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Trailered: “Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance”

Hands up – who wanted a second “Ghost Rider” film?

Insert your favourite, Raimi-esque, 'Farewell to Arms' gag here.

If you answered “Nicolas Cage’s accountant”, then full points for snarking.  Being a contrary old sort, I have to say that I actually quite liked the first one, imperfect and absurd as it was – Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes were childhood sweeties?   Okie Dokie – that makes a whole bunch of sense…

The sequel opens in February and has been directed by Taylor and Neveldine, the deranged hacks who previously brought you the “Crank” series and the odious, half-witted, time-wasting pox on celluloid which was Gerard Butler vehicle, “Gamer” (a film made by people whose revelatory take on games is to mutter something about online gamers being fat nerds and then gawp at some hapless starlet’s breasts for two hours).

You want to get that looked at, mate...

This sequel is set in Eastern Europe and sees Johnny Blaze off riding the earth and trying to get rid of his ‘Ghost Rider’ curse once and for all.  This leads to him intervening in weird, demonic cult shenanigans to save a child – sentimentality alert! – and locking horns with Ciaran Hinds, who appears to have a slight eye infection.

Hey up, it's Dumbledore's brother!

Eye infection/demonic possession – you can understand my confusion.

Anyhow, as with all superhero movie trailers latterly, lots of things proceed to blow up, jump out at you and generally try and EXCITE THE VERY FILLINGS FROM YOUR TEETH WITH AWESOME SAUCE!  

Ghost Rider gets new wheels.

I’m not sure that they’ve entirely succeeded on that front.   The action looks to be as gonzo and OTT as it usually is in a Neveldine/Taylor film, but I’m not entirely sold on the ‘kid-in-peril’ angle.  There’s no need for a kid to be in a movie like this, with a character like this, unless it’s to roll out the old schtick about redemption, saving an innocent child from evil’s outriders – that’s stuff we’ve all seen 10,000 times before and it’s genuinely of no interest to me.

So that's where Christophe Lambert's been all these years...

I quite like the Eastern European vistas seen in the trailer – it’s nice to see a superhero movie venturing outside the US for a change (I can only think of “Captain America – The First Avenger”, the “Fantastic Four” sequel and “X-Men: First Class” doing this) and acknowledging that other countries in the world might quite like to have merry hell visited upon them in the name of truth, justice and flaming skulls.

They've redesigned the skull, apparently. Can't say that I noticed.

I guess that I’m cautiously optimistic that this will offer decent, B-movie chuckles come the early part of next year – the track record of the directors doesn’t fill me with joy, but it’s hard to see how directors who usually aim fast, dirty and low can really mess up material that’s essentially goofy, harmless and drawn from similar storytelling cloth to the TV series “Supernatural”, which I’m really quite fond of.

I've got no idea how you film a bloody stunt like this. I assume the poor fella's still alive...

On the down side?  This is yet another PG 13-rated, post-converted 3D effort, the latter aspect of which still indicates that movie studios regard the format as an after-thought gimmick and solely a thing to check off on your marketing plan.  I’ve always said that if a studio can’t be bothered to stump up the cash to do 3D properly, I can’t be bothered to dip my hand into my pocket and throw any cash at them.

I hope he's got third party car insurance...

“Ghost Rider” opens in the US, UK and most European territories on the 17th February 2012.

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A geeky round-up (because I’m ill)…

The dreaded lurgyMan-flu.  An outbreak of contagious yuck – call it what you will, I’m afflicted by it.  If I were you, I’d wear an anti-germ mask and disinfect yourself thoroughly before reading this post.

Mr Germ, yesterday.

Accordingly, my brain is working on about 40% effectiveness and I think it best for all concerned if I point in the direction of a few points of interest on the internet, before you catch something from me via Teh Interwebz.

An interesting round-up of a recent Femme-friendly Sci-Fi event, GirlGeekCon in Seattle, from those nice folks at the Tor Books blog.


Super Punch have an unboxing video for the collector’s edition of “Star Wars: The Old Republic”.

Milla Jovovich isn’t very happy about the US marketing campaign for “The Three Musketeers”…, via I Watch Stuff.

Ben Affleck may be directing the long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Stand”, per Rope of Silicon.

Some reviews of  the “Captain America: The First Avenger” blu-ray disc at Blu-Ray.com and Crave Online.  I loved it – possibly a little more than I enjoyed “Thor” – and can’t wait to see it in glorious HD in December when it releases in the UK.

A sneaky clip from the “Ghost Rider” sequel is currently available over at ShockTillYouDrop – from last week’s Spike TV Scream awards ceremony.

Finally, Deadline.com reports that “Paranormal Activity 3” opened in the US this weekend to $55 million, making it the highest-debuting box office result ever for a horror movie.  I haven’t seen the first one, I stopped watching “Saw” movies after the first one and have seen two minutes of “Hostel”.  I freely confess that the last decade in horror cinema has completely passed me by.



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Quick Geek News – 16/10/2011

Hey up.  Fancy some quick geekiness?

All the way from Asgard to your multiplex in 2013...

“Thor 2” is on. It’s out in November 2013, has a director in the form of Patty Jenkins (who directed “Monster”, the Aileen Wournos biopic which won Charlize Theron an Oscar) and features your man Loki – which kind of suggests that he survives “The Avengers” unscathed.  More at Den of Geek.

Nic Cage and Eva Mendes in the original "Ghost Rider".

io9 were at New York Comic Con this weekend and saw footage from “Crank” directors Taylor and Neveldine’s “Ghost Rider” sequel, ‘Spirit of Vengeance’.  It’s looking better than the first film (which I have a soft spot for) and appears to have all of the subtlety, restraint and good taste which you would expect from the auteurs behind the “Crank” series. Can’t wait, but I’ll have to – it’s due out on 22 February 2012 in the UK.

Indirectly inspired classic "Simpsons" characters Kodos & Kang - all hail Rod Serling and "The Twilight Zone"

The great Warner Brothers director talent search for their “Twilight Zone” project has found a man behind the megaphone – “Cloverfield” and “Let Me In” man Matt Reeves.  It’s not going to be an anthology – more a large-scale science fiction action film – and hopefully will keep some of that classic Rod Serling eerieness intact. More at Slashfilm.

Are we saying Taylor Lautner? We're saying Taylor Lautner, aren't we? Bobbins.




As there’s clearly not enough remakes of Eighties movies being made, add another one to your slate – The writers of “Fringe” and “Thor” are penning a “Top Gun” remake per the nice people at The Film Stage.

Remakes? Remodels? Creative bankruptcy? Surely not.



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