Yes, there’s a new Superman movie coming out next June 14th. Excuse me while I contain my excitement.
It’s no secret that the failure to make a completely decent Superman film has been an ongoing struggle for the last 30-plus years.
The beginning signs of these difficulties began during the filming of Superman: The Movie and Superman II, which were (mostly) shot simultaneously by director Richard Donner. After production was halted in late 1978 to make the first film's December release date, production was halted on Superman II. When filming resumed in 1979, Donner was ousted by the film's producers and Richard Lester finished the film. I’m not going to get into what exactly happened in regards to the controversy that followed, but Wikipedia has two pages discussing the multiple versions of Superman II if you’re interested. There was so much footage shot for this movie that Donner’s restored his original version (combined with some of Lester’s footage) and released it in 2006. When you watch both Superman II’s, they literally seem like two different films.
Then there’s Superman III, which sawRichard Pryor join the franchise to give the film a ‘comical’ feel. Only problem was, the most humorous scenes in the movie weren’t with Pryor. On the other hand, Superman getting absolutely wasted in a bar and shacking up with an attractive blonde was completely sidesplitting.
What's really pathetic about all of this is that it was revealed not too long ago that the original script for the movie included such super villains as Brainiac and Mister Mxyzptlk which Warner Bros. rejected. Serves them right. You couldn’t help but feel that the 'suits' got what they deserved when it was panned by fans and critics alike. Let’s see: Choosing Robert Vaughn and a life-sized computer in the Grand Canyon over some of Superman’s greatest foes. Yeah, I can clearly see why the former won out........
While many believe that the third Superman installment killed the franchise, they’ve clearly never seen Superman IV: The Quest For Peace. But that’s what happens when Cannon Films slashed the budget and reportedly ran out of money during the making of the movie. Truth be told, you can make better special effects in your basement with a flashlight and fancy computer software. I was nine years old when I saw this movie in 1987, and even I knew this film was seriously bad. So bad, in fact, that Superman’s silver screen absence lasted almost 20 years until Superman Returns in 2006.
Head and shoulders the best film of the last three Superman movies, ‘Returns’ takes place where Superman II left off. While I wasn’t completely crazy about the storyline and the climax was rather anticlimactic, I thought overall the movie was solid.
However, not solid enough for Warner Bros, who were disappointed with the box office receipts. While Kevin Spacey was a solid Lex Luthor, that makes four of the last five Superman movies in which Superman’s biggest adversary has been the antagonist. While a sequel was planned, director Bryan Singer kept moving on to other projects. Brandon Routh, who looked and sounded like Christopher Reeve, apparently wasn’t charismatic enough to land another shot as the Man of Steel in the new movie.
Overall, it was decided the series would get yet another reboot.
Which brings us to Man of Steel , and I’m cringing already. This is the most pivotal movie in the franchise, and it could very well be another screwup.
For starters, the moment I heard John Williams’ iconic theme will not be used in any capacity really had me bummed. No matter how crappy some of those Superman films were, that music is arguably one of the most powerful movie scores in cinematic history. To this day, i get goosebumps whenever I hear it. People went absolutely crazy in Superman Returns the moment this was played. You would think director Zack Snyder would want to offer some familiarity to a franchises sagging fortunes.
What?! Really?! You can’t put Superman in shackles! Unless they’re made of Kryptonite, there’s no way this happens (and yes, I’m well aware of how geeky that truly sounds). Maybe I’m being a little judgmental, but nonetheless, strike two.
And truth be told, the fact that Christopher Nolan is producing this film doesn’t give me any reassurance that it will be decent, either. Did you see The Dark Knight Rises?Where Batman went from brooding and bad ass to retiring and sipping lattes in France?
Of course, the special effects in the new trailer look fantastic, and it will be interesting to see Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) take on the role of General Zod. Shannon is one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. However, he has some tough shoes to fill, as Terence Stamp’s original Zod is one of the most iconic villains in movie history.
And last but not least, British actor Henry Cavill is the latest to don the red cape as the film’s central character. Not exactly a household name in America, Cavill is carrying the weight of this film on his shoulders.
What makes things even more interesting (or not) is the tone of Man of Steel. Superman’s boyish charm seems to have been abandoned in favor of much darker overtones. Because that’s just what we need: another reluctant, tortured hero on today’s ever-changing world.
Maybe I’m being too harsh. I haven’t seen the film yet. Who knows? It might turn out to be the greatest superhero flick of all-time when all is said and done. What I do know is that I’ve given the Superman franchise plenty of chances to redeem itself, and they haven’t got it completely right for more than a quarter of a century.
It’s going to be a hard sell, but let’s hope that changes with Man of Steel.
Otherwise, chances are he’ll fly away for a long, long time.
As the second to last season of Dexter winds down, it feels to Dexter like life is pretty good...he doesn't have to hide his secret from Deb, he thinks he might LOVE Hannah!, and now Masuka and Angel know he is dating Hannah, so the secrets and lies are winding down, too. Hannah’s dad pays her a visit. She thinks his troubled past has been erased and he's a good man now, until he asks her for money to start a crawfish farm and she says no...then he threatens her and Dexter that he can prove she is a killer and will go to Miami Metro if they don't give him money. Though it doesn’t coincide with his normal code of “ethics,” Dexter then kills Hannah's dad, then tells Hannah “he had a talk with him.”
But the side stories this week are setting up to be way more interesting! Quinn's girl was going to be moved to another country, so he and Angel went down to the club and he killed the mob guy...then he made Nadia shoot him so he could claim self-defense. Angel wasn't in the room when it happened, but he told Quinn it seemed off...and once again the future isn’t looking so bright for the homicide detective. Meanwhile, LaGuerta and Matthews start working together to see if LaGuerta's theory that the Bay Harbor Butcher lives on is right! They go back to the cabin where Doakes died to find it was being rented to a villain who disappeared around the time of Doakes' death. They converse more, and Matthews explains how close he's been to the Morgan family while mentioning Dexter witnessing his mom's death AND her last name-Moser, to which LaGuerta pieces the fact that the Ice Truck Killer was Dexter's brother.
Things are not looking good for Dexter now, especially since Matthews told LaGuerta he will talk to Dexter.
Things just got interesting. Episode 9 of Dexter took the turns true fans have been waiting for all season! In her quest to uncover the true Bay Harbor Butcher, Lt. LaGuerta paid a visit to the old Lieutenant, who told her to let it go...but we'll need to stay tuned to see what happens with that. Astor and Cody went back to Orlando and Dexter thought he'd get to spend some time with Hannah..wrong- Isaac found out the mob was sending a few assassins in to the US to get him. He asked Dexter to help him, and when Dexter said no, he kidnapped Hannah. Dexter had to help Hannah to get the girl. He and Isaac got the guys, but Quinn's buddy at the club killed Issac in the end. Meanwhile at the club, Quinn and him had it out because he was getting too close to Quinn's girl. It's not looking too good for this Miami Metro Homicide detective, who can't get out of his mix up with the mob. And back to Hannah...Dexter forgot she's a killer, too. She and Isaac's watch dog (for her) got into it. He ended up dead, Deb found them and got her to the hospital.
So many questions for the next episode- how did Deb know to look at that house? Why did she help Hannah? Even Hannah asked that one, and WHY is Dexter visiting her in the hospital?
Think Dexter's in love with Hannah? He can't seem to stay away from her! And despite their best efforts to part ways, he loves how open and honest he can be literally telling her he's avoiding someone who's trying to kill him-The mob! Speaking of the mob, Quinn keeps getting on deeper, and it's like he's not getting out of it without being killed by them or incriminated by his own brethren at Miami Metro. Lieutenant LaGuerta was doing some more digging on the Bay Harbor Butcher and learned that Dexter moved dock slips from one marina to another during the time of the original investigation...she also looked at his boat, Slice of Life, in its current slip...will she take a closer look and find out Louis died there? Meanwhile at home, Dexter's son Harrison and his step-children from Rita came to stay for a bit! He put them up at Deb's to keep them safe and spent some time with them on the beach- where Hannah popped by to say hi and learn from afar more about this man. Later at Deb's, Deb -who thanked Dexter for protecting her while staying strong and not killing Hannah- saw Dexter drop a keychain, realized it was Hannah's ( they swapped cars so he couldn't be so easily followed by the mob) and freaked out! She ended up confessing that she came to the church where he killed Travis to tell him she loved him!
As expected, things got weird...and the episode ended with her and Astor-his 13 year old step daughter smoking a joint!
Click here for a recap of episode 7! Dexter airs Sunday nights at 9pm on Showtime, and if you’re too busy watching Sunday Night Football to tune in, there is an encore presentation Monday nights at 9pm.
Episode 6 of Dexterended with a bang, and episode 7 started with Dexter and Hannah still on the table, where the week before left off! In the episode, Dexter realizes there might be more to him and Hannah then he thought…he may not trust her, but he likes that they each accept each other as their true selves. … is it? Could it be? Might Dexter fall in love again? Well he might, but as he drops her off at her home, Sal Price is watching the house and calls Dexter out for the ‘bad blood work’ from the last report. Dexter may be thinking love, and now needs to stop Sal Price from telling everyone he is with Hannah, and Hannah does, too...since Price is working with Deb to prove Hannah is a killer, but Deb is starting to date Price and investigating Price’s theory that Hannah is a cold-hearted killer too! Deb confronts Dexter about the ‘bad blood work’ and suggests he did it to save Hannah as his own kill. Dexter denies this (despite it’s truth) and then Deb and LaGuerta discuss the butcher case again…Deb suggests it may be time to drop the case since they are running short on leads and LaGuerta agrees to it- though she’s later at home looking at a list and realizes Dexter has a boat….
Hmmm where will this go? Is it suspenseful enough for you or lacking in the edge-or-your-seat you’re hoping for?
Before the episode ends, Price ends up dying on Dexter’s floor and Miami Metro is in the apartment to investigate. Of course, Hanna poisoned Price, but that doesn’t show in any of the police reports. The last minute or two of the show are where things end again on a high note – Deb calls Dexter to make sure he ‘takes care’ of Hannah…
Will she soon direct her brother to kill more people?
Click here for a recap of episode 6! Dexter airs Sunday nights at 9pm on Showtime, and if you’re too busy watching Sunday Night Football to tune in, there is an encore presentation Monday nights at 9pm.
‘Do the Wrong Thing,’ the sixth episode of season 7 of Dexter ended with a bang....literally...instead of killing Hannah on the table, Dexter jumped on top of her and "did the wrong thing." Also, Deb went on a date with a crime author after Dexter told her to get a life. The only other noteworthy recaps are Quinn taking bribe money from the mob to hopefully ensure Nadia, his stripper girlfriend's safety...
What happens next? Will Dexter and Hannah together like he did with Lumen? Will Hannah help LaGuerta or anyone else to out him?
‘Swim Deep,’ the fifth episode of season 7 of Dexter, is one of the fastest episodes of the season, and the hardest to watch if you’re in favor of Dexter. Lt. LaGuerta is starting to close in on her search for truth about the Bay Harbor Butcher. She's getting so warm that Deb offers to help and finds herself saving Dexter when she and LaGuerta visit the son of one of Dexter's victims and Deb hides a photo with Dexter in it! Dexter visits his boat and realizes someone's been killed there! After analysis, he realizes it was Louis and figures out that the Ukranian mob is now after him. He and Isaak play a dance of who can outsmart who. Dex comes home and realizes Isaak's in his place so he leaves a fake voicemail sending Isaak to a restaurant and then calls Isaak in this safe spot for a game on! Dexter realizes Isaak is after revenge and he ends up keeping Deb safe in a hotel. While at a dig site looking for more of Wayne's victims, Dex realizes Hannah isn't as innocent as she is playing. He stays quiet. Why? Will there be a romance here?
As Dexter leaves the dig site, he notices Isaak following him. Acting quickly, Dexter leads Isaak into a bar full of Ukranian enemies! Later, Miami Metro is called to the bar but Isaak's body is not one of the victims. Isaak ends up in jail for murder and Dexter pays him a visit to find out this isn't over.
The DVD of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Celebration Day’ won’t be available until November 19th, but the band has just released a video for Kashmir, which was taken from the concert film. The band is a little older, but groups today wish they could rock out like Zeppelin still does when they get together on occasion. Celebration Day can still be seen in select theaters nationwide. Check this out!
In Dexter’s fourth episode of season 7 titled “Run,” Deb is consumed with Dexter's dark passenger. She keeps thinking about Rita and starts demanding answers. Then, as if they shouldn't have the rift about it two episodes ago, the writers have Deb insist Harrison head to Orlando to be with his grandparents. Dexter agrees only to a short term visit after he's seen by Speltzer in Speltzer’s RV (the one suspenseful moment of the episode.) At Miami Metro, the team is called to an alleged suicide scene because the victim is the bartender at the strip club they've been investigating since Detective Anderson's homicide. Quinn feels relieved to 'close' the case, continues dating the stripper he met at the club and keep his own dark passenger at bay- (Did you catch the line I'm the club where Quinn was offered a shot and some blow to chill out!?). Quinn didn't like it, and it looks like there might be some foreshadowing into what happens with him this season. The episode ended with Dexter getting his kill (Speltzer), but instead of the usual scene and butcher block, he killed him right in the crematorium at the cemetery. In a strange twist, he called Deb to pick him up. As they sat in her car, he pointed to the smoke and told her it was Speltzer. Odd and awkward as ever, she asked Dexter if he did it for her. And of course, he said no!
Dexter's third episode “Buck the System" is a set up show with less excitement but plenty of foreshadowing.
Dexter has had enough of living under Deb's nose and being policed by her. He warns her he needs some space, loses his cool on a suspect when he goes in to get DNA and finally tries showing her his code. He starts observing his next kill and brings her to the bar where he's "observing" to show her how the system failed.
In true Deb fashion, she freaks out and then later decides the police can look at this guy again and keep tabs on him. Dexter's not satisfied and continues doing his side due diligence. Eventually Deb decides to conduct some surveillance herself and ends up finding herself in a bad spot when she sees how right Dexter was and has a brush with death in the process.
Later she decides maybe Dexter has a point about the code.
Meanwhile, at Miami Metro PD, Louis gets fired when Masuka gets the ice truck hand delivered. Then life gets even worse for Louis when he gets home and Jamie dumps him after someone mails her the DVD of him with a hooker. But it doesn't stop there- Louis decides to get even and ends up getting killed on Dexter's boat by the mob that was involved in Anderdon's shooting in episode1. This can't be good for Dexter, since the blood splattered and the mob believes he killed their missing man.
Dexter airs Sunday nights at 9pm on Showtime, and if you’re too busy watching Sunday Night Football to tune in, there is an encore presentation Monday nights at 9pm.