Apparently Omaha, NE won't be getting Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom until the end of June, so... so much for THAT plan.
On the plus side, I was very pleased with Men in Black 3, as I treated my brother to an IMAX 3D viewing for his birthday. I completely forgot that there was to be a 6 minute preview of Amazing Spider-Man beforehand and I'm glad that my chronic lateness still got us in the theatre in time to view this. I gotta tell you, I'm excited for it. Yes, there's still some hesitation, but hot dang I enjoyed that preview. Going to DEFINITELY make a point to see this one in 3D IMAX because it's got the BEST use of live-action 3D I've seen in some time. Very cool. And while my brother was not at all won over with the extended Awkward Hallway Scene between Peter and Gwen I thought it struck as very honest and genuine and cute and I like that Peter is (super)smart and awkward and wirey.
This should continue to be a pretty sweet summer for movies.
You know what's LIKE a movie but smaller, shorter, and unmoving?
I usually like to use my pre-comics-ranty-space as my movie or TV ranty space because these are the things I spend most of my time thinking about...
AND THIS TIME IS NO DIFFERENT.
This weekend, what might be my second-most anticipated movie of the summer, after The Avengers, opens in theatres!
You were expecting Dark Knight Rises, weren't you? Well... that's... tied for 2nd.
Really, it's way too hard for me to choose, and they're way too different kinds of movies to really compare. We'll call Dark Knight my 2nd most anticipated genre film of the summer and Moonrise Kingdom my 2nd (or does filtering out "genre" make it #1?) most anticipated "regular folk" movie of the summer. Though "regular folk" rarely appreciate Wes Anderson as much as they should. And, bless him, he certainly doesn't cater to any lowest common denominator. It's always a major event for me when a new Wes film is released. Even moreso than what will likely be this weekend's biggest competitor, Men in Black III.
I am pretty excited about MIB3, though. Reservedly. I was a huuuuuuuuge fan of the first one but I hardly remember a thing about the 2nd, other than the memory of being pretty underwhelmed and the strong memory of it bothering young Tracie that they changed the voices for the worm aliens from how they sounded in the first film. I think due to their popularity/predominance in the animated series. I plan to pick up both films on blu-ray this week, though, in anticipation. I am nothing if not a faithful little nerd.
But, hot dang, Moonrise Kingdom is going to be the one to hit my sweet spot.
So, I hear critics and people with money are really digging that there Avengers picture. You can see some of our thoughts, a couple posts down.
It's starting to sink in just how staggering a moneymaker this could be. It really doesn't have a whole lot of strong competition until May 25 when Men in Black III opens. And that could really go either way, depending on how the film turns out and how badly an audience wants to see a third MIB after the underwhelming second installment.
Sure, I'll be there, but probably not until after I've seen Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, which also opens that weekend.
(I am part of that surprsiing crosssection of people who will go see The Avengers multiple times but will also see any new Wes Anderson film opening night)
HEY, QUICK PLUG, if you're in Omaha, NE this weekend, come see me perform in the latest hit melodrama from the Florentine Players, "Only A Miner's Daughter or Curses! Shafted Again!" I'll be playing the villainess so please come and boo me, as my self-esteem clearly needs a thrashing... Thurs, Fri, and Sat at 7:30pm at the Florence Reception Hall, 29th & State St. $10!
Hey, we all knew CBXF would see the Avengers. But what's amazing is that so many around us have also seen it. I have been asked numerous times at work... who's this guy? What does that mean? For what ever reason, Avengers has really hit a cord with people. I sent out a call out to some friends of CBXF as well as some members of CBXF to weigh in. All I asked was give your thoughts in as many words as you'd like. See what we got back.
So, actually... this is the first month I had a hard time picking because I didn't love a specific cover. Nothing really stood out. AVX Verses was good. And Rags Morales did a nice Action Comics... but nothing was a shining star. So I choose 2 that I liked the cover but one I HATED the insides. Animal Man and Nightwing have been constant staples for me since the DC reboot. But Nightwing has annoyed me. I miss the Nightwing I knew. This Nightwing kills... sure its zombie/isolation chamber/outta time Owl henchmen... but He killed 2 of them. And I don't like that!!! Ok, off my soap box. Both books have (in my opinion) beautiful art. Go buy Animal Man it still rocks!
Seeing as there's nothing of any real consequence happening this week, I'll just get right to my picks--
OH WAIT THE AVENGERS MOVIE OPENS ON FRIDAY.
THE AVENGERS MOVIE WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY JOSS WHEDON.
ALSO FREE COMIC BOOK DAY THIS SATURDAY.
I guess this week is PRETTY OKAY, then, huh.
You can expect Comicbook Crossfire to report from these events. My Avengers report is likely to be an assortment of syllables and bodily functions, neither of which really amounting to words.
On Free Comic Book Day, I will once again be joining members of Shocktrauma Studios (including Brook Turner, Bruce McCorkindale, Rick Hiltbrunner, Fredd Gorham, and Aaron Gillespie) as their unofficial mascot/groupie, doing free sketches for kids, adults, pets at Krypton Comics in Omaha, NE.
Check it out! Get some free comics for yourself/your kids/your significant other and get infected with the disease we know as a pure, unbridled love of graphic storytelling and skintight outfits.