Some of you thought you saw them earlier, and you were right - in this freeze-and-comment version of the trailer, Marc Webb, Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx reveal more of what's going on.
I'm tempted to use the old line about how if you have to explain a joke, then it's not funny. But we'll see - the general idea being put forward is that Oscorp is basically a supervillain factory. A metaphor for the Military Industrial Complex, perhaps, because that's something we've never ever seen in a movie before. Though to be fair, when we see it in superhero movies, it's usually run by someone like Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark who turns good.
My initial thought was, "How cinematic." Then I realized just how much 20th-century thinking I was doing. This isn't cinematic; it's more. Rather, the movies that contain moments of this sort are game-like.
With that said, how poorly cartoony do the Mario and Nintendo characters look? Graphics aren't everything, but it's seriously time that our cartoony game characters looked at least up to Buzz Lightyear level.
Also, future iterations of Hemp Tycoon need to actually get you high. Get on that, somebody. ["Dude, man, I'm gonna make that happen" - imaginary stoned guy in charge of that.]
Or it might make you think, "Gee, that's the red room from Twin Peaks in that image above. And the origami stuff in the trailer is just like Blade Runner, but maybe with slightly less narcoleptic Harrison Ford voice-over to tell me what's up in hung-over, obvious detail."
i think there's a great Metamorphosis game to be had where you wake up as a cockroach and must traverse your apartment from a new perspective. I don't think this it. Then again, Steven Soderbergh's Kafka movie wasn't entirely on-topic either, and that may be the point.
In other news: why have I never watched that Kafka movie yet? It looks damn good. Feel free to tell me otherwise.
My position on The Dark Crystal is what some of you might call the Bad Nerd stance.
I think the design is amazing, save the grotesque near-human Gelflings, who are as unintentionally terrifying as any CGI uncanny valley today. I love the world building. And yet when I rewatched it a few years ago, expecting awesomeness, I was shocked to find that the story is kinda dumb, and the voice acting really isn't that good.
This may not have always been the case. A YouTube user named "skoodidabop" got his hands on an earlier cut of the film, in which some scenes were re-ordered, and far less of the dialogue was on-the-nose, with all voice-over narration excised. This version was at least tested with audiences, though that doesn't necessarily make it a "director's cut," as directors also like to see what does and doesn't play well to a crowd.
Nonetheless, as of this writing, you can watch the earlier version online now (some of the scenes are in black and white, but it has been restored as well as is possible without access to the original elements). Proceed at will...
Finding the movie in a novel isn't always easy, and finding the movie in the decades-long ongoing soap operas that are superhero comics? That is maybe a million times harder. At least a novel is usually written by a single author with a single vision, and therefore easier to translate to film, but comics change hands constantly, and one creator's version of Batman, for example, is vastly different from another's. Frankly, given these facts, it's a miracle any superhero movie turns out to be any good at all.
Some of the most successful adaptations of superheroes often just take the basic characters and origin stories of the heroes and then do their own spin on them, Hollywood style. The Avengers is a great superhero movie, maybe even the greatest, but as an actual adaptation of fifty years of Avengers comics? it seems that Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios didn't even bother to try. The Iron Man movies, by and large, play pretty fast and loose with the comics they were based on too. So this isn't about which superhero movies are the best, but which superhero movies made the best and worst use of the decades-long stories on which they are supposedly based.
I should stress that this is NOT a best/worst superhero movies list, hence the lack of movies like Catwoman or Steel, which don't even attempt to adapt the comics, just use the names. That's a whole other list.
Considering what they showed us at Comic-Con, and how that was almost 100% Electro stuff, it's shocking how little the guy's actually in this, which indeed shows us Rhino and Goblin.
There's no nice way to say this, actually - it looks like the Spidey version of Batman Forever (which, to be honest, I liked at the time). It's a surprisingly cartoony looking sequel to what was - I think - trying to be a grittier reboot.
Low expectations can be a good thing, right? Because then you end up liking the final product better than you thought...right?
As always, if you have a piece of Fan Fiction you'd like to have read aloud, send it to toplessrobot-at-gmail with subject line "Read My Fanfic."
This was sufficiently long that I divided it into two parts, but I don't think you'll feel...unsupplied by either.
The Fanfic: "The Grand Finale" by King Splooge.
The Participants: Sonic the Hedgehog, Knuckles, Tails, Shadow, Amy and Dr. Robotnik.
Described Herein (Part 1 Only): Sexual machinery, masturbation, near pants-soiling, marijuana, theft, face-shooting, profanity, blood-coughing, beatdowns, limb-from-limb rending, exploding guts, homophobic slurs...(cont.)
From one Greek mythology-inspired, Zack Snyder-connected warrior woman to another - here are Eva Green and Lena Headey snarling around King Xerxes, and preparing for the follow-up battle that will either allow Sparta to be destroyed for good, or let the Greeks get revenge for the events of the first 300.
And most of it's a naval battle, by the look of it. I'm still disappointed that there are no mutants and monsters like last time - save Xerxes, who appears to become a magic giant in a pool of golden water, because something something Frank Miller boner - but I finally have more of a sense of what this movie is about and where it fits in with the previous one.
Notice how the trailer tries to make you think Snyder's directing. Obviously WB thinks of that as a selling point still.