08 August 2008

Looking to Summer '09

With Iron Man, Wall-E, The Dark Knight, Hellboy 2, The Incredible Hulk, and even Kung Fu Panda, Summer 2008 was one of the best in a long time. It surely topped last year loaded with disappointing 3quels. So, what about '09? Can it match this year? Maybe not, but there are some films worth looking forward to.

27 March - Monsters Vs Aliens

Dreamworks kicks things off early next summer with human bred monsters fighting off alien invaders. As long as Shrek isn't one of said monsters, I think Dreamworks may have a hit on their hands.

10 April - Dragonball

Next years Speed Racer. I do not know much about Dragonball Z. I think its something like an anime Street Fighter, but with more "mystical powers." Still, it may turn out to good, and really, comparing it to Speed Racer was a low blow.

01 May - X-Men Origins: Wolverine

This year, Superheroes were in style. Next year, Wolvy has the whole summer to himself. Not sure why Gambit is in a Wolverine movie, but seeing some New Mutants should be fun - and better Gambit than more Storm. Though early buzz is not great on this one, its opening weekend alone should be big enough to make it a success.

08 May - Star Trek

I have high hopes for this movie as does Paramount. JJ Abrahms brought us Alias, Lost, and a good Mission Impossible movie (MI3), so hopefully he can usher in a new age for Trek. Having said that, this is Trek 11 and only one Trek has broken $100 million. Hopefully going back to its roots will be a recipe for success.

29 May - Up

This movie is about an old guy and a boy scout floating around in a house attached to balloons... Ok. But any film from Pixar has my attention. I don't know if it will have mass apeal (say like a movie about aliens and monsters for example), but it appeals to me.

29 June - Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Lets face it. Though Transformers was cool, it wasn't really good. This sequel was churned out pretty fast and I am afraid that it may fall flat. No matter what, this will be huge, likely the biggest of the summer. But, if the Transformers get some dialogue this time, it might even be good.

07 August - G.I. Joe: Rise of COBRA

The second feature length toy commercial of the summer is even less likely to be good, but who knows. Cool is what I am hoping for you know, more like the Mortal Kombat movie and less like Street Fighter. Speaking of SF, the legend of Chun Li also somes out next year, in Feb, and so far... YIKES!

DJ Spock is in the Heezy

My Dad of all people clued me in on this. Go Spock.

07 August 2008

Radar Blips - Star Trek: First Contact

The Year: 1996

The Players: The jolly TNG crew is reunited with Worf and many a Borg.

The Take: $92 Million (2nd highest of 10)

Is this an odd or even one? First Contact is sometimes referred to as Star Trek 8, making it an even one and propagating the theory that only the even ones are good.

Why you should see it: Trek, Time Travel, and Borgs. What more do you need? This film gave us a glimpse of the first meeting between humans and Vulcans, and a peek into a time period previously untouched by trek (unfortunately, this led to a spin off series - Enterprise). The opening battle between the Federation and Borg is good, but the best part is the not so subtle story references to Moby Dick and Picard's Ahabian attitude. This movie just got so many things right. If you are going to watch one of the next generation films, this is the one to see.

06 August 2008

Bats Tops The Itsy Bitsy Spider

As Promised. Cruising past the $403,706,375 total box office of 2002's Spider-Man, The Dark Knight has become the highest grossing Superhero film of all time, currently with $405,709,000. Now of course, you have to take into consideration or ticket sales to determine the real winner... blah, blah, blah, but those adjusted for inflation records are all in danger too. By the end of the weekend, The Dark Knight looks to top Batman 1989's adjusted for inflation total, and eventually Spidey's $491 million adjusted total will fall as well. I will keep the updates coming.

05 August 2008

400 and Counting for The Dark Knight

$400,031,000 to be exact, in just 18 days - besting Shrek 2's fastest to $400 million record of 43 days. No one saw this coming.

Not to downplay this accomplishment, but more are coming. By this time tomorrow, I should be back reporting that Batman has squashed Spider-Man's total take becoming the biggest Superhero film of all time.

The Friends and Foes of Batman - Two-Face

I know that I seriously dropped the ball on this feature leading up to The Dark Knight. Though I may not be able to cover all of Batman's Rogues Gallery, I figure I can still hit the high points.

Two-Face has been a staple villain for the Batman since his first appearance in 1942. Two-Face was once Harvey Dent, District Attorney of Gotham City and an ally of Batman. After a criminal disfigured half of his face with acid, Dent became the insane crime boss Two-Face, who chose to do either good or evil depending upon the results of flipping a coin. He was partly inspired by the dual personality of the character Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Originally, Two-Face was a many gimmick-focused comic book villains, plotting crimes based around the number two, such as robbing Gotham Second National Bank at 2:00 on February 2. In recent years, writers have portrayed his obsession with duality and fate and his criminal behavior as the result of multiple personality disorder and a history of child abuse. He obsessively makes all important decisions by flipping a two-headed coin, one side of which is scratched over with an X. The fact that Dent was formerly a friend of Bruce Wayne and an ally of Batman before his scarring colored their now adversarial relationship is also a more prominent element in modern stories.

The character of Harvey Dent was played by none other than Lando Calrissian's Billy Dee Williams in 1989's Batman. In Batman Forever the role went to Tommy Lee Jones who was already transformed into Two Face. Most recently, he was played by Aaron Eckhart in The Dark Knight. Though Two-Face appeared in Batman: The Animated Series, he has a couple of notable omissions from The Batman and the 1960's series.

Throughout his history, Two-Face's face has been surgicacally repaired any number of times, but his mind remains damged and ultimately he tends to redamge his face to match.

Radar Blips - Batman Returns

The Year: 1992

The Players: Mr Mom as Batman, Arnold Schwarzenegger's twin brother as the Penguin, The Pfief in a catsuit, and Chris Walken as Shrek (not that one). This is the second of teh Burton Batmen.

The Take: $163 Million

Is this the one where Batman has a bastard child and becomes a stalker? That would be Superman Returns. This is the one where the ever charismatic Penguin runs for mayor, leads a circus gang, and is also the telepathic commander of a missile toting penguin army. In either case, I dont think parents were happy with the way Superheroes were portrayed to their happy meal munching kids.

Why you should see it: Christmas in Gotham does make for an interesting and unique juxtaposition. The portrayal of Catwoman is quite enjoyable and the character of Max Shreck is also not bad thanks to the genius that is Walken. So, the plot is pretty pointless (who cares if the Penguin becomes mayor) and the foes don't really raise the stakes as high as the Joker did in the previous film (well until Penguins penguins all of a sudden were armed with weapons of mass destruction in the last few scenes), but no one can claim to be a real Batman fan without having at least seen the theatrical films at least once. If it helps, don't think of this as a Batman movie, I mean Batman stuffs a bomb down a guys pants at one point... not too heroic. Instead, think of it as another twisted tale from the mind of Tim Burton ala Edward Scissorhands.

04 August 2008

DC Hopes For Some Serious Green

So, I guess the Superhero genre is not dead yet. The Dark Knight, Hellboy 2, The Incredible Hulk, Hancock, and Iron Man have combined for over $1.1 Billion Domestically (so far) this Summer, and FINALLY, DC has realized that they have more than 2 Superheroes. Sure, Batman can make some bank every 3 years, but in between why not give some of the other guys a shot.

It looks like old GL will be the first to try and prove that Iron Man has nothing on DCs B-list as LatinoReview.com reports a film with the following description is moving forward:

Each sector of space is protected by a Green Lantern, possessing a power ring that uses a powerful green energy to do anything within the limits of the user’s imagination and will power. When the Green Lantern assigned to this sector of space finds himself dying on planet Earth, he tells the ring to find a suitable successor. The chosen replacement, hot-shot test pilot Hal Jordan, finds himself with a new job he never expected.

A Green Lantern film series could be amazing, as long as they keep Jack Black out of the suit.

Hopefully, we will soon hear news of the Green Arrow Supermax film moving forward as well. In 2010, Green may be very in.

Aliens Vs Monsters in Monsters Vs Aliens Trailer

This one looks like it might be ok. At least its not another Shrek or Bug themed movie. And though I havent seen it yet, I hear Kung Fu Panda was pretty good, so hopefully Dreamworks is on a roll.

Radar Blips - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The Year: 2007

The Players: The usual Potter cast, Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge and Hagrids very fake looking brother Grawp.

The Take: $292 Million

How many of these freaking movies are there? This is an adaptation of the 5th of 7 books, and the 5th of what will be 8 films.

Why you should see it: For me, this one was one was the best adaptations of its book. Order of the Phoenix the book was over long and this movie really highlighted the strong points. The end of Goblet of Fire started off the main event story of the Potter saga, and this movie set the foundation for what is to come. The final showdown between the younglings and deatheaters made fighting with wands look cool. It was also nice to see the kids ultimately get their butts kicked. I am not a fan of 15 years olds leading armies over bigger and badder foes. Voldemorts apearance was also great as was his showdown with Dumbly-dore.

03 August 2008

No Amount of Mummies Can Overtake Batman

Amazingly, The Dark Knight has won its third straight weekend, this time holding of the Mummy 3, Yetis and all. Adding another $44 million to the bat-bank, $400 million will be conquered as early as tomorrow, putting the Dark Knight in an elite class with only 7 other movies. $500 million looks certain now though its going to be a little slower going. The Mummy's $42.5 million take was pretty impressive considering its horrible reviews (10% on Rotten Tomatoes), but look for the film to fizzle out without much of a bang.

Hancock has claimed the #4 spot, karate choppin Kung Fu Panda. I think from now on Will Smith should just title his films The Will Smith Movie -Part X, because the people love him no matter who he plays.

Wall-E has busted through the $200 million mark. More significantly, he looks to pass up total earning of Ratatouille, reversing the downward earning trend that began back with The Incredibles.

Speaking of Incredible. Could it be that The Incredible Hulk has hung on for yet another week. Way to Smash it up Hulkster!

Next weekend bring Pineapple Express and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. Since they both open on Wednesday, The Dark Knight just might make it 4 straight.


#1 The Dark Knight - $394,887,000
#2 Iron Man - $315,668,000
#3 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - $314,331,000
#4 Hancock - $215,995,000
#5 Kung Fu Panda - $210,495,000
#6 Wall-E - $204,222,000
#7 Sex and the City - $151,169,251
#8 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - $140,415,913
#9 The Incredible Hulk - $133,289,000