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Let me start by saying I loved the first movie. Spider-Man 2.1 by Raimi and The Amazing Spider-Man 1 by Webb are my favorite comic book movies of all time. Let me say next that I didn't Hate the second movie. I was however very disappointed. Spider-Man is by far my favorite superhero and comic book character. As I'm sure many of you will do please add to the discussion why you were so disappointed in the comments. You never know, maybe Mr. Garfield or one of the producers will stumble upon this page. Mr. Garfield did ask for this article after all. I will however echo Mr. Garfield's request for only constructive criticism and ask people, in his words, not be dicks just for the sake of being dicks. Again, his words not mine. So let's get started. I'll start with the things I enjoyed: Peter and Gwen were perfecly realized. »
Brad is back from the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and it's the topic that dominates much of this episode. We're talking the best and worst of the fest, stories from the fest and Vince from FilmDrunk.com joins us to describe his first time in Toronto from a very different perspective. Brad also gives a brief review of The Drop as well as Wild before we get into some of the listener questions and comments as well as our regular assortment of games. Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »
- Brad Brevet
Despite a positive response from many viewers, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was (for others) one of the biggest disappointments of the summer 2014 box office. Reviews for the film were equally divisive (read our Amazing Spider-Man 2 review) – celebrating director Marc Webb’s principle cast and use of blockbuster effects while criticizing the movie’s choppy and underdeveloped storyline. As a result, in a summer where competing superhero movies like Captain America 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Guardians of the Galaxy, all exceeded (or at the very least met) expectations, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had trouble living up to Sony’s “His Greatest Battle Begins” hype – even though the final film still provides an ...
- Ben Kendrick
Looking back in hindsight, it’s fair to say that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 wasn’t the commercial or indeed critical hit that many had anticipated. Deemed a mish-mash that was too concerned of establishing threads for future films in the series — much like Iron Man 2, actually — Marc Webb’s sequel failed to emulate the success of the other Spider-man 2 when it arrived in theaters earlier this year.
So, what went wrong? Well, although many attributed its faults to an overwhelming amount of material — a stash that caused the running time to balloon past two hours and twenty minutes — the missing factor could be attributed to story elements that remained on the cutting room floor. That’s according to Peter Parker himself, Andrew Garfield, who spoke to The Daily Beast and reflected back on his latest outing in the spandex suit.
“It’s interesting. I read a lot »
- Michael Briers
Andrew Garfield has addressed the criticism of Amazing Spider-Man 2 and lays the blame for its failings squarely on the shoulders of Sony. He reveals that the studio had “problems with certain parts of it” and made changes. He also speaks about appearing (maybe) in the Sinister Six.
There’s been a lot of debate over what went wrong with the Amazing Spider-Man 2. Why was it the lowest grossing Spider-Man film ever? Why were the reviews so mediocre? Why have internet fans been so vocal about their criticisms of the film? Andrew Garfield has finally addressed these criticisms.
While at the Toronto Film Festival promoting Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes, a real estate drama in which he co-stars with Michael Shannon, Garfield sat down for an interview with the Daily Beast and when Amazing Spider-Man 2 was mentioned, he took the opportunity to give his opinions on the sequel.
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The Spider-Man films have represented a diminishing set of returns, for Sony on the domestic financial front (though we don’t have all data for long-tail revenue) and for audiences in terms of satisfaction. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 often felt surprisingly derivative of Sam Raimi’s own Spider-Man 2. When it did explore new territory, the story threads were unconvincing. […]
- Russ Fischer
Back in April, Box Office Mojo made specific box office predictions for 20 Summer 2014 releases. At that time, it looked like it was going to be a tough Summer to predict; that theory turned out to be more true than we had imagined.Half of our picks were wildly off, which is a significant increase over past years. These inaccuracies can be chalked up to a few poor assumptions made ahead of the season.First, the predictions were made based on the assumption that July had to be the highest-grossing month of the Summer. This was based on the fact that July has been the highest-grossing month of the year in each of the last 25 years. Remarkably, July wound up being the worst month of the Summer, and as a result July releases like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Deliver Us From Evil, Tammy, Planes: Fire & Rescue and Hercules were all noticeably overestimated. »
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You read that correctly. When we first heard about Escape from Jesus Island, we just had to cover it for the crazy title (same as Dead Hooker in a Trunk). But like Dead Hooker, Efji seems to be taking off, and the comic was only the beginning.
Escape from Jesus Island creator Shawn French tells Dread Central that the comic is indeed being developed into a role-playing game for mobile devices. The full title will be Escape from Jesus Island: Rise of the Antichrist, and it will be designed by Eric Pavone using the Unity Engine.
Pavone was the designer of Spider-man: The Movie and senior designer for Spider-man 2: The Movie, Army of Two, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution. French is stoked to be working with the veteran game designer.
"The chance to work with a designer like Eric Pavone on an Efji adaptation is a dream come true, »
- Scott Hallam
PS3 may be over the hill, but if you don’t own one then I can’t recommend it enough. Recently, inside my own brain, I held my bi-annual “favorite console ever within my lifetime” competition, and PS3 dethroned GameCube. It just has that many good games. It’d be impossible to play all of its worthwhile titles before getting bored, and that’s just retail releases alone. I’m serious — peruse Psn if you don’t believe me. It’s a Jrpg nirvana. Or just nirvana in general.
If the above sounds relatively tempting (or you just want to play the classics you missed by sticking with your PS2 since 2000), Sony has a new bundle you may be interested in. For $270, you’ll get a slim PS3 (which I think is just called PS3 now), a hard copy of Lego Batman 3, and last but not at all least, The Sly Collection, »
- Griffin Vacheron
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
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Zachary Leeman chats with Jack Reher about his new novel Rex’d: Welcome to Scholomance…
Jack Reher has graciously taken time to speak with us before about everything from how he became a screenwriter to the public release of his script for the Pin remake.
Now the writer finds himself filling some different shoes as a novelist. The work is titled Rex’d: Welcome to Scholomance and Reher had some interesting things to say about the throwback story to 80s genre films by everyone from Steven Spielberg to Joe Dante.
Zachary Leeman: Tell me how Rex’d came together.
Jack Reher: Rex’d was originally a script I wrote. You know, it was at the tail end of last »
- Gary Collinson
When all’s said and done it’s been a pretty decent year so far for blockbusters, from effective and exciting comic book adaptations like Captain America: Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days of Future Past (although the less said about Amazing Spider-Man 2) through to new properties such as Edge of Tomorrow, not to mention a few surprising hits such as The Lego Movie, which exceeded practically everyone’s expectations.
Less talked about, however, are the many low budget, independent and foreign movies which tend to do the film festival circuits before appearing for a brief spell in your local art house cinema – if you’re lucky – then disappearing into oblivion. Falling into the “blink and you’ll miss them” category, all too often they slip under the radar of public notice and fail to reach anything like the kind of audience they truly deserve. Without the marketing clout »
- Andrew Dilks
The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 2014.
Directed by Marc Webb.
Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, B.J. Novak, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, Chris Zylka and Denis Leary.
When atrocities threaten New York, Spider-Man must protect the citizens of New York and his loved ones before New York’s heart befalls into tragedy.
Despite helping to change the face of the superhero movie in 21st century Hollywood, the Spider-Man franchise died before our very eyes, delighting and enthralling before crashing and burning. The best intentions of director Sam Raimi notwithstanding, Spider-Man 3 failed, even if it was the franchises’ highest grosser. While many blamed the excess of villains and characters, which led to a horribly disjointed script, it was the studio’s insistence on things (namely Venom) that ultimately derailed our friendly neighbourhood Spidey. Now, 10 years since Spider-Man 2 »
- Scott Davis
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find Everything Wrong with The Amazing Spider-Man 2; Star Wars in Minecraft; 15 things every Netflix fanatic has to deal with; Walking Dead Wine; and what Monster’s Inc. would look like if it was directed by Ridley Scott. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
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- Justin Vactor
Well, it’s September, and the summer movie season is over is over for another year. Taking the crown of the biggest box office hit of the summer in the States is Marvel’s superhero space opera Guardians of the Galaxy, which pulled in $275 million, while the UK crown belonged to 20th Century Fox’s simian sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, with the film fighting off stiff competition from The Inbetweeners 2 to take the crown with £31.99 million. Here’s the full North American top ten, followed by the UK top ten:
Top Summer Films in North America
1. Guardians of the Galaxy, $275m
2. Transformers: Age of Extinction, $244m
3. Maleficent, $239m
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past, $233m
5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, $205m
6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, $203m
7. Godzilla, $201m
8. 22 Jump Street, £190m
9. How to Train Your Dragon 2, $173m
10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, $162m
- Gary Collinson
While studios tout records, market share and No. 1 status based on box office grosses, we thought it’d be a good idea to look at some of this year’s summer films (tentpoles and not) to see how their budgets stacked up against their worldwide grosses to date. These budget numbers do not include domestic/international marketing and distribution costs, nor do they take into account the splits with exhibitors, but they do give an idea of outlay and income. Bear in mind, that while some of the biggest offshore grosses come from China, the studios are only getting a 25% cut from that territory. Also, some of these pictures will end up doing well in home entertainment and may make a profit over time — as in, a few years.
Here are some of the films we were able to compile from smallest to highest budgets with worldwide grosses (and percentage »
- Anita Busch and Nancy Tartaglione
Alex Kurtzman is going independent while also deepening his relationship with Universal Studios. The writer/director/producer (“Star Trek,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Transformers”) has formed a new company called Secret Hideout, which has signed a three-year production agreement with Universal. Also read: Alex Kurtzman to Direct ‘The Mummy’ Reboot for Universal “Kurtzman will focus on developing compelling filmmaker-driven projects and deeper storytelling narratives with an eye toward franchise and multi-quadrant films,” the studio said. He will be joined at Secret Hideout by Jeb Brody, Focus Features president of production, and Bobby Cohen, president of K/O Paper Products. Also »
- Jordan Zakarin
We are taking a couple episodes off as Brad will be heading to the Toronto Film Festival for a week so we hope we've done well, though Brad will try to deliver a couple of Toronto reports while he's gone. That said, today we answer your questions, have a couple stories from our weekend to share, plenty of games to be played and more. We discuss violence against women in video games, the race issue in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings and much more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »
- Brad Brevet
Has 2014 marked a turning point in the quality of major movie sequels? And could there be hidden consequences to this?
There have been a fair few stories circling over the past few days about how Hollywood has 'suffered' its worst box office summer season in nearly 20 years. That the 2014 summer season has seen a decline in ticket sales of around 15% over last year alone, with a bunch of films that didn't do the numbers that well-paid bean counters were expecting.
There were high hopes, commercially at least, for films such as Hercules and Edge Of Tomorrow, the latter of which has only now cracked $100m in the Us. Meanwhile, movies such as The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Expendables III and How To Train Your Dragon 2 took in less cash than had been anticipated. As things stand, not one film has cracked $300m at the Us box office this year, »
It seems like just yesterday we were posting our Summer movie preview guides to help get you ready for the Summer Movie Season, and now here we are with it pretty much wrapped up. While this season has finished, there’s plenty of exciting looking films on the horizon this Fall. To wrap up our Summer, the staff here at Cinelinx is once again happy to present our Summer Movie Awards Nominations, which you, our readers, will get to vote on. The best part is, when you vote on your winners, you’ll be entered to win a free movie! Come inside for the nominations and all the details.
It seems like just yesterday we were posting our Summer movie preview guides to help get you ready for the Summer Movie Season, and now here we are with it pretty much wrapped up. While this season has finished, there’s »
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