Mako Mori Fights the Giant Kaiju

Had to do a song for my favorite character from my favorite movie (because I’m obsessed), so here’s my tribute to Mako Mori from Pacific Rim!

With apologies to the Flaming Lips.

If you like the track and want to download it, head on over to my Soundcloud:

Angelina Jolie Has a Big Ass Hat

Of all the Disney movie villains, Maleficent has to rank among the top.  She’s absolutely terrifying.  But until now, we haven’t heard her side of the story.  That all changes next May when Angelina Jolie brushes off her Lara Croft accent and steps into the role in a live action retelling of Sleeping Beauty called Maleficent.

Seeing her in costume, it’s uncanny.  She’s absolutely perfect for the role!  She looks like she stepped right out of animation cell. I also appreciate that they didn’t go all titacular with the costume design as designers often do to sexify their evil sorceresses.  Casting Elle Fanning as Aurora is pretty inspired and I think the two will play very well off of each other.  I think they’ll be able to elevate this from just a CG spectacle.

I can’t believe I’m actually looking forward to a non-Pixar Disney film.

I, Frankenstein Looks Sufficiently Ridiculous

So if you’re a pedantic nerd like me, you’ll be shaking your fist at the fact that they call him Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein created the creature.  The doesn’t have a name, at least not in the novel.

Well, apparently, in this version he does.  The creature, Adam, took his creator’s surname as his own and for 200 years, has walked the earth.  And now he’s got to fight an army of creatures that are like him.  Sounds kinda exactly like Underworld.  But who cares. Aaron Eckhart looks great all scarred up in leather.

I, Frankenstein is based on the Darkstorm Studios graphic novel.  I’ve never heard of either until just now so I have no idea how closely the movie will follow.  But I don’t think we’re looking at real deep character development here.  I think we’re looking at Aaron Eckhart chopping mother fuckers in twain with his ax blades.

Looks like a fun, interesting take on Frankenstein’s monster and probably worth a ticket in a theater.

At 59, Jackie Chan Can Still Kick Your Ass

Longtime Jackie Chan fans are well familiar with the Police Story films.  This is a reboot of the franchise.  Instead of a Hong Kong cop like the previous version, Jackie will be playing a mainland cop.  I’m not too versed in Chinese cop culture so I don’t know the significance, but I do know that this looks absolutely brutal.

Jackie is know for his acrobatics and physical humor, but I love seeing him in dramatic roles.  And the way this thing is cut, I get the sense that this is going to be a very serious Jackie.  Hopefully, we’ll get a US release in theaters at some point.  I’ll be keeping an eye out.

There Can Be Only About a Dozen Or So

Highlander. By Faberge.

Highlander. By Faberge.

This book cover has nothing to do with the Highlander reboot. I just couldn’t resist!

I had no idea this was in the pipeline, but apparently it’s time for a Highlander reboot.  It sounds like we’ll be reintroduced to Conor McLeod and Ramirez.  At one point, Ryan Rynolds was attached to play the lead (WHY DO PEOPLE KEEP PUTTING HIM IN MOVIES?), but that idea got chopped.

One of the visual effects supervisors for Snow White and Thor (that would have been more interesting) has been tapped by Summit to direct the feature.  Story wise, it sounds like it could be pretty faithful to the original.

I gotta say, I love me some Highlander. But it doesn’t really hold up.  I tried watching the original a few years back and couldn’t contain my laughter. Soooo I suppose a fresh take on it wouldn’t be so bad.  There’s a lot that can be done with the concept and although the TV series kinda took it to places that sometimes didn’t really work, I think a new start could be good.  However, if it’s just a rehash of the original, why bother.  We’ll see how this develops.

From: Slash Film

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Here’s how good the team of Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin was.  They did the original two-issue “Days of Future Past” arc in Uncanny X-Men #141 and #142 back in 1980.  It was so popular that the X-Men would regularly encounter enemies and allies from that dark future.  It was adapted in the original animated series.  Versions of it have showed up in video games.  Besides “Dark Phoenix,” it is the only other X-Men story that people who aren’t regular comic book readers recognize.  And now, it’s being adapted into film.

We won’t really know how faithful Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past will be until the film comes out.  The way the trailer is cut, it seems like it’s another Wolverine sequel feature Logan and his X-Friends.  The cast is sprawling with pretty much everyone who’s ever starred in an X-Film.  I’m a little worried that it’s going to be kind of a mess.  The trailer is all over the place.

Still, the fact that it’s happening stands as a testament to how freaking awesome those original two issues really were.  This was before the whole decompressed writing for the trade trend, before annual universe crossover events, before foil covers, before renumberings, before #0 issues, before alternate covers.

Our First Look at the Winter Soldier!!!

“I got red, white, and blue on your ledger.”

“That’s not my ledger.”

Awwwww riiiiiiiiight!

So holy hell, Captain America: The Winter Soldier looks like a lot of fun.  The interpretation of Falcon is pretty cool.  I like seeing Natasha back in action.  Steve looks amazing.  And man, Winter Soldier looks fucking fierce.  It looks like it’s going to be S.H.I.E.L.D. vs S.H.I.E.L.D., fear vs freedom, that sort of thing. Can’t wait!!

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