Can people name more Avengers or American presidents? How are X-Men: Apocalypse star Sophie Turner‘s impressions of the other X-Men? Is the Deadpool creative team interested in a Spider-Man crossover? Which Avenger almost appeared in a Civil War credits scene, but got scrapped? All that and more on this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
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What’s Jonah Hex doing on the upcoming episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow? What does Andrew Dice Clay have to say about Batman v Superman in a new stand-up bit? Will Jean Grey and Cyclops have some romance in X-Men: Apocalypse? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
How did Hugh Jackman become a real hero over the weekend? Which Watchmen star was the voice of the president in Batman v Superman and will he appear in Aquaman too? What happens when Batman meets the Broadway musical Hamilton? Want to see what Jonah Hex looks like in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
The last time Jonah Hex was brought to life onscreen, it was a disaster. Despite the best efforts of lead actor Josh Brolin, 2010’s Jonah Hex was an out-and-out failure. Critics detested it, and audiences had absolutely no interest in it. In the end, the paltry $11 million box office haul ensured this version of Jonah Hex would be dead and buried and gone forever.
Still, the character himself, who originated in the DC Comics universe, was plenty popular before that cinematic fiasco, and remains that way among comic book fans. So The CW’s going to bring him back in a different form. Jonah Hex is set to drop by the network’s upcoming superhero series Legends of Tomorrow, and actor Johnathon Schaech has just been tapped to play him. Read More »
As the movie industry evolves, so to do the Razzies. The anti-Oscars, which infamously recognize the worst movies of the year, have announced their short list of eligible films which includes a brand new category: Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3D. What films are eligible for that award as well as Worst Film of the Year and more? Find out after the jump. Actual nominations will be announced January 24, the day before Oscar nominations. Read More »
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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
(Releases on Friday, October 15)
I don’t love How to Train Your Dragon for its story, or its dialogue, or even its characters. I love it for one very specific reason: how it makes me feel. As sappy as that sounds, it’s not half as bad as admitting that I can’t listen to this song from the soundtrack without fighting back tears, the same way I do when I think about The Iron Giant closing his eyes and saying “Supahman” as he flies into space, or Fry’s dog faithfully waiting at the end of that one goddamn episode of Futurama. In each of these instances is an example of manipulative storytelling executed incredibly well, prying on a base human desire to be loved by some innocent, misunderstood being as much as we love them. And you know what? It fucking works. How to Train Your Dragon is so masterful in the way it uses its dazzling visuals and rousing score to enrapture the audience, and so beautiful and heartfelt in the way it communicates its undeniably formulaic tale of forbidden friendship, that I couldn’t help but be reduced to a weepy little bitch by the end of it. It may not be original, but through its earnest sense of discovery and adventure and positively stunning ability to recreate the sensation of flight, it amounts to one of the most fun, thrilling and emotionally gripping films to be released in years. For all of the reasons Avatar failed, How to Train Your Dragon succeeds, and I am not at all ashamed to say it resonated with me on a deeply personal level. I cannot recommend it enough.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Filmmakers’ Commentary, The Technical Artistry of Dragon, and Viking-Sized Cast. Double DVD Pack – Includes everything on the single-disc DVD, as well as an all-new animated short (“Legend of the BoneKnapper Dragon”), Three Deleted Scenes, The Story Behind the Story, and How to Draw a Dragon. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the Double DVD Pack, as well as the Animator’s Corner (featuring Picture-in-Picture storyboards, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews), a trivia track, and a copy of the DVD.
|BEST DVD PRICE*|
|Amazon – $16.99|
*Does not include Double DVD Pack with all-new short (“Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon”), which costs $17.99 at Best Buy, and $22.99 at Target and Amazon.
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|Amazon – $22.99|
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This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley get extremely disappointed by Jonah Hex, speculate on the prospects of a Ghost Rider sequel, and wonder when movie studios will start delivering movies to people when they want, in the ways that they want them. Special guest Greg Mariotti joins us from Pixar Talk.
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When the Rotten Tomatoes twitter account announced that Toy Story 3 still had a 100% fresh rating with over 130 reviews and counting, I got excited. I’ve seen the movie twice now, and it deserves all the praise it has and will recieve. The reason I got excited is that it had the chance to become the best reviewed movie in the history of cinema (this according to Rotten Tomatoes of course, albeit still a milestone achievement).
I’m not going to debate the merits of the achievement — best reviewed film of all time doesn’t mean best movie of all time. Also, as we know Rotten Tomatoes is not based on a scale of enjoyment, just thumbs up or down. Meaning, the best reviewed film of all time on Rotten Tomatoes means the largest percentage of possitive reviews.
With 147 100% positive reviews, Toy Story 2 has held the coveted top slot for eleven years and counting. The film to come closest was the 2008 documentary Man On Wire — 100% fresh with 142 reviews, six short of the #1 slot. And how fitting would it have been to have the Pixar’s latest film, the third film in the trilogy, knock Toy Story 2 from the top of the mountain.
What happened? You guessed it. Armond White — the notorious contrarian movie reviewer for the alt-weekly New York Press. You might recall that White was the first critic to give Pixar’s last film Up a negative review. Whats worse, he gave Jonah Hex a positive review, a film which has been panned by critics and moviegoers (12% on Rotten Tomatoes with almost 90 reviews).
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Warner Bros. has been slow to sell Jonah Hex. The first trailer appeared just a month ago, and the film opens on June 18. But now there’s a second trailer, and it is edited at a much more brisk pace. In part because of that change and in part because it chooses better footage, this is a much better look at the movie. Read More »