24 August 2014

"The Thing" from Josh Trank's "Fantastic Four" Reboot "Revealed"


Director Josh Trank for the upcoming "Fantastic Four" feature film reboot has gone and confirmed THIS picture of "The Thing" - found floating thru the www not too long ago - as the "real thing"? "Well, it's out. There's your first look at Ben. ‪#FantasticFour‬" - @josh_trank … but then again, it might all be fake, and we gets all excited for nuthin'… Heh.

WHO: "BEN" AKA "Ben Grimm" AKA "The Thing" "is a fictional character, a superhero that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is a founding member of the Fantastic Four. His trademark orange rocky appearance, sense of humor, blue eyes, and famous battle cry, "It's clobberin' time!", make him a very recognizable comic book character. The Thing's speech patterns are loosely based on those of Jimmy Durante. Michael Chiklis portrayed the Thing in the 2005 film Fantastic Four and its 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Jamie Bell is scheduled to portray the Thing in the 2015 untitled Fantastic Four reboot." (Wiki)

Seen below is "The Thing" from Roger Corman's
never-released The Fantastic Four movie circa 1994.

23 August 2014

The Book of Life: Pop! Vinyls & The Legacy Collection from Funko


Funko goes heavy on producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez's animated comedy "Book of Life" (in theaters October 17th), with offering Pop! Vinyls (Available in September) AND The Legacy Collection figures (Available in October). Do check in with your fav retailers for availability and pricing. The "Book of Life" will be .

MOVIE: "From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez comes an animated comedy with a unique visual style. The Book of Life is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart.

Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, The Book of Life encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future."

19 August 2014

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" SDCC-Footage Done In Storyboards


MARVEL screened footage from their feature film "Avengers: Age of Ultron" at the recent San Diego Comic-Con, and surprisingly, folks might not have seen a bootleg video of said-footage since (or maybe there was but I was late to the game … no, make it, "never made it to the game" :p) … THEN Jahaziel Brito recreated said-footage using hand-drawn storyboards, while utilizing the audio recorded from the screening instead! Aaahhh but for the power of "art" … :)




Source: SDCCBlog / SDCC pics via Cosmic Comicbook News

16 August 2014

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Movie Clip - Killing An Innocent Man


Remember when actress Eva Green's "provocative" breast-n-nipple-silhouette-combo caused the banning of a poster? Here's a moving visual promo of "them" in action, for the latest movie clip for "SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR".

05 August 2014

Zack Snyder Takes Pics of Toys, And That Makes Me Happy.


Director Zack Snyder is taking pieces of toys, and that pleases me. And I don't need care if it's for his Batman v Superman, I am just "happy" to see folks bringing their toys out for some snappery-fun :)


Source: Movie Web

02 August 2014

Short Peace


I chanced upon this anime anthology in my weekly #fridaymovie viewing (something I've always wanted to wind down my week with, event when before I was blogging), and saw a low-res version online and found it pretty inspiring - I've always loved anthologies myself, catering to my lack of attention span ;p - and then having seen the higher-res versions in trailers and PVs, makes me really want o search for the original DVDs for! Regardless of my own viewing habits and preference, I present to you; "SHORT PEACE"!

WHAT IS: "Short Peace (ショート・ピース Shōto Pīsu?) is a multimedia project composed of four short anime films produced by Sunrise and Shochiku, and a video game developed by Crispy's Inc. and Grasshopper Manufacture. The four films were released in Japanese theaters on July 20, 2013 and will be screened in North America during April 2014. Sentai Filmworks have licensed the films for North America. The video game was released in January 2014 in Japan and April 2014 in Europe." (via Wiki)

The four shorts are:

1. Possessions (九十九 Tsukumo?)
- A lone traveler is confronted by unusual spirits in an abandoned shrine. Directed by Shuhei Morita.

2. Combustible (火要鎮 Hi no Yōjin?)
- A spectacular tale of love, honor and firefighting in ancient Japan. Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo.

SPOILER: "Combustible"
(In Japanese language + Non-English subtitles)

3. Gambo
- A mysterious white bear defends the royal family from the predations of a red demon. Directed by Hiroaki Ando.

4. A Farewell to Weapons (武器よさらば Buki yo Saraba?)
- A tour-de-force saga of men battling robotic tanks in apocalyptic Tokyo. Directed by Hajime Katoki. The latter film is based off an Otomo manga of the same name.

SPOILER: "A Farewell to Weapons" in FULL (23:33)
(in Japanese Language + Non-English subtitles):

CONCEPT: "The idea behind the Short Peace was of a hybrid project composed of the four anime shorts and one video game. The overarching theme of the project is Japan, with each entry representing a different setting within the country's history. Because the modern era had not been represented in the anime, the team decided to represent it using the video game. The decision to bring both the four anime as well as the game to the west was made early in production." (via Wiki)

(All images via Google Images)

01 August 2014

Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy




MARVEL's "Guardians of the Galaxy" feature film was "effortless" and a sheer joy to watch and be entertained. Well worth your time and money, whatever your preferences may be. A comedy, a sci-fi space actioneer romp, in that order. MARVEL has a surefire winner here - Big Ups for Geekdom! "Effortless" because you'd go with whatever's going on, without a need to question anything. A talking raccoon. An emo lovable tree (the closing scene so cute can die!~). A destroyer with a heart. An assassin who thinks the world of "Kevin Bacon". And Peter Quill, a hero by necessity and default, a hero for the new millennium. @JamesGunn rocked the spaceways! Can't wait to see what happens next!

(The text above was partially tweeted via @toysrevil / All images via IG @toysrevil)


OTHER ADDITIONAL COMMENTARY:

- Thanos appears longer on-screen than I imagined.

- There is a closing scene before the credits roll which you will not miss, so no worries. It is utterly adorable and I'll imagine it may possibly become a merchandise later - not released earlier so as not to spoil the story, of course

- There is a End Credits sequence right after ALL the film credits have rolled, and if I had known what it was, I would not have wasted my time and made a dash for the loo when I really needed to go … And if I needed to explain the reference for you, then you are too young for it, and "life" continues on beautifully without it.

Film Review: X-Men Days Of Future Past


Perhaps I did not enjoy the movie on the silver screen in a darkened cinema hall. Perhaps I missed out on the shiny flashy images seen way too often in the trailers and spots online. But in reality, the "story" turned out to be something as important to me, other than spiffy visuals, and in that regard, "X-Men: Days of Future Past", was a surprising disappointment.

Everything felt like X1 and X2. The pacing, the atmosphere, even the somewhat dullard display of powers, although heightened somewhat with Magneto lifting up the stadium. Frustratingly felt like "fan-service", but without the "service".

Saying it "sucked" would be wholly overly-dramatic, I suppose, although frankly I find it hard to name any particular exceptionally "positive" thing about it, besides Quicksilver - who brought a whiff of fresh air to the proceedings, which was over way too soon. Everything was a re-thread and continuity laden, it felt like a soap opera bathed in the twilight of a dying sun … The "Future" X-Men were too bleak to make a memorable mark, while the 70's-stylings were so distinct an identity, it swallowed the story whole.


In comparison, "First Class" had a bit more panache and verve, while the over-population of mutants i this incarnation reminded me too much of X3 - which frankly left quite an uncomfortable taste of "too many mutants too many obligatory showcase of individual powers" for all … which made it obvious "Danger Room" sessions were few and far in between. Or maybe there were, and they were mostly one-on-one sessions.

I really struggled with writing this "review", and perhaps I may well be trying too hard to scrape thru and present something worthy to read, just as the film had done to try and wow folks in the cinema seats, IMHO.

And I have absolutely no desire to watch this film again, in any form or format.

Feel free to disagree with me and enjoy my movie-fan-blog here @ http://xmenonfilm.blogspot.sg/ :)

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