It’s difficult to remember now, but when the first “Iron Man” blasted into theaters in 2008, the Marvel film was a bit of a shocker. Audiences were expecting standard superhero fare, and what they got was a smart, witty blockbuster that earned some of the best reviews of the year and had a sensational box office run.
Maybe that’s why when “Iron Man 2” debuted in 2010, the reception was unenthused, to say the least. The sequel isn’t guilty of being a poor production, but rather just a lackluster outing where completion of the project on time seems to have taken precedent over creativity.
Director Shane Black knows this is the series’ shot at redemption, and he wastes no time in infusing this third installment with the charm with which the first film won so many over. Robert Downey Jr. and company are back, loaded yet again with plenty of sly one-liners that are intended for more than just small chuckles. Read more
Today Joseph and Palmer give their thoughts on the new film that is spreading like wildfire, Mud. Read more
I am stepping outside of my normal post category. My posts in the past have consisted of football, basketball, test drives, and sports video games; but today I feel moved to write about something that has been weighing heavy on my heart—the idea of trying to replace God by idealizing non-eternal objects or ideas. Read more
What up Los Angeles? What’s good with ya? You guys feeling “hella” good about the game tonight? You got your Cali swag on point for tonight’s game?
Well… you might want to pump the brakes. Read more
I consider myself a horror movie buff. Seen the good ones, seen the bad ones, seen the ones other people have never even heard of.
In the past few years, I have been pleasantly surprised to see the uptick in horror-esque television shows appearing on nearly all of the major networks. Scary TV programming is very hot right now. Just look at the following list and you’ll see something that either you or someone close to you watches on a regular basis. Read more
Everything I seemed to read going into The Place Beyond the Pines tended to focus mainly on the buzzword “ambitious”. For Trance, the buzzword was “stylistic.” While I liked The Place Beyond The Pines much more than Trance, I think they both deserve a lot of praise more for what they tried to do than what they actually succeeded in doing. Read more
No matter how much I cover the film industry, I never cease to be amazed by how naïve I can be in certain situations. Take the recent acquisition of Lucasfilm by the Walt Disney Company. I hailed it as being a superb decision both fiscally and creatively for the Star Wars franchise.
That rationale was built on what I felt was a valid assumption that after George Lucas had tortured his beloved creation with a series of lame prequels in the early 2000s, Disney would very quickly swing in to save the day and administer first aid to the many wounds sustained. Instead, surgery hasn’t even been performed, and Disney is already sending out bills for the procedure. Read more
Even though Clayton and I already previewed all the films premiering in March, April, and May 2013, the recent release of new movie trailers had me wanting to share each one on my Facebook wall. But instead of all that spam, I thought I’d embed them all in one post with some bits of commentary. Needless to say, as the three weeks of law school final exam cramming is upon me, I can’t wait for summer. And a big part of that is summer movie season.
But first, I have to share the newly released first look at the Hunger Games sequel, which is taking over Thanksgiving weekend given the conclusion of Twilight and Harry Potter franchises. I’ve watched it several times and it gives me goosebumps each time. It’s fascinating to me how they’re growing the films beyond the Katniss-narrated structure of books… and I think the payoffs will continue to be positive. Ridiculous how little they’re trying to spoil and therefore, how little of the substantial plot is revealed. AND YET, every second has me more excited. Read more
Coach Jayzor’s 2nd Annual MLB Predictions
Last year, I made my predictions before the season started, as all respectable prognosticators should. However, this year, life got busy, and I found myself two weeks into the season. A wise man once said, “Better late than never.” That was either Benjamin Franklin or Winston Churchill. At any rate, I have included the current standings and my predicted standings. In some cases, they are similar. In some cases, they are very different (See the AL East, where I have predicted the exact opposite of the current standings). If you read until the end of this post (which is quite a feat), you will be rewarded with my predictions for MVPs, Cy Young Awards, and World Series teams. Enjoy the predictions, and enjoy the season!
*NOTE: Current Standings are as of the morning of 4/17/13 (before any games were played).* Read more
I’ve received a lot of e-mails, Facebook posts, and comments from friends eagerly anticipating Wise Guise thoughts on this season of “Survivor.” It seems writing about my love of Survivor in the face of friends’ jokes about it being around for hundreds of seasons has finally paid off. Fear not, fellow Survivor fans. I’ve been keeping up with this season every week and, even though we didn’t post about it like past seasons, we are playing a Wise Guise Survivor Fantasy Game this season as well. We modified the rules slightly, we added more teams, and things are as exciting as ever before! Read more