Some Movie Stars Aren’t Cut Out to Be in Comic Book Movies

With the popularity of comic book movies on the rise today, finding actors/actresses that have the ability to not only play the role of hero or villain, but have the ability to connect with their audience is a very important thing. It can be the one factor that’ll make or break a potentially great comic book movie in the end.

The connection made between a superhero, or villain, and the audience can be key to a movie’s success and the inability to make that connection can be detrimental to all involved. Audiences may start into a comic book movie completely clueless as to the affect of the connection that is about to be made. But this connection is inevitable and is one of the biggest factors leading to the success of any comic book movie. It has the ability to draw an individual into the movie and creates a kind of bond between the actor/actress and audience that’s not easily broken.

Unfortunately, there are so many actors/actresses out there who simply don’t have what it takes to make that all important connection. For some, the reason can be as simple as the image they portrayed in the many movies they have played in over the past. Image is something that sticks with audiences and isn’t an easy thing to break. Image cannot be simply turned on or off like the light switch on a wall.

If a female actress has been known for the kind, gentle, non-aggressive role she has played in all of her previous movies, and has never deviated from that role, it’ll be difficult for audiences to see her appear in the villain role of a comic book movie today. Much the same, if a male actor has only been associated with angry, aggressive, selfish roles in all of the movies he has ever played in, making a switch to the superhero role in a comic book movie might be a far reach for comic book movie fans today. This can be a factor that sticks with an actor or actress for life.

For some actors and actresses, it’s not simply the fact that they have portrayed an image, in past movies, that can’t be easily broken. For others, it can have a lot to do with the fact that playing a part in a comic book movie takes a special kind of actor/actress. It takes one who isn’t so much focused on immediately making that all too important connection, but more-so focused on being the character they’re playing.

To be the superhero or villain, in a comic book movie, is to do much more then just act out a part. It’s to feel the part and feel it so strongly that the part becomes the actor/actress involved. This is how connection is made and this is the ability that so many actors/actresses lack today.

What Attracts Movie Audiences to Psychological Thrillers?

A psychological thriller is a film in which the plot largely is based on the personality and psychology of the characters. This type of film emphasizes the mental danger of the characters rather than a physical one. Although psychological thrillers will often introduce physical dangers, the mental challenges of becoming or remaining safe is emphasized.

Audiences like to view this type of genre largely because they can experience the same psychological threats the actors or actresses do without the danger. They enjoy the thrill of of unknown dangers and how characters deal with psychological ones. To view characters in a situation wherein a they must try to reason with a villain is completely engaging to audiences. A physically dangerous scenario is exciting to many, yet so many horror films in which the protagonist is escaping a maniacal character have been made. In these films, the antagonist is most likely chasing the character or characters with a weapon that can cause serious physical injury. Once those scenes have either passed or a character has succumbed, the plot resumes seeking out other victims or a denouement and resolve has been acquired by the end of the film.

In a psychological thriller, the viewer can never be sure where the plot is going. Oftentimes, the villain is not always obvious. The ability to keep the audience members guessing as to who the villain is can be a roller coaster ride of movie viewing emotions. In many cases, the antagonist, or villain, turns out to be who the audience thought was the protagonist, or the good guy. Languid changes in the development of a psychological thriller become purposeful and intense. In fact, the fun of a psychological thriller is less about blood and gore and more about the changes and developments in character identities.

Alfred Hitchcock was probably the most recognized director of the original psychological thriller genre. He has stated that if you build the excitement, rather than just show it, the effect is a far more tension filled scene. He has stated that showing a timer on a bomb and cutting to the clock ticking down several times is a far more satisfying psychological tense scenario than just showing a bomb exploding and its immediate aftermath.

The fact is that people enjoy being thrilled and frightened while they know they’re in a safe environment. They can experience the adrenaline rush and resolve while being completely safe while being thoroughly entertained.

The psychological thriller allows audiences to be scared, surprised, shocked and anxious and yet, safe at all times. It can be similar to a roller-coaster ride where all the reactions to fear can be realized, yet safety isn’t compromised.

What Went Wrong With The Ratchet & Clank Movie?

The Ratchet & Clank movie is a good adaptation of the PlayStation games bearing the same name, and that’s part of its problem. The story itself is perfectly fine and accomplishes what it sets out to do: To tell the story of Ratchet, a Lombax who longs to leave his lowly life as a mechanic on an equally lowly planet and to join Captain Qwark in his fabulous adventures among the stars. We journey with Clank as he realizes his dreams of entering the great battles of the universe. Does this premise sound a bit familiar? It recalls Luke Skywalker’s journey in A New Hope.

While moviegoers can and often do tolerate unoriginal story plot-lines, Ratchet & Clank wasn’t good enough to become more than a game film adaptation. In addition, all of the characters that’re both good and bad are pretty shallow, lacking any real depth. All of this is why this moderately well-made movie, which actually has some really good voice acting, is only really interesting for fans of the PlayStation game. Regular moviegoers recognized it as merely an ‘A New Hope’ rip-off. The gaming fans were probably also at least somewhat disappointed in this halfheartedly adaptation of a what’s considered a classic game.

Ratchet & Clank fails to grasp at an age level. It looks a bit juvenile, but usually seems to take itself a bit too seriously. However, it’s a seriousness that’s still too juvenile for adults and too adult for juveniles. This is one of those movies that would’ve done well as an all-out children’s movie that adults still enjoy. Unfortunately, the producers didn’t take this route, but still managed to make an adultish movie without any meaningful depth or dialogue whatsoever. What makes it even worse is that they inexplicably decided to tame the originally fantastic action with the even more fantastic weapons.

This is definitely not the worst video game film adaptation ever made-not even close. There are some real stinkaroos out there. While decent, it’s still little more than a shallow video game remake that’ll only interest gamers and will also disappoint them to some degree as well.

The Top 5 Movie Remakes of All-Time

There are many movies that have become iconic and classics for many generations. These movies are well loved and will continue to be well loved. Some of these loved and respected movies have started to be remade into new films. This helps give these iconic movies a new life and brings them to new life for the newest generation. This allows the newer generation to fall in love with the movies that their parents and grandparents loved. There are several of these remade movies that surpass others as being some of the best of the remade movies. These movies have many features that make them so amazing and worth watching and will easily make these movies just as well loved as the originals.

Movie Remake #5: OZ The Great and Powerful (From the original Wizard of OZ)
The remake of this wildly popular movie acts as a prequel to the original Wizard of Oz movie. It works to give the audience new and interesting background information about the world within the original Wizard of Oz and even explains how the “Wizard of Oz” came to be who we will eventually see in the original movie. The strong cast did an amazing job of delivering a very well written movie and being true to the premise and roots of the original movie. It had done so well that there are even talks of sequels being made that follow along this timeline.

Movie Remake #4: Oceans 11 (From the original Oceans 11)
This is a remake that many people have called better than the original. Those who saw the movie described it as a good old-fashioned, Hollywood heist fun film. In this way, it was very true to the original movie. There were many quality actors and actresses all throughout the movie that brought a wonderful array of talent and skill to the movie. Each one of them portrayed their characters in a very positive way. The overwhelming success of this movie also led the way for two more movies to be made after this one. These were Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen and were just as widely acclaimed.

Movie Remake #3: Batman Begins (From the original Batman)
This new version of the movie did everything right. The storytelling element was very well handled. The dialogue was very well written but was not over the top. The director allowed the visuals within the movie tell the story while the character was the key to the fantastic storytelling. The Batman character was perfectly portrayed and was very easy to relate to for the audience. Another aspect of the movie that was top notch was the scenery and the location. While past versions of this movie looked very fake and comical, this current movie gave off a very real appearance. The entire location was made to be as real as possible with a gritty appearance that matched the overall tone of the movie.

Movie Remake #2: True Grit (From the original True Grit)
These two movies were based off of a very well written novel that a lot of people enjoyed. But what makes the remake so much better than the original was the fact that it stuck much more closely to the original plot line of the novel much better than the original movie did. The casting within the movie was very well handled and added to the movie in all of the best ways. And to help prove how well received the remake of the movie was, it has won a host of awards and had been nominated for many more awards.

Movie Remake #1: Rise of The Planet of The Apes (From the original Planet of The Apes)
This remake of the classic movie has a wonderful plot and story line. It was very well written and the cast was very well put together. There are so many well known actors and actresses that brought some amazing talents and skill sets to the movie. The job well done became evident when it started to win many awards and was nominated for many others. Every bit of this remake showed excellence in a way that is often unusual for remakes of older movies.

Each of these five movie remakes has made a positive mark on Hollywood. They have either met the standards of the original movie or far surpassed the standards of the original. Each movie was well received by fans of the original movies and will go on to become just as well loved and respected as the movies that they were based upon.

Should Hollywood Make Watchmen 2?

On the small chance Hollywood decides to make the decision to make a second Watchmen film, they’d have similar success to the original movie if they centered the plot on the lives of Nite Owl, played by Patrick Wilson, and Silk Spectre, played by Malin Åkerman, after Ozymandus united the world through chaos. Since there was peace, the newspaper was publishing articles from their useless information section.

The plot could start with the villain, played by Adam Driver, reading a published article about Rorschach’s diary and be plagued with fear that the destruction discussed in the diary will eventually be back and worse in the future. The villain will do his best to eradicate all superheroes due to his belief that they will bring the destruction of the human species. He finds out that Silk Spectre and Nite Owl have been living together since their retirement. Despite their retirement, the villain believes that they’ll assume their superhero alter egos as soon as any danger is present.

Walking home one night, Silk Spectre is captured by the villain and awakes later tied to the wall in a dingy cellar. After realizing Silk Spectre never returned the night before, Nite Owl realizes something has happened. Through his investigation, he realizes that he cannot take on the villain alone and reluctantly contacts Ozymandus to help him. Ozymandus is hesitant at first but then agrees to help Nite Owl due to his regret of causing so much trouble before. The two assume their alter egos and begin their attack on the villain. The villain is taken back when he sees Nite Owl and Ozymandus breaking into his layer. He never thought about Ozymandus helping Nite Owl. He thought that Ozymandus would help him take out the other super heroes since he did before with Dr. Manhattan.

Ozymandus and Nite Owl take advantage of the villain’s confusion and are able to overpower him. They end up killing the villain and freeing Silk Spectre. In order to avoid this happening again, they all break into the newspaper company and steal Rorschach’s diary, making sure to delete all articles that have not yet been released.

The movie will end up being a follow up of the original movie plot. Due to some of the violence that’ll take place in Silk Spectre’s capture and the villain’s death, the movie will most likely remain as R-rated. It won’t be as gruesome as the original movie but will still not be suitable for all viewers.

Since the movie’s characters are so different from other DC characters, the movie won’t have any crossovers with other characters from the DC universe. This is because the characters are so different that they’ve a different fan base. Those who love Batman and Superman don’t share the same interests as those who prefer Dr. Manhattan and Rorschach as they have very different mindsets and motives. Superman’s main goal is to protect humanity while Rorschach is paranoid and kills for revenge.

Overall, there’s only a very small chance that Hollywood will decide to make a sequel to the Watchmen movie. So much happened in that movie and honestly it could’ve been made into two different movies to include all information in the comic book. It’s very hard to make a movie directly off of a novel or comic book without making it into two movies, so the movie isn’t obnoxiously long. Of course, sequels are never as good as the original and since there are no more Watchmen comics, it doesn’t make sense to have another movie.

How TV Commercials Have Helped Discover Some Hollywood Stars

Making the choice to pursue acting as a career can be a trying and difficult career choice, but if you’ve the passion for it and really want to become successful, then acting in TV commercials just might provide the platform needed in order to find a big break in Hollywood. Commercials provide a large list of advantages to the prospective actor or actress that can ultimately lead to career advancement and acting in more lucrative and well known jobs. This has been the case for many popular actors and actresses today. It’s something to keep in mind as a prospective actor builds a resume toward Hollywood success.

Gain Valuable Acting Experience
Being an actor or actress, like any vocation, takes experience and practice to master. The skill set that a person needs in order to audition for and get key roles in Hollywood productions is best acquired through practice and performance. The small 30-60 seconds of work that a major commercial can provide will allow a person to play a number of different roles and work on establishing their ability to fulfill that persona. Each role is a piece of a working resume that’ll provide an actor or actress to expand their skill set. It doesn’t matter if it’s playing a happy family member or a powerful lawyer. Each role provides experience of working well on a set and providing the product the director is looking for.

Gain Personal Recognition
With millions of people tuning into television at any given moment, being in a commercial can catapult a career. Unfortunately, it’s rare that a person will decide to become an actor or actress and be inundated with blockbuster movie deals from Hollywood immediately, no matter what they look like. The key is to get your foot in the door of the industry and that’s what the commercial realm provides. There are relatively few Hollywood roles being cast each year but there are many commercials, and those roles, if performed well, can lead to more opportunities in the future. The recognition by agencies, directors, producers or other talent seekers in the business are going to get a chance to see your work and face and it may just make the impression that turns an unknown actor into a big Hollywood star.

Networking Opportunities
On a similar line, working in commercials can build bridges through relationships that may pave the way to higher paying, more lucrative offerings in the future. The director of a commercial may be working on a movie in the future. A good working relationship with people will cause them to keep you in mind and even seek you out when they have a role that would work for you. All of the world revolves around the relationships that you build and maintain. It could be a writer, director or fellow cast member that you make an impression on and that’ll open another door for a bigger future gig which could in fact discover a new Hollywood star. The entertainment industry is like any other. People want to work with those that they know and trust to do good work, be easy to deal with and are reliable. Those qualities can be portrayed in commercial work and those connections can power a much more lucrative career and many have turned those relationships into being Hollywood Stars.

Becoming a star in Hollywood movies may sound like a distant goal, but working in TV commercials can help pave the way to find success in movies or on television shows. The connections that you make, the reputation that you build, and the recognition in general, can really contribute to growing an acting career from the beginning of dreams to a reality of stardom. This has happened for numerous Hollywood legends from John Travolta to Nicholas Cage. It started by working in commercials and ended up on the silver screen in Hollywood.

Top 5 Worst Movie Villains of All-Time

Since movies are a great source of entertainment, inspiration and information; we’re going to dive right into a normal aspect of them – the conflict situations involving superheroes and villains. They often go a long way to create a good story-line. The villains usually challenge the superheroes to come out of their comfort zone. However, when a villain falls flat by portraying undesirable characteristics, everything else goes out of the window.

With that said, we’ve compiled a quick list of the 5 worst movie villains of all-time.

Worst Villain of All-Time #5: Pennywise – IT
A 1986 TV movie that features a villain called Pennywise, an evil clown who performs pranks that cause misery and deaths. Every 27 years, the evil villain rises to devour the children of Derry. At one point, the cannibalizing clown is put to rest by a group of misfit teens. Unfortunately, he rises again to claim the life of the group’s leader. The clown is also responsible for countless nightmares and is a great manipulator because of his ability to control some residents of Derry. Interestingly, unlike other traditional villains of his nature, the scary clown commits crime because of hunger, and not for glory or power.

Worst Villain of All-Time #4: ‘Manos’ The Hands Of Fate
‘Manos’ The Hands of Fate is a low budget horror movie released in 1966. The movie has gained the distinction as the worst movie ever made. Some of the deficiencies in the movie include technical difficulties, non-flowing soundtrack and misplaced visuals. The plot revolves around a family trip and encounter with a polygamous community. The primary villain is called “The Master”, the leader of the cult that worships the dark god. Unlike most villains who often come out as witty, conniving and pushing for dominance, “The Master” is simply contend with only standing around to break arguments between his many wives.

Worst Villain of All-Time #3: Darth Maul – Star Wars Prequels
Darth Maul is a horned Sith villain who stands pre-eminently as the perfect super villain. The villain has scary yellow eyes, red and black face paint and uses double-edge red lightsaber for combat. The most disconcerting thing about Darth Maul according to many Star War fans is his brief appearance and killing at the hands of young Obi Wan Kenobi. During the early stages, many people had high hopes that Darth Maul will provide the villainous face for the whole trilogy, but this wasn’t to be. Critics of the film believe the death of Darth Maul was perhaps the biggest mistake ever made by George Lucas in the entire prequel.

Worst Villain of All-Time #2: Mr. Freeze – Batman & Robin
Mr. Freeze, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger is the primary villain in the movie Batman & Robin. He stands out as one of the most sympathetic villains ever created according to the box office numbers and critic responses. Critics attribute the meager $108 million that the movie grossed in the US to poor showing by Mr. Freeze. Although the villain is unintentionally hilarious; he provides horrendous acts and tasteless repetitions, which have made this movie one of the worst in the entire Batman series. His raw obsession with the weather has made many people to question the entire movie scripting.

Worst Villain of All-Time #1: Venom – Spider-Man 3
Venom almost resembles Spider-Man; he has all the powerful features including sharp fangs, big muscles, and a large slobbering tongue, which makes him a nightmare version of Spidey. The symbiote actually fuses the power of two villains who hated Spider-Man into a single powerful entity. However, Venom’s appearance on Spider-Man 3 was rather disappointing despite the initial hype from many movie goers. Fans didn’t get the ferocious villain they had expected, because actor Topher Grace was not as enforcing, frightening or intimidating.

It’s very important to recognize the role played by villains even though some of them will likely be forgotten because of their evil nature. Most villains in this list did not act their role to the fullest like Darth Maul or were simply out of place with less than impressive acts as evident with the likes of Mr. Freeze and The Master. In summary, the critical role played by villains in movies means they have the power to make or break a movie.

The Most Important Part of a Movie is the Last 15 Minutes

Movies are usually more than what we see in the trailers and advertisements. We really get to know what the movie is all about towards the middle or the end depending on the script writer and their choice of plot development and in most films the last 15 minutes tells us all.

There are movies that entertain and are actually enjoyable to the viewers yet they are characterized by illogical plots. The plot of the movie may turn out to be completely different from what the trailers depict and one realizes this once they get to watch the movie. Several screenwriters are aware that how you end you story plot will have a great impact on the audience. The last 15 minutes essentially will determine, the reviews you gunner from the audience that will in the end either make it a big deal or just another fail in the world of productions.

Good movies consist of meaning and action; the meaning referring to the hidden messages behind all the action which is basically the activities we see and remember. The action in the movie illustrates the meaning. Movies should contain both aspects when dissected into 15 minutes segments. An average film or movie is estimated to be 120 minutes and therefore divided into 8 segments each containing 15 minutes. The final moments of the film give it meaning adding substance and final touches as the audience finally gets the meaning from all action the in the first seven segments.

The last 15 minutes is the climax of the movie and here we get to see the hero in some sort of distress as the villain in the film gets their way. As the plot develops further the hero risks it all and confronts the villain in a fight which ends up in an ultimate win or loss. The climax of the movie is where you either gain or lose your viewers. Climax of a movie should have viewers at the edge of their seats anticipating more and more. This segment should be able to give the audience the satisfaction they desire unless you wish to hook them to the scene and cut them off suddenly.

The climax of the movie is like a type of correctional center where the script writer amends a character’s traits they deem unfit. These last moments carry much weight for the critics; in cases that action overlays meaning, the movie is most likely to have several negative remarks. The climax needs to be kept fresh and clichés should be avoided at all costs unless it is really necessary. The last 15 minutes of any type of movie from any genre is important in all films and it will either make or break the movie.

How Many People Does it Take to Make a Movie?

Everyone loves the movies. Sitting in a dark theater, watching the characters up on the screen, we don’t typically think exactly how much work goes into that hour and a half to two hours of entertainment that we’ve just experienced, except for maybe those few minutes as the credits are rolling. And the recent trend has been to credit more and more of the people that worked on a film, so those credits have been getting longer and longer. So how many people does it really take to make a movie?

There isn’t really a simple way to find that answer, due to many different factors that come into play. What kind of budget is there to work with? Is it a summer blockbuster or indie Oscar contender? Evan live-action vs animated can greatly impact the number of people involved.

According to a study by Stephen Follows, detailed in his Film Data and Education blog (, of the 50 top grossing films from each year between 1994-2013 (1000 movies), the average number of crew credits was 588. The biggest crews have been reported in the thousands, while more than half of the films Follows included credited less than 500. And many low budget independent films have been produced with less than 100 cast and crew.

The biggest factor in all of this is, of course, the budget. The bigger the budget, the more people producers can pay. Small budget? Might mean the sound editing and music editing teams are the same actually the same. Cast size also plays a large part. A movie like The Hunger Games has dozens of speaking parts that have to be credited, while Paranormal Activity only has four characters in the whole movie. A-list stars often come with their own assistants, hair and make-up people, sometimes more and all of these people are included in the credits.

Most films aren’t the big budget, huge special effects, blockbuster types. And the average number Stephen Follows found is likely skewed much higher due to huge tent-pole movies like The Avengers (2,718) and Thor (2,384). And there are many jobs on movies, like accountants for example, that may not get a credit at the end, so a website like IMDb doesn’t always have an accurate count of everyone involved.

So what does this all mean at the end of the day? High budget studio movies will have cast and crew typically in the 1500-2000 range, while smaller films are more likely to be 200-400. And either way, that’s a lot of popcorn that’s getting popped for the rest of us.

Can Too Many Gimmicks In a Movie Hurt It?

Anyone who has ever spent some time among the countless pop-news and movie review blogs will likely have heard, likely more than once, a film referred to as, “Gimmicky.” Even though most people understand what this means, let’s quickly go back to basics for the uninitiated by defining our terms. A movie gimmick, as classically defined, is any unusual idea which is included into a film (generally in post-production) for either the enhancement of the film experience, to drive box office sales or some combination of both.

If you’re familiar with film history, then you’ll likely remember such wonderful oddities as Smell O Vision or Sensurround. Smell O Vision, for those unaware, was a short-lived gimmick that had attendants bring in various scents into a given theater to be released during key scenes of a film. As one might expect, this didn’t work out too well and ended due to audience’s overwhelming negative reaction to the peculiar and often odious aromas. Indeed, Smell O Vision fared so poorly that it was only ever used commercially during the release of the 60s thriller, Scent of Mystery. This, however, isn’t a case of too many gimmicks hurting a movie but rather one, rather poorly constructed gimmick hurting a movie.

However, there are certainly cases where the reverse is true, where too many gimmicks are what cause the movie. Even if a gimmick works (something, say, like 3D) ramming it down the throats of the viewers too much can really damage the integrity of the viewing experience. A good example of this would be the 2011 box office flop, Mars Needs Moms. The film, produced by Disney Studios and costing a tremendous 150 million dollars, utilized a great deal of 3D effects, but without actually being originally rendered for 3D. This caused a terrible “uncanny valley” effect that was both ugly, distracting and often, painful to the eyes, and was one of (though certainly not the only) reasons that the film was such a disaster. Mars Needs Moms is essentially the proto-typical example of one film with far too many gimmicks for it’s own good.

As you can see, gimmicks are never a bad idea, but one should always remember to test them before actually including them in a film. Make sure that the gimmick has some relevance to the story, the setting the characters and the theme and never, ever include things just because you think the “kids will dig it.”