Friday, June 24, 2011

Death of Spider-Man

It's been a trend in the comic book universe that even the mightiest of super heroes meet their demise. From the epic death of Superman, to the assassination of Captain America, fans seriously dig this scenario. My favorite superhero finally met his own doom as the recent release of Ultimate Spider-Man #160 concluded the "Death of Spider-Man" arc (Ultimate universe only. Peter Parker is still alive in the original universe as an old man). This plot will pave way to a new Spider-Man that will be introduced this 2011. Peter Parker will no longer be the man behind the mask and the new Spider-Man will wear the new costume (see image above) that symbolizes a new beginning.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

J.K. Rowling announces Pottermore

With the final chapter published almost four years ago and with the exciting conclusion to the Harry Potter movie saga a month away, a recent viral advertisement of owls spread all over the internet. If you click one, you will be directed to this video:

J.K. Rowling was talking about the Harry Potter online experience named Pottermore.

The site launched just an hour ago and within minutes the site crashed due to heavy traffic

You better leave your email now to experience more of the Harry Potter universe.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Review: Green Lantern

Marvel dominated the superhero movie scene with its million-budget adaptations of their popular comic book characters. DC on the other opted for a quality over quantity approach, with the success of The Dark Knight, every comic book and movie enthusiasts were expecting much from the Green Lantern.
In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil's might,
Beware my power... Green Lantern's light!

Fans of the comic book were thrilled that Green Lantern finally got the chance to be made into a live action. Non-comic book fans were also excited to see something fresh and that what made Green Lantern even more popular.

Story-wise, it was partially adopted from the comic books and tweaked for the movie. Hal Jordan was the famous of all the Green Lanterns and his story was magnificently told in a CGI rich film. Watching this movie will make your jaw drop in amazement. Sadly the amazement stops there. Even though the main essence on how Hal Jordan got the ring was there, the main story line itself wasn't engaging and overall it was shallow and dry. Ryan Reynolds is a good actor and he was good as Deadpool back on Wolverine Origins and his acting here at Green Lantern looks like laid back or restricted.

Speaking of acting, the chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively wasn't that appealing. Don't know if there's something lacking or the story just overshadowed it. What makes a good movie is when people retold some parts they liked over and over again and laughed about it, sadly, Green Lantern lacked that "epic-scene-you-want-everyone-to-remember"

On the positive note, fighting scenes and the aircraft maneuver were note-worthy.

I am not discouraging anyone from watching the film because if you're into massive CGIs and an ample amount of action then this movie is for you. Hardcore superhero fans may tend to shove off some stuff but will eventually accept this movie.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Review: X-Men First Class

After you concluded a money generating franchise what will you do next? Create a sequel to earn more money! It's been a trend in Hollywood that creating a prequel or a spin-off can restore the flow of money. X-Men First Class takes us way back into he past as discover how Professor X founded the X-Men.

Is the prequel formula a sure hit or Marvel created a flop that will soon be forgotten by fans just like Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace? Find out after the jump.

With the array of super hero movies coming our way and the disappointment of X-Men 3: The Last Stand, a lot of comic book fans wonder if First Class is going to be the saving grace of the franchise.

A lot of people agreed that X-Men The Last Stand was an epic fail. But I can safely say that this prequel/spinoff gave breath to the dying franchise of X-Men.

The story deviated from the original comic book story on how Professor X formed the X-Men. For those who didn't know, the original "first class" were Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman and Jean Grey. But I think Marvel chose to select other members to prevent a rehash of the previous three films. The movie took a complete turn as it narrates the origin of Charles and Erik's friendship totally different from the comics. For me, deviating from the comics help create an alternate story that doesn't require the complicated plots of the comic universe.

The cast gave life to the characters they were portraying from the comic universe. No miscasting here like that from The Last Airbender *goosebumps*. But I think the cast need a little tweak in their acting but those are just minor hiccups.

The visual eye candies are great as some CGI distort the boundaries of reality and fantasy. Seriously, it was beautifully made that you can't tell the difference. I do hope future super hero films have the same awesome CGIs.

Overall, the well written story and the beautifully executed special effects made this movie a much watch not just by the X-Men fans, but by the other movie junkies as well.