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Mania box Office Report: If LUCY fell (Article) - 7/28/2014 9:30:53 PM

I prefer 2D.  The glasses are uncomfortable and I find that most films only have a few scenes that look better in 3D.  The rest of the film is just as good in 2D.  There are only 2 films (Avatar and Prometheus) that I've seen in 3D and really thought the 3D enhansed.

However, I'm looking forward to a film I've seen advertised, Into the Storm, and I think I might just try to catch that one in 3D.  I imagine that the extreme weather FX will look good in 3D.

I saw A Most Wanted Man this weekend.  It's a very good film but not much fun.  It was kind of grim.

 

New Captain America and Thor: Diversity or Cheap Gimmick? (Article) - 7/25/2014 1:57:30 PM

For the record and in case anybody missed it, I am not offended that Captain America is now Black and Thor is now a woman.  What does sort of offend me is that these changes are being made to these characters for purposes of marketing and publicity.  It's annoying.  It disrupts the characters and storylines.  It's not permanent.

While there is nothing silly or illogical or about Falcon taking over as Captain America, many of these marketing stunts ARE silly.  Superman dies and is replaced by 3 clones?  Really?  Spiderman gets a new costume and it turns out to be a symbiotic mind controlling alien?  Come on!  Batman dies and Nightwing takes over the cowl, but not really because Batman was just lost in time?  WTF?

No iconic characters are ever going to permenantly die, change costumes or make other signifigant changes.  Storylines will come and go but the reset button will always be pressed.

 

New Captain America and Thor: Diversity or Cheap Gimmick? (Article) - 7/22/2014 3:43:35 PM

The problem is that all these sexually and ethnically diverse characters are less well known.  You can talk till you're blue in the face about Black Panther or Blue Beetle or Ms Marvel but nobody will care.  Blue Beetle is now hispanic?  Who?  Talking about a black Captain America though, THAT people will notice and care about.

Of course, nobody knew who Iron Man was before the movie came out.  Make a good movie with a well cast popular star and it will be a popular movie and suddenly EVERYBODY knows who Iron Man is.  The same could be done with any of the sexually or ethnically diverse characters the Marvel Universe teems with.

New Captain America and Thor: Diversity or Cheap Gimmick? (Article) - 7/22/2014 6:20:44 AM

Comics is a business and they have to generate sales.  They do this with these marketing stunts.  If they put out a press release that they were starting a new series about the African American superhero Falcon do you think anybody would pay the slightest attention?  Would it be on the evening news or the entertainment news shows?  Would Joe Noncomicsfan care one whit?  I don't think so.

But let Falcon put on the Captain America costume for a few issues and suddenly its NEWS.  Captain America is BLACK!  People who normally couldn't care less about comic books will have to check this out and sales go up.  Hopefully a few of these new readers will become interested in the medium and keep buying after the novelty wears off.  Then things will go back to the status quo.

It's a creative approach to marketing, or it was back in the 80s when they first started this kind of thing.  The unfortunate effect is that it affects the storytelling and annoys longtime readers.  I wish they could find some way to attract new customers without alienating their core audience.

The Summer of '84: The Last Starfighter (Article) - 7/14/2014 8:28:30 PM

This review speaks of the hokiness of the FX but they were state of the art at the time the film was made.  The Last Starfighter pioneered computer generated FX.  They look primitive now but were astonishing when the film premiered.

Mania Box Office Report: Transformers, again (Article) - 7/7/2014 6:48:46 AM

Transformers 4 was a much better film than Transformers 2 and 3.  I had more to say about it but I got the dredded Forbidden error.

Mania Review: Earth to Echo (Article) - 7/4/2014 6:44:24 AM

The commercials remind me of a movie called Batteries Not Included about a family of miniture flying robots befriending the residents of a run down apartment building.

DVD Review: The Twilight Zone: Essential Episodes (Article) - 7/2/2014 9:02:35 AM

My favorite TZ episode was the one where Jack Klugman and Jackie Gleeson spend the whole episode playing pool.  Two actors and one cheap set produced an episode of gripping drama.  Classic.

Mania Box Office Report: Transformers, Of Course (Article) - 7/1/2014 6:06:42 AM

Edge of Tomorrow was a great film.  Go see it.

I liked Transformers 4 much better than Transformers 2 and 3.  Mark Whalberg was a much more sympathetic protagonist than Shia LeBeuf.  I'm not a Shia hater.  But Sam Witwicky whined his way through 3 movies and I got a little tired of it.

As for the giant robots.  Prime got a good role.  We knew Bumblebee from the previous films.  The other transformers didn't have very good roles.  They were very broad stereotypes in an attempt to give them personalities.  It didn't work.

Mania Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction (Article) - 6/29/2014 7:29:11 AM

Yeah, there are humans in the film.  I wish everybody would stop complaining about that.  It's a story about giant alien robots wrecking cities and killing people and how the humans of Earth react to that. 

I do wish they had spent a little more time on the Autobots though.  We knew Prime and Bumblebee from the other films but while the new Autobots looked cool they didn't get enough character development.  I don't even remember their names.
 

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