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24: Live Another Day: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Review (Article) - 5/6/2014 11:04:18 AM

@Wise. Really? I actually think EVERY show could benefit from a shorter season. Allows for better writing and, hopefully, production.

@makabriel: Hard to tell if you are being sarcastic or not. But, no - they are not going stateside. This all takes place in and around London.

@Jdell: Agreed, loved that reference.

24: Live Another Day: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Review (Article) - 5/6/2014 6:31:15 AM

Loved the opener. Loved the change in Chloe, the Reagan-like approach to Heller, the idea of using drones - just overall, the writers nailed it. Benjamin Bratt rocks. And Jack has still got the moves like Jagger.

Mania Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Article) - 5/5/2014 10:24:03 AM

@ Madmanic:

I do read spidey. The 'corny' I was referring to were the treatment of the Max Dillion character and Gwen stealing the police car and mowing down electro, as well as the rhino performance/suit, etc. Not the spidey quips. Those were good. As I said, I love Andrew Garfiled in this role.

I guess some people just feel the over-the-top approach is what makes a comic book movie a comic book movie. I strongly disagree. You have to change things for cinema, it's a different medium. And anyway, most good comics today aren't even as silly as this movie was. This movie reflects more the comics from the 80's. Falling into a vat of eels? I guess that's really why I don't like it.

 

Mania Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Article) - 5/5/2014 10:12:16 AM

Wiseguy, don't hate me because Im beautiful.

I'm neither a hipster or what I would call 'A Fanboy.' I go to every movie wanting to like it. I really do. But every once in a while I run into a flick that just doesn't wor for me on so many levels. I want to agree with Monkeyfoot about being happy people liked it, that others had a good experience. I think that's an awesome attitude. Except... that means they will make more 'romps' and I don't like romps. So I guess that's why I went off. Peace.

Game of Thrones: First of His Name Review (Article) - 5/5/2014 9:10:01 AM

Well, the exposition was executed about as well as exposition could be, but I do feel it was a bit lazy how they went about dropping a bomb: That Lyssa and Baelish were behind her husband's murder. Felt very rushed and matter-of-fact to me. Rnklg was complaining about exposition last week and I disagreed with him, but I have to say this week it was pretty obvious.

That said, there were a few things that were obvious about this episode. Arya's list, saw that Hound was the last name on it way before they revealed it. Margaery's looks at the new boy king felt very obvious, like film-making 101. Just not the subtle touch that I'm used to getting from this show.

That said, I still loved the episode. It's hard to not like any offering this series has.

Mania Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Article) - 5/5/2014 5:18:41 AM

@ Jonnie:

Yeah, that must be what it is. I'm married and have two kids, but I'm attracted to men and like Batman. That's why the Spidey movie sucks.

Focus on what matters? What matters are the details. Especially when so many of them add up to a heaping pile of spider poo.

Sherlock Season 4 Release Date (Article) - 5/5/2014 5:06:44 AM

Tom H? That would be awesome.

Mania Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Article) - 5/4/2014 8:15:38 PM

Sorry, I just really was disappointed in this flick. It just felt like an updated Batman and Robin, to me. Not as bad, of course. And I love A Garfield as Spidey. I really do. And the guy who played Harry was a natural. But overall, I just wanted to punch this movie in the neck.

Mania Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Article) - 5/4/2014 8:11:45 PM

There's a difference between witty and corny.

Witty is smart. Corny is over-the-top and often cliche'd. Broad and silly.

I don't think Spidey has to be corny to be witty. He isn't in the comics. Not for the last 15 years. And I don't think a movie has to be light or silly to be a 'super hero' movie. Iron Man wasn't. Batman wasn't. Winter Soldier wasn't. Even the Avengers. It was smart. Funny, but smart. Not corny. Never. When hulk sucker punches Thor, that brought down the house. It was unexpected, yet that 3 second scene captured the essence of the Hulk. Are you going to say that wasn't a comic book movie? Are you going to say that this movie was a smart? Witty? Entertaining. Original?

The difference is this: Good comic book movies don't sylize a nerd to look like Urkle. Good comic book movies don't have the villain turn into the bad guy by connecting two electric cables and then conveniently fall into an open vat of electric eels. [ Can anyone day 'Mr. Freeze? ] Good comic book movies don't have a sadistic scientist with an over-the-top russian or german accent, something that has been done a zillion times. Good comic book movies don't have the heroin steal a police car and run over the bad guy. Puhlease. Good comic book movies don't make you laugh at a lame mechanical rhino standing on two legs, like a dog begging for scraps. Good comic book movies don't put an excellent actor inside that mechanical joke and make a complete fool out of him. And don't get me started about the kid in the spidey suit.

I marvel [ pun intended ] at how anyone can see this movie and say they enjoy this kind of lazy thinking. I know it's wrong to impose my taste on anyone else, or try to imply that my taste is superior. And I apologize for that. But honestly, are some of you watching the same movies we are? Do you not see a GLARING difference in the quality of the scripts and direction?

Mania Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Article) - 5/4/2014 3:32:39 PM

Went to Free Comic Book Day yesterday at my local comic shop and ran into a few of my fellow fanboys who actually liked this movie. That's right, they LOVED the Rhino! As well as the Max Dillon character! My mouth was agape in astonishment and horror. It's amazing that anyone could like something so corny. Yet, I see a few here in this thread that liked it, as well. And I hear that it made 92 million this weekend, or something to that effect.

So, I guess there are  2 camps out there: Those who think a superhero movie is supposed to have a little corn in it, and those who don't.

Although, I wonder if the corn cmp even sees it as such. I mean, the same guys who like Spiderman also liked Winter Soldier. So their tast, to me, seems all over the place.

My head hurts.

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