Ok, I know that I missed the boat a little on this movie. Well, more than a bit (it came out almost a year ago in the States) but it didn’t get a cinema release in Australia that I’m aware of, and I only watched it for the first time on Monday, but dammit, I wanted to write a review for it anyway!
When I first heard that both Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr. turned down the lead role in OZ: The Great and Powerful, I had to wonder why. However, I wasn’t overly disappointed to learn that James Franco was going to play the title role of Oz… and then I watched the movie…
OZ: The Great and Powerful is like a soap opera set in the most colourful place possible, so here is a run down.
*** SPOILERS AHEAD – YOU’VE BEEN WARNED! ***
My wife and I were enjoying a new episode of Futurama when we were first introduced to a preview of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”. I laughed out loud thinking it to be tongue in cheek, but my wife told me she didn’t catch that feeling from the trailer but instead it looked like it took itself very seriously. After a quick search for more information surrounding the film she, as is often the case, proved to have been right when I was wrong.
I’ll admit my curiosity was peaked, it seemed this secret history tale of our 16th president did indeed take itself very seriously. I discovered there was a book written by none other than Seth Grahame-Smith, of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” fame and things finally made sense. So I decided to forgo the book, as it is rare for me to find myself in the position where I can see the film first, and make time to catch this cinematic oddity.
This past weekend saw the release of the newest member of the Pixar family of animated films, Brave. The story of an independent young princess finding her place in a world of tradition, the biggest question looming among fans and critics alike is does the movie hit the mark? Well, this is one reviewer that thinks it has.
Guest Contributor PK Sullivan is an aspiring game designer and author. One day he will face his arch nemesis Hugo Weaving in a mighty battle known as Nerdnarok. From the ashes of nerd culture will rise a better, more perfect world. You can find PK’s feeble attempts at world domination on his site: www.pksullivan.com.
So, The Avengers has come out and it’s amazing, brilliant, a tour de force and vindication for Joss Whedon, blah blah blah. We’ve heard all that, yeah? I’d like to talk today about one aspect of the film that has been up for debate on the internet and weigh in with my opinion.
Talk about well worth the wait! This past weekend, Joss Whedon’s The Avengers finally opened coast to coast and BLOW’D IT UP!!! Not only did it SMASH box office records (to the tune of $207 million on it’s opening weekend), it also damn near melted Matt’s eyeballs and brain because it was so epic (and because he watched it without his glasses). Join us this week as we have a spoiler-ific discussion about the movie and all of its superhero glory. Step away from the heavy bags, put Mjölnir on the shelf, have Jarvis hold all of you calls, and definitely DO NOT GET ANGRY as you listen to this weeks all new episode of Monkey in the Cage. AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!!!!