All right, fans - Man of Steel was a divisive movie this summer, but I'm betting there are many of you out there who'd like to see it again. I know I would - with so much large-scale stuff going on in it, I look forward to the chance to take it in on a slightly smaller screen.
Here's your chance - it'd make a great holiday gift for any Super-fans who haven't caught it yet, too. Warner Bros. has given me a Blu-ray combo pack to give away, as well as choosing a contest idea that I think we can have a lot of fun with.
To enter: first, have a registered commenter account with an email address attached to it, so I can contact you with ease if you win. Second: in comments below, come up with a caption for the image shown above. Please no profanities for this one - try to be creative, even if your mind does head into the gutter. Enter as often as you like.
This contest closes Nov. 12th, which is the official day of release, at noon. Because unlike holograms of your dead dad, we can't stick around forever.
The gift-giving season is ramping up, and that means boxed sets and repackaged anniversary editions. Are any of them worth it? Let's see if we can figure that out.
In advance of its upcoming remake, Oldboy gets a 10th anniversary edition, but if you're a fan - and I'm a big one of this twisted, twisty Korean revenge tale - you'd be better off getting the pre-existing Vengeance Trilogy, which also includes the excellent Lady Vengeance and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, plus every extra that's on this disc. Also celebrating a decade is Elf, but the only extra there appears to be steelbook packaging.
It's been 15 years for Farscape, but the new anniversary edition doesn't seem to have added much to previous releases; certainly not the Peacekeeper Wars fans wanted.
Who knew that X-Men: Days of Future Past would not give us the best movie crossover trailer of the day? Sorry, Wolverine - Gary Busey as an evil cookie battling a female bong just somehow makes more sense than your time-travel retconning.
You know, when guys are obsessed with huge cars, we always imagine it's because they're lacking in a certain area. So what does Charles Band's obsession with tiny things say about him?
Gingerdead Man vs. Evil Bong is available on demand right now at Full Moon Streaming, in two different versions. No: not censored and uncensored. Regular and "Ganja Version," the latter of which features hidden, clickable easter eggs that a stoner will ironically be less likely to find.
Both trailers after the jump. Not that anything more than the above poster should be needed to sell you on this. (Note: both trailers autoplay, so you'll need to pause one of them right away.)More >>
Lordy, I thought last week was sparse for Blu-rays, but unless you're a fan of second-tier Pixar, today's a bit of a loss too. I didn't care for Monsters University much...I didn't hate it, but simply couldn't be arsed to actually care about anything in it. To the extent that I liked the first one (which isn't a lot), it was mainly due to Boo, the cute and fearless toddler who spoke gibberish. By necessity, she's not in this prequel, and the origin of the animosity between Mike and Randall is astonishingly non-interesting (he joins a popular frat full of jerks. That's it). The weirdest thing about this movie is that it's a college flick marketed to audiences way too young to understand college jokes, yet so judiciously family friendly that it isn't interesting for those who are old enough. Starring late middle-age men.
And then there's Cars, which is being newly released in 3D, and features one of my least-favorite Hollywood tropes of all time: the celebrity leading a great life who winds up in a small town where - by virtue of falling for the local hottie, who is inexplicably unmarried - he learns that in fact he was never happy before, and small-town life is where it's at. With that said, after a week at Disneyland and California Adventure, my appreciation for Cars as ancillary product has gone way up. With the exception of a disappointing tire ride, the attractions based upon the movie are incredibly fun, from the tractor-pull spin to Radiator Springs Racers, an epically huge "wild ride" through Radiator Springs followed by a roller-coaster style race. Sure, the movie's merchandised to death, but some of that merchandise is truly "ka-chow" worthy.
If you didn't make the Comic Con panels, here's a first good look at the upcoming movie and a sense of its plot, which has Veronica returning home to try to prove the innocence of her ex-love Logan, potentially falling for him all over again.
You know...sometimes these movies of shows I never watched work for me. I liked Serenity okay, and even the first Sex & the City movie was interesting in a "so this is what women like" way (I'd like very much to unsee the sequel, however). And I'm sure Veronica Mars the show was never remotely as bad as Twilight - but they sure seem to be selling the whole "Team Boring Guy" versus "Team Bad Boy" angle, and hard, in this featurette.
I'm sure this means something to all the fans. I see no reason to go myself, beyond the obvious: writing about something with a rabid fan base getting traffic and all that.
The featurette's after the jump. What am I missing?More >>
This is apparently coming out tomorrow. Yet I can't find an online trailer for it (there are other Thor pornos, though most use the loophole of a non-Marvel Thor) and there isn't even a mention of it on Vivid.com's front page.
I have a theory, though: I think Braun has given up trying to impress casual fans. The guy who used to brag about how his costumes looked better than in the big-budget movies appears to have been reduced to renting Halloween outfits - his excuse with Wolverine was that he wanted to do the classic yellow and blue, but that won't hold water here. That's the movie outfit on the cheap - a classic version with big circles would at least have been funny. Plus King James English, like "Dost thou wish to mate with the Odinson?" Just a guess - since there's NO TRAILER I CAN FIND, thank you Axel - but I'm thinking that won't be in there.
I do expect lots of puns about hammering, however.
No, Cap! That's not a parachute on your back! It's a vibranium shield that, at best, will protect the ground from your liquefied remains!
That, of course, is your new Winter Soldier poster.
In stranger news, Ben Kingsley has told the Belfast Telegraph that he's doing a new secret Marvel project. Could we be looking at a Blu-ray exclusive One-Shot about the exploits of Trevor Slattery, alcoholic actor? Kingsley would seem to be at a level where you get him to do something big if you get him at all.
Shape-shifter? Life-model decoy? Or simply more Slattery? Speculate away. Maybe we will see that he has joined the prison educational system, and finally has become a teachurrrrr....
h/t Latino Review for the Kingsley link
The Conjuring - I'm told this is the scariest movie of the year, but cannot report back on that score, since circumstances contrived to keep me from every single press screening (and there were many). So maybe demonic forces are trying to keep me from panning something just to put you off, but I figure it's a must-see for anyone partial to haunted house movies no matter what. Of course, if you prefer them a little more vintage, today also sees the release of The Uninvited (Criterion Collection) from 1944, starring Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey.
Only God Forgives - From the people who brought you Drive, it's the best ripoff of Lost Highway-era David Lynch I think I've ever seen. When a dipshit American beats a hooker to death, it ignites a feud that involves a Thai cop who wears a sword on his back, a hapless Ryan Gosling, and his ball-busting criminal mom (Kristin Scott-Thomas). Promoted as a "Ryan Gosling kicks ass" movie, it's actually a lot weirder and more artful, though there's violence aplenty. Sure to evoke a strong opinion either way (mine is positive).
Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics - Why should you sit through a documentary full of talking heads telling you what you already know about how comic-book characters speak to our emotions and the dark parts of our psyche? Because Christopher Lee's the narrator. Don't fuck with him.
Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert - It's a slow week, and this 1992 concert was awesome, with the highlight surprisingly being Extreme (yes, the "More Than Words" guys) whose Queen cover medley briefly looked like it would be their ticket to bigger and better things. And then Gary Cherone went to Van Halen. There's also a live Ted Nugent Blu-ray coming out this week, but I'm not even gonna go there...not even as an excuse to say "poon tang." Oops, did it anyway.
Primeval New World: The Complete Series - I gather that this is a Canadian remake of an English series about time-traveling dinosaurs. My only question: which country is more polite about the degree to which prehistoric lizards interfere with the daily routine?
That's seriously about it for this week. Anything else you're looking to pick up?
As a major Saw fanboy - of the first three, at least - I'm going to let it slide that these guys do the noob thing of confusing Jigsaw with Billy the puppet. Because the satire is otherwise spot-on.
Now, if it were me, I'd have added a scene where they evict him, and years later are still finding 50 different pranks he left behind - but only those who stuck through all seven movies would really appreciate that part, perhaps.
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The assignment: to answer the question of what movie you would have Guillermo del Toro make if it were his last one, and you could give him unlimited funds and creative control. Note that I said ONE - a couple of these runners up might have had a chance at winning had they not pitched multiple installments. Read the rules carefully, folks - I capitalized ONE the first time too.
I'm not always a stickler - but when competition is tight, it's how I winnow down the field.
jonap's for example, was the funniest - but it's TWO.
After years of legal battles, Director Guillermo del Toro anounces the much expected film adaptation of japanese manga Akira. However due to the lukewarm reception of Pacific Rim by american audiences, two versions of the film will be released; The international cut, that features japanese actorsKazato Tomizawa, Yuya Ozeki and Seishiro Kato as the titular Akira, and The American cut, a humorous westernized take on the source material (adapted by Family guy´s creator Seth Macfarlane) featuring Hollywood´s top teen actors: Channing Tatum, Robert Pattinson, and Shia Labeouf.
When reached for comment Del toro said "Because fuck you, that´s why".