Screen Junkies » James Gunn http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:27:26 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 James Gunn, Writer And Director Of ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Signs On For The Sequel http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-gunn-writer-and-director-of-guardians-of-the-galaxy-signs-on-for-the-sequel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-gunn-writer-and-director-of-guardians-of-the-galaxy-signs-on-for-the-sequel/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:48:28 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263435 We'll call it 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' until we get more intel. ("Intel" is short for "intelligence.)

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In order to keep feeding the beast of high-profile release dates that Marvel/Disney has staked out for the next four years or so, there’s no time for annual evaluations and strategic meetings. There’s your gut, and there’s following what it has to say. And Marvel’s gut is saying that Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be huge, that James Gunn did a great job writing and directing, and that he should be hired for the second one with no more discussion.

And so it shall be.

Gunn has been picked up to write and direct the next installment of the film (release date July 28, 2017). I don’t entirely understand the virtue in making this announcement now, before the first one premieres. I mean, it’s not like he won’t have three years to film and edit the sequel. My guess is this is something of a marketing move, with Marvel demonstrating just how confident they are that this movie is going to kick ass.

It’s like booking a Super Bowl trip while your team is in the Wild Card hunt. Only the Wild Card hunt is a raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper. Or the Super Bowl is voiced by Bradley Cooper. Shit. I think I screwed up this analogy.

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Extended GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Trailer Shows Off More Action http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/extended-guardians-of-the-galaxy-trailer-shows-off-more-action/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/extended-guardians-of-the-galaxy-trailer-shows-off-more-action/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:46:53 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=262733 Early reports are this film is better than you could ever imagine.

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Guardians of the Galaxy is back with an extended trailer to further convince you to see the film. It also does a great job of convincing me to download “Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways.

Marvel screened 17 minutes of footage from the film in IMAX and if the early reactions can be trusted, this film is going to be massive. According to Latino Review, the 3D is used to great effect for the sequences set in space. Think Gravity with much more to look at than Sandra Bullock’s face pasted on an astronaut’s body.

Performance-wise, Chris Pratt‘s muscles are about to become straight up celebrities and parents are going to have to be ever vigilant if they want to stop their children from approaching raccoons. Sounds like Marvel’s streak will continue. It’s their galaxy. We just live in it.

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Nathan Fillion To Wink At The Camera In ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nathan-fillion-to-wink-at-the-camera-in-guardians-of-the-galaxy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nathan-fillion-to-wink-at-the-camera-in-guardians-of-the-galaxy/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:51:37 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262454 Making nerd dreams come true.

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Marvel has finally heard your cries to put Nathan Fillion in one of their things. Although, not in the role you’d want him and in an extremely small dose. After the actor, who would make a great Ant-Man, hinted that he might appear in Guardians of the Galaxy, director James Gunn confirmed that, yes, Fillion shows up and does stuff in the movie. Gunn tweeted that Fillion “has a very small fun cameo he did as a favor to me.”

There you have it, nerds. You persisted and kinda got what you wanted. Now, let’s get to work on Neil Patrick Harris as Doctor Strange.

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New ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Trailer: That Is One Sarcastic Raccoon http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-guardians-of-the-galaxy-trailer-that-is-one-sarcastic-raccoon/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-guardians-of-the-galaxy-trailer-that-is-one-sarcastic-raccoon/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:42:23 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=262314 He's their Chandler.

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The earlier trailers for Guardians of the Galaxy leaned on half-cooked jokes and an obscure ’70′s pop soundtrack. All of that gets thrown out in this new international trailer to reveal that, hey, this thing looks like it could be pretty good. With a more epic soundtrack and scenes that highlight a heavy dose of action, this looks like the most fun movie we’ll see this summer.

We’re also given our best introduction to Rocket Raccoon (as voiced by Bradley Cooper) and learn that he’s a real wise-cracker. He’s their Chandler.

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Marvel’s Fever Dream: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/marvels-fever-dream-guardians-of-the-galaxy-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/marvels-fever-dream-guardians-of-the-galaxy-trailer/#comments Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:10:36 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=259483 Question for Marvel: Can I buy pot from you?

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For those eager to see how a talking tree and heavily-armed raccoon would translate to the screen, we have the trailer Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. It turns out, pretty well. Far less jarring than hearing Chris Pratt‘s voice coming out of his new body.

 

 

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Chris Pratt Is Getting In Just Okay Shape For ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/chris-pratt-is-getting-in-just-okay-shape-for-guardians-of-the-galaxy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/chris-pratt-is-getting-in-just-okay-shape-for-guardians-of-the-galaxy/#comments Mon, 08 Jul 2013 20:36:03 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=255645 If you're into that kinda thing.

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Here at Screen Junkies, we’ve made it our mission to bring you the latest updates from the world of movies and shirtless actors. Today we murder both of those birds.

Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt  took some time over the weekend to Instagram a picture of himself not being a fat fatty in order to star in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. He looks okay. I guess. I mean, if you’re into that. It’s not like I want to have his babies or anything. But he does look like he’d be a lot of fun to wrestle. What?

Pratt also wrote, “Six months no beer. Kinda douchey to post this but my brother made me.”

That’s a pretty good argument for cutting beer out entirely. However, a more convincing argument comes from the other camp. Namely that beer is awesome. (THR)

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John C. Reilly Offered ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Role That Is Somehow Not MODOK http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/john-c-reilly-offered-guardians-of-the-galaxy-role-that-is-somehow-not-modok/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/john-c-reilly-offered-guardians-of-the-galaxy-role-that-is-somehow-not-modok/#comments Tue, 28 May 2013 21:22:09 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=255055 He might be donning spandex.

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While we await word on who will portray the tree man and talking raccoon in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, more casting news is trickling in. HitFix reports that John C. Reilly has been offered the role of Rhomann Dey in the upcoming film. Dey is essentially the Guardians-equivalent to Agent Coulson, a human agent assigned to keeping them in line and reporting back to S.H.I.E.L.D. about their adventures.

The name Rhomann Dey may ring bells for nuuuurds familiar with the comic books, as he was also the superhero known as Nova. There is no confirmation whether this already over-stuffed film will include that storyline but this whole thing seems suspicious. How are you going to cast John C. Reilly in a Marvel film and not have him play MODOK?

There’s just so much head.

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‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Will Know The Wrath Of Lee Pace http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/guardians-of-the-galaxy-will-know-the-wrath-of-lee-pace/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/guardians-of-the-galaxy-will-know-the-wrath-of-lee-pace/#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:02:52 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254541 The casting gets weirder and weirder by the day.

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Now we know exactly whom will be the target for a talking raccoon’s laser pistols. Breaking Dawn and The Hobbit co-star Lee Pace is in talks to play the villain in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Pace was originally in the running to play the film’s lead, Star-Lord Peter Quill, but that role eventually went to Chris Pratt after he impressed everybody with his Zero Dark Thirty muscles. However, it seems Pace made a good impression on director James Gunn despite his inability to pack on mass.

Once negotiations finalize, Pace will join Pratt, Zoe Saldana‘s Gamora, Micheal Rooker’s Yondu, Dave Batista’s Drax, the aforementioned raccoon and a tree in Marvel’s Phase Two cosmic epic. The identity of Pace’s character is being kept secret but the Internet theorizes he’ll play The Controller, a henchman of the evil titan Thanos. As of right now, that’s an unconfirmed rumor that seems pretty unlikely given that The Controller doesn’t even have eyebrows. Much less, ones that take up 18% of his face. (The Wrap)

 

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Michael Rooker To Dress Uncomfortably In ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-rooker-to-dress-uncomfortably-in-guardians-of-the-galaxy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-rooker-to-dress-uncomfortably-in-guardians-of-the-galaxy/#comments Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:47:29 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254439 There's nothing he won't do for James Gunn.

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Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is using the project as an opportunity to reunite with his muse, Michael Rooker. The Walking Dead actor has become a regular kinda-crooked scowling face in Gunn’s projects so his casting here shouldn’t come as a surprise. These two must be pretty tight. In Slither, Gunn dressed Rooker in heavy prosthetics to turn him into a boil-covered tentacle beast, and will presumably paint him blue with a red mohawk this time around.

Although the inclusion of the character is a surprise. Yondu was featured in the original 60′s iteration of The Guardians, not the 2008 version that the film seemed to be drawing inspiration from. Yondu’s comic storyline also involved his losing his right hand though there’s no word if that will happen in the film. Between Merle’s Walking Dead amputation and the Mallrats stink palm, let’s hope that Michael Rooker’s hand finally catches a break in Hollywood. (Deadline)

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Dave Bautista To Body Slam Bad Guys In ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dave-bautista-to-body-slam-bad-guys-in-guardians-of-the-galaxy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dave-bautista-to-body-slam-bad-guys-in-guardians-of-the-galaxy/#comments Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:53:00 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254011 He'll play Drax the Destroyer.

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A few weeks ago there were reports that everyone’s favorite Dothraki was set to play Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. However, Jason Momoa wasn’t happy with Marvel’s ceremonial offerings and passed on the part, vowing to burn the studio to the ground with the help of his bloodriders. Seems extreme but y’know, those people.

Marvel’s challenge from there was to find a well-known ripped dude who would accept their offer. Enter former WWE and MMA fighter Dave Bautista. He has accepted the role of Drax, a human turned green brute created to hunt down and kill Thanos, the purple villain who appeared at the end of The Avengers. He joins the previously cast Chris Pratt, who will play the charismatic team leader Peter Quill aka Star Lord. Casting is still underway for the talking tree and raccoon. (THR)

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Chris Pratt To Lose All That Weight Again For ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Lead http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/chris-pratt-to-lose-all-that-weight-again-for-guardians-of-the-galaxy-lead/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/chris-pratt-to-lose-all-that-weight-again-for-guardians-of-the-galaxy-lead/#comments Wed, 06 Feb 2013 13:36:12 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=253370 If it doesn't conflict with his responsibilities in Pawnee.

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Eddie Redmayne, Jim Sturgess, Joel Edgerton, Lee Pace, Jack Huston, James Marsden, Garrett Hedlund, Sullivan Stapleton, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zachary Levi, Wes Bentley, Chris Lowell, and Cam Gigandet have all reportedly had their hopes of starring opposite a cartoon raccoon dashed. That honor has been reserved for Chris Pratt.

The Parks and Recreation and Zero Dark Thirty star is nearing a deal to play the lead role of Peter Quill in Marvel’s Phase Two film, Guardians of the Galaxy. According to the plot description, Quill, aka Star-Lord, is a pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants. I’ll just assume that refers to an easier way to open bacon packaging. (THR)

 

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt In The Mix For ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Lead http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/joseph-gordon-levitt-in-the-mix-for-guardians-of-the-galaxy-lead/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/joseph-gordon-levitt-in-the-mix-for-guardians-of-the-galaxy-lead/#comments Wed, 02 Jan 2013 22:11:34 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=252646 Superhero team-up movies can't be taken seriously without rumor of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's involvement.

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We’ve spent all this time wondering if he’ll play Batman but nobody stopped to consider his role in upcoming Marvel movies. Deadline is reporting that The Dark Knight Rises star Joseph Gordon-Levitt had been added to the list Marvel Studios is considering to play the lead role of Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord) in Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Born to a human mother and an alien father, Star-Lord is an expert in close quarter combat, various human and alien firearms including his own Element Gun, which is a special pistol that fires projectiles made up of each of the four elements. He also wears a suit that grants augmented strength and durability and the ability to travel through space. Gordon-Levitt joins a few other actors up for the part. They include Joel Edgerton, Lee Pace, Zachary Levi, Jim Sturgess and Eddie Redmayne.

It’s unknown how serious his link to this film is, but now that I think about it, he’d be awesome as Ant-Man. They wouldn’t even need to shrink him that much.

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James Gunn Apologizes For Insinuating Batgirl Is A Slut http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-gunn-apologizes-for-insinuating-batgirl-is-a-slut/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-gunn-apologizes-for-insinuating-batgirl-is-a-slut/#comments Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:02:36 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=252191 You don't even know her, James.

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy writer-director James Gunn found himself the subject of unexpected uproar yesterday when a blog post he wrote two years ago was suddenly decried online. Intended as satire, Gunn listed “The 50 Superheroes You Most Want to Have Sex With: 2nd Annual Poll Results!” In the post, he critiqued the sexuality and life choices of several characters. For X-Men’s Gambit, he wrote, “My girlfriend voted for this Cajun fruit,” and, “The idea of my balls slapping against Gambit’s makes me sick to my stomach.” For Batgirl, he wrote: “Being a teen mom and all, you know she’s easy.” The most controversy came from his comments about the lesbian character Batwoman: “I’m hoping for a Marvel-DC crossover so that Tony Stark can ‘turn’ her.”

Now that people are all mad about it, Gunn has apologized for his insensitive comments about the fictional characters by sending the below statement to GLAAD.

“A couple of years ago I wrote a blog that was meant to be satirical and funny. In rereading it over the past day I don’t think it’s funny. The attempted humor in the blog does not represent my actual feelings. However, I can see where statements were poorly worded and offensive to many.  I’m sorry and regret making them at all.  People who are familiar with me as evidenced by my Facebook page and other mediums know that I’m an outspoken proponent for the rights of the gay and lesbian community, women and anyone who feels disenfranchised, and it kills me that some other outsider like myself, despite his or her gender or sexuality, might feel hurt or attacked by something I said.  We’re all in the same camp, and I want to do my best to make this world a better place for all of us.  I’m learning all the time. I promise to be more careful with my words in the future. And I will do my best to be funnier as well. Much love to all.”

The apology seems pretty heartfelt. Hopefully he hasn’t turned too many people off with the hurtful comments, and things won’t be awkward when he sees Batwoman in public.

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James Gunn Talks ‘Super’, Beating Someone With A Pipe Wrench http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-gunn-talks-super-beating-someone-with-a-pipe-wrench/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-gunn-talks-super-beating-someone-with-a-pipe-wrench/#comments Fri, 01 Apr 2011 16:04:35 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204950 Expect plenty of violence in Gunn's film.

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If people think Super is just a comedy about the guy from “The Office” putting on a suit and fighting crime, they should be warned. Writer/director James Gunn not only wrote Dawn of the Dead and wrote and directed Slither, but he hails from the Troma world, where he wrote Tromeo and Juliet and inspired Terror Firmer.

So as Frank D’Arbo, Rainn Wilson does put on a costume to become The Crimson Bolt, but he beats people violently with a pipe wrench. Comic book store clerk Libby (Ellen Page) joins him, but she’s even more bloodthirsty. So it’s a gorefest. Let’s call it “cautionary.”

Gunn went there in the movie, and he was willing to go there with me in an interview about Super. I tried to keep the spoilers minimal this time, so don’t worry too much about plot details.

Q: Most superhero movies seem to ask: Why don’t people try to stand up to crime? And their answer is because it’s really difficult, but the hero ultimately perseveres. Is your point of view that it’s actually irresponsible to do what Frank does?

James Gunn: I don’t know if I’m saying anything. I think this movie’s more about asking questions than giving anybody any answers but that’s definitely one way of looking at it.

Q: That was a question you asked.

JG: Yes, absolutely. I think the question of is Frank insane, is he sane, where’s the morality in this? We see Batman who puts on a cape and cowl and starts beating people up who he thinks are wrong and says that he’s right. We take it for granted that he’s doing the right thing. When we see that really played out, it’s like I don’t know, where do you draw those lines? The world isn’t really black and white like that. It’s pretty gray and where do you decide what’s right and what’s wrong and who gets to decide that and why?

Q: Then he gets Libby involved too.

JG: She pretty much gets herself involved though. That’s the thing. She ups Frank’s ante. She’s crazy as hell. As much as we think Frank has some issues, I think Frank does have some moral beliefs about what’s right and wrong. Libby I think really is in it truly for the violence so it’s kind of fun to see them playing together in their own little weird crazy minefield.

Q: With Crimson Bolt, is the costume irrelevant? Isn’t it just the crazy running around with a wrench that’s scary?

JG: Well, I think in our story in some ways, Super is only a superhero movie because the guy puts on a costume. Other than that, it’s really just the story about this guy and his journey. So yeah, in that way the costume is sort of irrelevant but I think it’s very relevant to Frank because I think that within that costume, he finds the freedom to act out in a way that he’s afraid to when people can see his face. He’s not a very free guy and when he puts on that costume, he’s able to be who he really is a little bit more.

Q: I meant the criminals just see a guy coming at them with a wrench.

JG: Yeah, I think in some ways they’re probably laughing at first when he has a superhero costume on. The costume was a hard thing to get right because we needed to find the right tone for the costume in the film so it was a lot of work actually.

Q: Were there other blueprints that didn’t make it?

JG: Yeah, there were. The costume designer, Mary Matthews, drew a whole bunch of different version of The Crimson Bolt’s costume and I kept being like, “No, no, no, no, no.” Then finally I drew it to show her what I wanted it to look like and that’s basically what the costume is.

Q: What was she getting wrong?

JG: I really wanted that Frankensteinian component of it. When you see his costume, it’s all those little patches and things being sewn together. We need to have the concept that this is some obsessive guy who’s sitting in a basement trying to sew this costume together with absolutely no abilities to sew whatsoever. So he makes it too tight in one spot, needs to open it up and put in another patch. Then it’s too big so he needs to slit it open and sew it back together again and he’s just done that obsessively all over the whole costume until it comes out like this weird scary Raggedy Ann fucked up thing.

Q: Did you work out your own fantasies about who you’d want to hit with a wrench?

JG: I think it’s more about working my own fantasy out but in a way that’s questioning myself. I think that’s really what that scene is about because on the one hand, I love seeing that guy get hit in the face. But on the other hand, I’m going oh my god, why do I like this? What’s wrong with me? That’s extremely violent. I think that’s what the whole thing is about. We’re kind of rooting on Frank as he’s perpetuating these acts of violence and at the same time questioning that we’re rooting him on. It’s something that we sort of naturally do.

Q: Was Libby also working out some sexual issues?

JG: I think Libby has some sexual issues. I talked a little bit with Ellen but I think it’s questionable about what her past has been like in terms of sexuality and how she’s viewed. She’s also an adrenaline junkie that needs to be doing something every two seconds. We never see her not doing something. I think sort of her relationship to sex deals with that as well. At the same time honestly, I also think Libby and Frank are kind of good together. In terms of a romantic team, I think they have real feelings for each other. Frank isn’t willing to look at that because he’s married and he doesn’t want to, so I think there’s a number of different things going on.

Q: I gave Frank credit that playing into Libby like that wouldn’t be the right thing to do, even with her consent.

JG: Part of me is like you know what? He should’ve just gone with it and forgotten about the rest of it and just lived this great life with this little crazy chick and had fun, because look what happened.

Q: Will the violence shock even your fans?

JG: I don’t think what’s shocking is the violence. I think there are many movies that are more violent than super. What’s shocking is where the violence is. I think what’s shocking is what happens in the movie more than the actual violence itself. We’ve become used to thinking we know what’s going to happen in a movie and people find it somewhat comforting that they know what’s going to happen next in a movie. In Super you really don’t know what’s going to happen next and we try to subvert your expectations at every point. I think we do do that. At the same time, I think Super which is one of the weird things, is Super is much more violent than Slither because the violence in Slither was so over the top that Super’s just a little bit more graphic and grounded so it’s actually a little bit harder to watch at times.

Super bolts into theaters today.

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SXSW Review: Super http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/sxsw-review-super/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/sxsw-review-super/#comments Sun, 13 Mar 2011 16:44:47 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=201415 It’s darkly comical and it has something to say.

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Super may sound like a copy of Kick-Ass. It’s not, but so what if it were? Why wouldn’t you want to see Rainn Wilson put on a costume and fight crime? It beats having two asteroid movies or two volcano movies. In fact, there are lots of people I’d love to see put on a costume and fight crime. Keep doing it as long as it’s awesome.

Kick-Ass was more about how hard it is to be a superhero. The question is actually the same in both movies: Why don’t people stand up and be a hero? Kick-Ass’s reason is: because you could get killed. Then the heroes persevere anyway. Super’s answer is: because it’s crazy and irresponsible to be a vigilante.

And Frank Darbo (Wilson) is crazy from the beginning. He gets the idea from a Christian network superhero show, and has a hentai hallucination anointing him. He admits he’s had visions before, so this is not exactly coming from a socially responsible place. His wife Sarah (Liv Tyler) isn’t just a bitch who leaves him. She’s critical, disinterested and a drug addict. In a flashback you see her say she thinks Frank can save her. (To be clear, that’s an example of how it’s NOT a healthy relationship.)

Also, a crazy dude in a costume hitting people with a wrench would freak out street hoodlums. It doesn’t matter if Frank calls himself The Red Bolt. He’s just dangerous. At a point, he even wails on people for cutting in line, so you see he can’t tell the degrees of crimes and treats them all just as extremely. It’s hilarious and visceral, but you get the point it’s not condoned.

Comic store clerk Libby (Ellen Page) is sincere in helping Frank find his comic book motivation, and excited when she realizes he’s done it for real. She gets so excitable that she’s willing to kill people for even lesser crimes than line cutting. Page makes this character totally real between her genuine admiration and profane excitement. Libby also makes a pass at Frank, so you understand that she needs to be seen sexually.

That’s how you make an edgy movie. You take the story in directions just a little bit outside the conventional narrative. It’s got the underdo fighting big crime, but it goes to the extremely violent, sexual and tragic places (a crying love scene, Frank’s sobbing prayer, ouch!)

The tone remains even. It’s never random that these shocking outbursts happen. It’s more like this is the inevitable outcome for these characters. Late in the movie, words start appearing on screen, ‘60s “Batman” style. That seemed a bit out of character for the film but not too distracting. It’s never irresponsible with the violence. I mean, this is Punisher: War Zone violent, but that’s what happens when unstable people get big ideas.

Super is going to be hard for people to take. It’s darkly comical and it has something to say, but every time it goes someplace weird, it’s going to lose one of the four quadrants. The audience that’s already primed for James Gunn’s work may be better prepared, but it’s still a combination that leaves you unsettled, in an effective way.

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Ellen Page Looks Inappropriately Good In Trailer For ‘Super’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/ellen-page-looks-inappropriately-good-in-trailer-for-super/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/ellen-page-looks-inappropriately-good-in-trailer-for-super/#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2011 20:59:53 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=100840 You won't have to join NBC Comedy Night's secret fight club anymore, if you want to see Rainn Wilson beat someone over the head with a wrench.

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You won’t have to join NBC Comedy Night’s secret fight club anymore, if you want to see Rainn Wilson beat someone over the head with a wrench. And it’s all thanks to this trailer for James Gunn‘s vigilante comedy Super.

I always wondered how The Punisher would have reacted if his wife up and left him, rather than being viciously murdered. Would he still feel the urge to take back the streets? Probably not. And the world would have to go without one sweet-ass skull design. But, that’s exactly what happens in Super.

Rainn Wilson’s wife leaves him for Kevin Bacon‘s smooth-talking drug dealer and a war on crime is born. And, honestly, it’s about time that someone was brave enough to step forward and tell crime to shut up.

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Nathan Fillion Joins Rainn Wilson in ‘Super’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/nathan-fillion-joins-rainn-wilson-in-super/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/nathan-fillion-joins-rainn-wilson-in-super/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000   James Gunn is going to break the Internet if he keeps casting so many geek-friendly actors in his upcoming Super. The superhero dark comedy stars Rainn Wilson as a man who up and decides to be a superhero after his wife leaves him despite his lack of powers. LOTR's Liv Tyler is the wife who leaves his ass for Kevin Bacon's charming drug dealer. Now, Nathan Fillion (Dr. Horrible), Ellen Page (Inception), Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks), Michael Rooker (Mallrats), Andre Royo (The Wire), Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls), and Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program) are all aboard the project. The nerdgasmic film is currently filming in Louisiana with no confirmed release date. Rest assured, whatever opening day is decided upon will be the day that me and the other cool kids go rob the nerd houses. Those Star Wars figures will be mine! (GeekWeek)

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James Gunn is going to break the Internet if he keeps casting so many geek-friendly actors in his upcoming Super. The superhero dark comedy stars Rainn Wilson as a man who up and decides to be a superhero after his wife leaves him despite his lack of powers. LOTR‘s Liv Tyler is the wife who leaves his ass for Kevin Bacon’s charming drug dealer. Now, Nathan Fillion (Dr. Horrible), Ellen Page (Inception), Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks), Michael Rooker (Mallrats), Andre Royo (The Wire), Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls), and Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program) are all aboard the project.

The nerdgasmic film is currently filming in Louisiana with no confirmed release date. Rest assured, whatever opening day is decided upon will be the day that me and the other cool kids go rob the nerd houses. Those Star Wars figures will be mine! (GeekWeek)

 

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