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Nov. 6, 2012by: John Law

This week: Spider-man gets redeemed, They Live lives again, and those bastards have wrecked Rec.

► After ‘Spider-man 3’ crapped the bed in epic fashion, Sony had no choice but to wipe the slate clean. Would you have cared about another Raimi/Maguire movie? Didn’t think so. So while plenty of folks moaned “too soon” at THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, it was just what the franchise needed – a new (and better) Peter Parker in Andrew Garfield, and a director in Marc Webb who got back to the core of the character. Even if it’s not a reboot the caliber of ‘Batman Begins,’ it’s still the best Spider-man movie yet. In a summer without ‘The Avengers,’ this would have been a much bigger deal.

THEY LIVE is hardly John Carpenter’s finest, but it’s fondly remembered as the last movie of his golden era. And like so many of his classics, it has endured and gained more fans through the years, because Carpenter in the ‘80s was plugged into something that still resonates. In his only great film role, Rowdy Roddy Piper is a drifter who stumbles across sunglasses which allow him to see aliens controlling society around us … which of course leads to an awesome, over-the-top street fight with Keith David. Carpenter and Piper do commentary for the blu-ray.

► If you loved the intensity and no-nonsense scares of the Spanish-made ‘Rec’ 1 & 2 … you’re going to wonder what the hell happened with REC 3: GENESIS. Rather than continue the intriguing storyline laid out in the original films, director Diego Martin makes the bizarre decision to turn this one into a semi-comedy set at a wedding. If the fourth film sets things right, this’ll be the ‘Halloween III’ of its time.

► You know when you and your buddies fire up some Halo after a few too many and crack jokes instead of really playing the game? That’s pretty much RED vs. BLUE, a web series that resembles Halo as directed by Kevin Smith. It has somehow lasted ten years, and this boxed set collects every smarmy episode. As goofy as it is, you’ll still get caught up in the storylines and characters.

► There are few Hollywood hatchet jobs as scathing as Billy Wilder’s SUNSET BOULEVARD, which plucked former silent movie star Gloria Swanson and cast her as … a former silent movie star. Bashing the movie industry’s shallowness was hardly fashionable in 1950, and legend goes producer Louis B. Mayer even berated Wilder after a screening, telling him “you have disgraced the industry that made and fed you!” Wilder’s response? “Go fuck yourself.” The iconic line from the film is Swanson’s “I’m ready for my close up,” but I’ve always preferred “I am big, it’s the pictures that got small.” Blu-ray includes a making-of, and script of the film’s original prologue set inside a morgue.

► It was painful how ENTOURAGE ended, but man there was some great stuff along the way. From James Cameron’s ‘Aquaman,’ to Vince flaming out with a Pablo Escobar biopic, to the iconic Ari Gold, the show was more than just an Inside Hollywood for guys. Hokey as it could be at times, it was, right to the end, a show about friendship in a make believe world. If it had ended after the fifth season, it would be a near-perfect show.

► ‘City of God’ director Fernando Meirelles’ 360 debuted on Video-on-Demand in June before it even hit U.S. theatres in August. Rachel Weisz, Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law and Ben Foster star in intertwining stories about doomed relationships spanning Vienna, Paris, London and Colorado.

► There isn’t much rhyme or reason for the UNIVERSAL 100TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION. Plucking 25 classics from the vault is fine, but they don’t have much in common (right after ‘The Fast and the Furious’ you can pop in … ‘Pillow Talk!’) and it’s bit pricey (nearly $250) for movies most fans own already anyway. The main selling point here is the extras, with eight featurettes on Universal’s legacy and 14 vintage cartoons.

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1:38PM on 11/06/2012
John Law, I've always loved the hell outta your writing on this site, but "the best Spider-man movie yet"? I highly recommend kicking back a few and popping in Spiderman 2. Those fights... those glorious flights... I still think it holds the #1 spot on my list of best superhero films of all time. The Avengers is right up close to it, but, man, for my money, the heart and the fight choreography and the score and the humor and the set design... it was just all knocked right outta the fucking park
John Law, I've always loved the hell outta your writing on this site, but "the best Spider-man movie yet"? I highly recommend kicking back a few and popping in Spiderman 2. Those fights... those glorious flights... I still think it holds the #1 spot on my list of best superhero films of all time. The Avengers is right up close to it, but, man, for my money, the heart and the fight choreography and the score and the humor and the set design... it was just all knocked right outta the fucking park in that one.
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1:50PM on 11/06/2012
I do like 'Spider-Man 2' a lot. The first ... less so over the years, and the third is an abomination. Something about the reboot just really agreed with me, and I felt more in awe of the character than I did in any of the Raimi movies. I think it comes down to everyone's definition of Spidey - I thought Garfield nailed the awkward, nerdy aspect of Parker, and once in costume it just felt like the Spider-man I knew and loved from the comics. Raimi got further away from that the longer his
I do like 'Spider-Man 2' a lot. The first ... less so over the years, and the third is an abomination. Something about the reboot just really agreed with me, and I felt more in awe of the character than I did in any of the Raimi movies. I think it comes down to everyone's definition of Spidey - I thought Garfield nailed the awkward, nerdy aspect of Parker, and once in costume it just felt like the Spider-man I knew and loved from the comics. Raimi got further away from that the longer his trilogy went on.
2:18PM on 11/06/2012
Well, if this take on the character was more relatable to your idea of the character... no argument there :) I'd love to see an alternate universe in which Raimi could have made the Spidey 3 that he had originally planned out and written, though. That whole production sounds like it was a nightmare, and if the fans/studio had never wanted Venom to be shoehorned into it, we'd have never gotten the whole Emo Peter part of it, and... nope, putting this much thought into an alternate universe
Well, if this take on the character was more relatable to your idea of the character... no argument there :) I'd love to see an alternate universe in which Raimi could have made the Spidey 3 that he had originally planned out and written, though. That whole production sounds like it was a nightmare, and if the fans/studio had never wanted Venom to be shoehorned into it, we'd have never gotten the whole Emo Peter part of it, and... nope, putting this much thought into an alternate universe can't be healthy.
10:06AM on 11/06/2012

Agreed French-dude

I agree 100% that a reboot of Spider-man was stupid. Almost EVERY comic book series has a bad entry or an entry that wasn't as good as a previous such as Iron Man 2. So does that mean we have to reboot or recast every damn time an entry is less than steller? I think it was so stupid that they rebooted this series because NO MATTER what any person on this site says, Raimi had something special with Spidey 1 & 2. Maguire was a true representation of Parker NOT an emo-2012, modern era, high school
I agree 100% that a reboot of Spider-man was stupid. Almost EVERY comic book series has a bad entry or an entry that wasn't as good as a previous such as Iron Man 2. So does that mean we have to reboot or recast every damn time an entry is less than steller? I think it was so stupid that they rebooted this series because NO MATTER what any person on this site says, Raimi had something special with Spidey 1 & 2. Maguire was a true representation of Parker NOT an emo-2012, modern era, high school rockstar. This reboot urks me in so many ways. Spidey 1 & 2 will be remembered in the books, these reboots (MARK MY WORDS) will NOT.
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7:03AM on 11/06/2012

"its still the best Spider-man movie yet"

Are you kidding me ?
They got everything right with Spider-man the first time around especially the origins, and got it even more right with Spider-man 2. The mood from the Stan Lee era was there, and Peter Parker was done right. No Gwen Stacy, no webshooters ? who cares ?
The Amazing Spider-man took itself way too seriously and Peter Parker is already pretty confident from the beginning (except with Gwen, but who would ?) and once he's got his powers he just acts like a douchebag.
Add to
Are you kidding me ?
They got everything right with Spider-man the first time around especially the origins, and got it even more right with Spider-man 2. The mood from the Stan Lee era was there, and Peter Parker was done right. No Gwen Stacy, no webshooters ? who cares ?
The Amazing Spider-man took itself way too seriously and Peter Parker is already pretty confident from the beginning (except with Gwen, but who would ?) and once he's got his powers he just acts like a douchebag.
Add to that pacing issues, plot holes, and doing stuff in a different way just for the sake of it being different from the first Spider-man... This movie is NOT what the franchise needed. This franchise needed Sam Raimi to have his hands free to make at least another movie with older Peter Parker/Tobey Maguire.
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12:16PM on 11/06/2012
In a summer without Avengers, more people would have realized that Amazing Spider-Man wasn't up to snuff, since there would have been less awesomeness around to cushion the blow of mediocrity. I get people liking it but French-dude is right on, there's a reason why its reception was so mixed and why public opinion is turning on it.
Forget that movie. More people should check out Arthur Christmas, a movie that's actually entertaining, has heart and has characters with arcs and personality -
In a summer without Avengers, more people would have realized that Amazing Spider-Man wasn't up to snuff, since there would have been less awesomeness around to cushion the blow of mediocrity. I get people liking it but French-dude is right on, there's a reason why its reception was so mixed and why public opinion is turning on it.
Forget that movie. More people should check out Arthur Christmas, a movie that's actually entertaining, has heart and has characters with arcs and personality - things ASM forgot about.
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3:17PM on 11/06/2012

POTENTIAL SPOILERS

I have to agree that I thought that The Amazing Spiderman was pretty mediocre. The acting was pretty good for the most part, except for the smaller roles. The humor was WAY off. The CGI of the lizard was bad, and his character was almost kind of pointless except to give Peter a bigger villain then the blonde guy who killed Uncle Ben. It just seemed rushed and way off. I also found the score not very interesting. It seemed like there was music playing when there should not have been, or the
I have to agree that I thought that The Amazing Spiderman was pretty mediocre. The acting was pretty good for the most part, except for the smaller roles. The humor was WAY off. The CGI of the lizard was bad, and his character was almost kind of pointless except to give Peter a bigger villain then the blonde guy who killed Uncle Ben. It just seemed rushed and way off. I also found the score not very interesting. It seemed like there was music playing when there should not have been, or the wrong mood of music. **SPOILERS*** I think the thing that bothered me the most though is how after everything Uncle Ben tries to teach him & after watch Gwen's Dad die and making him a promise, at the end he basically just says "Fuck everyone" and goes after Gwen again anyways after like a week. Sorry.... This is all just my crazy opinion of course, if you enjoyed it then more power to you!
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11:40AM on 11/06/2012
I still have not seen this reboot and now I probably will since it's on DVD, but I am not excited at all. I agree with what was said below and they should have let Raimi make his part 4. Or they could have just make a "part 4" without Raimi and Co and have it just be a Spidey movie without the origin etc. I can't really have much of an opinion yet, but I just really wanted a sequel or a standalone in the same universe, not a reboot. I'm hoping Arthur Christmas is a decent holiday movie.
I still have not seen this reboot and now I probably will since it's on DVD, but I am not excited at all. I agree with what was said below and they should have let Raimi make his part 4. Or they could have just make a "part 4" without Raimi and Co and have it just be a Spidey movie without the origin etc. I can't really have much of an opinion yet, but I just really wanted a sequel or a standalone in the same universe, not a reboot. I'm hoping Arthur Christmas is a decent holiday movie.
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11:44AM on 11/06/2012
I've never seen Spider-man 3, so I can't comment on how bad it actually was, but I do agree that the first two films DID get it right. That said, I enjoyed the reboot - saw it at the theatre in 3D. "They Live" has always been a big favourite of mine, and "Sunset Boulevard" is a total classic!
I've never seen Spider-man 3, so I can't comment on how bad it actually was, but I do agree that the first two films DID get it right. That said, I enjoyed the reboot - saw it at the theatre in 3D. "They Live" has always been a big favourite of mine, and "Sunset Boulevard" is a total classic!
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11:38AM on 11/06/2012

Spoilers! Spoilers!

I am sick and tried of hearing how 'great' this new Spider-Man is. It had far too many plot holes, a terribly written bad guy, no evidence that emo-Peter is smart, not enough of Flash for that subplot to make sensr, and Spider-Man let's Captain Stacey die; what a douche! As for it being 'the best Spidey movie yet', not even close. 'Spider-Man 2' is still one of the greatest superhero movies of all time.
I am sick and tried of hearing how 'great' this new Spider-Man is. It had far too many plot holes, a terribly written bad guy, no evidence that emo-Peter is smart, not enough of Flash for that subplot to make sensr, and Spider-Man let's Captain Stacey die; what a douche! As for it being 'the best Spidey movie yet', not even close. 'Spider-Man 2' is still one of the greatest superhero movies of all time.
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3:39PM on 11/06/2012
I am with Law, The Amazing Spiderman is the best Spiderman movie yet. But I highly dislike Maguire portrayal as Peter.
I am with Law, The Amazing Spiderman is the best Spiderman movie yet. But I highly dislike Maguire portrayal as Peter.
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