September 27, 2006

Movies that make you go "Hmmm..."

"Aliens vs. Predator 2"?? The leads are Reiko Aylesworth and Steven Pasquale (who?) and is directed by Greg and Colin Strause (who?). Why is this being made? Don't know, especially given the ending from AVP-1, but for me it doesn't matter -- I'll go see it. First, because I'm a huge "Alien(s)" ("Game over man! Game over!") and "Predator" fan ("What de hell ah you?"); second, because the [Dark Horse] comics graphic novel on which the film is based is sensational. If the first film was directly based on the GN, it would've been killer. As it was, it was merely mediocre.

Caught the [brief] trailer for "Transformers" last weekend while waiting for "Jackass 2" to come on (yes, I went and saw "Jackass 2"). Looks pretty darn cool. Seems our latest probe to Mars picked up something on its cameras which frightened the crap out of NASA and government bigwigs -- and now it's coming to earth. Could it be ... the Transformers? I never followed the cartoon from the 80s nor the comic, but if Spielberg is involved (as it said on the trailer credits), I'll be watching.

"Fantastic Four 2" is set to have the Silver Surfer guest-star. The Sentinel of the Spaceways will be the beneficiary of the latest in CGI: "Noted character actor Doug Jones (who?) will provide performance and movement references for Weta, in a process similar to the way Andy Serkis portrayed Gollum in the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy." The subtitle of the flick is "Rise of the Silver Surfer." But as anyone familiar with the FF knows, SS was only the herald of that planet-devouring force of nature known as Galactus. Will Mr. Purple Underpants make an appearance in FF2? Seems logical.

Most people interested in "Spider-Man 3" have pretty much known that Venom -- that classic David Michelinie-created anti-hero -- would somehow make his (its) way into the movie. This news seems to confirm just that. And it confirms a theory I myself had based on what we saw from "Spidey 2": Since it was established that Jonah Jameson's son John is an astronaut waiting for a moon flight, the Venom symbiote would be brought back by John, and violá -- Peter Parker has his living costume! At least, that is, until he realizes just what the hell it is! Spidey fans know that the Venom symbiote was originally brought back to earth during the 80s classic "Secret Wars." The Fantastic Four's Reed Richards discovered that the "costume" was actually alive and managed to separate it from Parker. The living symbiote developed an intense hatred of Parker for having been separated from him, and hence sought out another human whose hatred for Parker equaled its own. It found it in the form of Eddie Brock, a disgraced reporter from a rival newspaper. The two "merged" and became the character known as "Venom."

Lastly, my personal favorite hero Iron Man, is slated to have his feature film debut in 2008. You can check out various news tidbits about the Golden Avenger here, and some rejected armor designs for use in the movie here. Looks like IM's "baddie" will be long-time nemesis Mandarin, the Chinese villain who mixes science and sorcery and wields the "ten rings of power." Director Jon Favreau says he'll have Iron Man's armor more in the style of "RoboCop" and War Machine. Also most cool is the inclusion of supporting characters James Rhodes, Pepper Potts and ... Obadiah Stane?? What's the deal on that last one? He's hardly a "staple," although at one time he was a pretty cool villain.

Posted by Hube at September 27, 2006 05:05 PM | TrackBack

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"Fantastic Four 2" sounds like a math problem.

does "Fantastic Four 2" = Fantastic 8

OR Fantastic 16 ???

Posted by: steamboat willy at September 28, 2006 01:18 AM

I gotta tell ya, I'm not liking what they're doing with the Transformers movie so far. Had I not grown up watching the show (consequently, I own the animated movie and every generation-one TV show on DVD. Score!) I may look more favorably on it.

Bumblebee is now a Camaro, which is more of a marketing ploy than anything else (guess what the new Camaro will be called - that's right, Bumblebee). Bumblebee is a VW bug and should stay that way. I also won't get into the character designs I've seen for most of the Autobots. Let's just say I'm not impressed.

Will I see it? Sure, but I got some pretty high expectations for this thing.


Posted by: Tone at September 28, 2006 06:29 PM