Random Factoid #534

13 01 2011

I’m kind of at a loss for what to write today.  Not much going on … no randomness.  But the factoids must go on!

The big news today was the release of the first still of Andrew Garfield as the new Spider-Man.  Reboot five years after the last one?  Yes please, I guess. “Hulk” did it; so can “Spider-Man.”

I think it’s weird, our obsession with rebooting franchises.  I see it as a sort of reflection of our ultra-ADD culture.  When you can’t stand to look at your two-month-old Facebook profile picture, you quickly upload a new one and your profile has a whole new look.  Same goes for movies; we get tired of Tobey Maguire after three installments, the same old Spidey doesn’t give us much flavor, so we clean house and hire fresh faces to bring the same joy in a different kind of way.

But then again, maybe I’m just looking into it too much.  This has been “Cultural Observations with Marshall,” good night and have a pleasant tomorrow.





Random Factoid #483

23 11 2010

The directors of the new and already forgotten movie “Skyline,” the Strause Brothers, were quite outspoken about the movie’s visual effects.  They worked on movies like “Titanic,” “300,” and “Avatar” but decided to make their own movie on a sort of DIY scale.  The movie’s release certainly made them feel entitled to call out in Vulture the special effects that movies still mess up: fur, dust, water, and breath.

I’ll admit that they are right, to a certain extent.  Those are things that are often botched, and much of the technology that has come out recently have been to correct the obvious errors in these elements.  But I’m not writing this post to speculate on visual effects’ flaws today; I’m writing to talk about visual effects of the past.

It’s so funny to watch “Spider-Man,” the 2002 release that sparked the superhero craze all over again, and see the visual effects.  Not that they are terrible because I remember being so wowed by them in third grade.  It was the talk of recess for quite some time.  But I want to say just how incredible it is that we can look at a movie only eight years old and see what incredible leaps and bounds technology has taken in that time.  You don’t watch it and say, “Oh, that looks terrible.”  You watch it and say, “Oh, we can do that so much better now!”

It’s an interesting phenomenon that I invite anyone who loves nostalgia to take part in.





Random Factoid #140

15 12 2009

The first PG-13 movie that I ever watched without the express consent of my parents was “Spider-Man.”  I spent the night at a friend’s house, and they turned on the movie.  My parental units were still very strict on movie ratings at this time, and I had a gut feeling that they wouldn’t approve of my viewing.  But I didn’t let that stop me; I watched it and liked it.

I had to tell her the next morning when she picked me up.  Surprisingly, she wasn’t all that upset.





Random Factoid #78

14 10 2009

Today, I turn 17!  Although the age contains nothing new societally, it means a great deal for me as a moviegoer.  I can now walk up to the ticket kiosk and buy a ticket for an R-rated movie!  I am excited for this new power, keeping in mind that with great power comes great responsibility.  I always forget who said that; was it Bill Shakespeare or Spider-Man’s uncle?