Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Movie Musings

So I've been doing a lot of movie-viewing this year, and I felt like sharing. Joy.

I got Blockbuster Online earlier in the year and it's been awesome. The two biggest highlights have been Gone Baby Gone and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Not surprisingly, Casey Affleck has a major role in both. Extremely underrated actor, right there -- and while brother Ben isn't the best actor, he excels behind the camera. I highly recommend both titles.

In theaters, the two best movies I've seen were Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which I've already talked about, and Iron Man.

Iron Man is potentially the start of something extremely beautiful in the world of comic book movies. The casting was superb, something that wasn't really a weak point before, but Iron Man definitely raised the bar in this category. Robert Downey, Jr. was the perfect selection for Tony Stark, and add in the likes of Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow and Terrence Howard, and wow what a cast.

The writing was excellent. The characters were well-developed, the dialogue was solid, and the story had depth. If anything hurt the genre before, it was bad writing. But not here.

In terms of future comic movies, I'm excited. I absolutely cannot wait for The Dark Knight this summer, it has epic potential. As for Marvel movies, I may not miss another one -- even though I'm still not completely sold on the Fantastic Four series, I finally watched the Silver Surfer the other day and it was pretty decent. But with the tease of the Avengers series at the end of Iron Man, I may go see The Incredible Hulk this summer -- especially since Ed Norton, a total badass, is playing Bruce Banner.

So let's take a second and look at those names: Downey, Jr., Norton, and now Samuel L. fucking Jackson as Nick Fury? Hell. Yes. Not to mention that Ray Stevenson (Titus Pullo from HBO's Rome series) is taking over the role of Frank Castle in the Punisher series -- and Dominic West (aka Jimmy McNulty from The Wire) is playing Jigsaw... I mean holy shit people, some GREAT actors are starting to appear in these movies.

The future is bright indeed.

One more thing about movies over there to the right. Oh yeah, that's a ticket to the midnight showing of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Krystal Skull... which I shall be departing for very shortly. Word up.