Monday, May 12, 2014

First Constantine trailer is here!

I am going to come out and admit that I full on loved the 2005 Constantine movie starring everyone's favorite movie savior, Keanu Reeves. I know some people hated it but well, to borrow from the comic book they're tossers.

With that said, it's about to get blown out of the water.

NBC has picked up a TV-series based on, I think, the original comic book and reset it Constantine to his blonde, British roots. The first trailer for the series has just dropped and if demons and angels are your cup of tea, then sit back and take some good long sips because this one is a doozy!

The show stars Matt Ryan ("Criminal Minds") as the eponymous supernatural detective, Lucy Griffiths ("True Blood"), Harold Perrineau ("Lost") and Charles Halford. The power of Christ compels you!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

His greatest battle…is having his movie
written by the same people who
wrote Prometheus
You will hear that The Amazing Spiderman 2 is not a good movie because of a glut of villains.

This is not true.

You will hear that The Amazing Spiderman 2 is not a good movie because Garfield or Foxx didn't embody their character right.

This is not true.

It is not a good movie because it has plot points but not narrative.

It is not a good movie because it has characters without motivations.

It is not a good movie because it had more product placement than Man of Steel.

It is not a good movie because it has lifted whole scenes from other super hero movies...but not the right ones. In all seriousness, Jaime Foxx's Electro is an almost beat for beat clone of Jim Carrey's Riddler and I mean that in the worst way possible. To quote Elephant Robot himself, "when you can have had Django Unchained Jamie Foxx, why would want In Living Color Jamie Foxx?"

I wanted to love this movie but would have settled for enjoying myself. And...and the movie is just ok. Lots of great, wonderful little moments surrounded by tons of wasted opportunities and wasted potential. It’s not throw-your-popcorn-at-the-screen bad, nor it it clap-and-jump good. It's shoulder-shrug okay. And that…mediocrity…is what really pissed me off.

This article and this one sum it up quite nicely if you want to read more reasons why this movie is so frustrating. 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Pax Romana is getting the TV treatment!

Over here at Elephant Robot, several of us are big fans of Jonathan Hickman's deliriously good Pax Romana, a heady graphic novel that involves time traveling priests, WWIII, and more text than you might read in a proper non-graphic novel. Hickman books are  the anti-Game of Thrones…he assumes you can maintain focus and attention in the midst of robust dialogue and doesn’t hide his ideas in "sexposition," as it were.

We've just learned that the lovely people over at SyFy (the SciFi channel is dead! Long live the SyFy Channel!) will be adapting Pax Romana it for the small screen. Which both excellent and terrifying. Excellent because TV is where a complex concept like Pax Romana needs to live. Terrifying because, well, it's still the SyFy channel and they're not exactly known for amazing programming. I mean, Warehouse 13 is a good time and all, but great TV it is not.

But let's not lose the forest for the trees here: Pax Romana is about to become a TV show. And that. Is. Awesome!