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If you go down to your local multiplex today, you’ll be reminded of the advice Thumper received from his father: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.”
While they should be getting us worked up with white-knuckle tension, blockbusters show more regard for their promotional partners than the audience, with characters running past billboards during dramatic scenes. At least in 1999’s Mystery Men Captain Amazing was upfront about being sponsored by Pepsi, even wearing their logo on his costume.
Some movies are so contemptuous of their audience, in fact, that you can’t help wondering if someone pulled the trigger on them to prove H L Mencken’s adage that nobody went broke underestimating the good taste of the American public. From films starring “internet sensations” who register zero onscreen presence, to slapped-together remakes that trade on famous titles, some films »
- Ian Watson
As Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice breaks box office records despite a questionable script (‘I’m not a lady, I’m a journalist’), how well do you know other superbad superhero quotes?
"Even the entire cast of E.R. couldn't put you back together again"
"I don't suppose they have fax machines on elephants!"
Batman & Robin
"Every man dreams he'll meet a woman he can give the world to. In my case, that's not just a metaphor"
Fantastic Four (2005)
"I'm blind, and I see more than any of you, because I don't look"
"I've always considered you the Dutch Elm disease in my family tree"
"Muggers don't usually wear rose oil or high heels ... at least, this »
- Benjamin Lee
This week, Neil Calloway argues that Deadpool’s success should not come as a surprise…
With Deadpool breaking box office records around the world (a bigger opening than The Force Awakens in Russia, oddly), and has been the surprising hit of the 2016 so far, making more than double its budget back in its opening weekend at the Us box office alone.
Deadpool has never been in among the most recognised of comic book characters; emerging in the nineties rather than the golden age of comics, Wade Wilson doesn’t have the recognition factor that Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent or Peter Parker do; we didn’t grow up with reruns of campy sixties TV shows about him, there has never been a darker animated series featuring Mark Hamill; to the general public, Deadpool was all but unknown. With that in mind, its success is an impressive achievement. Having said that, Iron Man »
- Neil Calloway
Anghus Houvouras on 2016 being a “make or break” year for comic book movies…
2016 is a pivotal year for the comic book movie, and maybe not for the reasons you think.
Not just because Warner Bros. finally arrives to the party with their shared cinematic universe. And not because we’re seeing more second class characters getting their own feature films. Hollywood has dipped into the dollar bins before trying to make big screen successes out of second tier characters like Swamp Thing, Jonah Hex, Elektra, and The Punisher with varying degrees of success. In the case of those four examples, ‘success’ is merely referencing the fact that the movies were financed, produced, and released. Creatively they were toilet bowl expeditions looking to see who could make their way deepest into the drain and the public was all too eager to flush.
Deadpool arrives in theaters this weekend and the stakes have never been higher. »
- Anghus Houvouras
The first feature by writer-director Matt Hullum’s production company Rooster Teeth, of the highly popular animated Web series “Red vs. Blue,” “Lazer Team” is a genial sci-fi action comedy that offers plenty of fun for fanboy types. The Texas-shot, Indiegogo-funded project tallied more than $1 million in Tugg presales before opening on 300 or so U.S. screens Friday. Whether this amusing if not wildly inspired spoof can build the word of mouth to cross over to wider theatrical audiences sans conventional star power or advertising muscle is doubtful. But it should do well in home formats, while announcing that Austin-based Rooster Teeth can create slick, ambitiously scaled entertainment on penny-ante means.
In 1977 the U.S. government gets a message from a “friendly alien race” called the Antarians: “You are not alone. Conflict is coming.” They also informs that a “suit of power” is on its way that will help humanity »
- Dennis Harvey
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Batman TV show (1966-68) starring Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and his teen partner Robin the Boy Wonder. The show was a huge hit when first released and still has a loyal following today. The show was a clever satire, not only on super heroes but also on 1960s pop-culture in general. Cinelinx celebrates ABC’s Batman at 50.
In January of 1996, a mid-season replacement show debuted on ABC and became an unexpected hit. It was originally planned to be produced for the fall ’66 season but it was moved up to January. ABC’s Batman was part of its 1966 “second wave” programming, being one of 4 shows that debuted during the mid-season. (Along with The Double Life of Henry Phyfe, Blue Light and The Baron.) While the other three are mostly forgotten, Batman became the sensation of the season—airing twice each week, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
6 items from 2016
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