Required Reading: The Far Out James Bond and a Manic Pixie Retraction

By  · Published on July 16th, 2014

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“Hulk vs James Bond – Day 2” – The next installment of the smashing series on 007.

“Hulk swears to you, the audience’s reservations with lazenby’s bond get right to the heart of why these movies can be so weirdly divisive. Hulk believes it is an irrefutable thing to say ‘characters bringing emotions to the events in the story is the very thing that helps your stories have weight and impact’ (in standard narratives at least), so why would this not work in the bond series?”

“I’m sorry for coining the phrase ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’” – Nathan Rabin, writing for Salon, laments accidentally making a term famous, even though he shouldn’t, because it’s directly helped define and make laughable a terrible trope.

“How Does the Amazing Spider-Man Franchise Save Itself?” – The gang at HitFix contemplates the bizarre problem facing Sony, even though the right answer is “Give up on the character for a few years so that we have time to miss him.”

“I think it’s safe to say that Spider-Man, as a character, is one of the most beloved movie superheroes ever. The reaction to the Raimi trilogy was amazing, and they did a lot of things right when hiring the team behind the two “Amazing Spider-Man” movies. But there’s a fatigue that’s set in now, and if they’re going to make the character and the series feel relevant again, there are two ways to do it. First is hire the biggest gun possible. Hire someone bigger than the franchise. If we’re dreaming, then let’s take a page from Spidey’s long history of big-screen-almosts: James Cameron. If you told the general public that James Cameron was making a Spider-Man movie, I think the sky’s the limit in terms of expectation. The other way to do it is to roll the dice on something crazy. Hire Gareth Evans and put Iko Uwais inside the suit for the motion-capture fight scenes and make a movie in which the Kingpin’s put a hit on Spider-Man and you have a ticking clock and Spider-Man has to beat the living shit out of about 500 of the craziest fighters, assassins, and thugs New York City has to offer. Never take the mask off once. Never show Peter Parker at all. You can hire anyone you like to do the voice.”

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