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ZRE Podcast #18: In Defense of The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Posted in Podcasts with tags , , , , , , on 05/14/2014 by Taylor Holt


Spoilers ahead!

So like, UMM, people are like, CRAPPING all over this movie and like, I just don’t understand all this hate, y’know?

Even though TASM2 is raking it in at the box office (Yeah- I said it), many critics are outright bashing the movie as if they were being paid to(!). Which, in turn, creates a bunch of negative Nancies. What, you didn’t like it either? I bet we cover your complaints in our extremely awesome podcast as well as an explanation for the X-men clip. Order in the court, betch! Continue reading

ZRE Podcast #16: Amazing Spider-Man 2- Pleasing the Fans or the Mainstream?

Posted in Podcasts, Reviews! with tags , , , , on 05/02/2014 by Taylor Holt


Spoilers Ahead! That is, the few things the trailers didn’t already give away.

Being fans of the comic, Josh and I are a bit more torn on how to approach this movie. As comic book fans or as a movie alone? Are they the same thing or do they need to be separated to be critiqued fairly?

We also discuss villains we’d like to see adapted regardless of…uh…adaptability. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , on 05/02/2014 by Taylor Holt


Spoiler Free!

Stars: Andrew Garfield, Jamie Foxx, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Sally Field, Paul Giamatti, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Chris Cooper

Rated PG-13 for for sequences of Sci-fi action/violence, Running time 142 minutes, Action/Adventure

Compare to: Ghostbusters 2 (1989), Hellboy (2004)

Once The Avengers was realized as a hit, it became pretty clear comic book movies and more so big-budget Action movies wouldn’t be the same. Sequels and spin-offs, references and hints at future films are everywhere; we can’t escape the advertising or the news of future sequels when the current installment hasn’t been released.

So while The Amazing Spider-Man 2 suffered from the Sequel Syndrome as I’ve decided to call it just now, the movie itself is enjoyable, with just enough drama for you to be invested. Perfect? No. Far from it. But asking for perfection in a series at all is a bit much anyway so settling for fun isn’t a bad compromise, if a compromise at all. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , on 07/02/2012 by Taylor Holt

Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Denis Leary, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen

Rated PG-13 for sequences of action violence , 136 Minutes, Action/Adventure/Fantasy

Compare to: Batman Begins (2005), Captain America (2011)

If you’ve read either of these articles I’ve written in the past month, you should know I’m a pretty big Spider-Man fan. Those are here and here. Even after what Sony did to him in The Spider-Man series, specifically Spider-Man 3, I never blamed Peter Parker for what happened. So upon hearing that a new Spider-Man series was in tow, I was in amazement (no pun) and confusion, like many people. Another one? Already? Reboot?

The marketing hasn’t been too kind either. From multiple clips and trailers, to releasing posters that are far too similar to Sam Raimi’s trilogy as well as letting a twenty-five minute version of the movie online only to take it off after a day or so; this new one didn’t seem to have much going for it. Then I was actually able to watch the film that was big-budgeted, yet had a lot on the line; thankfully, it is a solid movie and if another trilogy is spawned from this one, I won’t mind. Continue reading

Great Spiderman Villains We’ll Probably Never See in the Movies

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , on 06/14/2012 by Taylor Holt

When I first heard who the villain was for the new Spiderman movie, I thought, “Cool. As long as it’s not Topher Grace.” When it turned out to be the Lizard, I was surprised they didn’t attempt to keep the villains completely grounded and human like they did for the original trilogy, save for the third one. It’s easy to imagine Spiderman onscreen battling any one of his biggest foes; Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Venom… because we’ve already seen it.

Even The Lizard had his place in the previous Sam Raimi trilogy due to the fact that Dylan Baker had already been portraying The Lizard’s alter-ego, Curt Connors, in the last two sequels. But what about the myriad of other Spiderman villains? For some, Spiderman is the only superhero whose villains are second only to Batman. The reason is that they’re just awesome, but what are the chances of seeing some of his more fun, less emotionally attached antagonists?

For the new film (and whatever sequels), who knows? Sam Raimi’s trilogy only seemed interested in villains Spiderman already knew. If he didn’t know them in the comic, they still changed things around to where he did in the movie.

So how about villains that just show up to rob a bank? Where are those guys? The ones who simply want money and then revenge for Spiderman having beat them to pulp? Evidently revenge isn’t a good enough motive, or at least, hasn’t been for Hollywood’s version of Spiderman. Here are a couple of favorites that don’t necessarily have a prior relationship to Spiderman, therefore don’t expect to see them in any sequels unless Hollywood decides to turn Rhino into Peter Parker’s illegitimate son or something. Continue reading