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15 items from 2015


In Defence Of... Ben Affleck's Daredevil

23 May 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The critical and commercial success of Marvel's Netflix show has given the character of Daredevil a new lease of life, with a confirmed second series, a co-lead spot in the upcoming super-team show The Defenders and a possibility that the character could one day make an appearance in the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe. With that in mind, it's time to re-appraise the character's first big-screen outing – writer-director Mark Steven Johnson's Daredevil, starring Ben Affleck. Is it really as bad as its reputation suggests?

Released in 2003 (the same year as Ang Lee's Hulk and Bryan Singer's X2, though it was first out of the gate), Daredevil took more than $102 million at the Us box office and just $76 million outside the Us, for a worldwide total of $179 million. Despite more than doubling its budget it was perceived as a flop, especially alongside the likes of Spider-Man and X-Men, whose successes »

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Time Machine: Pre-Ted Wahlberg - Bypassed for Best Actor Oscar - and Super-Model Wife on the Red Carpet

7 May 2015 1:32 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Mark Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham on the Oscars' Red Carpet Mark Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham at the Academy Awards Mark Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham in a red-and-golden outfit are pictured above on the 2011 Academy Awards' Red Carpet, just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony was held on Sunday, Feb. 27. Wahlberg, decades ago known as underwear model Marky Mark, was an Oscar nominee as one of the producers of Best Picture contender The Fighter – which ultimately lost to odds-on favorite The King's Speech. Mark Wahlberg was the only major player in the David O. Russell-directed boxing drama who failed to be nominated for an Academy Award in the acting categories. Co-stars Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, and Christian Bale were all shortlisted; Leo and Bale ended up winning in their respective supporting categories. Wahlberg, however, was a Best Supporting Actor nominee four years ago: for »

- D. Zhea

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Daredevil Season 2: 10 Marvel Heroes Who Must Cameo

28 April 2015 12:56 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Marvel’s first foray into Netflix original content has landed to much critical acclaim, with Daredevil being universally praised as a hit. Currently sitting at a remarkable 9.2 on IMDb and 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, the TV-ma series managed to do what the Ben Affleck movie spectacularly failed at – capture the gritty essence of the character in a realistic noir setting absent of any feeling of hokiness.

Charlie Cox knocked it out of the park as the titular character, bringing Matt Murdock to life in way the vision-impaired vigilante deserved, and the supporting cast of Rosario Dawson, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson and particularly Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk. The man who brought life to the iconic Private Pyle’s version of the Kingpin is note-perfect whereas Michael Clarke Duncan’s interpretation was cartoonish and uninspired.

Now that an entire season has been completed and aired and a second has already been green-lit, »

- Brad Hamilton

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Box Office Democracy TV Special: Daredevil

27 April 2015 7:09 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is an unqualified success, I don’t think I’m alone when I say that the Marvel Televisual Universe is much more of a mixed bag. While I hear Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has gotten much better since a rocky start but I’ll never know because I decided I would never care about any of those characters over a year ago. Agent Carter had me completely captivated for two episodes until it started to feel like Mad Men meets an exceptionally long episode of Scooby-Doo. Daredevil has none of this blandness; it doesn’t feel like anything else in the Marvel stable or anything on TV at all, really. It’s a dark, violent, abrupt show that begs you to binge watch it and then gives you bad dreams as a punishment.

Daredevil feels more like an extended Christopher Nolan Batman film than it does »

- Arthur Tebbel

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Marc Alan Fishman: When Are Characters Not Real?

25 April 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

This past week we were given a pivotal episode of Gotham. Amidst all the gut-wrenching angst, two minor sub-plots reached fever pitch. In one, the soon-to-be Riddler finally snapped, and joined the “Murder-Because-i-Can’t-Take-It-Anymore” club. In the second, Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot finalizes his plans to murder Sal Maroni – after the don himself decides to push the buttons of the would-be Penguin. Both these plots were fantastically acted. Both left me seething as much of the characters on screen. But the actions taken by both men as depicted struck me as off-character compared to their comics origins. Disconcerting, but simply par for the course adaptations.

Ever since the pilot, Edward Nygma’s screen time has been dedicated to his pining for one Ms. Kringle, deep in the fileroom of the Gcpd. And while Edward didn’t quite take no thank you as an answer for his advances… it would take her »

- Marc Alan Fishman

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Time Machine: Burton and Bonham Carter Sporting Matching Hairdos on the Oscars' Red Carpet

24 April 2015 7:44 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »

- D. Zhea

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Why television is the superior medium for comic book characters

11 April 2015 3:03 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anghus Houvouras on why television is the superior medium for comic book characters…

You hear it all the time: television has become a more interesting medium than the movies. It’s one of those trendy uber-hip things to say when you want to engage in a straw man argument over the superior art form. As I watched the first season of Marvel’s new Daredevil series on Netflix, I found myself for the first time with a salient example of how television is by far the best medium for comic book characters. Let’s catch this train of thought and take it for a ride.

1. Serialized stories work better in serialized installments

Comic books are, by nature, serialized stories requiring multiple issues to complete an arc. Movies struggle to fit the entire history of a character into a single 2+ hour extravaganza. Comic books were made for television adaptations. Good comic »

- Anghus Houvouras

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Does the 2003 Daredevil movie really suck?

9 April 2015 7:16 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of the new Netflix Daredevil show, Luke Owen asks the burning question – does the 2003 Daredevil movie really suck?

In the early 2000s, comic book movies were riding high on a wave of popularity. After seemingly being killed off by the likes of Batman & Robin and Steel, comic book movies made a huge comeback with critically-praised and fan-adored movies like Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and Bryan Singer’s X-Men. When X-Men hit it big at the box office in 2000 and Spider-Man followed suit in 2002, movie studios started to snap up as many titles as they possibly could to piggyback off their success. So many of their characters were sold off in fact that not only did it save Marvel Comics from bankruptcy, but there were reports of upwards of 40 movies based on Marvel characters in some stage of development between 2000 and 2002. One of those projects was Daredevil.

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- Luke Owen

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Review: Netflix's 'Daredevil' quickly moves to the top of the TV superhero heap

9 April 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The last few years, some network TV executives have tried to do away with the pilot process, ordering shows straight to series based on a script, or even an idea, rather than spending a lot of money filming a pilot episode before deciding whether it's good enough to order to series. This is essentially like deciding to build a house on land that hasn't been surveyed yet and hoping that it'll hold the structure. The results have gone about as expected: "Hieroglyph"(!) was pre-canceled before a second episode was filmed, NBC decided to sell "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" to Netflix rather than have to cancel it after three episodes aired, and other straight-to-series orders have been delayed, or similarly pre-canceled, or (as in the case of Fox's "Weird Loners") sent off to die quietly. Netflix has had more success doing away with pilots, but that's in part because no one but »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Marvel's Daredevil Netflix series: spoiler-free review

2 April 2015 6:57 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Marvel takes a very different turn with its Daredevil TV series. And it proves to be a very wise decision, too...

This spoiler-free Daredevil review is based only on the first five episodes.

It's been quite a year for Marvel Studios. The last twelve months have seen the release of the wildly successful Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, and the event miniseries Agent Carter, which raised the bar for their TV projects considerably. In other words, Marvel have locked into quite a groove with their relentless sense of pacing, high-octane action, and just the right amount of comic relief.

Marvel's formula has been working quite well, so why mess with it, right? 

Well, whatever preconceived notions you have about what Marvel is capable of, set them aside before you press play on their Daredevil Netflix series. This is such a pronounced departure from everything Marvel »

- simonbrew

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First Look At Vincent D’Onofrio As Daredevil Villain Kingpin

2 March 2015 2:17 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Netflix’s coverage of their forthcoming show, Marvel’s Daredevil, has so far shown us a teaser trailer, new glimpses at Matt Murdock and co. in a gallery of stills and a cheeky motion poster. Up to this point, that blanket of information and visual treats has been void of one key element: Daredevil’s opponent. That is, until today, when Netflix revealed a profile photo and character description of The Kingpin.

Im the 2003 movie, the part was played by Michael Clarke Duncan, and now that juicy villain will be brought to life by Vincent D’Onofrio in the rebooted series. His street name, The Kingpin, connects to his pivotal role in the functioning of Hell’s Kitchen.

Here’s the first character description for the baddie, whose real name doesn’t muster quite as much terror:

The shadowy figure behind organized crime in Hell’s Kitchen, Wilson Fisk has »

- Gem Seddon

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Blu-ray Review – The Frank Darabont Collection

26 February 2015 5:13 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Zachary Leeman reviews The Frank Darabont Collection…

Frank Darabont is a name not spoken nearly enough among film lovers. He can often go unappreciated despite being the man that directed IMDb’s top rated film and having originally developed one of television’s smash hits, The Walking Dead.

Despite being an artist of undeniable talent, there’s always something that has kept Darabont from getting the accolades he deserves. The Shawshank Redemption may be a hit now, but it was a flop upon first release, The Walking Dead got a new showrunner fast and some of his other films haven’t been able to muster the giant audiences a Spielberg or a Tarantino can earn from their names on posters.

However, with the new Frank Darabont Collection from Warner Bros., fans can take a few moments to appreciate an undersung hero of cinema. The collection contains three of Darabont’s »

- Gary Collinson

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Let's Take a Nerdy Deep Dive Into Marvel and Netflix's Badass 'Daredevil' Trailer

4 February 2015 12:40 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

This isn’t your Ben Affleck’s Daredevil.

Marvel has unveiled the first trailer for their gritty, dark take on Daredevil, the first of four 13-episode series to premiere on Netflix. And it looks nothing like the campy action flick starring Affleck, Jennifer Garner, and Colin Farrell. Take a look:

Marvel says, “Meet Matt Murdock. Blinded as a boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt fights injustice by day as a respected lawyer and by night as the masked vigilante known as Daredevil in Hell's Kitchen, New York. He'll do anything to make his city a better place, but at what price?”

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But let’s take a deep dive and really break down what we’re seeing: This is Matt Murdock A.K.A. Daredevil (played by Boardwalk Empire's Charlie Cox).

In the comics, Matt loses his eyesight after being hit with radioactive isotopes »

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"Daredevil"- New Footage

4 February 2015 7:31 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek your first look @ footage from the new Netflix/Marvel, 13-episode TV series "Daredevil", debuting April 10, 2015 starring Charlie Cox as lawyer 'Matt Murdock' aka superhero crime-fighter 'Daredevil':

"It does take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe," said Marvel TV's Jeph Loeb . "It’s all connected... within the Marvel universe there are thousands of heroes of all shapes and sizes...

"...but 'The Avengers' are here to save the universe and 'Daredevil' is here to save the neighborhood." 

"The way I like to think about it is that he is a man with fear", said Cox, "but he on a daily basis decides to confront that fear and to overcome it. So the title of ‘the man without fear’ is almost a title that the public in his world gives him just because of what he does. But inside himself, he’s very afraid at times. »

- Michael Stevens

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"Daredevil" TV Series Updates

7 January 2015 1:19 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek a new motion poster from the Netflix/Marvel, 13-episode TV series "Daredevil", debuting April 10, 2015 starring actor Charlie Cox as blind lawyer 'Matt Murdock' aka costumed superhero crime-fighter 'Daredevil':

"It does take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe," said Marvel TV's Jeph Loeb . "It’s all connected... within the Marvel universe there are thousands of heroes of all shapes and sizes...

"...but 'The Avengers' are here to save the universe and 'Daredevil' is here to save the neighborhood." 

"The way I like to think about it is that he is a man with fear", said Cox, "but he on a daily basis decides to confront that fear and to overcome it. So the title of ‘the man without fear’ is almost a title that the public in his world gives him just because of what he does. But inside himself, he’s very afraid at times. »

- Michael Stevens

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