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I wanted four things from the Agents of SHIELD finale.1. Don’t redeem Ward.What I got was an episode that had no idea what kind of tone it was going for, and firmly established Agents of SHIELD Season One as just a big set up for the show that it should have been from the first episode.We open at a Cybertek cubicle farm where a new employee is being shown around the operation, which turns out to be the allegorical control center for a bunch of allegorical drones: Ian Quinn’s super soldiers. The new guy was wooed by their “incentives program” which is code for “we kidnap and threaten your loved ones.” This should be obvious, since it’s entirely Hydra and Cybertek’s MO for Deathlok so why shouldn’t it continue, but the show dances around it all episode as characters who have no reason to sugar- or sarcasm-coat the reality to whoever they are talking to still use the euphemism. It’s kept a mystery just to make things sound … [Read more...] about Recap: “Beginning of the End”
There’s a potentially spoilery rumor going around today about Iron Man 3. Or at least it would be a spoiler if it’s true, which it might not be. At the moment a lot of the evidence seems circumstantial to me. However, all the evidence also points towards something that I think is 100% in Marvel Entertainment’s interest to do. What the heck does that mean? Well, if you can stand the possible spoiler, follow me down this rabbit hole of early releases of toy lines, unnamed sources, and a thing Robert Downey, Jr. said.The earliest I saw of this rumor was the reveal of Funko Pop’s line of Iron Man 3 tie in toys, which as of yesterday, featured not just Iron Man, War Machine, and Iron Patriot but one extra toy labeled as a Deep Space version of the Iron Man suit. In fact, the blog I saw it on yesterday even had an image, which has since apparently been taken down at the request of Funko Pop.The second item of interest was how Robert Downey, Jr. answered a … [Read more...] about Interesting, Reasonably Plausible
They called me mad. But they don’t understand. I just like writing annotations, people. So when I went to see Avengers: Age of Ultron, you knew this was coming. I mean, it was either this or (perhaps I mean and) record a commentary track. So let’s dive into this. And if you haven’t already realized that there are spoilers, I do not know how you internet.These annotations are written in order of when references appear on-screen (roughly).This film takes place between two to three years after the events of the movie Avengers, during which Loki invaded Earth with an army of alien Chitauri warriors provided by Thanos.In the comics, Baron von Strucker was a Nazi who led Hydra and kept it active after World War II. He became a frequent enemy of Nick Fury and his twin children fought various heroes. He made his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe during the stinger scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The same scene showed that he was using … [Read more...] about – Annotations and Easter Eggs!
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. president, Greg Silverman, attempted to set fans at ease regarding the DC Cinematic Universe – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Wonder Woman in particular – defending them against recent criticism.With regard to their films being “too dark,” (remember the Batman v Superman trailer?) Silverman says: There is intensity and a seriousness of purpose to some of these characters. The filmmakers who are tackling these properties are making great movies about superheroes; they aren’t making superhero movies. And when you are trying to make a good movie, you tackle interesting philosophies and character development. There’s also humor, which is an important part.Regarding the recent firing of Michelle MacLaren and hiring of Patty Jenkins to direct the upcoming Wonder Woman film, he had this to say: We had a very intensive process looking at everybody. Patty and Michelle … [Read more...] about Warner Bros. President Defends
[A note: Based on some reactions to this post, I’ve added a few clarifications in brackets. I take subject matter like this very seriously, and I want to make sure my intentions aren’t misconstrued.]Marvel and Netflix’s Jessica Jones is great, and it does a lot of things well. It has the most unsettling yet compelling villain to come out of Marvel’s cinematic universe so far—seriously, he veers into horror genre territory at points. The plot could easily have come off in a really gross way for Marvel’s first female-led superhero property, but it didn’t, at least in my opinion. The show also generally does well at being just a good show in which superheroes exist, instead of a Superhero Show.But that doesn’t mean it’s perfect—and that’s OK. I didn’t expect this show to be perfect, but as someone who thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait for more, I can’t help but … [Read more...] about 6 Things That Bugged Me About Marvel’s
Summer of Steven, you guys … is it really over? Sigh. It’s over, isn’t it? Isn’t it? Are there really more new episodes just around the corner? Is anyone else as excited as I am? That’s a hypothetical question, of course. I’m sure many of us are in the same boat (and boats are expensive, yo!) with SU feels. I’ve written about Steven Universe before, but that article was mostly about the role of music on the show. This one will have a little bit of that, because, well … I need to talk about Pearl, that song, and what it does to my heart. And, music is so ingrained in this show that it’s hard to talk about it without some mention of the music. Mostly though, I want to talk about the human residents of Beach City, and why they matter, and why how they’re written matters. The Crewniverse makes a real effort to treat the non-super characters as people and individuals with as many facets (gem pun intended), motivations, … [Read more...] about Connie, Sadie, and the Importance of Human Beings in
I’m kind of on a soundtrack and score bender. I previously wrote about heroic themes. From Captain America to Star Wars to Indiana Jones, heroic fanfares are a staple of the movie experience; however, without a good antagonist, our heroes wouldn’t need to exist. Villain themes can be just as interesting and engaging as heroic themes, and every bit as blatant or subtle. Like with heroic themes, a good villain theme reflects the complexity or simplicity of the character, entity, or event. It’s probably a little bit of a misnomer to refer to them as “villain” themes, but that is the term I feel lends more symmetry to the “heroes and villains” dichotomy, so I will divide up villainous themes into Individual Antagonists, Beasties, and Events as Antagonist. But first, a little background.I was a music nerd all though school. I played violin, sang in the choir, and played mallet instruments like the xylophone and marimba in the pit percussion … [Read more...] about Soundtracks: The Stuff Villains Are Made Of
I’ve written before about movie scores and how teenage me spent hours laying on the couch with my Walkman, zoning out to Star Wars and obsessing about the individual themes and how they all fit together. This time, I’m getting a little more specific. Heroic themes—the subject can be a little bit (or a lot) subjective. I mean, if you think the “hero/heroine/protagonist” of a given title is someone other than the main character—for example, if you are yourself of a villainous nature and consider Voldemort the misunderstood hero of the Harry Potter franchise, then… we might not agree on some things.What makes a hero theme? They’re not all triumphant, blaring horns. A good hero theme (well, ANY good theme) actually uses the instruments, meter, and orchestration to mirror the character’s (or group or place’s) nature via music. Think about it—Darth Vader’s big, villainous Imperial March is actually perfect for a … [Read more...] about Soundtracks: The Stuff Heroes Are Made Of
The Twilight Zone still stands as one of the best sci-fi/fantasy offerings of all time, and its original episodes still manage to be relevant today. So, it’s no wonder that there have been several attempts at adaptation. Now, there’s a new one in the works, and the project has just hired its writer!Warner Bros. has hired Christine Lavaf to write the screenplay for an unusual take on a Twilight Zone reboot. Rather than create a new Twilight Zone series, as was done by CBS in the 1980s and UPN in 2002-03, or do an anthology-style movie like John Landis did in 1983 in which four different stories were told by different directors, Warner Bros. has hired Lavaf to write one single story as a feature-length film.This project has been in development since 2009, and has seen both writers and directors come and go. As of right now, there is no director attached to Lavaf’s script.Something struck me immediately about Lavaf’s hiring that made me really happy. Not only is … [Read more...] about Movie Finds Its Writer…and a New Format. Will It Work?