Star Trek: Into Darkness might just be the perfect summer blockbuster. (Yes, I know it’s still spring, but my thesis stands.) It’s big, it’s loud, it’s well crafted, it’s immensely entertaining and quite clever (or, more important, feels clever in the moment). What else could you want from a major Hollywood popcorn flick?
Better yet, it’s also a great Star Trek movie. Director J. J. Abrams, with the help of his writers, the Nerd Herd (genre specialists Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof), has crafted a worthy sequel to his 2009 reboot of the franchise. To me, as an origin story that flick felt a little too orchestrated. But Into Darkness kicks off with an explosive setpiece that feels like something right out of the original 1960′s TV show. And perhaps that’s why Star Trek: Into Darkness is even better that its predecessor. It’s not only a cool flick; it’s everything a Star Trek geek could want.
While the USS Enterprise is on an assignment to observe a primitive civilization, Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) violates the Prime Directive to save Spock’s life (that’s so Kirk). Of course, Spock (Zachary Quinto) then writes a mission report that details Kirk’s wrongful actions (that’s so Spock), which leads to Admiral Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood) to reassuming command of the Enterprise and demoting Kirk to First Officer (that’s so Star Trek). (more…)
It’s a good day for comedy, because we now have a trailer for The World’s End, the new film from director Edgar Wright.
Yes, Wright and Simon Pegg are finally getting the band back together to make the final installment of the series that began with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, known as the “Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy” because in each film, at some point one of the characters enjoys a particular flavor of Cornetto ice cream. In Shaun, it was red strawberry Cornetto, and in Hot Fuzz it was blue original Cornetto. In The World’s End, it’s green mint choc-chip, topped off with a whole lotta ale!
In The World’s End, old friends reunite after 20 years to recapture their youth by completing a pub crawl that bested them as younger men. (If you think about it, the plot somewhat echoes Wright, Pegg and Nick Frost getting together to make this film.) Of course, as often happens, all this irresponsible alcohol consumption leads to the world being undone by zombie-type creatures. (I can hear the bartender now: “You don’t have to go home, but you can’t allow the world to be conquered by the undead.”) (more…)
It’s going to be hotter than usual in Houston, Texas, this Memorial Day weekend. Comicpalooza is back, and thanks to a new partnership with Battlestar Galactica fest GalactiCon, it’s bigger and better than ever.
With headliners such as Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek: The Next Generation), Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious, Machete) and Danny Trejo (Machete, Sons of Anarchy), Comicpalooza has outdone itself once again, presenting over 500 hours of programming this year.
Other celebrities appearing at Comicpalooza 2013 (May 24 – 26 at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center) include Avery Brooks (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride, Saw), Sam Huntington (Being Human), Peter Davison (Doctor Who), Rene Auberjonois (Star Trek: DS9), Kris Holden-Reid (Lost Girl), Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl), Frazer Hines (Doctor Who), Peter Mayhew (Star Wars) and Craig Parker (Spartacus, Lord of the Rings). (more…)
Tony Stark is back and all is not well.
In Iron Man 3, we catch up with the billionaire playboy genius, played by Robert Downey Jr., following the cataclysmic events of The Avengers. (If you didn’t see that flick, it involved evil aliens, wicked gods, the potential destruction of the world and the near destruction of New York City…you know, a typical Wednesday in the Marvel Universe.) Sure, Tony is Iron Man, but he’s also merely a mortal, so he’s not dealing with the fallout as well as, say, Thor might.
He can’t focus or sleep; all Tony can do is worry that Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), his girlfriend and CEO of Stark Industries, might be in harm’s way due to his superhero hobby. And if that’s not enough, there’s a terrorist, known as the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), who’s blowing up stuff, including Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau), Tony’s long-time bodyguard and best buddy. This tragedy shakes Tony from his torpor and angers him enough that he threatens the Mandarin on live television. (more…)