Based on a pre-existing universe that he helped create in Alien, Ridley Scott brings us Prometheus; a quasi-prequel focusing on a bunch humans searching for the origin of all life on earth… in space.
When cave paintings of ancient and non-related cultures hint at life being “engineered” by beings from outer space, archaeologist Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Repace) believes very strongly that our makers put us here for a reason, and that they want us to travel to their planet to give them our thanks.
Dark Shadows, directed by Tim Burton, is a comedy/horror film based on the gothic horror soap opera (1966-71) of the same name.
It stars Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, an 18th century nobleman-turned-vampire, who, after being buried alive by a jealous witch, awakens in the strange and very swinging 1970s.
I thought that I’d have a heavier heart when saying this, where actually, it’s somewhat of a relief to finally get it off my chest.
Here’t goes: comicbookmovie.com is a bad, bad idea.
Back when Joss Whedon was announced as the lucky (or not so lucky) writer/director of The Avengers, internet forums were awash with equal parts joy and scepticism. And rightly so; even though Whedon was already a skilled storyteller (Toy Story, Buffy, Astonishing X-Men), his only cinematic directing gig to date had failed miserably (Serenity).
So how does Marvel justify its decision to hire a relative cinematic-unknown to direct the most-anticipated comic book movie ever?
Neil Gaiman understands the macabre and mysterious; American Gods saw him skilfully integrate old and new deities into modern-day American culture; in The Sandman he explored the mysterious dreamscape, giving it meaning and purpose; his works are submerged in the fantastic and blur the line between what is real, unreal, and what can be construed as both.
In Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions, a novel-length collection of 36 of his short stories and poems, Gaiman seeks to entertain the reader by the means of horror, fantasy, perversion and dark humour.
Based on the multi-million dollar book of the same name, New Moon is a cinematic adaptation of the second instalment in the Twilight series. But you already know that.
Fresh off the heels of having reviewed its prequel, I wasn’t really in a hurry to watch more films about love and turmoil in Forks, Washington; let alone within a couple of weeks. What am I, a “twi-hard”?
There was a time when I would proudly profess to never watching “bad” films (unless of course they were so-bad-it’s-good); but, with the seemingly unstoppable onslaught of the mega-schlockbusters (Pirates of the Caribbean, Transformers) I felt it only appropriate that I jump on board with the one franchise that I have managed to avoid from the very start.
I was hoping to see what all the fuss is about. Based on the phenomenally popular book of the same name, Twilight is a 2008 film from the director of The Nativity Story. No, really. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is at a crossroad; living in Arizona with her newly-remarried mother, she chooses to move in with her living-in-another-state father in an effort to re-establish familiarity.
When The Kremlin is destroyed and Ethan Hunt‘s (Tom Cruise) secret spy team is fingered as the culprit, the US president initiates “Ghost Protocol”; disavowing the entire IMF and branding Ethan and Co. as terrorists.
On-their-own and on-the-run, Hunt and his team are forced to save the world (literally, as in “nuclear apocalypse”) with ever-dwindling resources. This allows the team to do the one thing previous MI episodes have done very little of: stop and think.
Set in the early years of the Marvel Universe, Captain America: The First Avenger tells of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans); a scrawny, sickly and just-plain-good “kid from Brooklyn”, who despite his lack of fitness is given an opportunity — albeit an unorthodox one — to fight for his country in WWII.
In comic book terminology, Cap’ would be considered a “Countdown to The Avengers” issue, being the last stop before the all-in superhero brawl; but does the film stand on its own two feet?
The world has changed; if you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you will be unaware that DC Comics have had a massive shake-up by resetting 52 of their titles to #1.
But what brought us to this point? Why is the world anew? Well, you can blame Flashpoint. Sort of.