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The First Trailer for Dune is Here

After a lot of anticipation, the first trailer for Dune is here.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, this film is an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.

The star studded cast includes Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Timothée Chalamet, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgård, Javier Bardem, and more.

It’s currently set for release December 18, 2020.

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Around the Tubes

Democrat & Chronicle – New Rochester-based comic book aims to unite – This sounds rather interesting.

CBR – Legendary Acquires Film Rights to Nate Simpson’s Nonplayer – Which comes out first, the movie or the next issue?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

IGN – Secret Empire

There’s No Escaping the Ghosts of the Past in Crimson Peak!

Crimson Peak, the latest cinematic adventure from Legendary Pictures and director Guillermo del Toro, is sure to cause a scare!

Starring Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska, the film follows a young author, Edith Cushing, as she falls in love with Sir Thomas Sharpe to the dismay of Dr. Alan McMichael, who is madly in love with Edith!

The story takes place in a weathered mansion fit for Mother Ghost!

Collect the whole set before the movie hits theaters on October 16th!

Pop! Movies: Crimson Peak are out from Funko in September.

 

 

 

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Movie Review: Pacific Rim

Pacific_Rim_FilmPoster.jpegSummers are filled with blockbuster movies. And as often happens with those blockbusters, spectacle trumps story and acting. Often this irritates me, as I think we’ve seen there is a way to do big blockbusters with both of those things still present. There are times though when I’m more than happy to sit back and enjoy the over the top imagery on the big screen. Pacific Rim is one of those times and movies.

The plot is simple, thin and something I’d expect to find on SyFy. Giant monsters come through a dimensional rift at the bottom of the ocean. We’re talking big monsters, like Godzilla big. To fight the monsters, the world bands together to create robots as big as the monsters. Basically, this is big fucking robots versus big fucking monsters. If you expect anything more than that, you’ll be disappointed.

This movie is all visual feast, something director Guillermo del Toro is known for and excels at. You know when his name is attached, the movie will look amazing. But this is a film that’s a celebration go what’s come before as well, steeped in Japanese pop-culture fun.

The monsters are called Kaiju, a Japanese term and the first obvious nod to what’s come before. Those monsters are given names like Knifehead, Slattern, Raiju, Scunner and Leatherback. Sadly there’s no “mega” or “mecha,” that’s saved for the robots. Those are called Jaegers a German term and they have names like Gipsy Danger, Striker Eureka, Cherno Alpha, Crimson Typhoon and Coyote Tango. Those sound like something out of Battletech, MechWarrior or even Voltron or Robotech. The influence was so strong, I almost felt like I was watching test footage for a future live action film of any of those properties.

If your a fan of those giant monster movies or anything involving giant robots you’ll dig this movie. That’s the draw, and that’s all there is. I could talk about the actors and acting, but it’s dog shit, as I expected. There’s a few known names, but generally the delivery of lines and acting is laughable. Luckily del Toro is smart enough to know that’s not what we want to see. Just give me the giant robots.

It’s funny, the direction was ok, the acting sub-par, the plot thin as can be, but I left the theater wanting to watch the movie again. Even the 3D was good adding a depth to the destruction that didn’t cause me to flinch or want to reach out and grab something, but instead added a layer for the snow, water and debris to fall. This was a summer popcorn movie I knew I was going to turn my brain off for and thoroughly enjoyed because of that. The whole was stronger than any individual part.

I went in to the theater wanting one thing, giant robots fighting giant monsters. Nothing more and nothing less. The movie delivered exactly what I wanted and exactly what I expected. And for that, it’s a success for me and tons of entertainment.

Direction: 7 Acting: 5 Plot: 5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: See in Theater

Man of Steel Earns an Estimated $125.1 Million in 4 Days

man.of.steel.posterMan of Steel had a strong four day opening earning an estimated $125.1 million. During the traditional Friday through Sunday, the movie earned $113.1 million as well as additional $12 million from Thursday night. That’s the second biggest opening so far this year and the highest opening ever for a movie in June. The movie has opened fourth all-time for openings of non-sequels.

The last Superman movie, Superman Returns earned $84.6 million through its first five days. Adjusting for ticket price inflation, that would come out to $102.5 million. So Man of Steel is way more super in comparison in many ways.

Man of Steel‘s audience leaned heavy on men which made up 56 percent of the audience. In our study of Facebook fans, we found men to make up 60% of the population. 3D accounted for 41 percent of sales. IMAX accounted for 12 percent—most of that is included in the 3D figure, though there were some IMAX 2D showings as well.

The movie should do well as it received an A- Cinemascore, which will likely turn into good word-of-mouth. Though it isn’t fairing as well on RottenTomatoes.

Internationally Man of Steel has taken off opening with $71.6 million in 24 markets, of which three are considered major. That includes $17.1 million in the UK, $9.8 million in Mexico,$8.8 million in South Korea, $5.6 million in the Phillippines, $3.05 million in Malaysia and $2 million in the United Arab Emirates.

That’s a total of $196.7 million so far worldwide.

This next weekend the movie expands in to France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia and China.

Movie Review: Man of Steel

man.of.steel.posterSuperman is about duality. The fact he’s from another planet but raised on Earth. His roles as Superman and Clark Kent. His two sets of parents. And most importantly, having the power of gods, but his attempts to be normal. Directed by Zack Snyder with the story by David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan, Man of Steel focuses on that duality. This is an attempt to create a thinking person’s Superman, but really just for about 1/4 of the film, as the majority is made up of punching, lots of punching, and destruction along the line of a Michael Bay/Roland Emmerich disaster movie.

The story is pretty simple. Superman is sent to Earth to escape a dying Krypton. He’s raised by the Kents to live as a regular person, but struggles to come to grips with his powers. Along comes some other survivors who have  a grudge with Supes and a want to recreate Krypton.

What I felt really interesting was how the movie barrels towards it’s destructive drag out finale of a fight. The plot just flows towards the big fight we know is coming, filled with flashbacks about Clark Kent learning about his powers and the advice he’s given. There’s very little Clark Kent like we saw in the classic Donner films. It’s an origin film and an introduction of Superman to the world that’s delivered with a punch instead of staying hidden behind glasses before the big reveal. But, unlike those previous films, this is the origin of Clark Kent as Superman attempts to figure out his alter-ego’s role in his like and the world.

There really is very little Clark Kent in the film, Superman is front and center. This is a film about Superman trying to find his place in the world. And without Kent to play off of, it’s a bit more dour. Superman here shows off every way to portray doubt/frustration/loneliness/contemplation and a few other emotions with his face and few words. I doubt actor Henry Cavill as Superman was given more than 50 words to say in the entire film.

His supporting cast isn’t given much else either other than to chew scenery or act scared or in awe. Michael Shannon as Zod grits his teeth and spews lines with nothing but rage. Russell Crowe attempts to impart wisdom as Jor-El but acts like an irritating hologram with an accent that doesn’t make sense. Kevin Costner imparts wisdom as Pa Kent in flashbacks and Diane Lane mostly looks sad, comforts and hugs her adopted son as Ma Kent. There’s a an equally long list of solid actors given little to do including Laurence Fishburne, Richard Schiff, Harry Lennix and Christopher Meloni.

Then there’s Amy Adams as Lois Lane, a version that’s somewhere between Margot Kidder’s and Kate Bosworth’s versions. There’s a lot for her to do and she does more than just play the damsel, but something to me was a bit off and it’s mostly her infatuation with the Last Son of Krypton. As a journalist she pursues the story about a man who travels the world saving people with amazing powers and when confronted with the truth she struggles with the story. That’s great and fresh. But, as the movie progresseses she’s thrown into ridiculous situations and then a kiss with Superman that belittles both. Of course there’s an attraction but in truth she knows so little about this person, it would make you think she could only like him for his powers and/or looks, both shallow reasons. Luckily the “relationship” storyline is given little screen time, showing how it’s needed even less and a stronger film would have played off the flirtation and explore more in future movies.

But, much like how the movie goes out of its way to mention Superman isn’t hard to look at, Snyder and his collaborators go for style over substance. This is a slick new Superman, more angsty than past on-screen versions and less of the humor and innocence of past live action versions. Snyder over uses shaky cams to attempt to hide fx flaws which is fine, but uses it when it’s not needed at all. What was up with it a the beginning of the film on Krypton? We have a debate and the camera needs to shake? When will this lazy film making end? There is some great use of angles during battles and flights and great visuals in general, but there’s a lot of choices that are clearly made to cover up issues with the fx. The continuation of quick cuts persists. Another film making trick that has overstayed its welcome.

Overall, Man of Steel is a fine disaster movie, I’m still debating if its a fine super-hero movie. There’s a lot I like including the change of what we’d expect as far as plot structure and use of dual identities that we’ve seen in previous films. Instead of a normal person taking on a super identity, finding it and then saving the world, we have someone who is super trying to find his normal identity and place in the world. It’s a fresh take on the big screen Superman mythos.

But, with so much destruction and visuals that are very engaging on the big screen, and I’m not sure would be as awe inspiring on a small screen, it’s difficult for me to say to pass up this big popcorn movie in the theaters. Not a super start, but a welcome return and a decent celebration of Superman’s 75 years on planet Earth.

Direction: 6 Acting: 6.75 Plot: 7 Overall: 6.25

WizKids Games Announces Pacific Rim: HeroClix

Game creator WizKids Games today announced the latest collection to join HeroClix featuring characters from the much-anticipated Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures film Pacific Rim.

The new line is set to launch on July 10 in a variety of forms designed to welcome new players and challenge established ones. It includes 10 new mini-figures from the upcoming film; five Jaegers and five Kaiju sculpts, including Gipsy Danger, Striker Eureka, Cherno Alpha, Crimson Typhoon, Coyote Tango, Knifehead, Slattern, Raiju, Scunner and Leatherback.

Individually blind-boxed versions will be available in 24-count gravity feed display boxes. Also being released is a special mini-game which includes tokens for military tanks, fighter jets and battleships to create an epic battle right out of the box.

Dark Knight Rises Stays On Top

Dark Knight Rises Teaser PosterThe Dark Knight Rises was able to stay at the top of the box office this weekend beating out the remake Total Recall, which came in below expectations.  The Dark Knight Rises earned another $36.4 million compared to Recall‘s anemic $26 million. That $26 million was better than the $25.5 million the original brought in (but adjusted for inflation would be less) and is on the lower end of studio predictions.

Dark Knight Rises, from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, fell only 41 percent in its third weekend and has now grossed $354.6 million domestically. The movie continues to trail The Dark Knight, which had amassed a domestic war chest of $393 million at the same point in time.

Imax theaters continue to see big grosses for Dark Knight Rises, generating $5.6 million in tickets sales over the weekend for a total of $48 million.

Domestic ticket sales were down 25 percent from the same weekend last year. The research firm NRG has been warning studios that 20 percent of the moviegoing audience are “skittish” after the Aurora shooting and 16 percent reported they would be watching the Olympics this weekend which might explain the slow down at the box office.

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