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Arne Jysch Discusses Babylon Berlin’s Designs and Rebecca Ferguson and Michael Fassbender as Inspiration

Titan Comics has provided us with an exclusive look at some of the design decisions by writer/artist Arne Jysch that went into the graphic novel adaptation of Babylon Berlin – inspired by the new crime drama now on Netflix.

Following an unfortunate incident of manslaughter and at a moment of radical change in Germany, Detective Inspector Gereon Roth moves from his old position in Cologne to a new appointment in Berlin. He stumbles into an ever-growing criminal investigation into a pornographic sex ring, discovering that he can trust no one, not even the police.

Set in the 1920s, at the birth of the Weimar Republic amid great economic and political difficulties, this is a tale of corruption, trafficking, and scandal.

In Jysch’s version of the story, actor Michael Fassbender was the inspiration for the main character Gereon Rath. Once you know it you can see it. Actress Rebecca Ferguson was the inspiration for the female lead Charly. So, three years ago Jysch combined them in the fictional world of the comic book. And Jysch was psychic appears as the two were REALLY had been cast together in The Snowman.

Check out below for the designs that went into the graphic novel adaptation. You can get Babylon Berlin now in comic shops and book stores on March 6th.

Movie Review: The Snowman

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Mister Police. You could have saved this movie. It gave you all the parts.

Even a stellar cast led by Michael Fassbender and featuring Oscar winner JK Simmons couldn’t save this movie. Director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) used his keen eye to capture the stark beauty of its setting of Norway, but even that couldn’t make up for some pretty glaring problems.

Fassbender plays Oslo detective Harry Hole on the trail of a serial murderer whose signature is always leaving behind a snowman. Given the pedigree of the film — based on the novel by Jo Nesbø, directed by Alfredson — one would hope the end product would be better.

Instead, it is cliched and predictable. Any mystery where you can correctly guess who the culprit is so early in the film is just not worth it. Our audience even laughed at several key moments that were meant to induce dread or show menace — always a bad sign that your film may be sliding into Tommy Wiseau’s The Room territory.

According to director Alfredson, they ended up not being able to shoot 10-15% of the script, leaving it “like when you’re making a big jigsaw puzzle and a few pieces are missing so you don’t see the whole picture.” When a director as skilled as Alfredson feels robbed of the tools to make their vision a reality, that’s a bad sign. Or perhaps it’s a sign of a director making excuses for a film they know not to be up to snuff.

Either way, it’s troubling. And it would be hard to conceive of this film being 10-15% longer. Clocking in at just under two hours, it feels interminably longer.

And while most of the actors here are fairly solid, an almost unrecognizable Val Kilmer pulls us out of the movie with a jarring performance that seems just off. Given the actor’s battles with throat cancer, it’s obvious his lines were dubbed in post production. But the vocal performances don’t always quite line up, making it seem more like an old kung fu movie. You hope Kilmer is able to fully recover from his health problems, because this would be a shame to be his final on-screen performance.

It’s sad that a film that should have been The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo meets Zodiac meets Let the Right One In is more Manos! Hands of Fate. Like that film, this should be enjoyable to hear the Rifftrax commentary, but not for much else. At a time when your options at the theaters includes Blade Runner 2049 and the surprisingly fun and campy Happy Death Day, don’t choose The Snowman. 

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5

Movie Review: Steve Jobs

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Directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 127 hours) and written by award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs is an energetic, logically-split film that tries so hard to be great, it ends up being mediocre.

Starting from the acting and characters, not only is Michael Fassbender fantastic as he portrays a non-sugarcoated version of Jobs, one of whose faults is denying paternity until the very last minute, but he also manages to grasp the essence of what—according to the film—Steve was like: an unlikable perfectionist. You are never sure whether you should like him. Of all the characters in the film, he is the most developed, but as with the others, has no real character arc. Just as incredible is Kate Winslet as Joanna who is the only person Jobs actually listens to and can come to terms with; not Scully, not Hertzfeld, not Wozniak (who all deserve a pad on the back for the good work), just her. An honourable mention is Katherine Waterston who effectively plays world’s most annoying character in the role of Steve’s first “love”.

As a film, Steve Jobs is so simply structured it lacks any sophistication. Sure, it has some interesting visual cues: it’s shot with a 16 mm camera for the first act, 35 mm for the second and then goes digital in order to show Steve’s changes throughout. However, due to its structure—divided in three acts for the launches of different products, the film has no arc. An arc is a line whereas Jobs shows just three points. This also goes for the character arcs and is the reason why you cannot get emotionally invested and why it lacks a heart.

When it comes to the music score, it is very reminiscent of that in The Social Network and Steve Jobs in general feels like a David Fincher film. Sadly, it’s not.

With witty, typical Aaron Sorkin dialogue, great acting and captivating visuals, the film falls short of expectations due to its structure and lack of arcs.

This review was originally published on The Arts Lover.

A First Official Look at Michael Fassbender in Assassin’s Creed

Hitting theaters December 21, 2016, Michael Fassbender plays Callum Lynch in the video game turned movie Assassin’s Creed.

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks genetic memories, Callum Lynch experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

So what do folks think of the costume?

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The First Official Look at Psylocke and Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse

Though a leaked, grainy version of the X-Men: Apocalypse teaser trailer is making its way around the web, as per usual Entertainment Weekly has the first official look at some of the characters for next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse directed by Bryan Singer.

The cover shows off Olivia Munn‘s Psylocke, as well as Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse. Also featured is Michael Fassbender in a new Magneto uniform.

We also get some info from EW as to what to expect from the film as well as who Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen are:

As the new film opens, 10 years have passed and Raven (Lawrence), Charles (McAvoy), and Erik (Michael Fassbender) are still estranged, but not for much longer. The Big A awakens from his Egyptian tomb, sizes up the global ’80s vibe, and decides he’s not down with the Reagan era. “It’s a chaotic world of conflict and war and destruction,” Singer says. “It’s one giant civilization that now requires one giant culling. That’s why he needs ­special assistants in this process.” He finds teenage Storm living on the streets in Cairo, Angel (Ben Hardy) duking it out in a fight club in Berlin, and Psylocke (Olivia Munn) working behind the Iron Curtain for the mutant-broker Caliban. But his big get is Erik, who has been attempting to live a “normal” life in Poland. “He’s fallen in love and he’s basically left his metal ways behind,” Fassbender says. Pretty quickly, though, his world is shattered and “normal” is no longer an option. Says Fassbender, “Apocalypse finds Erik at a low ebb and recruits him.”

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SDCC 2015: Conan recap 7/11/2015

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“The Final Conan Frontier: Davos’ Revenge”

 

It’s that time again folks, we’ve reached the end of our long week journey from the couch to Comic Con. Once again coming to us live from San Diego at the top of Geek Mountain, it’s Conan O’ Briennnnn!! Tonight we have a big show in store with the cast of the upcoming movie X-Men: Apocalypse (Hear that? It was the sound of the internet cracking.) He let’s us know that he is extremely sad that it’s his last night here at Comic Con, to which he says he want’s to go out “Jon Snow style” (Oh Conan just let the dead rest) He then goes on to tell us that his favorite superhero team of all time is “The Avengers”. He especially enjoys their iconic battle cry of “Avenger’s Assemble!” Conan then proposes what is sure to be the team’s ultimate challenge: Assembling some IKEA furniture.

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Here we have the super trio of Black Widow, Captain America, and the Mighty Thor (not really) attempting their collective best to put together some furniture to no avail. (Just goes to show folks, just about everyone has trouble assembling this stuff) Conan and Andy watch as our heroes falter and even comment on Thor’s dropping the open bag and losing the screws. Personally I just laughed when “Captain America” was punching the box to get it open. Way to go Cap! We will check in with these folks later. On with the show..

Conan now takes a moment to get serious about an important problem that has been plaguing comic books for decades now: the depiction of women heroes with overly large breasts. (it’s a double difficult problem for sure. Hopefully they all have great health insurance to go with it.)

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Conan though being the upstanding gentleman of virtue that he is, decides to level the playing field. He introduces us to Ant-Man with gigantic testicles!

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(That’s right. Looks like our jaws, weren’t the only thing that decended. Look on the bright side Scott, at least they aren’t blue.) Red testicles aside, moving on..

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Next Conan brings up a great point, as on last nights show he had 9 cast members from Game of Thrones as the guest stars. He explains to us that due to rigid time constraint (yeah, I wonder why.) he was not able to speak with all the cast members. He then informs us that Liam Cunningham who plays Davros is here again tonight. (What a good sport) He introduces Liam, and thanks him for appearing again and after apologizing to him he says he has an important question. He asks “Now that Melissandre has arrived in Winterfell, will Davros seek to avenge Stanis?”

The actor the professionally replies “Go f&*^ yourself.” to a dumfounded Conan and exits stage left. Good for you Liam don’t take no sh&^ from anyone!

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(You’ve got to love that as he leaves he walks right by the giant Ant-Man balls almost adding an extra sense of “FU” to the moment. Kudos to the cameraman for capturing it.)

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Quick commercial break and we get a short teaser for the new Fantastic Four movie. (I must say as a huge fan after how bad Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was, I am cautiously optimistic. As long as the studio gets Doom right this time, all will be fine with me.)

We’re back and Conan informs us that his week from Comic Con was such a success and the producers and cast have decided to return again next year! With that being said it’s time for the final PoP! Toys exclusive offer for the Conan’s Monster figurine. (I of course re entered for this and I’m hoping that fourth time’s the charm) These were too cool and I really hope PoP! does a different run of these for SDCC next year.

It’s no secret how Conan is a proud promoter of diversity and equal rights on the show as he tells us his latest new hire for the week: R5-D4 (Even Droids got to work y’know)

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Conan tells us R5’s duties for the week in some funny cut scenes. They show him scrubbing toilets, massaging Andy’s feet, writing most of the jokes for the monologues (as long as you aren’t responsible for those dreadful alien saxophone and Weather bits from last night we’re cool. I’ve no quarrel with you my shiny little friend.) Then just as the little guy shows some pride a selfish droid from the other side of the galaxy rears his chromed plated head: R2-D2. R2 is shown flanked with a pretty lady on each side. He heckles R5 as he is much a more successful character. (Hmmm didn’t know Droids heckled) This prompts R5 to say goodbye to it all as he races to the window to go to that big tool box in the sky.

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(Okay now you can get endless mem’s out of that. “That’s gold Conan!…Gold!”)

Time to check back in with the “Avengers” and see how they are doing combatting the dreaded furniture. We check and they still aren’t finished. Just goes to show with out Iron Man they really aren’t much.

We then are joined by a very special visitor from outside time and space, as Dr. Who himself Peter Capaldi arrives on set via a TARDIS! (Yeah, a freaking TARDIS!)

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We get a quick little interview with the good Doctor. Conan even apologizes for making an entrance through a very poor special effect. (Just a fog machine and some rope pulling) Capaldi replies “That’s ok I come from BBC.” (Ha, brilliant!) Capaldi tells us that this is indeed his very first time at Comic Con and he was nervous at first, but that all subsided when he walked down the street of his hotel and he saw all the fans. He tells us that he even grew up a big Dr. Who fan and used to write letters to the show and he is now humbled he gets to play and contribute to the legendary role. Conan tells us that all the actors tend to put their own spin on the Doctor and Capaldi is know as the “Grumpy Doctor.” Capaldi retorts “Well hey he’s over two thousand years old.” Conan thanks him for coming and taking the time out of his very busy schedule. (read it with a Brit accent though, it’s cooler) That was a cool little surprise. I must say they have absolutely redeemed themselves from the show last night. The jokes, the pacing, even the commercials have really flowed well. Fantastic stuff.

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Finally now, the moment we have all waited for: the arrival of everyone’s favorite on again off again mutant bromance James McAvoy (Charles Xavier) and Michael Fassbender (Magneto) arrive. Conan starts off with welcoming them and that the movie is very much anticipated next summer. (Absolutely I’m X-static for it) He asks them if there was any pressure when they took on these roles due to having to live up to the iconic performances of Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellan. Michael says there was at first but then he read what the directors had planned for his version of Magneto and he just went with it. James says likewise and interjects that the war between the two is really a love story between two best friends. He states their ideology is what separates them but they can’t bring themselves to let one another go. Very well put. The actors then state that through their roles they have grown to become such good friends. Conan then shows a fan spoof video with tears and all set to the music of Coldplay. That was pretty funny.

Back from the final commercial break, we are joined by the rest of the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse Olivia Munn (Betsy Braddock, Psylocke) Nicholas Hoult (Hank McCoy, Beast) Evan Peters (Quicksilver) and last Oscar Issac playing Apocalypse himself. Conan speaks to Olivia first and reveals that it has always been her dream to play a superhero (I used to watch Attack of the Show on G4 network, I can attest to it.) She tells us it’s amazing because Psylocke has always been a favorite character of hers and now she gets to act her out on screen. She goes over the fact that Psylocke is a telepath but also a fearless warrior who likes to get very physical with her enemies. Conan then shows us a classic image of the Psylocke character and asks if her costume will be close to that.

Olivia reassures us that the costume will be almost a literal interpretation which pleases the audience. James then jokes that there is a lot of lubrication involved in getting her into the costume. She says that’s right it takes two women to “lube” her up to get into the outfit which elicits a lot of laughter from the cast and the viewers. (Looking at the photo side by side there and knowing how dedicated a nerd that Ms. Munn is, I have no doubt she will do Betsy Braddock justice on the silver screen) Fun little fact, Olivia is actually the longtime girlfriend of Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. Next we hear from Evan Peters who tells us how cool it was to film Quicksilvers big scene in X-Men: Days of Future Past. He jokes the crew and special effects people were great because he didn’t have to do any real work at all. Last we get a tidbit from Oscar Issac on what we can expect from the Apocalypse costume in the film. He says it’s massive and very noisy but true to the source material from the classic comics. (My inner fanboy just squealed hard) Conan tells us that we have run out of time and thanks them all for coming. That was just a great segment and made up for the Game of Thrones interview the night before. I doff my cap to you sir.

Overall: It’s been a week of ups and downs, thankfully many more ups. After the middle shows I was wondering how Conan would close it out. Watching this episode with Ms. B, she and I were definitely in agreement this one was great, had a good feel and pulled out all the stops. It’s bittersweet that we have to say goodbye but at least we know that Conan will return from Comic Con next year and I have a gut feeling it will only get bigger and better. Thank you good sir! Till next year!

Remember Conan like I and many others, The Watcher watches you…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oscar Nominated Iron Man 3…

Iron Man 3The nominations for the 2014 Oscars was announced today, and Iron Man 3 has been nominated for “Visual Effects.” It’s the only “comic based” movie nominated, though The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Lone Ranger and a few other “geek” movies were also nominated in various categories.

However, when it comes to actors who appear in comic book based movies, that’s a different story. Though none are nominated for any of those comic book roles, the amount of nominations for actors appearing in comic movies, or will be appearing is impressive. Christian Bale (Nolan’s Batman trilogy) picked up a Best Actor nomination. Amy Adams who was Lois Lane in Man of Steel and its upcoming sequel received a Best Actress nomination. In the Supporting Actor category it’s the battle of the Marvel movies as Bradley Cooper, who will voice Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy will take on Michael Fassbender who plays a young Magneto in X-Men: First Class and the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. Speaking of X-Men, Jennifer Lawrence who plays a young Mystique was nominated in the Supporting Actress category.

Congrats to all of the nominees and its impressive the quality of actors that various comic based movies are attracting.

Review – X-Men: First Class


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X-Men First Class Teaser PosterI went into X-Men: First Class skeptical, even with the loads of positive buzz leading into it.  I didn’t know what to expect.  It’s a period movie that may or may not be a reboot or is it a prequel?  After seeing the movie, I came out pleasantly surprised and think the movie works pretty well as a prequel to the original trilogy.  The movie’s main focus is on the early relationship between Charles Xavier (played by James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (a stand out performance by Michael Fassbender).  This is all with the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis which is being pushed by the mutant Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon).

The movie is a mix of previous X-Men movies with a 60’s James Bond vibe about it.  It embraces the 60’s, in it’s attitude and how the characters act, which is great.  It owns that it’s a period piece movie.  The story itself has it’s minor issues here and there, but overall it’s solid.  The action comes quickly and the characters themselves are entertaining.  McAvoy and Fassbender especially stand out.  McAvoy’s Professor X has the cocky arrogance you’d expect a younger version of the character to have.  He loves the ladies and attempts smooth lines showing off his intelligence and using his gifts.  Fassbender’s Magneto on the other hand is haunted by the horrors of the past and surviving the Holocaust.  He’s a man on the mission of vengeance to hunt down the people who inflicted horrors upon him and his family and in doing so crosses path with Xavier.

The movie’s heart is these two and if possible, I’d love to have seen the movie focused solely on them.  Instead what could of been a great philosophical debate on humanity, evolution and strength with get glimpses and a lot of action.  But it’s entertaining and fun.  The rest of the cast is decent with some minor exceptions, but overall they’re there to look good, taking away screen time of the focus on Xavier and Magneto.

As I said, there’s minor issues, some characters I could of done without and some scenes we’ve seen before and some glossing over of basic explanations of things.  Overall though, X-Men: First Class lives up to it’s name as a first class movie, perfect popcorn fun for the summer.

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It was new comic release day yesterday, did you grab your pull list?  I didn’t, but that’s because I couldn’t sneak away from work.  The big news that broke yesterday was Julie Taymor being put to the side as far as directing the Spider-Man musical and it’s delayed…. again…. shocker.  Anyone want to take me up on the bet it doesn’t get released this year?  Below is the rest of the news that made the tubes.

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The Comic Chronicles – The difference 50 years makes – Do you know what comic sales were like 50 years ago?  The numbers as far as comics sold and revenue gained is quite interesting and makes the argument things might not be so bad.

Destructoid – Prequel for The Darkness 2 coming, will be free – A new Darkness video game is coming out and there’s a comic being released along with it.  I have a copy of the first game, but haven’t played it, any good?

Comic Book Movie – Michael Fassbender Talks Magneto’s Origins, X-Men: First Class Motives And More! -I still have no idea what to think of the movie.  The trailer gives me hope, but I’m nervous…

The Columbian – Author of graphic novel on Hurricane Katrina talks storytelling at WSUV – Washington State University Vancouver welcomed comic creator Josh Neufeld, creator of the graphic novel, A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge

Arts Beat – At Trial Over ‘Dark Knight’ Death, Prosecutor Says Guidelines Were Not Followed -I don’t remember hearing about this death on set.

Bleeding Cool – The Larry Lieber Deposition For The Kirby Family Vs Marvel Lawsuit – Bleeding Cool posts up the depositions from the lawsuit between Marvel and the Kirby family. First up is Stan Lee’s younger brother.

Bleeding Cool – The Stan Lee Deposition On The Origins Of The Marvel Universe For Kirby Family Vs Marvel Lawsuit – Next up is Stan (the man) Lee.

Bleeding Cool – The John Romita Deposition For The Kirby Family Vs Marvel Lawsuit – Legendary artist John Romita is up next.

Bleeding Cool – The Roy Thomas Deposition For The Kirby Family Vs Marvel Lawsuit -Comic writer, editor and historian rounds out the batch…

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Bleeding Cool – New Avengers #10 and Batman Inc. #3

Bleeding Cool – Sigil #1 and Captain Swing #3

Complex – The Best Comic Books This Week: Batman, Superboy, Venom and More!

Comicvine – Comic Book Reviews For The Week of 3/09/11

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