5 Superheroines Who Need A Movie After ‘Wonder Woman’ (And Who Should Play Them)

Reviews for Wonder Woman are now coming out and things are looking good. Currently at 96% on Rottentomatoes it is one of the highest rated films of the year. And as silly as it is to say these reviews have me relieved. With this being the latest in the #DCEU and the first female superhero movie a lot was riding on #WonderWoman. If it is a big hit at the box office it would not only be the first critically acclaimed movie for the DCEU but would open the door for more female-led superhero fare in the future.

Perhaps predicting the film’s success Warner Brothers had already announced a #Batgirl movie back in March. They have even taken a book from the Marvel Cinematic Universe by nabbing fan favorite Joss Whedon to write, direct and produce the film. With shows like Buffy and Dollhouse under his belt Whedon working on a film for the Darknight Damsel seems like a perfect fit. Between this and the Margot Robbie produced Gotham Sirens film DC seems to be heavily investing in their female roster of heroes. It’s certainly a solid strategy. With Marvel just now giving the green light for Captain Marvel DC has not only taken the lead when it comes to female representation but set the gold standard if critics are to be believed. With Wonder Woman eyeing a $65 million opening pursuing female superheroes seems like a winning strategy. If DC Films decides to go with this here are five superheroines that would be perfect for the big screen.

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The Future of the Blog and a Brief Update

So, it’s been awhile. After maintaining this blog for five years I took a break. More specifically I moved elsewhere. After an offer in the comment section I moved on to do the Moviepilot/Creators gimmick. All things considered it has worked out. With that said I would like to get back to utilizing this blog in some capacity. So while not my primary source for writing I will try to update this more.

As for what I have been writing, a lot of the same stuff. It can be found HERE.

Have fun, don’t run

— Douchebag Batman

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Wrestling Is Reel- Kickboxer: Vengeance 

Originally the plan was to review Countdown at the end of the month. I was all set to go with that when I saw that not only that Kickboxer: Vengeance was on VOD. A movie with former wrestler Dave Bautista, Jean Claude Van Damme AND UFC fighters? I knew I had to review it. So in a special edition of Wrestling Is Reel I will be looking at Kickboxer: Vengeance.

With big supporting roles in Guardians of the Galaxy and Spectre it is easy to forget that Dave Bautista got his start as a professional wrestler. Starting in 2000 he would make his WWE debut as Deacon Batista, the evil enforcer for crooked preacher Reverend D-Von. Despite this horrible gimmick he would soon rise up the ranks after forming Evolution with Triple H, Ric Flair and The Condemned 2 star Randy Orton. Winning the World Heavyweight Championship at 2005’s Wrestlemania 22 he would consistently be in the main event feuding with legends like Triple H, The Undertaker and John Cena before leaving over creative differences.
After a brief foray in MMA and filming a little movie called Guardians of the Galaxy Batista would return to WWE in early 2013. Initially pushed as a good guy the fans quickly turned on him in favor of underdog Daniel Bryan. A bit of a fiasco Batista would last a few more months before returning to Hollywood to film today’s entry, Kickboxer: Vengeance.

Kickboxer: Vengeance

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Wrestler- Batista
Wrestling Moves Used- 3
Real Stars- Jean Claude Van Damme, Gina Carano

Plot-
Kurt Sloane is there for his brother Eric, a rising martial arts star. Even as he goes to fight in Thailand despite his wishes. When Eric is killed in the ring by Tong Po Kurt looks to Eric’s trainer Master Durand to train him and take revenge against the brutal fighter.

If this sounds exactly like the first movie that’s because it pretty much is. While I expect reboots to be similar to the original they usually add something new to the plot. Instead we pretty much get the same movie but with a grittier aesthetic. Things aren’t helped when the whole thing is oddly edited. While the fights look okay, if a little shaky, things like a tacked on romance come out of nowhere. It is literally two scenes mid-training montage and a “you can’t fight” scene near the end. It’s just a weird choice that is made worse when it looks cheap.

All of this could be forgiven if Kickboxer: Vengeance had a good lead to carry the movie. Who we get is Alain Moussi. A stuntman for films like Brick Mansions, X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Marine 3 and it’s easy to see why his acting roles have been bit parts. Quite frankly he wasn’t really a good actor. And while the same could be said of Van Damme in the original he still had this dumb pretty boy charm that worked. Moussi, on the other hand, seems more like a blank slate. Never emoting to much he just exists to stare blankly and kick things in the face. To his credit he does that quite well. In fact he’s probably one of the more talented movie fighters I’ve seen in awhile. Still as skilled as he is as a martial artist he just can’t carry a full movie. This is especially apparent when he shares screen time with Jean Claude Van Damme.

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Van Damme is perfect as the faux-Mr. Miyagi trainer Master Durand. Instead of being the generic ass kicker we see in most direct to video fare they give the Muscles from Brussels a bit of personality and it goes a long way. Whether on screen with Moussi or Georges St. Pierre he steals every scene he is in. I am also happy to say he can still “turn it on” when it comes to the action scenes. While this isn’t too much of a surprise it’s still nice to see him do martial arts as opposed to run and gun like most of his recent films. Seeing JCVD take on the GSP was the movie fight scene I didn’t know I needed to watch.

In fact the fight scenes are pretty good in general. While hardly the most innovative stuff each fight felt unique from each other. Rarely relying just on martial arts we get a nice of mix of hand-to-hand, weapons and variety in environments. From fights in the hills of Thailand to streets fights on top of elephants (yes that actually happens) the fight scenes are well choreographed and easily the best part of Kickboxer: Vengeance.

Helping the believability is the casting of the other fighters. The biggest of which being Batista as Tong Po. While the role is a bit generic Batista brings the menace and a screen presence to the role that make it stand out. He is able to make every throw and Muay Thai knee look believable. We also have former UFC Heavyweight champions Fabricio Werdum, Cain Velasquez and a non-fighting Gina Carano making appearances. Surprisingly it is former UFC Welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre that made the most impact on me. Given he isn’t the best actor but he is perfect comic relief as the drunk Kavi. He also seemed the most adept at stage fighting. His background in MMA as well as his athleticism had his fight scenes looking the best on film.

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One has to have certain expectations Going into a direct to video Kickboxer reboot starring an ex-wrestler and Jean Claude Van Damme. Mostly that it will be a silly action flick not high art. For the most part it delivers. The supporting cast manages to be fun and the action scenes surprisingly work. Sadly the whole thing is derailed by a terrible lead and an overall cheap aesthetic derail the whole thing. Kickboxer: Vengeance can be fun and I think that it has its moments. But in all honesty I might recommend the sequels instead. They deliver the cheesy action you’re looking for more than this did.

Rating- D+

Did you see Kickboxer: Vengeance? What is your favorite Van Damme movie? Let me know in the comments.

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Wrestling Is Reel- Big Show Edition

In my review for The Marine 3 I mentioned that The Miz was one of two wrestlers I expected to be okay actors. The other wrestler I had in mind was WWE Superstar The Big Show. Standing at 7’0 and 440 lbs he has the unique look that works not only wrestling but films as well in films like The Waterboy and Jingle All The Way.

Debuting in 1995 as The Giant he has been pushed as a megastar thanks to his one of a kind look. Despite this whether it was in WCW or the decade plus in WWE nobody seems to have really used him as much as they could. A shame because he has shown himself to be a pretty versatile performer. Whether he is a babyface or a heel, a serious competitor or a comedic entertainer Big Show has been pretty good in every role. Nearly 20 years since he was first appeared as the giant Santa in Jingle All The Way we will see if he can use what he has learned since as the villain in 2015’s Vendetta.

Vendetta

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Wrestler- The Big Show
Wrestling Moves Used- 2
Real Stars- Dean Cain

Plot-
Life for hero cop Mason Danvers (Dean Cain) goes upside down when criminal Victor Abbott (Big Show) murders his wife. Mason deliberately gets arrested to extract revenge. In prison he quickly learns of a dangerous criminal empire behind the walls.

From the sounds of the plot summary this seems like a pretty standard prison movie which, well, it is. Justin Shady’s script is the definition of basic. Thankfully it is elevated by the Soska Sisters. Their follow up to See No Evil 2 the duo do surprisingly well in their first action film. Each action scenes is well staged with some decent fight choreography. It is especially impressive since they had to tackle a bigger riot scene with tons going on. They also avoid the frenetic, quick cut style letting us see everything.

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Most notable is the duo letting their horror sensibilities be front and center by never shying away from the gore. It seems that whatever restraint they had on See No Evil 2 is gone since each fight is more brutal than the last. In fact it is one of the more violent action movies in quite some time with some absolutely brutal kills. Is this a cover for a weak story? Perhaps. But when it is this entertaining it is hard to complain.

Now for a movie like this you need a good lead. Someone who can get the most out of the material. Who we get is former Superman Dean Cain. To his credit I don’t think he was bad. In fact I was surprised  by how well he did in such an action heavy role. By the time he’s in the prison he makes an okay protagonist. I just think he was a bit one note. Just a lot of punching, grimacing and leaning against walls. Nothing wrong with that just a bit bland.

Thankfully the same can’t be said of Big Show. Admittedly his role is just as one note as the villainous Victor Abbott. The difference is how much more appropriate he is in the role. Abbott needs to be a brutal monster and Big Show has mastered that for the past 20 years in the ring. Seeing him fighting off a mob of prison guards just makes sense. If I had to make a complaint, and it really isn’t  much of one, it is how odd it is to see Big Show in the real world.  Things like him sitting in seats for normal people is oddly distracting. Nobody’s fault really it just takes you out of the movie a bit.

As good as Big Show is the real star of the film is Michael Eklund. A regular for WWE Studios  (he has been in The Marine 3 and See No Evil 2) he puts in the perfect slimy evil warden performance. A bit evil Southern gentleman he has this weird inflection and makes odd word choices when speaking. The whole thing makes for one of the more amusing performances. Eklund steals every scene he is in and is definitely an unsung hero for WWE Studios.

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I was oddly excited to watch Vendetta. Going in it had all the makings for a fun B-movie and it delivered. What it lacks in originality it makes up in enjoyable performances and style. Is it high art? Hardly. But Vendetta is a fun ride and hopefully we see more action fare from the Soska sisters.

Rating- C

 

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Wreslting Is Reel- Future Endevoured Edition Pt. 2

I will fully admit that when it comes to picking out which wrestlers will be big stars I don’t have the best track record. Sure we all knew The Rock would be a big star but I remember thinking D’Lo Brown would be just as big. It was the most wrong I have ever been. More recently I was wrong about former WWE star Brodus Clay. Signed in 2006 and using the moniker G-Rilla he made it to the main roster in late 2010 on NXT. At 6’7 and near 400 pounds the former bodyguard is an imposing figure. What he lacks in in ring ability he makes up with look and presence. After weeks of vignettes depicting him as a bruiser he debuted as The Funkasaurus. A guy that liked dancing and having fun. Sure I never thought he would be a massive star I think this really hindered his potential. At least he got a WWE Studios credit to put on his resume.

No One Lives

Wrestler- Brodus Clay
Wrestling Moves Used- 1
Real Stars- Luke Evans

Plot-
Coming off a bad score a group of ruthless criminals kidnap a travelling couple. The crew quickly realizes they bit off more than they can chew when they discovered a kidnapped heiress in their trunk.

WWE Studios have a tendency to use the same circle of directors. For No One Lives they go outside of their comfort zone and nabbed Japanese director Ryuhei Kitamura and it works. Making a name for himself with Versus and Midnight Meat Train he brings the same sense of style to No One Lives. Kitamura’s slick style gives the makes it fun to watch without losing the griminess a film like this needs. At the same time it has an air of fun to it with one liners at the perfect moments keeping this movie fun.

This can be best seen in the movie’s kill scenes. For No One Lives they go for a fun mix of slasher, splatter and a slight dash of crazy Japanese horror. The best example is what writer Heather Wixson has called the “Human Body Bag.” Needing to get to the the gang our killer simply known as Driver (played by Luke Evans) emerges from the corpse of Brodus Clay. Shot in a wide angle we see him crawl out of the body in gory detail. It’s bloody, horrifying and absolutely ridiculous. The craziest part, it’s not even the goriest part of the movie.


Speaking of Brodus Clay he isn’t bad in this. Playing a generic henchman he brings the same menace he brought when he first came into WWE. While good in the role he isn’t actually given that much to do. He’s there to sneer, look tough and occasionally say a line. Now that I think about it the same can be said of the rest of the cast. Since the majority of the cast plays scummy criminals nobody gets the chance to stand out.

The only person who really made an impact is Luke Evans as Driver, a killer who is part Jigsaw and part Jason Voorhees. Before this I didn’t really know much about Luke Evans. While I have seen him in a few movies before he never made much of an impact and I wasn’t sure if I could be a lead. I have to be honest I was pleasantly surprised with his performance. He brings the intensity needed for the role without feeling too over the top. Plus he is the only one to do a wrestling move in the movie. With all of the movies WWE Studios gave a sequel I can’t help but wonder why No One Lives hasn’t gotten one yet.

I won’t lie to you and say No One Lives is original because it’s not. Pretty much everything in the movie has been done before in better movies. Despite this No One Lives is an absolute blast to watch. With better performances than 12 Rounds and better looking than See No Evil it’s definitely the best WWE Studios movie I have seen so far. Unless The Marine 5 takes a drastic turn I see it being the champ for a long time.

Rating- B+

That’s it for Wrestling Is Reel for this month. I’ll be back in August to have a look at Vendetta starring “The World’s Largest Athlete,” The Big Show.

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Beyond Bourne: 10 Underrated Action Movies

A staple of film since the beginning the action genre has churned out many classics over the years. From space faring epics like Star Wars to secret agent thrillers like the Bourne series it seems like the genre has something for everyone. Now there are dozens of movies like Kill Bill, Terminator and Die Hard that come up when it comes to discussing the best ever. But what about the other movies? The non-Mad Maxes of the world that get overlooked? The films that are never brought up for one reason or another.12

Whether it went up against a bigger movie, came out at the wrong time or just falls between the cracks these underrated gems just aren’t mentioned. That’s why I am going to go over 10 Underrated Action Movies and give them their just due.

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Blade II
While the original Blade is more remembered (a lot of that having to do with the opening scene) I would argue that its sequel is the superior film. Directed by Guillermo del Toro it has Blade team up with a group of vampires (including Ron Perlman and Donnie Yen) against a group of super vampires. As ridiculous as that sounds it works thanks to del Toro’s excellent direction, fun fight scenes and even some emotional stakes with Blade and vampire Nyssa. When you have Wesley Snipes straight up doing pro wrestling moves during a fight scene (a standing suplex to be specific) you know you have a winner.

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Ninja 2: Shadow of a Tear
It’s easy to dismiss direct to video as the land of Steven Segal sequels and movies starring pro wrestlers. As it turns out there’s a pretty great action scene at the moment. Case in point, Ninja 2: Shadow of a Tear. Starring Scott Adkins it’s a classic take on an 80’s ninja movie with Casey (Adkins) needing to avenge his dead wife. What it lacks in originality it makes up for in stellar direction. His fourth film with Adkins director Isaac Florentine shows a good understanding of action by having minimum cuts, having good martial artists and capturing the action in wide angles. Never letting the limitations of the direct to video label effect it, Ninja II is just as good as its big screen competition.

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Law Abiding Citizen
It’s easy to overlook Gerard Butler as an action star. Gaining fame with 300 he is mostly relegated to fun schlockier fare like London Has Fallen and Gods of Egypt at the moment. Before this though he starred in the often overlooked Law Abiding Citizen. A standard thriller on its surface Law Abiding Citizen mixes an absurd plot and a nihilistic streak to make something that is oddly watchable. Part Saw and part Silence of the Lambs 2009’s Law Abiding Citizen is the rare vigilante movie that strives to be more than just another Death Wish clone.

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Shoot ‘Em Up
When it comes to action movies very few go over-the-top and do it right. Either they don’t live up to the hype or they peak too early. Shoot ‘Em Up, on the other hand, rides the fine line where it is ridiculous but not overbearing or feels like it is trying too hard. It wasn’t until years later when I read a Remy Carreiro article and he pointed out why, it is a giant cartoon. Instead of following normal action movie conventions it is more like a cartoon in logic and pacing. To paraphrase Remy, its Looney Tunes mixed with John Woo. Combined it makes for a wild ride that more people should have seen. Never taking itself it too seriously it is a beautifully shot and a delightful bloody homage to childhood cartoons.

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The Punisher (1989)
While Jon Bernthal’s is considered the definitive version of The Punisher for some he is hardly the first person to play the anti-hero. With movies in 2004 and 2008 it was actually Dolph Lundgren in 1989 to first portray Frank Castle. Considered by critics as more of a generic 80’s action movie it’s actually one of the more accurate comic book movies when it comes to its tone. Lundgren stars as Frank Castle and is waging his one man war on crime. With the mob weakened by his efforts the Yakuza come in to fill the power vacuum with a seemingly endless ninjas. While the Punisher’s origin is changed a bit (including the lack of skull logo on his chest) the whole thing feels like the 80’s Mike Zeck era version on the character. If you’re a fan of pre-Ennis Punisher or 80’s action in general The Punisher is worth tracking down.

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Running Scared
While he became a big star with the Fast & Furious franchise Paul Walker’s best action movie has nothing to do with car racing or Vin Diesel. Directed by Wayne Kramer Running Scared stars Walker as Joey, a low level mobster searching for a missing gun one treacherous night. What could have been a typical gangster movie is turned into this weird gangland-fairy tale hybrid thanks to Kramer’s writing and the cinematography of Jim Whitaker. Despite its colorful palette the film has a gritty and stylish look to it that elevates this trip through the darkest parts of New Jersey. It’s a great, gripping movie and it’s a bummer Running Scared is just now gaining some traction.

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Streets of Fire
“A Rock & Roll Fable” Walter Hill’s Streets of Fire starred Michael Pare as Tom Cody, a soldier of fortune looking for his girlfriend (Diane Lane) in some weird, time displaced version of the 50’s. With plans were for it to be the start of a trilogy and Hill’s pedigree it was expected to be a hit. It flopped and it’s easy to see why. A fairly average movie with okay action, a bare bones story and some wooden acting it just didn’t capture the general audience. Maybe it’s just the passing of time or without the high expectations but the film oddly works nowadays. Fully embracing the “Rock & Roll Fable” conceit it mixes musical, action, drama and comedy elements better than it has any right to. While not technically a good movie it ends up being very fun. With a surprisingly good soundtrack and delightfully cheesy acting Streets of Fire is the kind of unique, experimental craziness we just don’t get anymore.

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Everly
With the popularity of single-location action like The Raid and Dredd I’m surprised how little buzz Everly has gotten. Starring Salma Hayek she portrays a kidnapping victim who has to fight off hordes of killers in a single room. Despite its lower budget director Joe Lynch keeps the tensions high with exciting action, unique set pieces and a little bit of grindhouse cinema insanity. With a commanding lead in Hayek and flashy direction from Lynch it’s a midnight showing sensation waiting to happen.

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Unstoppable
Even though Denzel Washington’s current output of old man action movies can blend together at times one of the more unique entries is 2010’s Unstoppable. Starring Washington and Chris Pines the two are engineers who have to stop a speeding train. Playing like an old school disaster movie director Tony Scott elevates the film with his signature frenetic style. Even though it isn’t the most creative of movies Unstoppable is a well-crafted movie making the most of its thrills.

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Haywire
Despite critical acclaim and doing okay at the box office 2012’s Haywire seems to have fallen into the ether. It’s a shame because it holds up as a good spy thriller. Former MMA fighter Gina Carano stars as Mallory Kane, a black ops operative. Caught in the middle of a conspiracy she has to travel around the world to expose it. What Carano lacks as an actress she makes up for by doing her own stunt work and convincingly playing a badass. A decent part of this is due to fight choreographer J. J. Perry. A fight coordinator for Warrior and The Expendables he does a brilliant job of incorporating spontaneity and mixed martial arts into the fights. At no point does it feel out of place or forced like some other films. Between the inspired choreography and Steven Soderbergh behind the lens Haywire is a movie that really deserves rediscovering.

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From ‘Paranormal Activity’ to ‘Star Wars’: 7 Trailers Better Than The Actual Movie

One of, if not the, most important part of marketing a film is the trailer. In fact they have become such a big deal that we are now getting teasers for the actual trailers and with good reason. In recent years they have become events by themselves inspiring the glee (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), mystery (The Woods) and even outrage (Ghostbusters) that most actual movies can only dream of. At this point trailers are their own piece of cinema and I make sure I get there early enough to see them every time I go to the movies.

That doesn’t mean they’re always a good representation of the movie though. While movies have to have tell a complete story at their core trailers are advertisements. Studios regularly use them to show off their most exciting scenes, biggest scares and even plot twists. Sometimes you’re just plain tricked and the trailer is the best part of the movie. Those times are what I will be going over today with my list of 8 Trailers Better Than The Actual Movie.


Godzilla (1998)

A down on his luck fisherman sits on the pier as his friends laugh at him. Finally catching something things quickly go wrong when his pole is forcefully pulled into the water. The ocean rises around a concealed monster as it heads closer to shore, it’s sheer size destroying the pier from below. It’s a genius way of showing how big Godzilla is without giving away the anything.

What we actually got was, well, a Roland Emmerich movie. While this is fine for some movies (looking at you White House Down) it doesn’t work for Godzilla. It doesn’t when they decide to have the human piece of white bread Matthew Broderick in the lead role. With a poor script, even worst human casting and an altogether lack of understanding what makes a Godzilla movie fun the movie was an absolute failure.


Alien 3

Opening on what seems to be a planet some kind of is quickly revealed to be a xenomorph egg. Cracks open a blinding light emerges to reveal the Alien 3 logo before revealing that the titular Aliens would be coming to Earth. After having the past two films taking place in space the film taking place on a futuristic Earth makes total sense. They even had a great tag line with “On Earth, we will discover that everyone can hear you scream,” or at least it would have been.

Absolutely nothing like the teaser. As it turns out the teaser was released before anything had been decided let alone filmed. A notoriously bad production 20th Century Fox would go through 30 screenplays, have multiple sets were built, and gone through multiple directors before settling on the version we have today. While not the worst movie ever the Alien 3 we got is nowhere as cool as the idea of the Aliens finally making it to Earth.


Superman Returns

Coming out in 2006 Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns was DC’s next big movie after the success of Batman Begins. Heavily influenced by the Donner movies we get shots of a younger Clark discovering his powers and a crowd outside the Daily Planet looking up to the sky. While fairly nondescript by itself the scenes were made to feel grand underneath the familiar John Williams score and a speech from Marlon Brando’s Jor-El. It all leads up to a shot of Superman, his eyes closed, high above the planet. Opening his eyes he darts to the Earth like a speeding bullet before we get a view of the Superman shield. It’s a beautifully edited trailer with the references to the past giving it a grandiose feel comic movies lacked at the time.

Now it has been some time since I have seen the Donner movies but I am pretty sure they didn’t involve Superman being a negligent father. While not the disaster some make it out to be there is no denying it felt a bit lifeless. Certainly not the epic most were expecting.


Friday the 13th Part VIII- Jason Takes Manhattan

We start with a view of the New York skyline as a jazzy rendition of ‘New York, New York’ plays. Closing in we see a large man staring at the city from across the Hudson River. Approached by a passerby the man is revealed to be Jason Voorhees! We get random clips of people screaming in terror are around the city. Sure it’s a bit minimalist but it sets the stage perfectly.

As it turns out New York City isn’t really in the movie. For more than half of the movie the movie takes place on a cruise ship heading to NYC. Even for a Friday the 13th movie the idea of a giant like Jason Voorhees being able to go unnoticed seems pretty silly. A shame because once 80’s New York is a great playground for a slasher like Jason. I guess we’ll have to settle for it taking place at Camp Crystal Lake for the rest of our lives.


White Noise

Going the ‘based on a true story’ route we open with “real” EVP saying a variety of things from I love you to get out. If you can suspend your disbelief it makes for an entertaining way of showing this movie’s gimmick. At the time torture porn and remakes of Japanese movies were the big thing so an original ghost story felt fresh. I was certainly excited at the time.

So imagine my surprise when what we got was more Frequency than The Conjuring. For the most part it played more like a supernatural movie with Michael Keaton solving some lives with the demons haunting him more in the background. Even worse they took this unique (at the time) concept and made it absolutely boring. It was bad, real bad. So much so that as we walked out of the theater all I could do was apologize to my friends for convincing them to see this.


Spider-Man 3

While beloved the first two Spiderman movies are pretty basic affairs. While enjoyable the two feel more like a typical origin story and hero saves the city tales. With Spiderman 3 we were looking to get something more complex thanks to it being an adaption of the Black Suit Saga. With Harry finally going after Peter. The whole thing had personal stakes that made the conflict feel important. At least that is what we were promised.

Audiences got this just not in the way they wanted. Instead of Peter Parker dealing with his anger in an interesting way we got Parker in two separate dance numbers. Nor did we get Harry Osborn pursuing Spiderman for killing his father. The writers thought that an amnesia storyline would work better. Add Sandman being the one to kill Uncle Ben and a new villain being shoehorned in and felt more like an episode of The Young and the Restless than a superhero movie

Paranormal Activity

Unique at the time they advertised the film by showing reactions from members of the audience. Seemingly on the edge of their seat there are plenty of shots of people screaming and jumping in fright. A variety of terrifying scenes were shown while we get quotes from sites like Bloody Disgusting and Dread Central. By showing not just clips but reactions it really is an effective way of selling the movie.

Well you certainly can’t say there’s no truth in advertising because all of these scenes are in the movie. As it turns out they were pretty much all of the big scares in the movie. While the context of why they happens helped the movie loses something when you are able to predict what is coming next. While they would use original or alternate takes in future trailers I definitely left the original thinking I had already seen everything.


Star Wars: Episode I- The Phantom Menace

Released in 1999 Episode I wasn’t just a movie, it was a cultural event. In case you are too young or were living under a rock I can’t express enough how big Episode I was at the time. The promotional push was massive with Taco Bell cups, fake bronze busts in cereal and Pepsi cans for even minor characters. Heck ‘Dual of the Fates’ was frequently on Total Request Live, official tastemaker of 1999. And it all began with the first trailer. Based around Anakin Skywalker’s time before becoming Darth Vader what we got a saw seemed like perfection. The return of beloved characters, a mysterious new villain and the familiar John Williams score made us all think that George Lucas had down it again.

Now the prequels have been critiqued to death and I don’t think I can say anything not already mentioned by thousands of others. Pretty much every Jar Jar Binks joke has been made at this point and most seem to agree that the pod racing scene was way too long. What I will say is that I guarantee nobody saw that trailer and expected overly long scenes involving a galactic trade federation.

Did I Miss Any? Do you disagree with a pick? By all means let me know and hit up the comments section.

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