Star Trek Into Darkness is easily the best movie I’ve seen in theaters this year. Granted, the other films I’ve seen for review were Iron Man 3, Pain & Gain, Oblivion, and GI Joe: Retaliation (hardly a cinematic murderers’ row). I loved the movie and can’t wait to see it again, but I understand why certain people have issues with it. As a summer blockbuster, it has everything you could want — thrilling action, fantastic special effects, witty dialogue, and half-naked Alice Eve. If you’re looking for … more
Kingdom Come is one of my all-time favorite comic books. Mark Waid wrote a spectacular story that was complemented by Alex Ross’ unforgettable art. Many consider it the pinnacle of both mens’ careers. With all of that in mind, I was curious when a fellow fanboy (thanks Dan!) sent me a link to this Kingdom Come fan film trailer. While some of the costumes aren’t the best, the tone is spot-on and some of the scenes look just like the comic book panels.
Ideally, I would love an animated movie … more
Casting Wonder Woman has always been tricky. You need a lady that brings beauty and physicality to the table. The easiest solution would be to go back in time and capture a young Lucy Lawless to play Diana Amazon princess. In a recent RPad.TV Google+ chat, RPadholic tokz suggested that Ireland Basinger Baldwin should dye her hair black and play Wonder Woman. At 6’2″, she definitely has presence and a physical trainer could help her get in Amazonian shape (I think she’s pretty perfect IRL, but Wonder Woman should be … more
The Toledo Mud Hens might be my new second-favorite sports franchise in the world (the Yankees will always be best). The team has combined two magical things — baseball and Star Wars — in a Chewbacca-inspired Jersey. It’s frickin’ awesome and I want one! I’m sure that millions of Star Wars nerds around the world have suddenly become Mud Hens. Hopefully the Mud Hens Chewbecca jersey will be followed by Storm Trooper, Darth Vader, Han Solo, and Boba Fett jerseys. That would be awesome.
The jerseys are available for preorder … more
After an action-packed ensemble adventure in The Avengers, Iron Man gets the stage to himself once more in Iron Man 3. The movie is definitely fun, but not as good as the first two Iron Man movies or The Avengers. Director Shane Black adds more humor and snark while retaining the awesome mech-fueled action of his predecessor, Jon Favreau. Unfortunately, his storytelling isn’t as tight and his movie doesn’t have as much heart. Here are some random spoiler-free thoughts on Iron Man 3.
When Did Jon … more
Insomniac brand development director Ryan Schneider talks about the upcoming Ratchet & Clank movie in this GameSkinny interview. I was totally jazzed by the article, but I have a lot of biases here — I’m a mark for Insomniac, I’m quite fond of Ryan, and I’ve been friends with the interviewer for years. Naturally, I want to see if you guys and dolls are excited about a Ratchet & Clank movie as I am. Before we get to that, here’s a clip from the interview:… more
As RPadholic tokz mentioned in the RPad.TV Google+ Messenger group yesterday, the new trailer for Thor: The Dark World is pretty badass. It’s full of mystical action, otherworldly creatures, and beautiful people. The trailer lays the groundwork for the inevitable Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) vs. Sif (Jaimie Alexander) cat-fight fan-fiction that will flood the Internet later this year. Throw in the buxom Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) and I’m totally down.
Seriously though, the trailer looks great. The tone of the movie seems more appropriate than the original. A few of … more
The maestro extraordinaire of big, dumb movies, Michael Bay, is with Pain & Gain. While it’s certainly not his biggest movie (hard to top space rocks and transforming robots), it’s definitely his dumbest…but in a good way. For a large portion of the flick, Bay’s manic directing style, hilarious performances, and sharp writing come together marvelously. The only problem is if you know about the real-life story Pain & Gain it based on. If you do, then having a blast with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson can … more
Today’s poll comes from a debate RPadholic smartguy had with his wife, which was then carried over to the RPad.TV Live Chat. Who would win in a fight between Darth Vader from Star Wars and Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter? In one corner, you have the second-most powerful practitioner of the dark side of the force. In the other, you have the undisputed master of the dark arts (in wizardry terms…though Voldemort is pretty good with charcoal pencils). While the man formerly known as Tom Riddle is a … more
One-line summary of Oblivion: Ethan Hunt, Nelson Mandela, and Jaime Lannister fight an evil space triangle.
What? That’s not enough to get you to see the movie? Fine, I’ll share some random thoughts on it so that you can see if the movie is worth your money. While I very much enjoyed Oblivion, I feel that it’s important to note that I had really low expectations going into last Monday’s screening. First, I’m still not over my disappointment with G.I. Joe: Retaliation, so I was kind of … more