19 May 2007

Harvey Dent Believes in the Joker

Over at http://www.ibelieveinharveydenttoo.com/ Harvey is slowly being whittled away to reveal a creepy clown. Go Batman! Can't wait for '08.

UPDATE: I Believe in Harvey Dent TOO

UPDATED: The Joker has struck with a little site of his own. Go to http://www.ibelieveinharveydenttoo.com/ to play along.

Batman - The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997 (Batman / Batman Returns / Batman Forever / Batman & Robin) (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Batman Begins (Widescreen Edition)

Rambo Returns

Thanks to Chris for alerting me to this new first look at RAMBO. That Sly really is a sly guy. Going back to his roots, he has really regained his 80s street cred. But I wonder what is next? Throw Grandmama From the Train?

The Friends and Foes of Batman - Azrael

Azrael (Jean-Paul Valley) is named after the Angel of Death. He is yet to appear on the silver screen, TV, or in an animated incarnation.

Jean-Paul Valley, a university student in Gotham City, was unaware that he was the latest in a line of assassin-enforcers for "The Sacred Order of Saint Dumas", a sinister secret society. He had received training and mental conditioning to prepare him for his role since before he was born. He was a test tube baby and his genes were spliced with those of animals. He was brainwashed with "The System," a deep level of psychological conditioning. Valley learned of this upon the death of his father who was also his predecessor. At that time his conditioning was activated and he was called upon to take up the mantle of Azrael. When he was sent by the Order to kill a weapons dealer he crossed paths with Batman. He was shown the error of his ways and he decided to fight with Batman against the criminals of Gotham, rejecting his "birthright" and seeking Batman's help in breaking his conditioning to forge his own destiny.

Valley stood in as Batman after Bruce Wayne was defeated and paralyzed at the hands of Bane. Against Bruce Wayne's orders, Valley fought and defeated Bane. His performance as Batman was influenced by his Azrael conditioning; he grew increasingly violent, allowing the criminal Abattoir to fall to his death, thereby also allowing one of Abattoir's still-living victims to die. Valley also refused to recognize Robin as his partner. After he recovered, Wayne was forced to fight the technologically-enhanced Valley to reclaim his identity. After a prolonged battle on Gotham Bridge, when Azrael nearly killed Nightwing, he was defeated when Wayne tricked him into removing his armor, forcing him to finally realize that Wayne is the true Batman. Disgraced, Valley left Gotham and became Azrael once more.

As Azrael, Valley wore a red-and-gold costume. He sometimes carried a flaming sword, but also used two retractable daggers hidden in the gauntlets of his costume. He unlocked his superhuman skills by tapping into "The System" which placed a serious strain on his mind, and at times seemed to be driving him insane.

In his 100 issue solo series, Azrael battled against the Order of St. Dumas and eventually rejoined the Bat family. He also changed his costume considerably for a time. Azrael was seemingly killed while battling archenemies Nicholas Scratch and Carlton Lehah. However, his body was never recovered.

Villain Profiles:

Ra's al Ghul

Talia al Ghul

The Dark Knight returns in 426 days!

18 May 2007

Shrek the Third is Here

Post comments and thoughts on the movie here. Or post your box office predictions.

17 May 2007

Tubified: Frak-Tabulous Transformers Trailer

YOUTUBE has done it again!

I will post a youtube version when it appears, but itn the meantime I had to alert the world of this awesome new trailer. Is it possible that the Transformers is goign the be the greatest movie ever? Well maybe not, but it may come close.

Radar Blips - Spider-Man 3

The Year: 2007

The Players: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church as Sandman, and Topher Grace as Venom, plus Bryce Dallas Howard as Gwen Stacy, Mageina Tovah as Chocolate Cake Girl, and Bruce Campbell as a Maitre'd. Oh yeah, and Norman Osborn and Uncle Ben return. And Aunt May gave a couple life lessons.

The Take: $330 Million and counting

Part 3? How does it compare to Superman 3 or Batman Forever?: There is a surprising parallel between the Spider-Man and Superman films. In part 1 both presented an epic origin story. Part 2 not only had both heroes temporarily losing their powers, but for love (of fairly unattractive chicas). In part 3 both heroes had to overcome their dark side. Other similarities between Superman 3 and Spider-Man 3, new love interest (Lana Lang / Gwen Stacy), celebration parade to honor the heroes, showdown between good and evil versions (Clark Kent vs Dark Superman and Spider-Man vs Venom). Having said that, Spider-Man 3 was way better than Superman 3. It had less camp, and cool villains. Sandman, Green Goblin 2, and Venom are far cooler than Richard Pryor, Mr Webster's computer or Robo-Vera.

As for comparisons to Batman Forever, Spider-Man seems to have also made the mistake of trying to squeeze in everyone and the kitchen sink. If they are serious about Spider-Man 4, 5, 6, and beyond, they need to take their time and not force in extra characters. At this rate by Spider-Man 5, all the villains will be dead except the Beetle and the Kangaroo. But again, Spider-Man 3 was better than Batman Forever which "Jokerfied" both Riddler and Two-Face, and put Jim Carrey in pink hair and tights. There was a bit of neon in Harry's glider, er I mean flying snowboard, but not to the extent that it was used in Batman Forever.

Why you should see it: Everyone who is anyone has ALREADY seen it. So if you haven't, what are you waiting for? My main complaint about this movie was the overabundance of coincidences. Particularly with the arrival of the symbiote and the demolecularization of Sandy. Also, why was Gwen Peter's lab partner, Eddie's girlfriend, the police chiefs daughter, accident victim, AND wedding proposal crasher? But aside from those lazy plot points, there were several fantastic action scenes. Harry vs Peter, Spider-Man vs Sandman, Black Spider-Man vs Sandman, Dark Peter vs Harry, and a team-up at the end vs Sandman and Venom.

Harry Osborn stole the show with a great performance and a completion of his arc which began 2 films ago. While there were too many characters, they were all pretty good, and all added to the film. Even chocolate cake girl's return was a nice touch. I also enjoyed "Dark Peter." Sure he was still a geek, and thats the point. The symbiote made geeky Peter super-geeky. In all, Spider-Man 3 was pretty good. It was probably the sloppiest of the 3 films as far as story telling, but the strongest in action and effects. Its a worthy member of the Spider-Man trilogy.

15 May 2007

More I'm a Marvel Parodies

Spidey 4 Tidbit

According to an interview with the actor that played Captain Stacy in Spider-Man 3, the Stacys will return. Not really a surprise, but I don't make the news, I just report it.

Is the story for “Spider-Man 4” already planned? With the well-received appearance of Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard) in “Spider-Man 3,” comic purists once again bemoaned what they felt was missed opportunity, railing against the filmmakers for replacing Spidey’s first real love with Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). But never fear comic fans, the Stacy family will have a much bigger role to play in future installments, veteran actor James Cromwell told MTV News. Asked if his character, Captain George Stacy, meets the same grisly end in “Spider-Man 3” that he does in the comics, Cromwell playfully replied, “They haven’t shot that [scene] yet. That’s the next one.”

Ink Blots LXIV - Wallace & Gromit in The Wrong Trousers

This second short film foray into the clay formed world of Wallace and Gromit arrived four years after A Grand Day Out with Wallace and Gromit. The story opens on Gromit's birthday. The lovable little pooch is given a pair of robotic trousers that can take him for walks while Wallace sits around eating cheese. It turns out that Wallace has a spare "room to let." A shifty eyed penguin decided to rent the room, but opts for Gromit's room rather than the spare. This sends Gromit to the literal doghouse. Turns out, this shifty eyed penguin is actually a diabolical criminal who disguises himself as a chicken during robberies by putting a glove on his head. Wallace is a pawn in the schemers latest heist as are the robotic trousers.

This short is full of clever gags and silly moments. At one point Gromit shown reading a newspaper with the headline "Dog Reads Newspaper". If you think that's funny, this short will have you cracking up. The clay style is a perfect medium resulting in hilarious facial expressions on the characters. In fact, the work here is so fluid, its easy to forget that this is stop motion. The whole thing ends up in a daring train chase scene, well model train to be exact. Our hero Gromit steals the show, though the penguin is a welcome guest star. Of the 3 Wallace and Gromit 30 minute shorts, this one is my personal favorite. For this outing, this pair of cheese eaters earn an A.

13 May 2007

Actuals: Spider-Man 3 Keeps on Swingin'

After smashing records last weekend, Spidey lost a considerable amount of steam during the "still in school" weekdays. By week's end, Peter Parker had failed to capture the opening week record, leaving Captain Jack with a shred of dignity. Still, with little new competition, Spider-Man webbed up a $60 million box office win - the 4th biggest second weekend of all time.

Next weekend, Shrek the Third will take a big box office bite. I don't expect him to break records, but it should be an impressive debut nonetheless. It will be interesting to see how Spider-Man fairs against an ogre.

Current Rankings:

#6 The Ex - $1,394,229 (-.-%)*
#5 Delta Farce - $3,420,645 (-.-%)*
#4 Lucky You - $4,818,316 (-.-%)*
#3 Georgia Rule - $6,773,870 (-.-%)*
#2 28 Weeks Later - $9,807,292 (-.-%)*
#1 Spider-Man 3 - 240,236,828 (63.2%)*

*Percentages indicate accuracy compared to my predictions

My Predictions:

#9 Evan Almighty - $170,000,000
#8 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer - $175,000,000
#7 The Bourne Ultimatum - $185,000,000
#6 Transformers - $205,000,000
#5 Ratatouille - $260,000,000
#4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - $275,000,000
#3 Shrek the Third - $325,000,000
#2 Spider-Man 3 - $380,000,000
#1 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - $395,000,000