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Monday, June 08, 2009

The Fanboy's Rough Guide to Upcoming Movies

The title says it all, really- I don't claim to be an expert on all sci-fi/comic-based/'fanboy' movies, but here is my selection of five upcoming films that might appeal to fans of the genre:

I know it's already out in the USA, but Fanboys is coming to most of Europe in the coming months, and I for one am quite excited- I've been following the progress of this film since it was optioned (which is usually a tale of heartbreak, in which the film never gets finished- see Revenge of the Nerds remake). Most reviews claim Fanboys is generally quite fun, but not the best film you'll ever see- nevertheless, it's been raking in at the box office, due to die-hard Star Wars fans.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

If you haven't read the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels by Bryan Lee O'Malley yet, you should. They're the sort of graphic novels that appeal to all- even those who are reluctant to explore the entire graphic novel genre. My main gripe thus far is the casting of Michael 'I-always-play-myself' Cera as Scott Pilgrim- undoubtedly, he's very funny playing himself in Superbad, but whether or not this will work with an established character such as Scott Pilgrim remains to be seen.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
To be honest, there's not much to say- if you haven't seen Transformers yet, go watch it. It's epic. Once you've done that, start getting excited about Transformers 2, in which the Decepticons return, revive Megatron, and are are out for revenge. Fingers crossed it's as good as its prequel.

A distant prospect, admittedly (although writer Zach Penn says 'it's definitely going to happen'), but more details are leaking through about Marvel's latest movie venture; most recently, the inclusion of The Hulk and Iron Man. Details are also emerging about the upcoming 'Iron Man 2', although the whole prospect of an Iron Man sequel is slightly less exciting.

If you've watched Grindhouse (or just Planet Terror), you'll know Machete was a spoof film trailer put on Grindhouse about a Mexican assassin. Originally, they were going to make the feature as an extra for the Planet Terror double-disc special edition (which was a little lacking), but have now decided to make it into a full film. Seriously. As if Rodriguez's schedule wasn't packed enough with Nervecrackers, The Jetsons and the potential of Sin City 2. Also, Rodriguez killed his own son off and smeared his nieces in entrails in Planet Terror- I wonder if he'll be killing any more of his relatives in his upcoming films?

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