My Best/Favorite Movies of the Year

Well, it’s the end of the year and you know what that means. The lists of “Best of” or “Worst of” start to come out.  So of course, I have to put my list out there too!

Making these “Best of” lists is always hard.  Because no matter what’s on your list people will always disagree with where you put a movie.  So this year (like last year) I will put the movies in alphabetical order.  It’s simple and clean for the most part.  As usual I put the “Honorable Mentions” first and then put up my “Best/Favorite” movies of the year.

NOTE: This is MY list and in no way is official or meant to say your list is not good.  These are the movies that I enjoyed/liked/loved or thought where actually superior to others (I won’t say which ones are those)

Movies I Missed That I Wanted to Watch

John Dies at the End, The Kings of Summer, Mud, The East, Blue Jasmine, Fruitvale Station, The To Do List, Dallas Buyers Club, Short Term 12, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Saving Mr. Banks, Antiviral

 

Honorable Mentions:

2 Guns: Didn’t expect a lot coming from this even with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.  Turns out it was pretty fun with some cool action scenes and great chemistry between the two leads.

About Time: Being a fan of Richard Curtis’ Love Actually I was kind of excited to see what he would do for his “last romantic movie.” The thing that surprised me about the movie is that it wasn’t just a romantic comedy with a time travelling aspect to it but it’s what you do with that.

Closed Circuit: A great political thriller about a bombing in London with the CCTV cameras not being any good use for the case.  Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall give solid performance and the way everything comes together and goes down really shocked me.

Dead Man Down: A reunion between director Neils Arden Oplev and his Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace was nice to see but it was Colin Farrell’s stoic performance in his very European feel movie about revenge that had me from the very start.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters: Tommy Wirkola’s took almost the same sensibility with this that he took with his hit Dead Snow.  The movie didn’t take itself too seriously and it worked.  I had a lot of fun with this movie and I think if people gave it another chance they would enjoy.

In A World: Directed and staring Lake Bell, the movie was a fun quirky look at how competitive Hollywood can be, just to do a voice over in a movie trailer.

Mama: Based on a short by the same name, producer Guillermo del Toro and short director Andres Muschietti came together to expand the short and give it a creepy/eerie mythology.  I liked the tone of the movie as it did fit a bit with the short and del Toro’s classic touch.

Oblivion: The movie could have been lost as a typical “sci-fi” movie but I found the movie to have a little more and with the score, it got to me enough to get here on the list.

Olympus Has Fallen: One of the two White House takeover movies and in my opinion the best of the two. Probably the reason I liked it the most was that it felt like an 90s action movie and knew what it was.

Out of the Furnace: A beautifully shot movie with a great story about brothers and what you will do for them.  Christian Bale does a great job in the movie but it’s Casey Affleck who steals the show as his brother.

Star Trek Into Darkness: I loved J.J. Abrams Star Trek and was excited to see what he would do in his second go around.  I know not a lot of people were crazy about the movie, even calling it the worst Star Trek movie ever (REALLY?) but I really liked it and Benedict Cumberbatch’s character reveal was still awesome to hear and see even if I already kind of knew.

Stoker: Chan-wook Park (Oldboy) made his American directorial debut this family drama thriller that is a bit of a slow burner and goes in directions you wouldn’t think would go.

The Croods: Didn’t know much about The Croods walking in and I have to say I enjoyed the hell out of it. Nicholas Cage’s father character totally fit him.

The Family: With nice nudges to Robert De Niro’s gangster movies, Luc Besson manages to pull together a good family action drama with a gangster twist of sorts.  But I think one of the highlights is John D’Leo

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Although I didn’t enjoy the whole movie as much as I did An Unexpected Journey, the sequel had it’s moments that I felt I could not let the movie pass without being on the list.  The River Barrel scene, Smaug and Evangeline Lilly’s Tauriel were the major highlights for me.

The Heat: I don’t think you could go wrong with Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig.  It also happened to be one of the movies that I laughed out loud in a theater.

The Last Stand: Another American directorial debut, this time by Kim Jee-Woon (The Good, the Bad, the Weird, I Saw the Devil) bought back Arnold Schwarzenegger to the big screen.  Yes, the movie wasn’t perfect but the last third act was pretty funny.

The Lone Ranger: The movie does have some pitfalls but the movie really wasn’t as bad as people said it was.  The last action scene involving the train is fantastic.

The Place Beyond the Pines: This movie wasn’t like anything I thought it would be. The trailers give nothing away and it takes a turn you didn’t think I would. The movie was a bit on the long side for my taste and the last act wasn’t as good as the first two.

The Wolf of Wall Street:  A great and somewhat twisted story of the rise and fall of Jordan Belfort, a real life former Stock Broker, who rose through the ranks his own way.  Martin and Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio prove they can do no wrong together.  Although the movie was a little long for my taste every minute tells a story.

This is the End: When the movie was first announced I didn’t really care too much about it but then I saw the movie and I took everything back.

Trance: Danny Boyle is pretty much always dependable and his psychological crime thriller makes you think until the very last minute on what the hell was really happening and even then you’re wondering what the hell was going on.

We’re the Millers: A little raunchy comedy never hurt anyone and with an unusual premise the movie actually kind of worked.  Although, the major flaws of the movie was Jason Sudeikis’ main character.

White House Down: The second White House takeover movie and one I wasn’t looking forward to.  One reason is that it was another White House takeover movie. The second was because I’m not the biggest Channing Tatum fan.  However, the movie was a good combination of humor and action so I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

World War Z: Very loosely based on Max Brooks’ popular zombie book, Brad Pitt stars in a race against time zombie survival movie.  Despite its behind-the-scenes problems the movie still managed not to be terrible.  Probably the standout of the movie was the Israel action sequence.

 

BEST/FAVORITE

12 Years a Slave: One of the most gripping, emotional, and character-centric movies of the year and it’s all a true story of Solomon Northup. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender give two of the best performances of the year and Paul Dano’s short supporting role is another highlight performance wise.

American Hustle:  Everyone gives great performances but probably the standout of the cast is Amy Adams.  Based on true events the movie has a good sense of the time period down to the music and clothing.  David O’ Russell knows how to get good performances out of his cast.

Captain Phillips: Tom Hanks gives a great performance as the title character that is kidnapped by Somali Pirates and does his best under the situation.  Props go to Barkhad Abdi for standing toe-to-toe with Hanks during those intense scenes.  But Hanks steals the show especially in the last act.

Evil Dead: Remaking a “cult-favorite” like Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead is sure to strike a chord with people, and that is exactly what this movie did.  However, I (and many others) were able to look past that and see the movie for what it was.  It wasn’t necessarily a direct remake and it didn’t try to tarnish the original that people all love.  At the end of the day the movie did its job and that is to scare me.

Fast & Furious 6: Everyone thought that topping Fast Five would be hard but Justin Lin’s last Fast & Furious movie sure made it harder to make that decision.  The action is pushed to another level and everything feels like a conclusion and a new way to begin the story.  If it isn’t the best Fast & Furious movie then it sure is a close second. And really, can you not like the long runway scene!

Frozen: I found myself struggling a little with animated movies this year.  As much as I liked seeing Monsters University this movie surely is the better movie and a strong one at that.  Disney (by themselves, not with Pixar) has been stepping up the game lately with their animation movies.  Frozen played a little with the genre but also felt like an old classic and I think that’s why I liked it so much.

G.I Joe: Retaliation: Let’s face it, Retaliation should have not worked after Rise of Cobra.  Yes, the first one had it’s moments but if you asked me back then if I wanted a sequel I would have said no.  However, add in the “franchise savior” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and make it feel realistic and you have me.  Besides, the ten minute mountain sequence was just awesome.

Gravity: Every now and then we get a movie that is truly an “experience movie” and Gravity is that movie this year.  However, we also have to add in the “How the hell did they do all that?”  Nevertheless, the movie is great to look at and with the combination of Alfonso Cuaron’s directing and Sandra Bullock’s great performance I was completely sucked in to what I was seeing on screen.

Iron Man 3: Say what you will about Iron Man 3.  Was it perfect? No, (but really is any movie) but was it better than Iron Man 2? Yes.  But of course all anyone can talk about was “The Mandarin Twist” which pissed everyone off.  Let’s face it, Marvel totally got us and I think that’s what pissed everyone off.  I personally loved it because it played with our expectations and gave us, whether intentional or not, one of the biggest moments this year.

Man of Steel: I, like everyone, had my doubts about Zack Snyder’s Superman movie.  But seeing the final product but away all those doubts.  Henry Cavill did a great job playing the man from two worlds and Russell Crowe’s Jor-El was better than I thought it would be too.  The standout for me was Antje Traue’s Faora-Ul.  Of course this movie also had it’s own “twist” which again, I didn’t mind but the purists out there seemed to forget that it was part of the, at least to me, beginning of who and what Superman will become later.

Much Ado About Nothing: Joss Whedon took a break from his Marvel duties and filmed an adaptation of Shakespeare’s play of the same name.  Filled with Whedon’s alumni the movie was set in modern times but still managed to work.  Drama-filled, funny and smart Whedon proved that he can work in all genres.

Pacific Rim: What’s not to like about giant robots fighting giant monsters! Next to the fact that everything looks fantastic

Prisoners: Hugh Jackman steals the show as he plays a father wanting his daughter back and takes matter into his own hands by taking the only person accused of it, who is played by Paul Dano.  Jake Gyllenhaal also gives a strong performance but it’s probably Melissa Leo who goes toe to toe with Jackman.

Rush:  A re-telling of the famous rivalry between Formula-One racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda.  With great performances by leads Chris Hemsworth, standout Daniel Bruhl and Hans Zimmer’s score it was truly one of the best movies of the year.

The Conjuring: If this is James Wan’s last horror movie, it’s surely a good way to go.  Creepy, scary and based on actual events investigated by real life paranormal investigators The Warrens.

The Way Way Back: A great indie comedy with a good and real story about growing up. I knew nothing about it expect that it was getting good reviews and I agreed with them. Sam Rockwell is the best part of the movie and worth all the praise.

The Wolverine:  Basing it off one of the most popular Wolverine stories it’s finally a solo Wolverine movie that Wolverine fans wanted.  Hugh Jackman proves that Wolverine is his role and I feel sorry for the next guy that takes the role when Jackman finally steps aside.

The World’s End: The final installment of The Cornetto Trilogy isn’t probably entirely what people thought it would be but it was a somewhat fitting ending to it.  Simon Pegg and Nick Frost do a switcheroo role wise with Pegg being the better of the two.

Thor: The Dark World:  Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston embrace their roles more this time around and the movie really ups the action this time around.  Needless to say this movie surprised the hell out of me.

You’re Next:  A combination to an old school horror and home invasion, You’re Next was one of my biggest surprises this year. Also a fine performance by Sharni Vinson playing the heroine.

Zero Dark Thirty: Besides all the buzz (or controversy depending on how you view it) around the movie, it still was a great movie about (how the tagline puts it) “The Greatest Manhunt in History).  Jessica Chastain and Jason Clarke career shot straight up after this but another highlight from the movie is Mark Strong’s supporting role.

‘Man of Steel’ Review

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Dir: Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen)

Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Christopher Meloni, and Kevin Costner

Synopsis: A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind

 

*Review Note: This is a non-spoiler review as always. It will be hard for me because I want to talk about what makes this movie different.*

 

The long-awaited Superman reboot directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan has finally landed and in short, it’s awesome. Besides being a reboot the film serves as an origin story but also makes some welcoming changes to the origin that we known so well. For example, we find out why the costume is the way it is and what the hell the “S” stands for. But just because Superman is a comic book character it doesn’t mean the movie is a comic book movie. It does take many aspects from the comics but the movie is really almost a drama about alien trying to find his place in our world and dealing with humanity’s reaction to his existence.

Clark wants to be one of us but he knows deep down he can’t. That is until he is forced to choose between his adopted world and his home world when General Zod (Shannon) and fellow Kryptonians come to Earth looking for him.

The flashbacks to Clark’s youth, that are thrown in when appropriate, show us his journey and give us a sense of his inner demons like dealing with bullies and his first exposure to one of his abilities. There great moments in the movie and the actors, Dylan Sprayberry (age 13) and Cooper Timberline (age 9), do a great job making us believe they are struggling with their “curse.”

The other big part is, of course, Superman’s moral character that is formed by his two fathers, Jor-El (Crowe) and Jonathan Kent (Costner). Crowe and Costner stand out in their own way. Both loom large whenever they’re not on screen, and their impact on Clark’s life is deeply felt. He struggles with the advice of both men. Both tell him essentially the same thing but in their own way. And if you’re wondering about Jor-El’s screen-time, let’s just say you’ll be happy.

Of course there is Cavill’s Clark/Kal-El that is a great fit. He has his moments where he outshines everyone else but there are also moments where, even when he’s wearing his Superman outfit, he’s vulnerable. Adams is great as Lois Lane, bringing in her own sense of style to the character but this is not a Lois and Clark story. This is a story about Clark finding his place in the world. For those expecting a lot of heat between this famous comic book couple, you might be slightly disappointed. However, by the end you’ll see how their relationship can definitely be taken farther and in more interesting directions in future films.

Shannon is truly imposing as Zod, and dare I say gives Terrence Stamp a run for his money. Zod isn’t just a crazy villain he, at least in his eyes, sees what he’s doing is right and will do anything for the “good” of his people. The only other villain we have any time with is Antje Traue’s Faora who has many moments and might even walk away as people’s favorite when it comes fight sequence.

The supporting cast includes respectable appearances by Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Laurence Fishburne as Daily Planet’s Perry White, Ayelet Zurer as Lara (Clark/Kal-El’s mother), Richard Schiff as Dr. Emil Hamilton, and Harry Lennix and Christopher Meloni as U.S. military brass. The other great surprise is composer Hans Zimmer’s score. His score fits so well with the scenes whether it be an action scene or drama-centric. Also, in a nice refreshing step we don’t hear John Williams’ classic score. Some might be disappointed by that but I thought it was a good step in a new direction.

One of the great things we get that we haven’t gotten a lot of in past Superman films is the action. Snyder is known for his action sequence and thankfully he abandons his use of slo-mo and trades it in for fast and brutal action. We’ll have to wait for it but once it starts you don’t want it to stop. Some might feel that the CGI gets in the way of some of the fights but it’s still something truly worth seeing.

All in all, Man of Steel is a great ride that doesn’t disappoint. We do get a new look to Superman, which is great, but we also get a new story that could go in many different directions. Also be on the lookout for some nice Easter Eggs during all the carnage. One of the only things that I have to complain about is it’s a bit lengthy at two and half hours.

Man of Steel

4.5 out of 5

Big News Items for the month of March

Alright ladies and gentlemen, I figured I do something new and I’ve actually wanted to do this for quite a while now but never actually did it. Now I know a lot of movie news items come out every month but I figured I’d take the “big” one and write a little something about them. So after you read them let me know what you think of the idea and if you would like to see more of this at the end of every month or more often, for example every week.

 

In no particular order

(Expect this one) Rumor that Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale, and Zack Snyder would come back for the Justice League/World’s Finest movie

The news items for March really kicked off with the “atomic bomb” of all comic book news items. The rumor was that Nolan would be the man that Warner Brothers wanted to over look the DC Universe and would act as a producer from this point forward. It continued with Bale possibly returning to once again play Bruce Wayne/Batman alongside Henry Cavill Man of Steel’s Superman/Clark Kent in the long gestured Justice League of America OR a World’s Finest movie. (For those non-comic book fans, World’s Finest is essentially just Batman and Superman). The last bit was that Zack Snyder would come back as the director of either those two movies and David Goyer (writer of The Dark Knight Trilogy and Man of Steel) would likely return as well.

Now obviously this is a HUGE rumor and should only be taken as a grain of salt. But, this came from the Latino Review which has a good track record when it comes to some exclusive comic book news. Would this be cool? For some yes (like me) and some no. Not everybody liked the “dark, gritty and grounded approach” that Christopher Nolan bought into The Dark Knight Trilogy and now into Superman but honesty ask yourself, “Would you want Nolan, who in my mind has a great track record, or somebody new that could possibly mess it up?”

The other thing that people have bought up is if Nolan is willing to almost erase his ending and arc of The Dark Knight Rises in order to bring back Christian Bale? And would WB sign Bale for more than just one movie? Well at this point no one is saying anything and I will only believe it when I see it. WB actually said that the fate of the JLA movie would depend on the success of Man of Steel but that was before WB threw out the script by Will Beall (Gangster Squad).

 

Veronica Mars movie greenlit thanks with help of KickStarter and fans

            Well this is a first. Series creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell have always said they would love to do a Veronica Mars movie based off their cult favorite TV show that was canceled after three seasons (all season available on Netflix). But Thomas and Bell asked Warner Brothers, the right holders to Mars, if they could get two million dollars would they greenlight the movie, of course the answered yes. Then Thomas and Bell took to Kickstarter and raised the two million in a record breaking ten hours!

This pleased fans that have been waiting for more Veronica Mars but it also now opened the door for other possible TV shows that ended too early and some creators have even flirted with using Kickstarter like Chuck and Pushing Daises. However don’t hold your breath for a Firefly/Serenity from Joss Whedon because he already said it’s not going to happen since he’s tied up at Marvel for the next two to three years. However he did say it would be a “game changer.” While some will agree with Whedon the other part of all of this is what the people that really “win” in this situation is WB.

The concern is that Kickstarter might be “selling out” since the primary use for Kickstarter is not big studio companies but small independent filmmakers. The fear is that more companies may see the success of Veronica Mars and have fans pay for a chunk of the budget. Fans really don’t get the backend of the box office haul, they will only get the satisfaction of knowing they were responsible (if they gave money toward the Kickstarter) for getting the movie made.

Do I see other companies doing this? Yes. Companies are always looking for a way to spend less money on a project if they can. The main thing here is that we can finally see everybody’s favorite PI come back.

 

Western Drama Jane Got a Gun had some behind the scenes drama

Every once awhile we hear some drama on a movie set. Whether it’s that the project has run into production trouble with the budget or it running behind its shooting schedule. Or it’s just to bad from the beginning (I’m looking at you World War Z). Well apparently it’s happened again and for yet another project I was looking forward to.

Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) was set to direct Jane Got a Gun which see Natalie Portman (who also is a producer) trying to protect her outlaw husband from the gang he betrayed with her ex-lover who still has feelings for her. Ramsay surprisingly didn’t show up the first day of shooting and left her cast and crew hanging. Although the full story as to why she dropped out is yet to come out there are some theories that she had some personal issues that didn’t allow her to take the directors chair.

However, this isn’t the first hit the film took. Originally the outlaw husband was supposed to be played by Joel Edgerton (Warrior, Zero Dark Thirty) and the ex-lover was supposed to be played by Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, Prometheus). But scheduling conflicts with X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fassbender dropped out and left the movie without one of the main three characters. Good news came when Edgerton stepped out of the villain husband role and into the ex-lover role because Jude Law boarded the film to play Portman’s husband. Also, Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) came in as a director for the film.

But, of course the film lost Jude Law too because news reports say he only joined because he wanted to work with Ramsay. Now producers and O’Connor are looking for someone to replace Law and the names there going for, at least at the moment, are Jack Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, and Jeff Bridges.

 

Joss Whedon says Planet Hulk is NOT happening and that he wouldn’t bring back original stars for Star War Episode 7

Joss Whedon has been a busy man this month. He premiered his Shakespeare adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing but of course people can’t help but to ask him questions that involve Marvel and other nerd worthy movies. The first was his denial of the rumored possible storyline for Avengers 2 and possibly Avengers 3 that would have been based on the highly popular comic book Planet Hulk and World War Hulk.

I know many fans were giddy at the possibility of this rumor being true but when the man behind Marvel, at least at the moment, came out and said it’s not happening many were disappointed. I from the beginning knew this would be HIGHLY ambitious for Marvel to pull off and the other fact is that those stories feature very little of Bruce Banner that Marvel would really have no need in having Mark Ruffalo which would really suck.

Little bit later in the month, Whedon was asked what he would do if he directed Star War Ep: 7 (which he was rumored to direct when it was first announced) and if he would bring back the original cast of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill. His answered surprised some when he said “No.”

Of course there has been multiple stories that Ford, Fisher, and Hamill saying they are in and saying they are out and has lead many fans to voice their opinion if they want them back. I personally wouldn’t mind to see them but only if it was a “passing of the torch” type of scene.

 

Sam Mendes isn’t returning for Bond 24

If you saw Skyfall you know that it was arguably one of the best Bond movies made. It was most likely to the darker tone and more personal/emotion aspects of the James Bond character. But I think the real success is thanks to director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) who was able to capture all of things and make a great Bond movie.

An original story had come out that Mendes was almost set to return but Mendes apparently misjudged his schedule and now won’t be able to return. I understand “scheduling conflicts” in Hollywood, especially if you’re a high profile figure but I’m still upset that Mendes won’t be back in the director’s chair since he did a damn good job with Bond.

Watchmen killed the Bioshock movie

If you’re a video game fan you where probably looking forward to the game adaptation of Bioshock. The movie had a descent track record going for it at first, Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3, The Lone Ranger) was on board to direct and wanted to make the movie a hard rated R horror movie. This made video gamers happy that it would be keeping in tone with the source material. However, years and years passed and nothing happened. Verbinski eventually left after Universal Studios didn’t take agree with a high budget ($200 Million) R rated horror movie idea.

But now the real story has come out as to why the movie really didn’t happen and it was all thanks to the graphic novel adaptation of Watchmen. Yes, that’s right Alan Moore’s popular graphic novel adaptation killed the chances of seeing a high budget rated R movie.

According to Ken Levine (one of the people behind the game) spoke about this and how Watchmen killed the movie saying “but it didn’t do well for whatever reason and the studio got cold feet about making an R-rated $200 million film.” He went on to say they bought in someone else and he didn’t like the idea and he decided to kill the movie.

It’s actually been a while since I’ve played Bioshock but I do think a Bioshock movie could work if they got the right team behind it and don’t go too far away from the source material.

Colin Trevorrow to direct Jurassic Park 4

With the 3D re-release of Jurassic Park on April 5 for the 20th anniversary, what other kind of news would Jurassic Park fans want? Oh that’s right the news that another movie would be made. Then news came out that newcomer director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) would be directing with the script by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes).

I actually thought Safety Not Guaranteed wasn’t that bad of a movie and I think Trevorrow can do something cool and refreshing. But, I think we all are excited (or somewhat at least) for another JP movie.

 

Dwayne Johnson’s Fast Five/Fast and Furious 6 Hobbs could get own spin-off

That’s right! Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has confirmed rumors that his character that was introduced in Fast Five, Luke Hobbs, will be getting a spin-off movie. However the question is when? Originally the plan was supposed to be Johnson filming the spin-off in between Fast and Furious 6 and Fast and Furious 7 but it now turns out that Vin Diesel says filming for part 7 will shoot this summer. So it looks like the Hobbs spin-off will now happen after filming of part 7.

Honestly I pretty excited about this. I think it would be cool to see more the Hobbs character go off on his own and catch some other person.

 

Robert Redford joins Captain America: The Winter Solider

Yes you read that right. Robert Redford has joined the cast of a Marvel movie! Saying he likes the idea “of stepping into new territory.” Why make a big deal out of this? Well Redford hasn’t done “Hollywood movie” since Spy Games. He’s been sticking mostly to independent work and directing his own movies, which isn’t a bad thing. This is a huge in the fact that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has said Winter Soldier would be more of a “political thriller” which is right up Redford’s ally.

No word yet on who exactly he’s playing besides the fact that he plays somebody that is high up in S.H.I.E.L.D. or the Head of S.H.I.EL.D next to, or above, Nick Fury.

 

Is there still hope for the Deadpool and Venom movies?

Yes believe it or not some are still trying to make a Deadpool. Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) who are involved in trying to make both Deadpool and more recently the spin-off Venom movie talked a bit about their vision for those movies and if or when we’ll be able to see those. Of course fans of these two popular comic book characters

            Let’s first talk about Deadpool since it’s been in development for a LONG time. Ryan Reynolds, who played his counter part Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, is passionate about the project and has not backed out which is what usually happens when you’re attached to a project for a while. Rhett and Wernick finally said that Fox wasn’t really ready to “pull the trigger” on a Rated R comic book since all other comic book movies are pretty much rated PG-13.

            As for the Venom movie, it almost seems like their no longer involved Wernick said that they did indeed work on the script but “it likely will not become a movie in that form. Too many things have happened in between now and then and different people have been involved, and it’s just likely not to happen in the form that we wrote it, unfortunately”

Which is unfortunate because it sounded like their pitch was a “realistic, grounded, a little more dark take on the character.” Wernick even said “Imagine a symbiote traveling across a city at some point in the movie, jumping from body to body as it goes, and each person that it inhabits ends up becoming really violent and striking someone else and then it jumps to the next person.  There was a really cool sequence like that in there”

I’m actually looking forward to these movies, if they even happen. I like Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and a Venom movie has a lot of potential if they get the right director and actor.

 

Why Will Smith turned down Django Unchained.

If you were a fan of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained imagine what the movie would have been like with Will Smith as Django and not Jaime Foxx. Smith was apparently Tarantino’s first choice for the role but Smith turned it down because “Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!” That other character Smith was referring to was Christoph Waltz Dr. King Schultz.

Smith did say he liked the movie but it’s not like it erases he’s comments from that. But don’t act surprised here. Actors (especially high profile actors like Smith) have some tendencies of coming in and rewriting an already established script. Without going into spoilers Smith does say something about his character that he thinks he should have done.

When you look at it at as a whole, Django Unchained did really have two co-leads in Foxx’s Django and Waltz’s Schultz. Was Smith being a little ego driven? Maybe but the movie turned out to be pretty good anyway with Foxx’s performance and I don’t know if I could see Smith doing that role the way Foxx did.

 

Does Man of Steel have another familiar villain?

We’ve know for some time now that Michael Shannon will play General Zod in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel movie. However, hardcore Superman fans have wondered if we’ll see another villain that is a common presence in the comics and even in the others movies, Lex Luthor.

Screenwriter David Goyer had suggested that another classic Superman villain would show up but never said who. Ain’t It Cool News reported that Mackenzie Gray, who played a Luthor clone in an episode of Smallville, appears in Man of Steel playing an “ambitious, ego driven and cold version of Luthor” who has a significant role in the story’s endgame.

Of course this isn’t a confirmed report despite it coming from the pretty much reliable Harry Knowles. However, some people are taking his as a “grain of salt” (which they should) but also questioning it since Knowles as been making the public rounds recently. He was featured in a Hollywood Reporter story and Peter Jackson (yes that one!) talked about how much he loved Knowles. Now don’t get me wrong, if Luthor is in the movie in some sort of form okay.

Remember Christopher Nolan is producing the movie and he didn’t bring in Batman’s main nemesis until the second movie. It doesn’t mean he’s doing the same thing here but let’s face it, not having Luthor in a Superman movie in some form would be just a little weird.

 

Roland Emmerich gives Independence Day sequel details

We all remember Emmerich’s 1996 alien invasion movie. About last year Emmerich confirmed that he wanted to move forward with not one but two sequels to Independence Day and it made some fans excited and some fans worried. The movies having a working title of ID Forever Part 1 and ID Forever Part 2 and will apparently take place 20 years after the events of the first film. The events are also set into motion because of a distress call sent back to the aliens home planet from the first film.

Emmerich revealed that the sequel’s story is set into motion when a distress call sent back to the aliens’ home planet from the first film to brings reinforcements, which doesn’t sound that bad. Also, if you’re wondering if Will Smith will return well brace yourself.

The sequels will be a mix of characters from the original film and newcomers, with the primary focus being on the latter: “While there may be some familiar faces in the sequels, Bill Pullman has already confirmed that he is onboard; Will Smith has not, their storylines will focus on a new generation of human heroes, including the stepson of Will Smith’s Independence Day character.”

Also the movie may have a cliffhanger ending to keep audiences coming back for more. “The first one ends on a little success, but only enough to give the humans hope. And then in the second one they free themselves again [from the aliens]”

I don’t know how I feel about about Independence Day movie oh I mean movies. Usually movies that wait a long time to do a sequel usually don’t do so well quality wise, of course there are exceptions. If the material and trailer looks cool I’ll be in.

Anticipated Movies of 2013 Part 2

Let’s continue the list starting from May to September

May

3rd: Iron Man 3

            The teaser really set the mood on what’s to come for the third entry in the Iron Man series. With the darker tone and the long gestured villain The Mandarin I think we’re all in for a great movie.

 

17th: Star Trek Into Darkness

            J.J Abrams did an awesome job with his Star Trek reboot that I fully trust him with whatever he does with the series. Now with Into Darkness the villain is being kept firmly under wraps but has been speculated to be Khan, Gary Mitchell, a combination of the two or a brand new villain like Nero from the first film. After seeing the first nine minutes I can fully say this is probably the movie I’m most excited for.

 

24th: The Fast and the Furious 6

            At the moment that I’m writing this there is no official plot synopsis. However, with the new cast of Luke Evans, Gina Carano and Joe Taslim (The Raid) and a possibly exciting story, I’m in.

 

 

June

7th: Much Ado About Nothing

A modern re-telling of the Shakespeare play with director Joss Whedon and many Whedon alumni part of the cast it seems like it’s going to be pretty good.

 

14th: Man of Steel

            Everybody seems to be excited for this one. Either because they want to see how good it is or how bad it is. I’m really on the fence about this one for a couple reasons. The trailer shows us that it will bring us a new tone of Superman that we’ve never seen before.

 

21st: World War Z

            Now this one may have some of you scratching your head. Fans of the book have been looking forward to this. However, some general audiences may not know of the behind the scenes cluster-fuck this has gone through (pretty interesting stuff if you want to look for it). So why did I put this on here? Well I don’t know how many of you reading know me personally but I end up enjoying A Lot movie movies then everybody. Good or bad I just want to see how this turns out.

 

28th: Kick-Ass 2

            A surprise hit back in 2010, Kick-Ass didn’t necessarily changed the comic book genre but it did get a following and made the comic book probably more noticeable. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait for this.

 

 

July

5th: The Lone Ranger, Despicable Me 2

Yes, I’m looking forward to Despicable Me 2. I didn’t watch the first one until last year and I really enjoyed it. As for Lone Ranger the trailers have really bought me around but I’m not sold on Depp and Tonto. Sorry Depp fans.

 

12th: Pacific Rim

            I’m a huge fan of Guillermo del Toro and when I heard about the idea of giant robots and monsters I knew he could be one of the few that pull that idea off. The trailer proved that and since then everybody has been talking about.

 

19th: R.I.P.D, The Conjuring

            I’ve heard of R.I.P.D for a while now and the concept of supernatural cops dealing with supernatural crimes seems pretty cool. As for The Conjuring, done by James Wan and based on real Ghost Hunters (not the SyFy Chanel guys) you know it’s going to be creepy.

 

26th: The Wolverine

            You can probably put this in the same category as Man of Steel in where it can be good or can be bad. Everything makes it look like it can be good, taking the popular Japanese arc from the comics and promising statements by director James Mangold and Wolverine himself Hugh Jackman, I think it can be good.

 

 

Aug

2nd: 300: Rise of an Empire, Red 2

            Although not really a sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300 it does take place during the events of the first and it’s also a standalone movie, taking place during another battle when the Persian’s attacked Greece. As for Red 2, I loved the first one and with another star studded cast I can’t wait.

 

9th: Elysium

            Neill Blomkamp surprised everyone with his original sci-fi film District 9 and everyone has been waiting for his follow-up. Now comes Elysium with Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and reuniting with District 9 star Sharlto Copley who’s playing the villain this time around. While District 9 dealt with racial issues Elysium well apparently deal with health care. But with sci-fi of course.

 

16th: 2 Guns

            An interesting casting partnership with Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington were they play a DEA agent and an undercover Naval Intelligence officer who have been tasked with investigating one another find they have been set up by the mob.

           

30th: Insidious Chapter 2

            James Wan bought the creep factor with his surprise hit Insidious and I can’t wait to see what he does with part two

 

Sept

6th: Riddick

            Vin Diesel returns as everybody’s favorite killer Richard B. Riddick. The story has Riddick left for dead on a dangerous planet and people ready to collect their bounty. Diesel and returning director David Twohy have promised to go back to its darker tone from Pitch Black so you’ll see.

 

13th: I, Frankenstein

            Frankenstein’s creature (played by the always reliable Aaron Eckhart) finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. Directed by Stuart Beattie who directed the Australian film Tomorrow, When the War Began (highly recommend by the way) and wrote the Pirate of the Caribbean movies, Collateral, and 30 Days of Night. It seems like a cool concept and besides Eckhart the lovely Yvonne Strahovski and Bill Nighy will join him.

           

20th: Prisoners

            About a Boston man kidnapping the person he suspects is behind the disappearance of his young daughter and her best friend, sounds like a good revenge type thriller don’t you think? Then with a cast like Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo and Mario Bello, you really can’t complain.