Andrew Garfield stars as the everyman/ superhero. Posted 04.26.13 by reelz
Which promising movies fell shortest of expectations?
When we first heard the news that J.J. Abrams had been hired by Disney to continue the adventures of Luke Skywalker and company as the director of Star Wars: Episode VII, we were almost beside ourselves with enthusiasm. After all, as the director of Star Trek (2009), Abrams proved that he could revitalize a classic sci-fi franchise while remaining true to its core concepts and respectful of its legacy. Added to that the fact that Abrams will be shooting from a script written by Academy Award-winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) and Episode VII is bound to be the greatest Star Wars movie since Return of the Jedi, right? We'll see. We're keeping our fingers crossed, but gearing down from "enthusiastic" to "hopefully optimistic."
Studios don't set out to make bad movies, yet they churn them out each and every year. Sure, most bad movies are doomed from the get-go, be they saddled with a bad script, a director who lacks vision, a cast made up of eye candy instead of actors, or some combination thereof, but even movies that seem to have everything going for them can still turn out to be dreadful. A movie about cowboys fighting aliens starring Indiana Jones and James Bond directed by the man who brought us Iron Man? Sounds awesome! Too bad Cowboys and Aliens turned out to be just another one of those movies that should have been great, but ultimately left us feeling unsatisfied and disappointed.
You've griped about them to your friends, now tell us which movies you found to be the biggest disappointments, the ones that simply failed to live up to expectations.
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Posted 01.25.13 by BrentJS
Comic book legend Stan Lee first started working for Marvel Comics in 1939, back when it was still known Timely Comics, eventually co-creating Marvel's most enduring characters, including the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and the Avengers, to name a few. Still going strong at 90 years old, many might be surprised to know that Lee hasn't worked at Marvel Comics for years, as he is still seen as a figurehead for the comic book company. Lee continues to field questions and comments on Twitter, where he has a huge following, and continues his association with Marvel through his many cameos in Marvel movies.
Lee made his first onscreen cameo in the 1989 TV movie The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, and would go on to appear in 2000's X-Men, all four Spider-Man, 2003's Daredevil and Hulk, both Fantastic Four movies, 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, both Iron Man movies as well as 2011's Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger and last year's The Avengers (but not, inexplicably, 2003's X2: X-Men United or X-Men: First Class). Lee's entire, chronological cameo history has been compiled into a single video (via Mary Sue), including most of our ten favorites (sorry, Mallrats doesn't count) and excluding Lee's voice over work from Marvel's animated series. watch the video >> Posted 01.09.13 by Ryan
Peter Parker is one of Marvel Comics' most enduring characters, as popular as ever since making his print debut in Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962. The subject of several animated series, a 1970s live-action TV series, a trilogy of movies and, most recently, last year's movie reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man, the character has found success in a variety of mediums. However, Spider-Man fans are not always pleased with the way the character is portrayed, as evidenced in the recent issue of The Amazing Spider Man #700, where Peter Parker's fate wasn't well-received by some fans, who sent writer Dan Slott death threats online as a result.
While there weren't death threats sent to Sony of the Amazing Spider-Man movie (that we know of), there were some that weren't happy with the studio's reboot of the Spider-Man movie franchise. After earning $752 million in worldwide box office, The Amazing Spider-Man was certainly a financial success, but the fans at Cinema Sins have found everything that they think is wrong with the movie and have included the errors in 2-minute video summary. watch the video >> Posted 01.02.13 by Ryan
No matter how many times superheroes risk their lives to save the innocent from crooks, terrorists and aliens, the powers that be in most of these fictional universes would rather the "civilians" leave the heroics to the professionals and give up the secrets to their superpowers in the name of national security. In the real world, billionaires spend their money buying islands and giving to charity instead of designing bat-gadgets and battle armor, and radiation exposure causes cancer instead of spider-like mutations. But, just because there are no superheroes to beg, borrow and steal from, that doesn't mean that the real U.S. military doesn't want superhero technology. In fact, in the not too distant future, U.S. soldiers will have the technology of Batman and Iron Man and the abilities of Spider-Man to use in defense of our freedom. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines...Avengers? >> Posted 12.28.12 by BrentJS
"Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all." — William Faulkner
Thanksgiving Day is a special holiday. It's that one day of the year where we all get to skip work to gather with our friends and family members and simply reflect on the things in our lives that we have to be thankful for...and then watch NFL football and consume massive quantities of "harvest" food. At ReelzChannel, we're all about movies, so Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete if we didn't take the time to be thankful for all of the great new movies of the year. If you're a movie person, then we consider you part of our extended family. So, before you have that third helping of stuffing and pass out on the couch from all of the tryptophan in the turkey, take a moment to share with us the movies that have excited, thrilled, scared, and moved you in 2012.
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Posted 11.22.12 by BrentJS
"If anyone's destined for greatness, it's you, son."
Swing into a world that feels familiar, yet fresh and new, where amazing things are possible and responsibility trumps selfish desires. MORE >> Posted 11.07.12 by BrentJS
After deciding to reboot following Sam Raimi's exit from his Spider-Man franchise, Sony/Columbia successfully reignited the series with The Amazing Spider-Man, which arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray today.
Critics cited the reboot's lack of an "untold story" that was promoted to be the movie's significant change from the previous trilogy, but there's one category where the reboot has been able to separate itself from its predecessors: villains. While Raimi's movies hinted at the inevitable arrival of the Lizard, The Amazing Spider-Man delivered, and it would appear that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will also bring a new villain to the big screen: Electro.
Jamie Foxx (Ray) is rumored to be up for the role, with Foxx tweeting a not-so-subtle hint that's he's accepted the part, and director Marc Webb quickly following suit. Even though Amazing Spider-Man 2 is about a year and a half away, we thought the time was right to see which of the two villains is a better foe for your friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). And there's only one place for the two villains to face off: the Character Cagematch! review their strengths and weaknesses before voting in our poll >> Posted 11.06.12 by Ryan
Who Should Play the Demented Industrialist?
The Green Goblin wasn't the first Spider-Man villain and he's not the most powerful, but the colorful character has become Spidey's signature nemesis over the years, appearing in just about every board game, video game, and animated series based upon the wall-crawler's exploits, as well as featuring prominently in Sam Raimi's trilogy (played with great aplomb by Willem Dafoe). Norman Osborn, the wealthy industrialist who first took on the mantle of the Green Goblin, did not figure prominently in this summer's The Amazing Spider-Man, but director Marc Webb laid the groundwork for his big screen return, setting up Osborn's company, Oscorp, as the manufacturer of the biotech that inadvertently created both Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) and the Lizard (Rhys Ifans) and also inserting a tag scene at the end that shows a mysterious figure that may or may not be Norman Osborn.
While most speculate that Electro will be the primary villain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 because of the Electro-ish lightning seen in the credits, the return of Norman Osborn and the Green Goblin are inevitable, especially in light of the recent news that Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) will likely have "a very small part" in ASM2 as Peter's other major love interest, Mary Jane Watson, and that Sony intends to "build to the classic 'Death of Gwen Stacy' story" that saw the Green Goblin killing Peter's high school sweetheart. Help us choose the new Green Goblin: Who do you think has the drive and determination to play a billionaire industrialist willing to experiment on himself to save his own life?
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Posted 10.29.12 by BrentJS
Everything old is new again
Reboot. To many self-styled movie aficionados, the word has come to represent everything they perceive to be wrong with Hollywood. They complain that the increasing number of reboots — six already this year, with many, many more on the way — is a sign that movie studios have simply run out of ideas. But, though the word describing them may be relatively new, Hollywood has been rebooting franchises for a very long time. Sherlock Holmes, Superman, Tarzan, James Bond, Batman — the longevity of these characters as cinematic icons has depended upon periodic reinventions to keep them fresh (we're still waiting for Tarzan's). Obviously, some reboots are better than others, which is why we want you to help us rate the Top 10 Best Movie Reboots.
Rate the Top 10 Best Movie Reboots >> Posted 10.02.12 by BrentJS