Robert Downey Jr. advocated for Gwyneth Paltrow to have some action scenes in Iron Man 3, and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige approved: “We are bored by the damsel in distress. But sometimes we need our hero to be desperate enough in fighting for something other than just his own life. So, there is fun to be had with ‘Is Pepper in danger or is she the savior?’ over the course of this movie.” Pepper’s brief wearing of the Iron Man armor in this film was also a nod to her one-time career as the superheroine Rescue in an Invincible Iron Man comic book series from 2009-2012 (x).
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital Copy.
For those of you who are interested, there is also a Target exclusive 3-disc edition that features 45 minutes of extras, including:
“ONE VISION” (A FAITHFUL ADAPTATION)—translating Suzanne Collins’s source material to the big screen
• “THE ALLIANCE” (RETURNING CAST)—an inside look at the close-knit relationships of the returning actors
• “FRIEND OR FOE” (NEW CAST)—finding the perfect embodiments of the new characters
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) - directed by Jonathan Demme. Starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins and Lawrence A. Bonney.
Prometheus was good, but not great. From a visual effects and design standpoint, sure, there were plenty of wow moments in Prometheus. And I agree that it expanded the world of Alien with the interesting back story of the Engineers. The main problem of the film is that everyone involved didn’t seem sure about which direction they wanted it to go. Ridley Scott was adamant that this was a separate entity from the Alien universe, that although there were threads connecting the two worlds that they existed independently of each other. The writers, on the other hand, had other ideas, and it seemed like they were more interested in connecting Prometheus to Alien, even if it was at the expense of fleshing out their new characters. It had so much potential, yet it was squandered because of the lack of cohesion in ideas.
I liked that the film was a metaphor for man’s reach exceeding his grasp, emphasized even more by the film’s eponymous title. Ultimately, however, in its quest to impart a slew of big ideas about man’s hubris, the rewards and punishments of curiosity, and the nature of evolution, the film failed to make these different themes really coalesce. In trying to do too many things and hitting all these big ideas, the film lost track of the heart of the story, resulting in a messy, convoluted, underwhelming climax. Elizabeth (Noomi Rapace’s character) seems almost an afterthought in the whole plot, despite Rapace’s stunning performance, and I didn’t much care for the tie-in to Alien 3 with her arc. At the end of the day, I think this is a film that suffered under the weight of its own ambitions, which is ironic considering its theme is, again, one of man’s reach exceeding his grasp.
The Oscar Question: Why isn’t there an Academy Award for Best Title Design?
The answer is not a simple one, but we asked some of the top title sequence designers in the world their thoughts anyways.
The Oscar Question on Art of the Title
A fantastic new poster for Richard Ayoade's The Double.
NOAH: ARK FEATURETTE
Paramount released this behind the scenes production video of Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic Noah, starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, and a bunch of animals. The video shows what went into the construction of the daunting ark, and hallelujah; it turns out that instructions lifted from actual biblical text were good enough.