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Movies

8 Superhero Movies You Should Watch

8 Superhero Movies You Should Watch

Not every movie can be 'The Avengers' or 'The Guardians of the Galaxy' -- but there are a lot (okay, eight) superhero movies that you likely haven't seen, but should. Here's my rundown of overlooked films.

Cosplay Action Insanity

Ok, sure, this is embarassing -- but I have to give this guy a lot of credit just for the physical stunts he pulls off. He falls down very convincingly!

Hindu Joe Don Baker!

This Bollywood clips is equal parts Walking Tall (starring Joe Don Baker), The Matrix and The Six Million Dollar Man. So that's around 295,079,548 rupees (not adjusted for inflation). Also features a woman who is honored to hold the hero's weapon. Some highlights include our hero flipping a thug head-over-heels by twisting his ear and a flying atomic bitch slap. I love a good B-movie -- I should give Bollywood a shot.

Follow the jump to read my tedious breakdown of this clip's Hollywood pedigree.

'The Whisperer in Darkness' Trailer

Produced by The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, the same people who made 'The Call of Cthulhu', this one looks to be promising. Sure, it's black and white, but it works!

 

 

Apollo 18 Trailer

Apollo 18 poster

Saw a trailer over the weekend for the film Apollo 18. It intrigued me enough to seek out the full trailer online. It is set for release on September 2, 2011. The tantalizing tagline: "There's a reason why we never went back to the moon."

Short premise: Archive footage has been discovered of a secret Apollo mission that was thought to have been cancelled and never flown. Why was it covered up, hidden away from the world?

For those that don't recall, the Apollo Program was effectively cancelled after the successful Apollo 17 mission, such that the Apollo 18 equipment had been reassigned and used for the Apollo 17 launch. NASA had a limited number of Saturn V rockets - 15 - and the Skylab project took away some that were intended for moon missions. Rather than order more, or update the rocket technology, the missions were cancelled piecemeal as other needs were deemed a higher priority.

In any event, Apollo 18 looks like it could be an interesting example of speculative historical fiction.

Catching Up: Law & Order & Lincoln

Rel as usual is behind in TV, entertainment, and BP. So much stuff cycles through our DVR, rarely do we see things when they air. Usually we are weeks behind, and sometimes we don't get to a season finale until the next season has begun.

So, what has Rel been watching lately?

Sh*t George Lucas Says

Lucas is Stupid

I love this story.

The Toronto Sun reports that Seth Rogen (star of The Green Hornet) had a disturbing run-in with Star Wars creator (and plaid flannel afficionado) George Lucas.

Apparently Lucas spent about 25 minutes explaining to Rogen that the world was going to end in 2012 -- but not as a joke. According to Rogen's account Lucas explained how the earth's tectonic plates would be  affected by some sort of outside force and the world will be thrown into chaos.

Rogen's response was great:

“I first thought he (Lucas) was joking... and then I totally realized he was serious and then I started thinking, ’If you’re George Lucas and you actually think the world is gonna end in a year, there’s no way you haven’t built a spaceship for yourself... So I asked him... ’Can I have a seat on it?’

I would love to hear Lucas' exact rationale on why the Earth will be destroyed (or some other massive upheaval will occur) in the year 2012. My guess is that it has something to with the Earth's tectonic plates being racist. Or, maybe Lucas really does have a spaceship ready to go, but didn't have the guts to turn Rogen down?

Fear Month at Buried Planet!

October is my favorite month because it contains that most wonderful of all holidays: Halloween -- the one day of the year I can be myself. That is, a guy who loves scary movies. For your reading (and potential viewing) pleasure, I will be releasing one new horror-themed movie review every single day of October.

That's right folks, I've got 31 new movie reviews in the pipeline, ready for release. These are films have been carefully selected for their unique contributions to the horror genre. They will range from the terrifying to the comedic and will feature ghosts, sideshow freaks, time-traveling serial killers, aliens, demons, werewolves, vampires, Satan (Hi Satan!), Japanese schoolgirls, witches, pagans, prehistoric flatworms, shapeshifters, Dread Cthulhu, evil sorcerers, Elvis, classic cars, zombies, sharks and Paris Hilton.

Stay tuned for some serious cinematic chaos, starting tomorrow.

Captain Post-America!

Captain Post-America!

How does Hollywood (not known for its belief in American exceptionalism) bring Captain America to the big screen in a way that isn't so much about America, but really about everyone. Director Joe Johnston was quoted by the LA Times recently:

Quote:

"[Captain America] wants to serve his country, but he's not this sort of jingoistic American flag-waver," Johnston said. "He's just a good person. We make a point of that in the script: Don't change who you are once you go from Steve Rogers to this super-soldier; you have to stay who you are inside, that's really what's important more than your strength and everything. It'll be interesting and fun to put a different spin on the character and one that the fans are really going to appreciate."

Italians Do Everything Better?

The subject title is a joke of course. There's never been any doubt that Italians do everything better. I'm half Italian, so I tend to do everything approximately 50% better than others. That includes tying my shoes, remembering my current age, talking with my hands, spelling, engaging in a full retreat, and electing porn stars to high office.

Sadly, 'Italian Spiderman' is only a spoof. But searching YouTube yielded a few additional 'webisodes'.

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