Nov
04
2017
6

Late Halloween watch: A Lord of the Rings TV series?

I am not quite yet at DO NOT WANT. My wife is. I think that it would work, if you did it up as the Second Age with the forging of the Rings of Power. But that’s probably not what we’d be getting.

Warner Bros. Television and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien are in talks with Amazon Studios to develop a series based on the late author’s “The Lord of the Rings” novels. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is said by sources with knowledge of the situation to be personally involved in the negotiations, which are still in very early stages. No deal has been set.

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Nov
03
2017
1

My mini-review of Thor: Ragnarok.

Short version: excellently silly.

Slightly longer version: It Did Not Suck. The movie was legit funny, and managed to walk the line of having Thor being the subject of comedy without turning him into a buffoon. The color palette and musical accompaniment was everything that you’d expect from a Silver Age Marvel-inspired movie, and it generally worked. It also cleared the decks for future films, and I will not say anything further because spoilers. A day may come when a MCU movie blows out both engines, and starts tumbling back down the gravity well to a fiery immolation and the destruction of the franchise — but it is not this day.

Moe Lane

PS: Everybody in the movie had a blast playing their parts. You could tell.

Nov
03
2017
3

Quote of the Night, I Feel So Relieved About Thor: Ragnarok Right Now edition.

From NPR(!):

It’s funnier and prettier than most of the other Marvel movies, having figured out that adopting the visual palette of Frank Frazetta’s glossy swords n’ monsters n’ muscles fantasy paintings — rather than trying to cross that uncanny valley into photorealism — is a good way to make the wall-to-wall CGI less fatiguing. Half the frames in this film would look right at home airbrushed on the side of a 1978 Ford Econoline “shaggin’ wagon” van, which would almost certainly be blasting Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” a vintage headbanger that the Thor 3 soundtrack Ragna-rocks twice. (I am getting choked up thinking about all the 10-year-olds who will see this thing and shortly thereafter download their very first Led Zep.)

I remember my first Led Zep cassette. I’d like to go back to that moment, too.  It’s a magical place.

Nov
02
2017
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‘Immigrant Song.’

Hopefully I’ll be able to catch a movie tomorrow.

Immigrant Song, Led Zeppelin

Nov
02
2017
5

Twilight Zone coming back to CBS.

I’m actually OK with this.

TV viewers should be prepared: they may be heading back to “The Twilight Zone.”

CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves announced today during the company’s earnings call that a long-rumored reboot of the classic sci-fi anthology series was in the works. THR is also reporting that, while this has yet to be officially confirmed, “The Twilight Zone” reboot will be hailing from Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw banner.

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Nov
02
2017
10

New ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ footage drops.

I have to say: I’m not exactly questioning Luke’s apparent opinion that this Jedi/Sith thing is played out.  I’m struck, also, by the way you maybe can see how each of the original three main characters seem to reflect the way the people playing them think about Star Wars itself.  Carrie Fisher embraced her iconic status (Leia Organa is, after all, her most famous role); Harrison Ford – who went on to become an A-List actor – came back to make sure that Han Solo didn’t, ever. And Mark Hamill, as befits a man who carved out a second career as a beloved voice actor, is perhaps somewhat refreshingly objective about this movie series*.

Mind you, I’m going to be at the earliest possible morning showing.

Via Geeks are Sexy.

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Nov
02
2017
1

Tweet of the Day, Halloween BEAST MODE edition.

This… this takes reproductive organs. Zootopia reference, of course.

Nov
01
2017
4

The Spider-Man Homecoming Honest Trailer.

As somebody in comments noted — no, really: there’s a small but finite chance that a Youtube comment is not of the Devil — the Spider-Man: Homecoming Honest Trailer was almost certainly in the queue before Screen Junkies had to deal with the sexual harassment allegations.  So I don’t know whether this is representative of their new style, or not.  Heck, it may be a while before we get another one.

Still, it’s nice to have the series back.

Oct
29
2017
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Rejoice, my droogies: Thor: Ragnarok apparently Does Not Suck.

I got sent this via email: it’s not really a final trailer so much as it’s some new footage thrown into the old trailer footage and look, Thor: Ragnarok is apparently going to be good, OK? The critics are so far loving it and it’s made $107+ million foreign already before the American release. I think that we are actually gonna get the comic love letter to old-school Marvel and Led  Zeppelin that we were promised.

Cool.

Oct
27
2017
3

Tweet of the Day, Just Watch This Justice League Action Clip And You’ll Get The Joke edition.

Trust me on this.

Video after the fold, if you don’t want to click through.

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Oct
27
2017
3

Is this Gary Clark cover of Come Together for Justice League good, or bad?

I dunno. I kind of started out wanting to love it, then I kind of wanted to hate it, and now it’s growing a little on me.

Come Together, Gary Clark Jr.

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Oct
25
2017
2

The latest Bright trailer.

It raises… questions.

Like, When did the fantasy races start showing up, anyway?  It couldn’t have been centuries ago, or even multiple decades; the fashions are all still clearly human-derived and none of the Orcs apparently got the Shrek reference (movie made in 2001).  Assuming that you could even make Shrek in that universe if there were fantasy races around; somebody would have pitched a fit over the stereotyping*. Gonna be interesting when this comes out on December 22nd.

Moe Lane

*Then again, Dreamworks managed to gleefully libel Disney in that movie and get away with it, so maybe they could have made Shrek and not cared about what the Orcs thought about the ‘Ogres.’

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