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When Lightning Strikes

Sometimes anticipation for a movie can get the better of you. Many of my fellow movie-oriented bloggers out in the netsphere happen to be looking forward to one film in particular. That film is “Thor”, due out next year (May 2011). The film, of course, is interconnected to a series of films, (the two Iron Man films, 2008’s The Incredible Hulk and the upcoming Captain America that will lead up to The Avengers. I generally am a film nut first, a comics lover second. It is not a surprise that many are keeping tabs on these films with extreme vigor. Pictured above is a hodgepodge of two images already leaked to the public- the THOR logo and Chris Hensworth, the star, in Thor costume. The other elements I added for effect (photoshop flares, extra nebula, a faded out pic of Anthony Hopkins from Mask Of Zorro (Hopkins plays Odin in the upcoming Thor film) . Reason why I have it here, is because I think as far as comics to film hero costumes go, it is a great translation.

Iron Man folks can get away with; it’s a suit of armor. Hulk is a big green goliath. Black Widow is a catsuit. Thor and Cap are a bit more tricky. They work well in the comics, but the adaptation to the big screen is a challenge. It looks like Thor might just pass.

But I’m not looking forward to an Avengers movie. With the plan (as I understand it) varied heroes – Iron Man, Thor, Cap, maybe Black Widow, maybe War Machine, Nick Fury and Ant-Man, Wasp and Hawkeye (the last three to show up in the film) as well as The Hulk…gosh, give me some elbow room. Good luck Joss Whedon.

No, I’m not the least bit excited. Thor has to not only knock it out of the park, but so does Cap’n America. Now, it turns out that while Fox owns film rights to X-Men, we will be getting the “First Class” which will be a prequel to the X-Men films, much like last year’s satisfactory (but underwhelming) Wolverine. In a way, that’s coolness. But not so fast. DC has Green Lantern, see…and we got Transformers 3 also due. On top of that, welcome back Jack Sparrow. The Apes are back too, although the Planet Of The Apes 2000 is going to be ignored.

The summer of 2011 is crowded with pop culture madness. You thought this summer is lackluster? I just hope next year doesn’t implode.


Daredevil (2003) is a film, which I didn’t really care about although after the smoke cleared, I had rented it on DVD a year later, and I wound up liking it a bit more. I eventually wound up buying the SE two disc set, which had a ton of nice supportive features, specifically the enhanced viewing mode which allows the viewer to see behind the scenes stunts, effects and things like that. Boring stuff to average casual viewers, gold to film geeks. It does not really matter how good the quality of a film might be; if the video release has behind the scenes non- fluff pieces, I’m there. Daredevil is no different. When a number of viewings have been taken in, I realize that it wasn’t a horrible film. There was a lot to like, in fact. A touching love story between Matt Murdock (Ben Affleck) and Elektra Natchios (Jennifer Garner, who would later marry Affleck); future Iron Man director Jon Faverau as Foggy Nelson, the over the insane Bullseye, played by Colin Farrell, the Kevin Smith cameo, scenes that come right out of the comics and the music, including the Graeme Revell. score. Also, narrative wise, the “turned corner” doesn’t happen until an hour and a half into the film. It is that moment, and what happens after it, that single handedly uproots what had come before it. It answers one question that many consider to be a plot hole (how the hero can keep fighting after being seriously wounded) but unwittingly creates another question and then a much bigger plot hole. Then another. Then the entire film falls like a domino effect. One scene in particular stands out among all others, and becomes universally hated, at least on a subconscious level, because of the last ten to fifteen minutes of the film. Likewise, three other scenes stand out as being emotionally and visually outstanding- which adds to the bigger disappointment, for whenever one sees a movie which has stellar moments or when an actor or actress is really good in the part, if the rest of the film is not up to par…? That’s a huge problem. Continue reading