Genre Grandeur – The Amazing Spider Man (2012)

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I’ll explain soon but bear with me. In the mean time, check out the review of The Amazing Spider-Man I did for Rob’s comic themed Genre Grandeur.

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For the next submission in this month’s Genre Grandeur – Comic book / superhero movies, I present you with a review by Drew of Drew’s Movie Reviews.  His site is filled with great movie reviews and reviewed of recent movie trailers.  If you don’t already follow his site, I strongly recommend that you do so.

It still isn’t too late to join in on this months Genre Grandeur.  The official deadline is this coming Wednesday, but if you plan on submitting a review, shoot me an email just to let me be on the lookout for it so it gets posted on time.  In order to submit a post, just shoot me an email at comics@movierob.net with your review and I’ll post it for you.

Looking forward to getting those last stragglers’ reviews (Kim? V? Mutant? anyone else? ) soon 🙂

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Trailer #3

Official Synopsis: It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.

So at this point, I think I have said everything I am going to say about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in my posts for the first and second trailers.  This trailer spends a significant amount of its time on Max Dillon and his turn to Electro, much more than the previous trailers.  I am looking forward to seeing Electro, Rhino, and a new Green Goblin on screen and recently it was confirmed B.J. Novak is playing Alistair Smythe, better known as the Ultimate Spider Slayer.  As I mentioned before in a previous post, I’m worried about the movie having too many villains.  Although I think (hope) Novak is more of a set-up for the next sequel.  One thing is for sure, Webb is definitely going big with his Spider-Man sequel.  It looks like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is shaping up to be the largest, most ambitious Spider-Man movie yet.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2, directed by Marc Webb, will be in theaters May 2, 2014, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Sally Field, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Dane DeHaan, Chris Cooper, and B.J. Novak.

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22 Jump Street Trailer

Official Synopsis: After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.

21 Jump Street was a surprise hit for me.  Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill had good chemistry, so any time to see them on screen together, I’m in.  It looks like a lot of the humor that made the first one so enjoyable is still there, which is a good sign.  One of the ongoing gags was Hill and Tatum looked too old for high school, and that gag continues here as well.  But I’m not sure if it will hold up the way it did before.  In any case, I’m looking forward to seeing this next summer.

Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Ice Cube, 22 Jump Street hits theaters June 13, 2014.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 International Trailer #2

Official Synopsis: It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.

That was fast.  The first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 only came out about a week and a half ago, now we get another international trailer.  This trailer has some new stuff mixed with some stuff from the other recent trailer.  However, this shows much more of the lightheartedness that needs to be in a Spider-Man movie.  Spider-Man is always cracking jokes, even in the middle of his fights, and I feel the movies have had difficulty capturing that aspect of him.  The Amazing Spider-Man started off laid-back, but Spidey became more serious as the movie went on.  Same with the Sam Raimi trilogy.  If the tone of this trailer continues throughout the entire film, I will be so happy.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2, directed by Marc Webb, will be in theaters May 2, 2014 and sees the return of Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, and Sally Field as Aunt May, as well as introducing Jamie Foxx as Electro, Paul Giamatti as Rhino, Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn, and Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 International Trailer

Official Synopsis: It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.

This trailer is packed full of action, which looks amazing (pun intended).  More importantly, we get good shots of several villains, including Electro, Rhino, and the Green Goblin.  There were also glimpses of the Vulture’s wings and Doctor Octopus’s arms in an OsCorp facility about halfway through the trailer.  It looks like they are moving towards the Sinister Six, but I have mixed feelings about Sony bringing them in this early, if that is the route they are going.  As much as I want to see the Sinister Six on screen, they should be a culmination of villains introduced throughout several films, not new ones introduced that movie.  It also goes back to one of the reasons I enjoyed the first Amazing Spider-Man: a single villain.  Having too many enemies to focus on (usually) moves the focus away from the hero and their supporting cast.

In any case, I’m excited for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  Any chance to see Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as Peter and Gwen is a treat.  Finally seeing why Peter’s parents just up and left, and what was/is going on at OsCorp should be interesting.  There is more to Aunt May than meets the eye, she already looks like a much deeper character than her comic book counterpart.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2, directed by Marc Webb, will be in theaters May 2, 2014 and sees the return of Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, and Sally Field as Aunt May, as well as introducing Jamie Foxx as Electro, Paul Giamatti as Rhino, Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn, and Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn.

Robocop (2014) Trailer #2

Synopsis: In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years – and it’s meant billions for OmniCorp’s bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.

I’m still not sold on this reboot yet, but I’m willing to give it a try.  This trailer is more action oriented and shows more of the special effects than the more character-focused first trailer. It looks to be more serious than the original RoboCop, which may could hurt it. *cough* Total Recall remake *cough*  Part of the charm of the originals was they were made to be dark and satirical, and did not take themselves too seriously. If MGM can keep that intact, they will at least be on the right track.

The throwback to the original RoboCop color scheme is a nice touch.  Honestly, I don’t think the black looks that bad.

RoboCop, directed by Jose Padilha, will be released February 12, 2014 and stars Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Jennifer Ehle, Michael K. Williams, Jackie Earl Haley, and Jay Baruchel.