Marvel’s TV Package…
In the last two weeks, reports have begun to appear on websites such as Deadline (http://www.deadline.com/2013/10/marvel-preps-60-episode-package-of-four-series-a-mini-for-vod-cable-networks/) and IGN (http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/10/15/marvel-planning-massive-tv-expansion-that-includes-four-tv-shows-and-a-miniseries), among others. In these reports, they suggest that Marvel Studios is attempting to create a package to shop to VOD (Video-On-Demand) and Cable Outlets, examples being Netflix and Amazon. This package contains four live-action drama series, and a miniseries, all to be sold collectively, for a possible 60 episodes.
With “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” having been given a back 9 episode order, bringing the count up to 22 episodes for the first season, the highest-rated drama debut in just under four years, and solid numbers combined from ratings and DVR gains. With strong numbers after just five episodes, it is unsurprising to see Marvel Studios wanting to capitalise on the current popularity.
One of Marvel’s strengths over Phase One and Phase Two, so far, has been the choice of making sure every film have its own individual thriller. In Phase Two alone, “Iron Man 3” has the feel of a buddy cop movie with Tont Stark and James Rhodes, as written by Shane Black; “Thor: The Dark World” has a fantastical element mixed with war elements’ and finally, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is inspired by 1970’s spy thrillers/conspiracies. Because of this, the proposed TV series’ will likely inhabit different genres to one another.
Now, the choice of 60 episodes would seem a random number at first, until you realise that the current preference for many live-action dramas in the last five-ten years, is to have 13 episodes per season (“Mad Men”, “Breaking Bad”, “Being Human”, “The Shield”, “Spartacus”, etc). If the four live-action dramas all contain 13 episodes, that is a combined 52 episodes, leaving 8 episodes for a possible miniseries.
Now, at the moment, there is no talent attached, and no shows announced, just purely feelers having been sent out, I thought it would be interesting to write some posts on possible shows for this package, as well as shows that would be unlikely. So, over the next few days, there will be several posts dedicated to show options. First, what won’t be likely?
Title: The Imposter
Director: Bart Layton, in his feature film debut.
Writer (Editor): Andrew Hulme.
Genre: British-American Documentary Film (similar films would be “An Inconvenient Truth”, or Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11”).
Seen Before, When, Who With: Never seen before, was recorded off Channel 4 on 33nd August 2013, viewed on 19th October 2013.
Starring: Frédéric Bourdin, Carey Gibson, Beverly Dollarhide for the documentary interviews, Adam O’Brian for drama sequences.
Running Time: 99 minutes.
Thoughts: ”The Imposter” was a documentary film that seemingly erupted out of nowhere, exploding into the movie world at the 2013 Sundance Festival, taking the critics by storm. Achieving a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and grossing just under $2 million at the box office, it was an unquestionable success. As the trailers began to debut on television, and more reviews came flying in, I became even more determined to watch the movie. Obviously, it took a while to actually view it, but now I finally have.
My first thought was that there was an unexpected reminder of a 2003 docudrama I watched, entitled “Touching The Void”. “Touching The Void” was two styles meshed together, one a normal style of having the participants involved sat talking to the camera, and the other style a dramatic reenactment of what occurred. In “Touching The Void”, the reenactment was that of two mountaineers climbing up a mountain, and one of them ending up having to cut the rope of the other; In “The Imposter”, the reenactments were that of Bourdin attempting to outwit and manipulate Spanish officers, FBI agents, and members of the Barclay family. Using these reenactments helped craft a creepy, uncomfortable atmosphere that traversed the murky world we’re inhabiting during this movie. Adam O’Brian, in fact, caught my eye, as he created a wonderful body language that instantly suggested trauma and a conniving criminal.
The actual interviews themselves are contrasting and fascinating. The Barclay family come across as uncertain and desperate for closure in the early stages, before starting to seemingly close ranks as the documentary begins to turn the screws on the families failure to realize Bourdin wasn’t their son. Bourdin, on the other hand, comes across as surprisingly open and candid about his thoughts, plans, motivations, and yet, also completely unemotional at his actions; he feels neither pride, nor remorse. Bourdin purely tells the facts, and it’s an addictive watch to discover to what lengths he went. Bourdin is a larger-than-life story, that leaves you struggling to look away from him.
Layton has created a docudrama that entices mystery, horror and shock, as well as introducing a director whose use of the camera is intelligent and candid. During the dramatic reenactments, Layton demonstrated a fantastic use of patience, slow tracking, and atmosphere. This film definitely left me interested to see what Layton does next. For Bourdin and Barclay, though, I am left unnerved and bewildered at just how strange life can truly be, compared to fiction.
Returning to Tumblr?
I’ve recently found myself missing Tumblr. Not so much the panic of making sure I regularly update, which I definitely suffered from. I would, in fact, often write up to 15 (seriously) different posts and queue them up over the next week. For some reason, I HAD to blog regularly. I reckon it was because for me, it suggested a creative freedom. Blogging regularly meant I was doing what I love - writing.
But then the love subsided; Tumblr became a chore, not a pleasure. And over the last year, as I struggled with the inability to find work, and the pressure of keeping up a facade of happiness when I felt bleak and pathetic, I forced a self-imposed exile upon myself, removing Tumblr from my favorites and refusing to go back. I would focus on finding work, and finally clearing an overdraft that was threatening to envelop me.
And then in May of this year, I found work, and better yet, a month later, a regular income. Sure, the job was hard and I struggled, but I was no longer reliant on Jobseekers Allowance, I no longer felt ashamed to spend any money. And better yet, I could contribute to the household. My pride began to return, as did my fondness for life. The difference, according to two of my best mates, when they first saw me after starting to regularly work, was immense. I seemed…myself again, no longer down or miserable.
This happiness has gotten better, as this week, I finally got out of my overdraft. It has been a long haul, but I was finally secure, and happy. And it was then, that I thought back to Tumblr, my social media of choice. I no longer have the time to blog like I once did, as I devote 11 hours every day solely to work (including travel). But maybe, just maybe, I can start slowly, small little posts, and try returning to the world that suits me. The world of Game of Thrones, Sherlock, Joss Wed on, Avengers, and more. Maybe one day I shall return to publishing reviews, recommending media, and just taking pleasure out of the emotions that rise out of the viewing of films & tv shows I love.
Maybe, one day, soon…
500 Films In A Year Challenge - Example of Reviewing Post
500 Films In A Year Challenge: 2013 - Example Post
When reviewing my movies throughout this challenge, I want to keep it to a certain standard and style.
Title: Obviously, this would be the title of the movie, i.e. The Third Man, or The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
Number: This will be whatever number in order I have seen it. So, for example, the movie 300 would be Number Three Hundred.
Director: An important detail for any movie. An example would be Jack Ryan, as directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Writer: Again, an important detail for any movie. An example would be, Moneyball, as written by Aaron Sorkin.
Genre: A simple detail, an example would be The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, would be Fantasy.
Released: The year the movie was released.
Seen Before, When, Who With: An example could be, for the movie Breaking Dawn, Part 1, I would put “Never seen before, watched on DVD, with my friend Sam Renshaw, on January 19th”.
Starring: Pretty simply, a list of the main actors of the movie.
Running Time: The running time of the movie.
Favorite Performance: If I was watching Prometheus, I would most likely put Michael Fassbender as David The Android.
Favorite Line: This could be any line, possibly one that made me laugh the most, or made me feel the most emotional. An example would be if I was reviewing Argo, I would put “Trust me, Sir, this is the best bad idea we have.”
Favorite Moment: Quite simply, the moment I enjoyed most. If I was reviewing The Avengers, it would most likely be the single tracking shot through New York, showing the Avengers working together as a team.
Thoughts: My Review.
500 Films In A Year Challenge - List of Films In Alphabetical Order
- 500 Films In A Year Challenge: 2013 - The Alphabet List
There is always a list of movies that I am interested in seeing, but forget about. So, here, will be a list of random movies that I am interested in seeing over the next year. If any movies get recommended to me, here is where they will be listed.
So far, there is 19 movies listed. This includes the Twilight series, and also the Jack Ryan series.
Here is the Alphabet list, with specific notes of where I may be able to see the movie:
- Movies beginning with “A”
- A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
- About Cherry (2012)
- The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The Eighth Dimension (1984)
- Aladdin (1992)
- Amélie (2001)
- American History X (1998)
- American Me (1992)
- Amos & Andrew (1993)
- Annie Hall (1977)
- Arlington Road (1999)
- The Assassination Of Richard Nixon (2004)
- The Assault On Precinct 13 (1976)
- Attack Of The 50 Foot Cheerleader (2012)
- Movies beginning with “B”
- Batman: Under The Red Hood (2010)
- Bereavement (2010)
- Beyond The Mat (1999)
- Blowup (1966)
- Blue Valentine (2010)
- The Blues Brothers (1980)
- Boy A (2007)
- Boyz n the Hood (1991)
- Brazil (1985)
- Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)
- Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)
- Brief Encounter (1945)
- The Brothers Grimm (2005)
- Movies beginning with “C”
- The Captains (2011)
- Carlito’s Way (1993)
- Casablanca (1942)
- Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012)
- Cell 211 (2009)
- Chatroom (2010)
- Child’s Play (1972)
- Cinderella (1950)
- Citizen Kane (1941)
- City Of God (2002)
- Clear and Present Danger (1994)
- Contagion (2011)
- The Cooler (2003)
- The Crazies (1973)
- The Crazies (2010)
- Criminal Law (1989)
- Cube 2: HyperCube (2002)
- Cube Zero (2004)
- Movies beginning with “D”
- Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic (2010)
- Dark City (1998)
- Darkman (1990)
- The Descent (2005)
- Detour (1945)
- Dick Tracy (1990)
- Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009)
- The Dreamers (2003)
- Dumbo (1941)
- Movies beginning with “E”
- Eastern Promises (2007)
- Eclipse (2010)
- Election (1999)
- Elegy (2008)
- The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
- End Of Watch (2012)
- Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
- The Expendables (2010)
- The Expendables 2 (2012)
- Movies beginning with “F”
Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal (2008)
- Face/Off (1997)
- The Fall (2006)
- Fatal Attraction (1987)
- Feds (1988)
- The Fly (1986)
- Four Brothers (2005)
- The Fox And The Hound (1981)
- Frailty (2001)
- Movies beginning with “G”
G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra (2009)
- The Game (1997)
- Get Carter (1971)
- Ginger Snaps (2000)
- Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed (2004)
- Ginger Snaps Back (2004)
- Gladiator (2000)
- Gone Baby Gone (2007)
- Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
- Gran Torino (2008)
- Green Zone (2010)
- The Grey (2011)
- The Guard (2011)
- Movies beginning with “H”
- Half Nelson (2010)
- Hanna (2011)
- Hard Candy (2005)
- Hesher (2010)
- Highlander: The Search For Vengeance (2007)
- The History Boys (2006)
- The Hitcher (1986)
- Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
- The Host (2006)
- Hugo (2011)
- The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996)
- The Hunt For Red October (1990)
- Movies beginning with “I”
- I, Anna (2012)
- I Saw The Devil (2010)
- Igby Goes Down (2002)
- The Ides Of March (2011)
- In The Company Of Men (1997)
- In The Name Of The Father (1993)
- Infernal Affairs (2002)
- It Could Happen To You (1994)
- Movies beginning with “J”
- Jackie Brown (1997)
- Movies beginning with “K”
- Kalifornia (1993)
- The Killing Time (1987)
- Knowing (2009)
- The Krays (1990)
- Movies beginning with “L”
- Last Night (1998)
- Life of Pi (2012)
- Lilo & Stitch (2002)
- The Little Mermaid (1989)
- Little Otik (2000)
- Lolita (1962)
- Look (2007)
- Look, Up In The Sky: The Amazing Story Of Superman (2006)
- Love Crime (2010)
- LUV (2013)
- Movies beginning with “M”
- M (1931)
- The Machinist (2004)
- The Maltese Falcon (1941)
- Man On The Moon (1999)
- Margin Call (2011)
- May (2002)
Midnight In Paris (2011) Mimic (1997)
- Moneyball (2011)
- Mongol (2007)
- Mulan (1998)
- My Little Eye (2002)
- Mysterious Skin (2004)
- Movies beginning with “N”
- New Moon (2009)
- New Year’s Eve (1924)
- Movies beginning with “O”
- Once (2006)
- Movies beginning with “P”
- P2 (2007)
- Patriot Games (1992)
- Perfect Blue (1997)
- Pinocchio (1940)
- Pocahontas (1995)
- Pontypool (2009)
- Primal Fear (1996)
- Pulp Fiction (1994)
- Puncture (2011)
- Movies beginning with “Q”
- Movies beginning with “R”
Raising Arizona (1987) Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
- Ratatouille (2007)
- Red (2008)
- Red Eye (2005)
- The Road (2009)
- Robin Hood (1922)
- Robin Hood: Men In Tights (1993)
- Romantics Anonymous (2010)
- Ronin (1998)
- The Room (2003)
- Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
- Ruby Sparks (2012)
- Movies beginning with “S”
- Seven Samurai (1954)
- Shadow Of A Doubt (1943)
- Shocker (1989)
- Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
- Sleeping Beauty (1959)
- Slither (2006)
- Sliver (1993)
- Spirited Away (2001)
- The Station Agent (2003)
- The Sum Of All Fears (2002)
- Movies beginning with “T”
- The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)
- Tangled (2010)
- They Live (1988)
- The Third Man (1949)
- Thirst (2009)
- Tony (2009)
- Touch Of Evil (1958)
- Trainspotting (1996)
- Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2010)
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
- Twilight (2008)
- Movies beginning with “U”
- Uncertainty (2008)
- Underworld (2003)
- Underworld: Evolution (2006)
- Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans (2009)
- Underworld: Awakening (2012)
- Movies beginning with “V”
- V/H/S (2012)
- Venus (2006)
- Vera Drake (2004)
- Videodrome (1983)
- Movies beginning with “W”
- The Wackness (2008)
- Weekend (2011)
- When Harry Met Sally (1989)
- The Wild One (1953)
- The Woman (2011)
- Women In Love (1969)
- The Woods (2006)
- The Woodsman (2004)
- Movies beginning with “X”
- Movies beginning with “Y”
- Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
- Movies beginning with “Z”
- Movies beginning with “#”
- 1st To Die (2003 - TV Movie)
- 8MM (1999)
- 21 Jump Street (2012)
- 101 Dalmations (1961)
500 Films In A Year Challenge - List of Films In Cinema
500 Films In A Year Challenge: 2013 - The Cinema List
Every year, there is a large collection of movies released in the cinema. There is never a guarantee that I will watch them all, but I have listed them here, out of hope that I shall get to see them all.
Here is the Cinema List for 2013:
- January 11th - Gangster Squad, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.
- January 18th - The Last Stand.
- February 1st - Bullet To The Head.
- February 14th - A Good Day To Die Hard.
- March 1st - Elysium.
- March 8th - Oz: The Great and Powerful.
- March 15th - Carrie.
- March 22nd - Jack The Giant Killer.
- March 29th - GI Joe: Retaliation.
- April 12th - Evil Dead.
- May 3rd - Iron Man 3.
- May 17th - Star Trek Into Darkness.
- May 24th - Fast Six.
- June 7th - After Earth.
- May 14th - The End Of The World, Man Of Steel.
- May 21st - Monsters University.
- May 28th - Kick-Ass 2.
- July 3rd - Despicable Me 2.
- May 12th - Pacific Rim.
- May 19th - R.I.P.D.
- May 26th - The Wolverine.
- August 2nd - 300: Rise Of An Empire.
- August 9th - Robocop.
- September 13th - The Little Mermaid.
- September 27th - The Tomb.
- October 4th - Sin City; A Dame To Kill For.
- November 8th - Thor: The Dark World.
- November 22nd - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
- December 13th - The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug.
- December 25th - Jack Ryan.
500 Films In A Year Challenge - List of Films For Certain Numbers
500 Films In A Year Challenge: 2013 - The Numbers List
As I am going through the 500 Films In A Year Challenge, obviously the movies will be numbered in order as I go along. In order to give certain numbers more importance, and also to inspire me to watch certain movies, I have related several movies to certain numbers. An obvious example would be that, I want to watch The Third Man by Orson Welles, so I have related that movie to number 3, so it should be the third movie I watch.
So far, there is 19 movies listed here.
Here is the Numbers list:
- Number 3- The Third Man
- Number 4 - Four Brothers
- Number 7 - Seven UP! (1964)
- Number 8 - 8 Mile
- Number 10 - 10 Things I Hate About You
- Number 12 - 12 Monkeys
- Number 14 - 7 Plus Seven (1970)
- Number 21 - 21 Up (1977)
- Number 25 - The 25th Hour
- Number 28 - 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, 28 Up (1984)
- Number 35 - 35 Up (1991)
- Number 42 - 42 Up (1998)
- Number 49 - 49 Up (2005)
- Number 50 - 50/50
- Number 56 - 56 Up (2012)
- Number 101 - 101 Dalmations
- Number 300 - 300
500 Films In A Year Challenge - List of Films On Certain Dates
500 Films In A Year Challenge: 2013 - The Date List
The point of this list, is that there are specific Birthdays of actors or directors that I like, who I want to dedicate a Birthday to. So, for example, I’ve always wanted to watch movies by Orson Welles, so I have decided to dedicate his birthday, May 6th, to watching films of his.
There are also sequels being released in 2013, and I prefer to watch the other movies in the series as well. So, for example, February 14th, Valentines Day, is releasing Die Hard 5, ala A Good Day To Die Hard, so I want to watch at least the classic trilogy on that day, if not also the fourth film.
There is a list of 76 movies here, in total.
Here is the Date list:
- January 12th - John Lasseter’s Birthday: Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Brave
- January 28th - Frank Darabont’s Birthday: The Green Mile, The Mist.
- February 14th - Die Hard, Die Hard 2, Die Hard With A Vengeance.
- February 26th - Johnny Cash’s Birthday, Walk The Line
- March 8th - The Wizard Of Oz.
- March 15th - Carrie.
- March 29th - G.I. Joe (Animated Film),
G.I. Joe (live-action film).
- April 12th - Evil Dead 1-3.
- May 6th - Orson Welles’ Birthday, Citizen Kane, Touch Of Evil
- June 14th - Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, Superman, Superman II.
- July 17th - James Cagney’s Birthday, The Public Enemy, Angels With Dirty Faces, White Heat,
- June 20th - Robert Rodriquez’s Birthday: El Mariachi, Desperado, Once Upon A Time In Mexico
- June 21st - Monsters Inc,
- June 22nd - Meryl Streep’s Birthday: Kramer Vs Kramer, Sophie’s Choice, The Iron Lady
- June 23rd - Joss Whedon’s Birthday: Serenity
- July 6th - Sylvester Stallone’s Birthday: Rocky series
- July 13th - Harrison Ford’s Birthday: Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Temple Of Doom, The Last Crusade
- July 26th - Stanley Kubrick’s Birthday: Lolita, Dr Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange, Room 237
- July 30th - Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Birthday: Conan The Barbarian, Commando, Predator.
- August 9th - Robocop Trilogy.
- August 13th - Alfred Hitchcock’s Birthday: Strangers On A Train, Vertigo, North By Northwest, Hitchcock
- August 16th: James Cameron’s Birthday - True Lies
- September 21st - Stephen King’s Birthday: Firestarter.
- September 23rd - Ray Charles’ Birthday: Ray
- October 4th: Sin City.
- October 31st - Peter Jackson’s Birthday: Heavenly Creatures, The Lovely Bones
- December 18th - Steven Spielberg’s Birthday: E.T., Jaws.
- December 25th - The Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games, Clear And Present Danger, The Sum Of All Fears.
500 Films In A Year Challenge - Attempt Two.
500 Films A Year Challenge: 2013 - The Info
For the next year, I shall be attempting to watch 500 Films, in one calender year.
The objective is to watch a movie, and then review it upon this website.
To make it easier, I am going to start this attempt on January 1st 2013.
I will not count any films I see more than once, so if for example, I watched The Shawshank Redemption twice, it would still only count for one. Another example, last year I watched The Avengers in the cinema four times, but I would only review it once.
I shall also keep a set style in the review, which I will do an example of in a follow-up post.
If anyone has any film recommendations, please, by all means, recommend to me.
I shall include several film ideas in a future post as well.