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Mania Exclusive: Batman One:12 Collective X-Ray (Article) - 12/21/2014 8:59:39 AM

 Boys like their toys. There were so many pre-orders for this doll that it was sold out, far in advance of it's release date in 3 weeks.  If Mezco is wise, given the profit margin on these things, they'd be wise to pump out a bunch more (they've done that with their collectibles in the past), but if they don't I'm sure someone will be selling his on ebay next year for 3 times or more, the present $65 price tag.

Disney's Jungle Book Releases first Photo (Article) - 12/20/2014 9:46:01 AM

 I thought Disney's 1967 animated movie was just about perfect so I'm mildly apprehensive  about this. I wonder how they could do any better than the voices of Phil Harris, George Sanders, Sebastian Cabot or Louis Prima?  One could go on the Amazon website right now and purchase that movie if they were so inclined, but apparently people don't do that, they prefer instead to wait for a reboot. Monkeyfoot suggests the new version may be darker than the 1967 film...I hope that's not the case.  I'd prefer that it remained wholesome family entertainment.  There's enough dark stuff out there (I know because I like the dark stuff, but occasionally I want something I can watch with my grand sons).

The only thing that makes me interested in this new movie is that I think about the tiger in The Life of Pi and imagine how great the CGI could be in this flick vs. the hand drawn characters in the 67 film...but I'm not sure that they intend to take the new movie in a more realistic visual direction.



The Musketeers - Season 2 Trailer (Article) - 12/19/2014 12:47:42 PM

 One could save on cost the of a blu-ray disk  if you can access Comcast Cable "On Demand."  I assume other Cable / Satellite TV providers also offer it.  I don't have the time for this...heck I'm a season and a half behind on Orphan Black and have yet to check out a single episode of Sherlock with Cumberbatch and Freeman.

Mania Review: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (Article) - 12/19/2014 11:59:45 AM

 By the way...I would have loved to read Rob Vaux's take on "The Interview."   So far it has a 54% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 26 revues.  One reviewer said that It (the movie) essentially uses a major global issue to cheaply dress up what is 2 hours of hit or miss erection jokes.  However the majority of reviewers all had high praise for the actor (Randall Park) who plays Kim.  He's apparently a riot throughout and steals the movie.

Mania Review: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (Article) - 12/19/2014 11:50:29 AM hit the nail on the head.  It's odd that Kim Jong-Un has so many soldiers willing to die for him, I suspect that he treats those soldiers a lot better than the rest of the North Korean citizenry.  We can only hope that things get bad enough over there that his armies get disgruntled and their loyalty is strained.

I suspect the North Korean people aren't much different than people the world over's stupid religions, political ideologies, and money or the lack of it,  that continues to divide us all.

As for Dazzler's remarks about Nukes.  I have no desire to see our country launch a nuclear attack on North Korea for the right to watch a Seth Rogen stoner movie in a movie theatre free from fear.  This all could have been avoided if they had made up a fictitious country that resembled North Korea with a fake leader that looked a lot like Kim Jong-Un. The "Mission Impossible" franchise has been doing stuff like that for decades.

AMERICAN SNIPER - Trailer 2 (Article) - 12/18/2014 2:17:11 PM

The article above states that The Oscar race is in full throttle and Warner Bros. release of Clint Eastwood's American Sniper will certainly make waves.

I wonder if that will indeed be the case. The movie seems to be trending down.

American Sniper was totally ignored by the SAG Awards, the Golden Globes and the Critic's Choice Awards.

It's not impossible for a movie to get Academy Award Nominations after it's been snubbed by everyone else but it's very rare.

Maybe the zealous response which occurred after Sony pulled The Interview will help this.

I'll reserve my opinions about American Sniper until if or when I see it.

It Follows: Official Teaser Trailer (Article) - 12/17/2014 10:01:15 PM

  I always thought that the thing that followed sex was more sex


Mania Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Article) - 12/17/2014 6:04:44 PM

 I certainly don't agree with all of Theicon's comments but I totally defend his right to make them. If a bunch of people like a movie and someone else says that he or she thinks that it stinks I don't see how that ruins anything for anybody, and if it sparks a debate so much the better because I enjoy an exchange of ideas.

I don't understand people who get angry if someone challenges their opinions. I relish that.

I look at the Mania comments threads discussing a newly released movie the same way I look at the capsule reviews for a particular film on Rotten Tomatoes. I expect to see various opinions. I'd hate it if people who didn't like a film refused to comment and the comments section was just a series of - people expressing their love of a film (TV show whatever)...that would be boring.

When I think of movies that fit into the genres most often covered by the Mania website I have a difficult time thinking of any truly great films. Off the top of my head...maybe... Bride of Frankenstein, or Alien. I'm sure if I give it some thought I can come up with others. However I find lots and lots of good, mediocre and even poor movies to be tremendously entertaining


Spider-Man's Cinematic Future (Article) - 12/13/2014 8:53:04 AM

 I agree with the commentator who said that they should give Spiderman movies a rest. For those who can't bare to be without the webslinger, he's still on Disney XD every week and in the monthly comics.

It's highly unlikely that Sony would sell back the rights to Spiderman to Disney's Marvel  brand since it's their most financialy lucrative movie franchise (Sony Spiderman movies have made over 3.3 billion dollars at the box office). Whether or not they'd rent him to Disney is another story. 

As for Garfield...I think it's time for him to move on from the movie role.  Andrew is in his thirties and he looks more  like a man who should be looking to move out of his Aunt's home and find a good job than a teenager.  

I think it would be a mistake to age the Spiderman character into mahood.  Marvel has plenty of middle aged male characters.  It's wise to keep some characters that young people can relate to. Disney has to try to keep this stuff fresh. They didn't pay $4 billion for Marvel's characters so that young people could say, I don't like that crap, that's what my Dad is into.  Remember how young people rejected Rock Music and embraced artists like Taylor Swift and Pharell Williams  because Rock was the music their parents listened to.



First Look: FANTASTIC FOUR #642 (Article) - 12/12/2014 7:28:18 PM

 RobertTrate...a few days ago you showed us some great artwork by Nick Bradshaw for Wolverines #1, now this by Leonard Kirk for Fantastic Four #642.  I think that present day comic book art is in good hands.  

It's funny a how comic artists continue to put comic heroes and heroines in skin tight outfits while the movie makers seem to be trying to get away from that.  


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