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Mania Box Office Report: Captain America 2 over Rio 2 (Article) - 4/15/2014 5:13:38 PM

Looking at this list and realizing that Sherman and Mr. Peabody has grossed almost twice as much at the box office as films like The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle and 4 times as much as 12 Years a Slave makes me realize that there is absolutely no correlation between box office receipts and good cinema.

Game of Thrones: The Lion and The Rose Review (Article) - 4/14/2014 5:51:08 PM

 makabriel...that was an interesting post. I sit next to a guy in work, who has read the books. Like a lot of people posting comments in this thread I had my theory on who poisoned Joffrey (I haven't read the books). I ran that theory past my friend this morning, certain that he would, great job, you figured it out. Instead he told me I was way off base. I simmered about it for about an hour and finally I couldn't stand it anymore...I begged him to tell me who the culprit (s) was/were. He said he didn't want to spoil it for me, but I had to know. After constant badgering from me, he finally broke down and spilled the beans. Now, You say you read the books and still don't know. One of you guys is lieing.

Mania Review: Rio 2 (Article) - 4/12/2014 6:54:35 PM

Why are grown men evaluating the merits of a babysitter movie?  Did it ever occur to you guys that this was not made for you.  It was made for tiny tots.  Did you borrow someone's 3 or 4 year old child to bring with you when you went to see it, or were you the only adult sitting alone watching this in the theatre?  My guess is that they (the little kiddies) will find it very enjoyable which will make their parents happy when the DVD comes out, as it will buy them some precious time for themselves or to do other things (besides watching over and entertaining the little ones).

I was hoping at some point you might review the adult genre movie "Under the Skin," with Scarlett Johansson (it's been out for a week)...but I guess that's too much to ask.   I can probably find a review for that on a true Sci-fi genre website.

Baz Luhrmann to Direct Kung Fu? (Article) - 4/12/2014 6:21:43 PM

Yes fenngibbon the character Kwai Chang Caine (Carradine) was the orphaned son of (an American male) Thomas Henry Caine and (a Chinese female) Kwai Lin.  The plot was driven largely on Carradine's search for his American roots and his half brother Danny Caine.  Every thing I've ever read on the subject says that Bruce Lee was never considered for Carradine's part even though Lee is not 100% chinese (he's part german on his mother's side).  As I've heard it told, the reason Lee (who moved to the U.S. when he was 18) was never in the running for the part, is because his english (speaking) was not strong enough (the shows creators thought it might be difficult for an American audience to understand him).  Depending on who's account you read on the subject he may have been offered the part of the Shaolin. This is a mute point IMO since Lee died in 1973 less than a year after the show burst on the scene and the series continued on for 2 years after Lee's death.

Unless you were around to experience it (I was in my twenties at the time) it's hard to explain how incredibly popular this show was.  It meshed well with the whole hippie thing that was going down at the time. Taking place when rock stars were exploring eastern religion and when housewives were trying trancendental meditation.  Kwai Chang Caine even looked like a hippie with long hair and shabby the character was a very soft spoken peaceful man who didn't carry a gun and tried to avoid violence at all costs until he was bullied and/or humiliated beyond his breaking point and had to defend himself.

THE GIVER - Official Featurette #1 (Article) - 4/12/2014 4:44:14 PM

I'm very interested in seeing this.  I have not read the book but I know of it.  It is a young adult book.  Lately many young adult books (like the series of  Twilight, Percy Jackson, Divergent and Hunger Games Books) have been made into movies.  The movies however, are not marketed solely to a young adult audience. I think that is a good thing as many adults have reading skills that are at a lower level than young adults.  I'm not condescending.  In fact, I may fall into that category myself.  I know that when my daughters got into high school, I discovered that I was incapable of helping them with their advanced math (trig, calculus etc) homework. 

This story broaches many delicate / serious subjects which may be why some schools chose to ban it.

I think that Meryl Streep is very adept at finding good/strong acting roles.  The fact that she chose to be part of this project increases my interest in it.

The Expanse Coming to SyFy (Article) - 4/12/2014 10:36:53 AM

 I'll definately check "The Expanse" out.  Way back when I wondered if the Syfy channel would survive but they've gotten a little better with each passing year.  Battlestar Gallactica was excellent. Thought Helix was decent and glad to hear it will be renewed.  Loving Continuum.  Will tune in to see Metal Hulant Chronicles Monday night. Not crazy about Defiance but will give it another shot.

misterpeed...Season 4 of Game of Thrones consists of 10 episodes


Announcing the Mania Comic Book Hall of Fame (Article) - 4/12/2014 10:18:56 AM

 Tim,,,you write "we will be enshrining ten creators for every decade."  When you say we, are you referring to yourself or do you mean several Mania writers are going to be involved in deciding who to put in this Mania Comic Book Hall of Fame.  If  you're not the only one involved in these selections, could you tell us which other contributors have a say in this ?  

Personally I would have liked to see a list of the top 20 of all time...I'm thinking picking one hall of famer for each year (60 in all) may water down your list a little...but, hey, it's your Hall of can put whoever you want in there.

Marvel vs DC - Still on! (Article) - 4/11/2014 5:29:32 PM

 To an outside observer who has no stake in this, the Marvel / DC arguments seem very similar to Ford vs. GM debates. I know this stuff seems important to you guys but to the rest of us Marvel & DC seem like essentially the same thing... good guys in funny costumes each with unique powers battling bad guys in funny outfits with different powers. The movies provide stress free fun, because we all know in advance that the good guys always win...they have to come back in 2 or 3 years to fight new bad guys.

My guess is that everyone commenting here will see both movies. Does it really matter which one you watch first?

As for the question of Super Hero movies reaching their saturation point. I don't think that many commenting here will ever tire of them (it's your passion). These movies will always have an audience. The problem lies in the fact that they require a huge audience (well beyond just a bunch of devoted fanboys) to offset the incredible costs required to produce them (which explains why most of them are very kid / family friendly). The movie going public is a fickle mistress. If said public stops turning out en masse to see these movies then Disney and Warner Bros. will have to scale down those exhorbitant costs one way or the other. Hence Super Hero movie fans should be patient / understanding if these movies don't follow the old comics you grew up with, verbatim. Anything that grows the audience for these films (like ethnic diversity) helps keep them around. The final hurdle to jump is societal change...will people keep going to the movies with all these new streaming devices, 3D/HD TV's, surround sound systems etc. coming out monthly and will they keep buying DVD's when movie downloads can be bought and stored in the cloud.

Mania Review: Oculus (Article) - 4/11/2014 11:57:40 AM

 I know it only had a limited opening this weekend but at some point I'd love to hear Vaux's or another Mania writer's take on "Only Lovers Left Alive,"

JAY & SILENT BOB'S SUPER GROOVY CARTOON MOVIE Trailer (Article) - 4/11/2014 10:52:43 AM

 I don't know why...but I find that most nerds despise Kevin Smith even though he's a Nerd himself.  I guess it's a "nerdier than thou," kind of thing.  For example one might think that a website like Mania which discusses comic books and action figures would embrace the AMC series "Comic Book Men," but Mania ignores / avoids the show and Smith's website SModcast as well.  

Smith is from New Jersey and so am I, so I feel required to support a homie.  I thought Clerks, Mallrats and Chasing Amy were excellent flicks.  I'll watch this if I can find it on Cable.



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