Best Superhero Movie Of The Summer?

Righto! Let’s have a poll type thingee. There are three big superhero releases that are going to happen over the summer. Each one has it’s strengths and weaknesses, and there has been considerable debate on the internet so far as to which ones are gonna be awesome and which will bomb. Who knows? Maybe they’ll all be incredibly good. Here’s the breakdown.

Captain America: The First Avenger. With the trend of establishing heroes as gitty and flawed and making movies that are dark and violent in theme, a movie about the selfless and morally upright Cap is definitely something that needs extra care.

From what we’ve been shown so far, the movie is shaping up to be good. The main story is going to take place during WW2, showing Captain America’s ascent to hero. The redesign for his outfit is looking great, the theme looks like it’s going to be gritty and dark and character focused, and Hugo Weaving is playing Red skull, Cap’s nemesis. Byaaaah!

Green Lantern. Ryan Reynolds is going to be donning the ridiculously form fitting CGI suit on this one. From what we’ve been shown, the movie is definitely going to be focused on wondrous visuals and a grand sense of scale and fun. Of course, that is appropriate, because the Green Lanterns are a platoon of galactic protectors.

Everything about this movie seems likable. And they’ve somehow managed to make one of the more complex and fantastical scenarios seem accessible to the people who don’t read comic books.

Thor. The son of Odin is finally getting th modern big screen treatment. Not much has been shown so far. The theme looks great though. The attention to detail that has been given to Asgard is amazing to behold, and we can expect lots of hulking pretty people in Viking armor smashing things with even heavier things.

Thor looks like it’s gonna be a fun ride. This movie is one of the prequels for the Avengers movie out next year, so there will be an origin story followed by heavy duty manly fighting and awesomeness and then Nick Fury will show up. Calling it now.

X-Men: First Class. The announcement about X-Men: First Class took me by surprise when it happened a few months ago. This movie will effectively reboot the X-Men franchise, while not being connected to it, while slightly being connected to it.

Confused yet?

The movie will focus on the foundiung days of the X-Men, folowing Xavier and Magneto when they were young men. It’s an interesting take that hasn’t been examined much. This will completely redefine the way that the X-Men are seen, because the art style, direction, and pacing weill all be completely different. This will definatly be an interesting thing to keep an eyte on, especially since the abombination that was X-Men 3.

So there you have it. Give a holla in the comments if you feel incredible love for one of the upcoming releases, or if you think that they’re gonna suck. Both types of feedback are welcome here. We don’t judge.

The Daily Show: Still Awesome

I’ve been thinking a bit about The Daily Show lately. I’ve been watching it for something like 6 years now, and I’ve been finding myself impressed on a constant basis by the show.

The Daily Show is undoubtedly the best source for common sense news right now. It is first and foremost a comedy program, yet it manages to point out the ridiculousness and stupidity of our society on a regular basis. It is a wickedly clever satire that mocks the parts of life that need mocking, and effectively acts to point out how surreal society has managed to become. It is sometimes rude and crass, and is not above juvenile humor and jokes if it swerves the point that is being made. Yet even as is makes fun of all parts of the political spectrum and life, there is an underlying sense of common sense and hope that permeates throughout.

One of the most interesting things about The Daily Show is that it manages to provide the most fair and level headed news coverage, despite the fact that it is a sarcastic take on the news. Yes, Jon Stewart often takes the liberal side on debates. However, that doesn’t stop him from pointing out fault with Democrats just as readily as Republicans. And he manages to be polite and engaging with his guests, no matter what their political stance it.

In fact, that is one thing that has amazed me about Jon Stewart over the years. The evolved legitimacy of the show has made it so that Jon interviews heads of state and billionaires on UN committees just as often as he does vapid celebrities and political pundits. He always manages to have a good series of questions ready, and doesn’t shy away from asking hard questions. He’s not afraid to be academic as well as thought provoking, but can easily slip back into silliness in a heartbeat.

All in all, The Daily Show has transformed from a Comedy Central news spoof into a legitimate news source that manages to find humor and the ridiculousness in life on a regular basis. I’ve seen Jon Stewart offer the President of Pakistan a Twinky during a tense time of war while interviewing a controversial head of state. And that is enough to endear me for life to the show and its host.

Best Movie of 2012 to be The Hobbit

It is true. Peter Jackson, director of the epic Lord of the Rings movies released in 2001-2003, has agreed to bring Middle Earth back to the big screen through the famous prequel story “The Hobbit.” This movie is based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien and will follow Bilbo Baggins and his dwarfish friends as they attempt to rescue stolen treasure from the dangerous dragon Smaug, way before Frodo ever teamed up with the fellowship or traveled to Mount Doom. “The Hobbit” will bring back the star actors from the Lord of the Rings movies as well as be filmed in the same beloved New Zealand locations. But, the best part is that this prequel will be a two part series so you get double the fun. The movies are expected to be released on December 19 2012 and December of the following year.

So why were the Lord of the Rings movies so successful? And why will the Hobbit be the best movie next year? Here are some reasons:

Reason 1. An incredible story. Each of these movies have, or will be based off the amazing stories written by J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien created a story that generated such a cult-like following that although over 60 years have past since the book was written, people still clamor about it. The movies were obviously also a major success.

Reason 2. The creativity is intriguing. People are bored with everyday life, let’s face it. And what Tolkien did was create a world in his head that was so vivid and intriguing that when he put it into words, the story spread like wild fire. Tolkien’s books, and inherently the movies, are an impressive escape because they are so detailed and unique, and people love to immerse themselves in it.

Reason 3. It has become such a cult classic. At this point there are so many people that thoroughly enjoy Lord of the Rings, and think that they are the best movies ever, that if you do not know about it, you will feel behind. Not liking Lord of the Rings or having never seen it might just be like not ever signing up for a Facebook account. People just look at you funny after you say it.

The Hobbit will surely add a great deal to the epic adventure movie series that began with Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit may be the best movie of the year next year and there is much to look forward to. Right now there is little information on the movie and it appears that no movie trailer has been created yet, but I’m sure that it will come soon and when the movie eventually is released I’m sure it will be the best movie ever.

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