“Thor: The Dark World” is simply Marvel’s most fun movie.
Way back when, Odin’s (Anthony Hopkins) father, Bor, supposedly annihilated a race called the Dark Elves, thwarting their attempt to shroud the universe in darkness using a weapon called the Aether. Trouble is, the leader of the Dark Elves, Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), and a few cohorts abandoned their race mid-fight and managed to escape so they could get another chance to see their plan through in the future. In present day, about two years after the events of “Thor,” Thor is reveling in the success of his efforts to bring peace to the Nine Realms. However, before the Asgardians can enjoy this universal accord, the Nine Realms align, portals open, and the Dark Elves return.
“Thor: The Dark World” is easily one of Marvel’s most entertaining films. It’s got action, adventure, heart and some of the best superhero movie comedy. There are some logic issues, but the film is such a joy and thrill that the pleasure of the illusion leaves no room for misgivings.
Click here to read more.
While most have their eye on Kat Dennings in this weekend’s new big release Thor, the actress also has another film making its US theatrical debut, Daydream Nation, a film from first time director, Michael Goldbach. Goldbach wrote that piece that features Dennings as Caroline Wexler, a big city girl who recently moves to a small town and isn’t happy about it. However, soon enough, her boring new existence is spiced up courtesy of a local industrial, serial killer and, of course, boys. Well, in Caroline’s case it’s a boy (Reece Thompson) and a man, her teacher, Mr. Anderson (Josh Lucas).
In honor of Daydream Nation’s Los Angeles and New York release, Goldbach took the time to tell us all about this lengthy yet rewarding eight-year process, developing his idea and seeing to fruition. Check out everything Goldbach had to say about the inspirations for his story, casting and working with Dennings, Thompson and Lucas and much more in the interview below.
Click here to read the interview.
Clearly we tend to get the same sorts of films over and over again for a reason; they work. Then again, that doesn’t give anyone an excuse to just use and reuse at will. There has to be a balance; we need to get what we came for, but also experience something new. Well, Daydream Nation does that in a number of ways through writer-director Michael Goldbach’s script and shooting style and Kat Dennings, all of which know exactly how to satisfy our itch for a teen angst dramedy, but infuse it with a unique edge, too.
Caroline Wexler (Dennings) is not happy about relocating from the big city to a dull small town. Then again, there is quite a bit going on there from intense teen drug use to a massive local industrial fire and even a serial killer on the loose. But, no, that’s not enough for Caroline. She opts to spice things up even more by taking a class paper far too seriously and not only naming Monica Lewinsky the historical figure she most admires, but following in her footsteps by seducing her teacher, Mr. Anderson (Josh Lucas).
Seemingly madly in love, Caroline and Mr. Anderson decide they’ve got to cover their tracks with fake relationships, Mr. Anderson with the school gym teacher, Ms. Budge (Rachel Blanchard), and Caroline with an awkward and drug-loving yet honest boy named Thurston (Reece Thompson). However, for Caroline, it’s her falsified romance that might bear the most truth.
Click here to read more.
As someone who isn’t up-to-date on her comic book reading, these films tend to be a bit of a blur. However, lately, that sensation fades after the films’ releases. Thanks to Marvel, over the years, I’ve gotten to know tons of endlessly fascinating characters like Iron Man, Spider-Man and more. Of course there were less memorable ones like Daredevil and the Punisher, but rest assured, Thor certainly earns his place in the latter group.
Meet Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the son of Odin (Anthony Hopkins), the king of Asgard. As the aging Odin approaches the end of his reign, he must select one of his two sons, the all-powerful Thor or the magical Loki (Tom Hiddleston), to assume the throne. While Thor’s seemingly the favorite, his decision to travel to the world of the Frost Giants to violently put an end to their long-term feud with the Asgardians, leaves his father no choice but to banish him for the threat his reckless behavior poses to their people.
Thor arrives on Earth via a charged tornado, the force setting off the radars of a local cosmologist, Jane (Natalie Portman). Jane rushes out to the scene of the action with Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) and their college intern, Darcy (Kat Dennings). That’s when she literally drives her truck straight into Thor. While Thor tries to figure out the oddities of this foreign realm, Jane and her team take him to be a guy who’s just out of his mind. However, as she starts to piece together the facts of his arrival and simply get to know Thor as a man, she’s compelled to believe.
Click here to read more.