If Only… I was in charge of Sony’s ‘Spider-Man’
Even though it made it made a hefty amount at the box office, word is that Sony considers The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (TASM2) a flop or an underachiever at least (I sure hope to see the day when something I create makes $700,000,000 and is considered a flop, but that’s a story for another time). The studio seems genuinely befuddled. I’m not. TASM2 played it too safe. Once upon a time, you could sell a comic book movie based on novelty, effects and what flashy villains you were going to pit against the hero. That era is dead — Marvel’s Avengers, the Dark Knight trilogy and X-Men took it out behind the barn and put it down. ‘Enemies unite’? What else is new?
Sony appears to be in the middle of reevaluating the franchise right now. The third installment in the Amazing Spider-Man series has been pushed back to 2018, while a female-led spin-off has been pencilled in for 2017. That got me thinking: What would I do, given the chance to call the shots on Sony’s Spider-Man franchise? Soon enough, the creative juices flowing. So here’s my answer:
short story: ‘Guy’s A Machine’
When technology and humanity finally become one, something has to give — but what will it be? Discover the answer after the jump:
So I saw ‘Maleficent’
My dayjob as an educator comes with a unique set of challenges, but also offers some undeniable perks. One of those is the ocassional opportunity to catch a movie during work hours and not feel guilty, because you’re chaperoning 20+ exciteable pre-teens. By the time you’ve got them all in their seats, you’ve earned that movie! Yesterday, I got to watch Maleficent, Disney’s newest take on the tale of Sleeping Beauty.
So I saw… X-Men: Days of Future Past
Unlike another superhero movie that came out this spring, my expectations for X-Men: Days of Future Past (DOFP) couldn’t have been higher. Not only was I expecting a vibrant piece of sci-fi action, I was also expecting a respectful adaption of the comic book classic the film is named after and some serious bridging between the “old” and the new X-movies (because why bother getting the original cast if you’re not going to do that?). Quite a list, huh?
The Okay Spider-Man 2 – a movie review
Yes, the trailers didn’t look so hot. Yes, the movie seemed way too crowded. But hey, it’s Spidey. So I caved and went to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 today. Was it amazing? Well, no. It was a lot of fun though.
flash fiction: #MashReads
Can you tell a story in 140 characters? I wanted to know if I could, so I entered Mashable’s Twitter Fiction Contest. As it turns it, it’s only legally open to US residents, so I can’t legally win, but I legally don’t care. So, enjoy these nuggets of illegal flash fiction:
Why I Haven’t Taken Over the World Yet
When I was growing up, my family would vacation in the USA at least once a year. We usually stayed somewhere in the Florida region, and although I came to know our favorite spots pretty well over the years, the excitement of those trips never wore off. Florida’s beautiful beaches didn’t hold the same appeal for me as they did for my parents, but I couldn’t wait to see what was new. Back in those days, visiting the United States was like visiting another planet — nothing looked the way it did back home! Many of the trends and things I spotted would eventually make their way across the Atlantic, but they took their sweet time. I recall watching US blockbusters on home video months before they were even in German cinemas. I loved that. Every little piece of the USA I could take home with me was treasured like an epic conquest.
It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me,
- Elsa, Frozen
If there is a way to properly sum up my hopes, resolutions and plans for 2014, this is it. Have a great one, everybody!
Go Read a Friggin’ Comic – 2013 Year End Edition
Still not reading comics? Don’t care. You won’t stop me from recommending some to you — fighting the good fight and all that. 2013 was a great year for comics (though 2014 is shaping up to be even better), so I want to share some of my personal favorites with you:
This book is glorious sci-fi pulp, recalling genre classics like Quantum Leap, Stargate and Flash Gordon. The book follows scientist Grant McKay and his team, who find themselves being thrown from one alien dimension to another when an experiment goes horribly wrong. While the action is relentless from the word go, the heart of the book are McKay and his team, who I’m starting to love after just two short issues.
This is basically Bonnie & Clyde — that is, if Bonnie and Clyde could stop time by having sex and used that power to rob banks in order to keep their beloved library funded. If it sounds ridiculous, that’s because it is. It’s also a fantastic read. The book deals with the topic of sex in a frank, real way that is usually not seen in comic books, while also pushing the medium in new creative directions.
In all fairness, both of these books are still a little too fresh to claim a spot on a ‘Best of 2013′-list, but they are just too good to go unmentioned. However, there are other books that have kept me entertained for the better part of the year:
Midseason Musings & Movie Madness
If I was still 12, my head would’ve exploded by now. A lot has happened in the world of pop culture and I, well, have some thoughts.
Okay, what is a midseason or winter finale? I mean, when did that become a thing? I don’t remember so much hype last year around, and I’m not sure what to make of it. On the one hand, working towards something big halfway through the season might force creators to plan better, avoiding the midseason lull that has been the kiss of death for many a show.