Well everyone, Summer 2013 starts with a repulser blast as Iron Man 3 kicks off blockbuster season (not to mention Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe!)! Below you’ll find our takes on the flick (beware, there will be SPOILERS) with mine first and DStarB’s to follow shortly. For the time being, if you’ve got some time between your Extremis injections, take minute to read our thoughts on Iron Man 3!
I know this is the Ridiculously Awesome Movie Adventure Blog, but DStarB and I both have a few television shows that we find Ridiculously Awesome! So we’re going to try and give small shout outs to them every once in while. To kick off these bouts of small screen praise, I’d like to explore my feelings about the “new season” of the longest running sci-fi show in television history, the incomparable Doctor Who:
It seems like our favorite Gallifreyan is taking the old adage of “spring cleaning” to both hearts. With a new companion, a new suit, and a spiffy new look for the Tardis, the Doctor is finally ready to shake off the past and move forward. Good for you, buddy! It’s been hard for all of us but it’s not healthy, moping about on clouds, hiding from the world and the lesbian lizard women who care about you. We need this, trust me.
I know; the Doctor loved Amy and Rory. I did too! They were amazing and compelling in that they worked both as characters in their own unit and as companions to the Doctor. And since they’ve been taken from us, I turned my grief into something productive and I’ve evaluated my relationship with the Doctor and the Ponds. Any breakup hurts, especially a good one where the feelings stayed strong. But even the best partnerships have problems and by the end of their run with the Doctor, the cracks were starting to show (Ha! Cracks! Get it?!). It’s unfortunate and a little unfair because the characters themselves never lost their footing, as is often the case: Amy’s endearing sass and Rory’s patience and eventual deaths were always to my satisfaction. But it was their storyline that got away from me. I felt like we got into this codependent cycle of them worrying about the Doctor and the Doctor worrying about them while I was worried about all three of them (and River!), never making any real headway because we all cared about one another too much to be productive. I mean really, what did we accomplish in season 6? We found out who River Song was and that happened halfway through it. What was the rest of the season but a bunch of stand alone episodes you couldn’t really enjoy because you were still fraught with concern? (The exception to this being “The Girl Who Waited” which ripped my heart out through my tear ducts.)
As much as I loved them, I think it’s good that we’ve said goodbye to Amy and Rory. Now, both the Doctor and the audience are free to enjoy whatever comes our way, no strings attached. I mean, we’re not going to whore it up or anything, but we can go on adventures just for the sake of adventure! And yes, we’ve got Clara “Oswin” Oswald and her big mystery, but maybe it’ll be more like a Bad Wolf thing, present but unobtrusive until some big ending climax. But even if it’s not, even if we’re getting ourselves into another Moffat-y maze of season-long puzzles, at least it’s a new puzzle.
So in conclusion, I leave you with a potentially nauseating yet apt verse: Yay for spring, yay for new, and yay for more of Doctor Who!
As a fan of both the Harry Potter books and movies, it was inevitable that I would eventually make the pilgrimage to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
And what better excuse would I have than to celebrate my best friend’s birthday (whose books I borrowed in my first reading of the series, no less). What follows is our less than adult romp through the theme park dedicated to The Boy Who Lived.
I think there were a lot of unsung heroes in last year’s group of animated films (I’m looking at you Paranorman!), one of which was Rise of the Guardians. For those of you with interests in fandoms, this little film has managed to find a niche (and some cool fanart) and I hope to help it grow! It really is a nice film that finally does what so many films promise: putting a new twist on fables and folklore. Guardians does that very well and beautifully to boot.
It’s out on Blu-ray and DVD this week so if you were on the fence about it when it was in theaters, do yourself a favor and go for it now that it’s been released!
So I’ve been wanting to write a something about Lois and Clark for a while now: I know I’m not alone in saying that I grew up loving that show! Well, publicity is starting to get underway for Man of Steel (yay!) and it seemed like a perfect time to talk about L&C as my first introduction to the big boy in blue and what happened the last time I went down re-boot road with Supes.
Then, Dean Cain’s going to be at Mega Con in Orlando this weekend (so jealous if any of you are going), so it was a sign! I can keep quiet no longer! I love me some Lois and Clark and now everyone will know! Enjoy in the link below and comment if you’re a fan of this piece of 90s awesomeness!
The entertainment talk of the last two weeks is the abysmal showing that Bryan Singer’s gigantic action/fantasy flick Jack the Giant Slayer has made over the last two weekends. A lot of people probably saw this coming: it’s another overly rendered, hip retelling of a classic folk tale and that has been done quite a bit lately. However, redundancy hasn’t stopped the genre to finding its comfortable niche and people still go out and see them. From Alice in Wonderland to Snow White and Huntsman, these movies have for the most part found audiences. And this weekend (if my Facebook newsfeed is to be believed), plenty of people will be drinking the eerily life-like digital Kool-Aid with Oz: The Great and Powerful. But with all that said, I would just like it noted that in this one instance, theater go-ers looked at what Hollywood re-packaged as fresh and shiny, called them on it, and said, “pass”. We proved that a familiar story, an orgy of effects, and a visionary director do not a successful or, more importantly, a good movie make. Congratulations, guys! If we did it once we can do it again, and maybe in time, Hollywood will get the hint.
*And hey, for further reading, here’s an article that I found interesting, How Hollywood Copes with Disaster. Kinda makes you wonder why it’s so hard to make good progress in Tinsel Town, huh?
Hey everyone! Today I’m putting up some Ridiculously Awesome Reviews of a really random group of movies. Yep, it’s a grab bag of film goodness! You have your pick from Star Trek, Toys, Wrath of the Titans, and Van Helsing. Do they have anything in common? No! Was there any rhyme or reason for picking these? Absolutely not! But don’t worry about things like posts making coherent sense. There are new reviews to read! Get going!
It’s that time of year again! Buff out the dents in the Tumbler and start eating gravel for that Batman voice: The Dark Knight Rises gets released tonight!
Now, not to be a portent of doom but last night I had a dream where nothing of the trailer was in the movie. No Bane, no football players running on a crumbling field, nothing. Horror, I know! But, nightmares aside, I’m tentatively hopeful for TDKR, especially since between the trailer and the cast list, it looks like Inception if you switched out Leonardo DiCaprio for Batman. I ask you, what’s wrong with that? Nothing. Absolutely nothing is wrong with that.
So go, friends. Go and experience The Dark Knight Rises, whatever that turns out to be. And may vengeance and the night go with you!
So, since last week people have been asking me if I’m going to see Snow White and the Huntsman. They say, it’s right up my alley; fractured fairy tales with balls and Chris Hemsworth (I didn’t know those were the things that predominately made up my alley, but I guess they are. It’s a niche alley, what can I say). They say, the movie looks great, and I agree. There are visuals in the extended trailer that are honestly arresting. But then, a wince of apology crosses their face as the proposal inevitably turns to the awkward, wheezing elephant in the room: Kristen Stewart.
Here’s the thing: She works in the Twilight movies because she just fades into the rest of the terrible that makes them up. She’s part of the complex pattern of a particularly crappy Magic Eye picture that, if you stare at long enough and are really, really lucky, you can make out the faint outline of a plot. But in Huntsman, a movie with cinematography, production value, and actual acting, poor thing sticks out like a sore, perpetually confused thumb.
Since my general reaction to its leading lady is “bleh” and I don’t want to distract other theater goers with that sound every time she comes on screen, I will not be seeing Snow White and the Huntsman, not in movie theaters anyway. But my apologies to Charlize and Chris, strong and silent victims in this whole thing.
Hey! Hey there, Loki! How…how you doing, guy? Yeah. Listen, we know, you were waiting for this Avengers review. Yeah, we know it’s like a month late. And yes, yes, we recognize that you’re in big plans to wreck the cosmos. We’re sorry. Like, really, really sorry. Better late than never, right? So, uh, how’s about not killing us, huh? Huh? HUH?
Here it is, folks! Slightly charred from where Loki hit us with his Tesseract-powered staff, the review for Marvel’s The Avengers!