Monday, May 7, 2007

Spiderman 3 - you know, with Venom and stuff

The new Spiderman film parallels the 3rd X-Men film in some ways- somewhat overwhelming with the number of characters being introduced (Brock, the commissioner's daughter, sandman etc) but the story was solid, and kept in step with the spirit of Spiderman. There were some undeniably cheeseball 'comic book movie' moments- like with Harry's butler out of the blue explaining how his father died- but for the most part it kept it real. The plot felt a little rushed, and probably could have been drawn out a little bit more.

Without giving too much away- I liked watching Peter's fall from grace, and how it was directed as 'geek gone bad'.

And what Sam Raimi feature would be complete, without a cameo by our beloved Bruce Campbell? This time as a French restaurant worker, in a scene that was borderline Monty Python. It was amazing.

Overall, I was very impressed with it. It was big, but it lived up to its own hype, which is something not many comic book movies are doing lately (*ahem* they're REMAKING the Hulk).

Even better, there was a bad ass trailer for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at the beginning! Speaking of which, I'm at the third book in my re-reading of them. I may or may not have enough time to re-read them all.

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Mandrake movie finally gets a director

(Via IGN) (of all things)

Having only recently discovered the wonders of Mandrake the Magician (thanks to Quinlan's) I guess I can't comment too much on this one, but the long-awaited film based on the popular comic strip finally has a Director.

Chuck Russell (Director of Scorpion King and The Mask) is set to Direct the film, which is being developed by Howard and Karen Baldwin.

The film is supposed to be a contemporary take on the mustached Magician who uses his skills in hypnotism and illusion to fight crime.

I think this film could do very well, and could easily capitalize on Hollywood's new interest in Magic (and it's continuing interest in comic books)- especially since it would be using such a recognizable character.

Now, is there anywhere I can go to catch up on my Mandrake? Any anthologies?

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

'Next' - The reviews are coming in

(Via Monsters and Critics)

I just found an early review on Next, with Nic Cage. I wasn't even aware that it was based on a story by Philip K. Dick (of Blade Runner fame). The movie apparently opens this weekend, so maybe I'll go see it.

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Nic Cage stars as Magician in 'Next'

Nic Cage is set to star in Next, a movie about a man with precognitive abilities that works as a stage Magician in Las Vegas. What intrigues me even more, is that the news is reporting that Cage will be taking lessons in Magic on-set to prepare for the film.

I am constantly fascinated by Nic Cage's willingness to take on rather interesting film projects....I'm sure this one will be no different.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Movie Beat: Magicians trailer

One of the new fads in the movie biz lately seems to be the Magician theme- but hey, we don't mind! I'll be posting reviews, trailers, and hopefully feedback from actual Magicians on how they're enjoying these big-screen representations. Without further adieu, here's our first victim:

A British film by the Director of Copy Cats, Magicians covers the tumultuous friendship of Harry and Karl, two magicians whose partnership goes sour after accidentally beheading their assistant. They embark on a competition, with hilarious, and often disastrous results.

Mitchell & Webb are famous for their shows "That Mitchell and Webb Look" and "Peep Show".

Coming May 2007

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