Friday, July 31, 2009

TGIF: Miracleman and More

Here are the things that excited me over the past week...
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1. Funny People - A new Judd Apatow movie opens up in theaters today!! I love both of the director's previous films, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, the latter of which is up in my top favorite comedies ever, so obviously, I'm really looking forward to his latest movie starring Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen.
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2. Alice In Wonderland theatrical trailer - Tim Burton's highly-anticipated adaptation of the classic Lewis Carroll story is visually stunning and every bit as imaginative as his other films...if the new trailer has anything to say about it. I'm still a little skeptical about it, to be honest, even though Anne Hathaway looks awesome as the White Queen. See the trailer here.
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3. Miracleman rights go to Marvel Comics - The character Miracleman (aka Marvelman) who has been caught in legal limbo for years now (despite fans chomping at the bit to see the character's body of work collected featuring heavyweights such as Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore), has come home to Marvel Comics, who made the exciting, surprise announcement at San Diego's Comic-con this past weekend.
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4. Angel vs. Frankenstein by Byrne - You read that right. John Byrne is going to be writing another Angel (Joss Whedon's Angel) comic following his surprisingly good Angel: Blood and Trenches mini-series from IDW Publishing. This time around, Byrne will tackle Angelus, as he goes up against the legendary Frankenstein's Monster.
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5. (500) Days of Summer - I wish I could say that this was every bit as good as I expected it to be, but overall, this is just a pretty good summer movie. What makes the indy movie worthy of mention is the fantastic Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who relives 500 days of his relationship with a girl named Summer...not sequentially, in fact this movie uses every trick in the arthouse film book, but it manages to wind up with a movie with a lot of heart...and a great performance. This will most likely be the best movie starring Joseph this summer...unless G.I. Joe is absolutely nothing like the trailers indicate.

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