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Batman v Superman: Wonder Woman could have been more heroic if the guys weren't such meatheads (MAJOR SPOILERS)

Mar 28 // Hubert Vigilla
In the climactic final battle of Batman v Superman, the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight set aside their differences because their mothers have the same first name. (Yes, it's silly, I know.) These BFFs now have to do battle with Doomsday, who was created by Lex Luthor because of some flimsy third-act motivation. Wonder Woman shows up to help out, having spent most of the movie as a side character who appears at high society gatherings. Why does she do this? The screenwriters really don't care and instead distract you with wanton violence and revealing evening wear. Wonder Woman is a highly capable warrior. She dukes it out with Doomsday like a Greek hero of old. All grace and aplomb, she barely breaks a sweat. When Doomsday hits her halfway across an uninhabited island, Wonder Woman gets up, grins, and then goes back to fighting. She's unfazed, and she even relishes the challenge before her. Finally, after two hours of watching brooding dudes brood, we see a superhero who likes being heroic and acts like a superhero. Doomsday is only weak against kryptonite, and Batman has used most of his kryptonite gas bombs in his fight with Superman. The last bit of kryptonite is a kryptonite spear that Batman made. Lois Lane nearly drowns trying to retrieve the spear from the bottom of a pool, though how she knows Doomsday is weak against kryptonite is anyone's guess since she's not in the thick of battle. (She also threw the spear in the pool earlier. Whoops. Yeah, it's silly.) Superman saves Lois Lane and gets the spear. While Wonder Woman has Doomsday restrained with her lasso, Superman charges at Doomsday, stabs him with the spear, but gets stabbed back in the process. Superman dies. If you're like me, your're probably asking this: Why didn't Superman ask Wonder Woman to use the kryptonite spear? (You're also probably asking why they'd kill off Superman in just his second movie. Yeah, it's silly.) Given, Superman in these Snyder DC movies is a big, dumb meathead, but surely he saw how Wonder Woman was able to go toe-to-toe with Doomsday and not get hurt much. Surely he noticed she has melee weapon training using a sword and a shield; she even chopped off one of Doomsday's arms. Most importantly, she looks like she's not weak against kryptonite. Superman, by contrast, holds that kryptonite spear with a look on his face that says, "I think I have food poisoning." It just makes sense for Superman to take 10 seconds and say, "Hey, this spear tip is that monster's only weakness. I'll hold this lasso while you go kill him. Thanks. I'm Clark, by the way." But no, instead he decides to sacrifice his life for the planet because Jesus complex. What a perfect movie for Easter weekend. Or, alternatively, Superman could have also thrown the spear. But again, Superman is a dummy in these movies, which makes sense since it seems like Snyder and his screenwriters kind of hate Superman. They love Batman the homicidal maniac, though. The way Wonder Woman is semi-sidelined in this fight seems totally shortsighted on the part of her brothers in arms (and the screenwriters), but it's par for the course if you're a female character in Batman v Superman. For the most part they're props that help move the plot along. Lois Lane is a constant damsel in distress. She's pretty much helpless any time she gets into trouble, and always relies on Superman for help rather than being able to do anything herself. Part of the reason that Batman and Superman fight each other is because Lex Luthor has kidnapped Clark's mom. Superman saves Lois Lane every time he hears her in trouble, but for some reason he doesn't hear his own mom getting kidnapped by goons in SUVs. Keep in mind that this is the same Superman who went into a murderous rage in Man of Steel when Zod threatened his mom and he heard her scream from halfway across the country. (Yeah, it's silly.) Here's another damsel in distress. In Batman v Superman, women typically have to be saved rather than do any saving themselves. So Wonder Woman shows up and her first act in full costume is to save Batman from being burnt to a crisp. She then proceeds to outclass the boys in the combat department. She's so good at what she does that Max Landis will probably put out a video calling her a Mary Sue this week. If Superman gave Wonder Woman that spear, it seems like she would deal the deathblow to Doomsday in 15 seconds and do it like she's Legolas in Lord of the Rings. But no. She's maybe the most heroic person in the movie, but she can't be the person who saves the day. To be fair, Wonder Woman doesn't have her name in the title, but still, you know what I'm getting at. Batman v Superman is a movie about men so obsessed with the glory of their blunt violence that they can't even think straight for a second. Superman wants to hold his spear until the bitter end rather than let a girl hold it. Come to think of it, a man dumbly holding his spear is probably the best image I can think of to represent this movie.
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Wonder Woman v Meatheads
If you read our review of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you know I didn't like the movie. There were many problems with structure and pacing, and while the performances were generally good for what they were, I didn't l...


J.J. Abrams explains why [SPOILER] had to [SPOILER] in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Dec 22
// Matt Liparota
Note: If it's not clear already, this post is going to have some heavy-duty SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you haven't seen it yet and want to go in clean, read ahead at your own risk. Seriously, though, we're ...

Is Star Wars: The Force Awakens Too Much Like A New Hope? (SPOILERS)

Dec 21 // Hubert Vigilla
We've seen a few soft reboots and sequels this year that take familiar elements from earlier entries in a series to move in their own directions. The better models of this are Creed, which builds off the Rocky movies to tell its own story, and Mad Max: Fury Road, which uses recurring elements like the other sequels in the franchise. Jurassic World was a middling model of this, albeit a highly lucrative one. The nadir might be 2006's Superman Returns, a sequel that was basically a joyless rehash of Richard Donner's 1978 film. The similarities between A New Hope and The Force Awakens are plentiful. Important information is stashed inside of a beep-booping droid (a distress message to Obi-Wan Kenobi in R2-D2, a map to find Luke Skywalker in BB-8). The droid wanders a desert planet (Tatooine, Jakku) and is eventually found by an unassuming person (Uncle Owen and Luke, Rey). They leave the desert planet in The Millennium Falcon. Both movies have their own cantina scene (Mos Eisley Spaceport, Moz Kanata's bar). Both movies have a weaponized planet (The Death Star, The Starkiller Base) that blows stuff up real good before getting blowed up real good. Both movies feature the lightsaber death of a fatherly figure (Obi-Wan, Han Solo) at the hands of a bad guy in black (Darth Vader, Kylo Ren). There are fan service-y moments throughout as well, from the hologram chess board to the remote training ball to mentions of a trash compactor. And yes, there is a Wilhelm scream, and someone has a bad feeling about something. I missed some, and there are loads of allusions to Empire and Jedi as well, but you get the picture. The Force Awakens follows a lot of A New Hope, which in some ways confirms many of the biggest fears fans had about Abrams being on board. His two Star Trek films were full of fan service and repeats of familiar ideas, and Super 8 was a riff on Steven Spielberg's early output and the misfit kid movies of the 80s. All creators are swayed by their influences, but the work usually suffers when slavish devotion to influences becomes more important than using those influences to create something new. It's why The Wrath of Khan (inspired in part by A Tale of Two Cities and Moby-Dick, among other works) will always be better than Star Trek Into Darkness (a joyless rehash of The Wrath of Khan)--Wrath of Khan gives itself room to play with its pastiche, which yields something new. There's always an underlying question of "How much is too much?" when it comes to homages, and with The Force Awakens it seems like the "too much" threshold is crossed in the second half once we see The Starkiller Base. As The Resistance plots how to blow it up (a rehash of the Death Star plan of attack in A New Hope and Return of the Jedi), one of the fighter pilots shouts out almost mockingly, "It's another Death Star!" Either Han or Leia then quips, "Where's the weak point?" Even the characters in the film seem to be saying, "Christ, a third time? Wasn't this freakin' silly enough when we re-used this plot device in Jedi?" Death Star 3.0 is lazy, sure, and it makes all the other original trilogy references seem glaring (it's a fish head in your soup--suddenly all the other ingredients taste like fish head), but maybe there's some meta-commentary on Star Wars here. The film seems to be aware of its role as a reintroduction to Star Wars for a new generation of viewers and a show of good faith to an older generation of viewers who suffered through the prequels. The Star Wars Trilogy became one of the primary models for rollicking cinematic adventure. It's an international cultural phenomenon, it's a point of comparison for other major films, it's an inescapable force in its own right. And here are some characters of a new generation who get to experience that moment for themselves. Lucas invented a model from previous models, while Abrams inherits and riffs on the ubiquitous influential model that Lucas invented and failed to improve upon in the prequels. (They seem to blow up Coruscant or an analog for Coruscant in The Force Awakens, as if to say, "Yeah, we're getting rid of that prequel stuff, guys.") Over at the AV Club, A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky had a brief discussion about The Force Awakens. Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren, and Poe are new Star Wars characters who are aware of the legacy of Star Wars characters of the past. They know the stories, the players in the fictional history of the world they inhabit. These are Star Wars movie characters in a post-Star Wars cinematic world. Rey speeds by the husk of a Super Star Destroyer, and she eats lunch in the shadow of a collapsed AT-AT. It's like kids playing Star Wars in a Star Wars movie, or as Dowd put it: "We're essentially watching a bunch of Star Wars nerds in a Star Wars movie." Even when the fan service and repetition gets overbearing, there's at least something good to be found, and most of it involves the new characters. That may be a testament to how compelling and likable they are. Even though Poe Dameron is a supporting character who's only around for a couple of minutes, he makes such a great impression as the cocksure flying ace of The Resistance. His appearance in the mid-film cavalry scene is a fresh bit of derring-do--Finn looks on from the ground like an audience surrogate as Poe loops and dives and swoops to bring down TIE fighter after TIE fighter. It's a shame that the Starkiller Base sequence at the end doesn't offer any unique challenges for Poe and his fellow X-wing pilots. All they do is pew-pew-pew the hell out of a target and that's it. Finn offers loads of story potential as a First Order turncoat. He's raised from birth to be a fascist soldier (This. Is. Nazi-Sparta!), and not even given a name. He's a pawn and cannon fodder and an extension of another party's will. But despite that, he has a moment of conscience in which he breaks his programming to make a moral choice. He gets to be his own man and define his own identity rather than accept the one that's been forced upon him since birth. Maybe it's the sign of a mass defection of Stormtroopers in the next two films, but Finn's story is about being able to define who you want to be. It's free will as a part of asserting personhood. Rey might be the best of the batch, and she's a compelling anchor for this new trilogy. She's a hero with limitless potential--she's compassionate and strong, a force-savvy gearhead, a capable pilot and problem solver--but she's never had role models to show her the way or any reason to believe in herself. Think about it. Luke Skywalker wanted to leave home and be a great pilot like his father. Rey's never believed that she could be great at anything. She led a life of limited possibility, one without aspirations. She believes she's a nobody that no one wanted or cared about, and at various points of her adventure, even though she's in awe of what she's seeing, she keeps talking about going home. Yet there's nothing for her back on Jakku--no future, no hope. She so used to solitude and banality. Rey's story is about what happens when you're finally given an opportunity to dream and show your true worth as a person, and more importantly, she finds out what happens when someone says that they believe in you. Kylo Ren is a counterpoint to Rey and Finn. His parents are Han and Leia, the heroic couple of The Rebel Alliance; his uncle and trainer is Luke Skywalker, a Jedi trained by Ben Kenobi (Kylo's real name is Ben Solo) and Yoda; his grandfather is Anakin Skywalker, the Space Jesus. Kylo's got the genes and he's got the advantages of the family lineage, but he just can't live up to the legacy he's part of. I picture him as the child of two great musicians who gets weighed down by the pressure of being as good as, if not better than, mom and dad. He's a spoiled brat obsessed with outward shows of power, which seems like a mulligan for the botched characterization of Anakin Skywalker in the prequels. Like his grandfather, there's an expectation of greatness. I sense a kind of Salieri/Mozart rivalry emerging between Kylo Ren and Rey (i.e., the fictional trope of Salieri's resentful jealousy of Mozart's talent). In their force mind battle, Rey bests Kylo even though she hasn't had the same kind of training; she even identifies his fears of inadequacy. She beats him in a lightsaber duel, scarring his face in a manner not unlike Supreme Leader Snoke's. It's Space Daniel crane kicking Space Johnny, but she didn't even have a Miyagi-figure to show her how to wax-on and wax-off. (There's already been a backlash against Rey in some corners of the internet calling her a Mary Sue, but like Tasha Robinson wrote at The Verge: "She's a fantasy wish-fulfillment character with outsized skills, an inhuman reaction time, and a clever answer to every question--but so are the other major Star Wars heroes. Are they all getting the same level of suspicion and dismissal?") These three primary characters--Rey, Finn, and Kylo--are legacy-conscious individuals who are trying to assert their own identities and make their own futures. It's ironic (or maybe fitting?) that they're all held back to varying degrees by a plot with too many callbacks to the past. J.J. Abrams might have been given the least interesting Star Wars sequel to direct and co-write. (Actually, the young Han Solo spin-off movie is probably the least interesting.) It's a set-up movie for a new story that has to revisit an old set of stories and characters. At least the 2009 Star Trek film wasn't necessarily tied to a pre-existing film and could use existing characters to go on its own semi-original fan-service adventure. It was a reboot rather than a sequel, and the latter can be much tougher, especially when you're dealing with something as big as Star Wars. Rian Johnson's Star Wars Episode VIII will probably be a much more interesting and original movie. He's got a new set of characters established, a whole lot of relationships and dangling threads to play with, and lots of ability to tell the kind of story he wants to tell. I assume he'll do his damndest to avoid rehashing The Empire Strikes Back and instead bring something new to Star Wars. Johnson's got a great knack for mimicking, paying homage to, and reinterpreting different films and film genres to do his own thing, which will be great to see after a very insular Star Wars entry. Even Gareth Edwards' Star Wars: Rogue One seems like it'll be more interesting than Episode VII. It's a prequel about the mission to get the plans for the original Death Star, and yet this could be a different kind of story that doesn't have to rely on the pre-existing beats of another Star Wars movie. This might be a full-on WWII mission flick, i.e., The Space Guns of Navarone, Where Space Eagles Dare, The Dirty Space Dozen, Inglorious Space Basterds. So yes, The Force Awakens is too much like A New Hope, but it's also got enough fresh stuff in there to make it watchable and even enjoyable. It's nerdy comfort food with a twist, and it's also nerdy comfort food about the comforts of nerdy comfort foods. (But it tastes like fish heads.) The big takeaway is that the movie gets back to basics, namely that it's always been the characters that make Star Wars worth watching, not the spectacle. A fresh plot wouldn't hurt, though. I can't wait to see what happens when these characters mold their own stories and destinies in plots befitting their potential.
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A Star Wars movie about Star Wars movies
Like Flixist EIC Matthew Razak said in his review, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the Star Wars sequel you're looking for. It's not flawless, obviously, but it does what it has to do. (It's a little unfair that every movie i...


Terminator: Genisys still spoiling things with character posters

Guess they just gave up
May 11
// Matthew Razak
Serious SPOILERS incoming. When Paramount released the last trailer for Terminator: Genysis they spoiled what appeared to be a major plot point that would have helped to hook people in. We all just assumed it was a mista...

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Watch Guardians of the Galaxy's super cute, super spoilery final scene

Aug 18
// Nick Valdez
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Ninja Turtles Spoilers?

Did Bay's Ninja Turtles get spoiled by LEGO playsets?

Warning, possibly huge spoilers in the video.
Feb 19
// Michael Jordan
Seems like LEGO knows whats up when it comes to the new Ninja Turtles movie. An inside source at Toy Fair 2014 snapped a photo and emailed us a description about the LEGO sets for Michael Bay's new movie, that are possibly m...
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American Hustle

Louis C.K. finishes American Hustle's ice fishing story

The end is better than you'd expect.
Jan 08
// Nick Valdez
For those of you who have seen David O. Russell's American Hustle, you know how great of a job Louis C.K. does in the film. Apparently his entire role (Bradley Cooper's boss) is adlibbed as his character was only supposed to...
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Amazing Spider-Man 2

UPDATE: Amazing Spider-Man 2 poster has all the villains

UPDATE: The higher res version of the banner both spoils the movie and makes it terrible.
Dec 03
// Michael Jordan
[UPDATE: A higher res version of the poster has been added to the gallery. Take note that it does spoil the film's villains as Amazing Spider-Man 2 seemingly goes to the Spider-Man 3 school of "throw every villain ever into t...
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Trans4mers Toys

Toy list names Transformers: Age of Extinction characters

The Dinobots and [spoiler redacted]!!!
Nov 06
// Nick Valdez
Thanks to Hasbro creating a new line of toy robots to release alongside each and every Transformers movie, it was only a matter of time before we'd get the skinny on which giant robots are punching other giant robots in the f...

Warning: Possible Spider-Man 2 spoilers ahead

Blame the wardrobe department this time
Aug 12
// Jim Schweitzer
This is a weird one.  It's weird in that it seems to be a medium-obvious spoiler for an upcoming film. But the reason it's a "spoiler" is because it may allude to a decades-old story...Especially for anyone who like...

Human Centipede 3 casting notice reveals plot details

Note: Potential spoilers, feces in the mouth
May 28
// Hubert Vigilla
I think the last we heard about The Human Centipede 3: The Search for Spock was a potential lawsuit against actor Dieter Laser by writer/director Tom Six. The main detail we know about the plot is that the chain of filth...

Marvel really needs to stop spoiling their movies

May 03 // Nick Valdez
Before I get into the meat of this article, I should probably take a moment to explain my definition of "spoiler" as the word is going to be used on numerous occasions. A spoiler is something (be it an image, plot line, line of dialogue, idea) that you find out is in a movie before you get to see that movie. Spoilers are bad and folks who purposely ruin things for others are jerks. It's like you're out on a picnic with your significant other and can't wait to find out what kind of sandwich he made for you. Then as you're getting ready to unwrap that sandwich, some bloke comes along and yells that it's ham. Sandwich and built up suspense led to an anti-climactic ending.  Granted there are folks out there who argue that spoilers don't ruin their enjoyment of a particular media (which allows them to take in more of the story), I've always believed that argument is one you have to come up with once something has been ruined. In a sort of scorned fashion, it's an "I don't care" argument because we as a race cannot yet rewind time and space. Spite is all you're left with. Then what about repeat viewings? Does your enjoyment of a film change because you're watching a film a second time and already know what happens? The spoiler argument doesn't apply here either since you've already gotten to experience the film for yourself. When you read or watch a spoiler, you're taking away that initial moment of intrigue that comes with the initial discovery.  Now since all of that is out of the way, how does Marvel factor into all of this spoiler talk? While this next argument could extend to every one of the big Hollywood studios, Marvel seems to be the most proficient in this area: their advertising. Every time Kevin Feige does an interview, every time a new trailer is released, every time a film's star claims one thing or another, we run the risk of spoiler saturation.  [embed]215374:40043:0[/embed] Take the last Iron Man 3 trailer (I'm not even touching the TV spots as including them here will ironically spoil it for most of you). [Editor's Note: As of this writing, I have yet to see Iron Man 3] While I originally applauded the trailer's ending, after thinking about it for awhile, I realized I would have loved to be surprised by the army of Iron Mans (Men). "But Nick," you ask "doesn't your job involve posting movie news and spoilers that are easier for you to find that most others?" Even if I did avoid the trailer, I'd be smacked hard with a poster teasing the Iron Army (I also do realize the irony of painting my article with this very image). What I'm trying to say is that although the trailer is cut in a way to grab your attention and naturally gravitates to the film's more exciting scenes, there's no reason for the rest of the marketing to follow suit. Toys get released spoiling new forms (IM3 toys emerged as early as late February), posters teased the numerous armors, Gwyneth Paltrow talks about the unclear future of the franchise, this is all stuff that's getting harder and harder to ignore.  Okay let's say you're not as invested in comic book movies as I am. I still argue that most of this knowledge is readily available. You watch The Avengers and think that Hulk guy seems pretty rad so you look up more of his movies. Then you read a story about how a Hulk movie is coming later after Phase Three and think, "What the hell is Phase Three?" And then link sinkhole happens until you stumble on Doctor Strange and Ant-Man movie announcements. You effectively ruined the next several years for yourself, and at the same time, are overwhelmed at the mass quantity of comic book properties. Hey The Avengers was kind of cool, Scarlett Johansson was pretty, and Chris Evans was foine, but will I watch something called Guardians of the Galaxy? Nah. That's too much.  No other company can seem to do what Marvel does. No company outright and reveals every film in their pipeline for the next three to ten years because folks would realize how crazy the idea is. Remember how Pacific Rim came out of nowhere? It didn't need six years of hype because it was confident in its unique premise. And best of all? It was a surprise.  I guess the main takeaway from all of this is to realize that announcements of announcements are terrible. This applies to every industry. Don't tell me what you're making until I can buy it for myself. Don't announce a Doritos Locos Cool Ranch Taco until I can go eat one myself. Don't announce a new Xbox or Playstation until I can buy it at my local commissary. There's no need to completely show your hand in an attempt to build a good will within a community. If your product has substance, and you believe in your product, then let it speak for itself. Just make sure no one speaks about it before you can. Marvel could definitely ease up on their announcements. Heck, I wouldn't even realize we were in a comic movie bubble if I didn't know Captain America and Thor sequels were coming just a year after all of this. Stop saying these things exist. Let's go back to pre-Avengers blindness, everybody. Still doubting how far spoilers can reach? I sat in a theater waiting for Oz the Great and Powerful to start and I overheard a conversation between a Grandmother and her Grandson. I was trying to tune it out until I heard, "You know [redacted] is the Wicked Witch, right?"  Maaaaaaaannnnn.
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Remember when we didn't know The Avengers was happening? Those were good times.
Unfortunately, we live in an era where it's extremely hard to find things surprising anymore. Don't want to know how the recent Evil Dead ended? Better avoid Twitter and Facebook. Is Marvel planning to continue The Aveng...

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Too much or not enough?

Study says 49% of Americans think trailers spoil too much

While trailers may show too much, they're the most integral part in making someone want to go see a flick.
May 02
// Nick Valdez
Do you like to avoid trailers so you can go in to a film not knowing what will happen (I know our own Dre tends to do this)? You might be doing the right thing. According to a new study (YouGov Omnibus), 49% of Americans feel...

Flixist Awards 2012: Best 'OH SH*T!' Moment

Mar 04 // Thor Latham
This one was kind of a land slide. As awesome as our other nominees were, there just isn't anything that tops countless horror character archetypes being released to slaughter people in completely corn-syrup-drenched glory. I can't even begin to list off all of the things you can see laying waste to man throughout the final act of Cabin in the Woods. Zombies, clowns, demons, mutants, psychopaths, ghosts, and of course let's not forget the unicorn. Simply put, this movie was just awesome through and through, and they just don't come any more satisfying than this. If you haven't seen it (and have now had it spoiled), you better run out and find yourself a copy, otherwise legend says the specter of Joss Whedon will haunt your family for generations to come. Scary! Argo: "The Escape" Django Unchained: "I count six bullets..." Scene Looper: "Amputation" Scene The Avengers: "Puny God"
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'OH SH*T!'
Warning land lubbers! These waters be rife with spoilers! From scares to tense thrillers to ass kicking action, there's nothing better than a scene (or entire act, as is the case of some) that makes you jump out of your seat ...


First look at new Klingons in Abram's Star Trek

Jan 21
// Logan Otremba
Spoiler Alert! If you don't want to know what the Klingons will look like, or know if they have any involvement in Star Trek into Darkness, then stop reading now. Final warning folks! Well it appears that will probably be Kli...

Rumor: Justice League film's story influences revealed

Dec 13
// Nick Valdez
Now that Darkseid/Thanos/Thanoseid has been revealed as the villain of the upcoming Justice League film for some dumb reason (money), speculation has begun on what the story for the new film will be. According to Latino Revie...

Robocop sizzle reel contains new details

Welcome to Spoilersville. Population: You
Nov 19
// Maxwell Roahrig
This past week has seen some exciting news for the highly anticipated (by me) remake of Robocop. Not only was a new version of the Robocop armor leaked, but a sizzle reel was somehow obtained and distributed on YouTube. Natur...

International Trailer: Maniac (NSFW)

He used to be such a sweet hobbit
Nov 06
// Thor Latham
Just to reiterate the warning, this trailer is NSFW and I have also been told it spoils some of the film's best scenes by just throwing them right into your face, so if you want to see it with innocent eyes I suggest you mov...

Spoiler: Sony may kill off a Spider-Man character

Oct 19
// Hubert Vigilla
Sony is shooting for two more films after The Amazing Spider-Man, and they have some big plans for the arc of this new trilogy. If the studio has its druthers, that may mean the death of a certain character. Since there are S...

List of Lego sets potentially spoils Man of Steel villain

Also gives away new Iron Man 3 armor
Sep 24
// Nick Valdez
Brick Set, an essential catalog of Lego products and sets, posted a list of "Super Heroes; year 2013" recently that revealed a few new Batman Lego sets, a couple of Iron Man 3 sets, and more Superman focused sets that will mo...

Who may appear in the post-credits scene for Iron Man 3?

Jun 28
// Alex Katz
Hot on the heels of our last piece of big Marvel news comes an awesome new rumor on who will appear in Iron Man 3's inevitable post-credits sequence next year. This is sandwiched into a news item confirming that Die Hard...

So, who does Benedict Cumberbatch play in Star Trek 2?

Apr 30 // Alex Katz
First off, as corroborated by Ain't it Cool, Leonard Nimoy will be returning as the so-called Spock Prime, the refugee from the original Star Trek timeline we all recognize and, in the case of my mother, occasionally lust after. There's no real description of his role, but I'd imagine that it will be a smaller role along the lines of his largely-expository role in the first one. That, or he'll wind up dying heroically saving NuSpock in a scene mirroring that of Wrath of Khan. Secondly, and this shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, but we will finally see some Klingons. Remember, they were supposed to show up in the first film, but their scene was cut. You can see it on the DVD or Blu-ray if you're interested in a little tease. This evidently won't be a throwaway role, like the scene cut from Star Trek, so I'd imagine we'll be seeing a lot of those head-ridged li'l fellas. Finally, TrekMovie's sources confirm that Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing, as rumored so long ago and occasionally refuted, the infamous Trek villain Khan Noonien Singh, chief villain in classic episode "Space Seed" and the titular haver-of-wrath in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Here's where I'm at with all this, and I actually had to have a ten minute conversation with a fellow Trekkie colleague at the office. I always hoped that the fact that the Abrams movies were in their own completely different timeline and universe would mean that Abrams wouldn't feel the need to trot out the old iconic villains for sequels. Sure, we have to see what the Klingons are like in the new timeline, and it'd be cool to occasionally see, I dunno, Harry Mudd or early Cardassian-Bajoran tensions, but do we really need another movie where Khan is rolling around fucking things up for Kirk, which we've seen already in both the TV show and in a movie? I've got a lot of faith in Benedict Cumberbatch's ability as an actor, as well as J.J. Abrams's ability to craft an interesting Star Trek movie, so if this does turn out to be true, we'll be in for an interesting picture. That said, I really, really wish they'd gone with someone other than the single most iconic villain in Trek history. 

TrekMovie has obtained reports of three different, equally spoileriffic reveals for next year's Star Trek sequel from J.J. Abrams and company. The biggest headline, obviously, is the identity of the mystery villain ...


SPOILER: Why Skyfall is called Skyfall

Mar 14
// Xander Markham
Only two days ago, the Skyfall shoot in London gave us a first glimpse at Javier Bardem in action as Bond's latest foe. That was exciting enough. As a lifelong Bond nerd, though, the latest round of set photos reveals a spoil...

CollegeHumor's Official Spoiler Rules

Mar 14
// Sean Walsh
Full disclosure: this video is primarily geared towards television spoilers, but as soon as I saw it in my news tips folder I knew it was finally my opportunity to get up on my little soapbox and talk about spoilers of all k...

Amazing Spider-Man spoilers spoil spoilers

Dec 30
// Maxwell Roahrig
Spoilers turn up in the darndest of places sometimes. Take The Amazing Spiderman for instance. Recently, some packaging shots for Mega Blocks sets based on the movie leaked out. It's the general Mega Blocks fare, until y...

Dark Knight Rises prologue: Analysis & Spoilers

Dec 16 // Sean Walsh
So, it starts with a little eulogy for Harvey Dent by Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman). This felt very out of place given the context of the rest of the eight minutes. While effective, it’s quite short (maybe thirty seconds) and has jack squat to do with the rest of the prologue. After Gordon says he believed in Harvey Dent, we shift to some mountainous terrain and a plane. Some guys have a doctor named Leonid Pavel who is apparently from the viral marketing campaign (beats me) and some other guys in black hoods and handcuffs (it’s like they really knew we were about to see a Mission: Impossible film!) and give them to Littlefinger from Game of Thrones, who is with the CIA and also kind of awesome. So everyone gets in the plane and take off with the men in hoods and Littlefinger dangles the guys one by one out of the plane in the hopes that they’ll tell him about Bane and why Bane wears a mask that belongs on Sub-Zero in the next Mortal Kombat movie. Then one of the guys in the hoods speaks up with a mechanized voice. Could this be Bane, pulling one over on the CIA guys? Of course it is. What happens next confuses me. Not because the action or directing is unclear, but I could catch maybe every third word out of Tom Hardy’s mouth. If you’ve read a write-up elsewhere already, you’ve probably already heard that the big bad Bane’s dialogue is incredibly hard to understand. If you haven’t read about it anywhere else, trust me when I say it’s incredibly hard to understand. Anyways, after Littlefinger puts on a little show of badassery since he’s not in handcuffs and Bane is, some henchmen attack the plane (surprise), Bane breaks free, and things get super action-packed as a bigger plane attaches itself to the CIA’s smaller plane and basically F’s it in the A, causing it to go vertical and knock everyone around. Except Bane who grabs hold of a chair because he is teh master tactician. So there’s a scuffle, Bane straps Pavel to himself, and all the bad guys zip away except for one because Bane tells him that they’ll expect one of them in the wreckage (so I’m told, because I couldn’t understand him). The one who stays behind seems like he’s ready and willing to die for the cause. “We started a fire?” he asks. Then Bane zips up to the other plane with the screaming doctor. After that, we get a bunch of teasers to whet our appetites for the rest of the movie. Batman with a big laser or something (what!?), Anne Hathaway in both her ‘costume’ and an orange jumpsuit (my new fetish), Joseph Gordon Levitt decked out as a cop, a camouflaged Bat-Tank or Tumblr or whatever it’s called, somebody on the Bat-Bike, and finally, somebody (probably Bane) kicking the broken Bat-mask from the new poster. Did the fact that Bane sounded like a McDonalds drive-thru take away from this trailer? For me, yeah a little bit. There’s already lots of talk of the dialogue being rerecorded or fixed or whatever, which is good because after eight minutes of it I was ready to Hulk-out. The rest of the trailer was awesome though. Littlefinger was effective as the “hey that guy!” role that William Fichtner played in the opening scene of the last film. There was lots of high-flying action and you really don’t see enough sweet plane scenes anymore. The real question is was it worth tracking down one of the IMAX theaters playing the prologue? Yeah, it was pretty cool. But, bear in mind, I was also amped as hell for Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. From the way some people talked about the prologue, I feared that they might have made the trek just to see Bane ask you if you wanted fries with your Big Mac. Basically, go see Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol in IMAX and enjoy the neat eight-minute prologue to The Dark Knight Rises. It’s not quite as awesome, for me, as the last film’s prologue but it’s definitely cool as hell.

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