The Monday Roundup, July 8th

The Monday roundup is your handy little guide to everything movie related. Including the best of the weekends news, what’s new on DVD & Blu-Ray & what you can look forward to at the cinema this week.

News bites

  • Russell Crowe has recently received a lot of questions on twitter about his thoughts on a prequel to Man Of Steel. He eventually tweeted back with the following: “A lot of you are asking about a KRYPTON prequel, if that’s something you feel strongly about let @Legendary pictures know your thoughts. Just getting sick of reading the same question mate, however, if it came up, I’d give the tights another go.” I would like to see Jor-El return in any Man Of Steel sequel, perhaps in a flashback sequence of some sort, but the idea of a prequel set on Krypton doesn’t fly with me and I think DC & Warner Bros. should focus their efforts on creating more movies about characters from the larger DC universe like The Flash, Wonder Woman or Aquaman.
  • One of my favourite comic book heroes, or anti-hero, is Deadpool, and while I didn’t at all mind Ryan Reynolds brief portrayal of the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I feel the character has so far been mishandled on the big screen. Reynolds recently gave an interview to Total Film, telling us where the Merc with a Mouth stands. ” That movie is alive and kicking, and then it’s dead as a doornail. Then it’s alive and kicking and then it’s dead … it’s like the worst relationship I’ve ever had! The character knows he’s a comic-book character, he knows he’s in a film, he knows who the executives are at the studio making the movie. In the current iteration of the script, Deadpool is aware of the Wolverine movie. He doesn’t say anything disparaging about it but he does at one point play with the Deadpool action figure with some curiosity.” 
  • The US box office battle between Despicable Me 2 and The Lone Ranger quickly turned into a one horse race, with Despicable Me 2 taking in $82.5 million, while The Lone Ranger completely tanked and took a miserable $29 million. When you consider that Disney spent roughly $250 million on making The Lone Ranger, they have a long way to go before breaking even.

DVD/Blu-Ray pick of the week

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“A thief with a unique code of professional ethics is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the crew’s latest heist.”

The Stath is the best at what he does, and what he does is make entertaining action movies for the masses. Having said that, while I’m sure Parker is entertaining, I would put this down as a rental only.

TV pick of the week

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Shaun Of The Dead, ITV2, 9PM, Friday July 12th.

Anyone who lives in the UK knows that ITV have about 6 films in their catalogue and tend to show them about 17 times a week. This week is the turn of horror/comedy classic Shaun Of The Dead. Surely being broadcast to capitalise on the hype for The World’s End, Shaun is still highly watchable and endlessly quotable.

Cinema pick of the week

monsters-university-poster-1pacific-rim-crimson-typhon_(1)Well this a tough one isn’t it? Monsters vs robots in every sense of it. Monsters University vs Pacific Rim. I am going to see Monsters U on Saturday evening, but I will hopefully be going to see Pacific Rim the following Tuesday. Both look really good and I hope neither disappoint.

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