Oh, goodness…it’s 1 hour and 30 minutes of Doctor Who, the week in comics, and of course a tribble ranch of Star Trek Into Darkness! Oh, and a little thing we like to call “the return of Bobby”. We don’t spoil the shit out of Star Trek because mostly we can’t articulate our thoughts particularly well, but there’s all manner of nerdraging and nerd boners.
The follow-up to director J.J. Abrams‘ 2009 relaunching of the Star Trek franchise is a mostly disappointing affair that cribs heavily off other films, including one of the franchise’s own, in an attempt to offer a sophomoric version of what is generally considered the best of the original franchise. It’s nearly impossible to discuss the film in any length, or its myriad of problems, without giving away a few of its secrets. So after a few broad points about Star Trek Into Darkness you’ll forgive me I move dangerously into spoiler territory.
Director Delmer Daves‘ 1957 western about a cattle rancher forced into the role of getting a dangerous killer out of town finds new life on home video as 3:10 to Yuma is the latest classic to get the Criterion treatment.
Dan Evans (Van Heflin) is a struggling rancher with a wife (Leora Dana), two sons (Barry Curtis, Jerry Hartleben), and cattle who are dying of thirst during one of the worst droughts in recent memory. When Ben Wade (Glenn Ford), the leader of an outlaw gang who has terrorized the territory for years, is caught, Dan accepts an offer of $200 to escort Wade to a nearby town and put him on the 3:10 train to Yuma for trial.
With only the town drunk (Henry Jones) at his side, Evans tries to keep Wade hidden and put him on the train before the rest of his gang can find them and release their leader.
Based on the 2008 Superman: Brainiac arc by Geoff Johns, DC’s latest animated feature introduces Superman (Matt Bomer) and Supergirl (Molly Quinn) to a redesigned version of Brainiac (John Noble) for the first time when the Collector of Worlds heads to Earth to add Metropolis to a collection that already includes the Kryptonian city of Kandor. The result is a solid entry into the DC Animated Universe whose main issues come more from the original source material rather than the adaptation.
Based on the character created byLee Child, Tom Cruise stars as former Military Police officer turned professional nomad Jack Reacher who shows up after an old enemy (Joseph Sikora) is arrested for killing five people. What follows is part dumb action movie and part conspiracy thriller as Reacher uncovers the troubling fact that, as much as he wants the man to be guilty, the Army sniper the police have in custody was framed for the crime (which itself has complicated reasons far beyond a random crime by a lone gunman).
Reacher is the typical old school 80′s action hero, smarter than everyone else and able to take down five men without even breaking a sweat. Rosamund Pike stars as the man’s attorney, who also happens to be the daughter of the city’s cutthroat District Attorney (Richard Jenkins). Pike’s main job in the film is to get Reacher engaged in the case and then constantly question his theories before finally being relegated to the damsel in distress.
Okay, so we lied. No Bobby and we blow past 45 minutes like it’s the check-out counter at Randy Quaid’s hotel*. But we’ve got a veritable SLEW of comics to cover as well as Doctor Who, Iron Man 3 spoilers, Free Comic Book Day (and how Atomic Robo totally owned that day), the wisdom of Zach Braff, and an intervention of Cap’n Carrot’s hideous carrot addiction.
Spoiler: Hawkeye still kicks ass. And Aaron still loves the Avengers and all related titles.
*If you caught that reference; congratulations and we’re sorry.
It took five years after the disaster which was Australia for writer/director Baz Luhrmann to be allowed to make a feature film again. Sadly, it was this film. I kid, but the sad truth is Australia was an amazingly bad trainwreck that deserved every bit of scorn it earned from critics and audiences alike. Even sadder is the fact that Australia might actually be a better film than the writer/director’s current adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel which takes literary classic and grinds it down into dime store romance novel full of the director’s trademark spectacle, garish production design, and style (complete with inappropriate time-period music), resulting in dreadful boring film.
Holy. Crap. We’re back, baby! Not a joke and not a one-off! The Four Color Freak-Out returns in a bite-sized 45 minute episode to dig in on the succulent meal that is Iron Man 3! We cover what’s happened in uh…like half a year in DC and Marvel news, and talk a little bit about the comics we’re still very, very, very excited about.
And Eric Melin from Scenestealers joins us for our totes spoiler-free Iron Man 3 review.