With the popularity of Breaking Bad, any meth related news is going to go viral. Well one poor soul picked the wrong day to try and smuggle meth out of the country. The guy attempted to mix in meth with chocolate and pass it off as Snickers, since they were wrapped in Snickers wrappers. Needless to say, the result was Police report gold.
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Here is somewhat promising news on the adaption of my one my favorite pieces of science fiction, Neuromancer. Mark Wahlberg and Liam Neeson are rumored to in the running for two of the main roles, Case and Armitage. While Neeson woulld be solid in the role of Armitage, Wahlberg is a terrible choice for the anti-hero of Case.
Peter Jackson talks explains why The Hobbit will be turned into three films. The story of The Hobbit will most likely be told within the first film and the maybe half of the second film. The rest of second film and the entire third film will use notes and the appendices of the LOTR trilogy to tell the tale between The Hobbit and The Fellowship.
What happens when you reboot a franchise that is a decade old? Well you have different source material and market it to a different audience. That is what Marc Webb, how fitting of a name, and Columbia do with the Spider-man franchise. Five years after the monstrous mess that was Spider-man 3, Andrew Garfield dons the web shooters and sling around NYC.
Peter Parker is your average high school nerd. He sleeps in class, not a fan of homework and is active in clubs, like the yearbook club. By standing up to a bully, Gwen Stacy sees Parker in a new light and the two develop a relationship. However, the problem with their relationship is that Gwen’s father is a police Captain and is on the hunt for the masked vigilante. Parker is a science whiz kid, but does not know what to do with all of his knowledge. Living with his Aunt and Uncle, he is desperate to find any information on his parents, who disappeared when he was only a boy. After finding a briefcase of father’s and heads off to Oscorp to talk to Dr. Curt Connors, who was his father’s lab partner. After helping Connors with a formula, the Lizard is born and it is up to Spider-man to stop the Lizard and save the city.
When the search started to find out who would be the new Spider-man, I initially was not a fan of having a Brit playing Parker. Also the fact that Andrew Garfield being in his late twenties doesn’t help the fact that Parker is supposed to be in high school. However, I actually like Andrew Garfield. His roles in Boy A and The Social Network. As a face of a million dollar franchise, he is pretty good at it. He is funny, charming and fantastic in interviews.
As Andrew Garfield he is very good at playing Parker bu the problem is that the character of Peter Parker is not all that interesting. The main knock on the new Parker is flat out emo. I understand using emotion to give the character depth, but here it is silly. The scene where Uncle Ben dies is marred by the cause of his death; Parker storming out of the house in a bit of teenage rage. Parker in the comics, and the one we have come to know, has been a jovial guy. Instead we get a kid who woefully mumbles in front of Gwen, and can’t speak properly to his Aunt and Uncle. I know the kid is a nerd, so his social skills wouldn’t match is math and science skills, but he should be able to speak the English language as if it was his first language.
Another step out of the shadow of Raimi’s Spider-man franchise is the immediate inclusion of Gwen Stacy. I am a fan of Emma Stone, she is one of America’s Sweethearts. Her being Gwen Stacy was a smart choice because she is a recognizable name, has star power and she got a boyfriend, Andrew Garfield, out of the film. For all of her positive traits, Gwen has no good reason to be dating a guy like Parker because the film does nothing to show why she fancies Spidey. Is it because he stood up to a bully? Is it because he sleeps in class and doesn’t take school seriously? Or is it because he has a pretty face and knows a lot about science? I know it is high school and kids need zero reason to like each other and start dating, but at least give the audience something.
What is the purpose of a mask? Does a mask hide a person’s face and keep their identity a secret? It is hard to keep your multi-million dollar star’s face under a mask for a good deal of the film, but boy oh boy was Spidey without a mask a lot. Another thing that was strange was his need to tell everyone that he was Spider-man. Why does he tell Gwen? To get a kiss? Was it because she needed to know? Then it gets better with how he tells his grieving Aunt, that he is Spider-man and that he could have stopped the killer of Uncle Ben. Plus he even shows his face to a kid stuck in a burning car. At his point, he might as well rent ad space in Times Square because his girlfriend, Aunt, a random kid and the villain all know who is the man behind the mask.
The Lizard was an interesting choice in who becomes the villain. He wasn’t featured in the Raimi trilogy and is relatively unknown to folks who know nothing of Spider-man outside of the movies. So you have a clean slate when introducing Connors, even with his brief cameo in Spider-man 2, I believe. After taking the unstable formula he is transformed into the Lizard, and from here on out his mediocre story goes down the toilet. The guy becomes a drug addict and extremely insane. It is understandable that he loves being the Lizard because for the first time in a long time he is more than just a southpaw. He is able to seen as someone has something other than a brilliant mind in a broken body. However as a villain, his master plan is pretty half-baked.
As a brilliant scientists his grand scheme shows his is a rookie villain. Just turn everyone else into a lizard just like you? That is it? Sometimes there is beauty in simplicity, and less is more. However this is not one of those times as his plan is flat out silly. For a multi-million dollar franchise with a huge budget and great resources, this is the best they could come up with? Connors lost his job and has absolutely nothing to lose, he could set his sights on something a whole lot bigger and better. He tells his video diary that he is an apex predator, but if his plan works, how could you be an apex predator when everyone else is just like you?
Now that we are talking about things that don’t make any sense, it is time to bring up the futile search for Peter’s parents. For the first half of the movie Peter spends his time looking for clues of his parents disappearance. It is sentimental, touching and was something that everyone could root for. However once Connors told Parker that he knew nothing, it was like the rug was pulled out from under us because Parker spends the rest of the film trying to stop the Lizard. There was no seamless transition between his parents and the Lizard. Either you finish what you started, in Parker searching for his parents, or you don’t start it at all. The story makes little sense if you start one thing, start another and try to make it work. It would great if the subject was broached in the sequel, but that most likely won’t happen. I guess the search will have to be finished by fan fiction.
The Amazing Spider-man was not all that amazing. The reboot was not needed, but it is what we get, since movies are made to make money. The film was sub par and it is easy to see why it was rumored that Sony was not all to pleased with the film.