December is the time to catch up on everything you missed out on the year before. Like movies. Maybe you didn't realize so many watchable movies came out in 2013. Maybe you said you wanted to watch them in theaters. Maybe you said you wanted to watch them when they got out of theaters. Maybe your backlog of movies got too ginormous that the most you can do is watch a mashup video of 2013 movie trailers before the year ends.
It's true. Even if you're dealing with the brilliant Dark Knight or fantastic Iron Man or the good times of Thor, all superhero movies pretty much boil down to the same thing: an established hero fighting a lunatic bad guy to prevent the destruction of some version of New York City with epic fight scenes and long death scenes galore. Slacktory nails this perfectly in their hilarious video How to make a superhero in 10 easy steps.
Out with the old in with the new is a good motto for staying on top of new technology, but there’s really no reason to burn the 35mm film we have left. Don’t worry Olympic committee, we’ve solidly transitioned to the age of digital photography.
It’s not that 3D movies aren’t worth watching because some totally are (see: Gravity). It’s that Hollywood loves to shove it down our throat as something new and fancy and some sort of advanced technology and trendy and bullcrap like that. It’s not! Most of the times, 3D movies are made just to squeeze more dollars out of us (see: any movie in 3D not named Gravity). Comic God Stan Lee explains why he hates 3D perfectly in his latest rant. [World of Heroes via Laughing Squid]
From a young age I was introduced to what are still two of my favourite movie franchises of all time – Star Wars and Indiana Jones. I suppose it was inevitable, really. With parents who named me after a Doctor Who character, I would expect them to continue being awesome as I grew up.
If the movie industry wonders why piracy seems to persist, here’s one possible answer: people pirate ‘em because they don’t have the option of paying for a legal copy online.
As you would have guessed from the trailers, with Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón has made a horrifying movie about being stranded in space. But the best—and most surprising—thing about Gravity is that it’s also tasteful and elegant. It’s the minimalist blockbuster you never knew you’d been longing for.