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Superman: Earth One Graphic Novel Review (Article) - 11/10/2010 11:01:40 AM

I'm sorry, how many times has Superman been rebooted in the past decade?  Didn't DC *just* finish releasing "Superman: Secret Origin?"

I don't see why we need this book.  Besides the fact that origin stories are generally dull and Superman's is one of the most well known of them all, it's been told time and time and time again.  Why is it so much to ask that Superman just be Superman, kick the crap out of some bad guys, and save the world while fighting for truth, justice, and the American way?  Stop trying to "fix" Superman's origin and just get around to telling good stories about him once he's already decided to put on the cape and tights. 

WALKING DEAD Gets Season 2 (Article) - 11/9/2010 8:22:53 AM

@ Hobbs - Yeah, it sucks that cable TV seasons tend to be truncated, but in some ways I think it's a blessing.  I think having less episodes allows for more quality control, as things aren't as rushed as when they have to bang out 22 hour-long episodes each year.  It also seems to help keep season-long arcs more tightly plotted and with less filler.

@ joey - Like I said in the review thread, I bet we see these episodes sooner rather than later.  AMC will want to capitalize on the huge amount of buzz the show has generated.  The only problem scheduling wise is "Mad Men."  I don't know if they can get more episodes ready before "Mad Men" premieres in July/August, and I can't imagine them having new episodes of both running at the same time.  The execs will want to spread out their two biggest hits so they can get those advertising dollars for as many months out of the year as possible.

WALKING DEAD - 1.2 - "Guts" Review (Article) - 11/9/2010 8:12:05 AM

@ FilchX - I definitely think AMC has the balls to kill one or more of the main characters.  They have already proven they are willing to take risks that serve the story.  Let's not forget they opened the pilot with Rick shooting a little girl, point-blank, in the head.  Yes, she was *technically* a zombie, but she wasn't nearly as decayed as some of the others on the show, and I'm sure most networks would have cut away from the actual shot being fired.  And then there's the gore.

Besides, killing lead characters off is, if not exactly commonplace, pretty acceptable these days.  Genre shows especially have been doing it for years.  Mainstream hits like LOST, House, and 24 have all killed major characters.  I don't watch it, but I'm pretty sure even some of the doctors on chick-centric Grey's Anatomy have been killed off.  If all of that can happen on the broadcast networks, I can't imagine it being a problem on cable.

WALKING DEAD - 1.2 - "Guts" Review (Article) - 11/8/2010 7:08:53 PM

Having not read the comics, I have none of the issues with the changes made (because they aren't changes to me), and so I unabashedly loved this episode.  Honestly, I personally thought this episode was better than the first, especially in the tension department.  I can't remember the last time I was on the edge of my seat for an entire hour.  And I don't know who AMC bribed to get that TV-14 rating, that was definitely R-rated gore (between the numerous headshots and absolutely vile guts scene).  I say A .

Oh, and for those of you who are theorizing the new people are cannon fodder, I imagine you're half right.  However, I read an interview in Entertainment Weekly (or maybe it was on their podcast) with the creator of the comics saying that people may not necessarily die in the same order as in the comics.  One of the things he and the people adapting the book for TV loved was the feeling that anyone can die at any time, and in order to maintain that feeling for people who have read the books, they've decided to mix it up.

And finally, something tells me that while this season may be 6 episodes long, we'll be getting more in a hurry.  I imagine AMC loved this show but the execs had no idea if it would be a success ("Mad Men" it ain't), and so they hedged thier bets by only greenlighting 6 episodes.  That way, if nobody tuned in, they hadn't committed to a long run of a show that I imagine is rather expensive for a cable network.  If the show keeps even half of the stellar ratings of the premiere, I bet there are scripts ready to go and we see season 2 sooner rather than later.

BOND 23 Release Set? (Article) - 11/5/2010 8:05:58 AM

Finally!  I was really getting concerned that by the time MGM sorted out its money woes, Craig would be too old to return (or not asked back because the studio wanted another reboot).

WALKING DEAD - 1.1 - "Days Gone Bye" Review (Article) - 11/1/2010 5:16:05 PM

Jedibanner, I have to disagree.  I thought his reaction was entirely believable and realistic.  Waking up alone in an abandon hospital, with no power and nobody around, then stumbling upon hundreds of dead bodies, and then seeing a half-dead corpse move?  That would be such a mindf**k that I don't think most people could even begin to handle it.  So what does Rick do?  He seeks out the most comforting thing he can think of, his family.  I completely buy that. 

Batman Battle Royale (Article) - 11/1/2010 4:55:58 PM

I don't understand the arbitrary elimination of the 90s animated series.  I guess because if you included it, you'd have to include the dozens of other cartoon versions?  Anyway, as enamoured as I am with Nolan and Bale's Batman, Bruce Timm and Kevin Conroy defined that character for me.  They someone managed to pay respects to every incarnation of the character; sometimes the show got a little wacky, and other times it was deadly serious.  But of the big-screen versions, I agree, Bale and Nolan win.

But if Bales' voice gets any gruffer for The Dark Knight Rises I just don't think I could take him seriously.

Caprica: False Labor Review (Article) - 10/27/2010 9:10:28 PM

Hobbs, I think the poor ratings of this series is the *reason* for the next prequel series.  SyFy wants to continue to milk this franchise, but obviously Caprica was not clicking with people the same way the previous show did.  So like all good Hollywood execs, they will try, try again with the next prequel.

AVATAR Sequels Next for Cameron (Article) - 10/27/2010 9:06:03 PM

I know it's waaaay early to be making predictions, but I suspect most people will find these sequels disappointing.  The visual technology won't be the quantum leap forward that "Avatar" was, so the script and story are going to have to do a lot more of the heavy lifting.  And unfortunately, I didn't think the "Avatar" script was particularly interesting; well executed, perhaps, but also predictable and pretty similar to past movies.

Newcomer to Direct DEADPOOL? (Article) - 10/27/2010 9:51:56 AM

As expected as it may be, I think Catwoman is probably the most likely candidate for the female lead in the new Batman.  I would love for it to be Talia al Ghul, since she has yet to be seen on the big screen and is a kick ass character.  But Catwoman is plenty interesting, I imagine Nolan could do some really stellar work with her, and given how well-respected these movies have become as actual films, he could probably attract some top teir acting talent for the role.

I think it's smart for Sony to cut the budget of GR2, but even then I think $75 million is awfully high.  Not because the film couldn't use the effects money; I just don't see the movie making that money back.  GR2 is definitely a film no one is really interested in seeing, especially coming so long after the original.

I can't believe Fox is still serious about a Deadpool movie.  I just can't see it being commercially viable.  Oh well, it can't be worse than Wolverine, right.  RIGHT???

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