My second post; not so much musically related today although i'll still stick a free download on as have heard a few decent tracks in the last few days, also found out it's a lot more simple than expected to add embedded YouTube clips into posts so rather than crap hyperlinked text you can simply click the play through button below to check out what i'm talking about.
Some of you may or may not be aware that in the last few weeks or so the world's largest comic-related film conference/expo has taken place in San Diego, America. Comic-Con is now a staple for film buffs in the calender and is seen as a major platform for the big players in the industry to preview and test some early film footage to the fans they know will be the most appreciative as well as often most critical.
This year the major talking points (seemingly) have been the reboot of; The Amazing Spider Man, Marvel's jewel in the crown; Avengers and the Spielberg and Jackson motion-capture; Adventures of Tintin.
Firstly I think the Amazing Spider Man looks absolutely great. There is a lot of debate (attached to the youtube clips and trailers anyway) about this reboot due to it being only 4 years since Toby Maguire's Spider Man 3 however I read an interview with the head of the studio releasing this and they essentially said that they felt Spider Man 4 had nowhere to go and so they felt this a good time to reboot the franchise. Personally I'm pretty excited for this, the main reasons being the lead actors. Andrew Garfield (British too) was stunning in last years Facebook/Zuckerberg bio-pic The Social Network and Emma Stone has shown in Easy A she's not just the supporting actor she was pigeonholed into in Superbad and Zombieland. A fresh young cast as well as, hopefully, a believable baddie and I think we could be seeing The Amazing Spider Man and their sequels in cinemas for the next few summers hopefully.
The excitement seems also to be shared by Andrew Garfield himself, check out his amazing heartfelt introduction to TASM' panel at Comic Con.
Next comes the Avengers, a culmination of 10 years of Marvel films including Iron Man 1 & 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and the current Captain America. The story itself presents a world crisis that forces S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) to assemble a team of superheroes to save the world. The group happens to consist of Downey Jr.'s Iron Man, Chris Evans' Captain', Chris Hemsworths Thor, Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo's Hulk, Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow as well as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Agent Coulson and Cobie Smoulder's (of How I Met Your Mother fame) Agent Hill. There is also a sneak peak of Avengers attached to the end of Marvel's most recent release Captain America so make sure to stay until the end of the credits!
I think this and Spider Man will own in 2012 and can't wait to see how Marvel manage to gel together all these comic-lore universes in the film. Roll on 2012.
The last film that seemed to feature prominently at Comic-Con was Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg's Adventures of Tin-Tin. Now usually this directorial partnership would be enough to make anyone mildly interested in film a little weak at the knees. Early footage suggests however that despite the rich landscapes and visual beauty of this film.. the motion capture of Jamie Bell (of Billy Elliott fame) amongst other characters makes this film feel already a little like Robert Zemeckis' festive, Tom Hanks lead Polar Express, which on all accounts did little more than kill a few hours on Boxing Day in-between Royal Family specials and Coca Cola adverts.
Last but not least here is a musical delight for you all. The track Otis is off the forthcoming album Watch The Throne, a collaborative project by Kanye West & Jay-Z coming in August. The track features Otis Redding and the sample has a great soulful New Orleans 40's jazz feel to it and a great repetitive hook which suits Kanye's flow and style as much as it does Jay-Z's lyrics of grandeur. Look out for more singles dropping off this album in the upcoming weeks in preparation of the album.