Reddit does it again, using a screencapture of Google Trends to show the extreme rise in user searches for the term “blue dong” in the begining of 2009, around the time that Watchmen was released in theaters.
Marvel seems to be getting all the attention as of late, but what about the DC Comics film adaptations? Where’s the love?! With the recent buzz ramping up for the now-in-production big screen adaptation of Green Lantern, I thought this video might be in order. Videoprototype has created a eight and a half minute video tribute to the movies which have been produced from DC Comics/Vertigo Comics, which includes everything from V for Vendetta to Catwoman, Watchmen to Constantine and Superman Returns to The Dark Knight.
The Fine Brothers love to spoil everything, In past years, we’ve featured their popular videos 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes and Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History. After seeing all of the big movies of 2009, the brothers are back once again. Their latest video spoils 50 movies released last year (including all ten best picture nominees) in one take, in under 4 minutes. Watch the video now, after the jump.
And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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Why hasn’t there ever been second series of Watchmen comics? It’s not as though Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons actually own the characters. Well, apparently, any talk of a sequel had been squashed, time and again, by Paul Levitz, former president of DC comics. He was very protective of the title, even denying the creators of the tie-in videogame to invent any new material at all. This was sacred stuff to him.
Now, though, he’s not in charge of the comics at all and is the Contributing Editor and Overall Consultant of DC Entertainment, the spin-off and movies arm. He’s not going to be able to do anything, directly, to stop any Watchmen sequel. More importantly, though, it seems that Dan DiDio, SVP-Executive Editor of DC, has made it his mission to realize not only a sequel series but also several prequels. Why? I suppose he’d say Why Not? And there’s good reason to believe they’ll be coming to screens as well as pages, too.
Posted on Friday, December 25th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
What’s Under Your Mask? is a series of prints created by German illustrator Adrian Pavic honoring the masked icons in Western society, ranging from Darth Vader, to Point Break, to Spider-Man. No word on if Pavic will be making his prints available for public purchase, but you can view some of the art in the series, after the jump. I’d love to see Chop Shop produce a t-shirt based on this series.
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Posted on Monday, November 30th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Goodie Bag has created a fantastic video called “Hollywood vs. New York”, featuring four decades of celluloid New York annihilation distilled into one musical montage. Watch the destruction now after the jump.
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Today’s t-shirt on the tee-a-day website TeeFury is a Watchmen parody takes the Rorschach character and gives him the Shepard Fairey treatment, capping it off with the single word “WATCH”. The T-shirt will be available all day on Thursday, November 19th 2009 for only $9 plus shipping. But like all Teefury shirts, after the clock strikes midnight, the t-shirt will never be available again. Full t-shirt design image, and a word from the artist, after the jump.
Posted on Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 by Adam Quigley
This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.
(Available as single-disc DVD, 2-Disc Deluxe Edition DVD, and 4-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
Pixar is not a boon to cinematic originality. Their formulas are just as heavily recycled as any simple-minded rom-com, or any trashy horror flick. Pixar’s success lies not in the bare story arcs of their films, but in the way they tell the story. This is what differs them from so many of Dreamworks’ past efforts: they respect the art of storytelling. Up exemplifies this notion perfectly. The film displays a comfortable familiarity in its conflicts and character arcs, from the bitter protagonist seeking redemption to the boy in desperate need of a father figure to the idol-turned-villain ‘twist’ (if you can call it that), and so on and so forth. While in a lesser film, plot beats like these might act as a detriment, Pixar’s usage of formulas is actually one of its greatest assets. Rather than break free from the mold established by countless classic tales before it, they embrace those elements. Doing so not only provides their films with a rewarding accessibility that the whole family can enjoy, but by taking those ubiquitous movie tropes and making their inclusion feel organic to the story, the process also allows them to illustrate just why exactly those formulas work so well. It feels new to us because Pixar makes it feel new, as every familiar plot point is treated with only the utmost heartfelt sincerity and intelligence. Instead of Carl Fredricksen’s loss toward the beginning of the film acting as merely a way to facilitate the adventure that later ensues, Pixar takes the time to show us why we should care. And holy hell does Pixar know how to make you care. If you’re not choking back tears in the first 15 minutes, you’re probably not watching the right movie. When the film isn’t busy leaving you an emotionally devastated wreck, it captivates your senses with the pure winsome wonder of its visuals, and then thrills you with some of the most exhilarating action sequences to grace the screen since Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not to mention, you’ll likely spend most of the experience grinningly stupidly due to the non-stop hilarity of the film’s wonderful band of characters (Dug the dog is an obvious highlight, but it’s Kevin the bird who truly won my heart). There’s a rhythm and pace to the film that’s simply flawless, resulting in the rare film that will have you glued to the screen for every second of its runtime. It may be formulaic, sure, but you’ll be too busy loving the film to care.
Notable Extras: 2-Disc DVD – Commentary by director Pete Docter and co-director Bob Peterson, “Dug’s Special Mission” short film, “The Many Endings of Muntz” featurette, “Partly Cloudy” short film, “Adventure is Out There” documentary, and a digital copy. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as Cine-Explore, Geriatric Hero, Canine Companions, Russell: Wilderness Explorer, Our Giant Flightless Friend Kevin, Homemakers of Pixar, Balloons and Flight, Composing for Characters, Married Life, and the single-disc DVD.
|BEST DVD PRICE*|
|Amazon – $14.99|
*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $19.99 at Fry’s and Amazon, and $22.99 at each of the other listed stores.
|BEST BLU-RAY PRICE|
|Amazon – $19.99|
Warner Bros Home Video has officially announced the expected double dip, Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut, which hits store shelves on November 3rd 2009.. More cover art and details after the jump.
Posted on Thursday, August 20th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Snoop Dogg appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 10th Anniversary Special and is asked a $50,000 question about Zack Snyder’s movie adaptation of Watchmen. But it turns out Snoop fell asleep while watching the movie and might not know the answer. Thanks to movieboy for the tip. Watch the video embedded after the jump.