The Avengers was one of the biggest hits of the year, with writer-director Joss Whedon successfully blending super heroes like Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) together into a single adventure. The movie became the third-highest grossing movie of all time, and has ended up on several "Best of 2012" lists.
But that doesn't mean it was perfect. In fact, a group called Cinema Sins have compiled a list of things they feel are wrong with The Avengers and have put them into a 3-minute video (via Gizmodo). Some complaints might seem a bit trivial, but a few, such as S.H.I.E.L.D's "secret" base being located out in the middle of a "brightly-lit, exposed mesa" in the middle of the desert are right on the money. watch the video >> Posted 12.24.12 by Ryan
Sometimes it's a good idea to leave something to the imagination. Other times it's better just to wear skin-tight latex.
This year saw a prodigious amount of characters wearing skin-tight outfits. From super heroes to super strippers, we’re turning to voters to decide which super form fitting costume was the best. Cast your vote for Best Skin-Tight Costume >> Posted 12.21.12 by Mandy
Which of this year's movies deserve the industry’s highest honor?
This has been an incredible year for movie lovers, especially fans of genre movies. There were fewer superheroes on the big screen, but they ruled the box office, nonetheless, with smartly written, ingeniously directed and just plain fun comic book adaptations coming in first, second, and fifth on the list of the highest-grossing movies of the year. Sci-fi fans were made to suffer through a couple of early duds, but had their patience rewarded with the return of some classic characters and one of the most influential directors to work in the genre after a thirty-year hiatus. Fantasy fans got to choose between whimsical and warrior Snow Whites, and the world's most popular vampire couple had a baby, not to mention that the greatest high fantasy franchise of all time returns to theaters this month after a decade slumbering in the Shire. (Horror fans got the short end of the
stake stick this year, with too many sequels and not enough original content.)
Women continued to assert themselves in 2012, with more female-driven comedies getting laughs for the kinds of jokes once reserved for men, and the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director is almost a sure thing for another nomination. Independent studios also made a splash this year, turning out several engaging, moving, and downright brilliant dramas that are every bit as good as the big studio dramas with A-list directors.
Which movies were the best? Which ones deserve the honor of being nominated for the movie industry's top prize? That's up to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to decide, but we want to know what you think. Ignore genre and tell us which movies deserve to be nominated for Oscars, whether for Best Picture, Best Animated Feature or Best Documentary.
Top 10 Most Oscar-Worthy Movies of 2012 >>
Posted 12.11.12 by BrentJS
Those that stuck around for the first post-credits scene from The Avengers were either excited or confused by the appearance of the grinning, purple-skinned Thanos, depending on your amount of comic book knowledge. Those audience members that spent their childhoods outside likely had no idea who the character was, but for those that spent their childhood buried in comics were rewarded in knowing that Marvel Studios and president Kevin Feige were steering "Phase Two" of their Cinematic Universe in the right direction by including one of the Avengers most popular villains. Feige has only admitted that Marvel "has plans" for the Mad Titan, while the character's creator, comic book writer and artist Jim Starlin, has said that the character will be used in both 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy and 2015's The Avengers 2.
DC Entertainment also noticed the success of The Avengers and are countering by releasing their own superhero team-up Justice League just in time to greet The Avengers 2 in 2015. Apparently, DC also saw the Thanos scene in Avengers and, if recent rumors are true, are countering with their own galactic villain in Darkseid. So which villain is the biggest and baddest in the galaxy? There's only one way to resolve the issue: in a Character Cage Match! check out the characters' strengths and weaknesses then vote in on our poll >> Posted 12.08.12 by Ryan
Upon hearing the news that the comic book heroes-turned-Saturday morning cartoon sensation-turned movie franchise Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were going to come "from an alien race" in the upcoming Ninja Turtles reboot fans weren't pleased — the popular notion is that the former household pets were transformed by a green ooze. However, Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman has remained steadfastly in favor of the project, urging fans "not to worry" and claiming that the reboot will be true to the "core concept", and "will be a great TMNT film."
"If we learned nothing else from one of my favorite comic book based films, The Avengers, that there's a lot to be said about never forgetting that core concept and core fan-base."
Much has been made online about Eastman comparing Ninja Turtles to The Avengers, which led us to think: "What would happen if the two teams fought each other?" Well, now the time has come inside the imagined cyber octagon that is our Character Cage Match! check out the teams' strengths and weaknesses before voting >> Posted 12.05.12 by Ryan
Back in 2008, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) declared he was Iron Man after defeating Obadiah Stane, aka Iron Monger (Jeff Bridges), who was working with foreign terrorist groups. In Stark's own words, the billionaire industrialist had essentially privatized world peace.
A few years later, Iron Man was instrumental in stopping Ivan Vanko, aka Whiplash (Mickey Rourke), earning a medal for bravery and being declared a national treasure. A few years after that, and Iron Man joined the Avengers Initiative, protecting the planet from invaders from another world taking over the city of New York.
Clearly, Iron Man is a hero, but perhaps not to everyone. Sure, he stopped Whiplash, but wasn't he also somewhat responsible for creating him too? It's not easy being a superhero, and when you also live your life as Tony Stark, there's plenty of crimes committed along the way, which is why a rap sheet exists for Marvel's metal superhero. check out Iron Man's rap sheet >> Posted 11.24.12 by Ryan
"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.
Rate the Top 10 Movies to Be Thankful for This Year >>
Posted 11.22.12 by BrentJS
We love movies and we especially love movies with great ensemble casts. There's nothing better than seeing our favorite actors and actresses sharing screen time with one another, feeding off of each others' performances and upping each others' game. With a decent script and the right director, a great ensemble cast can create cinematic gold.
It's because of our love for movies with great ensemble casts that we are eagerly anticipating writer-director Martin McDonagh's (In Bruges) new black comedy, Seven Psychopaths. The plot is a bit out there, but with a cast that includes Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson, we're sure to be treated to some combustible onscreen chemistry. Seven Psychopaths doesn't come out until next week, so help us pass the time until its release by rating the Top 10 Great Ensembles in Good Movies.
Rate the Top 10 Great Ensembles in Good Movies >> Posted 10.01.12 by BrentJS
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Weeknights after the movies Posted 09.29.12 by reelz
As expected, October has plenty of creepy movies lined up, including Sinister and the sequels Paranormal Activity 4 and Silent Hill: Revelation 3D. There are also some non-horror movies like the action-thriller sequel Taken 2, action-thriller sort-of prequel Alex Cross and the dark comedy Seven Psychopaths. There's even some movies for the whole family, like director Tim Burton's stop motion animated Frankenweenie, which certainly utilizes a Halloween-friendly theme.
To help preview some of October's upcoming movies, we've rounded up some preview clips from a couple of next month's offerings, helping you get a sneak peek. But first, we'll include a preview clip from a movie that has just arrived on DVD and Blu-Ray: The Avengers. The disc offers plenty of deleted scenes, most of which deal with Captain America (Chris Evans) and his transition to the present after being frozen in the 1940s. The deleted scene offers a more detailed look into how Cap is spending his days, leading up to his scene in the gym with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). If you look closely, you'll see a cameo from Avengers comic book co-creator Stan Lee.all the latest trailers
Saturdays 10:00a ET / 7:00a PT watch the clips >> Posted 09.29.12 by Ryan