By now, I’m sure that you’ve already gotten wind of the latest uproar from the ‘Star Wars’ universe, which exploded all over the internet yesterday. Despite the fact that, just the other week, representatives from Lucasfilm told Bleeding Cool that the new Blu-ray editions of the series would have no additional changes to the movies beyond those made for the 2004 DVD releases, early leaked copies are filled with all sorts of stupid, pointless little tweaks and alterations, such as more digital rocks for Artoo to hide behind and Ewoks that blink, all while genuine technical problems with the DVD masters (like lightsabers being the wrong color) have been blithely ignored. Honestly, I think that George Lucas is just screwing with his fans on purpose at this point.
Just when you thought it was safe to dislike ‘Green Lantern’ on its own merits, you can enjoy a whole new reason to look down on the movie. It’s the first movie to take advantage of the partnership between Warner Bros and the bullshit artists over at EFX Performance.
As a critic, I’ve become accustomed to press screenings where anyone who even opens or turns on a phone during the movie is quickly escorted to the exit. This is done in press screenings for fear that people may be trying to record the movie. Unfortunately, this rule rarely gets enforced with regular paying crowds. I’ve always wished that theaters would put a ban on texting during a movie and enforce it. Sadly, many theater owners can’t even keep their projectors up to par with bright bulbs, let alone police every screen so that no one uses a phone. But now, one theater chain is taking a stand.
If you can read this, then apparently the world didn’t end this weekend after all. Whew! I was nervous for a minute there. I’ve still got a bunch of stuff on my DVR to watch that I haven’t caught up with yet, and I really would have been pissed if I’d missed the new episode of ‘Game of Thrones’. Of course, the other possibility is that the Rapture actually did come, but none of us were good enough to get taken up to Heaven. In either case, I bet this guy must feel like a dumbass about now. To rub salt in his wound, let’s discuss some of our favorite pop culture depictions of the apocalypse.
Allow me to admit some personal bias right up front here. I hate Danish director Lars von Trier. Hate him. As a person, I find him to be a pompous jackass. As a filmmaker, I think his movies are both terrible and virulently misogynistic (not a good combo). He’s the Uwe Boll of the art film world. Nonetheless, he has a devoted following and is typically treated as a critical darling in the European festival circuit – especially at the Cannes Film Festival, where one of his worst movies even inexplicably won the Best Picture award back in 2000. So, imagine my absolute delight upon hearing that von Trier was actually tossed out of Cannes this year after making some really stupid and offensive remarks, even for him.
Comic book stories about superheroes have remained a staple of cinema and television screens for decades. Over the last couple of years, a peculiar sub-genre has permutated in which ordinary people get inspired by comics to dress up and imitate their favorite heroes. I’m of course thinking to ‘Kick-Ass‘ as the most famous example – but also the likes of ‘Defendor’, ‘Super‘, and even ‘Watchmen‘ to some extent. Lately, life has started to imitate art, and real people are playing out these LARP fantasies on actual city streets, attempting to disrupt actual criminals. These people are idiots.
Just a photo that needs to be shared. As much as possible. Uncropped version after the break.