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Iron Man 3 Trailer–Geektober is Rewarded with Goodies

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If you’re like me, you follow comic book movies pretty regularly… I watched The Avengers opening night (despite the drunken idiots that keep me from hearing some of the dialogue) and watched it again the next day (due to the aforementioned drunken idiots), and it pumped me up for the next years superhero / comic book movies. Iron Man 3 is included among the ones that will take flight in 2013 (May 3 2013 to be exact on IM3). While I don’t know a lot about the movie as a whole (I’m currently researching what exactly it will be about), I do have great hope that this will not be X-Men 3 The Last Stand (my main hope) due to the changing of directors.
All I do know is that the Iron Man franchise to this point has been great, and with the introduction of one of his greatest villains Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin, I hope that it will be fun and exciting. However, I hope too that it will keep up with the world that Marvel, Jon Favreau, and others have worked to create. Without further ado, the Trailer for Iron Man 3, which promises to be very tense from the looks of it.
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Avengers Assemble…. on May 4th!!!

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A few days ago, a new trailer for Marvel’s The Avengers came out and got me excited for the summer of 2012. While this summer does not look to be as huge as last summer for Marvel, this movie represents the culmination of several past movie events and the work of several past summers. Needless to say (and I’m saying it again here), I’m excited to finally see what Joss Whedon, Zak Penn, and the actors have created with the movie. However, I have some apprehensions that I hope will be a null and void point when I finally watch the movie.

1) The star power of the cast as a whole is quite scary for a movie of this magnitude. I’m not saying that this is necessarily a bad thing. Honestly, to this point, all the characters have functioned and embodied the characters in much the way that I would have hoped that they would. I will even admit that Chris Evans as Capt. wasn’t that bad… and I didn’t have high hopes for him in that film. However, when you put too many big stars together, it sometimes seems that the product they give isn’t necessarily the best thing that has ever been… There are many examples of this in moviedom memory (Be Cool (2005), Shark Tale (2004), and there are many more… you know these) that fail from their inception… I’m hoping that this is not the case with this movie simply because Joss Whedon is at the helm. From his television shows, he has proven that he can work well with ensemble casts. Here’s hoping that he can deal with the egos of the big league.

2) Speaking of people in the film, I’m also concerned about Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner… I don’t know that he can bring the understated nature of the intelligent Banner to life… When I heard that Edward Norton wasn’t coming aboard for this movie, I began to think that it might be better just to eliminate the Hulk altogether (and I know that he is a part of the Avengers… I just don’t know about Ruffalo). Honestly, I just don’t find Ruffalo to be the right actor for the part because he doesn’t look like the Banner type… You can put glasses on some one but this does not indicate intelligence… we’ve seen many examples of this. While I think that Ruffalo will do an alright job as evidenced by his acting cred, I just don’t feel like he will be a good Bruce Banner for me…

3) Storyline to bring them together… While I am excited that it looks like Loki will be the main villain, I am concerned as to how they are going to finally bring them together. They have been doing this all along, but I worry that things will not work together as well as what it should…

Still, even with these apprehensions in mind, I look forward to seeing movie at a midnight showing on May 4th. I will be there (not in costume… I’m a fan boy… but yeah…) and waiting to be bewitched by the characters one more time. Seeing Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Sam Jackson as Nick Fury, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Capt. America, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow and all the other characters come to life once again and as a group will be awesome. All these individuals have made great movies on their own, so they should be able to bring some of that charisma as a group.

As Loki says in the trailer, “How desperate are you that you call on such lost creatures to defend you?”

For me, I’m desperate to see how these “creatures” come alive once again.

Dracula: My Hypothetical Movie Casting

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Today in the Gothic Literature class I’m in, we started our discussion of Dracula by Bram Stoker. While we did the usual discussion of Jonathan Harker’s uselessness, Mina Murray’s man brain, Dracula’s foreignness, and the many ways in which one can read the text, we additionally talked about the four prominent movie adaptations of the book:  Nosferatu (1922), Dracula (1931), Horror of Dracula (1958),and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). However, after listing these movies, we discovered that an adaptation of the novel hasn’t come out in the past 20 years that even tries to be faithful to the original story (there was the ill-fated Dracula 2000 with Gerard Butler… but yeah…). So we were tasked with casting a movie if we got the opportunity to pick anyone to be in our version of said hypothetical movie. Therefore, my list that I am posting below was born. I think that each of the actors that I’ve placed in certain roles would be able to bring a certain truthfulness to the movie that would resound well with the novel itself. Moreover, I know that some of my choices are a little odd, but I feel that each of the people that I picked would something to the characters that would make them memorable in some way. I hope you enjoy thinking about this as much as I did. 🙂

Dracula Cast List

Dracula— Michael Fassbender

Jonathan Harker— James McAvoy

Dr. Seward— David Tennant

Lord Arthur Holmwood— Matthew MacFadyen

Quincy Morris— Robert Downey Jr.

Abraham Van Helsing— Ian McKellen

Lucy Westenra— Rachel McAdams

Mina Harker— Gemma Arterton

Renfield— Andy Serkis

Bride #1— Kiera Knightly

Bride #2— Natalie Portman

Bride #3— Claire Danes

I have my reasons for placing certain people in certain roles. Moreover, I know that some of them could occupy many different roles in the grand scheme of things.

Summer Movies to Be Excited About?

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Honestly, I’ve only seen a few of them this summer that I think would even be worth my time. I mean sure there will be some sleeper hits (hence the name because no one knows that it’s that good), but I have failed to see many movie previews on TV or in the theaters that make me giddy with delight at the prospect of watching them.

1)Iron Man 2—Yes, it’s a sequel. I am a huge fan of the Marvel Comic Franchise, and the first movie did the characters and the story justice I thought. Robert Downey Jr. makes an incredible Tony Stark, and, even though there have been a lot of special effects, I don’t think they’ve “over-done” them yet. My only hope is that it is a good sequel and doesn’t turn out to be Spiderman 3 or X-Men 3, both of which were lackluster at best by a comic fan’s standpoint.

2) A Nightmare on Elm Street–A remake of the 80’s horror dynasty which hopes to give a rebirth to the franchise. I am looking forward to this movie only because Freddie Krueger is the kind of villain that really strikes fear into me. Why? Because he attacks in dreams, the one place that no one is safe because he’s the master of the dreams. With Jackie Earle Hayley (The guy who played Rorshach in Watchman) as Freddie, this movie should be fun regardless of whether or not I consider it “good.”

3) The A Team movie…Honestly, I know nothing about this movie other than the fact that it has Liam Neeson in it. And it looks like it should be fun…I actually saw the trailer just the other day.

Okay, so, honestly, that’s about it. If you have any suggestions out there for me, I am all ears. But if not, I think that I’ll spend my movie viewing summer at my house watching movies that I know are good.

The Avengers Meet Buffy

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So, the other day, I was speaking with a friend of mine when she mentioned something that immediately made me joyful. With all the controversy that has been surrounding the casting of Captain America and Thor, I have not kept up with who would be directing this large ensemble cast. It is not a terribly easy thing to do and do well…so, I was really excited when I heard Joss Whedon of Buffy, Firefly, and Dollhouse would be the one responsible. Immediately, I had the thought that this movie has an amazing prospect to be good whereas other directors might not understand the dynamics of the thing. I believe that Joss Whedon will do an amazing job of bringing these comic book icons to the big screen.

1) His previous work is amazing. If you have ever watched an episode of any of his shows, it is clear that he has a certain artistry to him. If you’ve ever seen Buffy, Firefly, or anything else that he has done, he has a definite vision for all of his projects, and it’s this vision that excites me.

2) Going back to his vision, Joss Whedon has a phenomenal understanding of the inner workings of comic books. Within the past few years (2004 to be exact), he wrote the Astonishing X-Men arc of Marvel’s much beloved series. In it, he creates a wonderful story of what could have been if the X-Men were under different leadership due to unforseen circumstances. He knows what is going to work to help bring the comic book movie together, and this pleases me.

3) My final reason that I approve of Joss Whedon directing the Avengers’ movie (other than liking his previous work) is that he knows how to deal well with an ensemble cast. If you look at any of the shows that he has created/directed, Whedon has massive casts. Whereas your average cast may have 3 to 4 “main” characters, his tend to be larger. At one point, Buffy had 8+ people to manage, and his other shows such as Dollhouse and Firefly have similar numbers. He knows how to weave his characters that he is given into a cohesive whole. Why should The Avengers be any different?

With the year 2012 (the release date for the movie) fast approaching, the little boy inside of me is giddy because I’ll be able to see Joss Whedon’s vision of Marvel. It should be wonderful because he will have a fairly large budget to work with and will no longer be inhibited by small screen conventions. With his unlimitedly creative mind and a budget to match, what could Whedon produce other than an exciting and intriguing film?

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April 16, 2010 at 9:20 am

Captain America: Chris Evans?!?

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Chris Evans of Fantastic Four movie fame has been named as Steve Rogers/Captain America for the upcoming movies that Marvel is in the process of producing. My immediate response was Why?. I mean he’s okay as seen from roles such as Mace in the movie Sunshine with Cillian Murphy. However, I don’t think that he’s the right actor for the part for several reasons.

1) I don’t think that he has the right dynamic to compete with the other actors. It’s just one of those things. I’m not saying that he is just super low key either. It’s just that he’s going to have to act against Robert Downey Jr. and Sam Jackson (two very seasoned actors). Captain America is the leader of the Avengers for all practical purposes…he has to be able to believably take the reigns of leadership; honestly, I don’t know that he can do this when teamed with Jr.’s Tony Stark…

2) The jury is out as to whether he can pull off the “person from another time in the modern world” issue. Most of the roles in which he has appeared are not roles that require a lot of acting dynamic…I’m sorry even being the Captain of a ship that is destined to crash into the sun isn’t really enough. It’s one of those things that has been problematic for me since the being of casting talks. Who has the acting range to play this character and still fit all of our criteria (physically fit, American, etc. )? The answer is no one really knows what prominent actor has the chops to play this person and still be the right fit. I only hope that Evans will prove me wrong about his acting prowess.

3) He’s already been a character in the Marvelverse. This probably bothers me the most and is the most trivial of all the reasons. I don’t like the fact that the movie companies are so willing to compromise the artistry of the universe in order to cast him as another person. I know in the end all that matters to them is the money that rolls in; however,  I would also like to think that there was someone in the casting room going “Wait hasn’t he already been in one of our movies?” In my head, it just makes the idea of the “bridging of the universe” in the Avengers movie a little problematic because Reed Richards and the other members of the Fantastic Four will possibly appear in the sequels to the Avengers movie (face it, the sequels are going to happen).

Overall, I think that I am a little disappointed in their casting decision purely because Chris Evans as a dynamic, multifaceted actor is an unknown factor to me. I suppose we shall just have to see when the movie does come out in 2011 whether or not my theory holds up or whether I will be eating my own words.

Captain America

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On the web on pretty much every fanboy website and some legitimate new sites, people have been discussing who they think should play Captain America in the upcoming movies: The First Avenger: Captain America and The Avengers. Why is this casting decision causing so much trouble? Well, there are rumors floating around of unrest with the person who is supposed to be directing the Capt. Movie, of actors ducking out, and many more…However, I think the main reason is that no one really can put their finger on who would make a good Captain America. I mean really he represents the free world and all that the U. S. stands for, the ideals of truth, justice and freedom…Really? Why would that be hard? In my mind though, there are a few other ideas to take into account with casting.

1. Captain America is a character who is out of his element…out of his own time. (Spoiler Alert for those out there that know nothing about the comics!!).Due to him being frozen during WWII, Cap is living in a foreign place. He has been thawed in a more modern world and must face the challenge of acclimating himself to it because although he is a superhero he must also fit in as a regular civilian. The actor playing him must be able to show this depth. If he doesn’t, he will be losing a huge part of the CA character.

2. The person playing Captain America must be American…I know it might sound a little odd, but in the minds of everyone out there, you know that it’s true. I mean I think there are some great British, Irish, Welsh, etc. actors who would play the part and kick ass doing it (Daniel Craig comes to mind). However, this trade-off would not be being true to the heart of the character. He is a symbol of America…it would be odd to have someone other than an American play him…

3. The person who plays him needs to have some basis in the Marvel comic book realm. A person playing a character like this needs to know something about them before they become him. It’s just like playing a character from a well-known book and never reading the books. The actor needs to be versed in the lore and mythology of Cap before they can truly tune into the character. It just makes sense people…

With forerunners like Channing Tatum, Chis Evans, John Krasinski, and others being mentioned, I don’t know that I believe that any of these people can actually tap into the core character that is Captain America. Sure, all of them look like him in some degree or other, but to quote CNN.com,  “Marvel’s casting choice for Cap must be someone who can go toe-to-toe with the likes of Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man, Samuel Jackson’s Nick Fury, and Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, to name a few.”  A lot of the movie franchise’s success rests on this choice…will they make the right one?(I also believe that one great casting choice they’ve made is casting Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull…Amazing!). Personally, I think that Supernatural‘s Jensen Ackles would make a great Cap. I believe that he has the acting range as well as the look, but that’s just me putting my two-cents worth in.

Quote from CNN.com. Click below for a link to the article.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Movies/03/16/captain.america.movie.star.ew/index.html