The All Nighter – Trailer 

The All Nighter looks pretty amusing.  The role J.K. Simmons plays–a concerned father who’s daughter has gone missing-vaguely reminds me of Liam Neeson’s character in the Taken movies, but geared toward comedy.

Speaking of Simmons he’s perhaps one of the more versatile character actors working today, with an enviable ability to elevate whatever he happens to be starring in (a quality that used to be shared by Robert DeNiro, till a lack of discrimination in choosing parts killed it). 

You may not have like Vern Slesinger from O.Z.–truth be told, nor were you supposed to–but portrayal of a Neo-Nazi stayed with you.  

Or his portrayal as a UFO abductee from Dark Skies, a performance that resonated with a quiet intensity that elevated the material.

Namor The Sub-Mariner Rises?

I’m going to just come out and say it.  Aquaman is lame.  And sure, much effort has been invested by DC Comics to give the character just a bit of much needed edge in the past few years, though his corny past is never terribly far behind.

If your preferences ran toward water-based superheroes, as mine tended to do, Aquaman was never a character I could take particularly serious.

Now Namor, The Sub-Mariner?  Quite possibly the coolest king Atlantis ever had as well as one of Marvel Comics’ earliest characters. 

Though the oddest thing about him is that–when not being an arrogant douche–he literally spent an inordinate amount of time trying to conquer the surface world, and yet he somehow remained likable.

Namor was an ‘anti-hero’ before the word ever entered the popular lexicon.  

Though what’s the point of all this, you may be asking?  

That’s simple.  For a long time it was assumed that the rights for Namor were at Universal Pictures, along with those for the Incredible Hulk.

As far as Namor is concerned, that’s  apparently not the case, and Marvel Studios may be prepping a movie based on their irascible Prince of the Deep!

And to whet your appetite a little bit more–as if that were even necessary–here’s the opening to Namor’s cartoon, made in 1966.

Avengers: Infinity War Official Featurette

Avengers: Infinity War has begun filming in Atlanta and I know this because Marvel has released a featurette telling me so!

And it looks really, really awesome. I know it’s early days yet, but it’s as if Marvel has built this massive edifice; they’ve shown us some of the rooms and we’ve seen how sprawling a structure it is.

Though there are some rooms that we have yet to see, and the most interesting spaces have yet to see, amd I get the feeling thst they hold something amazing…

To be contimued.

No, No Power Rangers?

I have never been a fan of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (though oddly enough, I liked VR Troopers despite it being an obvious knockoff trying to cash in on their popularity). 

Go figure. 

I think my issue was that it didn’t even pretend to be interested in anything but the 12 and under set, as far as the audience goes.  It’s not necessarily a bad thing to know the demographic that you’re aiming for, but it brings the problem of not growing with them.

I’ve got to admit though, their more modern interpretations are pretty cool looking.


As I said, they look pretty awesome but I just wish they had done away with the lower half of their ‘faces’ being part of their helmets, which doesn’t make a lick of sense (other than that was the way it was done prior, most likely because, having originated in Japan, the American actors you see on the television show aren’t the same people wearing the costumes). 

Another pretty clever detail in the reboot was making the lone African-American the Blue Ranger (instead of the Blackfrom the television series) which was frankly a little odd and made no sense when you take into account that the Red Ranger wasn’t played by a Native American or the Yellow Ranger, an Asian person (I’m pretty sure about the former being the case, not at all sure about the latter). 

Which is good because I am mildly offended and I typed it!

Though perhaps more importantly, if the Power Rangers movie does well wemight eventually get a live-action movie based on Battle Of The Planets (admittedly not as cool a title as Science Ninja Team Gatchaman) or Star Blazers

Either of those would be <a href=“http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=so+money”so money.

3 Reasons We Need to Stop Speculating Peter Dinklage Will Play M.O.D.O.K in Avengers: Infinity War

Some fan sites have speculated that Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, X-Men: Days of Future Past) would appear as M.O.D.O.K,  which stands for Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing in Marvel Studios’ upcoming Avengers: Infinity War (though I get the feeling the people who are making this suggestion are not only unaware who M.O.D.O.K is, but how ultimately insulting an idea that actually is

And speaking of ‘insulting,’ that’s also my first reason.

  • It’s Really Insulting Toward Dinklage

Here is an image of M.O.D.O.K.

He has such tiny arms and legs because he was created to lead AIM (Advanced Idea Mechanics) so all their efforts went toward developing his mental abilities, which are pretty impressive.

Now keep in mind that some characters don’t make the transition from comics to movies visually intact–this was the case for the Falcon, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, Zemo and many others so it’s entirely possible that M.O.D.O.K could be played by Dinklage and translate to the screen in such a way that is reminiscent of the character from the comics, yet reinterpreted, like with the case of Arnim Zola from Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

 

The problem is that M.O.D.O.K’s massive cabeza IS his most distinctive feature, and I am unsure how they could reinterpret that and capture how bizarre and unusual the character actually is.

Which is strangely enough where our problems start.

Here is a picture of Dinklage from the after party of The Station Agent.   He’s a person of short-stature, and while he’s played a whole gamut of roles I am not sure how playing a giant head doesn’t become more than a little offensive.

And while some people may call that PC, that’s just a cross I’ll have to bear.

  • AIM Has Barely Been Introduced Into the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

The organization known as AIM (Advanced Idea Mechanics) was introduced into the MCU in Iron Man 3 (in the movies it was a company started by Aldrich Killian, who developed Extremis) though it was one of those ‘blink and you’ll miss it‘ sort of moments.

With Hydra on the decline it would be nice for the movies to introduce another villainous organization to take up the slack, and AIM could serve that purpose admirably (plus we’d get a chance to see people wearing those cool yellow ‘beekeeper’ helmets, so there’s always that).

Though to introduce MODOK as a main villain means reintroducing AIM, something not likely to happen if Avengers: Infinity War has half the characters it’s supposed to have.

  • Most Importantly, M.O.D.O.K Has No Connection to the Infinty Gauntlet or Infinity Watch Storylines 

I am aware that Marvel Studios movies don’t adapt any storyline verbatim from the comics, though introducing  M.O.D.O.K would be worse than clutter because it would be adding a character and a supporting organization the film would hardly need.

So those are the reasons why Dinklage will not be M.O.D.O.K but instead be playing…

Pip the Troll!  It’s not exactly rocket science, and actually makes a lot of sense when you think about it.  Dinklage already looks like Pip, all that’s required to complete the look would be a shave and a loincloth (which isn’t necessarily to say that that’s the direction they’re going with visually, though if it is, it would be really work).

Ben Affleck No Longer Directing ‘The Batman’

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ben Affleck will no longer be directing the tentatively titled The Batman for Warner Bros, though he still intends to star (and probably write with Geoff Johns) the upcoming feature. 

Part of me wonders if Affleck’s change of heart has anything to do with his latest feature, Live By Night tanking at the box office, and costing the studio somewhere in the ballpark of $75 million. 

Maybe? Maybe not?  Only time will tell though if for the reasons Affleck sites in the article–that as the director and the star that he perhaps couldn’t deliver the quality fans expect–is good enough reason for him to step aside.  

CHiPS – Official Trailer #1

Apparently Erik Estrada (who played Officer Frank Poncherello in the 1977 series CHiPs, which stands for California Highway Patrol) is none too happy about Dax Shepard‘s reinterpretation of the show he co-headlined with Larry Wilcox.

The truth of it is that I have no idea if Estrada has even seen the movie–though he mentioned about the highway patrolmen being involved in gunplay, none of which can be seen in the trailer, which at least raises the possibility that he has–though what surprises me about the trailer is not gun violence, but the blatant homoeroticism.  

Which, if you’ve seen Shepard in Bob Odenkirk’s Let’s Go To Prison, probably wouldn’t be that much of a shocker though when you take into account that the original series barely even hinted that the two officers had a sex life, never mind flirting with homosexuality (which seems to be done primarily for laughs, and is certainly going to piss off more than a few people if the scenes in the trailer make their way into the movie) then I could understand see Erik Estrada’s complaint a bit better.

Though considering that Archie is being interpreted as dark and edgy in the new CW series, Riverdale, I am not sure I see what the fuss is all about.