Friday, July 13, 2012

Guest Writer, Ethan Smith - The Dark Knight Rises Trailer 5 - “Journey”

YAMB Welcomes Guest Writer Ethan Smith from Ethan Unscripted

The Dark Knight Rises is only a week away, and if you’re between the ages of 5 and 95, you’re excited about it. As if Warner Bros. needed to add any more fuel to the fire, they have released one final trailer that highlights some key moments from the previous two films. This is especially exciting for those of us who are nerdy enough to go see the marathon before the midnight showing on the 19th. (9 hours of Batman! I hope we get bathroom breaks!)

The trailer begins with a quote from good ol’ Alfred, one of the many characters who provides moral direction for Bruce Wayne. “I never wanted you to come back to Gotham. I always knew there was nothing here for you, except pain and tragedy.”

Creepy Batman is creepy...
Well, that’s kinda depressing! Alfred never wanted Bruce to come back (he was probably enjoying having the mansion and the cars to himself), but it is a good point. As long as Bruce is in Gotham, he will always be reminded of his parents’ deaths, and as long as that reminder is there to drive him, Bruce will never be able to escape the Batman.

Next we get a shot of Bruce in the well, being swarmed by bats from Batman Begins, before seeing the screen title: “The Beginning of a Legend.” This is followed by the often repeated lines, “Took quite a fall didn’t we, Master Bruce?” (Alfred) “And why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves back up.” (Bruce’s dad) We see Bruce kneeling over his fallen parents.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Why Was The Amazing Spider-man A Successful Reboot?

What Did Webb and Co. Do Right?

Well, they had him take his shirt off. That's a pretty good start

Hopefully you've read our article about why Spider-man was in desperate need of a reboot. If not, here you go. Now we're going to take a look at why Sony's second run at the webhead was superior to the original trilogy. Remember, this is mostly my opinion, and I'm not trying to pick a fight with Raimi fans. Rather, I'm trying to provide solid evidence from the comics, and also use knowledge about film-making and of the making of The Amazing Spider-man. Again, three reasons, and they won't quite be direct arguments against the points made earlier, but some will regard them slightly.


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Favorite Film: The Amazing Spider-man

As a lifelong comic-book fan, and in the past few years a film buff, it's been great living in a time when comic-book movies are the big thing in cinema. It took until my senior year of high school for me to realize my love of film, and now it's a large part of my life. I didn't want to see this blog my friends made go to waste, so I did everything I could to revive it, and now we're back and better than ever. When it comes to movies, I like supporting my reviews and critiques with lots of evidence. I love when readers give their opinions on what I write, so please leave me a comment or two so I know what you like and don't like to hear!

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"If you could do good things for other people, you had a moral obligation to do those things. That's what's at stake here. Not choice, responsibility." - Ben Parker, The Amazing Spider-man

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Marvel Geekery July 9

First Live-action Spider-man Film

This fan-made film was the first ever documented live appearance by Spider-man in a film. Talk these days is all about reboots and remakes, but every Spider-man movie is a reboot of this, I guess you could say. Has The Amazing Spider-man improved upon this film? Judge for yourself!

Why Did Spidey Need a Reboot?

Was That Really Necessary?

Spidey's next reboot.  Awww yeah.

The critics have spoken, the money is being counted, and it's time to end the debate. What debate? The one regarding Sony's decision to re-boot the Spider-man franchise. Was this really necessary? The cynical man would say they did it for money, and although that may be true, they did have a choice between a 4th Raimi film, or a new story altogether. They went with the second. Still people are crying out that the reboot was unnecessary, that it wasn't good, and that Raimi's films were fine. I'm here to throw in my two cents, and will do my best to settle the score once and for all. Although there are at least a dozen good reasons I can think of why Spidey needed a reboot, and why The Amazing Spider-man did the job, I'm going to stick with 3 reasons only. The faults come first, and tomorrow will feature the success of The Amazing Spider-man.