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New “Amazing Spider-Man” poster makes your eyes go funny…


All very nice, I’m sure, but what would this chap make of it?


A vexing question and one which occupies me as I’ve yet to see any compelling reason to drag my nerdy ass to the cinema to see this reboot when it opens in July, fancy posters be darned.  I’m going to be waiting for the likes of @ThatKevinSmith and the greater comics community to weigh in before I get a sense of whether this is a rejig too far.

Marc Webb‘s previous film, “500 Days of Summer” was a pretty fun diversion but it didn’t show me that he’s the man to call the shots on a big franchise entry like this but clearly he talks a good game if could convince Sony to hand over the keys to arguably their biggest movie series.



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Venom spin-off to lick audiences inappropriately?

For some reason, this week has become a comics news special – not sure why, but I go where the nerdery is.

Fresh from quite a few people liking his debut feature, effed-up geek superhero cautionary tale “Chronicle”, director Josh Trank is being linked to a putative “Spider-Man” spin-off featuring fragrant, delightful and in no way sociopathic anti-hero, Venom.  The LA Times’ ’24 Frames’ blog has more.

What a delight he must be at the dinner table.

You may remember him from the tag-team of villains who rocked-up to make Peter Parker’s life a merry hell in the third “Spider-Man” film.

And now, if you wouldn’t mind, a moment of silence for those of us still living with our painful memories of that particular sequel and its arguable nadir, Emo Spidey.

If I might be so bold, though, the one thing about that movie which wasn’t as stinky as a pallet of week-old fish would have been Topher Grace’s excellent performance as embittered shutterbug Eddie Brock, whose embodiment of alien symbiote heel Venom was clearly one of the most watchable things in the film.

In the way of these things, however, that’s probably for the birds and Sony’s primary concern will possibly be to run interference and possibly use one of those nifty Men In Black memory erasing pens to convince us that “Spider-Man 3” never happened and that Venom’s an entirely new character which we’ve never seen before on screen!

Sony apparently wish to pitch Venom as a dark anti-hero in the Wolverine mode – albeit with more slurping and a singularly unpleasant costume.  I’ll go out on a limb and say that we’ll see this in 2014, prior to the second in the new “Spider-Man” series with Andrew Garfield, cause I’m crazy like that.

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New “Amazing Spider-Man” trailer brings the action

I will confess that the forthcoming Marc Webb superhero reboot, “The Amazing Spider-Man”, hasn’t been on my radar up to this point.


After Sam Raimi’s mediocre third “Spider-Man” film came and went, I felt sure that Sony would give the series a rest for a few years and perhaps come back to the table armed with a few new ideas and perhaps have the courage to play with aspects of the comics as yet undepicted on-screen – the “2099” era seems tailor-made for interpretation on the big screen, in that respect.

New costume, new actor, same hero
Of course, that hasn’t happened and we’ve now got a new trailer for this summer’s “The Amazing Spider-Man”, as helmed by the oh-so-appropriately named Marc Webb, who also made “500 Days of Summer” and seems at first glance to be an intriguingly off-beat choice to helm a massive summer comic book franchise – from quirky, time-juggling romantic comedy to $200 million plus 3D juggernaut in no time at all.
On the evidence of this first trailer, though, Webb seems to have brought his skill in working with younger actors to bear and seems equally comfortable with the balance of action sequences, effects work, romance, comedy and 3D technology which a movie like this calls for.
“The Amazing Spider-Man” opens worldwide from late June (you lucky Kiwis!) this year.

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Those VGA 2011 reveals…

US men’s channel Spike TV has played host to the annual VGA awards ceremony for a few years now – taking place in December, the show celebrates the best titles of the year and has become one of the annual high-points in the gaming calendar for title reveals and trailer debuts.

This year was no exception.

It's a very pretty dystopian apocalypse...

As with most similar events in the video game sphere, a fair number of the surprises were spoiled on the internet prior to Saturday night’s presentation – a development not helped by the likes of Tony Hawk hyping announcements on his Twitter feed and NeoGaf sleuths making threads when they’ve found a new website domain or discovered something which momentarily leaked and was taken down quickly (but not quickly enough) by its makers.

The big announcement for me, inevitably, was “The Last of Us” – a survival horror title which had seen some advanced speculation in the week before the event as VGA mainstay Geoff Keighley’s Twitter feed teased a big PS3 exclusive that wasn’t even on the radar of the vid-game community sites.

Ellen Page has a vid-game doppelganger...

Some had expected to see an open-world Zombie game akin to Valve’s “Left4Dead” but it would seem that “The Last of Us” is something a bit different, which is in fairness what you might come to expect from a Naughty Dog game.

We’re seeing a world post an as-yet-undetermined apocalyptic event, with humans eking out a desperate existence and what look like mutant hybrid antagonists doing their best to remove humanity from the equation.

It’s  hard to take away anything truly concrete from a couple of minutes of trailer but I was pleased to see the emphasis on character in the brief running time and that Naughty Dog seem to be continuing their strong run of having female protagonists who are plausible, not defined by the worst excesses of the male gaze, funny and interesting.

Not Drake and Ellen Page's vid-game alter ego battle nature and what not...

I’m looking at this trailer and it’s giving me a distinct “Enslaved” vibe, which can only be a good thing, as that’s one of my favourite games of this generation.

Much as I would like to purely wax rhapsodic about Naughty Dog’s game, there was other noteworthy stuff shown at the VGAs.

Epic Games' new game, "Fortnite".

Epic Games presented a trailer for FortNite, a new IP from the creators of “Unreal”, “Gears of War” and “Infinity Blade” which forums have instantly dubbed “Team Fortress 2” mashed up with “Minecraft”.  If the evidence of the trailer is to be taken at face value, we’re going to be building a siege-proof fortress by day and defending it against enemy incursion by night, whilst looking like the Heavy, The Scout and other TF2 favourites.  So, I get the snap-judgement but I want to see more.

We also saw the aforementioned Tony Hawk title, which takes the beloved first and second titles in the “Pro Skater” series and seems to be giving them the de rigeur HD up-scaling treatment for every platform known to person-kind.   There’s a new XBLA “Alan Wake” title, “American Nightmare”, which is quite some going given the protracted dev cycle of the first game – they’re practically chucking them out the door in double-quick time!

A new trailer happened along for “Metal Gear Rising”, which now has the subtitle “Revengeance” and is officially being made by Platinum Games, which is a fair old turn up for the books.  There’s been some playing with the previously announced timeline, in which the game no longer takes place between the second and fourth “Metal Gear” entries in the series and is now set after “MGS4”.  More reassuringly, it still looks as though it doesn’t make a lick of sense: Huzzah!

We also had a new “Command & Conquer: Generals” PC-exclusive title from BioWare, some new “Mass Effect 3” gameplay, trailers of Activision’s licensed “The Amazing Spider-Man” game and the gorgeous CG trailer for “Transformers: Fall of Cybertron”, the intro movie from Blizzard’s “Diablo 3”, a haunting “BioShock:Infinite” teaser and “Rainbow Six: Patriots”.

Some sequels, some licensed stuff but enough there to keep anybody busy for a while, I think.

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“The Dark Knight Rises” – when is too much access to movies a bad thing?

Image via JustJared. No duh.

There was a time when you didn’t have this kind of access to a major blockbuster film whilst it was in production.  Before the internet’s wider accessibility to home users in the early 90’s, you relied on magazines and television to give you a carefully stage-managed, imperfection-free look at one of next summer’s movies – nowadays, you just Google search and there’s Anne Hathaway in full Catwoman regalia on the Los Angeles locations for Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises”.

You may be too young to contemplate that, but it’s the truth – you grabbed information in bite-sized chunks, hoping that a magazine would have some nugget that you hadn’t managed to glean from somewhere else and would give you another part of a bigger picture.  I direct you, younger reader, to Den of Geek’s oh-so-truthful feature on the almost forgotten phenomena – the Movie novelisation tie-in.

Nostalgia - is it just not what it used to be?

Before Laserdisc, DVD and Blu-Ray special editions spoiled movie fans with preserved trimmings from the editor’s table, these quickly assembled retellings of the original screenplay occasionally gifted fans with ‘deleted scenes’ which existed in the script but never made it to the actual film (I remember George Gipe’s “Back to the Future” novel particularly well in this regard, with its scene of Principal Strickland crushing Marty’s Walkman in vice – remember Walkmen? No? You’re the iPod generation? Oh, get off my lawn, you damn kids).  Good times.

The point which I am grappling towards is this – do we really gain anything from having this level of access to a film in production?

Point your browser at any one of a million internet forums and seek out a thread on Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises”, Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” or Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” and you will be greeted by a remarkable number of people who would have you believe that they have the absolute inside track on any film being produced.  They have opinions, and boy would they like to share them with you, whether you are interested or not

It isn’t as though their opinions are worth any more than yours, or that they have any more analysis to bring to the subject – merely the fact that they, like me, have taken the time to type down what they’re thinking at any one time is supposedly enough to lend the vague patina of much-prized insider knowledge to their every digital utterance.  How did we get to this point?

With most things, I suppose money plays a part – forum gossip and traffic in knowledge only serves to advance word about an expensive movie franchise-in-waiting far in advance of a release date and if you can get free publicity from having people talk about your project, that’s got to be a good thing, hasn’t it?

The furore which greeted this official picture still staggers me.

Well, not necessarily.

Christopher Nolan, the fanboy’s favourite working auteur has been on the other side of the magnifying glass, following the near-universal acclaim for “The Dark Knight” and “Inception”.  The pulse of popular online opinion began to turn with the latter film, but the wave of ill-informed, wrong-headed, jaw-droppingly inane vitriol which has greeted every snatched paparazzo picture and hastily-grabbed camcorded capture of an on-location shoot for the third Nolan “Batman” film is enough to make any sane person wish to retreat from the internet forever.

I would suggest, being wholly and irredeemably middle-aged, that one should refrain from making a public pronouncement on a film in production until one has, you know, seen that finished film.  Not so the internet fanboy.

Worst. Blog Post. Ever.

The internet fanboy has as many sketchy jpegs of somebody who might perhaps be Anne Hathaway’s stunt double grabbed from a distance of a thousand yards to be able to say with absolute certainty that “The Dark Knight Rises” is a disaster-in-waiting. And what’s more, even though he hasn’t seen a frame of actual footage, he’s damned certain that Hathaway’s performance will be terrible, because she’s been terrible in everything.  Well, not that he’s seen “Becoming Jane” – cause that’s a chick flick – or “Love and Other Drugs” or, well, anything with her in, but the internet says it’s so, so it’s the truth.

There are people pronouncing on all of these summer 2012 movies online despite not having seen a damned second of any of them.  It’s the internet culture writ small – it’s perfectly OK to have an opinion on something, based on not very much concrete evidence, deride the source of your ire and be on to the next thing before the object of your hatred even opens in cinemas (not that the internet fanboy goes to a cinema, as this would interrupt his busy schedule of torrenting a cam-rip of a movie he was dissing back in the previous October.

To draw my observations to a blessed close I say only this – I post this not to bury fandom, but to celebrate the positive aspects of it.  Geeks are great people – I proudly count myself as one of that tribe – but there’s always a subset of fans who seem to have forgotten how cool it is to get unfettered access to information and have begun to take it as a right, rather than a privilege.  I’m calling out the entitlement complex which so many nerds have and the blithe way in which they assert that arrogance.

How about taking a second in your day to appreciate just how cool it is to have this level of access available whenever you want it, wherever you want it?  I streamed movie trailers yesterday on my iPod touch walking around the house, without the connection breaking, in decent quality.

That shizz is science fiction, and it’s awesome...

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