Monthly Archives: July 2012

A Venom Film Trilogy?

Yesterday, I considered how The Amazing Spider-Man 2 could be used to introduce Venom, and set up a later franchise. This is a priority for Sony, as Amazing Spider-Man producers Avi Arad and Matthew Tomach have been working on plans for a Venom … Continue reading

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The Palin Pick

Dick Cheney got a lot of attention for saying that it was mistake for McCain to pick Sarah Palin as his running mate four years ago. Cheney’s primary argument was that Palin, as the second year Governor of a small … Continue reading

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If I Wrote The Amazing Spider-Man 2

If I see a superhero film, my first instinct is to wonder what I would have done if I was in charge. And then I consider what I would do if hired to write the sequel. So here would be … Continue reading

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The next Batman film series

The Dark Knight Rises was a fitting conclusion to Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The problem with that is that DC and film audiences want more Batman films. After the success of the Avengers, the preference would be for the new films … Continue reading

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National Tragedies and Comedy

Dane Cook made a joke about the Aurora, Colorado shooting. And some people are upset. It’s currently on the front page of the Huffington Post and the Drudge Report. I’m not a fan of Dane Cook, nor do I agree … Continue reading

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Gun Violence and Comic Strips

On the Foxtrot website, instead of Sunday’s strip, there’s an explanation of it is not available. Bill Amend suggests that the timing of the strip was unfortunate considering the shooting in Aurora. Today’s Broom Hilda was also problematic. The inability to … Continue reading

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Spider-Man 3, Joker and The Dark Knight Rises

For a long time, the most popular (to the extent that anything on this blog can be described as popular) piece I’ve written was the one about Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s role in the Dark Knight Rises, and the early speculation that he would … Continue reading

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Three Act Structure 3.4: The Final Minutes

The second act usually ends with the protagonist(s) on the verge of defeat, before something happens that brings hope of the possibility of victory. But it can’t be easy or certain. For much of the third act, the antagonists still … Continue reading

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Estonia in the News

Estonia was mentioned much more often in the news last month when Paul Krugman criticized the country’s finances, and President Toomas Ilves offered a rebuttal. But there have been a handful of references to the small nation since then. Scott Adams, … Continue reading

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Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man and the Word of Mouth Cliffhanger

There’s a trend in comic book adaptations of ending the movies with cliffhangers that only some members of the audience will appreciate. With the success of the Avengers super-franchise, as well as the development of superhero films almost guaranteed to … Continue reading

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