Sunday, June 17, 2007

Mamo #86: The boys of summer

Mamo hard - with a vengeance! Now that we can see a bit more clearly, it's time to look at whether May's threquelpalooza was a good idea, or a horrific miscalculation. Also: whither Nancy Drew, the Madness of King Roth, and did we actually forget to mention this weekend's lead release altogether?


Anonymous troubleshooter said...

To say that the R Rated horror "as far as genres go, its the least important, least effectual" is an interesting comment, perhaps going a little far. Id disagree, though the majority of recent horror that I have seen on the screen has been rather pathetic, but as a genre there is huge potential for important, intelligent, meaningful movies.

Good ep, cheers.

1:17 AM  
Anonymous Matthew Fabb said...

Matthew Price is completely right about how Venom was forced into Spidey 3. According to this interview with Sam Raimi, the original script for the movie just had the Sandman and Harry as the villains. It was producer Avi Arad from Marvel that forced Raimi to add Venom because that was what the fans wanted. This was a big mistake, as I don't think Raimi relates to the newer Spider-Man villains like he does with the ones he grew up with as a kid. Raimi really got the Sandman to work, with some really great incredible scenes, like when he first gets his powers and struggles to stay in human form (very cool and touching scene). Meanwhile I think Venom and Eddie Brock were done all wrong. I disagree with the Matthew Price that it's a dead end character, as there's a lot of potential there, with Eddie being the mirror image of Peter Parker (Eddie the big dump jock, with Peter the smart timid nerd) just as Vemon is the mirror image of Spider-Man. Also throwing in 3 villains for the whole movie, doesn't leave enough time to develop all of them and the whole movie suffers.

Anyways, I could rant on a lot more about what is wrong and right with Spider-Man 3, but this isn't a review. I just wanted to point out that it was Avi Arad's stupid idea to put in Venom into this movie.

Also while Spidey 3 is making less than the other two Spider-Man movies, it's doing huge numbers in the international market and it's overall world-wide take has surpassed the original by around $40 million so far.

Also there's plenty of story for 3 more Spidey movies. However, they are going to have a hard time selling #4, with so many fans being disappointed with this movie. As you guys have often mentioned and I definitely agree, movie goers are generally one picture behind and I see the next one taking a big drop no matter what the quality is like.

Plus I would love to see Sam Raimi to take that Hollywood clout he now has and make an Evil Dead 4 before Bruce Campbell gets too much older.

Which brings me to the rated R horror movies, which I would be disappointed if they disappeared. Not that I think Hostel 2 flopping is capable of destroying the R rated movie. However,I can only hope that this is perhaps the beginning of a backlash against the "torture porn" horror movies

Personally, I'm a bigger fan of comedy-horrors such as Grindhouse's Planet Terror, Slither, Shaun of the Dead and the Evil Dead movies. Still horror movies such as Romero's zombies movies, most which have an underlining social commentary, is a good example of what can be done with the horror genre in the right hands.

Wow... that was a long-winded post.

12:17 AM  

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