To be perfectly blunt about it, big studio blockbuster releases typically don’t fail as spectacularly as THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. Oh they can be bad, but a comforting buffer of test screenings, focus groups, top-level executive intervention, and directorial and editorial wisdom tend to at least modulate them into some form of narrative coherence. Watching them isn’t akin to witnessing a trained chimpanzee trying to explain quantum physics.
Between the two super-villains, the romantic troubles between conflicted super-hero Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and his ambitious girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), the ongoing corporate espionage/missing parents story-arc, a new will-Spidey-share-his-blood-for-a-dangerous-but-possibly-lifesaving-procedure subplot, the ever-present exploration of the with-great-power-comes-great-responsibility theme (featuring a guest appearance by Denis Leary as Dolefully Glowering Ghost), Paul Giamatti in a tragically wasted role, and somewhere on the order of 23 discreet endings, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 is one astoundingly awful mess. This is BATMAN AND ROBIN-grade disaster, so stunningly bad that the Cinefantastique Online team of Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons get a little giddy trying to suss out what went wrong. Click on the player to hear the show.
Magnet Releasing provides platform theatrical exposure to this bizarre fantasy film, currently available via Video on Demand. Don Coscarelli (PHANTASM) wrote and directed, based on the novel by David Wong. Chase Williamson leads a cast that includes Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti (LADY IN THE WATER), Clancy Brown (COWBOYS AND ALIENS), Doug Jones (PAN’S LABYRINTH), Jonny Weston, Jimmy Wong (singer-songwriter of “Ching-Chong, It Means I Love You”), and the Tall Man himself, Angus Scrimm. The plot has a pair of college dropouts battling a drug that sends users into other dimensions, from which they return in non-human form.
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More comics are coming to the big screen as fans get their first look at the teaser trailer for THE GOON. Starring Paul Giamatti and Clancy Brown (THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, CARNIVALE), THE GOON comic tells the story of a muscle-bound mob enforcer and his sidekick named Franky who tend to get themselves into all kinds of trouble, particularly the “fighting Zombies” kind. Not much is known about the movie’s plot but if the trailer is any indication, it’ll follow the comic book to a T!
The film is written by comic creator Eric Powell and produced by David Fincher. No release date has been set.