“If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed.”
Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, August 2014.
Regarding the difference between Sci-Fi and Fantasy:
Science Fiction describes stories that are based on theoretical possibilities. Fantasy doesn’t, it allows for the creation of new worlds and abilities that are outside the realm of possibilities.
So, I would qualify Star Wars (my favorite film of all time) as fantasy, not sci-fi. While it has sci-fi elements, the world (so to speak) of the film is based more on fantasy (the force) than science.
Sci-Fi: dystopian societies, time travel, alien encounters, cloning, robots, space travel.
Fantasy: magic, creatures/monsters, super powers, immortality.
So DC is going to announce at Comic-Con that Dwayne Johnson is going to play Shazam (previously Captain Marvel). Don’t believe me? Just read on.
In the video he mentions that they will announce something soon. Comic-Con is next week. Easy.
He also says in the video two things that point to Shazam. The first, obvious, clue is that the character will have the power of Superman, which Shazam is one of the few characters in the DC universe who can fight the Man of Steel without any help.
The second clue is when he says, “Just say the word.” Fans of the character know that young Billy Batson turns into the superhuman by speaking the magic word “Shazam.”
Cinema, you really need to step it up. So far 2014 has been a pretty bad year for you.
Can we get a film with a developed, logical and complete story and cease this run of visual spectacle films void of coherence that fall apart 2/3rds of the way through. I know it’s easy to throw money at special effects, but don’t do it at the expense of telling an interesting and engaging story. I have yet to walk out of the theater satisfied after any of the films that I have watched this year. (Edge of Tomorrow, X-Men DOFP, Captain America 2, I’m sure there are more, but I’m trying to block them from my memory.
I have high hopes for couple of films scheduled to be released in the second half of the year(Interstellar, Inherent Vice, Gone Girl, I, Origins, Birdman). I won’t be at all surprised of none of the films that I have seen so far this year fail to make it on my best films of the year list.
By comparison, television has been having a stellar year. Look at all of the great shows that TV has given us this year: True Detective, Game of Thrones S04 (maybe the show’s best season), Louie S04 (a masterpiece), Orphan Black S02, Fargo, The Good Wife S05 (second half), Mad Men S07.1, Sherlock S03, Orange is the New Black S02, House of Cards S02 and Cosmos.
TV, keep doing what you’re doing. The competition of different networks (Netflix, FX, AMC, HBO, BBC) has forced the establishment to try and deliver better content to compete with the new and more interesting shows.
Film, can we just stop with the summer blockbusters? I know they are easy money, but can we please get something intelligent, new and interesting? And audiences can you please stop throwing your money at terrible movies? Please, pretty please.
Stan Lee Claims “Marvel is Prepping” Ant-Man Movie
Disney’s Domain Name Purchase Hints at Possible Ant-Man Movie
Reaction: Who the hell is Ant-Man?
Edgar Wright is Writing a New Draft of ‘Ant-Man’ For Marvel
Reaction: Edgar Wright’s writing and directing, I’m in. Now I need to figure out who the hell Ant-Man is.
Edgar Wright Just Directed An ‘Ant-Man’ Test Reel
Is ‘Ant-Man’ Marvel’s First Comedy? Edgar Wright Screens Test Footage
Reaction: That Ant-Man footage from Edgar Wright at SDCC is amazing, Ant-Man is now one of my most anticipated films for 2015.
Edgar Wright’s ‘Ant-Man’ Moved Up From Fall to Summer 2015
Edgar Wright Says ‘Ant-Man’ Is More of a “Standalone” Than Connected Marvel Film
Edgar Wright Says The ‘Ant-Man’ Script Is Complete
Edgar Wright Talks ‘Ant-Man’: “People Will Be Surprised”
Reaction: Marvel moved up the release date and they’re letting Wright make Ant-Man his way, excitement building.
Marvel Confirms Paul Rudd as ‘Ant-Man’
Michael Douglas is Hank Pym in ‘Ant-Man’
Edgar Wright Discusses the “Challenges” of Making a PG-13 ‘Ant-Man’
Patrick Wilson Joins ‘Ant-Man’
‘The World’s End’ Composer Steve Price Scoring Edgar Wright’s ‘Ant-Man’
Reaction: Rudd and Douglas in a superhero film? I don’t know. But, I trust Edgar Wright, he can balance the line between comedy and action and deliver a fantastic film. Ant-Man is still on my most anticipated of 2015 list.
‘Ant-Man’ Loses Edgar Wright
Reaction: No Edgar Wright? That’s the only reason I was into Ant-Man to begin with, I’m out.
Will ‘Ant-Man’ Be Delayed?
Rumor Control: James Gunn Will Not Direct ‘Ant-Man’
Adam McKay Pulls Out Of ‘Ant-Man’ Talks
Peyton Reed Directing ‘Ant-Man,’ New Synopsis Released
Reaction: Really Marvel? You literally hired the guy who made the movie Yes-Man to replace one of the most innovative and entertaining action-comedy directors. That’s it Marvel, I’m out.
Wait, Guardians of the Galaxy looks pretty good, then I’m out.
Actually, I guess I should see Avengers 2, but nothing after that. Marvel will be dead to me starting May 2, 2015.
If you see this when you watch Star Wars, than you’re doing it wrong.
In honor of Star Wars day (May the Fourth).