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My Thoughts on James Mangold & Hugh Jackman Doing Another Wolverine Film

Howdy people of the web, now I know this news story has been up for a little while and I’m kind of late to this party, but I could sit back and not share my opinion on this recent bit of comic book film news. The following info comes from superherohype:

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“Deadline is reporting that 20th Century Fox has begun negotiations with The Wolverine director James Mangold to direct another solo “X-Men” film starring Hugh Jackman as Logan. Mangold is negotiating now to write the treatment for the film with Lauren Shuler Donner returning to produce. No word on what the storyline is, as Fox is keeping it under wraps for the time being.

To date, Mangold’s The Wolverine has grossed $413.6 million at the worldwide box office and is the second-highest grossing film in the “X-Men” franchise behind X-Men: The Last Stand‘s $459.4 million.

Including the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, the film will mark Hugh Jackman’s eighth appearance as the character on the big screen.”

Well this was surprising to read about. When I first saw this I initially I thought it was a joke. I dunno why but I just didn’t think it was real. THEN I saw this news story being spread over several sites and realised that it wasn’t bull and it was actually legit. Okay. So how do I feel about this, well, I’m kind of half and half.

Personally I really liked The Wolverine, while it wasn’t perfect and definitely had problems that can’t be ignored, I thought it was the most accurate representation we’ve gotten of the character since the X-Men film series started and it was a HELL of a lot better than X-Men Origins: Wolverine. That being said I’m not sure I really want another Wolverine film so soon, if at all. Now I love Hugh Jackman in the role, I mean LOVE him in the role and he’s totally committed to the character. However he’s been doing the character for over 10 years and I think it’s about time 20th Century Fox at least gave the other X-Men characters a chance to shine. He’s already the center of Days of Future Past, if he jumps into another film I dunno if that’d be a good thing.

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But when all is said and done Wolverine is the flagship character in the film series and 20th Century Fox are all about money and less about quality so I wouldn’t be surprised if this did go ahead. I wouldn’t mind it, I just wouldn’t be overly keen on it right now.

So what do you lot think of this new about there being another Wolverine film? Leave your thoughts below.

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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The Wolverine Review

Alrighty then, the day has come to review the latest Wolverine film entitled The Wolverine. Now understandably after the disgusting atrocity that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine I was hesitant about watching another solo film involving the claw-wielding mutant. But the director James Mangold, seemed to have a better understanding of the source material and even Hugh Jackman said that this was the kind of Wolverine film he wanted to make. So with their good interviews and interesting trailers I started to feel hope. So now that I’ve actually seen the film does it rectify the mistakes of the past or do we get more of the same shit from before? Read on and find out.

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So let’s start with the story. In this film Logan is a drifter, he’s rough, out of action and having nightmares in the form of memories of the past and illusions. At one point Logan is found by Yukio and told that her employer  Yashida, an old friend of Logan’s wants to see him, so they travel to Japan and it is here that Yashida offers Logan a chance to be rid of his immortality (his healing factor). Well let’s just say that one thing leads to another and eventually Logan looses his powers, vulnerable for the first time Logan must fight to the limits of his abilities while trying to protect those close to him.

I thought the story in this film was pretty cool. The film started out very strong and it had me captivated, you see Logan’s struggle, understand his suffering and the Japanese setting presents a whole new set of interesting aspects. Unfortunately the film looses steam getting a little convoluted, slow in pace and the final act is a bit lacking in originality and logic. That aside, it seems like the script writers have drawn inspiration from the comics and if you’re nerd like me you’ll notice the subtle references. The clear reference for this storyline is Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s 1982 Wolverine, and those key elements are spread throughout this film with modifications made here and there. James Mangold’s direction is done nicely, but after watching this film I can’t help but think that Darren Aronofsky could have done a much better job with the adaptation of the source material. The film as it stands is good, but I could totally see moments where Aronofsky’s talent for torment and psychological stuff would have really elevated the drama, emotion and madness that this film is trying to convey.

Oh and for the love of Christ STAY FOR THE AFTER CREDITS SCENE! You’ll appreciate it, I freaked nerded out to the highest level yo, its super cool. 🙂

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When it come to the characters the cast do a good job as bringing these people to live, though some stand out more than others. Firstly let’s start with Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine. Man, Hugh Jackman is still awesome in this role and his physique is something to be admired (yeah I said it, but it’s so true). I loved how his character was down and out, haunted by his past and how he handled pain for the first time. I also think he embodies the title character even better than ever before. It’s the subtle mannerisms, handling of his powers and fighting style that really feels like the character from the comics and Jackman excels so well, he is the key element that makes this film work so well. The other key person is Rila Fukushima as Yukio, she’s a very deadly and flexible fighter who not only has connects to Mariko but also Logan due to their current circumstances and I loved how cool and action-oriented Fukushima was.

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Then there’s Haruhiko Yamanouchi as Yashida, he played his role pretty well in the film. Also Tao Okamoto is very pretty and lovely as Mariko Yashida and Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen Yashida is a badass douche as Mariko’s father. Will Yun Lee as Harada is pretty interesting and cool, even though his character’s credibility goes down towards the latter part of the film. Brian Tee as Noburo Mori was also good and Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper was intimidating and freaky, if somewhat generic and boring. And lastly I was happy with what Famke Janssen did in the film as she reprises her role as Jean Grey from previous films.

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As for the presentation it’s pretty good. Visually the film is great, there is some nice cinematography, lovely fight choreography for Wolverine and Yukio, and the CGI while a bit questionable at times, works overall. I think my favourite elements of the film is seeing Wolverine kicking ass, cutting, stabbing and being a badass with his lovely claws! Also the soundtrack Marco Beltrami is nice, definitely adopting a very different and Japanese-esque sound, it is subtle, beautiful and dramatic, though it does lack impact and memorable songs.

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In conclusion The Wolverine is VERY GOOD improvement over that garbage film from 2009. With a much better story, setting and wonderful action set pieces, this film is definitely an entertaining piece of work. While it’s not perfect by any means and does have a few problems here and there, The Wolverine does succeed in being a film that has more pros than cons. How much you enjoy it is down to you especially if you’re what kind of comic book fan. I know most fans and critics will hate on the film, but I say go watch it, I feel hope for this character again. 🙂

Rating: 8/10 (It’s an awesome step in the right direction for Wolverine)

So what did you think of The Wolverine, was it the film that rectified the mistakes of the past or was it another failure in the line of X-Men-based films? Whatever your thoughts, drop them below in the comments section yo! Until the next film review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Wolverine Trailer #2 Review

Okay then time to review a new trailer, cool I was starting to get bored with doing nothing on my blog haha. Anyways today we have the second trailer for The Wolverine and this one is pretty cool, it basically shows what the last trailer did but includes new scenes and overall I feel is a much better product. Anyways talk about this trailer yo!

Have a look at the trailer below:

I really like the introduction of the trailer. We see Logan wakes up from a dream to find Jean Grey nest to him in bed, she asks him what’s up, Logan says that he’ll never hurt anyone again. To which she replies it’s too late and that it’s already happened, Logan starts freaking out, the camera turns and then, BAM we find out that he was inside another dream (Inception!) as he wakes up retracting his claws in his rough, bearded self outside somewhere.

Then see the scene with Yukio, the red-haired assassin who finds Logan in the bar and cuts a few things, she sheaths her sword and the bar stool breaks and a man’s beer bottle bottom half drops. Just like a real samurai! Through voice over we hear Yukio’s been trying to find Wolverine for a year to which Logan replies “That’s not who I am anymore.” So then we have scenes of Yukio and Logan arriving at some fancy location in London, then we see a flashback scene of Logan saving a man’s life during an explosion during a war.

We then see shots of people doing kendo (I think), Viper looking suspicious in her lab coat and the old man who Logan saved years okay offering him a chance to end his immortality. Then there’s the shot of Logan getting shot and it looks like it hurts, guess being mortal has its disadvantages haha.

What takes places after this is just pure action. Wolverine’s just being all badass, cutting guys and flipping them over, fighting a man on a fast-moving train while trying not to get blown away, fighting the Silver Samurai at night. Then there’s the massive set-piece with all the ninja and looks cool with Wolverine having to fight off ninjas with swords, some with chains and other on motorcycles. Even Yukio gets some cool-ass fight time with some guy who’s either Silver Samurai or some other bad guy. This all looks cool and in between these moments of action we see Wolverine acknowledging that he isn’t healing like before and we also see Viper being all sneaky stating that he’s been weakened so I’m assuming she comes into play in a big way at some point.

But there’s that one shot towards the latter part of the trailer where Wolverine is going up again this MASSIVE ASS SUPER SAMURAI GIANT! What the hell is that? It’s so beastly! Cool as hell. We also have a nice shot of Wolverine standing with his claws out and a cigar in his mouth, love it. And we get a few quick shots of Wolverine, Yukio, Silver Samurai and a man with gun. The End!

Overall this trailer gives us a better insight into what’s going on in the film, how Jean Grey sort of affected the film and how much action is going down. For me I love Wolverine as a character and Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of the character has been great. However there are so many more aspects of the character I want to see, like his berserker rage and just a little more violence. I know it’s a 12-Rated film but you can get away with a lot in a 12-Rated film if you know how to do it right.

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So in conclusion I liked this trailer, it’s better than the last one and makes me feel a little more hyped for the film than I was before. I am still curious about The Wolverine, I’m weary of it because of the nightmare that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. So I’m cautiously optimistic about this film at the moment, but hell it is really winning me over little by little, I just pray that it’s a good film.

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Wolverine Teaser Trailer Review

Alrighty then here’s the moment I’ve been waiting for all my life, okay maybe not that long, but this has been one of those events I’ve been eagerly anticipating for a while now; the reveal of teaser trailer for The Wolverine. After all the interviews, set pictures and official posters we finally get to se what this film is going to look like and there’s even two trailers to check out. The end reason is something of interest and awesomeness, though not quite as much awesomeness as I would have hoped. Well you can decide for yourselves what to make of these trailers.

Let’s get things started with the international trailer because it’s longer haha:

I like the voice over in the beginning, it sets the tone and atmosphere for that current period in Logan/Wolverine’s life. It seems like Logan has gone the way of Afro in Afro Samurai: Resurrection where he’s been on the road, drifting from place to place and has been of the game for a while. And I like that, to see Logan not in his prime and looking a little rough around the edges, though after he’s contacted by this red-haired asian girl Logan’s life is gonna change. This red-haired asian girl claims to have an employer who wishes to see Logan and help him out, and so we travel to Japan where Logan meets an old friend from his past who can promise to get rid of his immortality, oh, now things just got interesting. I like the flashback sequence with Logan protecting this man from the explosion and fire, it just shows how powerful Logan’s healing factor is and that’s always a good thing. There also seems to be some sort of double cross going on when Logan is shot during some sort of ceremony in front of loads of people and of course panic ensues.

Then there’s all these scenes of fighting and chaos and it does look a lot fancier and realistic than X-Men Origins: Wolverine. You have Logan fighting men with guns, then a whole load of ninja, there’s also some cool-looking fight on top of a train and we even get glimpses of Logan going up against Silver Samurai with some slick-looking choreography I might add. This is looking nice. I am liking the locations, lighting and weather too, seeing fight scenes at night is always nice and there’s even one in the snow too, love it when weather plays a role too. I like Logan’s change in attire from a suit to his usual white vest and pants, it just makes a nice change you know.

Now here’s the domestic trailer:

This trailer is pretty much the international one except shorter, more condensed and with a few different scenes here and there. I have to say that this one is a lot snappier when it comes to the editing and while I enjoyed seeing of the extra scenes involving the red-haired asian girl kicking some ass, I still prefer the international trailer due to its length, atmosphere, music and better pacing.

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So to conclude I am still hyped for the film, though not nearly as much as before because I expected to be absurdly blown away by the teaser trailer. But we still have time before the official trailers come out so here’s hoping I can get stupidly excited for The Wolverine because I really just want a decent Wolverine film.

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2013 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Wolverine Trailer Will Debut Online March 27th!

Okay so we have some small but very important superhero news to deliver to you today from the realm of superherohype, so read the following article below to see the full story:

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“Fans have grown increasingly impatient over the first trailer for the upcoming solo X-Men film, The Wolverine. Previously all that we knew was the trailer would premiere in theaters with G.I. Joe: Retaliation (now opening March 28th). The Wolverine director James Mangold has confirmed this and more. On Twitter this morning, he posted this message:

“Clarity for all asking: I will tweet a peek (a “tweazer”) on 26th. Full teaser online on 27th. 3D and 2D in theaters on the big screen 29th.”

So check back here on the 27th for the full trailer for the film!

Opening in theaters on July 26, 2013, the James Mangold-directed action adventure stars Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee.

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.”

YES! YES! YES! FINALLY YO! It’s about bloody time. For a superhero film as highly anticipated as this it’s made me wonder why they’ve taken so long to release a teaser trailer, especially with all the interviews and pictures we’ve been seeing since late last year. Well Luckily we only have to wait until next Wednesday to see what kind of Wolverine film we’re gonna get and I pray to god that it looks better than the tragedy that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Expect my review when the trailer hits online! 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Films to look out for in 2013 Part 3

Hi people of the interweb, its been a while since the last time I did this. But anyway welcome to the third and part of Films to look out for in 2013! If you haven’t read the previous parts check them out here and here. Today’s set of films will be taking place from summer right up into Christmas, so let’s get started!

Despicable Me 2

Release Date: July 9 (US), October 15 (UK)

If the first teaser trailer didn’t get you in the mood for Despicable Me 2 then this one has to, it’s great. As bad as this may sound to some people, I only got around to watching Despicable Me a few weeks ago. I initially was never interested in the film because I guess it just rubbed me the wrong way when I saw the trailers for it. But surprisingly I actually liked the film. The story was nice, those Minions were hilarious and the soundtrack by Pharrell Williams was great. So now with that knowledge in mind I am curious to see what happens in this sequel, what’s going on with Gru and the girls? What kind of other villains will be lurking around? Will Vector return from the moon? Will Mr. Perkins try to get back at Gru? So many questions need answering. I guess we’ll see later on in the year!

Pacific Rim

Release Date: July 12 (US & UK)

Before seeing the trailer for this film I wasn’t too bothered about the film, the only thing that held my interest was the fact that Guillermo del Toro wa directing it. Luckily the trailer that came out last month and confirmed that this film would be one to look out for. Here we have a world where people pilot giant robots and battle giant monsters who come from the ocean. The concept alone sounds awesome and the trailer makes it look even cooler. YouTube reviewer Jeremy Jahns described the film as a cross between Power Rangers, Real Steel and Godzilla and to be honest that’s a pretty accurate description. Now obviously monster movies can either be good or bad but since del Toro is behind this one it has to be at least worth a look right?

The Wolverine

Release Date: July 26 (US & UK)

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Ah yeah time for some more Wolverine! Now while the last Wolverine film disappointed me beyond belief I find myself once again getting hyped up for another one. This time the filmmakers are adapting a classic storyline from from the 1982 limited series Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, here the title character travels to Japan, encounters people from his past and gets to duke it out with the Silver Samurai! All of this sounds automatically way better than the previous film. The film seems much more character-driven and story-based along with more action too. Naturally I have reservations and I’m trying to keep my excitement levels in check, but Hugh Jackman and James Mangold are continuously making this film sound epic, so here’s hoping Marvel and 20th Century Fox don’t let us fans down again.

300: Rise of an Empire

Release Date: August 2 (US & UK)

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Now while I used to think 300 was badass when I was 17, over the years I grew up and the film really didn’t hold up very well for me. So now we have 300: Rise of an Empire, a prequel film with loads of action and new stories to tell. I don’t really know much about this new film and honestly I don’t think it’s entirely necessary, 300 was good on its own. But hell we’ll see what happens with this prequel when August comes around.

Elysium

Release Date: August 9 (US), September 20 (UK)

Elysium is another one of those films that I’ve heard about but don’t really know what it’s about. the only info I have on this film is that it’s the next big film from District 9 director Neil Blomkamp and it stars Matt Damon. Those two reasons alone make me want to watch this film, I loved District 9 and I love Matt Damon so it’s a win-win situation for me. The plot basically states: “Set in the year 2159, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.” Sounds pretty interesting, can’t wait to see how this turns out.

Riddick

Release Date: September 6

Oh yeah finally the return of Riddick! Vin Diesel finally returns to one of his most famous roles in Riddick, the third film in this film series. The plot sounds pretty cool too: “Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick’s past.” It seems like the filmmakers are going back to basics by making this film more in line with Pitch Black and giving it an R rating too. He’s hoping there’s still some interesting tales to be told in the life and times of Riddick.

The Tomb

Release Date: September 27 (US & UK)

I remember when the first image for The Tomb was first really, and there was all this buzz about Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone being in the same film together (outside of The Expendables). I knew from that one image that this film would be something for me to check out. The film will follow Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone), a structural engineer who is wrongly convicted of a crime, and is incarcerated in a prison of his own design, aided in his escape by his cellmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Any film with Sly and Arnie in it is worth my time, I just hope it has enough action to meet my requirements.

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

Release Date: October 4 (US)

Alrighty then here we have Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, the sequel to the massively successful 2005 comic book film Sin City. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller return to co-direct the long-awaited sequel. This is the film with the ever-expanding cast, I swear the number of people in this film just keep increasing! The cast includes Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Alexa Vega, Jaime King, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert. And then add Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple and Julia Garner… Jesus Christ! Too many damn people! With all these people it makes me wonder if this film with finish production on time, I guess we’ll see later on this year.

The World’s End

Release Date: August 14 (UK), October 25 (US)

Alright a new film from Edgar Wright, any film by him is a mandatory watch. I’ve been looking forward to The World’s End for a while. This is the final film in the “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy” along with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.The film stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Oliver
Eddie Marsan as a group of friends who reunite after twenty years to reattempt an “epic” pub crawl from their youth.

Ender’s Game

Release Date: October 25 (UK), November 1 (US)

I’ve heard a lot about Ender’s Game and the main reason I’m watching it is because of Harrison Ford. As far as I’m aware he hasn’t been in agood serious film for a while now so here’s hoping that he gets a chance to shine in tis film. Based on the best-selling, award-winning novel of the same name the film will star Asa Butterfield as Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, an unusually gifted child who is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future alien invasion, along Ford, the film also includes Ben Kingsley, Aramis Knight, Hailee Steinfeld, Jimmy Pinchak, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.

Thor: The Dark World

Release Date: October 30 (UK), November 8 (US)

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Like with Iron Man 3, I don’t think I have to tell you how hyped I am for Thor: The Dark World. I am beyond hyped! I loved Thor back in 2011 and I have been impatiently waiting for the sequel for a while now. It seems like in the sequel Thor and company will have a much bigger battle on their hands that involved all of the Nine Realms as he takes on Malekith and the Dark Elves and also tries to continue his relationship with Jane Foster. I can’t wait to see what Alan Taylor brings to the film as the new director, I seriously want to be blown away by this film. With all of the actors, practical sets and much larger scale story I think Thor: the Dark World is set to be a really great sequel.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Release Date: November 22 (UK & US)

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I enjoyed the The Hunger Games for what it was, Jennifer Lawrence was wonderful as the lead character and I liked the story and action involved. Loads of people complain about the way in which the book was adapted to film and there was controversy about the violence and race of specific characters. But it was all just blown out of proportion. All I know is that the film was good and I’m interested to see what happens in Catching Fire. In the sequel Katniss and Peeta’s victory is cut short as the Quarter Quell puts them back into the Hunger Games for the second time.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Release Date: December 13 (US & UK)

Yes, this what I’m talking about, The Hobbit Part 2! I really enjoyed The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and it looks like in December this year we get to continue the fun in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. In this film Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) continues his journey with Gandalf the Wizard (Ian McKellen) and the thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor and take on Smaug the dragon.

Anchorman: The Legend Continues

Release Date: December 20

While not much is known about Anchorman 2, all I know is that the first film was awesome and they better not fuck things up with this sequel. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was a great comedy film, one of the best I’d seen in years, there was no need for a sequel. But hell it’s happening anyway. The cast have all returned and the one minute trailer seemed alright so here’s hoping this new film is worth the wait.

Last Vegas

Release Date: December 20 (US & UK)

This last film I’d never heard of until I saw it on a film guide on another website and since I liked the cast members involved I thought it’d be worth a watch. Last Vegas features Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline as four old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single.

Well that’s it, that’s all of my picks of the films you should be looking out for in 2013. My god just trying to put this list together over the last two blog posts has just been so long you don’t even know! But anyway hopefully you enjoyed my picks and tell me yours in the comments below.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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New Story Details of The Wolverine

I love finding secretive superhero film news on the internet, well maybe on so secret as it is just not in the usual place where its meant to be found. Anyways new story information on The Wolverine has emerged from Empire Magazine and FilmoFilia have taken a few segments from it to provide us new info in the following article:

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“We’ve all been paying attention to the behind the scenes doings of James Mangold’s The Wolverine. Though the story is based on the Chris Claremont and Frank Miller arc—one of my all time favorites—plot details have been relatively sparse. As you’re well aware, “based on” means very little sometimes.

Now, however, we get a little peek behind the curtain. In the new issue of Empire, producer Hutch Parker talks plot and lets it slip why Logan (Hugh Jackman) winds up in Japan.

Here’s what Parker has to say on the matter:

“We pick up Logan in a very isolated state, full of self-loathing. He is sought out by a young Asian woman for reasons he doesn’t fully understand, who is asking him to follow her to Japan where he is meant to reconnect with someone he spent prison-time with in Nagasaki. And the legacy of that experience—effectively Logan saved him—is that this man is on his deathbed, and is looking to give him a gift, to thank him for the life he’s had. But this gift draws Logan into a very complex and very unexpected world within both contemporary Japan, and to some degree the feudal history of Japan.

The quality of this story is that it takes Logan on such a challenging personal journey. He’s so in isolation, so out of his element. It’s a much more powerful distillation of his character than you’ve seen before. It’s why people have always love this particular story.”

In a vague way this sounds similar to the Claremont/Miller storyline, but the details have been substantially altered. Still, this description is thematically comparable to the source material. You have Logan in the land of the rising sun, engulfed in the underworld of modern Japan, there’s a shadowy woman, and he’s delving into as yet uncharted elements of his past that will force him to confront some unpleasant truths.

While it may not be an exact replica of a comic storyline, the changes don’t make me cringe reading them. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely concerned (as every decent X-Men fan) and we’ll have to wait to see this bad boy until we can be sure, but this is close enough to remain optimistic in a cautious sense, in addition to what I’ve said earlier – It would be nice to see a depth given to the beloved hero and I think that Mangold intends to do just that.

Parker’s description also explains why we’ve seen shots from what we can assume is a World War II camp.

The Wolverine also stars Will Yun Lee, Rila Fukushima, Brian Tee, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Hiroyuki Sanada and Svetlana Khodchenkova. It is set to hit the theaters on July 26th, 2013.”

The more I read about this film, the more I get excited. I like how they’re really drawing from the comic book material and its great that they’re also trying to humanize Wolverine as a character too which is something he really needs. One of the issues that many critics had with Wolverine as a character in his first solo film was that he was invincible which made him hard to care about and relate to, so I hope this film will rectify that problem. Logan/Wolverine is a very emotional character and has gone through so much in his life from being experimented on, to losing so many loved ones, to being on the battlefield in many wars over many decades. There is a massive wealth to his character that casual audiences don’t know about and I pray some of that gets captured and translated onto the big screen to show casual audiences and film critics that he is human.

Now I know what happens when you get too excited about a film before its release, there is the chance it can suck and believe me I’ve been there before, 4 years ago. Back when X-Men Origins: Wolverine came out I was convinced before the film’s release that it was gonna be badass… How wrong was I? That film was just an insult to so much of the comic book source material and the awesome mini backstory that was created in X-Men 2. After that I never wanted to see another Wolverine film, but then I let time pass and of course I saw X-Men: First Class. That film leads me to believe that there was glimmer of hope for the next Wolverine film under 20th Century Fox. I just hope that director James Mangold and his writers can get right this time.

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Wolverine Puts on a Suit in New Image From The Wolverine

While the title was misleading on superherohype I did like the actual images I came across, just have a look at how badass Logan/Wolverine looks here:

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Just have a look at that top picture, wow. I hate to sound like I have the hots for Hugh Jackman, but he does look very classy in that suit. Wolverine has never looked so smart, at least in a film format. It seems like the filmmakers are really taking this film an interesting direction and embracing the Japanese culture. What I get from this is that Wolverine is dressed up to go up against the Yakuza or something, because the Japanese Yakuza like the Italian Mafia all wear fancy suits.

As for the bottom picture that seems like more typical Logan attire. Nice. I can really get anything else from that picture really besides the fact that Jackman’s expression shows us that he seems on a mission to get somewhere or do someone in there.

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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High-Quality Version of the New Wolverine Photo

While I was going to blog about this picture when it initially cam out I was like “Nah, I can’t be arsed today.” So I just left it and now there’s a better version of it online, so I’m taking that as a sign to actually talk about it now. Have a look below:

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All I can say is damn, every time I see Hugh Jackman ripped and at the peak of physical fitness I always get taken back. He’s one of the few actors I know who actually commit to their roles in the physical sense and while he’s not as ripped as he was in Wolverine back in 2009, he still looks bloody well. So about the picture, what are we seeing here? Well I am getting a lovely Japanese setting outside a how in one of those really nice garden areas. The lighting looks very dramatic, hopefully its a moonlit sky. And Wolverine looks pissed like he is ready to confront someone either for a heated conversation or to go into battle with someone. Well that’s the vibes i’m getting from this picture. I ready do hope that the writers and other filmmakers take advantage of the Japanese setting and culture and incorporate it into the film. There’s not many superhero films based in such a lovely location and outside of the usual spots in America so yeah I’d like to feel the culture through the scenery, the music and possibly through the history too. I hope we’ll see more of Wolverine’s martial arts skills or samurai skills. Okay maybe that’s hoping for too much, but as a comic book fan there are certain assumptions that have to be made and when the filmmakers are going that extra mile you have to wonder if they’ll use the source material to its fullest or not. Well I guess we’ll see when July comes around.

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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The Wolverine Reveals a Teaser Poster

Well any info on The Wolverine is info I’m interested in and superherohype are once again here to provide. Check it out below:

“Following the films’ live Q&A this afternoon, 20th Century Fox has revealed the first official teaser poster for James Mangold’s The Wolverine, coming to theaters July 26, 2013. Check it out below and watch a recording of the Q&A in the player at the bottom of the page.

Starring Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee, the film has now been revealed to, contrary to early reports, take place after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand. Based on the celebrated comic book arc, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.”

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Now that is badass. I swear the people who make posters for films are literally getting better and better. This art is soooo nice, it has that nice watercolour effect about it and it also looks a little washed out which is really awesome too. I am very interested and to some degree hyped for this film, but after the last Wolverine film I am being very cautious and keeping my inner fanboy looked away lol. But the live Q&A with James Mangold and Hugh Jackman did sound promising. If you haven’t seen it yet it’s worth a look:

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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