New Thundercats!

My Goddaughter and her younger brother were watching Cartoon Network earlier this morning, and then all of a sudden this trailer came out:

It’s the new Thundercats, and I was grinning like a 5 year old when I saw this. The show will premiere next month. Though I couldn’t find any information regarding specific dates and regular air times.

From what I’ve gathered, this show seems promising. Here’s some tidbits of info that I’ve learned so far:

  • The Cat Civilization has no technology, just magic.
  • Panthro is still awesome!
  • Snarf doesn’t talk (thank god!)
  • Lion-O starts out as a teenager, not as a child.
  • Tygra is Lion-O’s adopted brother.
  • Cheetara looks hot.
  • Lion-O, Tyrgra and Cheetara will have a love triangle!
  • Mumm-Ra has bat wings.

I’m really excited to watch this show. It’s faithful, it’s refreshing and it’s cool. Now, I hope they have toys for this.

X-Men: Frost Class

January Jones is icy and sexy as Emma Frost.

Comic book publishers have been peddling film rights, desperately, to Hollywood these past couple years. So much so that the landscape of Summer Blockbusters have changed from cookie cutter comedies to men in spandex flicks. This Summer alone, I counted five comic book film adaptations. What’s even worse is that Hollywood is milking those franchises until blood comes out the teats.

Take the X-Men, for example. 20th Century Fox isn’t content with the original trilogy. So, now, they have a line of X-Men Origins film in the works, and another set of trilogy under the X-Men: First Class franchise. But I’m only explaining, not complaining. Because I’d watch a superhero flick rather than a comedy that involves cute and/or talking animals. Especially when that superhero flick has Emma Frost on it.

Although, I really thought I was done with the X-Men film franchise. Especially after X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But when they announced First Class, and that Emma Frost will be one of the characters, my interest was piqued. I mean, it’s Emma Frost. The lingerie clad villain who was, to most nerdy boys, a gateway to pornography (maybe Wertham was right after all). So, today, I went out to catch the flick and hoped that it wasn’t like the last two X-Men movies.

Fortunately, it wasn’t bad at all. I loved how the film worked in the 60’s setting. The Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis, they used that as their background and gave us a spy thriller instead of a superhero film. At some point, it even felt like I was watching a Bond film (Sean Connery’s Bond films), only with super-powered mutants. Especially when Sebastian Shaw, the principal villain, got away in his secret submarine.

Speaking of Shaw, Kevin Bacon did a masterful job in playing him as a cocky, yet cool, megalomaniac. Then there’s January Jones who really captured the ice queen persona of Emma Frost. Fassbender and McAvoy also did pretty well. Fassbender especially who was speaking all sorts of languages. But it was Hugh Jackman who stole the show. I swear, people were laughing for about a minute (I was laughing for about 5 minutes) after his cameo.

X-Men: First Class isn’t faithful to the canon, however. I mean, Moira McTaggart as a CIA agent? Sebastian Shaw can absorb all kinds of energy now? So, you might want to skip this movie if you care about those things. But, if you understand that what works in the comics doesn’t always translate well into film, or if you consider the film asĀ  multiverse, then you go watch this movie because it’s fun, and it really ties well as a prequel to the first trilogy (the “frosting’s” good too).

Score: B

Hammer Time

The God of Thunder (L) and the Mortal Goddess of Beauty (R)

The Social Network was the last film I saw in the theaters, and that was seven months ago. So, since the weather today was absolutely gorgeous, and I just felt the need to get out of my man cave, I decided to treat myself and catch the movie Thor.

Thor didn’t really get hyped up like Batman or the X-Men. But despite its weak marketing, unexciting trailers, and my lack of faith with its director, I still went for it for two reasons: 1) it’s story was written by J. Michael Straczynski, who is my favorite Thor (comics) writer; and 2) Natalie Portman, who is the mortal goddess of beauty, is on it. So, while I wasn’t sure if it was going to be good, I was certain that it was gonna be worth my time and money. Surprisingly, the film was more than what I’ve expected.

Perhaps my biggest surprise was with Branagh’s direction. I was wrong to ever doubt him. Not that I doubted him as a film director. My lack of faith in him stems from his other works: his film adaptations of Shakespeare. I thought that someone like him would never bother with a comic book adaptation. I thought he would never get it right. But Branagh astonished me. He knows Thor, he gets the comics. He knows that he’s an arrogant, hammer-bashing God of Thunder. He also knows the human side of him –his vulnerability, his familial problems– and he shows them all in the film. So, there’s plenty of drama, comedy, character development and action that kept me entertained.

The cast did admirably, and everyone looked and played their part well. Chris Hemsworth will definitely be remembered as Thor in his entire career. I really couldn’t imagine anyone else playing it. He nailed Thor’s arrogance and the fish out of water (or should I say “god lost in the suburbs”) comedic scenes. Natalie Portman also did well as a spunky, not quite the damsel in distress. But Kat Dennings (Portman’s assistant) delivered all the best lines. Tom Hiddleston also stole the show as Loki. Loki was more than just a cowardly plotter in the film, he’s much more complex than that and Hiddleston pulled it off. He even earned my sympathy at the end of the movie.

I definitely had tons of fun watching Thor. Like Iron Man, this move has everything too. It has drama, comedy, character development and action that will keep you entertained all throughout the film. Branagh and the cast did extremely well to make this movie work. So, if the trailers didn’t sell you the movie, if you’re still not sure Branagh can make a good comic book adaptation, I’m telling you now that you’re wrong. Go watch the film.

Score: B+

Addendum: If you’re a comic book fan, there were also some clues in the film that ties it with The Avengers movie. In fact, one Avenger already played a cameo in here that got me pretty darn excited.