This post has absolutely nothing to with T-Shirts. So, after lunch today me and a colleague, Mr. Andy Dewald, discovered a wonderful site, SketchySantas.com. Inspired by the awesomeness of SketchySantas.com we decided to do a tribute video. The background music is sung by an unknown singer and was given to us by our former (bless his heart) advisor, Dr. Ed Chronicle.
On of my favorite indie designers is, without doubt, Olly Moss. The designer of the famous Spoilt tee at Threadless, Olly has been busy creating some awesome vintage style poster art of popular movies like The Deer Hunter, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and American History X. I love this stuff, as it reminds of one of my old passions. Make more Olly, make more!
The Telegraph (UK Newspaper) reported yesterday that Christopher Nolan is seeking Cher to play Catwoman in the final installment of Nolan’s Batman trilogy, provisionally named The Caped Crusader.Â
First of all, WTF. Cher? Are you out of your mind, Mr. Nolan, sir. Understandably your vision of the Batman universe thus far has been spot on. You’ve masterfully rebooted characters that Joel Schumacher so easily butchered in the 90′s. But Cher? According to the Telegraph, a studio exec has mentioned that Nolan would like Cher to portray Catwoman as a “vamp in her twilight years.” Even though I loved Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, the though of Cher playing Catwoman is very hard to swallow. Please don’t fuck this up Warner Bros..
A more appropriate choice, would definitely have to beÂ Angelina Jolie. It has already been reported that Ms. Pitt has inquired about the role and is very interested. Would Ms. Pitt make a great Selina Kyle? I think hell yeah. I think she would own that role.
Having said that, does the Nolan series really need Catwoman in the final film? Sure she brings name recognition but she’s been done so many times before, sometimes good (Michelle Pfeiffer) and sometimes horrible (Halle Berry). Nolan, how about you resurrect other worthy Batman villains. If you’re keen on having a female baddy then how about Harley Quinn? Or how about Hugo Strange or even Bane (Schumacher’s version = ewwww)?
I’ve been a faithful Netflix subscriber for almost three years now. I love the convenience of being able to set up a movie queue and have the movies I select sent directly to me, in the order that I wish, via snail mail. I’ve always disliked Blockbuster and their damn late fees so Netflix and its no late fee policy was a godsend for me.
All has been good, except for a few hiccups that I have experienced the last couple of weeks. First of all, there was that much publicized shipping debacle that affected Netflix and its huge base of, like myself, faithful subscribers. They ameliorated that problem by giving us a %15 percent discount on or monthly membership fees. That was all fine and dandy until the following happened.
You see, this summer one TV series has captivated me (well maybe two if you count Six Feet Under). That TV series is Showtime’s Dexter. It’s a great series, albeit a demented one, starring oddly enough, Six Feet Under’s Michael C. Hall. About two weeks ago I wrapped up watching Dexter Season 1 on DVD, DVD’s that I get shipped to me via Netflix. Nonetheless, even before I finished watching Season 1, I eagerly added Dexter Season 2 to my faithful Netflix queue.
Dexter Season 2 was released this past Tuesday, along with the plethora of new releases that stock store shelves on Tuesdays. In any case I eagerly awaited for discs 1, 2 and 3 (I have the 3 discs at a time deal) of Dexter in my mailbox, as I had situated those three discs at the top of my Netflix queue. So yesterday rolled along and I receive a fresh Netflix shipment as expected. To my utter dismay I discovered that Netflix had shipped me Dexter Season 2 disc 4 without even sending me discs 1, 2 or even 3 first! To make matters worse, I only received 2 of the 3 DVD’s that I was supposed to receive! The second disc was the movie Sidekick (which was below Dexter discs 1, 2, 3 and 4 in my queue). The third DVD that I was supposed to receive (which they said they were going to ship out this Friday) was pulled apparently because it is currently not available for shipment (even though they said it was available a just a few days ago) and I have yet to receive a third DVD!
To make matters even worse than they already are, Disc 1 of Dexter currently has a “very long wait” on my queue. Will I ever be able to watch Dexter Season 2 in episodic order via Netflix? Why even bother ship me Disc 4 of the season if I haven’t even received Disc 1 yet? Netflix, Netflix, Netflix, you guys should have some sort of algorithm to handle this issue or at the very least have a preference setting in which I can check off whether or not I would like to receive season discs, or multi-disc movies, in disc order or not.
End of rant.
Dear Warner Bros., please don’t do a Superman reboot. Please, stick with Bryan Singer and let him make his sequel. Brandon Routh, in my opinion, made for a great Clark Kent/Superman. You’ve invested millions of dollars in Routh, Singer and in rebooting the Superman franchise the first time around. Do you really want the hassle of doing that all over again?Â
Peter Sciretta, writer over at Slashfilm mentioned an article by Variety’s Anne Thompson in which she gives the latest update to the Superman sequel saga. In the article she mentioned that one executive suggestedÂ “It might be better to start from scratch.” For goodness sake, why would you want to do this? Hollywood, please stop flip-flopping. Are you jumping on the Hulk reboot bandwagon? Superman Returns can’t even be considered in the same breath as the cinematic monstrosity that we all experienced in 2003.Â
Stick with Routh, he has the look. Don’t forget, you scoured the country looking for the right Clark Kent and you found him, or you let Singer find him and you agreed with his decision. Stick with Bryan Singer, we all know that he knows how to make a good flick, especially a comic flick. Look what he did with X-Men and X-Men 2 and then compare that to X-Men 3. Plus, he gets extra kudos for that little movie, remember, The Usual Suspects. Please Warner Bros., please please please.Â
And no Peter Sciretta, I don’t think that they should go with Jonathan Nolan. Nor should they hire Christopher Nolan to direct. Th one thing that these guys do pretty damn well is make a great detective flick. Jonathan helped to pen both Memento and The Dark Knight. Christopher Nolan directed both Memento and The Dark Knight, as well as Insomnia. All great detective flicks. I know that Superman originated from DC Comics, or as it was previously known, Detective Comics. However, I don’t think that the Nolan style will fit with the Superman mythos. I for one thought that Bryan Singer got it right with Superman Returns, despite the decision of including the super kid, I thought the movie delivered the goods. Stick with Routh. Stick with Singer.
As the Summer of 2008 comes to a close and all of the summer blockbusters have been released, I thought it would be a good time to dish out my top 5 list of the best movies from the Summer of 2008. What were YOUR favorite movies this summer?
1. The Dark Knight. This movie was so good, I can’t even explain it. It was a hundred time better than Batman Begins, and thats considering that Batman Begins was already a great movie. The acting was superb and the action was top-notch. Nearly every line said could belong on a T-Shirt. The Dark Knight brought a level of realism to the genre of comic book films that we have not seen in the past. Heath Ledger was insanely brilliant as the Joker. My only complaint for this film, and it is a minimum one, was that Christian Bales Batman voice was a bit overdone.Â
2. Wall-E. Wow, more than half of the movies soundtrack was simply robot sounds and yet moviegoers were intrigued at the story of Wall-E and EVE. Wall-E reminds of me of the classic cartoons of yesteryear were the animation would do the storytelling. An all around fantastic film with a moral that resonates in both children and adults.Â
3. Iron Man. I have to admit that I had my doubts when Robert Downey, Jr. was initially announced as Tony Starks. Seeing the movie smashed those doubts. Robert Downey, Jr. played Tony Stark to perfection. And then the introduction of Nick Fury at the end, can you spell geekgasm?!
4. Wanted. In terms of camera tricks cinematography, this is the closest thing to the Matrix, since, well, the Matrix. Angelina Jolie was made for the role of Fox and James McAvoy was surprisingly good as mild mannered Wesley Allan Gibson. If you enjoyed this movie, do yourself a favor and check out the original graphic novel of the same title.Â
5. Tropic Thunder. This Ben Stiller directed action comedy flick crosses every boundary of what comedy should be. If you’re easily offended, conservative or somewhat squeamish than this movie will probably make you hate Stiller with a passion. If you are able to enjoy the degradation of others at the expense of someone else while understanding that the movie is a complete satire of nearly every respected action, comedy, and drama flick of the 80′s and 90′s, then it is a must see.Â
Poor Shang Tsung aka Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. Here’s his mugshot. Turns out he pleaded guilty to harassing his girlfriend. So much for being aÂ powerful and greedy sorcerer. He should have thrown a few flaming skulls as he left court.Â
This has been the summer of some very huge blockbusters, many of which were films with comic book origins. Who would have imagined that in 2008 we would see an Iron Man, Hulk and Batman movie all in the same summer.
Here, I break down for you what I think are the top 5 greatest comic book movie adaptations. Iâ€™m sure that some of you might argue that the Superman (1978) should have been on the list or that X2 should have made the cut. This is just one manâ€™s opinions.
1) The Dark Knight (2008)
If you didnâ€™t like this movie then you have to either be blind, deaf or both blind and deaf. The Dark Knight is now the movie that all other comic book movies will be compared to. Christopher Nolan was a brilliant choice for director, and the best choice to progress from the previously campier incarnations in the Batman franchise. But letâ€™s not kid ourselves here, Heath Ledger stole the show and churned out the best performance. He was the Joker that we have been waiting for. Forget Jack Nicholson, Jackâ€™s Joker has got nothing on Heathâ€™s Joker.
2) Iron Man (2008)
If not for The Dark Knight, Iron Man would have gone down as the best summer 2008 movie. It was everything a comic book movie should be, action packed and filled with smart humor. Robert Downey Jr. portrayed billionaire arms dealer and playboy, Tony Stark, to the tee. Having fought his own demons in real life, Downey was a sure bet for the role. He brought a level of authenticity to the character that I donâ€™t think audiences have seen before in a comic book film.
3) Sin City (2005)
Directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, Sin City not only broke tradition by having duel directors but by being the first comic book movie (or simply movie for that matter) in recent memory to be shown [mostly] in black and white. Casting was another strong point for Sin City, Bruce Willis as Hartigan made complete sense and having Mickey Rourke as Marv was equivalent to the comic character stepping right out of the pages of the comic book. Much like 300, Sin City stuck to its comic book origins and looked and felt like the graphic novel it was based on.
4) 300 (2006)
More so than any other comic book film, 300 has to be considered the one that stayed most true to its comic origins. Iâ€™d say using the actual graphic novel as the storyboards worked out just fine. By filming entirely in green screen, the filmmakers were able to create sceneries that were epic and grandeouos in scale. Extra kudos to the cast for killing themselves in order to achieve the 300 look and feel.
5) Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Spider-Man 2 is in my opinion the best out of the three films in the Spider-Man franchise. Sam Raimi mixed in the right amount of humor to compliment the web-slinging action. The scene where Peter sings-a-long to Singing In The Rain was such a scene stealer. Doc Ock made for a fantastic villain, and one that the audience could actually sort of feel for. I did not really care for Willem Dafoe but Alfred Molina made for the perfect Otto Octavious.Â
How does your top 5 looks?