June 23, 2008

GEORGE CARLIN: Dead at 71


Comedian George Carlin died on Sunday of apparent heart failure. I never saw him live but I did see him several times on his HBO specials and we own his last album (That's a CD for you kids.). Probably most famous for the "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" from his 1972 album Class Clown, and among his movie credits; "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" (1989), "Dogma" (1999) & "Cars" (2006). Be excellent, and party on dude!

Here's the LA TIMES coverage.

June 20, 2008

AVENGERS: ASSEMBLE! (some spoilers ahead)


Not so much a review as a discussion of what’s to come…
As I sat watching the “Incredible Hulk” Thursday night, between the tittering teenagers and the guy kicking the back of my seat (this is why I love DVD & home theaters), I kept thinking; oh man, movie Iron Man will kick your movie Hulk @$$! And I’ll gladly pay my $10.00 to see that!!!

Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios have created a third Marvel Universe, the Movie-verse?, Studio-verse maybe? Anyway, after seeing Ultimate Nick Fury show up at the end of "Iron Man" and then Movie Tony Stark approaching Thunderbolt Ross in "Incredible Hulk", you know there is gonna be a throwdown in tinseltown. But who’s gonna be throwin’ down whom? Will it be the Marvel U., The Ultimate U. or this newly born Movie U.? Obviously it’s the Movie U. with its own happy gathering of Marvel’s Merry Marching Society, charging full steam ahead into an Avengers franchise.
I mean c’mon, Marvel Studio’s slate of future films is a who’s who of the Avengers roster; "Iron Man 2" (2010), "Thor" (2010), "The First Avenger: Captain America" (2011) & "The Avengers" (2011). So there you have it, four of the original six Avengers, assembled on celluloid, heading for the cineplex nearest you. Who’s missing? Ant-Man & Wasp. But I’m guessing they’ll show up in the Avengers movie, to what degree I don’t know.

"Iron Man" and "Incredible Hulk" both weave the Marvel U. and Ultimate U. into their storylines and with crossover appearances by other Marvel characters it sets you to speculating on plots, and highlights. Who will Thor interact with? SHIELD, Tony Stark, Dr. Banner? Will we meet Cap in WWII before the Avengers are born? Or do we see the Avengers raise him from the ice and re-introduce the world to the Star-Spangled Avenger? Or will that be the end of the Captain America movie leading directly into the Avengers movie, as the newly formed Avengers Initiative, working for Nick Fury, are unleashed on some unsuspecting bad guys in the Middle East or a resurging Soviet military threat?
And speaking of who meets who in the Marvel-Verse; Did anyone else think that, hey the Hulk is in Canada now, he’ll be fighting Wendigo in the next movie. OR – even better - what about running into everyones’ favorite Canucklehead and Wendigo, thereby renacting the events of The Incredible Hulk #181?

And don’t forget Iron Man’s Hulk Buster Armor, the Ultimates or World War Hulk. "Iron Man 2" or "The Avengers" could see a renegade (or just pissed off) Hulk on the loose and Stark and Company dispatched to bring him in.

"Incredible Hulk" was definitely propaganda for the Marvel machine. But it was also a nifty bit of homage to the television series. From opening credits to final fade director Louis Leterrier ("The Transporter") and star Edward Norton ("The Illusionist") give us geeky fanboys plenty of inside jokes to spot. Lou Ferigno, Bill Bixby and Stan Lee all make cameo appearances.
For a full review of Incredible Hulk, surf on over to LAFilmcutter.

OK, so in review, I still give "Incredible Hulk" a B (The CGI bugged me sometimes.) and I predict an A- for the new Marvel Movieverse and its dominance of the summer box office.

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"INCREDIBLE HULK": Worth The Wait


As Ryan so succinctly put it... "It's a lot better than the first one." From the mouth's of babes, right? Well, young adults would be more accurate.
I'm going to do a review, and more in my next post but for those of you who need to know... Ryan and I will both give it a B bordering on a B+.
My biggest problem with the film was the CGI. Not the quality (which for the most part was great) but the over-use of it, see below.
SPOILER ALERT: The final battle between Abomination and the Hulk was a lot like watching a video game.
So next up: AVENGERS: ASSEMBLE!

June 17, 2008

STAN WINSTON: Dead at 62


What a shame. We have lost so many talented and creative folk this past year. And now one of the greatest (if not the greatest) special effects pioneers.
Stan Winston, father of the Alien, the Predator and this summer's Iron Man died Sunday after a lengthy bout with myeloma. This guy could make anything, no matter how fantastic, seem real and alive. I mean c'mon, he gave us the Terminator and the AFLAC duck!

You can read more about Stan and his creations here:
LA TIMES
Stan Winston Studio
Wikipedia

June 15, 2008

"TRANSFORMERS II: Revenge of the Fallen"


Here's a shout out to my friend Bill Pichkan (ladies, he's single) who is currently working as a PA on the new Transformers movie shooting in Philly. You can find him on Facebook & IMDB. The "awesome" Michael Bay & Transformers 2 have been to several locations in Pennsylvania.

Here are a few links to check out:
MovieWeb
transformers-2-trailer
Michael Bay