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The 10 coolest vehicles from comic book movies

Article: The 10 coolest vehicles from comic book movies

“Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” roars into theaters this weekend, leaving a trail of fire and burnt rubber in its wake. Sporting a new set of directors and a reinvented take on the motorcycle-riding anti-hero, “Spirit of Vengeance” also features a new look at the way Ghost Rider interacts with his fire-spitting ride and anything…

Robert Downey Jr. says “Iron Man 3″ needs to “leave it all on the field”

Article: Robert Downey Jr. says “Iron Man 3″ needs to “leave it all on the field”

Sure, “The Avengers” is dominating headlines recently, and by all rights it should: Marvel’s upcoming superhero team-up extravaganza unites all of their big-name solo stars on one screen, and for one blockbuster-sized adventure. But what happens after “The Avengers” is in the rearview mirror? Hero Complex recently spoke with Tony Stark himself, actor Robert Downey…

10 questions we hope “The Avengers” will answer

Article: 10 questions we hope “The Avengers” will answer

When “The Avengers” hits theaters next year, it will provide be the culmination of several years of exhaustive planning by the Marvel Studios team, and bring all of the characters introduced in their recent blockbuster films together for the first time. In short, it’s an ambitious goal — and not just because they’re putting Thor,…

Five Mickey Rourke Roles In Order of Scariness

Article: Five Mickey Rourke Roles In Order of Scariness

Hey you, want to spend the afternoon with a psychopath? You will when we tell you that the psychopath in question is Mickey Rourke in “Fall Time.” If you haven’t seen it, the violent thriller stars David Arquette, Jason London and Jonah Blechman as high school seniors who think it would be fun to pull…

The State of the Superhero Movie

Article: The State of the Superhero Movie

The talent getting involved — like Michel Gondry, Darren Aronofsky and others — may be better than ever, but the superhero movie and other comic book adaptations seem to be in a moment of flux, as the studio system runs out of or reboots prominent franchises and struggles with how to adapt more niche series.…

The Worldbuilding is Not Enough

Article: The Worldbuilding is Not Enough

I have two New Year’s Resolutions for 2011. 1. Eat fewer donuts. 2. Stop giving films credit for worldbuilding. I am sick of worldbuilding. For too many filmmakers it is no longer an aspect of their job, it is the only aspect of their job that matters. The growing emphasis on worldbuilding, the invention of…

Thin Red Lines, Black Metal and More New DVDs

Article: Thin Red Lines, Black Metal and More New DVDs

A look at what’s new on DVD today: “The Thin Red Line” (1998) Directed by Terrence Malick Released by Criterion Collection No, you won’t be getting the hours of deleted Adrien Brody or George Clooney footage from Malick’s World War II epic, but this Criterion version is most certainly an upgrade from the previous bare-bones…

The “X-Men” franchise goes forward by looking backward.

Article: The “X-Men” franchise goes forward by looking backward.

The “X-Men” franchise is about to embark on “X-Men: First Class,” its fifth installment, an exceptional achievement for such high-cost films. At this point, the series bears little resemblance to its initial incarnation at this point. Kevin Bacon’s the latest actors to be in “talks” to appear, and the director — barring future disasters —…

Surprise! Senate hearings rarely make for good TV (or movies).

Article: Surprise! Senate hearings rarely make for good TV (or movies).

The problem with the Elena Kagan hearings are that they’re boring as hell. Almost, anyway, as Orrin Hatch discovered yesterday when — during a moment of reproof from Pat Leahy — he responded “We have to have a back and forth every once in a while otherwise this place would be boring as Hell. And…

Against all odds, the novelization trudges on.

Article: Against all odds, the novelization trudges on.

Five years ago, Grady Hendrix posed a valid question at Slate: could the novelization — that shoddy paperback staple in which underpaid writers struggle to turn the early draft of a screenplay into a tie-in paperback — survive into the DVD era? After all, novelizations were all about sparking memories of a film fondly remembered,…

“Iron Man 2″‘s redeemed burnouts and other summer meta-casting.

Article: “Iron Man 2″‘s redeemed burnouts and other summer meta-casting.

On June 23, after nine long years of anticipation, Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise will finally be reunited in “Knight and Day.” The last time they paired up was a very memorable incident indeed. The occasion was Cameron Crowe’s loopy-but-endearing “Vanilla Sky,” in which Cruise played a rich guy with a shit-eating grin and Diaz…

Spending Memorial Day with “Kindergarten Cop.”

Article: Spending Memorial Day with “Kindergarten Cop.”

It was not my intention to spend Memorial Day rewatching “Kindergarten Cop,” but somehow it happened. And as it turns out, “Kindergarten Cop” has more to offer 2010 in the political realm than you’d expect. As TV Guide‘s perceptive review notes, “Schwarzenegger tames his kindergarten class by having them do calisthenics, thereby shamelessly using his…

A selected history of Larry King cameos.

Article: A selected history of Larry King cameos.

Larry King has been in the news (well, “the news”) lately because of speculation his CNN contract won’t be renewed next year, taking him off the air at age 77. Even if King — whose famously non-confrontational, no-preparation approach to interviewing has inexplicably given him a lengthy career — will no longer be gracing the…

The “feminine sensibility.”

Article: The “feminine sensibility.”

Here’s what I’ve learned in the last 24 hours: women are associative, intuitive and non-intellectual. Women are bad directors because the medium requires the male gaze. Women don’t have conversations in movies. None of these statements have anything in common except that they’re ridiculous gender-based generalizations designed to spark hours and hours of frothing-at-the-mouth frenzy.…

Great moments in MTV Movie Awards?

Article: Great moments in MTV Movie Awards?

The nominations for this year’s MTV Movie Awards were announced yesterday, to the evident excitement of no one in particular. New categories include “Global Superstar,” “Best Scared-as-SH*T Performance” and “Biggest Badass Star”; “Twilight,” “Avatar” and “The Hangover” slaughtered everything in the nominations department, in keeping with the ceremonies’ populist bent and reputation for rewarding precisely…

It’s a small corporate world after all…

Article: It’s a small corporate world after all…

There are a lot of new characters in “Iron Man 2″: there’s the borderline unintelligible Russian physicist villain Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), the borderline laughably spray-tanned American businessman villain Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), and the borderline leather fetishist spy chick Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), not to mention a new actor (Don Cheadle) in the old…

“Metropolis” returns us to days of futures past.

Article: “Metropolis” returns us to days of futures past.

In movie theaters all over the country this weekend, audiences will flock to “Iron Man 2″ for a view of the future — the alluring yet unsettling intersection of man and machine. At Film Forum this weekend, New Yorkers will have the chance to see the same thing in its original form, in the “complete”…

Ranking the top secret projects of Abrams, Soderbergh, Linklater and Phoenix.

Article: Ranking the top secret projects of Abrams, Soderbergh, Linklater and Phoenix.

There are hundreds of movies that the world at large isn’t aware of until they show up at the local multiplex, but there are very few of note that go completely unnoticed. You have to wonder if there’s something fundamentally wrong with a film culture where JJ Abrams’ best laid plans to surprise audiences with…

“Iron Man 2″ and “Princess Kaiulani”

Article: “Iron Man 2″ and “Princess Kaiulani”

With the release of “Iron Man 2,” the Marvel Comics franchise is officially two-for-two — two thoroughly competent, occasionally inspired yet ultimately forgettable films that promise sly engagement with real-world anxieties, then set that promise aside in favor of corporate intrigue and endless scenes of robots bashing the crap out of each other. The first…

Where the sequels have no name.

Article: Where the sequels have no name.

Outside a movie theater yesterday, I saw in a row the posters for “Shrek: The Final Chapter,” “Toy Story 3″ and “Iron Man 2.” It’s adorable to see three posters where the size of the sequel number and the familiarity of the characters means there’s no necessity to actually name the damn film, an impressive…

Chart: The Season of “Man”-ly Movies

Article: Chart: The Season of “Man”-ly Movies

The movies are typically a male-dominated medium, but things have been even more man-ly than usual lately. You can’t throw a rock at the theater these days without hitting a marquee advertising a movie with the word “Man” in the title. (Not that we’re encouraging you throw rocks in movie theaters, mind you. Merely a…

Quiver along with “Sherlock Holmes.”

Article: Quiver along with “Sherlock Holmes.”

“Sherlock Holmes” is poised to be the underperformer of December’s limited blockbuster crop, because a) most Americans don’t care about the adventures of a dead white Victorian, even if he knows kung-fu b) Watson and Holmes are a little gay, and America doesn’t care for that kind of thing in its action heroes (or, apparently,…

Yes, Comic-Con HAS Nuked the Fridge

Article: Yes, Comic-Con HAS Nuked the Fridge

Last year, we wondered if the San Diego-based geek mecca that is Comic-Con had jumped the rails, turning away from the comic book fandom on which it was built to embrace studio spectacle. This year, well, there’s really no question. On this week’s IFC News podcast, we look at the mystical marketing machine the convention…

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