Scary monsters. Super creeps. Sienna Miller. All are represented in this week's new movies on DVD, as wolverines, wolfmen, zombies and overrated actresses stalk the moors. And by moors, we mean Best Buy.
In comics and on the screen, Wolverine has been the most popular X-Man for years. In fact, it could be argued that the first two X-Men movies were de facto Wolverine films. But now he's making it official, with the first movie to actually put his name on the marquee, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Since his origin is one of the most mysterious (read: sexy) things about him, all signs point to this being a pretty amazing movie. But it's hard to tell from just the trailer, unless you're an über-nerd with a stack of Wolverine comics in your closet. Luckily, nerd-scholars Omar G. and Pablo G. are here to explain everything to us in their latest installment of "Trailers Without Pity"! See the video after the jump.
This Friday, the latest big-budget superhero movie hits theaters, and... well, a bunch of people have already seen it, thanks to a leaked bootleg copy, minus a lot of special effects. We haven't seen the bootleg ourselves -- and if we did, we certainly wouldnt tell anybody about it -- but we've seen enough trailers and teaser footage to give us a pretty good idea of what's going on. Plus, we've read enough X-Men comics to choke an industrial paper shredder, which makes us highly qualified to create a field guide to the super-powered mutants who will be popping up (and popping claws) in the latest X-movie. Only a few have been seen on the big screen before, and even they may not be so familiar anymore, as they're played by different actors. Check out all the new faces in out X-Men Origins: Wolverine gallery!
Finally, another reason to go to Amsterdam! You know, besides the culture. Cinema Expo is happening this week in the Dutch city of sin, and the studios are unraveling their 2008-2009 slates for an international crowd. Here's what's been lighting up the message boards:
The geek community is currently peeing themselves with worry because the cast and crew of X-Men Origins: Wolverine has apparently returned to Vancouver to do some re-shoots. Talk of interference in the film by 20th Century Fox has led to speculation that the movie is being kiddie-fied. Still others are claiming that the studio has realized that they have Ryan Reynolds in their movie, and are expanding his presence as mercenary Deadpool. (understandable, since he barely appeared in the trailer.) However, we have our own theories about the re-shoots, which you should check out after the jump.
I'm not really sure why movie critics complain about superhero movies being loud and stupid. I am an avowed lover of comic books -- superhero books in particular -- and I will be the first to admit that superhero comics are mostly pretty stupid. Even the really smart ones (Watchmen, Sandman) are based on stupid principles, i.e., that people who can fly, pop claws, shoot laser beams, etc. will put on tights and fight crime. So why do critics -- particularly the ones I've heard called "comic book tourists" -- continue to look for depth, meaning and artistry? Were they spoiled by last year's summer of high-quality superhero flicks, and they want Wolverine to shoulder the full responsibility this year, since it's the only superhero movie coming out? Talk about putting all of your eggs in one basket.