The Age of Ultron trailer leaked so Marvel just said “screw it” and released the official trailer. A good call on their part. There’s a lot to chew on between the first good looks at Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Ultron himself, and that Hulkbuster armor that everybody is so jazzed about.
I’m pretty excited but I hope this one avoids the dreaded bloat that so many sequels, and especially the current crop of comic book movie sequels, succumb to. From the looks of the trailer a lot has to be accomplished; introduce Ultron, turn him bad, introduce Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, turn them bad and then possibly redeem them, Hulk goes on a rampage causing Iron Man to reveal his heretofore unseen Hulk-goes-on-a-rampage contingency. And that’s not even mentioning the still unseen (in motion anyways) Vision.
But hey. In Joss we trust, right?
Oh, and here’s the poster in case you’re interested in that sort of thing.
Movies are expensive. How expensive? This article (I’ve transcribed the list below) from /Film does a pretty good job of enumerating the huge budgets on modern blockbuster trilogies like The Hobbit and Transformers.
Keep in mind too, that when you see a movie’s budget it only includes the production costs. All of those TV commercials, internet ads, and press junkets can oft times double the price of these already massive budgets.
While I’m all for entertainment, it does kinda seem like we could put some of this money to better use than making yet another Transformers movie or adapting the latest dystopian YA novel du jour.
The Hobbit Trilogy – $745 million
The first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies – $650 million
The Dark Knight Trilogy – $610 million
Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy – $597 million
The Chronicles of Narina trilogy – $560 million
Iron Man trilogy – $556 million
The first three Transformers movies – $556 million
So this has been all over the place. A local report out of Detroit has released some rumours into the wild, the biggest of which is that the Carrie Kelley version of Robin will appear in Superman v Batman as played by Jena Malone. Malone has been confirmed in the film but not in a specific role as yet.
I’m all for seeing a big screen version of Carrie Kelley and I think the casting is pretty spot on, if true. But man, are they cramming a lot of stuff into this movie. At a bare minimum we have Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Lex Luthor. Add to that a semi-confirmed rumour of Cyborg and now possibly Carrie Kelley. It’s a lot. And I can’t help but think that unless it’s a lot of quick cameos, the movie is going to feel incredibly bloated. Or worse balloon to some insane running time, a current fad in big budget, special effects movies that I’d like to see go away.
I’m certainly excited for WB/DC to get their universe fully up and running, but it seems like they are trying to jump straight to the end state without doing the requisite setup.
Fight Club was released 15 years ago today. I’ve mentioned my love for David Fincher previously and Fight Club is the film that started that relationship.
In 1999 I was freshly 16 and working my first ever job as one of those kids in the movie theater with the red vest and bow tie that tears your tickets and cleans up all the popcorn you spill. My Mother had been diagnosed with cancer about a year prior and this was the first of many jobs I would hold over the next several years in order to help with various expenses. I was (and I still am) a nerd. Into comics, books, video games, and cinema in that all too obsessive way; still a decade or so away from the time when all of my passions would suddenly become accepted and mainstream.
Needless to say, Fight Club was aimed squarely at my forehead and boy did it hit its mark. I bought the VHS (I still had a VCR!), then the DVD, the special edition Blu-Ray, the other special edition Blu-Ray. I watched and re-watched endlessly, listened to the commentaries, spouted quotes as though I had written the words. I too was in a transitional phase of my life where everything seemed to be changing and I couldn’t control it. I too wanted more and better for myself but couldn’t figure out why. And yes, I too railed against advertising that told me what a “man” is and how I should look and dress. That this particular diatribe is delivered by Brad Pitt was somewhat lost on my, still developing, filmic sensibilities.
While I no longer have as much to rebel against (“My insurance is changing again?. Ugh. I’ll go beat myself up in the parking lot.”) Fight Club still holds up for me in a big, bad way. It was such a huge cultural milestone in my life in much the same way that Pulp Fiction was 5 years before (Yes, I saw Pulp Fiction in a theater when I was 11. But that’s another post. [Also, Happy 20th Birthday to Pulp Fiction!]) but at a much more important time in my life. I felt like I had so many problems, so much to act out against and here were adults, well one adult and one imaginary friend, that didn’t have it figured out either. They had jobs they hated and Dads that left them just like I did. For all of its absurdity it felt starkly real to me. I hope it still feels real in 15 more years.
This site didn’t exist when Star Wars Uncut was released back in January of 2012. Luckily I can gladly present The Empire Strikes Back Uncut. It was released this past Friday and it is certainly just as fun and ambitious as the original.
For those not in the know, the Star Wars Uncut project recreates Star Wars, and now Empire as well, with 15 second long fan made scenes and then stitches them all together to form a single film.
Here’s the trailer to better explain for me.
And if you have 2 hours to spare, here’s the entire film: