Category: Movies

Coffee Talk #638: The Case Against Dwayne Johnson as Shazam

Posted on July 23rd, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Comics, Movies. No Comments

In a recent interview with Total Film (embedded below for your convenience), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson gave some hints on a character he’ll be playing in an upcoming movie. The artist formerly known as Rocky Maivia said that he’ll be playing someone with “the power of Superman” and also gave the telling hint of, “Just say the word.” The latter bit has many people speculating that The Rock will be playing Shazam (known for decades as Captain Marvel). For those of you unfamiliar with Captain Marvel/Shazam, he was … continued

Peter Quill Has a Plan (Guardians of the Galaxy)

Posted on July 18th, by raymond padilla in Comics, Movies. 1 Comment

Here’s an extended clip of the “I have a plan” scene from the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. In the last trailer, the clip was spliced up. This video shows more of it and gives you a better idea of the team’s dynamics. Aside from (the glorious) Groot, everyone gets more time to shine in this video. More context is added too. To my surprise, Dave Batista had more lines without sucking more. Considering his penchant for sucking at everything that doesn’t involve being big and muscular, that’s … continued

Guardians of the Galaxy Extended Trailer (UK)

Posted on July 8th, by raymond padilla in Comics, Movies. No Comments

The latest Guardians of the Galaxy trailer is my favorite yet. It has more dialogue, more action, and (most importantly) more Groot! There are lots of things I love about this clip. There are a several excellent Rocket moments (love the bit with his “fake” laugh). Ronan the Accuser looks like a bad-ass. And (as much as it pains me to admit it), Dave Batista wasn’t as crappy as I’d thought he’d be (though I’m sure he’ll be crappy overall). That said, the more clips I see of Guardians, … continued

Coffee Talk #632: On Samoan Thor

Posted on June 27th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Movies, WWE. 1 Comment
I finally watched Fast & Furious 6 and, as expected, had a marvelous time with the movie. As many of you know, I'm a big fan of the series. The late Paul Walker's acting was mesmerizingly bad, but in a deceptively entertaining way. Vin Diesel gets my support for being the Iron Giant and Groot, as well as for being the biggest Hollywood star that play Dungeons & Dragons. As a lifelong WWE fan, I try to support all of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's movies. In addition to those three talents, the Fast & Furious series is just good, dumb fun. While the vast majority of the movie was predictable, there was one scene that totally caught me off guard...continued

Coffee Talk #630: Remembering When Val Kilmer Was Cool

Posted on June 17th, by raymond padilla in Comics, Movies. 2 comments
At E3 2014, I had a disturbing conversation with some...younger people about Val Kilmer. Some of the kids remembered him primarily for being a crap Batman in Batman Forever. A few of them knew him as "that funny guy in MacGruber." Sadly, none of them were familiar with Val Kilmer in his prime. Going off of the photo below, it's hard to believe that he was once one of the coolest people in Hollywood -- especially for young kids and teenagers. Val Kilmer was the guy in movies that every kid wanted to be. Let's use today's Coffee Talk column to remember when Val Kilmer was cool...continued

Coffee Talk #626: Movies You’ve Erased From Your Memory

Posted on May 27th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Movies. 24 comments
While discussing X-Men: Days of Future Past in the lovely RPadTV Google+ Hangout, RPadholic smartguy mentioned that he erased X-Men: Last Stand from his memory. This is a common -- and often completely necessary -- self-defense mechanism for moviegoers. Sometimes a film is just so traumatic that you have no choice but to deactivate the part of your brain where the movie lives. Under several layers of psychic defenses, you know that the movie exists, but for all intensive purposes all intents and purposes, it never happened. My question for you on this fine day is this: Which movies were so bad that you've...continued

Random Thoughts on X-Men: Days of Future Past

Posted on May 23rd, by raymond padilla in Comics, Movies, Not Reviews. 14 comments

As a huge fan of the X-Men: Days of Future Past comics, I was excited for and scared of the X-Men: Days of Future Past movie. Obviously the movie was going to change the source material — some of the changes were for Hollywood reasons, some of the changes worked, and some of them will make millions of fanboys cry out in terror. Overall, I enjoyed the movie. It certainly has problems, but it’s fun enough that I can see myself watching it dozens of times on cable. Here … continued

Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer #2 (I Am Groot!!!)

Posted on May 19th, by raymond padilla in Comics, Movies. No Comments

The first trailer for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie delighted and disappointed me. I was pleasantly surprised by how entertaining it was, but disappointed that Vin Diesel didn’t say, “I am Groot.” The second trailer for Marvel’s intergalactic summer spectacular is even better than the first. You learn more about the protagonists, see more action, and (finally) hear the first utterance of, “I am Groot.” On the negative side, WWE Batista Dave Bautista is seen “acting” in the trailer and, as most of you know, that guy pretty much … continued

Random Thoughts on Godzilla 2014

Posted on May 15th, by raymond padilla in Movies, Not Reviews. 6 comments

Last night I attended a screening of Godzilla. Here are some random and spoiler-free thoughts on the movie.

Godzilla 2014a Random Thoughts on Godzilla 2014

Growing up as an Asian-American kid in New York, Godzilla was one of my role models. The Toho monster was pretty much the coolest thing on television. I’ve enjoyed the evolution of Godzilla over the years…until that crap Matthew Broderick movie happened. It left me thinking, “This is why white people Americans should never make a Godzilla movie.” When I first heard about Godzilla 2014, I was excited and scared. … continued

Channing Tatum as Gambit is…

Posted on May 13th, by raymond padilla in Comics, Movies. 2 comments

In a recent RPadTV Google+ chat, RPadholic Tokz mentioned that Channing Tatum will be playing Gambit in an X-Men spinoff movie. My initial reaction was horror. While he’s an established Hollywood draw and attracts lots of female moviegoers, Channing Tatum is not a good actor. After thinking about the casting choice for a bit (more than a bit, actually, because my crap web server was down), I’m feeling pretty good about the casting decision. There are a couple of reasons why Channing Tatum as Gambit should work. After … continued