Angelina Jolie’s Latest 10 Movies vs. Greatest 10 Movies

Angelina JolieLatest vs. Greatest looks at directors, actors, actresses, screenwriters and composers to assess the state of their career as it stands.  We’ll look back at the latest 10 movies the artist has done, rate them and then average them out to see where they stand today.  We’ll also rank their 10 greatest movies and give them the same treatment to compare what they have been doing to their very best work.  (A quick side-note: if an artist is/has been a regular on a TV show we’ll also grade the seasons individually; artists need 10 projects to qualify).

Angelina Jolie is the first actress that we’ve examined in this column and, I swear, it’s not for lack of trying on my part.  In doing research for these columns (which amounts to compiling a list of movies and watching them all), you can clearly see the gender bias in Hollywood.  There are few parts for women to showcase their talent outside of the “Oscar Window” and even then there are maybe six or seven who have most of them already nailed down.  Name a single actress that pulls people into a theater.  Go on.  If Denzel Washington opens a movie, a fan base comes.  Guaranteed.  You cannot make that claim about a single actress.  Jennifer Lawrence is close, but she needs to show she can open a movie without a bow or being in blue make-up.  The closest thing Hollywood has to a superstar, box office draw actress is Angelina Jolie. Continue reading Angelina Jolie’s Latest 10 Movies vs. Greatest 10 Movies

Trailer Time: How to Train Your Dragon 2 Trailer #2 (2014)

This just looks amazing.  I will actually have to see this to declare it, but it may be the best computer animation I’ve ever seen.  This is the first plot trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2 following one of the best teasers I’ve seen in quite a few years.  With no Pixar film in 2014, HTTYD2 is THE animated film to anticipate next year.  It opens in theaters June 13, 2014, and How to Train Your Dragon 3 is already scheduled for 2016.How to Train Your Dragon 2, Hiccup


Paul Rudd is Ant-Man! Well, One of Them…

Paul Rudd, Ant-Man

Hank Pym has been cast and he is Anchorman 2 star Paul Rudd.  I like this casting.  Rudd’s a good actor and with Edgar Wright directing and the very concept of the character, a good deal of humor will be involved.  Rudd, though, it seems will not be the only Ant-Man in the film.  Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man, will also be in the film.  Rudd will play Pym in the 1960’s and Lang in the modern-day, both using Pym’s particle shrinking abilities to be Ant-Man.  The Wrap broke this story and I’ll paste their explanation here as it makes more sense than my ramblings.  Marvel’s Phase 3 will begin with Ant-Man so it’s an important film in the MCU.

The Wrap reports that the Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues star will play Hank Pym in the July 31, 2015 release.

Set to begin production early next year in Georgia, Ant-Man will be directed by Edgar Wright, who co-wrote the script with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block).

Although there’s no assurance yet that it remains the case, Wright’s original plans for the film called for both Pym and the later Ant-Man of the comics, Scott Lang, to appear in the feature.

“The idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both… Henry Pym and Scott Lang,” Wright told SuperHeroHype some years ago. “So you actually do a prologue where you see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the 60’s, in sort of ‘Tales to Astonish’ mode basically, and then the contemporary, sort of flash-forward, is Scott Lang’s story, and how he comes to acquire the suit, how he crosses paths with Henry Pym, and then, in an interesting sort of Machiavellian way, teams up with him.”

The film, which is supposed to launch “Phase Three” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will follow Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s May 1, 2015 release.

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Killing Time – December 18, 2013

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Time is a figure eight, at its center the city of Deja Vu. 
~Robert Brault

Since when next I’ll address you in this column the moment will be past, I wish all of my readers a Merry Christmas.  I realize “Happy Holidays” is more in vogue, but as I celebrate Christmas and it’s my bloody blog, Christmas it is!  This is usually my favorite time of year.  Christmas is my favorite holiday.  For reasons involving “reality” the discussion of which is, of course, banned by the bylaws of the blog,  this year I looked at the calendar and was startled to realize that it was next Wednesday.  Continue reading Killing Time – December 18, 2013