Iron Man will return to the silver screen on May 25th marking the beginning of phase two in the Marvel cinematic universe, but is Iron Man 3 the best choice to start us off on the path to the Avengers 2?
It’s been over a month since Damian Wayne, the latest character to put on the icon Robin costume, was killed in the pages of Batman Incorporated #8, but it seems that DC have already announced his replacement. Or have they?
Ever since his death fans have been wondering if there would be the new Robin or if Damian would recover, while most people thought the title would go to Harper Row, who has been assisting Batman since before Damian’s death, it seems that DC may be taking an unexpected turn by introducing Carrey Kelley into the mainstream DC Universe for the first time.
Carrie Kelley was the first ever female Robin, but until now she only existed in an alternate timeline future were she assists an aged Batman in his fight again a gain called the Mutants. She was created by Frank Miller in his series The Dark Knight Returns, which was turned into an animated film last year. The movie may explain DC’s decision to bring her into the New 52 universe.
Kelley will be introduced as a college student in the upcoming Batman and Red Robin comic. While DC have not said that she will become the next Robin, writer Peter Tomasi has confirmed that ‘she is here to stay’. Promo pictures have shown her in the Robin costume, but she is at a fancy dress party. This could be a subtle nod to the original story, where she buys a Robin costume to dress up and help Batman.
What do you think? Are you excited to see Carrie Kelley in the New 52? Did you like Frank Miller’s story? Do you think Kelley will become the next Robin? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.
Despite previously saying that he would not like to direct the next instalment in the Star Wars franchise, reports have come out saying that J.J. Abrams will indeed be taking the job.
The story first appeared on movie site The Wrap where it says that Abrams was won over by Kathleen Kennedy, the new head of Lucasfilm. However, neither Lucasfilm nor J.J. Abrams himself have confirmed the reports.
Putting Abrams behind the wheel would be a smart choice for Disney, who recently purchased Lucasfilm. J.J. Abrams has successfully turned Star Trek into a mainstream success, making it appeal to more than the niche trekkie market, turning him into the ideal candidate to put Star Wars, which is already enjoyed by mainstream audiences, back on the right track.
While it would be hard for anyone to make a Star Wars movie that is worse than the prequel trilogy, not to say that it is without any merit, hopefully Abrams can return the saga to its former glory with episode VII which will be the first of a new trilogy set after the events of the original three films.
Disney has released a statement confirming that J.J. Abrams is the director for the upcoming Star Wars sequel.
Can Scary Movie be funny without Anna Faris and Regina Hall? Well a lot of people would argue that it hasn’t been funny in a long time anyway, so let’s just ignore the fact that it’s basically Ashley Tisdale and Erica Ash doing bad Cindy and Brenda impressions.
The first trailer for Scary Movie 5 shows that it will have the same level of sophisticated humour as the previous instalments, with guys getting hit with falling pans and heading crotch first into a door. However, it seems more like one of those really bad Scary Movie spinoffs than an actual sequel, which may have something to do with losing the lead actresses.
Despite rumours, it appears that Final Destination will not be the centre of the parody this time around. Instead the focus is on Paranormal Activity and Black Swan. The plot follows two friends as they try to dance ballet and one of them has a baby and lives in a haunted house because a witch sent a demon to haunt her possibly because she’s a ballet dancer, yeah it’s a bit all over the place.
If you’re a fan of well thought out, clever and well-structured comedy them you probably were never planning on seeing this film anyway, but if you like movie parodies, overacting and a third thing then you now have plans for the 19th of April when the film hits cinemas.
What do you think? Are you disappointed to see Cindy and Brenda leave the franchise? Do you like Ashley Tisdale and Erica Ash better? Will you be going to see this movie? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.
If living with your head under a rock you have been then know about Star Wars episode VII you will not, otherwise you probably know that over a week ago Disney bought Lucasfilm and with it the rights to the Star Wars franchise. Along with the purchase they announced that another Star Wars trilogy (episodes VII, VIII and IX) is on the way and now we know who will be writing the next instalment. Read the rest of this page »
It’s not often that a movie franchise lasts fifty years, or survives so many cast changes, but this year marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film series and with that comes the 23rd instalment, Skyfall. Though technically it’s only the third film, Casino Royale was a reboot.
After an action packed opening sequence, in which Bond (Daniel Craig) fails to retrieve important M16 files, M’s ability to lead is called into question. Gareth Mallory, played by Ralph Fiennes, is sent in to pressure M into retirement, but she doesn’t want to ‘leave it (M16) in a worse state than she found it’. 007 must then go on a mission to track down the files, but to do this he must go deep into M’s past and face a ghost who has come back to haunt her.
The story is interesting and moves quickly so it never gets boring despite the long running time of two hours and 23 minutes. However, some aspects, like the Bond girl, felt like they were just thrown in because they had to or it wouldn’t be a James Bond film. Bérénice Marlohe plays Sévérine Skyfall’s version of a Bond girl. Though her performance was good she never really had anything to do and could easily be lifted out of the movie without it affecting the story.
M is very much at the centre of the plot and Judi Dench does an amazing job portraying M as both a heartless leader and a mother figure. She makes the tough calls and doesn’t apologise when one agent’s safety has to be sacrificed for the greater good, which is admirable but makes it hard to believe that anyone would actually be loyal to her. However, she does subtly give an explanation for this by pointing out that ‘orphans always make the best agents’. Bonds unquestionable loyalty to her adds to the depth of his character, which is explored further in this movie.
As far as villains go, I think it’s fair to say that Skyfall has one of the most interesting. Raoul Silva, played by Javier Bardem is a cyber-terrorist who prides himself on being able to take down organisations and people without ever having to leave his computer. Even though he’s the villain it’s hard not to like him because he’s a little crazy and that’s always interesting to watch. Plus, he very nearly became the first Bond boy, well that should get your imaginations going. There are a number of similarities between Raoul and Bond, which makes it so interesting to see how different they ended up.
Skyfall also sees the return of Q, though a much younger version. Ben Whishaw takes on the role offering up some comedic relief and creating an interesting dynamic with Bond who is now the older of the two. Naomie Harris plays a young field agent, called Eve, who ‘may not be cut out for field work’. Harris does a great job, but some of Eve’s choices, particularly one at the end, seem out of character. The relationship between her and Bond is actually much more compelling than the one he has with Bond girl Sévérine.
There are some really fun references to older Bond movies that fans of the franchise will love. Even if you’re not well educated in the world of Bond you’ll be able to pick up on a few and join in on the fun. Skyfall is a really clever, entertaining and interesting movie that has shown Bond films can have depth and character growth without sacrificing the action and excitement.
What do you think? Are you a James Bond Fan? Have you seen every Bond film? Do you plan on seeing Skyfall? Who was your favourite Bond? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe and, if you liked this review, click the like button.
On the 22nd of October 2010 I wrote my first post on a blog that I started as part of a HND course in journalism. Now, two years later, I’m studying for to get MA in journalism.
I’m really glad that I kept this blog going and I’d like to thank people for reading it and apologise for being so slow in writing lately. I will be better from now on, though I probably won’t be beating my record of six months consecutive posts anytime soon.