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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Superhero Movies 2012

Summer is coming, marking the opening of the Superhero action films for 2012.

By Gary;

Real Americans love their action heroes, superheroes and fantasy heroes.  Early in the 20th Century came John Carter of Mars and Conan the Barbarian.  Then in the 1930s the dam burst with Batman, Superman, the Phantom and so many more.  To this day new superheroes just keep coming, and they are BIG box office.

I loved that the 1970s and 80s Superman films were even made.  But I hated that Superman was portrayed as Super-Touchy-Feely-Man in a comedy setting.  What a weak loser.

That changed with Batman in 1989.  For the first time the characters that we fans loved were presented as serious drama.  Watching Jack Nicholson on the big screen as the Joker was a stunning event.  Seeing the Joker evolve into Heath Ledger's insane character kept me glued to my seat as few films have done.

So here is to Hollywood.  For just a few dollars they take us away from the pain and suffering of everday living and transport us to different, if not always better worlds.

The Avengers

I have been waiting for this movie for 40 years, and it is about damn time it got here.
The film is written and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast, which includes Robert Downey, Jr.Chris EvansMark RuffaloChris HemsworthScarlett JohanssonJeremy RennerTom Hiddleston, and Samuel L. Jackson. In The AvengersNick Fury, director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Iron Man, the HulkThor, and Captain America to save the world from destruction.
Total Recall

"Total Recall" is back.
The late, great author Philip K. Dick has given us stories that have made some fantastic movies over the years:  Blade Runner, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, and  The Adjustment Bureau 

Based on the 1990 film of the same name and the 1966 short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick. Unlike the original 1990 film, the plot of this new version contains strong political influences, as mentioned in the novel. It is directed by Len Wiseman. 

A simple factory worker suffering from violent nightmares (Colin Farrell) begins to suspect that he's a spy whose memory and personality were erased and replaced -- though he is unaware which side of the fight he's on and how important his lost memories will be in its outcome.
The Amazing Spider-Man

My first thought was "Do we really need another take on Spider-Man so soon?"
Then I figured, why the Hell not?

Simultaneous with the cancellation of Spider-Man 4Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that the franchise would be rebooted with a new director and new cast.
The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises.
I love Christian Bale's take on Batman. . . . . BUT I have always hated Catwoman.  Why God must you give us Catwoman?  How have we offended you oh Lord?  At least there is no fucking Robin in the film. 

Sequel to Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008). The Dark Knight Rises is intended to be the conclusion of the series. It stars Christian BaleMichael CaineGary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman. The film will take place eight years after the events of The Dark Knight and will introduce the characters of Selina Kyle and Bane—portrayed by Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy, respectively—two villains from the Batman mythology.

The Hobbit

The Hobbit
Thank God at last it is coming.  I have waited 40 years for this film.  Those who read the book in 1939 and fell in love with the characters did not make it to see it on the silver screen.

Directed by Sir Peter Jackson. It is a film adaptation of the 1937 novel of the same name by J. R. R. Tolkien and a prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Jackson, director of The Lord of the Rings, returns as director of the film and also serves as producer and co-writer.

Several actors from The Lord of the Rings will reprise their roles, including Ian McKellenAndy SerkisHugo WeavingCate BlanchettChristopher LeeIan HolmElijah Wood and Orlando Bloom.

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