As the year finally comes to a close, Peter Jackson once again owns December with the success of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. And it’s been a great year for Benedict Cumberbatch too, especially considering he’s not only played Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, but he’s also brought Smaug to life with the help of motion capture.
The year’s almost over, and it’s being called a record breaker at the box office, yet along with a number of big hits, including the Hobbit, there have also been a number of cinematic money losers as well. While The Hobbit may be ending the year on a high note, Ronin 47, the new Keanu Reeves movie, could end up becoming the biggest flop of 2013.
Okay, so by now we all know that Batman Vs Superman is going to have more than Batman and Superman, in fact, the rumors are true that they’ve just cast Wonder Woman in the film.
Stan Lee hit the big 91 on December 28, and it’s great to see one of the greatest representatives of comics and superheroes is still with us. We can also imagine that Stan the Man must really be relishing the fact that comic books and superheroes have never been hotter.
While the internet is one of the greatest boons to mankind, many hate it for the fact that so many people post nothing but trash, and can get away with it because they’re anonymous. The modern vernacular calls these denizens “trolls,” and frankly, trying to fight their vitriol is a pretty futile exercise, something like trying to hold back the ocean with a broom.
2013 was a hell of a year for genre movies, and 2015 will be the big year of Star Wars and Avengers 2. But how about next year? Well, turns out there’s a lot of great genre stuff coming up as well.
So Matt Smith has finally left Doctor Who. We knew this was coming, and the show has had quite a few doctors over the decades, with a new Who ready to debut next year. So what do the reviewers think of Smith’s swan song?
Now that 2014 is almost here, it means the next Transformers film is closer to release. The fan boys can rant all they want about Michael Bay, but you’ll know they’ll come out in droves on June 27 when Transformers Age of Extinction is out in theaters.
While gaming went in the toilet during the recession, just like everything else did, the video game market has been making big comeback strides in the last two years with the success of Halo 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops, GTA V, and more. And now one report tells us Nintendo could be on the verge of a big comeback as well.
In a day and age where everybody expects everything to be free, perhaps it’s a status symbol when people are stealing your stuff like crazy. It certainly bodes well for Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, who once again are topping the charts for the most pirated shows on TV.
Giant bugs from outer space is definitely B movie stuff, and as silly as much of Starship Troopers was, I did enjoy it, primarily because of the CG bugs, which were some of the best computer effects I’ve ever seen. And yes, there are plans for another Starship Troopers film, and this one will be a reboot of the original.
Make fun of Point Break and Keanu Reeves’s stilted performance all you want, but we at TGD have been big fans for years, and have a special place in our hearts for it. Not as much as Bill and Ted of course, but Point Break was one of those movies that developed its following on cable, and it was always a treat to stumble upon it channel surfing.
As the end of the year draws near, many websites and publications have been looking back on the best and worst movies of the 2013, as well as the biggest moneymakers and disasters of the year at the box office. Whatever’s been going on in mainstream Hollywood, in genre cinema one thing is clear: Horror is still going strong.
Many had very high hopes for Pacific Rim this summer, us included, because we’re big fans of Guillermo Del Toro, and this was his big return to the silver screen. Rim also looked like enormous fun with state of the art special effects, but it didn’t catch on with audiences as well as we’d hoped
With movies costing so much these days, we guess it should be expected that there could be some real manic depressive returns at the box office, and this year especially had some major highs and lows.
I’ve always found the concept of the TV Yule log amusing. There are many people who don’t have fire places, so someone came up with the idea of playing a video of a burning fireplace log you could tune in to on Xmas. In recent years, you could even get a DVD copy of this, and there will probably be people downloading it on YouTube.
Although the final Harry Potter book and movie are long past us, you knew the franchise would still continue somehow. In fact, Warner Brothers will keep the Hogwarts gang going for a while with the Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, and now reports are telling us Harry Potter’s hitting the stage as well.
Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be part of Marvel’s “phase two” of new big screen adaptations. We just reported that Paul Rudd has been cast as Ant-Man, and now a crucial role for Guardians has just been cast, the tree man Groot.
Long time readers of TGD know that a team of dedicated car fanatics have restored the original Back to the Future DeLorean, and BTTF’s screenwriter, Bob Gale, helped bring it all together. Now in a new article, written by yours truly, the gang behind the restoration talked about the challenges they faced, as well as how all the work and effort finally paid off.
It was fun to see video games actually being treated like a sport with the League of Legends tournament, and now there’s what’s being called the “Killer Robot” Olympics. Sounds like something out of Westworld, so we were curious to find out more.