AMPAS narrows the visual effects field to seven

Posted by · 10:11 am · January 6th, 2009

Last month, the Academy whittled the contenders for Best Visual Effects down to 15 hopefuls.  Today, the branch has chipped away at it further. And then there were seven: “Australia” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” “The Dark Knight” “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” “Iron Man” “Journey to the Center of the Earth” “The Mummy: […]

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Runnin’ on empty: the best films of 2008

Posted by · 9:25 am · December 15th, 2008

Just to say it once more, because I’ve certainly brought it up enough, 2008 was not a good year for film-goers. That’s an incredibly subjective quip, of course, but I certainly found myself struggling with the level of quality on display with each and every screening, the oasis of the Oscar season ultimately proving to […]

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15 films vie for visual effects recognition

Posted by · 7:41 pm · December 12th, 2008

A little late to the party on this.  Been out, so, apologies.  But it looks like AMPAS has narrowed the Best Visual Effects field to 15 contenders, as follows: “Australia” “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” “Cloverfield” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” “The Dark Knight” “The Day the Earth Stood Still” “Hancock” “Hellboy II: […]

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In honor of the comic book film summer that was…

Posted by · 6:22 pm · August 5th, 2008

The cover of “The Invincible Iron Man” #9 with Stark duking it out with The Incredible Hulk and the cover of “Detective Comics” #583, the Dark Knight himself drawn by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola:

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Favreau returns

Posted by · 12:35 pm · July 10th, 2008

So according to Deadline Hollywood Daily, Jon Favreau is officially directing “Iron Man 2.” While I may not have been as gung-ho for “Iron Man” as most, I’m more than glad to see him come back. The first film, to me, felt like a good movie begging for a great sequel, and I think the […]

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Movie stingers: do they work?

Posted by · 4:39 am · July 8th, 2008

If you saw “Hancock” over the weekend, you probably noticed a brief scene in the middle of the closing credits sequence featuring Mike Epps and meant as a funny punch for your theater exiting pleasure. It got me thinking about inter- and post-credit sequences — called “stingers” — and whether they ought to be eliminated altogether.  I ask this despite […]

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Edward Norton and the not-so-jolly green giant

Posted by · 9:51 am · June 24th, 2008

What can be said of the fearless Edward Norton, who recently became an on-screen comic book hero?  I never understood his choice to take on the role of Bruce Banner, a.k.a. The Incredible Hulk.  And now, post-release, I’m still puzzled. He walked into a franchise that became a fast mess just five years ago.  And […]

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Bullshit

Posted by · 4:38 am · June 18th, 2008

Sorry: But Lee wasn’t interested in going through the motions, and instead of adhering to the usual conventions of the genre, he subverted them. Hulk doesn’t really look or feel like a superhero movie. But that’s what’s great about it. The rest.

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Curious about ‘Hulk’ opinions…

Posted by · 4:56 am · June 17th, 2008

With the weekend behind us, I never got a real assessment (and computer problems have made communication a bit difficult).  What did everyone think?

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‘Hulk’ pan

Posted by · 3:04 am · June 12th, 2008

From someone in this building, who saw a completely different film than I did: The greatest sin for a comic-book movie adaptation such as The Incredible Hulk is for it to be average. But this is more of a disheartened plod down the path of least resistance than the building-pummelling riot of ideas that it […]

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‘Hulk’ reviews coming in…

Posted by · 3:04 am · June 10th, 2008

UPDATE (10:05 a.m.): Jeff Wells is going out of his way to find the so-so reactions to the film.  I anticipated them sooner or later. He’s also going out of his way to toss me under a bus, but he likes the theatrics so he can have at it. Wells is spotlighting some shifty sources, […]

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REVIEW: “The Incredible Hulk” (***1/2)

Posted by · 3:30 pm · June 9th, 2008

When Ang Lee set out to direct the first feature film adaptation of Marvel’s Incredible Hulk property five years ago, some things were…different. Lee was coming off of the major awards success of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” which led audiences – many of them skeptics – to ponder what he might be able to accomplish […]

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Audiences to see a different ‘Iron Man’ than critics?

Posted by · 12:26 pm · May 1st, 2008

At Monday’s screening of “Iron Man,” I was sad to see that Samuel L. Jackson’s much-anticipated cameo as S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury wasn’t in the cut. Though director Jon Favreau has suggested the scene might surface in the DVD release. Well New York Mag’s Vulture blog points us today to a Comic Book Resources story […]

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Most anticipated films of the summer

Posted by · 12:50 pm · April 8th, 2008

The release of “Iron Man” is breathing down our necks, if you can believe it. And with it comes the 2008 summer movie season, which looks to be an overall kick-ass time at the cineplex. Usually I end up peppering in a few unexpected flicks in a summer list such as this, but beyond maybe […]

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OFF THE CARPET: 2008, a year in advance

Posted by · 3:20 pm · February 26th, 2008

Another year, another set of wins…and another look ahead at what’s in store NEXT year. It’s never too late to take a long gander at what we might see dominating the film awards landscape in 365 days, and with that in mind, I’ve been doing my usual mulling over the possibilities for a few weeks […]

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