Perfect 10 movies in 2010?

As 2009 draws to a close, it is time to look forward. The movie going experience seems to only get better. In 2010, I predict movies featuring bigger explosions, more boombastic CGI effects, men with bigger guns and gals with bigger… fun.

A shortlist of what I think are Hollywood’s most promising trailers for 2010 so far…

I’ve already spoke about Iron Man 2. The trailer does not disappoint. It is as loud and just as flashy as I expected it to be.

I am a SUCKER for greek mythology so Clash of the Titans is definitely up there on my “Must watch” list. Of course, there is also that ripped off sound bite of “UNLEAAAASH THE KRAKEN”! Somehow, the voice of Aslan makes it sound slightly more authoritative than Bill Nighy’s rendition in Pirates of the Caribbean.

Prince of Persia – Loved the game, have some doubts about the show. Trailer looks promising though… Has a very… Pirates of the Caribbean (again) feel to it, doesn’t it? Might just be the show to prove that shows based on games need not necessarily suck… Also, it’s done by Disney… that must mean something…

And finally, what I think might be the underdog comic movie of the year.

KICKASS!!

The trailer looks to be an ALMOST exact panel by panel port from the comic book, a la Sin City, 300 and Watchmen. Good call… except for the slight “ALMOST”. Probably due to rating issues, it does not seem as… gory as the original. Shall have to see how this works out…

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Holy Splash Pages

I know… it’s been too long since the last updates.

My perfect excuse? I was busy.

Anyway, updates on the world of comics – Blackest Night continue to kick serious ass. It has officially passed comfortably over the hype bump and slide easily through the mid season fatigue that most hyper series face and zombie fatigue that most… ermm.. zombie series face.

Case in point – Blackest Night #5.

Normally, I am not a very big fan of splash pages. The reason is simple. Using 2 pages out of a 24 page comic book to “showcase” a scene just does not make much sense to me.  It’s simple mathematics really, there’s less story to tell. Especially if said splash page consist of 2 characters punching the nuts off each other with one gigantic “POW” plastered across the centre of the page.

Blackest Night #5 shows how splash pages should be used. It contains no less than FOUR (count them, baby) splash pages and an almost equal amount of full page panels in a 27 page comic book, and my only reaction was… WOW. Each of the splash pages are effectively and efficiently employed, drawn to milk the most emotional response out of you. Bile spewing Batman, anybody?

I really could not wait for more!

Anyway, a synopsis of Blackest Night 5 using 2 of the splash pages… for anyone who’s interested.

The rainbow brigade has finally been formed and they are out for some black lantern payback.

Of course, Zombies being Zombies, the Black Lanterns are not taking this sitting down and has recruited some truly badass new members to the ranks.

Need I say it? SPOILER ALERT.

Cliff hangers like this made me really glad that Blackest Night is a series that I did not trade wait. It is full of these “dangle your balls on a string “kinda endings that is so masochistically fun.