I’d like to start posting some movie thoughts along with my movie reviews and some other game reviews and stuff, not to mention some of the usual humor-related stuff and newish news. Here are just some tidbits of what I’d like to do in the next few weeks.
- Summer Movie 2010 Preview
- Movie Ideas-Bond 4/23
- Movie/Show Ideas-Star Wars
- Movie Ideas-Pirates of the Caribbean 4
- Movie Review-Date Night
- Movie Review-Clash of the Titans
- Breaking Bad Catch-Up
- More Humor-Related Stuff That’s Not That Funny
This is not a key to the future of the Pirates series, more of a draw-ring of it’s future. It’s been almost 2 years since the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and now rumors are a float about what the 4th film (which has been confirmed) would be like. So, with the influx of new rumors coming out of the mill about casting and what not, I thought I’d throw in my own pirate hat as to how the next films should go about (I promise my advice isn’t-GO DARK).
- Recruit Brand-Probably one of my favorite bits of potential casting has been the rumor going around the mill (and actual fact) that Russell Brand is mulling over joining the cast of the fourth Pirates movie as the brother of Captain Jack Sparrow’s brother. If you’ve never seen or heard of Russell Brand before, he’s the guy with the sleep disorder in Bedtime Stories, and he’s the boyfriend in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. This could be an excellent addition to the Pirates cast, and he could even be a great counterpart to Jack’s search for the fountain of youth.
- Adventurous, Non-Dark Story-I bet you didn’t see that one coming. The main thing I love(d) about the Pirates of the Caribbean series was how classically adventurous it was. In every single one of those movies you have this grand scale of adventure, of mystery, of grandness that you just don’t find as much anywhere else. It is my hope that they continue this trend in the next film, and what better place then with the tales of The Fountain of Youth? You don’t have to bog the story down with some dark tale (although that worked great with Davy Jones’ two movie plot line), all you have to do is convey a grand adventure that can be simplistic, but captivating that the audience will lose themselves in.
- That Would Be CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow-How can you have a movie without Jack Sparrow? It’s been confirmed that Keira Knightly doesn’t wanna be in the next Pirates movie, and Orlando Bloom’s role is being debated, so why not take the opportunity to center the story mainly around Jack Sparrow, maybe even have little flashbacks to his past lives and exploits if we’re delving into a youthful storyline. Barbossa + Black Pearl Crew + Jack Sparrow = One Good Time.
- Some Newer Crewmates-This one’s more of a maybe. I’m not gonna throw names out, because last time they were shoved down my throat. (Durka durka) However, I do think that maybe a few new names (along with Russell Brand) could help the franchise. Maybe introduce a new Colonial enemy (Terrence Howard or maybe another older actor). Dare I say it, dare I say it, but even more different faces could even add to the series. Mickey Rourke, Robert Downey Jr., hey, maybe even James Roday (even that one sounds silly to me) could be added. However, the chances are small. One can dream though.
- Newer Stories-Hey, if the Pirates series even decides to go on past a fourth film, other pirate-themed legends (like what they did with Davy Jones) would continue to amaze and provide a fresh, but deeply familiar base plot for some future movies.
Overall, the Pirates series doesn’t need to be fixed. All 3 movies were excellent in their own right, and even if they stuck to the same formula for a 4th movie, I’d still love it. However, if the movies continue to provide a GIGANTIC scope as they did in the third movie especially, and maybe recruit some new players, focus more on Jack, and keep up the great storylines, the Pirates series will continue to be one of my favorite movie series of all time.
Another week, another opportunity for me to throw my ideas out and set another movie series straight. Another chance to anger nerds everywhere. With this week’s report that the next Spiderman movie would be start filming in 2010, I thought I’d throw my hat in the web slinger’s ring. I’ve always been a fan of the series, as I saw all 3 in nerd excitement and glory over the past few years. However, since 2007, nothing much has been heard from Raimi, or his counterparts involved with bringing the webhead to the big screen. Like many others, I’ve lost interest during this hiatus. This series needs some new ideas, some exciting futures, and some organization to get it back to the top.
- Distinct, Well-Thought Out Villains-Don’t get me wrong, Spiderman 1 and 2 both did this fantastically. Alfred Molina’s portrayal of the Octavian Doctor was brilliant, so was Dafoe’s creepy Goblin impersonation. However, in Spiderman 3, they kinda threw in 3 different villains that felt a tad rushed. Venom, although great, was on for a little bit, but my favorite of the moviehad to be Sandman. In Spiderman 4, maybe bring in just one, maybe two villains, but spend enough time to fully develop all of them. Make them believable, cool, and well-thought-out. Almost like what they did with the Iron Monger in Iron Man, or the Abomination in The Incredible Hulk. The Lizard’s a must, you already have him set up. Maybe for the 4th film, have the Vulture, or maybe even Carnage. To me, it doesn’t matter. As long as he or she’s thought out, and well implemented.
- An Older Peter Parker–I think for the series to move forward, along with implementing Parker’s inner struggles that could be explored, maybe a more mature, older Peter Parker is needed. I’m not saying a different actor, but maybe rough Macquire up to make him seem more mature, wiser, and not just a high school nerd. Keep his nerdy persona, but give him this feel of a world-weary man, handed these extraordinary abilities.
- Personal Struggles/Inside the Life of Peter Parker-Almost what we saw with his relationship with Mary Jane, or his struggle to maintain both identities, I think the series needs to bring Parker down a notch. Beat him up, throw him to the side, take some things away from him, make him feel pain. Let’s take Peter Parker and explore maybe a darker side, let’s set some time in the movie to see some personal struggles of his life. Death, lost love, failure in a job or school, all these could possibly make for a great movie.
- THE DEATH OF AUNT MAY–Yes, call this one crazy, but it might just work. This one kinda goes along with the whole personal struggle thing, but I think if Raimi decided to kill off the aunt, we could really get a great storyline.
- A Darker, Grittier New York-Let’s drop the bright colors, the vivid-ness of NYC. Almost like what Nolan did with Gotham City. Let’s focus on the underbelly, the darker side of one of the most crime-filled cities, and the web slinger that tries to protect it.
Since I’ve got so many movie ideas flowing through my head every day, and sine I’m such a creative mind, I thought I’d dedicate a section out to discuss my ideas for future movies, or where to take the future of the movie franchise.
What to do with Star Wars? The first three movies to pop out of George Lucas’s mind came out about 30 years ago, followed by three pretty good prequels that just wrapped up a few years back, and that concludes that era, that saga. But surely there’s some sort of hope, some lightsaber-clashing action left to bring back to the big screen. Something out there to take this series out of the Clone Wars. To be brief and not bore everyone to death, here are a few, bullet-ized pointers I have for the future of the Star Wars series-
- Get Out of the Clone Wars/Try Something New–Probably the most important. How many mini-movies, how many movies, how many series have we had on the Clone Wars? It’s just been a little over-done. Let’s try to find something new, something fresh to breathe life into the series. Only in that can we find out way out of that era. Maybe try to move into a prequel to the prequels, a sequel to the sequels, for crying out loud maybe even a movie centered around YODA!!! Let’s try something new instead of double dipping the same chip that is The Clone Wars.
- Bring In Fresh Blood, You Must–Another idea I had was to bring in some fresh blood, some new actors into the mix. Let’s move past Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Ewan McGregor, and most importanly Hayden Christensen. Don’t get me wrong, all of them were great in their parts, however we need someone new. Remember how cool it was to see Samuel Snakes on a $&$#(#* Plane Jackson as a jedi? Just imagine if they brought in someone like Christian Bale, Micheal Caine, Jake Gylenhaal, or dare I say, even Seth Rogen or James Franco into the mix as early Jedis. With new stories comes new people to execute them.
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: The Movie–How cool would it be to have a TFU movie? I’ve already imagined it. Place Christian Bale as the lead as maybe an older form of Starkiller, you’ve got a great story, a great visual era, excellent action, a great familiar mix of old and new, and you gotta blockbuster. For fans of the game or even more to those unfamiliar with the game, the movie could be a smash hit with fans.
- MOST IMPORTANT-CHANGE–The most important thing I see the Star Wars series needing to do, is change. Move out of these comfort zones, move out of these pre-conceived safe zones, keep what works best, hold onto the classic magic, bring in the new, take some risks, and you’ve got a great series back on top.