I’m currently relishing in Joss Whedon’s recent internet musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing A Long Blog. As previously reported it stars NPH as a mad man, bent on revenge. Sounds familiar right? Let’s take a look at a scene from Sweeney Todd and a similar one from Dr. Horrible.
Sweeney and Dr. Horrible both seem to have a profound lack of faith in human kind. They seek vengeance on one man (Sweeney-The Judge, Horribe-Captain Hammer) but in the mean time feel ok killing the innocent. Someone should tell Bad Horse, Sweeney deserves a spot in the Evil League of Evil.
As I write this Comic Con 08 is in full swing. I can’t say much about it because the only Con I’ve witnessed has been through the eyes of G4, /film.com, and the Human Giant guys. But there is something I’ve come to realize. It’s possible that the genre has hit a ceiling.
Like Michael Uslan (producer of every Batman movie since 89) said yesterday in an interview with G4,
"We’re currently living in the golden age of comic book movies."
It’s true, super heroes and comic book movies are ruling pop culture nowadays. It’s impossible to avoid them and exciting to enjoy them. There was the good (Spider Man 2, X Men, Iron Man, Ed Norton’s Hulk ), the adventurous (V For Vendetta, 300, Sin City) the ok (Hancock, Superman Returns) and the shameful (Ang Lee’s Hulk, Spider Man 3, My Super Ex-Girlfriend)
All was going according to plan up until a week ago.
Whether you think the movie lives up to all the hype and 4 star reviews, The Dark Knight has forever changed the way we perceive comic book movies. It’s likely that this will become the gold standard for those looking to make the serious comic book film. And based on the numbers, a lot of people are going to want to make the serious comic book film.
We can only hope that they’ll continue to be revolutionary and not mindless clones of a tried, box office busting formula. A lot rides on Watchmen. It’s a gamble in many ways. Unknown to the public, cherished by the die hards. Who do you please, and how do you do it right? Thankfully it looks as if it will continue the trend of a well thought out and executed, different comic movie.
The Golden Age can go on. If the right choices are made. It would be a shame to say we’ve reached the mountain top. That CGI drawn, ass kicking, spandex clad mountain top.
Justin Timberlake was this year’s host of ESPN’s award show The Espy’s. The guy is all talent, its unbelievable. Not an obvious choice to host an award show, but damn does he fit the job well.
Highlight - a mid song face down with his infamous 04 wardrobe malfunction incident. “I thought no one was watching, it was a wardrobe malfunction, I wanted to be the only guy at a football game to get to second base.”
As long as its not in the round, I don't care who wins.
The 2008 Emmy nominees were announced this morning, an article with the major categories can be seen here. My thoughts are as follows…
Comedy Series - Supporting Actor in a comedy series is completely stacked, any one of these guys (excluding Jon Cryer, who I find to be ironcially whiny) could and should walk away with this award. Amy Poehler got a Supporting Actress nod for SNL, I believe this is unprecedented. Seeing as in the past SNL performers such as Molly Shannon, Eddie Murphy, and Jon Belushi have been nominated in ”Performer in a Variety Series.”
Drama - So glad Bryan Cranston got a nod for Breaking Bad. Most interesting nom though has to be Robin Williams, for a guest spot on Law & Order SVU. Personally, I think I need to start watching Mad Men, there’s a lot of buzz around it, leading the way in Drama nominations.
Reality - What?! An award for Reality Host? Really? I hope Seacrest wins.
Variety - While I was upset Conan didn’t get a Best Variety Show nod, they still got one for writing. Leno didn’t even get that.
TV Movie/Mini-series - Tin Man got way too many nominations, it was good but not that good. Is it possible that there is a lack of mini-series on television now? Are mediocre Sci-Fi channel mini series all the Emmy voters got? Tom Wilkinson recieved a lead actor nod for Recount and a supporting nod for John Adams. Double the nominations! Nice.
Other nominations of notice:
Heroes fell big time in its second season, with only 3 nominations (none in major categories) compared to 8 last year.
30 Rock broke a new record, 17 noms for a comedy series. Tina Fey got 3 individual nominations for acting, writing, and hosting SNL.
The CW is absent from the major categories.
George Carlin would probably laugh at his posthumous nom for special, “Its Bad For Ya.” If Kathy Griffin beats him, it will be a sad day.
Speaking of posthumous nominations, Happy Dark Knight day everybody.
“Not only are more than 1400 of 1600 IMAX screenings sold-out natiowide, but the tickets are starting to hit eBay. They’re going for as high as $350, and Cinematical reports that two tickets to an NYC showing at 10 a.m. just sold for $89 after 20 bids.”—/film blog, Re: The Dark Knight
I bought my Dark Knight ticket tonight. Thursday at midnight can’t come soon enough.
Saw [title of show] on Friday night. Its a new musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical. It’s original and inspiring. A real underdog story. Here’s to hoping it’s small size, and Broadway’s poor numbers won’t hinder its run.
There will be no Friends movie. The rumors were false. This is probably a good thing.
About a month ago I started watching Lost. Yesterday I finished it. All the hype I refused to buy into, how foolish I was. The complexities of the show are mind blowing.
Fun fact: Apollo Bars, the omnipresent candy bar found on the island, were in the vending machine in Sacred Heart Hospital in the season 7 premier of Scrubs.
I’ll admit it, I like the Buffy musical “Once More With Feeling.” That being said, it only makes sense that I’m excited for “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog." Its a new musical, web series from Joss Whedon starring Neil Patrick Harris. In the words of Barney Stinson, it’s going to be legen…wait for it…dary.
"Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog" will be streamed, LIVE (that part’s not true), FREE (sadly, that part is) right on Drhorrible.com, in mid-July. Specifically:
ACT ONE (Wheee!) will go up Tuesday July 15th.
ACT TWO (OMG!) will go up Thursday July 17th.
ACT THREE (Denouement!) will go up Saturday July 19th.
All acts will stay up until midnight Sunday July 20th. Then they will vanish into the night, like a phantom (but not THE Phantom – that’s still playing. Like, everywhere.)
This seems like an overstatement at this point considering all the positive buzz, but Wall-E is so good. It may get a little preachy, but the pure heart of this film is a rarity worth witnessing. God bless Pixar and their spotless record.
In completely unrelated news I heard a Friends movie has been greenlit. Not sure how I feel about this, the jump from multicam sitcom to one cam cinema might be jarring. Could I be making any more money?!
Mr. President, call Jason Bateman, a little PR goes a long way.
I saw Will Smith’s newest July 4th blockbuster, Hancock on Tuesday. Without ruining everything, it was a big dissapointment. Obviously the cast lead by Smith shines but unfortunately what could have been a smart skewering of the superhero genre becomes a stereotypical melodramatic superhero movie in itslef.
Getting that short little review out of the way, I want to discuss the blatant, omnipresent “imagery” and symbolism put forth by this movie.
Hancock’s symbol is the eagle. Its on the back of his suit, its a giant statue at the bank robbery scene, and yes, at the end of the film as Hancock sits on a roof looking over the New York City skyline what is next to him? An eagle. If someone happens to spot an eagle in Manhattan please let me know.
Now, who else has the symbol of an eagle? Oh right, America! And Smith’s superhero moniker, Hancock, that one should ring a bell for all you history buffs as well.
So is Hancock America? A superpower, fallen on some tough times, trying to help people but not looking to good in the eyes of others. Maybe. For the first 30 minutes of the movie at least. Too bad for the writers, the mythology they employed to explain Hancock’s powers and their desire to make a super hero action movie strips the film of any of its socio-political relevance. Taking a dive into the almost spiritualistic. Maybe if the imagery wasn’t so heavy handed and more time was spent on reforming Hancock’s bad boy image this movie, that no one expected to be more than a popcorn flick, could have really been saying something about this country. Oh well.