Many a play has been adapted for the silver screen. Some benefit from the ability to expand the action to more locations; others (like Jack Goes Boating) implode under the added weight.
Kenneth Branagh's Thor had a certain playfulness that pitted the ultra-serious world of Asgard, land of the Norse gods, against 21st-century USA. Now director Alan Taylor has taken the reins of the franchise and, with Thor: The Dark World, drains the fun from it.
The X-Files, like the conspiracy thrillers of the '70s, worked because there was a general atmosphere of paranoia and mistrust engendered by real-world events. What should be obvious now is that we live in a culture in which a show like The X-Files would flourish once again.
Well, summer is over, folks, so now it's time to hang out with our real best friend: Television. I'm always interested in what could be the next big show, and even interested in a show that is not only big, but actually good.
As it turns out, Harrison Ford was suffering from dysentery on this particular day of filming and suggested that Indy just shoot the swordsman as opposed to doing another highly choreographed scene. What resulted is one of the most memorable moments in cinematic history.
In this era, with movies more globalized and insistently present in the culture than ever, three iconic cinematic figures are very much front and center, their latest movie outings from last year and this in the all-time top 10 in worldwide box office.
To overcome our human limitation is our dream. Superheroes exceed the limitations of mortal life and do things that we all wish we could, therefore providing an icon for children all over the world.
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In today's movies, my reaction to seeing entire cities destroyed while superheroes fight is to shrug. That doesn't seem right. I feel that I should be offended, or at least disturbed -- but I've seen it so many times now that I just don't care. We've raised the stakes so high, they've effectively lost their meaning. How much more destruction can the next villain cause that this last one didn't? As an audience member trying to relate to what's happening onscreen, there's a point where I think, Dead is dead. How much more dead can I be?
Unfortunately, superhero movies (and their audiences) often simplify our view of the world to an absurd degree. In reality, the villain is a society of subtle sexism, cancer and poverty. In movies it's a single super-villain.
With the release of Man of Steel next week, it's admittedly difficult to not think ahead to the much rumored and much maligned Justice League of America movie. If you don't know what that is, it's basically The Avengers only with DC characters (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, etc.). And it's crazy that we live in a world where The Avengers are more popular than Justice League, because until recently that was never the case (think of all of the iterations of Super Friends there have been, which is a watered down version of Justice League). With Man of Steel, the framework is certainly being set, but, at least if we're looking at Marvel's blueprint, something seems missing. And what's missing has everything to do with The Flash.
I want to applaud Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing for all the things it does right, and I will. But Whedon's side project -- between his various TV and Marvel-related entertainments -- gets one thing unfortunately wrong: It's never very funny.
If you've ever been interested in the ongoing adventures of Batman or Iron Man, of the Avengers or the Justice League, then as a geek and a comic book peddler I can tell you: now is the time.
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So, what is the message of Iron Man 3? That's a question with a multi-faceted answer. Even if it only refers to the political message. Be advised that there are major spoilers ahead, so proceed, or not, on your own hook.