Ant-Man

The Ant-Man and his trusty steed, the flying ant.

Somehow Marvel keeps taking chances on weird titles like Guardians of the Galaxy and now Ant-Man and turning them into weird hits. I’m not sure how they’re managing this, exactly, but if anyone ever figures it out then all major Hollywood studios need to be informed immediately so that the secret will hopefully not be lost.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Close up of the eye of Smaug.  Not a sight for the faint of heart.

Now it’s easier to see how they managed to pad the book out to three movies — they not only added in Legolas, they wedged in a romantic subplot… and a very unlikely one, too, let me add. Of course, any overt romance in a Tolkien novel is unlikely, so whenever you see it in a movie adaptation you can be pretty sure it was added in later by command of some studio executive.
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Real Steel

Charlie, Bailey, and Max gape at Atom as he comes to life.

In 1956, a man named Richard Matheson had a short story called “Steel” published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and it was good. Then it was made into an episode of The Twilight Zone, also called “Steel”, and it was less good. Now, with the word “Real” tacked onto the front of the title, it’s made the leap to the big screen — sort of, since it’s only very loosely based on the story. But if you think this sounds uncomfortably like the horror that was The Box, don’t worry.
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