This is not your grandfather’s Superman…but is that Superman at all anymore?
Let me say right off the bat that I love Stan Lee. If he hadn’t revolutionized superhero comics at Marvel back in the 1960s, I don’t know what I would have done with my free time from 1977 through 1981, which was primarily spent reading hundreds of comic books featuring characters he created. I would have had to go outside or something, and that probably wouldn’t have ended well. But Stan is 93 now, and while I’m thrilled he still seems healthy and active, let’s face it: The man will say anything that pops into his head, as people who’ve lived 93 years on this planet tend (and deserve) to do. Hence the interview resulting in the headline, on Epicstream.com: “Stan Lee Says Star Wars/Avengers Crossover Film Could Happen.” Now, Stan Lee hasn’t been central to the Marvel brain trust in decades, and certainly not since Disney bought the company in 2009, so this would be about as relevant in the real world as a story that says, “Stan Lee Says Zombie Apocalypse Could Happen,” or …
Trapped in a world made for mass-consumption.
The Disney/Marvel mashup “Big Hero 6” is for the kids, and that’s okay.
Helen Mirren serves up Criterions and killer shrews, with a side of Ghibli, on home video.
Brian has learned the truth about Allison’s feelings and secludes himself with some Disney princesses.
Once they made movies from comics. Now comics seem like little more than another merchandising platform. Here are some thoughts on how to change that perception.
A picture’s worth a thousand words — they don’t necessarily say anything though.
Looking at comics, comedians, classics, and chaos.
Chill out this holiday season with Disney’s latest princess.
Comics don’t stay in comics. For better or worse, most comics are produced in the hopes they will lead to films, cartoons, action figures, video games, backpacks, beach towels and bubble baths. Extra Medium is my weekly column about all these things and more. With Breaking Bad coming to an end, I was convinced that would also be the end of any regular TV watching for me. My cable package doesn’t even include Comedy Central. I get most of my television shows from Netflix streaming or DVDs. But now we’ve got Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I haven’t been impressed with a lot of the recent live-action comic book stuff. I never got into Smallville. Everyone tells me The Walking Dead is a great show. I believe every word, but I don’t like zombies. When people eat other people, I go elsewhere. And I gave Arrow four episodes before I decided I had way too many books I hadn’t read yet. Do I need to talk about Heroes? I don’t need to talk about Heroes. But since I’m an old school Marvel Geek, and since I’ve enjoyed …
Captain Jack will get you high tonight.
“Don’t they understand what they had, and what message you’re sending by changing it?”
Ahhh, the 25th anniversary edition. There’s no quicker way to crush us under the wheels of time. The quarter century mark is usually the first really legitimate proof that a film or album is going to stand the test of time for someone – and this week, someone’s certainly going to be happy over the release of a 25th anniversary edition of the modern classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit, making its debut on Blu-Ray. Based on a wacky pulp novel by Gary […]
A boy who never grew up and a dog who won’t stay dead.
I will never doubt my daughter again, when it comes to movie plots.
One of the all time best family films finally debuts on Blu-ray,
One “Star Wars” megafan is deeply conflicted about the Disney/Lucasfilm merger.
Just in time for its arrival on DVD and Blu-ray, Mick Martin takes a look at “The Avengers.”
Mr. Malchus reviews three Studio Ghibli films are released on Blu-ray!
Miss L, heir apparent to the Rebecca Black throne.
Disney has pronounced their million dollar sci-fi epic D.O.A.
It’s not fair that it sometimes takes a death to rouse us from our collective unconsciousness and pay respect to someone who deserves it. Before the news cycle started spinning today, many may have not known or forgotten the name of Robert B. Sherman, the New York City-born songwriter who, with younger brother Richard, wrote countless songs for film, television and other entertainment.But we know their songs. Had the Sherman brothers retired after their song score for Walt Disney’s classic Mary Poppins (1964) won a pair of Oscars, they’d deserve a place in 20th century music history. They did not, of course – in a career that lasted half a century, the Shermans wrote prolifically for Disney films, including The Parent Trap (1961), The Jungle Book (1967), The Aristocats (1970) and The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh (1977); several major children’s film soundtracks including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) and Tom Sawyer (1973), and a host of unforgettable tunes still heard throughout the attractions at Disney parks worldwide, from the uplifting “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” in the Carousel of Progress …
Where does the time go? SERIOUSLY, WHERE DID THE PAST WEEK GO? Let’s find out together as we collectively experience a Box Office Flashback to January 9, 1992.
50 years after his passing, Walt Disney’s legacy is remembered through the happy songs his company has given to the world.
On the eve of Thanksgiving, Dw. Dunphy serenades the Disney turkey that is The Black Hole.
Popdose calls Cars 2 a good direct-to-video movie that got stuck in the theaters.
Better produced than most of Disney’s made for TV movies, and slightly edgier, Prom is a harmless film that most parents will have fun watching with their kids.
Unless you’re an animator or a hardcore animation fan, the name “Don Hahn” may not mean much to you — but chances are, he’s had something to do with some of your favorite films. Hahn got his start as a member of the Disney animation team in the dark days of the studio’s pre-comeback ’80s, and by the end of the decade, he’d moved into production — just in time to help bring Who Framed Roger Rabbit? to the big screen, kicking off an impressive production run that included the ’90s Disney classics Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. These days, Hahn does a lot of work with the Disneynature imprint, but he’s also branched out into directing, and with the recent publication of Brain Storm: Unleashing Your Creative Self, he’s resumed his writing career. With Brain Storm, Hahn offers his years in the Hollywood trenches as the backdrop for a series of motivational and instructional stories. If you think of yourself as an artist — or you’d like to think of yourself …
Is Disney’s take on Rapunzel a bad hair day for the studio? Bob Cashill takes his scissors to it.