Only Twitter users and a part-time critic at the New York Daily News have so far broken the embargo on Jackson's return to Middle-earth. But is the film verdict-proof anyway?
For fans eager to get the first critical verdict on Peter Jackson's return to Middle-earth after The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey premiered in Wellington on Wednesday night, it has been a frustrating couple of days. With the new film trilogy tipped to surpass its blockbuster megalith predecessor The Lord of the Rings at the global box office, it seemed certain that at least a handful of critics would make the decision to defy studio embargoes and publish and be damned. Instead, the only verdicts handed down thus far have come from luminaries such as film-maker Bryan Singer, and little-known Kiwi blogger Kylie Klein, who, it seems, was so overwhelmed by getting a ticket that her critical faculties were slightly swept away. »
- Ben Child
Director: Marc Webb
Running time: 136 minutes
Extras: Deleted Scenes, Filmmaker Audio Commentary, The Oscorp Archives – Production Art Gallery, Stunt Rehearsals
It hasn’t been long since Tobey Maguire hung up his Spidey-suit after the disastrous Spider-man 3 and while this might be a reboot too soon, they’ve actually given us an impressive re-launch starring Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans and Emma Stone plus Marc Webb of (500) Days Of Summer fame on directorial duties. In the ‘Untold Story’, we watch as a very young Peter Parker (played by Max Charles) is abandoned by his parents and left with his Uncle Ben (the excellent Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Fields). We then flash forward to his teenage reflection, hanging out at High School and generally being a geek with a camera and although Parker is a bit of an outcast, »
- Dan Bullock
With just four weeks until shops close their doors for St. Nick’s visit some of the years big-hitters arrive on DVD and Blu-ray. Get ready for Teddies, Spider’s and Abs as we guide you through this weeks big releases.
It seems like only yesterday little Peter Parker was fighting Venom and Sandman in one of cinema’s biggest turds Spider-man 3 but he’s back, albeit a little different. The Amazing Spider-man gives Andrew Garfield chance to don Spidey’s unitard and smooch Emma Stone – even I’d wear a glorified onesie for that. Our man Dan wasn’t sold on the titles promise but found plenty of optimism in a “ damned impressive visual that prospers further because of the ensemble cast”.
Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. »
- Sam Carey
Of the three major superhero movies that hit the cinema in 2012, The Amazing Spider-Man fell under the radar of most moviegoers. For most, the movie came too soon after the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man. Sullied by the cheese ball aftertaste of Spider-Man 3 – Spidey fans hung up their webbed intrigue in favor of The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises.
Introducing a new Peter Parker in Andrew Garfield and a reworked Spider-Man origin story helmed by (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb, The Amazing Spider-Man presented an ostensibly better wall crawler tale than its predecessors. A darker world, better acting and chemistry between Garfield and his co-star Emma Stone (as Gwen Stacy) made this Spidey tale a delightful popcorn flick. Gone were the circus costumes of the Green Goblin and the emotionally bland scenes with Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. The new movie focused on real problems with grayed lines of good and evil. »
- Bags Hooper
When we first saw the trailer for Dreamworks' new animated epic "Rise of the Guardians" and beheld the nondenominational team-up of Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, Sandman and Jack Frost, we wondered how on God's green earth this had never been done before.
It turns out all the ingredients were right there for an "Avengers"-style franchise crossover movie and, just to rub it in the studios' faces, we've assembled a first-class poster mock-up by Old Red Jalopy to prove it.
As you can see, they could have had Tim Allen of Disney's "Santa Clause" franchise leading the way along with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson from 2010's "The Tooth Fairy," Michael Keaton of 1998's nightmarish family film bomb "Jack Frost," Thomas Haden Church as Sandman from 2007's "Spider-Man 3" and Anna Faris as our favorite Playboy centerfold, "The House Bunny."
You can probably imagine the billions in merchandising revenue »
- Max Evry
With Sam Raimi's Spider-Man outings still fresh in the mind (his troubled third instalment was as recent as 2007), one might expect a hot-on-the-heels series reboot to bring something audaciously new and revolutionary to the table, in the manner of Chris Nolan's game-changing The Dark Knight. Remarkable, then, that The Amazing Spider-Man (2012, Sony, 12) adheres so closely to the template that Raimi established only a decade ago, albeit in a shinier and occasionally more self-consciously "smart" fashion. While (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb talked of a more down-to-earth view of the parentless Peter Parker's struggles with angst and adolescence, there's little in this enjoyable romp that hasn't been touched upon in previous instalments – for all their kinetic frenzy, Raimi's films never lost sight of Peter's very personal problems. What you get is a well told origins tale that draws »
- Mark Kermode
16 November 2012 5:34 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Sam Raimi, the writer and director of Spider-Man 3 and many other movies, has filed a lawsuit against Jerry Goldman, his longtime insurance agent, charging fraudulent concealment, professional negligence, unjust enrichment and more. Read the complaint here. On Nov. 7, the FBI indicted Goldman on 10 counts for improperly taking more than $800,000 from clients, including Tom Hanks and guitarist Andy Summers of The Police. Raimi’s suit was filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of Raimi, his production company, Gillian Greene and attorney Craig Jacobson, who is described as a trustee of certain trusts.
- Alex Ben Block
A Disney fantasy film directed by Evil Dead's Sam Raimi? I cannot wait to see what happens to the munchkins
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Cult directors don't always grow old gracefully. David Lynch may never make another feature film, but you can guarantee that if he did it would be as mind-bending as anything in his later repertoire. Body-horror pioneer David Cronenberg recently followed the relatively tame Eastern Promises and A Dangerous Method with the salacious and leftfield Cosmopolis. Nevertheless, it's still weird seeing how easily Sam Raimi has slipped into the role of cosy Hollywood hack with forthcoming Disney fantasy Oz: The Great and Powerful, the first trailer for which arrived online this week.
Raimi is the director of one of the greatest 80s comedy-horror ventures of all time, the fabulous cabin-in-the-woods film Evil Dead II (don't bother with the humourless first instalment: »
- Ben Child
Sometimes it’s good to shake things up in the costume department, especially in the comic book adaptation world. Remember when Peter Parker got his emo-suit in Spider-Man 3 when he came into contact with that black liquid? It caused him to do weird stuff like grow a sweeping fringe and jump on tables and act like a total douche. They messed with Iron Man’s costume in Iron Man 2, too, and then messed with it again for The Avengers ’cause Joss Whedon didn’t like it. Batman – don’t get me started. Although it was handy for the poor guy to be able to move his neck.
“Bigger eyes. Gnarly web shooters.”
Nothing too dramatic, »
- T.J. Barnard
Chicago – Gritty realism proves to be a perfect fit for some superhero franchises, but “Spider-Man” isn’t one of them. The more grounded and practical the world of Peter Parker becomes, the sillier the whole thing gets. Sam Raimi’s trilogy flourished precisely because it resembled a cheerfully vibrant comic book come to life. In contrast, “The Amazing Spider-Man” is a bore.
I’ll admit that Raimi’s overstuffed, undercooked “Spider-Man 3” was a good enough reason to, in the words of Todd Akin, “shut the whole thing down,” but since superhero movies have become Hollywood’s bread and butter, Columbia Pictures couldn’t resist prematurely rebooting the franchise. Yet since Raimi’s films are still crystal-clear in most moviegoers’ minds, the studio had quite a challenge in convincing audiences to sit through the same story again.
Blu-ray Rating: 2.5/5.0
That’s not to say that director Marc Webb doesn’t »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Even when you’ve got a great director and a fine script, the casting of a picture can often be the most delicate and perilous process of all; after all, it is their line delivery that will either make or break a script, and their screen presence that will either give a director plenty of room to work with, or none at all. These casting decisions, whether good or bad, proved either controversial prior to the film’s release, or became so in light of the script and manner in which their character was depicted. There’s no denying that success or failure, these 10 performances had the world buzzing like no others.
You need only take a passing glimpse at the Spider-Man comics to know that Eddie Brock has a square jaw and is supposed to be, above all else, a man’s man; athletic and tough. »
- Shaun Munro
This past week, I had the unfortunate experience of contending with Hurricane Sandy. As a result, I lost power. I couldn’t watch any movies (bummer) so I did the next best thing – I watched movie trailers on my iPhone. (Thanks again YouTube!)
I went back and watched trailers for tons of movies – films I had seen, films I want to see, etc. Then I realized something: a great many movie trailers are actually better than the movies themselves. Some trailers are so masterful in their goal of putting asses in seats, that they effectively hide the fact that the movies they’re showcasing are lacklustre.
So I went back to find movie trailers that I thought fit into this category. Check it out.
5. Garden State
This film bugged me greatly. I appreciated the effort of Zach Braff as a director, but I thought the film itself was mostly a »
- Damen Norton
This week: Spider-man gets redeemed, They Live lives again, and those bastards have wrecked Rec. ► After ‘Spider-man 3’ crapped the bed in epic fashion, Sony had no choice but to wipe the slate clean. Would you have cared about another Raimi/Maguire movie? Didn’t think so. So while plenty of folks moaned “too soon” at The Amazing Spider-man, it was just what the franchise needed – a new (and better) »
- John Law
This week: Andrew Garfield stars as the new Peter Parker alongside Emma Stone in "The Amazing Spider-Man," a reboot of the "Spider-Man" franchise Sam Raimi first helmed in 2002 with Tobey Maguire as the webslinger.
Box Office: $262 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 73% Fresh
Storyline: The Spider-Man franchise gets a reboot with Andrew Garfield as a teenage Peter Parker, a brainy outcast who gets bitten by a radioactive spider and transforms into the eponymous superhero and takes on the mutant Lizard terrorizing the city. Emma Stone plays sweetie Gwen Stacy, Sally Field is Aunt May, Martin Sheen is Uncle Ben, Denis Leary is Captain Stacy and Rhys Ifans is the Lizard/Dr. Curt Connors. "The Amazing Spider-Man" swings onto DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D »
- Robert DeSalvo
3D Blu-Ray/Blu-Ray/DVD + Ultraviolet Digital Copy
2012/Rated PG-13/Running Time 136 mins – List Price: $55.99
It was time for a change. Despite the fact that many fans hoped director Sam Raimi and Sony Pictures would work out their differences to produce a fourth Spider-man feature, the studio decided to go another way, rebooting the franchise completely. When Spider-man opened ten years ago in the Spring of 2002, it was a bit of a surprise that after 25 years in developmental hell, audiences strongly craved to see the famous comic book superhero on the big screen more than any other. Becoming the first film to gross $100 million in a single weekend, its box-office success proved that not only was it worth the wait, but fans had finally got the proper Spider-man film they’d been waiting decades for.
Personally, I found Raimi’s film enjoyable, but there were a »
- Ron Henriques
Earlier this year, a rare trailer for the first Spider-Man movie was posted here on Cbm (check it out Here). The trailer featured some deleted and un-finished footage, including a snippet that showed Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker with Web-shooters. Well, if you thought that trailer was cool, check out these other two rare trailers for again, Spider-Man 1 and also for Spider-Man 3, which in particular, features unfinished and deleted footage from the third-installment in the Sam Raimi-directed series. Check out the trailers below! »
Rip-roaring adventure, memorable enemies and beautiful women, the Bond movies should make great games. But they've only made one. Here's why
I can remember my first experience of a James Bond computer game. It was the Commodore 64 version of View to a Kill, released by Domark Software in 1985. I distinctly recall awkwardly driving a tiny block-like taxi around a depiction of Paris that resembled a series of green sticking plasters haphazardly slapped over each other. And I thought to myself, this in no way captures the experience of watching a James Bond movie. It would turn out to be a prescient observation.
Fast forward to 2012 and the latest Bond flick is thrilling movie-goers with its gritty action, complex plot and compelling central performance. But there is no direct video game tie-in. Instead, there are a couple of sequences from Skyfall tucked into a game called 007 Legends, a sort of best-of-Bond compendium, »
- Keith Stuart
Happy (almost) Halloween, faithful fright fiends! My friend Christel had contacted me several weeks ago asking for suggestions of horror movie music that could possibly be used for a skit that one of the performers of her An October Evening event was planning to do. The request was for something a little unconventional rather than an obvious choice, so after brainstorming for a few minutes, I came up with what I thought were some cool, underrated horror movie themes.* The assignment got me thinking about this article I published about 2 years back where I listed out my Top 10 horror movie themes. And while I still stand by all my selections in that piece, I thought it definitely warranted a follow-up article. So without further adieu, here’s 10 More horror movie themes for your Halloween!
Drag Me To Hell (Main Theme): One of the benefits of the falling out between »
- Rob Galluzzo
By dealing with the question of Tony Stark's relationship with his suit, the third Iron Man instalment might prove the best so far
If you had a set of superhero top trumps, Iron Man would probably not represent one of the very strongest cards. IGN rated Tony Stark's alter ego the 12th greatest comic book hero in a recent rundown, below Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash and even Dick Grayson, aka Robin. Yet somehow Iron Man punches above his weight on the big screen: 2008's debut Jon Favreau-directed venture delivered a modern-day superhero in the form of a reformed arms dealer and scientific genius who uses technology to reinvent himself. A comic book movie which took note of contemporary geopolitics may have been been a slightly unwieldy proposition, but it at least gave us a hero to root for who felt of his time (rather than eternally stuck »
- Ben Child
It's a little hard to remember that Tobey Maguire is now very much a grown-up, though in our defense, he hasn't given us much of a chance to realize that. Since his final go-round as Peter Parker in 2007's Spider-Man 3 Maguire has kept a low profile at the movies, appearing only in the explosive drama Brothers in 2009. But he's about to come back in a major way to play Nick Carraway in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, and before then we'll meet back up with him in the upcoming comedy The Details. If you want to get a sense of the tone of the movie, which is available On Demand now and will be in theaters November 2, you need only look at the opening shot of this exclusive new TV spot, in which Maguire's character is sitting peacefully. only to be crushed by a falling grand piano. You »
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