I'm not saying Marvel Now is going to blow things up, but this is ridiculous. And as for the extra copies of Uncanny Avengers, both shops by me had dozens of copies of JL #1 left over, too.
Also i always like how you have to bring in DC comics when i mention Marvel sucking up in sales. How much do you think it cost DC to print extra issues of Justice League, compared to how much Marvel was spamming? ;) It's not biased, speculative report, you just wanna be hating.
It seems to me that movies are leaving theaters faster these days. Dredd disappeared after only two weeks, and Looper was gone within a month. Cloud Atlas released last weekend, and is already down to just 2 showings a day at my theater.
Last edited by RockyBanks; 11-02-2012 at 08:30 PM.
Also awesome Digital Wednesday: All request addition. I read Northlanders #1 and I will be getting the first trade and I downloaded Unwritten($.99) but I have yet to read it.
The trailer for that movie has the guys at work buzzing. Looks like fun.
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What was the point? I'm sure there's no need to go into the business side of film making, yet again. So I'll just say this. It's a story about time-traveling assassins starring Bruce Willis. 'That's some totally awesome shit, dude!' What else is needed to justify films like these? A big budget? So in goes a few nicely directed camera angles, a big budget and a dumb script with really, really annoying dialogue and the usual cheesy one-liners and there you have it; another half-thought story made to continually hype up the American film industry and their awesome production teams. I blame advertising. It should be obvious to most that this was just going to be another spectacle. People don't generally go to see films like that for the story, ya' know? It's about beautiful classical music being played over an explosion, or cocky one-liners used to kickstart action sequences. As long as the American producers continue with these 'tricks of the trade', audiences will continue to be engrossed, regardless of the script or any lack of what I would consider important plot details.
Surprisingly, the actors did a pretty decent job with the scripts they were reading from, which I'm sure was no easy task. Joseph Gordon-Levitt continues to be an extremely promising actor. Ever since I watched 500 Days of Summer (one of America's BEST films that was criminally under-hyped and under-praised) I knew Levitt was going to go on to be sensational. He does well to portray a younger version of Willis' character, but when the two actors are in scene together, any similarities fall flat on their face, seemingly thanks to a lack of effort from Willis. He just doesn't seem to care about the roles he plays anymore, and is nowadays a very unimaginative actor who fails to add diverse acting portrayals to his recent characters. However, this doesn't seem to be entirely his fault. If Willis and Levitt were given a better script, they'd have probably done a lot better in their character interactions. The second half of the film did contain some nice character development, it's just a shame there wasn't more of it. The second half of the film develops well at first with it's character portrayals but then starts to feel like it's trying to cram the rest in, making some of the scenes feel rather disjointed. What I hate most of all, is this purposeful distortion, seemingly made to make the film somewhat confusing, and therefore more seemingly complex, despite the rushed nature of it. It's like a new modern technique of American film making; Lack of details creating a sense of complexity. God, I hate that. Remember, just because an idea is complex, doesn't make it clever. Just look at Inception as an example of this.. that was a really awful film..
Last but not least, it's defining flaw: It's so blatantly obvious that it really baffles me how no one has mentioned this yet. Looper tries to convince it's audience of originality, WHILST it descends into cleche. Suddenly, a whole host of annoying Hollywood plot details, flourish the book in an attempt to make the film more excitable. And it's attempts are so cleche, it was enough to make me go bright red in embarrassment. They were everywhere, ruining each scene one after the other. The hero wincing as the heroine dresses his wounds, a car engine that won't start at the crucial moment, and the supposedly expert assassin with perfect aim, suddenly missing every shot. I'm sorry but that's what's known as really, really bad film making. And they show up as bright as the sun! The film is mostly just an adrenaline-fuelled chase sequence of cat and mouse. That may be enough for a some audiences, but it simply ain't enough for me. Unfortunately, despite all it's efforts to be original, Looper is just another dumb film from the US. Over-hyped action-packed nonsense, primarily made for American audiences.
Last edited by Robbie_Jee; 11-03-2012 at 08:58 AM.
X-Men and Avengers, to me at least, are two very different franchises, and considering Bendis' style of writing and dialogue, I imagine he could be a much better fit for writing an X-Men cast, than he was for the Avengers. In fact, this seems to the type of book that Bendis may be able to truly flourish in.
As for why Marvel put him on X-Men: His long run on Avengers has always sold really well. And there's every reason to suggest he'll continue to do well with the X-Men. Marvel is a business, first and foremost. If a book sells a decent number of copies, Marvel are happy. If the fans don't like the book, it will drop in sales and Marvel will have to find an alternative. It doesn't get much simpler than that. Bendis sold a good amount of copies during his run on Avengers and considering his style of writing, there's a good chance he may be able to succeed beyond that success with the X-Men. I think it's pretty obvious why Bendis got the X-Men franchise. And it's not like he'll be writing all of it. Other writers will be writing other X-books within 616 too.