In Episode 9 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Rob and Freddy gush about the greatness of Daredevil season 1, break down the ups and downs of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and delve into the current wave of reboots, including George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road.
Nowadays, it seems like everyone is talking about Brad Bird. The writer/director – whose new film Tomorrowland hits theaters on Friday – has been buzzed about lately for reasons unrelated to his highly anticipated latest project, which – as its name implies – is inspired by the Walt Disney World attraction of the same name. After years of speculaton, Bird recently confirmed that a sequel to his own beloved Pixar animated film The Incredibles will finally be his next project, after years of fan demand and speculation. However, the more intriguing (and potentially exciting) news to drop recently is in regards to the filmmaker’s possible involvement in another franchise: a little something known as Star Wars.
By Robert Yaniz Jr.
Thirty years have passed since the last time audiences saw “Mad Max” Rockatansky, and in that time, director George Miller – the man behind the original three films – has become more synonymous with wholesome family fare like Babe: Pig in the City and the Oscar-winning Happy Feet than the kind of extreme thrills he brought to startling life in the original Mad Max trilogy. So, after more than a decade of stalled development, how does Mad Max: Fury Road fare?
In Episode 8 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Rob and Kai marvel at the mountain of terribleness that is Tommy Wiseau’s cult classic The Room. It may be hard to make a great movie, but it’s quite possibly far more difficult to create something this bad. Yet, The Room has become an insanely quotable phenomenon spawning a behind-the-scenes book and an in-the-works film adaptation from James Franco. “What a story, Mark” indeed. Continue reading
By Robert Yaniz Jr.
For the better part of the last decade, Marvel Studios has been hard at work establishing itself as one of the most recognizable and profitable brands in the business, with a combined worldwide gross of nearly $3 billion for its first 10 films. The 2012 release of The Avengers
– which marked the first major team-up of several individual superhero franchises within what has come to be known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) – in particular changed the face of moviemaking both within the superhero/comic book genre and beyond. Because of that film’s success, virtually every major studio is looking to launch their own shared universe franchises, from comic book rival DC’s own superhero mega-franchise to the Universal monster-verse and even a Jump Street/Men in Black crossover (yes, really).
So Avengers: Age of Ultron has a lot more riding on it than your typical sequel. The film is not only the follow-up to a game-changing pioneer in the industry, it is also a vital chapter in the continuing saga of the MCU and a testament to Marvel’s continuing relevance and storytelling prowess with its rising competition. With the entire cast back onboard and writer/director Joss Whedon in place, there’s no way the film could fail. Right? Right?