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So the other day I came across these online, and I couldn’t resist sharing it.
The Artist, Ástor Alexander, has done a number of prints of some of the worlds favourite Disney Princesses, in the style of Noir/Pulp Fiction covers. The result is AWESOME!
Alexander has also done many other prints that are available on their Tumblr and over at Society6. Some of these include Metroid, The Witcher and even Super Mario Bros! However, these Disney ones are so cool I had to put them up!
Just for added Geek points, these pictures are in order of original theatrical release 🙂
The Little Mermaid
Beauty and the Beast
The Princess and the Frog
So, which are your favourites? Who would you like to see Alexander tackle next?
With the controversial dismissal of James Gunn from Marvel Studios still in the mind of the consuming masses; fans and supporters in the industry have been rallying to show support to the shunned Director, including the a large number of the cast and crew of Guardians of the Galaxy! Recently, yet another member of the franchise has given their two cents worth regarding Disney’s knee-jerk decision.
In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, Hollywood legend Glenn Close has given some very candid views on the subject:
“It’s hard to think of it without him,” says Close, who played the character of Nova Prime in 2014’s original Guardians of the Galaxy. “It’s sad. And it brings up, I think, some very tricky issues around this movement. I bring it up with every woman I talk to because I want to know what people feel, you know? Is that truly what we should be doing? Especially in this case, somebody who’s known to ruin people for something that they wrote in a totally different context, what, ten, 12 years ago? What are we going to do, go back to our pasts and make sure that everything we said was politically correct? Who can live like that? I just feel that there’s something wrong about that.”
Everyone that has come to Gunn’s support has said the same thing, that the man who wrote those provocative tweets almost a decade ago is not the man who the world knows now. Given the length of time that has passed between the tweets and Gunn’s dismissal, not to mention the fact that this was way before he worked with Marvel, is it not possible that a person can change in that time? At the risk of sounding too political (because that’s not why I write these posts), consider what message Disney’s actions potentially send. One could build an argument that this gives people no motivation to change. Because why bother!? Say a few dumb things in your lifetime and you’ll be condemned regardless of the improved person that you’ve become years down the line. Close also raised some very interesting points when taken into account in matters such as this:
“We are very flawed creatures. Look at what we’re doing to our f***ing world. It was a question I was talking about to somebody last night – you have somebody that actually has the creative energy to create something like Guardians of the Galaxy. He’s a flawed human being. He was a, you know, cocky a*****e back then, and was saying things to provoke people. Does that negate him as an artist? I don’t think so. I personally do not think so. Or else we’re taking down buildings and paintings – you know, take down all the Picassos, he treated women terribly. If it’s going to be a lasting cultural revolution, which is a big change, if… We’ve got to take into consideration human nature.”
Despite everyone that has shared their opinion over the last few weeks though, Disney refuse to bow to the popular reasoning, no matter how loud the masses might shout about it. It’s this firm resolve of Disney’s that has led to the production of “Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3” being put on-hold indefinitely while a new director is sourced. But the question is will this delay the delivery of their 2020 release date. Time will tell how this will all play out, but once again, I sadly doubt this is going to end with James Gunn returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It’s been just over a month since James Gunn was axed by Disney following surfacing of decade-old tweets, which have caused quite a stir in certain circles and not in keeping with Disneys values. During this time there has been a rollercoaster of events concerning the studio, cast and other supporters on both sides of the fence, and certainly seems far form settling down any time soon.
In a recent article from Deadline, it’s become more apparent that the firing of Gunn is having more of a knock-on effect than originally anticipated. Reports have indicated that the plot has now thickened as pre-production crew for the third instalment of the franchise have been dismissed following the studio putting the project on hold temporarily! It stands to reason as Disney and Marvel Studios will have to go back a couple of steps while they do a patch job before moving forward.
So what’s next?
Disney are still looking for a replacement for Gunn. While there isn’t any one official in the spotlight at present, recent rumours have been that “Thor: Ragnarok” Director, Taika Waititi, has recently met with Marvel. Waititi has more than proven himself with Ragnarok and given the tone the film gave, stands pretty close to that of the Guardians movies.
Disney have not officially confirmed they will be scrapping James Gunns original script, but it would make sense as why would they reward Gunn with a pay check for his written work? This could then cause further issues with the cast as Dave Bautista (Drax) has been very vocal on Gunns dismissal and that he would walk out of his contract if they abandoned the original script.
With all these factors up in the air, you have to wonder exactly what the future has in store for everyones favourite interstellar outlaws! Gunn always said that Volume 3 would be the last instalment with this collection of Guardians. But with the cast standing firm in their support for Gunn, could this indicate that a complete overhaul for the franchise is coming sooner than originally expected? Time will tell, more on this as it develops!
So it’s been a fun few months discussing the pros and cons of the upcoming sequel of the “Man of Steel”. The comic-con reveal that Batman will be making an appearance, the fact that Ben Affleck will be donning the cowl and a relative unknown Gal Gadot being chosen to play Wonder-Woman. What else could possibly be thrown our way with regards to what could possibly be the most anticipated comic book movie of all time!!??
Well, today we were the victims of two more bombshells.
That’s right, we now have Everyone’s favourite Butler Alfred Pennyworth in the shape of British Actor Jeremy Irons, and Supermans arch nemesis Lex Luthor is being played by “The Social Networks” Jesse Eisenberg!
But what do we make of all of this? Is Eisenberg too young to play Luthor? Is Irons able to pull off Bruce Wayne’s trusted man-servant? Let’s look at the evidence…
Jeremy Irons as Alfred was an interesting choice for me. Strong performer, great presence on screen. And that’s my problem, Irons doesn’t really blend into the background. Plus has he kind of played too many villains in the past to play the caring surrogate Father figure to the Caped Crusader? I mean thi about it, “The Beorgias”, “Die Hard 3”, “Dead ringers” (well 1 of him anyway) not to mention SCAR in the “Lion King”. Irons can be a larger than life character with a simple look, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what he does with it, especially as it’ll steer away quite a bit from Michael Caines take on the role each in recent years has kind of become somewhat iconic in some respects.
As far as Eisenberg goes, I’m not 100% convinced at this exact moment. At aged 30 I have to admit I was expecting someone a little older, but then again Michael Rossenbaum was 29 when he first started playing the role on Smallville and he is probably more iconic in the role over a decade than Kevin Spacey in Superman Returns (and he was the only redeemable aspect of the entire film!). I watched “Now you see me” a little while back and the thing that strikes me about Eisenberg is that he plays calm and cocky rather well, but he needs to find a whole new level to that. Lex Luthor is cold, calculating and for the most part subtle. I’m not saying he can’t perform to that extent, I’m just saying I’ve not seen him pull that off yet!
All in all I think this is a strong start, but I’m also finding myself a little dubious about the number of names associated with the project. Not just talent wise but character wise as well. Could Zack Snyder bring DC to finally catching up with the Marvel bandwagon and get Justice League off the ground, or could we be looking at a repeat of Batman & Robin ad Spider-Man 3 by having too many big characters to develop in a very short space of time? Just kidding. Nothing is as bad as Batman & Robin, not even Daredevil. Yeah I said it, NOT EVEN DAREDEVIL!
The story is relatively simple to be honest. The film centres in Franklin, Virginia where the three Bondurant brothers Forrest (Bane himself, Tom Hardy), Howard (Jason Clarke) and Jack (Former Autobot Cohort, Shia LaBeouf) are some of the lead bootleggers of Moonshine Alcohol in the area during the rise of prohibition. The country life of Bootlegging proves easy pickings even with the local law, however their luck soon changes with the arrival of Special Deputy Charlie Rakes (Guy Pearce), which eventually proves chaotic for all those involved. Throw in potential for romantic connections via new in town femme Maggie Beauford (The Helps, Jessica Chastain) and Preachers Daughter Bertha Minnix (Tim Burtons Alice, Mia Wasikowska), plus shady dealings with crime boss Floyd Banner (legendary Police commissioner Gary Oldman) and you have the well thought out, beautifully constructed Drama “Lawless”. Just to refresh your memory, lets take a look at the trailer…
For those of you unaware, the screenplay was written by Australian Singer/Songwriter Nick Cave, and is adapted from the true events from the novel entitled “The Wettest County in the World” by Matt Bondurant. Bondurant (Grandson of Jack Bondurant). Nick Cave does a very good job of adapting the screenplay, the writing flows, and works brilliantly with the talent of the cast. The Soundtrack is also structured very well, making very good use of some of the best country stars out there today. Artists such as Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, The Bootleggers, Willie Nelson and even the films writer Nick Caved himself. All these stars mix together to bring you a great collaboration of authentic Bluegrass inspired by the early part of the 20th Century.
The film overall is very well done. I really enjoyed the pace, it rarely dragged and thankfully didn’t really have any unnecessary waffle. One thing that I must let you know is that there are some things in this movie that are not for the faint of heart. That’s not to say they’re unnecessary or explicit; the content is required to the overall journey of the story and with great effect. But if you’re a little squeamish, this may not be the film for you. “Lawless” is a nice little all-rounder. But what honestly worked for me was the casting. Everything just seemed to fit effortlessly. If I’m honest, I would have liked to have seen a bit more of Oldman in the movie but that’s simply a personal preference.
Tom Hardy is brilliant as the strong and silent Forrest. Although slightly monosyllabic during a number of scenes (no digital audio enhancement required!), his timing and delivery were just spot on throughout. I have to admit, I was mainly drawn to this film because of Hardy, after his performance in the Dark Knight Rises, which I also thoroughly enjoyed. Its shows tremendous talent to portray as much emotion as he does which as little amount of expression as he uses, this film is worth watching for his pearls of wisdom alone!
Guy Pearce did a masterful job of immersing himself in this role. Making the audiences skin crawl at every point he really pulls out the stops throughout his entire performance! You can tell from the trailer alone that Rakes is not intended, nor ever going to be a likeable character; but the levels that he goes to in order to get his authority across is nothing short of horrifying.
As for Jessica Chastain. I haven’t really seen her much before this, but I can honestly say this will change following the viewing of this film. She has such a presence about her, she really draws you in. The character of Maggie has a past, this you’re aware of, and although it doesn’t really get elaborated on that much, by half way through the film you don’t really focus on the past, simply on the matters at hand and the consequences that follow. From this performance, I’ve definitely become a fan. Quite simply, Jessica Chastain honestly is a work of sheer class in this movie!
A nice little treat for everyone is granted in the shape of Gary Oldman, who plays crime boss Floyd Banner. Despite his small amount of screen time compared to his co-stars, he continues to have the power to grab the audience’s attention by a simple look! Basically proving once again what we all know, if you put Oldman in a movie his performance is what is better known as money in the BANK!
Now then, let’s address the man-boy shaped elephant in the room, Shia LaBeouf. A lot of people lost respect for him after Indian Jones 4, and to be fair you can understand. But to be honest I’ve never really disliked him in anything, in fact a hidden gem for me is his movie “Disturbia”, a 21st century version of Alfred Hitchcocks “Rear Window”. In this movie he portrays the runt of the Bondurant clan, Jack; who looks to become more involved in the family business. I wasn’t actually expecting the film to revolve around him as much as it did, but in spite of the public’s misgivings about him, LaBeouf is actually quite a talented guy and works well in front of the camera given the right roles to work with. I have to admit, I thought he did really well with this, having seen him in some really random stuff over the years, it’s really nice to see him tackle something with a bit of grit.
Bottom line, this film is well written, well performed and doesn’t get dull by losing pace. Truly a piece of work everyone should feel happy with. What I will say is that if you’re not a fan of LaBeouf, this possibly isn’t the film for you. However, if you’re a fan and can look past such trivial issues, this is definitely a film that deserves attention!
Well, it’s been a while, since I’ve posted anything of not. Classic case of slacking off while immersing in trying to complete every Riddler challenge in Arkham City, read as many of DCs New 52 as I possibly can, whilst also watching as many films as I physically can in order to bring more and more musings to you all in 2012. And a really big point of interest is 20th Century Fox’s offering this year is their recent release “Chronicle”! For those of you who haven’t seen anything about this before, let’s take a look…
The film documents three friends experiences as they develop superpowers in a freak underground encounter. However, the film predominantly revolves around initial Teen Loner Andrew Detmer (played by Dane DeHaan), whose troubled journey in life truly gives the impression that you can’t help but feel sorry for him. As two-dimensional as this film may appear to some sceptics, Script Writer Max Landis and Director Josh Trank do a masterful job of meshing the social politics of High School with the responsibility that come with possession of great power providing a rollercoaster of Teen angst, humour, drama and action in a very modest 80 minutes of screen time.
Technically the film is sound. The special effects are slick enough to maintain a level of believability in the story. At the start you get the impression that it could be a bit flat being shot with hand-held cameras as they go through their experiences together. However, as their power increases the finesse of the cinematography grows with them, by the end of the film through multiple angles of various devices you almost get a sense of watching a major motion picture with many fancy camera angles.
Quite simply put, go and see this film! I figured this would be worth a look but what I wasn’t prepared for was the range of emotion you not only see on-screen but that which you may go through yourself as the audience. With some rather funny moments, gripping action and well-timed suspense this is a film that everyone should watch at least once!