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Absorbing Man Cast for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Article) - 8/22/2014 11:06:21 AM

 ElBaz13...the whiners wouldn't have had anything to whine about if they had done this in the first place.

I'm not buying that they had to focus on the main cast first before this could take place...they could have had familiar Marvel characters in the main cast from the get go.

Besides the whining fanboys you referenced in your comment I think a little competition from Arrow, The Flash and Gotham (all using comic book characters)  helped Disney make this decision.

I'm expecting MAoS, no longer hamstrung by the family friendly 8 PM ET time slot, will be edgier and better this season.


Jungle Book: Origins Cast Balloons (Article) - 8/22/2014 10:47:02 AM

 This is a perfect example of why it was important for Disney to purchase Marvel and Lucas.

So many of Disneys characters / stories (like Tarzan, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast) are in the public domain.

Any studio can make movies based on these characters / stories / fairy tales as long as they don't borrow / steal from the unique aspects of the re-imagined / altered Disney versions.

Purchasing Marvel and Lucas Films gives Disney exclusive rights to a treasure trove of familiar characters and their myths.



Automata Trailer and Poster (Article) - 8/22/2014 8:22:56 AM

 Best thing about this is that it gets released in two months.  I'm not one who gets excited about a 2 hour film that's set to arrive in 2 years. 

Comicscape: Batman and The Joker: A Celebration of 75 Years (Article) - 8/21/2014 9:10:11 AM

Tim Janson   I may not agree with everything you write but I always find your articles interesting and informative and I am impressed with the research you put into your work.

Blu-ray Shopping Bag: Leviathan (Article) - 8/21/2014 8:57:06 AM

I never apologize for liking a movie (a play, a book, a song, a painting).  The appreciation of art is a personal matter. You like what you like and I'll like what I like...Thank you. I'm not interested in synchronizing my tastes in movies with yours or your friends.  Whether a film is popular or not has no bearing on how I feel about it.

I thought Leviathan was a hoot.  I've seen it a few times.  I find it entertaining.  You may think it stinks. That's fine.

moviefan71 thought the movie Only Lovers Left Alive was horrible.  I assume that is a negative opinion, although it was a horror movie.  I, on the other hand liked Only Lovers Left Alive a lot (infinitely more than Thor 2 which put me to sleep).  I thought Tom Hiddleston's performance was excellent.  Trate says Mania will soon review the film.  The movie was released in April and has all ready been reviewed a thousand times on the internet.  A bad review by Mania could drop the consensus approval rating by one thousandth.  I suggest you see the movie and make up your own mind.


ANT-MAN Begins Production (Article) - 8/18/2014 7:52:21 PM

 Disney bought Marvel and Lucas Films because they wanted their characters...who came complete with a built in mythology and an avid fan base.  You can pretend this movie stuff is about Marvel and DC but in reality  the players are Disney and Time Warner and the stakes are a lot bigger now than they were back in the days when it was about moving 100,000 copies of a comic book.

SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN - New Creative Team (Article) - 8/18/2014 7:31:45 PM

 The writing is all that really matters.  As far as the art...I don't like Superman looking like a roided up goon straight out of the pages of Flex Magazine.  I Can imagine comic book dialogue at the Daily Planet ...someone asking... who's Mr. Olympia over there in the gray suit with the glasses on...Oh that's  a reporter named Clark Kent...don't let that musclebound physique fool you, he's really a very mild mannered guy.

NEW Stormtrooper Armor for Episode VII? (Article) - 8/15/2014 6:57:06 PM

 ElBaz13 and BunyonSnipe...the storm troopers, like the Chitauri in the Avengers are pathetic fighters.  Hopefully in SW Ep 7 one of them will be able to hit something / anything that they shoot at.  The Stormtroopers armor doesn't appear to protect them...the only ones it protects are the little kids in the theatre who don't have to see something that looks like a living being getting it's brains or it's guts splattered .

Mania Review: The Expendables 3 (Article) - 8/15/2014 9:15:58 AM

 Was that a review or a short story?

Lauren Bacall has Passed (Article) - 8/13/2014 7:55:21 PM

The Maniac Video of the Day, makes me want to see The Big Sleep again.


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