I guess I was not paying attention because I had no idea they were re-booting Fantastic 4. If ever there was a superhero movie that needed re-booting this is it. Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m not a huge fan of the re-boots either but these are cool characters and they did such a crap job the first time around it made me sad. And I have to say I like what I’m seeing in this trailer. They’re obviously going for a little more realism and I like that they’re taking the origin story back to childhood to make a little more room for character development.
I don’t know anything about this young cast but I already like them better than the previous cast. Even, **gasp!** black Johnny Storm. You just know that’s going to ruffle more than a few feathers. Perhaps these guys can manage a little more drama and a little less camp than the last bunch.
What do you think? Ready to give the 4 another try after those horrid movies they gave us last time around?
I’m guessing most of you have seen this already but in case you haven’t here it is. The Expanse, based on the series of the same name by James S. A. Corey (shared pen name for authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) is coming to SyFy. See? If I had said HBO we’d all be juiced as hell! But since it’s SyFy we have to pause and consider first.
These are the people responsible for Sharknado (1,2 and 3), Sharktopus, Mansquito, Dinocroc vs. Supergator, Piranhaconda, Megapython vs. Gatoroid, Frankenfish, and oh so many more like them. I found a list of 206 SyFy movies on IMDB and never a one has ever earned more than a 5.6 out of 10 with most sitting in the 2-4 range. There’s a bit of damning evidence.
On the other hand they seem to fare a little better with their series. They made 2 Dune miniseries that were pretty decent on the whole, for the SyFy channel anyway, and there was of course Battlestar Galactica and that 12 Monkeys looks pretty decent so far and there are a number of semi-watchable shows in there like Warehouse 13 and some incarnations of Star Gate.
But always the caveat “for the SyFy channel” has to be appended to any sort of praise to set the bar low enough to be believable. Admit it. When I mentioned the Dune miniseries above you cringed a little bit but then the caveat hit and you relaxed. Your sudden burning urge to correct me dissipated.
So what can we expect from The Expanse? Well, as of now I’d say 10 episodes and hope that it will be pretty good, “for the SyFy channel”. Any more would be be nice but we’ve been down this road too many times before to hold out for too much. Still, I’ll watch because hey, sci-fi!
I’ll admit the trailer does look pretty snazzy. The ships look really cool and the interiors look to be varied and interesting. Lots of faces in there that I recognize and many that I have liked in other things – that bodes well. And the writers gave us Children of Men and Iron Man? And who doesn’t like the notion of a zero-g booty call? And the bit about paradise paved over? I like that too. Ah…. stupid hope, tempered as it is, has me by the beard again, I guess. I’d love for SyFy to prove me wrong and hit this one outta the park.
What do you think? Does the trailer do anything for you? Have you read The Expanse? Are you feeling more sanguine about the show than me?
So the internet is starting to buzz about Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s 1963 Hugo Award winning The Man in the High Castle. I discovered it late last night in a deep internet dive and finished it off just now during my lunch break. I’m not sure how I missed that this was a thing, especially since it is produced by Ridley Scott, but I did and I thought maybe some folks around WWEnd might not be aware of it either.
The pilot episode is free to watch on Amazon Instant Video (US only apparently) and is part of their Pilot Season where you get to watch a number of pilots and cast your votes for the ones you would like to see made into full a season. The Man in the High Castle is by far the most interesting of the bunch, at least from a genre fan perspective, and it’s really really good – great story, very high production values and some really good acting – and you can’t argue with Rufus Sewell as the baddie. That dude is just creepy.
I would like to see much more of this show so do go over and check it out. You can also check out some clips over on The Wertzone to get a taste. If you like it be sure to take the survey on the Pilot Season page and be sure to spread the word. Let’s make this the one they pick! If you’ve seen it, let us know what you thing of it.
This seems a bit low-key (I purposefully passed on the opportunity to go with Lo-ki) for an Avengers movie trailer. I kinda miss the “BWAAAAA” action music we’ve come to expect/hate in these action trailers. The music in this one is actually a bit depressing. And I think I’d rather see Hulk and Giant Iron Man fighting together rather than each other too. Oh well, Marvel knows they’re getting my money anyway.
I think this speaks for itself. Enjoy!
What do you think of this ever so short clip from the BBC adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell?
Finally, a vampire movie I want to watch! What We Do in the Shadows comes from New Zealand and made the film festival rounds this year where apparently every reviewer rated it hilarious. Its due for a US release in February. I’m planning to be just a teensy bit tipsy when I go see this because, as funny as it looks from the trailer and this amazing clip, I’m guessing it will be pure magic with a few beers in me.
The final chapter in the story of Thorin Oakenshield… and the little guy without a beard.
So this came out yesterday and it looks pretty good though vague on plot details. The special effects, especially the Hulk-sized Iron Man suit, look as good as you would expect from a Marvel movie and the Ultron/Spader narration with Pinocchio lyrics is a fun wink to Disney that took me a minute to identify. Should be fun. What do you think?
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 arrives in theaters in 11/21 and the ladies in my house are breathless with anticipation. My 13 year old daughter has gotten my wife hooked on the series and I have to admit I did enjoy The Hunger Games film quite a bit more than I expected. We’ll be watching Catching Fire this weekend for sure now that this trailer has dropped. What do you think of this series? The books and the movies?