Archive for May, 2015

Arrow Season 3 went pretty dark places. There were some deaths, and some of them didn’t stick… at this point, we’re pretty sure Akio’s the only one who’ll really stay dead… even the lead character got stabbed with a sword. So when IO9 interviewed Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim and he was asked what we can expect from Season 4, what did he say?

“It will take a lighter tone. That’s pretty much the only thing I say without spoiling it,” he told the site.

“We’ve been working for about a month now in the writers’ room, talking about season 4, and I think that one thing we all collectively understood was season 3 beginning with Sara’s death, because it’s the death of a major character on the show, it set a tone for the remainder of the season. And I’m not the least bit apologetic for that tone,” Guggenheim said. “I happen to like dark and I like the fact that Arrow is a pretty dark show particularly for a network show. That said, every year you want to mix things up and there was sort of a collective desire on all of our parts to try to inject a little bit more lightness into the show, a little bit more humor. It’s not going to radically change. The show’s still going to be the show but in terms of tone we’re coming off a very very hard season for all of our characters. We wanted to try to mix it up a little bit,” he said. (more…)

Could we have gotten more Harley Quinn on Arrow in addition to those short cameos in Season 2?

Arrow actress Willa Holland (Thea) talked about this subject a bit at the recent MCM Expo in London.

“We had big plans for Harley. But, I guess something came down from DC execs that told us to shut it down. I mean we had that tease with the pigtails and the ARGUS outfit but, we’ll never see it. We would love to Harley in Arrow but it will never happen,” Flickering Myth reports Willa as saying at the event (though without video, they may have been paraphrasing what is said in the paragraphs below.) (more…)

There are fans going crazy over the upcoming Fantastic Four movie, and not in a good way. From the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Human Torch to Susan Storm being adopted, these changes have irked the purists. Now recently many fans on Reddit have been complaining about The Thing’s eyes. In the comics he has blue eyes, but if you look at the solo poster (see below), his eyes are brown. He is known as “the ever-lovin’, blue-eyed Thing” after all. (more…)

Before the days of smearing blue paint over his face and going commando in a kilt (hey, let’s not judge), Mel Gibson roamed the barren, post apocalyptic wasteland in a Ford Falcon. Of course, this is a reference to Gibson’s breakout role in the Mad Max movies which launched the actor into stardom. Let’s put on the breaks for a minute and take a rear view mirror look at the most popular movie in the Mad Max franchise. Here’s why 1981’s Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is totally awesome.

1. Dystopian Is Not A Bad Word

There’s no shortage of dystopian movies but that doesn’t mean all of them are worth watching, in fact some are bogged down by implausible high concepts. What makes the dystopian world in Mad Max work is the straightforward explanation. It’s not too far of a stretch that mankind’s destructive nature and the world at perpetual war caused civilizations to crumble. At the same time, the backdrop is distinctive for its open desert roads where gasoline for vehicles is essential to survival. (more…)

Despite the fact that Now You See Me 2 isn’t hitting theaters for another year, Lionsgate is raring to go on Now You See Me 3. The studio confirms it’s already entered the “early planning” stages for the threequel, now that Now You See Me 2 has wrapped production. Hit the jump for more about the Now You See Me 3 announcement.

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer made the announcement during an earnings call. “We’ve already begun early planning for Now You See Me 3,” he revealed. The new project is framed as part of Lionsgate’s strategy to focus on franchises. (more…)

Into the Woods (2014)

Posted: May 23, 2015 in Review

Dave Examines Movies

Dave’s 3-Word Review:
OMG, just stop!

I like to see myself as a musical-appreciator. I do. I’ve seen a good fair share of musicals that I have enjoyed…more so than not. However, there is a guy in the musical industry that I just can’t stand, and his name is Stephen Sondheim. For instance, I hate Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street mostly for the songs that aren’t catchy, but instead repetitive and annoying.Into the Woods, on the other hand, takes all that and kind of brings it one step further by having a workable storyline and then completely destroying it halfway in. It’s hard to explain, so let’s first start with plot.

Alright, so this is the land of fairytales intertwined…sort of like in Shrek or more so like TV’s Once Upon a Time – and of course, it is filled with music. Now, the…

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Kingsman

Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Not PODUS’s Men.

I love spy movies and I always have. Back in the day, that’s where it was at. Where you have a number of unrealistic things transpiring, but no one really cares because it’s just a lot of fun, introduces a number of lovable characters, along with a love-to-hate villain with truly evil intentions – but at the same time, you like originality. You crave it. Which is why movies like that are only good for nostalgia purposes…until now. Kingsman: The Secret Service pays tribute to some of the spy movie greats of film’s past, but it also introduces it’s own spin on things – making it…quite the spectacle.

Meet Eggsy, an English punk that is always getting in trouble – you can tell by his punk-y hat and oversized jacket. Troublemakers like Eggsy don’t get a pass in life, or do they? You see…

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Spongebob-2

Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Slightly false advertising.

Are you ready kids? I can’t hear you! Spongebob Squarepants has officially been on the air for 16 years. That’s impressive – not Simpsons impressive, but it’s getting there. I was still in elementary school when this show began – and I’m 27 now. I’ve seen many episodes of this show throughout my youth – and I stopped somewhere around the time the first movie came out. However, I had to go back to my nostalgia years to watch The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Movies are typically better than the show, so what better way than to check out the second movie in the franchise? It’s an interesting movie, I’ll give it that, but a little reminiscent of the first movie when it comes down to it.

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water stars our favorite group of cartoon characters who…

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The Age of Adaline

Posted: May 23, 2015 in Review

Fast Film Reviews

The Age of Adaline photo starrating-4stars.jpgNo genre receives less respect in the 21st century than romance. Even the once maligned horror gets more critical acclaim. And woe unto the film that eschews the comedy and dares to simply be a sentimental drama. Writer Nicholas Sparks has had box office success in this area with adaptations of his novels like Dear John and Safe Haven. But those treacly tearjerkers prove my point. Audiences may flock to them but critics hate them. Occasionally an exception will attempt a more elevated take. The Theory of Everything is a good example. The Stephen Hawking biopic was a bona fide romance that actually received some recognition. But even that had a vociferous minority of detractors. Heck Best Picture winner Titanic is often unjustly maligned now. It wasn’t always this way. Roman Holiday (1953) and An Affair to Remember (1957) are great examples of unabashed emotion. Critics still adore those…

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Pitch Perfect 2

Posted: May 23, 2015 in Review

Fast Film Reviews

Pitch Perfect 2 photo starrating-3andahalfstars.jpg“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That’s the apparent mantra of Pitch Perfect 2. In 2012, Pitch Perfect was an obvious riff on Bring It On, but instead of competitive cheerleading, it was a cappella singing. Despite the familiarity, it was a delightful bit of fluff . The presentation was charming and it had a nice soundtrack to boot. Now in 2015 we have the sequel. Perhaps less innovative given we’ve seen this all before, but nevertheless it’s enchanting as well.

The saga picks up 3 years after the original. The Barden Bellas — collegiate champions — are now headed by Beca (Anna Kendrick) and Chloe (Brittany Snow). They’re rounded out by the same team of lovable music geeks, including goofy Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson), soft-spoken Korean Lilly (Hana Mae Lee), lesbian African-American Cynthia-Rose (Ester Dean) and new Guatemalan exchange student Flo (Chrissie Fit). Talented and likable…

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