This Week in Geek

  • The sequel to The Muppets starts filming in London in January and will feature more songs by Bret McKenzie (Bleeding Cool)
  • Screen Junkies finally made an “honest trailer” for The Amazing Spider-Man (spoilers).
  • The pilot for Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D TV series directed by Joss Whedon will start filming in January. (Bleeding Cool)
  • Skyfall‘s director Sam Mendes and writer John Logan are making a vampire hunter TV series. (io9)
  • The Battlestar Galactica prequel Blood & Chrome (featuring Will Adama as a pilot in the Cylon Wars) is finally going to air online starting today as webisodes (EW)
  • Who’s directing Star Wars: Episode VII? Is it Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class)?  Is it Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed)? (Collider/Bleeding Cool)
  • Whoever is directing, it appears Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) has already plotted out the next Star Wars trilogy and will likely be the writer of Episode VII. (Bleeding Cool)
  • Harrison Ford is open to returning to the role of Han Solo in the new trilogy. (EW)
  • Is Disney trying to buy Hasbro next? (MTV Geek)
  • Because no one demanded it, 70s/80s fantasy comic Elfquest might finally be getting a movie. (io9)
  • Stan Lee wants a bigger cameo in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. I say give it to him as long as his character is named Jack Kirby. (Splash Page)
  • Spartacus: War of the Damned premieres in January. (TV Squad)
  • Neil Gaiman’s next Doctor Who episode will feature the Cybermen. (Bleeding Cool)
  • Mark Wahlberg is going to star in the next Transformers movie by Michael Bay. (Latino Review)
  • David Yates is going to direct Tarzan for Warner Bros. Yay for the resurrection of racist franchises! (Vulture)
  • At least someone agrees with me that Preacher should be a TV series not a movie. (Splash Page)
  • Shock surprise, Man of Steel is going to be in 3D. (Deadline Hollywood Daily)
  • One of the best ongoing comic series, Locke & Key, might be getting a movie trilogy. (Splash Page)
  • DC Comics decides to end it’s longest running series, Hellblazer, just so they can relaunch it. (MTV Geek)
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Brett Ratner are joining forces for Hercules. (Splash Page)
  • New trailers for World War Z (starring Brad Pitt), The Last Stand (starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Les Misérables (Latino Review)

Movie of the Week: Sherlock Holmes

This was a mindless, fun summer blockbuster version of a Sherlock Holmes tale and while I was entertained, something about it rubbed me the wrong way.  I still haven’t put my finger on it.  I enjoyed Robert Downey Jr.’s performance but then again, I can’t recall ever being disappointed with a RDJ performance since Johnny Be Good.  The banter between Jude Law (Watson) and RDJ was the best part of the movie. I think I just didn’t like the interpretation of Sherlock Holmes. If they wanted to update Holmes, how come Watson remained close to the stuffy original version. I was neither here nor there about Rachel McAdams.  I’m just glad she was an American in the movie.  One American-doing-a-British accent was enough.

Except for the slow-motion breakdown of Sherlock using his deductive skills in fights (which were great), Guy Ritchie didn’t use any of his usual tricks and if I didn’t know in advance he directed it, I would have been surprised to find out.  I think that is also part of my disappointment.  I wanted a Guy Ritchie version of Sherlock Holmes not a Sherlock Holmes blockbuster directed by Ritchie.  Given that this movie was set in the 1890s, I was surprised how NOT gritty it was.

One more thing, I pray to God the rumors of Brad Pitt as Moriarty in the sequel are NOT true. Please let him be played by a British actor.  Maybe Jared Harris or Jason Isaacs instead.

Movie of the Week: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The first thing I was going to write was that this movie reminded me of Forrest Gump until I found out the guy who wrote the scrip for this movie, Eric Roth, also wrote that one. Go figure.

Anyway, it also kind of reminded me of Big Fish in a strange way even though there weren’t
that many magical things that happened.

It was a good movie but with a few exceptions nothing really happened. It was just watching someone’s life except for the fact that his started backwards. I could see someone saying that the movie was boring but Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett kept me interested though especially Cate (my weakness is well-documented).

I still can’t believe David Fincher of all people directed this.