Good. Bad. A bit of both.

doc savage
Just watched Guardians of the Galaxy. My subjective reaction: not a ground-breaking towering achievement of any kind, but it was fun.


damian, 666
Went to the cinema and watched two movies back-to-back: Edge of Tomorrow and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Neither of them was mind-blowing, but Edge of Tomorrow was better than I thought it would be, and X-Men: Days of Future Past wasn't as bad as I feared it could be. Within the Watsonian and Doylean constraints of their respective settings, they are well-built movies. Awful failures Bechdel-wise, though.


Non-spoilery Captain America 2 comments

damian, 666
I like: what they chose to lift from the comics; it was one of my favorite storylines. Also, the Marvelverse is rather tightly constructed in terms of reusing elements and so on.

I don't like: it was kind of ham-fisted.

I wonder: the *impact* on the rest of the movieverse. I mean, Coulson! And I can see how this might set things up for AoU.


Reason #13582 to move to Sweden

damian, 666
In their new movie rating system, to get an A you need to pass the Bechdel test.


Cinematographic nostalgia

damian, 666
I'm currently downloading Hudson Hawk or, as I like to think of it, the Hickman's S.H.I.E.L.D.-themed heist musical comedy that Bruce Willis starred in.

As far as I'm concerned, the triptych Hudson Hawk/Moonlighting/Die Hard is what Bruce Willis' career was all about (along similar lines, Tom Hanks is, to me, the actor of the stirring inspirational movie Joe Versus the Volcano and the terrifyingly understated psychosexual nightmare that was Big).


Just saw the second Man of Steel trailer

damian, 666
Spoilery knee-jerk reactions behind the cut.Collapse )

Which leads me to another question: why make an origin movie? If the problem is finding drama, do something with the first Superman/Batman storyline — make Luthor win the US Presidency, set up the moral and political issues, and go with that! Caesar's Ghost, it's not as if there's anybody out there who doesn't know the characters!

Saw a movie last night

doc savage
It was about this guy and the love of his life, who was marrying a woman of all people, so he talks/kidnaps him into one last romp of cross-dressed, alcohol- and drugs-fueled, violent cavorting through Europe. There are wild dances, phallic stuff everywhere, naked and dress-wearing men, much throwing aside of women, hurt/comfort, and *coughs* performance-enhancing drugs.

There was also some bits about a "game of shadows" and some detecting, but that was probably the C-plot.


A musing re: Hollywood

doc savage
If the protagonist of the movie version of Wanted was a hero, and RED was adapted like it was, we can't really expect a faithful movie adaptation of Irredeemable and Incorruptible, can we? For all their reputation, Hollywood is essentially a moralistic place. I wonder if, well, not Bollywood, but maybe Nigeria (note that Nigeria is poised to join the BRIC team in the not too far future, so that it's a moviemaking player it's not as weird as it seems) or somewhere else could carve a niche for itself as a purveyor of impossible-to-make-in-America movies.

In an unrelated musing, the fact that they chose Ryan Reynolds to portray Hal Jordan says quite a bit about... something. No wonder they basically chose to not make Superman a character in the last Superman movie — he's an essentially serious character, and somewhere deep in Hollywood analytical bowels, they have decided that comic book movie audiences don't want and/or can't relate to serious characters (obsessed is different).

Aaaand now I facepalm, remember the upcoming DC reboot (we need to start numbering them or something), and suddenly it makes a whole lot of sense. It's not about comic readers. It's about aligning DC "properties" with Hollywood (which is where the money is) scripting parameters, so the Superman movie after the next one can have a young "hip" Superman that "follows faithfully the comic, honest!"

I'm not sure I'm happy about the prospect of Hollywood targeting executives influencing the long-term development of comic book characters. To put it mildly.


Movies! (Odious Comparisons Edition)

doc savage
Priest is to alt-history alt-religious vampire hunting as airport internal decoration is to internal decoration.

Kung Fu Panda 2 is to Kung Fu Panda as chocolate-flavored pasta is to chocolate.

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (the animated one) is to, say, Crisis on Two Earths as a bad, mediocre things is to an awesome thing.

Hanna is to the Hanna in my head as a random ninja is to Cassandra Cain.


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