Iron Man (2008) – DVD Review

Iron Man DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Mark Fergus, Matt Holloway, Art Marcum & Hawk Ostby, based on characters created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Don Heck & Larry Lieber
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Farin Tahir.

Features:

  • Deleted/extended scenes
  • “I Am Iron Man” making-of docu
  • “The Invincible Iron Man” docu about the history of the character in comics
  • “Wired: The Visual Effects of Iron Man
  • Robert Downey Jr. screen test
  • “The Actor’s Process” rehearsal footage
  • “The Onion News Network” special report
  • Still galleries
  • Released by: Marvel/Paramount
    Region: 1
    Rating: PG-13
    Anamorphic: Yes

    My Advice: Own it.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:12:12+00:00 September 30th, 2008|Reviews|1 Comment

    Tropic Thunder (2008) – Movie Review

    Tropic Thunder movie poster art

    Written by: Etan Cohen, Ben Stiller & Justin Theroux, based on a story by Stiller & Theroux
    Directed by: Ben Stiller
    Starring: Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Brandon T. Jackson, Jay Baruchel, Nick Nolte, Danny McBride, Steve Coogan

    My Advice: Matinee

    Tropic Thunder is Hollywood’s latest big budget war film and it means different things to different people. Tugg Speedman (Stiller) sees it as a way to revitalize his career after his signature franchise has cooled off (literally and figuratively) and his attempt at Oscar-bait backfired in a big way. Kirk Lazarus (Downey) sees it as a path towards his sixth Oscar. Jeff Portnoy (Black) sees it as the thing most comedians do: go for drama as a way to get legitimized as an actor. Director Damien Cockburn (Coogan) is a first-time helmer and sees the film as a way to launch him into the big leagues. But they ever expected it to become much more (and much less) than a Hollywood film–which it does, when Cockburn decides to make it real for his actors in order to save the troubled production.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:13:34+00:00 September 7th, 2008|Reviews|0 Comments

    Stuff: Warner Brothers Wants DC Comics Movies (Good Luck)

    Jim Henson and Kermit
  • DC Comics and Warner Brothers are having a meeting to plan a meeting about another meeting regarding a meeting about why they suck at making hit movies based on their properties, when Marvel looks, so far at least, to have finally figured out how to do the shit correctly. There’s not much to report, since WB is playing their cards close to the chest, except I wish I could be in a meeting where Grant Morrison tried to explain the fucked up mess that is the DCU to a bunch of executives. “Well, you see there’s a Multiverse and…something something Gods…and something meta…and…” “Hey…weren’t you attached to write Lawnmower Man 3 at one point?” (That bit’s not a joke; he really was.)
  • Robert Downey Jr. is this close to being Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock due out October 2009. Although it’s interesting for one reason, worrisome for another. Interesting because technically, it’s another comic book movie for Downey and yet another comic book being turned into a movie at all. The producer wrote a comic book (which the article lists as “forthcoming”) and that’s what the film is based on. Since so many people made hay about Downey playing Tony Stark, comic bookdom’s most famous alcoholic, I can’t wait to see the first interview that talks about Holmes’ tendency to have fun with morphine. The worrisome bit is this: “The concept sees Holmes as more adventurous and less stuffy than previous screen incarnations and mines more obscure character traits.” Obscure character traits? He’s literature’s greatest detective–what else do you need, Guy? Anyway, so is it Jason Statham for Watson then? (We ran down a bunch of different Sherlocks here.)
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:15:59+00:00 July 12th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|6 Comments

    Downey On Board With “ID1884”

    Robert Downey Jr.

    Robert Downey Jr., who actually made us happy to see Iron Man–something Marvel hasn’t been able to pull off in a few years–is on board the straight out of development hell Cowboy & Aliens from Platinum Studios’ graphic novel. The project is at Dreamworks and Universal (where it’s been for about a decade now, I believe) and looks for a 2010 street date. The article at Hollywood Reporter lists a who’s who of scribes who have taken a crack at it:

    David Hayter (“X2: X-Men United”), Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (“Sahara”), Jeffrey Boam (“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”), Thompson Evans (“Wedlocked”), Chris Hauty (“Never Back Down”) and Steve Oedekerk (“Evan Almighty”). The most recent draft by “Iron Man” and “Children of Men” writers Hawk Ostby and Mark Fergus clearly hit the right notes, as the project looks to gain its major players quickly.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:17:25+00:00 June 19th, 2008|Headsup|2 Comments

    Iron Man (2008) – Movie Review

    Iron Man Movie Poster

    Written by: Mark Fergus, Matt Holloway, Art Marcum & Hawk Ostby, based on characters created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Don Heck & Larry Lieber
    Directed by: Jon Favreau
    Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Farin Tahir.

    My Advice: Don’t miss it.

    Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) is a freaking genius. And he not only inherited his empire but he works to maintain it, being the freaking genius that he is. Oh sure, he’s a bit of a playboy (as, the man said, rats are a bit covered in fur) and extremely cocky and completely unaware of what his actions are doing to the world stage. While out in the field for a demonstration, he gets captured by guerillas and forced to build them weapons. He’s a bit vulnerable, though—not just because he’s far from home and away from his support staff—but because he’s got a small reactor hooked up in his chest that keeps shrapnel from shredding his heart. Now he’s got to do something that would make both The A-Team and MacGyver take pause: create a one-man army in a cave in order to stop the shitheads from misusing his work.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:19:01+00:00 May 17th, 2008|Reviews|2 Comments

    Iron Man (2008) – 27 Second Review

    Iron Man (2008)

    Written by: Mark Fergus, Matt Holloway, Art Marcum & Hawk Ostby, based on characters created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Don Heck & Larry Lieber
    Directed by: Jon Favreau
    Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Farin Tahir.

    Review: We dared to hope, and finally, our hopes were not dashed to wailing bits on the rocks of despair, emptiness, and horrible dialogue. Downey nails the role of Stark like the daunting awesomeness of his Jericho missile. They don’t skimp on the action either, as we get everything from shoulder mounted selective fire headshots, to a good old fashioned robotic uppercut which connects with a most satisfying metallic clunk. I chortled with glee through most of this, if that tells you anything.

    Time: 23 seconds

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:19:12+00:00 May 12th, 2008|27 Seconds, Reviews|1 Comment

    In Dreams (1999) – Movie Review

    In Dreams poster

    Written by: Neil Jordan & Bruce Robinson
    Directed by: Neil Jordan
    Starring: Annette Bening, Aidan Quinn, Robert Downey Jr., Paul Guilfoyle, Stephen Rea

    My Advice: Wait for MST3K

    At the beginning of this film, we are told that a town was evacuated back in 1965 in order to flood the area and make a reservoir. When (if, rather) you see this film, mark the words on the screen well, because it’s the last interesting thing you will witness for the next 95 minutes.

    Claire (Bening) is a loving mother who has a loving (sort of) husband (Quinn) and an endearingly cute daughter (Katie Sagona). Oh, and she’s been psychic her entire life, dreaming about things that either are happening or will happen. Which exasperates Quinn’s character to no end, but hey, don’t you hate it when your wife waits to tell you she’s psychic until AFTER the marriage? I digress. It seems that there’s a killer on the loose in their undetermined geographic locale, grabbing little girls and spiriting them away to be killed. Claire keeps dreaming more and more of the killer until she’s sure she is being given the information she needs to stop him, and sets out to try, despite being thought insane by everyone around her.

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    By | 2010-03-27T15:24:21+00:00 January 16th, 1999|Movies, Reviews|0 Comments

    Two Girls and a Guy (1998) – Movie Review

    Two Girls and a Guy movie poster

    Written & Directed by: James Toback
    Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Heather Graham, Natasha Gregson Wagner

    My Advice: Wait for MST3K

    This proves that even at 84 minutes, a feature film can be too long. The premise is the film’s title, except that the first two characters didn’t know about each other prior to the film’s start, since they were sharing said guy. What starts off looking like a very interesting piece where you get a small number of actors in an enclosed place and let them act their asses off (for proper reference see Closet Land, see Mindwalk) turns into an episode of The Real World. If Toback wants to have really great actors improvising emotional situations, somebody show him Secrets & Lies.

    A word about Downey–if the boy could ever get his personal shit together, he’d be the actor of his generation. He’s a Needcoffee favorite but sometimes I just wanna strangle him. Enough of that. When he’s alone (accusing himself in a mirror or talking to his agent) we get a great performance from him. However, once the two women come into the scene it’s over. Then it’s all screaming matches, thrownaway lines, the whole bit.

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    By | 2009-07-25T03:59:07+00:00 April 25th, 1998|Movies, Reviews|0 Comments