Marc Webb‘s second Spider-Man film has been out in much of the world for a couple weeks, but it just hits the US this week. So let’s talk about The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
The film brings back some of the primary cast from the first movie — well, the most recent movie. Andrew Garfield is Peter Parker and Spider-Man; Emma Stone is Gwen Stacy; Sally Field is Aunt May; and Campbell Scott is Peter’s father Richard Parker. Spider-Man’s origin is reworked a bit more, by tying the story of the radioactive spider that bit Peter even more tightly to the machinations of Oscorp. In fact, this sequel ties everything to Oscorp: the put-upon wage slave Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx), who becomes Electro; the crazy Russian gangster (Paul Giamatti) who becomes Rhino; the new Green Goblin (Dane DeHann), of course; and likely future members of the bad-guy collective The Sinister Six.
So what did you think of The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Tell us in the comments below, where spoilers are fully encouraged. Read More »
Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe gets one step closer to completion this weekend as Captain America: The Winter Soldier finally hits theaters. Anthony and Joe Russo take the next logical step in the story Joe Johnson started in The First Avenger and Joss Whedon continued in The Avengers. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is coming to terms with his unique reality after waking from decades frozen in ice, and doing his job as a general bad-ass for S.H.I.E.L.D. He begins to discover a plot, however, that will put in danger everything he stands for, and put him face to face with an old friend who now goes by the name The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).
Featuring great performances from Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Anthony Mackie as Falcon, Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and many more, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is going to change everything you thought about Marvel leading into next summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
We’ve already weighed in with our opinion, now we want you to do the same. Below, tell us Captain America The Winter Soldier reactions and feel free to discuss all the major spoilers it contains. Which is a lot. Then, check back Monday for exclusive quotes from the directors and producer Kevin Feige discussing all those big spoilers. Read More »
It’s a holiday weekend, which means hopefully you’ll head out the movies. And while the smart choice would be to go see The Lego Movie again, there’s probably a good chance you’re curious about Jose Padilha‘s remake of RoboCop. We don’t blame you. A reimagining of Paul Verhoven’s classic 1987 film, this new RoboCop has been a topic of much interest since we first heard about it. Even before there was a director, star, or spy images of the suit we wondered if a new RoboCop would be worthy of the name or just another example on the long list of Hollywood missteps.
Personally, I think it’s a little of both. You can read my review here. Below, tell us what you thought of Jose Padilha’s RoboCop. Read More »
Peter Jackson‘s fifth J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation and second Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, is now in theaters. It picks up right where 2012’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey left off, with Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Thorin (Richard Armitage), Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a company of Dwarves en route to the Lonely Mountain to defeat the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) and rightfully reclaim Dwarven fortune and lands.
The Desolation of Smaug not only continues that storyline, but introduces a ton of new characters and also considerably ups the level of action, giving Jackson plenty of room to play with special effects. Characters like Bard (Luke Evans), Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), Thranduil (Lee Pace) and Legolas (Orlando Bloom, reprising the role) add even more scope, but also more story for the film to work through.
There’s lots to talk about in regards to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and here’s where you can do it. I’ve weighed in with my review but we want to hear yours. Did you think the film improved on An Unexpected Journey? Which format did you see it in? Was the effect of high frame rate any different this time out? How about the IMAX? What did you think of the additions and computer graphics? All spoilers are allowed below. Read More »
The second film in the Hunger Games series is out this week, and with it comes a new director, and a layer of extra complexity that fans of the novel series have been eager to see on screen. Now that we know the general outline of life in Panem, and how the Hunger Games are used as a tool for population control, it’s time to get into what really happens when the “winners” of the games learn how the Capitol really works.
With those elements, the addition of new characters, and a great load of footage shot in IMAX, there’s a lot to talk about with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. We’ve had Germain’s review and interview with Jennifer Lawrence, but now it’s your turn. What did you think of the film? Let us know in the comments below, where spoilers are encouraged.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2 continues this weekend with the release of Alan Taylor‘s Thor: The Dark World. Coming from Game of Thrones, Taylor was hired to bring a new level of reality and action to the Thor universe, and many think he succeeded. Others do not.
Fresh off the events of The Avengers, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is imprisoned in Asgard and a new threat rises: Malekith (Christopher Eccelston), head of the Dark Elves, who hopes to destroy not only Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Asgard, but Earth, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and the entire universe.
After you see Thor: The Dark World, there is so, so much to discuss: Its effect on the rest of the MCU, the two credits teases, some major plot points and other surprises. Here’s where you can do that. Below, tell us and your fellow /Film readers what you thought of Thor: The Dark World. Read More »
For years we’ve heard that Alfonso Cuarón, director of Children of Men, wanted to make a space-set film like no other. Gravity has been the subject of rumor almost from the start, about how it would feature a very long unbroken “shot” as its opening sequence, about how a mixture of practical photography and CG would be combined to create an immersive and realistic vision of being stranded in space.
Unlike most rumors, most of the ones about Gravity were true. The film follows two astronauts, played by George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, and tracks Bullock’s character as a fairly routine spacewalk turns to disaster. It was shot with unusual methods and features an atypical soundtrack to create the sensation of being in space. And the general reaction to the 3D in the film has been very enthusiastic, especially when seen in IMAX. Our contributor Laremy Legel loved the film in Toronto, and now you have the chance to see it for yourself. So let us know; what did you think about Gravity? Read More »
Breaking Bad is finally coming to an end tonight. Joanna Robinson will be filing her awesome list recap and The One’s Who Knock podcast will both be published in the coming days — but I thought I’d start a post for /Film readers to talk about their thoughts, reactions, theories and criticisms as the final episode airs nationwide. Feel free to have an open discussion about the series as a whole and tonight’s finale. The finale will be airing around the country at different times beginning at 9pm eastern, so you may want to tread lightly and not want to enter the discussion after that time as we’re allowing open discussion of spoilers (better here than on twitter, eh?). So go at it!
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When James Wan‘s Insidious hit theaters in 2011, there were no expectations. The $1.5 million movie ended up grossing almost $100 million worldwide and created a legion of fans. That happened because Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell (co-creators of the Saw series) conceived a relatable, terrifying world where a family, rather than a house, was haunted.
Just two years later, with the Friday the 13th release of Insidious: Chapter 2, Wan faces huge expectations. Not only does he have to follow up that first film, but he’s coming off the massive hit The Conjuring and is next making Fast and Furious 7. Tell us what you thought of the second chapter of Insidious, after the break. Read More »
Edgar Wright‘s new film, the final chapter in the loose trilogy of films that also includes Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, is The World’s End. The movie opened outside the US earlier this summer, but this weekend it hits the States. The story of five friends (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, Paddy Considine) who are roped into taking on a pub crawl they failed twenty years prior, the film is a sci-fi comedy that explores the effect of nostalgia and the ways that life goes on (or sometimes doesn’t) as we grow older.
This is a slightly different sort of comedy from the prior two films in the “trilogy,” but one that is still very definitely related to those individual chapters. In the comments below, tell us what you thought of The World’s End; keep in mind that spoilers are encouraged here. Read More »