Posted on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
Watch enough movies, and you’ll find that you occasionally walk out of the theater sometimes with the vaguely disappointing feeling that you’ve just shelled out $14 to see a movie you’re already seen before. Sometimes, it’s no surprise that a film looks derivative — did anyone really expect Underworld: Awakening to wow us with its originality, for example? — but even great movies fall prey to old habits sometimes. The Avengers was exhilarating, but Lord knows we’ve seen the dear old Big Apple demolished more than a few times before, and often in very similar ways at that.
The Funny or Die folks point out the most familiar repeating shots and motifs in a video titled “Every 3D Movie is the Same.” Unfortunately, it seems their theoretical fact-checkers were dozing on the job, since a handful of the movies they cite were not, in fact, released in 3D. But even so, their point stands. Perhaps they should’ve just retitled it “Every Studio Action Movie is the Same”? Watch it after the jump.
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But there might be one casualty from the production issues that led to the film being recut late in the game and the loss of most of the “untold story” plotline trumpeted in early ads. A new interview with Columbia Pictures chief Doug Belgrad reveals that Webb might not return. Read More »
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Note: This article contains major spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man.
Whether or not you enjoyed Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man, it’s impossible to deny the film has some holes. Jokes seen in numerous TV spots and trailers are not in the final film. Full scenes that were teased hit the cutting room floor and the original marketing line “The Untold Story” disappeared. Remember the promise “Spider-Man’s Greatest Secrets Will Be Revealed”?
Apparently the secret was there were no secrets because Peter Parker gets bit by a spider, his Uncle dies and he becomes Spider-Man, Just like in the comics, just like in Sam Raimi’s movie, just like it has always been. But that’s not what the movie story always was.
A few intrepid online reports have broken down this omission and many more. They discovered that a major storyline involving Peter Parker’s parents was likely axed at the last minute. Plus, what the heck was up with that end credits scene? Check out all that and much more, after the jump. Read More »
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