I’m always a little late with this list (as well as my Top 10 of the Year list, which never seems to happen). In years past, John and I have done this list as an episode on the podcast but he’s told me he hates doing this list and since his computer has died, I figured I’d just go ahead and type mine up. So click through, check out my list and tell me what you think.
Movie news and rumors.
Defending Batman v Superman
MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!! DON’T READ IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN BATMAN V SUPERMAN!
A friend of mine showed me an article today that was titled “22 Things That Are Super Wrong with Batman v Superman.” It obnoxiously listed several things that, in my opinion, made sense within the film. If you just paid attention. It helps if you’re a comic book fan (but it’s not a necessity), and based on the response from most critics, I’d say they don’t fall under that category.
Let’s go through some of the points the author brought up.
Remembering Robin Williams
On Monday, August 11th, the entertainment world lost a monumental talent. Robin Williams died at the age of 63 by suicide. The shock was enormous and felt by many. The internet has been flooded with outpouring of love for Mr. Williams and condolences for his family. Many have posted their first memories of seeing him on TV or in a movie, others have shared their favorite Robin Williams roles. In this post, I plan to do a little bit of both and share how he touched my life.
My first memory of Robin Williams is Mork from Ork on TV’s Mork and Mindy. Looking at his filmography, the first film of his that I probably saw was Popeye (which is possible I watched before seeing Mork and Mindy), but the first film I saw of his in theater would have been 1991’s Hook. And yet, by the time I saw Hook, Robin Williams already had such a presence in my life. It had to have been because of Mork and Mindy. Most of his other film I wouldn’t have been allowed to watch at that age. I loved those old re-runs of him as the wacky alien living among us. The episodes with Jonathan Winters (who was a big inspiration for Robin Williams) as their son were among my favorite. Williams had a way of lighting up the screen and making me laugh like no one had before. I loved his zaniness, his charm, and his delight as he drank with his finger and said “Nanu-nanu”.
In 1991, Williams was perfectly cast as the boy who would never grow up, but somehow did: Peter Pan. With Spielberg directing, even my eight year old self knew I was in for something magical. Williams brought the perfect energy to the adult version of Pan and played Peter Banning, who doesn’t remember Neverland or anything from his past, perfectly. I can’t imagine anyone else playing the part. When Peter begins to remember (“You’re doing it, Peter!”), his whole demeanor changes (in fact, so does his appearance. You’ll notice his pointy ears and hairstyle). The little boy inside comes bursting through. Watching Williams fly around Neverland with John Williams score behind him is something that I’ll never forget. Critics may not have enjoyed Hook, but most people my age cherish it. I know I do.
The 90’s would be a very good time for Williams. Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, Flubber, Jack and Aladdin all would cement him as being the funniest man in show business.
As I got older I began to check out Williams’ other films. Awakenings. Dead Poets Society. The Fisher King. Not only was Williams an amazing comedic performer but he excelled in dramatic roles, too. The man could do anything. In 1997 he would go on to play Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting. A role that would earn him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. It’s my favorite performance of his and he deserved every award he received.
Some could argue that he didn’t have as much success in the 2000’s as he did in the 90’s but I would disagree. Maybe his films weren’t as big, but his performances were just as good. If you don’t believe me, check out Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia or Mark Romanek’s One Hour Photo. Or Bobcat Goldthwait’s World’s Greatest Dad.
On top of all that, Robin Williams seemed to be one of the nicest, most generous people in Hollywood. I’ve read countless stories over the last few days of his caring demeanor and willingness to go out of his way to make someone smile. He had the biggest heart and, from what I’ve read, never saw himself as someone as better than anyone else. We lost an amazing talent, a great comedian, an brilliant actor, and most importantly an incredible human being.
We miss you, Robin Williams. Rest in peace.
Wonder Woman REVEAL
Today, at Comic Con, the official image of Wonder Woman has been revealed. Check it out: Continue reading
Superman in Gotham?
The official image of Supes for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been released by USA TODAY.
New Batman Suit and Batmobile Revealed
Zack Snyder’s sequel to last year’s Man of Steel doesn’t come out for another two years but fortunately for us, Snyder has tweeted us our first official image. (Well, technically, I suppose the teaser image he posted yesterday of the Batmobile covered in a tarp was the first official image…)
Hit the jump to see the photo.
Warner Bros. Wants Joaquin Phoenix for Superman/Batman movie.
The rumor of the week is Warner Bros. is eyeing Joaquin Phoenix for a villainous role in their upcoming Man of Steel sequel. Joaquin Phoenix is known for avoiding big budget moneymakers like this, so I think it’s fair to say that he’s going to pass. He’s quite an excellent actor though and I’d love to see him added to the film’s roster.
However, I’d like to throw my two cents in about who he could potentially play. Everyone is saying he’s up for the role of Lex Luthor. OK… Could be. I’m sure he’d be great, but I’m curious as to why no one has mentioned the more obvious choice: The Joker.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Smaug REVEAL
Smaug has been revealed on air…….planes. Here is your first look at Smaug:
It’s the end of an era. The days of video store movie rentals is coming to a close as Blockbuster Video has announced that it will close the remainder of their stores by early 2014.
We all knew this was coming. Most of the stores have already closed. It’s a bit surprising really that it’s taken this long for the rest of them to finally close their doors. Still, it saddens me. I used to love going to Blockbuster as a kid and looking for video tapes to rent before the days of by-mail and streaming. If you wanted a new release and it was all checked out, there was nothing you could do except wait and hope it was there when you returned whatever it was you’d rented in its place. Now, you don’t even have to leave your home to rent new movies with services like Netflix and Vudu.
X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailer!
Bryan Singer’s follow up to X-Men: First Class hits theaters next summer but here’s our first glimpse at the film. It looks more like a sequel to X-Men: The Last Stand with a dark “present day” and Xavier attempting to fix a problem (mistake?) in the past. We also get a quick glimpse of Bishop but sadly no sentinels. I, personally, think it looks amazing. I can’t wait.