Month: July 2014

REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

The following is a spoiler review of Guardians of the Galaxy, a James Gunn film. 

Today I saw a movie that featured the characters that reignited a fire within me, reignited my passion for comic books – Guardians of the Galaxy. I’ve been really excited for this film for a long time, and I even feel like I’ve been ahead of the massive hype-train for a long time. In the following review, I will briefly discuss the credits-scene, I will shed some light on what I liked, disliked and what I would’ve liked to have seen more of in this film. Guardians of the Galaxy might become one of my favorite films of all-time sooner, rather than later.

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Emmys 2014: My Picks

So, a buddy of mine showed me the full list of nominees for the Emmys this year – and though I disagreed with some of them, I feel that it probably highlights the balance of television right now… There is none. Television today is either of an extreme level, sometimes superseding the effect of movies – or a poor one, either due to bad overused CGI, horrible writing or basic directing.

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Can Marvel Save Ant-Man? – Should They?

I like to consider myself somewhat of a Marvel fanboy, and that’s definitely the case when talking about Tony Stark. Peter Quill and Thor himself. However, while I was looking very much forward to the Ant-Man movie, it has most certainly stalled – and we are now looking at some kind of trainwreck – unique to the Marvel Cinematic Universe Process so far. This post will dive into whether Feige & Co. can fix this mess – and in length, if that’s the best thing to do right now.

Let’s look at its problems. In late may, Ant-Man director and fan – Edgar Wright – was let go of the project. Thus leaving many fanboys, both of Marvel and Wright, shocked and angered. Do also note that Wright’s director of photography was leaving the project in the process. In the days that followed, numerous directors openly declined the opportunity to rewrite and/or direct the movie. In came Adam McKay (to rewrite) and Peyton Reed (to direct). This will be Reed’s first feature film project since 2008’s Yes Man, and that leaves some puzzled at the direction of Kevin Feige. Now, in late july, three actors have left the project (two due to being written out, and Patrick Wilson due to scheduling conflicts).

Now, worse things have happened in Hollywood – but not really in the MCU. If we were to solely focus on the story of the project, we also encounter problems – in my humble opinion. Do note some PROBABLE SPOILERS for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, to follow. I really attribute two things to the role of Ant-Man. One, there’s the horrible ‘scandal’ involving ‘striking his wife’ in the comic – and secondly (most importantly), the creation of SPOILERS…… Ultron. Now to be created by Tony Stark instead, in the Avengers sequel.

Where does this leave the future of Ant-Man? Well, they could ride out the storm – and still get a good film out of it. However, this has been a publicity failure for the film – and could potentially derail riskier projects from Marvel. Personally? I think it’d be wise to table the Ant-Man project until they reboot/remake the universe around 2025 (I guess, calmly). Ant-Man needs to be the creator of… Well, you’ve read it by now.

What do you think would be wise for Marvel? Should they simply push the date a year forward? Or should they concede defeat, and cancel the film entirely? Is it too late? Sound off in the comments.

Proposition for Kevin Feige – July 2014

Nova.

Hello and welcome,

As you may’ve noticed this post is for Kevin Feige. Now you may ask who he is. Kevin Feige pretty much is in control of the destiny of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phases, he is the one sitting next to Whedon and co., the man with the plan. I will be trying to come up with various ideas for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and these are the first propositions I present. Starting with the introduction of Sam Alexander, the new Nova, in Phase 4.

The Troubled Teen – Sam Alexander – Nova

Liam James – Nova?

Now, Sam Alexander isn’t the fan-favorite Nova – and I know this – but he is the one Marvel Comics is trying right now, and could easily make money for the Disney owned studios. The character of Sam Alexander would be the youngest leading man for Marvel, and has already been discussed somewhat. I believe there were rumours of Ty Simpkins’ character in Iron Man 3 actually being the introduction of a kid-Nova, like Sam Alexander. However, we’ve seen nothing of him since. Instead I propose two actors for the role of Nova, both being actors I’d label as ‘kids’  for a kid-character (which might actually just be tossed to the side, a la Radcliffe as Harry Potter). First and foremost, I’d like to propose Liam James (originally pictured above) of ‘The Way Way Back’ & ‘2012’ fame. James was born in 1996, and would therefore be at an acceptable age for Sam Alexander… And he looks the part too. I like the awkward portrayal he put forth in ‘The Way Way Back’, and I think his character from the aforementioend movie has some interesting features as a leading man, in a world where he (Nova) is not in charge. Now, I’ve also noted Kodi Smit-McPhee who is having a great year, starring in the new Planet of the Apes-film.


The Leading Men – Dr. Strange & Black Panther

With Marvel slowly, but surely, losing Downey Jr. as their main man – they’re going to need to replenish their cast of stars. The rumours of a Black Panther movie have been heard for a long time, and I suspect we’ll have it confirmed at San Diego Comic Con 2014. For the role of Black Panther, I propose Chadwick Boseman of ’42’ fame. I think this is a guy most people want, even ahead of a big name like Chiwetel Ejiofor, and that’s saying something. In any case, this is a character the MCU needs – we’re waiting, Feige.

As for Dr. Strange? Well, the movie’s confirmed – it’s got its most important ‘staffmembers’, in a director and Screenplay-writers. Now we need a leading man – someone to give us a new mature Marvel CU… Hopefully. Jared Leto’s been rumoured, and I’d like him – but I propose another guy, someone who’s a household name, of sorts. Joaquin Phoenix of ‘Walk the Line’ and ‘Her’ fame. Not only is this a household name, he also has the presence of a sorcerer supreme.

Hopefully Feige will listen… Who knows what we’ll see at Comic Con, and what about the Credit Sequences of Guardians of the Galaxy?

– I’m Jeffrey Rex

REVIEW: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Theatrical Release Poster – 20th Century Fox

The following is a quick spoiler review of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Directed by Matt Reeves.

In 2011, I quite enjoyed Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, I must admit. And that was in spite of some mistakes that I had found in what I found to be a rather simple story. I liked that movie, but it pales in comparison to its 2014 sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Gone is Wyatt, Franco and Pinto – in stays the amazing Andy Serkis. (more…)