Movie Review: “Iron Man” (short version)

I saw “Iron Man” last night and since I don’t have a lot of time this weekend, I’ll sum up my review in two words…

F’n awesome!

Seriously, I thought it was better than any of the “Spider-Man” movies.

And definitely stay THROUGH the end credits…if you are a Marvel Comics fan, you will love the bonus scene.

“Iron Man” day is here (spoilers included)!

Iron ManWell, today is THE day! “Iron Man” opens with advanced screenings starting tonight (May 1) at 8 p.m. Of course, I have tickets for the 8 p.m. show at a nearby theater.

Between my waiting for this movie since childhood and the positive reviews, I am REALLY psyched to see this film.

And what makes it even better?

Since there are spoilers involved, I’ll put the rest after the jump…

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“Iron Man” is almost here!

Iron Man movie posterWell, this week, “Iron Man,” the movie I have waited for most of my life, finally hits the big screen. Directed by Jon Favreau (“Zathura,” “Made”), “Iron Man” is based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name — and my favorite character in the Marvel Universe.

Robert Downey Jr. stars as Tony Stark, the billionaire defense contractor/playboy/genius who initially creates the Iron Man armor to escape his captors in Afghanistan and then refines the suit in order to defeat those using his technology for evil. Jeff Bridges plays Stark Enterprises executive Obadiah Stane, who becomes the main rival to Stark/Iron Man when he builds his own armored creation and takes on the name of Iron Monger.

Gwyneth Paltrow portrays Virginia “Pepper” Potts, Stark’s assistant, and Terrence Howard is Jim “Rhodey” Rhodes (who will go on to become War Machine in future installments of the “Iron Man” saga).

I am so pumped for this movie. I was a big fan of the comic book as a kid (and even in later years), and the footage and early reviews I have seen are making me even more excited about it. I actually have tickets to one of the 8 p.m. shows on Thursday, May 1, so I will be seeing it a day before its official May 2 opening.

Also, I love the “Star Wars”-esque poster.

Anyway, here is one of the early reviews

‘Jumper’: Who told Hayden Christensen he could act?

The title of this post is the actual headline of the San Jose Mercury News’ review of the new film “Jumper,” starring Hayden Christensen as a guy with the power of teleportation. The question posed in this headline is the same one I have been asking since Christensen single-handedly ruined “Star Wars” for me.

Here is an excerpt from Bruce Newman’s review

In fact, the only force on Earth so dense that it apparently can’t be moved even by the movie’s special effects is Christensen’s wooden acting. After bringing the second “Star Wars” trilogy to its knees as the inert Anakin Skywalker, his performance here threatens the very fabric of time and space.

Mr. Newman, I agree wholeheartedly.

Movie Trailer: “Speed Racer”

“Speed Racer” trailer

As you can see, above is the trailer for the Wachowski brothers-directed “Speed Racer” movie scheduled for release on May 9, 2008.

Now, I loved “Speed Racer” as a kid and I’m not sure what to think of this quasi-live action film version. However, despite what most people think of the final two installments of “The Matrix” trilogy, Andy and Larry Wachowski make films that are visually stunning. And, in that sense, it looks like the Wachowski brothers have succeeded once again.

This movie “looks” incredible…whether or not the film is any good remains to be seen, in my opinion. But the trailer is fun, so check it out.

TWR readers in Boston, look away now!

Since the very sight of the Mooninites from Cartoon Network/Adult Swim’s “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” gets certain people from Boston worked into a panic (because, you know, they couldn’t take the time to actually check out what the devices were BEFORE going apeshit all over town while screaming “they’re bombs! they’re bombs!” and blowing up what essentially were Lite-Brites), I will suggest that those people look away from the this movie trailer for the greatly anticipated “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters.”


And speaking of that whole ATHF-Boston thing, here is a very funny take on it (includes profanity…very funny profanity)…

Gwyneth Paltrow joins “Iron Man” cast as Pepper Potts!


For a supposedly second-tier superhero in the Marvel Universe, “Iron Man” — or at least the film adapation of the comic book — is attracting some of the best talent in Hollywood.

Jon Favreau is directing the film and Robert Downey Jr. has been cast as Tony Stark/Iron Man. Terrence Howard is also on board as Stark’s friend and pilot, Jim “Rhodey” Rhodes.

But getting an actress with the profile of Gwyneth Paltrow to play Stark’s assistant, Virginia “Pepper” Potts, is an absolute coup. Yet that is exactly what has happened.

“Iron Man” is scheduled for release on May 2, 2008…and I can’t wait!

(Photo of Gwyneth Paltrow taken at press conference for BAFTA Awards in 2002 by D.L. Parker.)

The real “Transformers” teaser trailer is here!

Yahoo! Movies has the first look at the full teaser trailer from Michael Bay’s upcoming live action/CGI film adaptation of “Transformers.”

Yeah, the Autobots and Decepticons may not be like the ones we grew up with, but this looks really freakin’ cool. Click the link below to watch the trailer at Yahoo! Movies…

Yahoo! Movies’ “Transformers” page.

…or watch it right here, thanks to YouTube!

The Shadow returns!

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? THE SHADOW KNOWS!

The Shadow is coming back to the big screen…and it’s about time. I have been waiting for a decent feature film version of The Shadow ever since…well…the end credits started rolling on the 1994 adaptation starring Alec Baldwin in the title role.

And there is a two-word reason why the new Shadow movie will kick ass: Sam Raimi.

Columbia Pictures has acquired the rights to The Shadow and Raimi has signed on to produce the film. Raimi is a big fan of The Shadow and reportedly sought the opportunity to make a movie based on the 1930s-era character when what became the 1994 production was getting off the ground in the late 1980s. In fact, Raimi also tried to get involved with the late 80s big screen version of “Batman.” When Raimi missed out on a chance to work on both projects, he made the excellent “Darkman” movie, which came out in 1990 and was heavily influenced by The Shadow and the Batman, who was originally inspired by The Shadow.

The Hollywood Reporter adds that Siavash Farahani has been hired by Columbia to write the screenplay for the new Shadow film.

I’m not going to get into the complicated nature of The Shadow here, but this Wikipedia entry should do the trick if you’re interested in reading about it. But it is this complicated nature that makes The Shadow my all-time favorite comic book-type character.

Actually, IGN is reporting that Raimi is hoping to produce either a series of movies or one movie that would unite The Shadow with other Street & Smith pulp heroes, including The Avenger and Doc Savage. However, Raimi has only talked about producing a new movie based on The Shadow at this time.

Here are more stories related to the new Shadow movie…

Columbia & Raimi Team on The Shadow
The Shadow Strikes Back
Exclusive: Sam Raimi’s Pulp Fiction

“The weed of crime bears bitter fruit…crime does not pay…THE SHADOW KNOWS!”

UPDATED 12/13/06 (12:40 p.m. ET)
In a related story, actor Peter Boyle, who played Shadow agent/driver Moe “Shrevvy” Shrevnitz in the 1994 version of “The Shadow,” died last night at 71. Boyle is best known for portraying the tap-dancing monster in Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” and the father in “Everybody Loves Raymond.”