If there’s one thing that everybody remembers about the original Planet of the Apes movie it’s the Statue of Liberty scene were Taylor discovers that there is no home planet for him to return to as this ape filled land is actually Earth’s grim future. It’s a great twist and sets up for the time travelling sequels, which explore the rise of the apes, the fall of humanity and the eventual destruction of Earth. However, all of this stuff isn’t shown in a linear view, but rather a circular one ending, not with Earth blowing up, but with the apes rising. Time travel has, from the first film adaptation, been a crucial part of The Planet of the Apes, so why won’t it be part of the new movie series?
Rick Jaffa, who co-wrote The rise of the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, has spoken out about the decision to not include time travel in this telling of the ape saga. In an interview with Total Film he said ‘it’s the one big element that we made a conscious decision not to explore in the first one, and we were worried that there might be some backlash in the science fiction community because of it. When the story first came together we were very, very excited, and yet before we pitched it, I thought, “the one thing missing though is time travel. But it’s not necessary for this particular telling”’.
The origin of The Planet of the Apes story is not the original film, but rather a French novel called La Planète des singes. Interesting this story doesn’t actually involve time travel at all and ends in a way similar to that of the 2001 Tim Burton adaptation of The Planet of the Apes, though it is less confusing than Burton’s version. Should the latest adaption of the book stick with the science fiction time travel angle, that the older films are famous for, or is it a good thing that they are leaving it out?
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I have to admit that if it wasn’t for the organisation One Million Moms boycott I probably wouldn’t have picked up Astonishing X-Men #51. It’s not a title I normally read, but I wanted to help go against the boycott since I disagree with the organisation. Marvel claims that they are trying represent real life and gay marriage is becoming more common in recent years, but have they given a realistic representation or is it just a publicity stunt?
The comic starts with Northstar on his wedding day, but quickly leads into a flashback that continues the battle from the previous issue. At this point, in the flashback, Kyle has not even agreed to marry Northstar, Jean-Paul. This means that within one issue the two get engaged and married, which feels extremely rushed. Stereotypically, gay couples aren’t exactly known for moving at a slow pace, but still this seems too fast. Even characters in the comic comment on how fast JP and Kyle are moving, by not avoiding this issue a lot of the damage is fixed and it feels more real. After all Northstar is the faster man in the Marvel universe.
One of my favourite parts of the comic is when Warbird refuses to attend the wedding because she doesn’t ‘recognise the validity of the ceremony vows’. Even though they’re friends and she respects Northstar she won’t go to his wedding and that’s a really interesting scene. I’m glad that they put it in because it means that they’re acknowledging that the world is not filled with open and accepting people and even the ones closest to us may not always be that way either. Another interesting part was Havok and Puck sitting at the bar talking about the wedding and how Havok’s grandmother would feel about it. Having gone into this thinking that it would have been a cheery story full of non-judgemental people I was glad to see that some of the good guys were actually pretty close minded, which is strange considering a lot of them are mutants who would have been judged by other people their whole life.
A fun point made near the start had me expecting a huge disaster during the wedding, but what actually happens is much more interesting and may even convince me to pick up the next issue. It was interesting to see how they fit in so many how the wedding guests, giving a number of them a panel or two to shine. Even more intriguing was seeing which characters didn’t show up for the wedding. There was also a nod to the Avengers vs X-Men crossover event, which was funny and sort of adds a whole new nightmare to the ‘where do I seat people’ dilemma.
All things considered, the issue did a pretty good job at portraying a real relationship and the stigma that surrounds same sex marriage. The story would have suffered if they’d left out the bad and just focused on JP and Northstar getting hitched. The whole mutant thing has always worked as a metaphor for being in a minority group, which means that X-Men were tackling issues like oppression long before they had any gay characters. Northstar is essentially a double minority. The comic represented the issue well highlighting both the loving, sometimes cheesy, relationship and the negative viewpoints some people have. Plus, it was entertaining and how often do you get that with political commentary.
What do you think? Did you buy Astonishing X-Men #51? Do you think it was a good representation of a real life issue? Will you be picking up the next issue? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below. Also, if you liked this post, don’t forget to click the like button and please subscribe.
For a while it didn’t really look like there was going to be a third Men in Black film, but after a ten year absence Agents J and K have returned to the big screen.
Regardless of how you felt about the second film, if you enjoyed the first, you should give this sequel a shot. The story picks up years after the events of the second film with an old foe of K’s escaping from an alien prison. When word spreads J, seeing K is hiding something, begins to tire of the seemingly emotionless relationship the two have. Then, with a simple alteration to the timeline, Agent K disappears from the present having now been killed in 1969. J, being the only one who remembers the original timeline, must travel back in time to prevent the change.
Originally the plot seemed like a way to deprive MIB fans of Tommy Lee Jones, who plays the role of K brilliantly, but it quickly became clear that although Jones is physically absence from a large part of the film he is there in spirit, as Josh Brolin has clearly done his research and emulates Jones perfectly. Brolin’s version of K is more open than his older counterpart, which is because an event that causes him to become emotionally distant hasn’t happened yet. His enables J, played by Will Smith, to get to know his partner a little better. Also, despite Brolin in reality being 44, a year older than Will Smith, his character is 29 making him the younger agent. This adds a new interesting twist to their relationship, similar to K discovering the changes that had happened during his absence when he returned in number two.
The plot was interesting and funny, which was somewhat of a surprise as I had prepared myself for 106 minutes of boredom. Though it’s never really clear about why Agent J can remember K in the present, it does give a vague reason, but I’ll let it go because the rest of the plot was interesting and really enjoyable. Seeing MIB in 1969 was like watching an old sci-fi movie, even the aliens were made to look like the ones that would appear in those kinds of films. Time travel is always a really interesting plot device, but it’s also so easy to do wrong. If it’s too complex then you lost most of the audience and you risk making mistakes, if it’s too simplistic then it just won’t feel real. MIB 3 probably would have been close to the too simple side were it not for Griffin, played by Michael Stuhlbarg. Griffin is similar to Doctor Manhattan from Watchmen, except he’s funny and generally a nice guy.
The biggest let down of the film is that Frank, the talking Pug, isn’t in it. Frank appeared in both previous MIB movies, receiving a larger role in the second instalment because of how much audience’s loved his character in the first film. It seems like a strange choice not to give him a part, considering he’s a fan favourite. I guess in a world were Tommy Lee Jones doesn’t even get to appear in the full film, no one is safe. All things considered, Men in Black 3 is a fun, clever and interesting movie that deserves to be given a chance.
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EA games respond to letter writing campaign complaining about the inclusion of gay and lesbian characters in recent games.
Recently, some EA titles have had the option for characters to engage in same sex relationships, this option was not forced on players they could also choose a member of the opposite sex as a partner. The latest games to offer this choice are Mass Effect 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic, but EA have been giving players this freedom for years with games like The Sims. However, EA have received thousands of letters complaining and even saying that they will boycott EA games if this option is featured in future games.
Luckily, EA have responded by saying that they will not be changing their policy on the matter and have denied claims made by the letter writers that they were pressured into including gay and lesbian characters by ‘extremists’. A lot of the letters came from a group in Florida called the Florida Family Association. It was this group that recently voiced an action against Star Wars: The Old Republic. EA will continue to include gay and lesbian characters and say that the campaign ‘isn’t about protecting children, it’s about political harassment’.
It wasn’t too long ago when being gay was considered a crime. Thankfully we’ve come a long way, but we still have yet to reach equality. One thing I’ve never understood is why children still need to be protected from characters that are gay. It would be extremely hard for a person to live their entire life without ever meeting a gay man or woman, so why not teach kids about it while their minds are still open enough to take it in. Not only are gay characters not included in children’s programming, they are actually removed from shows that come from other, non-English speaking, countries. Through changing dialog in dubbing and editing, or even taking out, scenes the character’s storyline is no longer present. With more and more gay characters being introduced in day time dramas it’s hard to believe that kids won’t see at least one representation of homosexuality on TV, so why is it still taboo for child oriented shows? There are some shows that are aimed at children and have characters that it implies are gay, yet it is never officially clarified.
I’m glad to hear that EA stood by their policies and weren’t intimidated by the campaign against them. Hopefully, by doing so they will send a message to the people behind the letters and maybe some of them will change their minds on the issue. Most probably won’t, but many some will.
What do you think? Would you prefer if EA didn’t feature gay and lesbian characters? Do you think that the letter writers were wrong to take the action in the first place? How do you feel about the whole issue? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment in the section below. Also, don’t forget to follow and click the like button, if you enjoyed this post.
Ever since Bayonetta was released in 2010, fans have been eager for a sequel, but now, in 2012, there is still no word of one being in production. However, a Japanese trailer has revealed that Bayonetta will be a playable character in the upcoming game Anarchy Reigns.
Anarchy Reigns is an online multiplayer fighting game that will be released on the PS3 and Xbox 360 on the 3rd of July in America and on the 6th of July in Europe. The game features many characters from Platinum Games first title MadWorld, as well as some new characters and of course Bayonetta.
Bayonetta is the story of a mysterious and slutty witch who essentially removes all her clothes to defeat tougher bad guys. Despite the, probably accurate, claims that it was sexist and demeaning to woman, the game did pretty well and received positive reviews from critics, myself included. The gameplay is amazing, it’s visually stunning and the story is interesting and just complicated enough to make it stick in your head. In essence it’s a more over the top Devil May Cry game, which isn’t surprising since they share the same creator.
There is massive demand for a sequel to Bayonetta. Whether or not one will ever materialise is still unknown, but at least fans can get another chance to play as the witch in Anarchy Reigns and the gameplay, moves and character design look identical to the ones from the game, though they may be a little tamer with the nudity. However, the character will be available only as a preorder bonus, which means that you have to preorder the game to choose her as a playable character. So keep that in mind before you buy the game.
What do you think? Are you happy she will be in the game? Do you like the character? Would you prefer a Bayonetta sequel? Check out the video and let me know what you think in the comment section below. Also, don’t forget to vote and, if you liked this post, please follow the blog and click the like button.
Are you sick of waiting for the premiere of the new season of Spartacus? Well wait no longer.
Rather than keep fans in suspense, for less than a week in some cases, Starz have put the entire first episode of Spartacus: Vengence online. So check out the trailer below and then, if you like it, head over to the Starz website and take a look at the episode. Unless, you live outside of America, like me. Unfortunately, the video is not available everywhere, but that doesn’t mean Starz loves it’s non-America fans any less. Though they are fine with making us wait.
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After a 12 year absence the Muppets make a return to cinemas and they don’t disappoint.
It’s hard to believe that the last Muppets movie was Muppet Treasure Island in 1996. Now, in 2012, fans, old and new, get to see a new Muppet adventure, this time starring, alongside the Muppets, Jason Segal (Gary), Amy Adams (Mary) and Peter Linz, as the latest Muppet Walter.
The story follows Gary, Mary and Walter as they go to Los Angeles to celebrate Gary and Mary’s 10 year anniversary and visit the old Muppets studios with Walter, who thinks that the stories about the Muppets closing down are just internet rumours. Walter soon learns that this isn’t the case and that there is an evil villain plotting to tear the studios down, the three then head off on a quest to reunite the Muppets and save the studios. Along the way they encounter several celebrities making cameo appearances, the best of which is Jim Parsons (aka Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory).
Other celebrity guests include Emily Blunt, Selena Gomez, Zach Galifanakis, Sarah Silverman Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Black and many more. There’s so many that you probably won’t notice some the first time or maybe you’ll get paranoid and start thinking people are in it that really aren’t, I was convinced I saw Tina Fey I just can’t prove it. Some of the cameos were really small, which I guess with that maybe people it was either that or make a ten hour movie, but some were really funny and it was fun trying to spot the ones that weren’t so obvious, Tina Fey for example.
The music for the movie was brilliant, bright and cheerful for the most part naturally. Some classic Muppets songs, like Rainbow Connection, were used in the film and new, just as catchy, ones were introduced. The songs were a great part of the film; they were funny and just plain old fashion fun.
It’s hard to say anything bad about it, because I really did enjoy the film, but one thing that comes to mind is Walter, who I just couldn’t sympathise with. Sure at first you feel sorry for him, because he’s a Muppet in a world of humans, but then that wears off and he just comes across as a selfish. Though everyone, or at least my favourite characters, got a fair bit of screen time so they more than make up for his selfishness.
In the Muppets movies, they tend to make jokes about being in a movie, which works really well for them. This time, along with those types of jokes, they make a nod at dark remakes with some, not so friendly, Muppets cast as potential replacements that might be better suited for today’s audiences. Hopefully, this remains a joke and we never have to see the Muppets being remade, though it would be nice if they continued making films or even returned to television.
The Muppets movie comes out on the 10th of February, in Ireland and the UK. If you like the other films or the series then it’s worth seeing, even without kids. Let’s face it they made this movie mostly for the adults anyway and it’s a refreshing change from all those dark remakes and 3D films that are in cinemas these days. I would definitely recommend it.
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For those of you that thought showering was just a time to wind down and get clean, you are about to get a rude awakening as Psycho returns for yet another instalment, but this time it’s television.
Even if you’ve never seen the 1960 film Psycho, its sequels, the prequel, its last attempt at a TV spinoff or the 1998 remake, you probably know about the infamous shower scene and that’s because the film, especially that scene, is a horror classic. Show me one other film that had to be shot in black and white to avoid being ‘too gory’, a concept which is lost these days.
The original film is about, momma’s boy, Norman Bates who runs a motel with his mother. Then an unsuspecting shower user comes to stay and the rest is Hollywood history. Two sequels followed, completely unrelated to the two sequels of the book the original film was based on, then came a prequel, that looked at Bates’ teenage years, followed by a spinoff were the motel is reopened and murders start again and finally, in 1998, a nearly shot for shot remake of the original film was made. The new TV series will be called Bates Motel, the same name used for the spinoff, and will once again examine the teenage years of Norman Bates.
Though still in the early stages of development the show is said to give a close look at how Norman became a psycho. The story will show him from childhood and through his teenage years, providing the pilot gets picked up. Viewers will get to see how his mother, Norma, and her lover damaged Norman, putting him on the path to become a killer. Last time a Psycho show was proposed, the pilot wasn’t picked up and it was instead turned into a TV movie spinoff. Hopefully this version doesn’t suffer the same fate as it will be interesting to see were, in 2012, they will take the story. It’s no secret that movies are scarier these days than they were in the past, how will this change the story?
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The Dark Knight Rises is one of the most anticipated films of 2012 and now, thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we have some new images to keep us interested.
The pictures show a new, upgraded, Batman suit and a small glance at were its stored, the Batcave. They also give a really good look at bane who is fighting with Batman in one of the pictures. In another picture Gordon is seen backed against a wall holding a gun, possibly about to experience whatever it is that sends him to the hospital.
The pictures look pretty impressive, but it’ll mean nothing if we can’t understand Bane. Personally, I never saw a big problem with him, but a lot of people did and numerous comments have been released, from people involved in with film, saying not to worry. Despite rumours to the contrary, Writer, Jonathan Nolan, has said that they will not have to do voiceovers and that when fans see more they will have no problem understanding him.
What do you think? Have these pictures got your mind on the plot? Do you like the new Batman suit? Are you planning on seeing the movie when it comes out in July? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below. Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button, but only if you like it don’t lie to me.