, 2:04 PM

It really doesn't matter what I put here. I could recite Shakespeare or simply rattle off the first 100 digits of pi. It wouldn't change a thing and it certainly won't prevent you from clicking on the new red band trailer for 22 Jump Street.

No really, just try not clicking on it.

Unless you're a fan of juvenile potty humor or hearing the "F word" over and over again, there really isn't much to see here. No really, I'm not kidding.

But that won't stop you. There are $138.4 million reasons that this film was made, I just can't come up with a single one that will save you the two minutes and change that you will spend watching the trailer below.

In fact, I will give you the best line from the trailer. Ice Cube says, "I got a big ass raise...

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Commentary

Why do we fight change? Let the canon go

Posted April 9, 2014, 4:04 PM

I recently wrote a piece for Geek Fantasy Magazine (which is a great magazine by the way and you should check it out if you haven't already) in which I talk about the problem of including complex love stories in comic book movies, especially how it relates to how they handle the love triangle between Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane in the recent spate of Spider-Man films. I won't go into too much detail here (you really should read the magazine), but needless to say I was bummed that they decided against including the love triangle in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 when they moved MJ to the third film.

Given that it appears as though Gwen will meet her comics canon fate in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the great love triangle from the comics will never materialize on film...

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Movie Trailer News

Here's what $3 million in Kickstarter money looks like

Posted April 9, 2014, 3:04 PM

Thanks to the theatrical release of Veronica Mars last month, we know what $5.7 million of Kickstarter money looks like and it didn't look half bad. But let's not fool ourselves here, Veronica Mars was as much a Warner Bros. film as the upcoming Superman vs. Batman film. The only difference is that they didn't have to pony up the money themselves to make it.

So, Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here will be the first moderately budgeted true independent film financed by Kickstarter. The film has already debuted to mixed reviews at Sundance, but today's teaser trailer is the first time that most of us have seen footage from Braff's upcoming sophomore effort.

To be honest, the footage looks good and not surprisingly, the trailer is a fast ball down the middle of the plate to his core audience. You know...

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