Oh, Cumberbatch, cleverest of devils! Is it not enough you’ve had five trailers to menace us as John Harrison (at whom we’re bursting brain vessels trying not to mutter “Khan” under our nerdy collective breaths)? Did you really need to go viral and taunt our James Tiberius Kirk? I forgive you, Cumberbatch. Your name ensorcles me. Enjoy!
Director James Mangold released a number of new production stills from The Wolverine featuring our favorite razor-knuckled mutant fighting ninjas, striding purposefully, fighting Viper, and generally looking awesome. The first trailer looked promising. Not a slam dunk, but it certainly didn’t fill me with the kind of dread the first look at X-Men Origins: Wolverine did. Enjoy your Logany goodness!
Thor is my favorite Marvel film of Phase One, and I’ve been eagerly looking forward to a return to Asgard. This poster is just spectacular. It is Thortastic. We’ll get our first look at the sequel next week when the trailer debuts April 23, 2013. Alan Taylor of HBO’s Game of Thrones takes the director’s chair from Kenneth Brannagh.
Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” in theaters November 8, 2013, continues the big screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
I grew up watching The Lone Ranger. The old TV show, mostly. I had action figures. Even though I wasn’t allowed to see the movie, I had this kids picture book edition of the bomb of a movie they tried to use to resurrect the franchise in the 1980s and I loved it. It’s a Western combined with a Super Hero! Thusly, I was initially excited to hear it was going to get a revival. Then they cast Johnny Depp as Tonto. My feelings on Johnny Depp are exceedingly mixed. For the longest time, he did nothing but small films (with the odd Edward Scissorhands thrown in). Then came the first Pirates of the Caribbean and Jack Sparrow. Glorious. Then came the following Pirates of the Carribeans. Not-s0-glorious. Horrific. Better but still not glorious. (There’s my quick reviews of 2-4). But ok, reserving judgment. Then I saw the first trailer….and the second….and I really have no expectations other than this is going to be the Tonto is Quirky Show. The bar of my expectations is so low that if the film is marginally good, I’ll be so overjoyed that I’ll ride off into the sunset with my action figures held aloft.
So that was that and here’s the international trailer for it released today. The Lone Ranger comes out Independence Day Weekend.
A few weeks ago we looked at TV dramas, which are in somewhat of a Golden Age. At the other end of the quality spectrum, the TV comedy is in-what might charitably be termed-a slump. NBC’s once-vaunted comedy factory has sputtered to a halt and, after a few gems at the top, it is slim pickings for good comedies. That’s not to say there aren’t classics on right now. I think the top 3 right now are all shows that rank well in the comedic pantheon, but this list was a whole lot easier to make than the dramas list. I had to weed out excellent shows for honorable mention. That’s not a problem here. It should be noted that 30 Rock just finished its seven season run of awesomeness, depriving me of an entrant. Additionally, despite that it will no doubt make (if not top) the list, Arrested Development is not back for another month so I can’t utilize it. Scan the list, debate, tell me if I’m missing something crucial. Mirth is at a high premium for me right now so if you’ve got candidates I need to see, tell me!
1. Modern Family (ABC)
2. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
3. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
4. Community (NBC)
5. Archer (FX)
* I think of them as talk shows, but if we count The Daily Show and Colbert Report, they’re 3 & 4 and everything slides accordingly.
** Yes, I am aware of Louie and I can’t get into it or It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.