Avengers 4 : Infinity Gauntlet , And The Omission Of Adam Warlock

The title for the fourth Avengers movie may have been spilled by Zoe Saldana. The two films will not be filmed simultaneously , and James Gunn has more or less confirmed that the most important character of the Infinity series will NOT be featured in the film. Gawd dammit !!

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Batman v Superman Beaten By ‘Classroom’ Sequel in Japan

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Action comedy sequel, “Assassination Classroom: Graduation,” beat ‘Batman v Superman’ and debuted atop the Japanese box office. It did this despite the fact that Batman v Superman : Yawn of Injustice opened on twice as many screens and has had a worldwide marketing campaign with about $200 million dollars behind it. Yawn of Injustice did not even take the number two spot !!!

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A Rant On Daredevil Season 2

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Netflix released Daredevil Season 2 this Friday, and I spent the weekend watching all 13 episodes. The show continues the story of Matt Murdock as he struggles to  juggle his personal life and job as a small time defence lawyer, with his night time alter ego as the crime fighting vigilante Daredevil. If you have not seen the show, I recommend you do so before reading on. I try avoiding major spoilers, but I do touch on a few things that warrant a spoiler warning. So : SPOILER WARNING

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A Rant On A&E´s Damien

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Where to begin. In the beginning, there was talent. No.That won´t work. The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was making A&E think that this might work ? Yeah, that will do.

I started watching the Damien Pilot episode thinking at the very least that It could be half good. I was all wrong. The episode starts off with a viewer’s discretion. But it lists all the wrong reasons. It should have listed bad ideas, bad writing, no concept of time,and utter boredom.

The IMDB page tells us this : Classic horror film “The Omen” is re-imagined in a fresh, contemporary take on the life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 motion picture. Although he’s now a romantic, complex protagonist, Thorn grew up seemingly unaware of the evil forces around him. The past catches up with Damien, forcing him to face his true identity — that of the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages.

Really ? This is your guy ?

Really ? This is your guy ?

The only thing that rings true there is Classic Horror film “The Omen”. The rest is utter trash. A romantic, complex protagonist Damien IS NOT. And that is perhaps the biggest mistake this show makes. Having Damien Thorn be some hunky well to do guy with a heart of gold. He just wants to save the world. By taking photographs. I started rolling my eyes almost immediately. It starts of in what the show claims is war torn Syria. And this whole bit just comes off as shlock writing. Seriously, the christian quarters of Damascus the television tells us. There we find hunky Damian and his buddy Amani  just loitering around taking pictures of what the shows producers think Syrians look like. Then of course the soldiers of ” the current regime” as Damien calls them , comes in too mess with the people. For harboring terrorist some soldier yells. Yeah, because when ISIS needs a place to hide, they would go to the christian quarters wouldn’t they. But this really means nothing. Its just an attempt to set hunky Damian up as a guy who just wants to do good. It does this by showing him try to help not one, but two people who fall down in the mayhem.

In these opening scenes we also meet another photographer friend of Damiens. The christian quarters of Damascus seems to be overflowing with photographers. Another young american , Kelly , who looks like she came straight from the makeup chair,  catches Damian’s eye . She meets up with Damian , and even though there is chaos all around they take the time too imply that she and Damian have had some sort of relationship and that Damian dumped her. Because that’s what romantics do. But they remember that there is mayhem going on, and get back to helping falling syrian woman in the street who are being roughed up by EVIL SYRIAN MILITARY DUDES.

One of these folks , an old lady, touches Damien face and tells him ” I love you,Damien, Its all for you” and then starts speaking some ancient language . This prompts Damien to have a flashback to the 1976 film on which this show is trying desperately to have a connection to. Kelly manages to film this, even though all hell is breaking lose around them. Through exposition from Amani we are told that Damian does not remember his childhood. Any of it.And definitely not putting his mother in the hospital, and causing her to miscarriage, and ultimately get killed. But I digress.  Later in the show they forget this selective amnesia nonsense, but it doesn’t really matter, so i´ll just drop it.  

Suddenly some army guy says that all journalists are being deported due to plot convenience  , Damian and Amani get separated from Kelly ,and as if by magic Damian and Amini are transported to New York. They have developed their photographs, and are in a meeting with their boss, who tells Damien that he might be looking at a pulitzer prize for his great work. Damien is brooding, and he just wants to be transported back to Syria. Because he cares you see. 

Damien gets a phone call from Kelly, who is still in Syria and shaken by what occurred just minutes prior.She is asking what happened , and where did they go.  ” I’m back in New York” Damien says, and he doesn’t expressly say that he was transported there by magic, but that really is the only explanation I can think of. None of them has even changed clothes it seems, and even if they had a private plane, which i doubt, that’s still an 11+ hour flight. This is the part that makes me say the show has concept of time.

 They make a big deal about Damien being 30 years old , and that 25 years has passed since the events of the 1976 movie. That math don´t add up either, but nevermind about that. Then Kelly appears in New York as if by magic. Just appears on the street. And she has translated that ancient language the old woman was speaking to Damien. Yeah. And she has found a an old newspaper clipping about the death of photographer Keith Jennings (David Warner from The Omen)  and she has “dug up” the travel logs of Robert Thorn ( Gregory Peck ) Damian’s father ( YEAH RIGHT !! )  , and made a connection between the two, And she has learned about Carl Bugenhagen as well and …….. and you know where this is going.  In what seems like the span of 10 min she has taken the 11+ hour flight from Syria to New York. Found all this information, and it really REALLY just seems so gawd damn rushed, Its like these people just desperately wanted this first episode to be over and done with. Its like she watched The Omen movie, and just lays it all out for Damien. And we are only 25 min into the episode at this point. I seriously though after watching it that everything that happens during this first episode could have actually been stretched out to fill the shows entire first season. A good writer could have done that.

More shit happens that defies all logic , and none of it is scary. None of it makes sense, and none of it matters because this show will be cancelled sooner rather than later. Suffice to say I was madly disappointed.  I just never cared about any of these people. And the “build up” to the closing of the episode just didn’t work on any level. I will say that there is a few seconds during the closing of the show that almost managed to bring a little spark of the 1976 movie into the show. Through some clever cuts, reveals and use of music. Much like the movie did. But at this point it’s all really gone to hell anyway and it doesn’t matter.

I’ve been thinking about how this show could have worked , but I just can’t see any possibility. And what the show is gonna try to be beyond this episode is mystery. Maybe if it was a mini series that chronicled the events of The Omen 2 and 3, about young Damian growing into what he ultimately is destined to be.Not a hunky well to do photographer with a heart of gold. But a cold , evil bastards who wants to destroy humanity.  It might have worked better. I don´t know.  And now I don´t care. This whole show is just another Hollywood attempt to squeeze money out of a property which deserved to be left alone. Making the anti-christ an anti-hero ? Hero of what ? Photography ? It seems to me that by skipping the 25 years between the show and the movie, they have really skipped over the parts of this that could have made a good show. But focusing on Damien as the shows protagonist at this point just doesn’t work. I’ve seen ZERO positive reviews of this episode. I had to check just to see if it was me who just didn’t get it, but every review I’ve seen pretty much trashes it in the headline.

I can’t say it bodes well for the forthcoming Exorcist tv series that is in development . I bet that one is gonna be some procedural show with “exorcism of the week” or some shit. You tell me. How is that gonna work ?   God knows.

-Razz

 

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My Rant About The Nonsense Of SPECTRE .

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Do not keep reading unless you have seen the film

 

I’m super serial about this.

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So In my earlier “sort of review” of SPECTRE which you can read HERE ,  I said I would revisit it, and go a little deeper into the stuff that I thought was either not thought out, or just utter nonsense.So here goes.

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SPECTRE may or may not be Daniel Craig’s final Bond film. Personally I think he will do another one. He will get that sweet producer cash, and immediately sign up.

His fellow producer expects Daniel Craig to return it seems

I quite like his take on Bond. He is permanently pissed off. His reaction to everything — explosions ,shrapnel, heavy traffic, sexual attraction — is a grimace of irritation. Others hate it, but at least it sets him apart from the earlier portrayals.

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This first point is a small one, but I have to mention it. In the opening sequence in Mexico; Bond walks out on a beautiful woman in a hotelroom . She’s all ” what the fuck James ? Where you going man, I’m on the bed ! ” And he says : ” I’ll be right back”  or something to that effect.  The problem is, he never goes back to the room to finish the “job”. WTF ??  Already Bond has messed up.  This woman could easily be called Conception Galore  for christ sake !! That being said, the whole Mexico helicopter sequence is quite good. Its very much BOND.But it would have been good if Bond had returned to the lady . Parachute in like Timothy Dalton, “Living Daylights” style

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What we get next is the worst Bond theme in history by Sam Shit ( no typo )

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This song is utter TRANK.The worst I would say. The visuals of the intro are pretty cool. I just wish i had a mute button at the cinema.The song was indeed “the writing on the wall” about Spectre. He was warning us the movie is gonna be disappointing.

 

During the Mexico incident Bond hears the name ” The Pale King”. I forget how they find out who it is, but that shit doesn’t matter.I think Q finds it on facebook, or Moneypenny googles it or some shit.

In any case, The Pale King is Mr White. The same Mr White from Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace , Reservoir Dogs maybe, who knows. Point is SPECTRE wants this dude dead. Apparently because he has all of a sudden realised that his terrorist activities kill woman and children, and that’s not cool anymore…..

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The guy Bond killed in Mexico was apparently gonna kill Mr White, and for some STUPID reason which can not be explained, the entire SPECTRE inner circle has to meet up in Italy for his funeral ,and to decide who is gonna take this dead Italian hitman’s place, and kill Mr White. REALLY ?? They need to vote on shit like that?? Later on I thought it was pretty fucking weird that the Franz Oberhauser character would even go to this dead Italians funeral in the first place. It makes no sense. He was just some hitman. A henchmen. One in a million i would guess. And Bond goes to Mexico on the advice of M – not the Ralph Fiennes model, but the Judi Dench version, who in a posthumous message that has surfaced since Skyfall, asks him to do away with this contract killer, “and don’t miss his funeral”.  Oh , so Judi Dench knew that the whole bunch would go to the funeral did she? Sure. Ill buy that, no questions asked……..

But the weirdest thing is, when Bond later finds Mr White he is close to death anyway. Someone put some radioactive trank in his cell phone LONG AGO ,and now he is dying of radiation poisoning ??  WTF.  So I’m guessing SPECTRE did this, and …..forgot ?? Bond even tells the daughter later that Mr White should have been dead long before he found him, and that the only reason he was still alive was … because of her ??    So you telling me Mr White was just holding on for weeks because what ? He knew Bond was coming ? So he could send him to protect his daughter ? No. How does that work. It fucking doesnt !!

Mr White wants nothing to do with Bond when he finds him. He tells him to fuck off basically. Bond wants to know who is behind this new organization , and Mr White tells him NOTHING. But then for no other reason than moving Bond along to another Bond girl, he tells him to find his daughter, because she can lead him to L’Americain. Which turns out to be a fucking hotel. Why not fucking just tell him that. In fact, why not just tell him the organization is called SPECTRE and the leader is a guy named BLOWHARD.  Because when Bond finds Mr White’s super secret room at L´Americain ,there is a computer screen that has the coordinates of BLOWHARDS super secret hidden base ( !! ) What ??  And Bond says something like :  ” He was looking for Blowhard?  And he sent me here to finish it “.  What ?? No, Mr White FOUND BLOWHARDs super secret hidden base, and did nothing about it.? Not only nothing, he was at L´Americain in Morocco, had Blowhards location, and for no reason decides to fuck off to some remote shithole in Austria ? Sure, ok , why not….

Why couldn’t Mr White have told Bond : “His name is Blowhard, here are the coordinates to his super secret hidden base. Fuck LÁmericain. Don’t go near my daughter. Just go kill him for me James”.

Why the whole : Find my daughter. She will lead you to a hotel. A rat will show you a secret room, and there you will find the coordinates, and then you will learn who you are up against ( even though you already know his name ).  WTF ??  This movie could have been 90min long instead of 148min if it weren’t for this pointless bullcrap.

A better way to do it would be to have Batista get there ahead of Bond, almost finish of Mr White , only to have Bond save him, and then send him along to his daughter. It would make more sense that Mr White would not give him the information UNLESS Bond protects his daughter ????  Am I wrong ?

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Another thing that made no fucking sense whatsoever was Q showing up at the Hoffler Klinik where Lea Seydoux’s character, Madelaine Swan works. Seriously. Q helps to hide the fact that Bond goes to Italy, and then Austria . Bond has to take a plane that looks like it lands on a mountain. Then he treks up said mountain to this insanely expensive looking spa/rehab center for the mindbogglingly rich. He spends 4min talking to Lea Seydoux before he goes down to the bar. THEN FUCKING Q IS STANDING THERE !!  ”  Hey Bond, I just came all this way to ask you to please come back to London or I might lose my job”   ?  What In The Actual Fuck ??  Are we just supposed to buy that trank ?  I mean I guess Q knew where Bond was the whole time due to the smartblood ( bulshit ), but I’m guessing he just as easily could have called the resort. The last thing I would think that character would do is leave England, fly to Austria, trek up a mountain, and just happen to find Bond at the bar .  It just makes no sense. Even if Bond had told Q where he was going , which he did not, there is no way Q could just show up at that location 10 or 15min after Bond himself arrived. No fucking way. That is down right stupid writing. They just needed Q there so he could take the “dna-ring” from Bond. Convenience !!! And who is feeding his two cats ?!?

Right about here we do get a somewhat enjoyable action sequence. Bond learns the name of the shadowy organization he is up against ( ITS SPECTRE BTW ),  and because he saw his face in Italy, he knows who the boss is also already. Franz Oberhauser. And since a photo of 12 year old James Bond is shown earlier in the film standing alongside Oberhauser and his father, shown next to the papers which tells us that the Oberhausers became the legal guardians of orphan James Bond  , anyone who was surprised 50min later in the film when this is all spelled out, is a fucking moron. I’m sorry, but you could have more or less pieced this shit together just by watching the teaser trailer in March.

And if you ever watched the earlier Bond movies involving SPECTRE , you will know the name of the big boss. Thats right : Erik  “The Red ” Blowhard.  Well actually no,  but I kind of wish they had just made something like that up, because at the point in the film  when Oberhauser tells Bond his “new name”  I just wanted to be home in bed. I couldn’t care less. Its been 120min of pointless build up. And 10min earlier we learn that this guy has been involved in just about everything Bond has come across in the previous 3 movies.  Which AGAIN if you stop to think about it is so fucking convoluted and retarded it could easily have been scripted by Michael Bay.  Seriously, why couldn’t he just have killed Bond when he was 12 years old ?

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We are to believe that this dude Blowhard has hated James Bond for some 35 years. Becuse his daddy loved little Jimmy more ?  Built SPECTRE from scratch. Been working in the shadows for all the previous 3 films ( let’s say 10 years in the current Bond timeline ) , known for a fucking fact where Bond was at all times since Bond checked back with MI-6 in London after the Mexican debacle ( because of the smartblood bulshit ) , AND NEVER KILLED THE MAN ??  Just because he wanted the big Vince McMahon ” It was me Austin ” moment ??   Jesus Tap Dancing Christ.  That is too much to swallow, even for a seasoned prostitute . Seriously.

 

As for Blowhards master plan of controlling the top 9 secret services organizations of the world ( including South Africa’s secret service for some reason )  I just did not get it.  It seems to me like SPECTRE already had MI-6 under total surveillance long before the program was activated. And NOBODY even had a clue about Spectres existence. So what were they supposed to do when and if it succeeded?  Continue doing what they had been doing all along ??  Was that the payoff ??

I remember reading about the script leak back during the Sony e-mail hack. I stayed away from the details at the time , but I revisited it after having seen the film.  Here is an excerpt from one of the articles posted at the time :

As a result of the aforementioned studio leak, Gawker had not only gotten their hands on a copy of the Spectre script, but also a great deal of notes and emails about the project – and not a lot of it sounded good. In a completely spoiler-filled break down, it’s explained that the first 100 pages of the script are in a fairly good place – with a good amount of action and characterization involving both new and old faces – but that where things start to fall apart is in the third act and where the villain is concerned.

According to the Gawker’s intel, the plot kicks off with James Bond questioning his own future after a merger between MI-5 and MI-6. He’s not ready to quit yet, especially since he still has an assignment to complete for Judi Dench. Lea Seydoux will be introduced as the daughter of a previously introduced character, and Andrew Scott will play a prominent role as an adversary of the new M (Ralph Fiennes). Monica Belluci will also be involved as an unlikely voice of information on a terrorist group.

Where things start to grow wrong is with the film’s villain – who is described as having a rather awkward if not fully illogical already established connection with our legendary hero. What’s more, Gawker’s piece says that the third act of the movie is “uneventful” and without any real drive, featuring sequences and actions by the titular terrorist group that are underwhelming compared to what happens earlier in the movie. There have also been multiple notes requesting the need for some kind twist in the narrative.

These notes wouldn’t be so bad to read if they were from drafts handed in back during the summer – as some will remember that production was actually delayed at that time so that Skyfall writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade could take a whack at what had already been scripted by Oscar-winner John Logan. Unfortunately, Gawker says that the Spectre script was undergoing major revisions at least into November. Even though filming has already started, it’s also said that the studio is still tinkering with the ending and trying to get it right before it’s too late. 

 

All of this makes the absolute fuckery of some of these things I have mentioned  a little more understandable . I would say that the film does hold up , kind of , until Bond goes to meet up with Madelaine Swan character. There really is no reason for her part in the film, other than to have another Bond girl. And i would have to say that the problems they reportedly had with the third act/ending  was definitely not fixed.  It’s not a horrible film , but its not  very good film either. It’s weird reading other reviews where they praise it as one of the best Bond films ever. Give it 9/10 etc. But people who think that also thought Die Another Day was on par with Goldfinger. Enough said.

Did you see the film ?  What did you think about these points . Have I missed some fuckery with the plot ? Feel free to let me know. Just write me a postcard, and use the address :  BSS /via the Internet, and give it to a postman. He will find me if he knows his job.

Im sure ill get it eventually.

 

-Razz

Razz Reviews SPECTRE. Sort of……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I don´t mention anything that isn’t in the trailers. But that’s because there really isn’t anything that’s not in the trailers that is really worth mentioning……

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This was a bit of a letdown for me. I went home thinking more about what they tried to do, more so than what they actually did. Now it’s far from a bad movie. It’s far from the worst Bond movie. It’s just not a very good movie. Bond or otherwise.

I remember hearing complaints from people after they saw Casino Royale. They were upset that Bond did not say ” Bond, James Bond”  and didn’t know  a shaken martini from a milkshake. We get all that in this movie however, but I wouldn’t say it helped it much.

The problem for me with the film is first and foremost that it’s really boring. There are a few action sequences in the film, but they seemed like they were put there because they had to have them there, not because the anyone wanted them there.  The best example is the car chase scene. Sure they are driving fast and all, but it even looks like Daniel Craig himself was bored doing it. It’s all very “by the numbers-ish”

 

The opening of the film was promising enough. A really cool tracking shot follows Bond and a lady friend thorough The Day of the Dead festivities in Mexico. Bond is on an unsanctioned mission to kill some dude.  It goes a bit tits up to say the least, and ends in a mad helicopter scene  which sadly does not end with Bond returning to his lady friend, as it bloody well should have  , but instead leads into the SPECTRE opening credits. The intro was actually pretty neat visually. It shows a bunch of characters from the previous films, and if they had left it there, instead of HITTING the audience repeatedly over the head with pictures of these people throughout the movie, it would have been great. WE GET IT. IT’S ALL CONNECTED .

This was the first time I heard the Sam Smith song, and I will die a happy man If I never have to hear it again. It is utter trank. I rank it THE WORST BOND THEME EVER.

I could actually just post the synopsis for the film and end it with THE END. Because that’s basically it. In fact, lets do that

A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.

Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.

As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.

THE END. Seriously.

 

Its utter TRANK.

The movie pretty much builds to an anticlimactic climax. It has a few good parts. A few laughs here and there, but nothing memorable. I get what they tried to do. How they tried to connect all the previous films to this one, but it just does not work very well. And the more you think about it , the more unlikely it gets. It’s like the main bad guy in this has just waited for James Bond to figure it all out. WHY ?? Who knows ?

I liked Dave Bautista in the film. There is an awesome fight scene between him and Bond which is possibly the best Bond fight ever.

Lea Seydoux does well enough, but the whole way Bond gets to her character is another part of the film that completely falls apart if you stop to think about it. It makes NO SENSE whatsoever.  I liked Mr White in the previous films. But the more you think about why he is in this film. What he does. What he says etc. The more you go ” Wait. What ? Huh ? Why ? ”

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Christoph Waltz is also wasted in the film. Not drugged up i mean, but perhaps something interesting would have come out of it if he actually was high. Whatever his character’s actual plan was is kind of not really worth thinking too much about. Because it just makes so little sense in the end. And at the end of the day, I just didn’t care.

If we say that James Bond , like Daniel Craig ,is also 47 years old,  then it seems Waltz’s character  had at least 12775 opportunities to kill Bond at anytime. It’s like i could hear Scott Evil screaming in the back of my mind as I was watching this.

So that’s my thoughts on SPECTRE. I got what they were trying to do, but it all just failed in the end IMO.

I would rather have seen a film about Secret Agent 00005  Fission Chips going up against B.U.G.G.E.R  (Blowhard’s Unreformed Gangsters, Goons, and Espionage Renegade. s)  for killing his woman Conception Galore !! But alas, that aint gonna happen.

I read that this film is making BANK in Europe. There were at least 8 showings of the film the night I went to see it, and they were all damn near sold out. And I’m sure the yanks will be going in droves to see it this weekend. And when Daniel Craig gets his back end, or producers money I bet he will be wanting to make another 007 movie.

I may have been a bit vague here with all my ” It makes no sense” comments.  I might  do another write up where i go a little more in depth about what i mean, and which parts in particular I am talking about. But that will have to be at a later time when the rest of the world has seen the film.

 

-Razzbender, Michael Razzbender.

 

 

 

Josh Trank is FIRED from the stand alone @StarWars movie.

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It was revealed nearly a year ago that Chronicle director Josh Trank would be helming the second Star Wars Anthology film. Now however he has been fired.

The director released this LIE to the press :

“After a year of having the incredible honor of developing with the wonderful and talented people at Lucasfilm, I’m making a personal decision to move forward on a different path,” says an official statement from Trank. “I’ve put a tremendous amount of thought into this, and I know deep down in my heart that I want to pursue some original creative opportunities. That said, the Star Wars universe has always been one of my biggest influences, and I couldn’t be more excited to witness its future alongside my millions of fellow Star Wars fans. I want to thank my friends Kathleen Kennedy, Kiri Hart, Simon Kinberg, and everyone at Lucasfilm and Disney for the amazing opportunity to have been a part of this. May the Force be with you all.”

So yeah, thats a fucking lie.

Reports of the young director’s unusual conduct during the making of Fox’s upcoming Fantastic Four movie ( which will suck balls i think ) had raised alarm among Lucasfilm executives that were entrusting him with the second Star Wars standalone film.

Trank, 30, had raised eyebrows in April when he didn’t appear as scheduled at a Star Wars celebration in Anaheim. At the time, both Disney and the director cited illness as the cause but multiple knowledgeable sources say the studio had asked the filmmaker not to attend while considering whether to proceed with him on the second spinoff in a planned series of films.

Indeed, producers on Fantastic Four, set for release July 30, are said to have faced great challenges pulling the film together given behavior described by one insider as “erratic” and at times “very isolated.” Trank did not offer clear direction, this person adds, saying, “If you’ve got someone who can’t answer questions or who isn’t sure or is in hiding, that’s not good.”

No it isn’t.  Its fucking unprofessional. Even blogger Doom would agree. I mean look at the guy. He could care less…

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According to sources, Trank was sometimes indecisive and uncommunicative. Producers Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker had to step in to help pull the film together, though sources stress that Trank was still on set and directing the film. (Were that not the case, the production could have run afoul of the Directors Guild of America.)

Just over three months from opening, Fox’s Fantastic Four has done re-shoots. Those were complicated because stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Michael B. Jordan had obligations on other films. The most recent round, which involved three days of re-shoots at the end of April, had to take place on weekends because of Teller’s work on Todd Phillip’s Arms and the Dude. Parker and Kinberg are said to have been heavily involved in those re-shoots, pulling them away from duties in Canada on X-Men: Apocalypse, which they also are producing.

Given the issues with Trank’s performance, the production added Stephen Rivkin (Avatar) to help pull the film together. Trank had hired his Chronicle editor, Elliot Greenberg, on the project. Because rather than hire the best people available , he hires his friends. Thats why Johnny Storm is black, and Susan Storm isn’t. It has nothing to do with “getting the best person for the job” because then  Michael B. Jordan would be nowhere near the project.

Fantastic Four is meant to reboot the Marvel superhero franchise for Fox. The comic is venerated for its place in history as it launched Marvel Comics in 1962 and was the early creation from Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Fox made two movies, released in 2005 and 2007, that sucked balls and failed to capture moviegoers’ imagination. Fox hastened to make a new movie as it risked having the rights revert back to Marvel.

And thats the sad truth. We get ha hastily made FF movie, by a director who , while a being a very creative person,  has never intended to make a Fantastic Four movie , even going so far as telling the stars NOT to bother reading the source material because THAT IS NOT WHAT THEY ARE MAKING anyway ( !! )

The same thing happened with the Ang Lee directed HULK movie. Now that movie isn’t  at all as bad as people would like to sasy it is, but it is pretty freaking far from a good HULK movie. Maybe if they had gone with the original screenplay that David Hayter wrote it could have been better.  But i digress .

I do hope the new FF fails, and the rights go back to Marvel. I really do.  And i also hope that Josh Trank does well in the future. He should be doing movies where he has final say. And that is neither what Fox or Disney want, or need from their directors. Although, he might wise up. And hell, if he ultimately is to blame for FF failing, and the rights go back to Marvel,  maybe they would hire him as a thank you?  Doubtful yes, but you never know…..

 

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Go Go Power Rangers Bootleg !!

So yesterday evening I was trolling around the internet looking for fake nude pictures of Felicity Jones. As one does on a tuesday night. When a story caught my eye. The headline read “Wanna Watch A Power Rangers fan Film starring James Van Der Beek”.

Now, as it happens, the very last thing on Earth I or any other sane person would want to watch is a Power Rangers Fan Film , much less one starring James Van Der Beek.  But nonetheless one thing did catch my eye. The fine print said it was from producer Adi Shankar (Dredd, Lone Survivor)  who previously-released The Punisher: Dirty Laundry, Venom: Truth in Journalism, and the animated Judge Dredd: Superfiend. And based on that I gave it a looksee.

And it was fucking brilliant!!  So well done in fact that i not only found myself thinking that Power Rangers could actually be cool,  but I also started sharing links to it with friends and acquaintances. I wrote a short piece on it here on BSS where i embedded the youtube video . Never in a million years did i ever think i would soil my site with any fucking Power Rangers story, but this was just so fucking brilliant that i had no other choice.

Now Power Rangers was never a thing for me growing up. It was something my younger brother thought was the shit, but that I myself always thought was actually SHIT. I was the GI Joe/Transformers/TMNT  type dude, and lucky for me I have lived to see all of those properties be raped up the asshole by money hungry talentless hacks

( see Michael Bay )

This morning however i wake to find an article where it says that the producers of this fantastic short film are facing possible legal action from Haim Saban. The smelly cunts who own the rights to PR  and are well on their way to making a shitty Power Rangers movie of their own, which nofuckingbody ever wanted to see until maybe last night. Im sure Haim Sabans film will be rated R for retarded, and that they maybe took offence to the mature nature of the short film. But for fuck sake Saban, this was awesome, and free PR for your property. And people were actually getting a little excited about Power Rangers. Fucking Power Rangers. A series so mindblowingly stupid and retarded it boggles the mind that they are actually spending money on a movie. And Im willing to wager that the retarded finished film won´t be half as as good as the 14 minute short film by  Joseph Kahn .

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers ( actual fucking title of Sabans upcoming film )  is being directed by Dominick Sivilli. Of all things a fucking maker of short-films , known for absolutely fuck all and nothing.  Last night i might have had an inkling to actually give that film a chance, but today Im in the mood to organize a boycott based on this legal action by Haim Saban.  Seriously Saban, before this film, which is now well on its way to 4 million views on youtube, the most popular Power Rangers videos on youtube were the MY Way Dub series ( which is fucking hilarious btw) and treat your property like the utter dog crap that it is !!  But you go out of your way to harass people who actually took more time and care of it than those no name hacks you hired to do your own film? Fuck that, and fuck you.

“Saban is trying to shut Power/Rangers down,” Kahn tweeted. “If you’d like to keep watching, tell them to stop harassing me.” In separate tweets, Kahn laid out his legal defense. “Every image in Power/Rangers is original footage. Nothing was pre-existing. There is no copyrighted footage in the short. I am not making any money on it and I refuse to accept any from anyone. It was not even Kickstarted, I paid for it myself. This was made to be given away for free. It is just as if I drew a pic of Power Rangers on a napkin and I gave it to my friend. Is it illegal to give pic I drew of a character on a napkin to someone for free? No.”

Then, in a tweet to Saban, he added: “The world is watching your actions right now.”

Im watching you too , but i sure as shit won’t be watching your movie. Not in the cinema anyway 😉  I might steal the fucker and leak it on the internet. I´ll make a note of that right away.

In the meanwhile, Go Go Power Rangers Bootleg !!

 

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