Our Film and Performing Arts Editor gives his picks for what he thinks will win big at tomorrow night's Oscar ceremony. Please note: he is still not an expert.
We close out the year with a final Blu-Ray column looking at The Great Muppet Caper (one of the greatest comedies of all time), why Bill Murray never cared for Scrooged (even though its awesome), the 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins, and the home video debuts of The Lone Ranger and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.
Aside from some really great stuntwork in a pair of showstopping (if incredibly similar) action set pieces, an interesting take on the film’s titular cowboy, and a good look overall, The Lone Ranger gets bogged down thanks to a useless 149 minute running time and a cavalier, ironic, and wholly unwelcome revisionist history that thinks it’s progressive but is dumb as desert dirt.
Dork Shelf catches up with character actor James Badge Dale, who can be caught in The Lone Ranger, World War Z, and Iron Man 3, about his latest Gore Verbinski directed, Johnny Depp starring effort, the feel and scale of dressing up for a period western, Lone Ranger's incredible stunt work, never getting recognized in public thanks to constantly changing facial hair, what it’s like to work with so little down time, his dorky love for a certain game involving multi-sided dies, and if there are any childhood fantasies he has left to fulfil.
There is a new comic from Dynamite which has the two titles and their characters crossover in Death of Zorro #1. My first reaction on seeing the cover was "blatant marketing ploy to drum up interest in these failing books." Then I thought "Let's not be hasty and make uninformed judgements..." So I bought and read the book. Nope, my gut reaction was correct. That was $4 and twenty minutes I can never get back.