Man of Steel Second Viewing: 10 Things That Stood Out

June 28, 2013 at 11:30 am

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WELL…  I CAVED…

I thought I wouldn’t want to see Man of Steel in theaters twice but I was wrong.  On a rainy afternoon, I caught a nice relaxing matinee.  Turns out, Man of Steel is MUCH better the second time around.

REVIEW | Man of Steel is the Superman movie we wanted right?

I think my main issue with my first viewing was the lengthy first act.  It’s completely understandable that his iconic origin must be established.  There are many moments people expect to see but as I said in my review:

It’s interesting for such a fast paced movie to feel slow.  Time crawls when you can’t wait to see super speed.

I just wanted to see Superman in action.  My feelings about the movie changed once I finally saw the Man of Steel fly.  Well, watching the film a second time allowed me to truly appreciate the story free from the unbelievable anticipation I felt the first time.  Man of Steel has since become my favorite movie of 2013 thus far.

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I suppose it’s not fair to the other films I’ve seen as I’ve only seen them once.  I simply couldn’t resist watching the incredible action sequences on the big screen again.  I just didn’t expect my original complaints to disappear. Here are 10 things that stood out:

Editor’s Note:  I’m perfectly comfortable admitting that I can be an idiot sometimes.  It’s important to mention this for #10 to make sense.  Also there are spoilers ahead…

10. 20 MINUTES LATE!

I was reading movie news on the bus heading to the theater when I realized I may have missed my stop.  I pulled out the map on my iPhone and realized I had!  So I got off the bus.  It was 12:49 and the movie started at 1…  I was going to be late.  Thankfully, another bus going the opposite direction arrived quickly.  To my horror, I realized a few streets down the road that I was still going away from the theater.  And then I figured it out.  My map was upside down…  I shouldn’t have left the first bus.  I got to the theater at 1:19 thinking I had missed the first few scenes.

It turns out, I missed nothing.  I even got a chance to see the latest Pacific Rim trailer.  How could I be 20 minutes late and NOT miss any of the movie?  These commercials and trailers are out of control!

9.  FAORA IS A BAD ASS

The final fight maybe the highlight of the movie but this entire sequence was pretty awesome.

8.  IS THAT ACTUALLY CHRISTOPHER REEVE?

This story broke a few days before I saw Man of Steel the second time.  I was on full alert and I think I agree.  They CGI’d a frame of Christopher Reeve in there.

Read more about the story and see an animated GIF of the sequence here.

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7.  HENRY CAVILL IS SUPERMAN BUT IS HE CLARK KENT?

Clark Kent is Kal-El’s disguise but we rarely see him in public as an adult.  He spends much of the film hiding and it isn’t until the final moments when we get to see the real Clark Kent.  It’ll be interesting to see how Henry Cavill plays the role in the inevitable sequel.

6.  RUSSELL CROWE IS A SCENE STEALER

Jor-El is an integral part of Superman’s origin and Russell Crowe truly shines with many fantastic moments.

5. ZACK SNYDER IS AN AWESOME DIRECTOR

It’s not easy to craft shots when Superman is traveling at such high speeds but Snyder succeeds throughout the movie.  There are so many unbelievably creative shots.  Especially when Superman is at full speed.

Side Note: That World Engine is action is awesome.

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4. IT’S SUPERMAN!

When he finally arrives, they don’t waste anytime posing him in iconic ways.

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 3. LOIS & CLARK DIDN’T HAVE TO KISS

We know what’s coming.  I didn’t think they HAD to kiss.  Save some moments for the sequel.

Man of Steel Second Viewing: 10 Things That Stood Out | Man of Steel Review 2

2. THE SCORE IS INCREDIBLE

Hans Zimmer did an absolutely spectacular job with the score.  It stayed with me after long after both viewings.  You can hear it in action in the trailer above or at length in the clip below:

1. FANTASTIC FLYING FIGHT

When Superman and Zod take to the skies in their epic final battle I was mesmerized.  I think it’s time to revisit this post:

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Question: Which film caused more damage their respective final acts: The Avengers or Man of Steel?

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Man of Steel Is The Superman Movie We Wanted Right?

June 17, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Man of Steel Is The Superman Movie We Wanted Right? | Man of Steel Review

ZACK SNYDER’S SUPERMAN THROWS PUNCHES!

I had my tickets to see Man of Steel two weeks before the film’s release.  I’ve written many articles about the film and broken down just about every trailer.  The more I saw, the more excited I became.  Could THIS be the Superman movie I’ve always wanted to see?  To say I was pumped would be a gigantic understatement.

When Superman Returns was released, I was incredibly disappointed in the lack of action as well as Lex Luther’s ‘land’ scheme.  That movie focused on Clark Kent and his integration into society but failed to deliver a Superman worthy of the big screen.  Man of Steel is very much the opposite.  This reboot focuses almost entirely on Kal-El and his integration into society.  Would humanity accept a savior from another world?  What would happen if an alien revealed his/herself today?  It’s a fascinating theme that lays the foundation for a Superman movie unlike anything we’ve ever seen.

I’m going to start at the end and work my way backwards.  The final hour of this movie is as big (if not bigger) than the finale of last year’s smash The Avengers.  The destruction caused by Superman and General Zod’s Metropolis death match is gargantuan.  Buildings crumble, roads are shattered and Zack Snyder delivers some of the most exciting action I’ve ever seen on the big screen.  Finally, the Man of Steel is unleashed with a worthy opponent backed by some spectacular visual effects and direction.

When I woke up this morning and gathered my thoughts for this review, all I could think about was the final act.  I can’t wait to see it again but I don’t think I’ll see it in theaters twice.  Why?  Because it took over 2 hours to get to the explosive finale.

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THE DARK KNIGHT THIS IS NOT

I think comparing Man of Steel to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy isn’t entirely fair.  True, they share a similar real world approach but there can only be one Dark Knight.  The one glaring difference between the two is the time it takes to establish the hero’s origin.  With Batman Begins, Nolan created an effective and exciting back story while remaining economical with screen time.

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We don’t even see Earth for nearly 30 minutes in Man of Steel.  From there we follow a broken timeline that mixes in important events from Clark’s youth as we follow his journey as an adult.  All the usual Superman moments are included but several scenes felt better suited as deleted scenes on the Blu Ray.

It’s interesting for such a fast paced movie to feel slow.  Time crawls when you can’t wait to see super speed.

Man of Steel Is The Superman Movie We Wanted Right? | Man of Steel Review

Still, it’s hard to fault a movie for providing such detail as they built up the universe’s mythology.  I think my excitement to see Superman in action worked against me as I waited.  Regardless, this movie definitely feels long in addition to actually being long.

I went in to Man of Steel thinking there was no way the film would earn less than 8/10.  When the credits rolled I was blown away by the action but surprisingly found myself considering a 6.  Upon further review, I decided that Man of Steel is a worth a trip to the theater.  It’s worth it because THIS is the best Superman movie I’ve ever seen.  Years ago, I was angry because there wasn’t enough action in Superman Returns.  Many fans were.  People demanded a Superman that threw punches and the talented filmmakers behind this epic delivered exactly what we asked for.

Man of Steel Is The Superman Movie We Wanted Right? | Man of Steel Review

This is a Superman movie filled with iconic moments and massive action set pieces.  It features a truly stellar cast with scene stealing performances by Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon and Amy Adams.  There are slower moments and an incredibly long build up to the enormous finale but in the end, it was entertaining.  A 7/10.

It may not redefine the superhero genre as many hoped but not all movies can be as big as The Avengers or as complex as The Dark Knight.

THIS IS THE SUPERMAN MOVIE I ASKED FOR

An action packed epic where Superman battles a worthy foe and holds nothing back.  Maybe I will catch it again on the big screen after all.

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Larger Than Life Movie Villains Revealed!

May 9, 2013 at 8:19 am

Movie Hype: Larger Than Life Villains Revealed!

EPIC VILLAINS IN A SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

If I may quote Mission Impossible 2:

“Every search for a hero must begin with something which every hero requires…  A villain.”

We all love great villains.  They are the reason our heroes are called to action in the first place.  Throughout history we have been blessed with iconic and unforgettable villains.  The Wicked Witch of the West, Hannibal Lector, Darth Vader, Auric Goldfinger, Nurse Ratched, The Joker, Norman Bates, Freddy Krueger, Verbal Kint, Biff Tannen, Bill the Butcher, Doc Ock, Tommy DeVito, Alex DeLarge…

Movie Hype: Larger Than Life Villains Revealed!

Dramas, horror, thrillers, comedies…  Every genre has it’s classics but no group faces more scrutiny that the Summer Blockbusters.  Big franchises, sequels and the unstoppable force known as the comic book movie.

It’s the first question we all ask when a giant blockbuster is announced.  Whether it’s a new franchise or a sequel we all want to know who our favorite heroes will fight next.  How will these villains look?  Sound?  Move?

Fans crave every detail leading up to the movies they cannot wait to see.  I remember staring at this image wondering what Christopher Nolan’s Joker would be like.

Movie Hype: Larger Than Life Villains Revealed!

The Joker was brilliantly realized by Nolan and wonderfully portrayed by the late Heath Ledger.  However, by the time the movie arrived, we had several trailers, clips and more that took away at least a little of the mystery. Is that a bad thing?  I don’t think so.  We live in a different time.  I suppose the question is…

Can you keep a big villain secret?  Should you?

I wonder how much scrutiny Darth Vader would face if Star Wars was released today.  A world where studios preemptively release images from sets in order to beat the spies to the punch.  Every time a movie shoots an exterior scene, images shot on cell phones pop up online.  We live in an age of social media.  An era where promotion is 24/7 and fans are closer than ever to the development process.

Now, I don’t want to sound like a spoiled brat.  Here I am, discussing my relentless craving for new villain reveals while complaining that we know too much before they are unleashed.  I just appreciate the evolution of the villain reveal.

We may have 4 or 5 trailers for each big blockbuster these days but I could choose to avoid them.  I just don’t.  I simply cannot resist pressing play and envisioning the adventures that await on the silver screen.

There are filmmakers out there who work tirelessly to keep their big projects a secret.  J.J Abrams immediately comes to mind.  When he and his team produced Cloverfield, it nearly broke the internet when they unveiled the mysterious trailer.  What the hell did the Cloverfield monster look like?

Cloverfield awesome monster movie

Personally, it drove me nuts for months.  The director repeated this tactic when he created Super 8. It’s a proven way to generate interest in a film.   Super 8 was actually my favorite movie of 2011.

He’s doing it again with Star Trek Into Darkness.  Who is John Harrison?  Is it really Kahn?  The answers are coming.

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Honestly, I can’t decide which side I’m on.

Do I prefer the shroud of secrecy and the anticipation it ignites?  Or do I want a constant stream of updates and risk burning out before the lights dim?

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?

In the last few weeks, we were treated to new trailers that revealed Superman’s enemy Zod and Thor’s next challenge Malekith.  Both look incredible.

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We were also given a glimpse of Jamie Foxx as Electro in next summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2:

Movie Hype: Larger Than Life Villains Revealed!

Would you rather wait to see the villain?

I’m not sure if you can argue one way or another which approach is better.  Secrecy is frustrating but could ramp up the hype to impossible heights.  On the other hand, transparency invites discussion online and the promotion never stops.  There are pros and cons to both.  Sometimes too much secrecy can be seen as a weakness or a lack of faith in the studio.  Sometimes, a villain is revealed and hardcore fans tear it apart in vicious blog posts, tweets and parodies.

Yet sometimes, magic can be captured in the imagination of a film fan’s curiosity.  The same blogs and tweets can also be overwhelmingly positive.  Take Electro for example.  I think he’s going to look awesome on the big screen.  I can’t wait to see what he looks like with added effects.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how or when a villain is revealed.  Whether it’s a year out or opening night, the only thing that really matters is…  The story.

The next generation of heroes and villains are coming.  Which ones will claim their place amongst the greatest of all time?  That’s a search that will never end.

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Top 5 Moments: Man of Steel Trailer #3

April 23, 2013 at 7:31 am

Top 5 moments: man of steel trailer #3

SUPERMAN.  THAT IS ALL.

The biggest and best Man of Steel trailer has arrived.  Will it be the best Superman movie of all time?  I’m not prepared to make that statement but this trailer definitely presents a strong case.  This three minute teaser is full of iconic moments.  Exactly what you would expect in a Superman movie.

5. THE EDITING

It’s not actually a moment but as a professional editor, I couldn’t help it.  This trailer is edited brilliantly.  Sometimes that many jump cuts can be jarring but the score is perfect and it sets the tone for an amazing summer blockbuster.

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4. KRYPTON

This trailer brings us our first real look at life on Krypton even though it’s being destroyed.

Top 5 Moments: Man of Steel Trailer #3

3. “I WILL FIND HIM.”

General Zod has arrived and he looks like a worthy and relentless villain.

Top 5 Moments: Man of Steel Trailer #3

2. SUPERMAN!

Take a look at these poses and tell me this won’t be a love letter to Superman fans around the world.

Top 5 Moments: Man of Steel Trailer #3

Top 5 Moments: Man of Steel Trailer #3

1. SUPERMAN PUNCHED ME IN THE FACE

Superman unleashed.  Zack Snyder looks to have filmed the best Superman action sequences ever.  Dear technology…  Thank you.

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44 Movies To Look Forward To In 2013

January 14, 2013 at 8:08 am

44 Movies To Look Forward To In 2013 | 2013 Movie Preview

A NEW YEAR BEGINS.  A GREAT YEAR FOR MOVIES!

Movie sites world wide are posting lists of movies they can’t wait to see in 2013.  Last year I realized that, if I did the same, my list would be identical to many film fans out there.  I decided to try something different.  So I collected lists from around the web and devised a scoring method to rank the movies mentioned in the lists.

It’s simple.  For this year’s movie preview I used 16 lists from big sites as well as smaller blogs.  These articles had to rank 2013 movies from 10-1.  I gave 10 points to every movie that was given the top spot, 9 points for second down to 1 point for 10th place rankings.  Total points were sorted and the result was 44 movies to look forward to in 2013!

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Before I get to the big list, here are my sources:

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/FILM | Angie’s 10 most anticipated films of 2013

DEN OF GEEK | The top 25 must see movies of 2013

HEAVY | The top 20 most anticipated films of 2013

MOVIE FANATIC | Top 13 movie moments of 2013

MOVIE-MORON | Top 30 best new movies of 2013

TECH REPUBLIC | The 10 must see geek movies of 2013

RORCHACH REVIEWS | My top 10 most anticipated films for 2013

TOP TEN BEST FILMS | 10 most anticipated action adventure

MOVIE INSIDER | 2013 most anticipated movies

CLASSIC BLANCA | Top 10 most anticipated movies of 2013

SHOW WATCHER | 10 most anticipated movies of 2013

BEST GEEK BLOG EVER | Top 10 anticipated 2013

WHAT CULTURE | 15 most anticipated films of 2013

SPILL | Ten most anticipated movies of 2013

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THE MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIES OF 2013
THE RANKINGS

44. UNTITLED DIABLO CODY PROJECT (1 POINT)

43. CAN A SONG SAVE YOUR LIFE (1 POINT)

42. NYMPHOMANIAC (1 POINT)

41. THE HEAR (2 POINTS)

40. ENDER’S GAME (2 POINTS)

39. NOW YOU SEE ME (2 POINTS)

38. OLD BOY (3 POINTS)

37. SCARY MOVIE 5 (3 POINTS)

36. A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD (3 POINTS)

35. OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (3 POINTS)

34. MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (3 POINTS)

33. THE GREAT GATSBY (5 POINTS)

32. TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE (5 POINTS)

31. THE LAST STAND (5 POINTS)

30. PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS (6 POINTS)

29. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (7 POINTS)

28. THE EVIL DEAD (7 POINTS)

27. ONLY GOD FORGIVES (8 POINTS)

26. MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (9 POINTS)

25. WORLD WAR Z (9 POINTS)

24. LOWLIFE (NIGHTINGALE) (9 POINTS)

23. STOKER (10 POINTS)

22. THE WORLD’S END (10 POINTS)

21. GANGSTER SQUAD (11 POINTS)

20. G.I. JOE: RETALIATION (12 POINTS)

19. ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND CONTINUES (13 POINTS)

18. FAST AND FURIOUS 6 (14 POINTS)

17. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (16 POINTS)

16. AFTER EARTH (16 POINTS)

15. KICK ASS 2 (18 POINTS)

14. BEFORE MIDNIGHT (20 POINTS)

13. SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR (20 POINTS)

12. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (22 POINTS)

11. THE LONE RANGER (23 POINTS)

THE TOP 10 MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIES OF 2013

10. OBLIVION (24 POINTS)

9. THE WOLVERINE (31 POINTS)

8. THOR: THE DARK WORLD (31 POINTS)

7. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (43 POINTS)

6. GRAVITY (45 POINTS)

5. ELYSIUM (45 POINTS)

4. PACIFIC RIM (67 POINTS)

3. MAN OF STEEL (85 POINTS

2. IRON MAN 3 (107 POINTS)

1. STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (110 POINTS)

What movie are you looking forward to the most?

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