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Deadpool is also about to loose his mind.
Yesterday saw the release of the much-anticipated Deadpool trailer both in regular and extra violent editions and everyone lost their minds.  In case you've been under a rock...
Over the last decade this D-List character from the 90s has gained massive popularity. Heck, at this point, he is to fangirls what Harley Quinn is to fanboys. Personally, I'm not really a Deadpool fangirl and may be the only one but I am familiar with the character as he has popped up in almost every Marvel comic book series at this point cracking jokes, killing, or talking to the audience. I see him as Howard the Duck 2.0 and think the character is better in small doses.
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Howard the Deadpool.
Anyways, almost all the customers at the comic book shop today were all excited about the trailer and kept telling me how great is was gonna be and how Marvel is finally "doing it right this time" by giving us fans an "R" rated superhero movie.

That's when I had to stop them and remind them that there has been other Marvel movies with "R" rated Marvel movies. One, the Blade Trilogy and The Punisher & Punisher: War Zone. How quickly people forget...
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I think the reason people have forgotten is that Marvel/Whoever Has The Rights, haven't done an "R" movie since 2008 and to today's 'now generation,' 7 years is like 700. While the Blade and Punisher movies were quite successful, the more popular characters that played in the PG-13 space constantly overshadowed them so studios invested in those characters.   

But now, with the oversaturation of spandex clad superheroes, movie companies, including Marvel, are now having to look at new ways to make their movies appealing to ever harder-to-please audiences.  With the release of this new hard edge Deadpool movie I think we may be on the horizon of more "R" rated superhero movies and it makes sense.

Here's why. The kids that grew up in during the rise of the super hero movies (including myself) in the early 2000s are now adults and are still hungry for super hero stories, but that are more 'mature.' While they have gotten "R" rated comic book movies like Kingsmen and Kickass, they really want to see characters they love from the pages of the books on screen like the Joker, Magneto, Lobo, or Hulk.

You don't even want to know how many times a month I hear from my comic shop customers how "flipping awesome" an "R" rated Wolverine would be and I agree although, I think that one in particular is still a longshot.
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See what I did there.
So while I may not be 100% excited for the Deadpool movie, I am excited to see Marvel/Fox take a chance with such a popular character and give their audiences what they have been clamoring for, a more violent, swear word filled version of the 'merc with a mouth' and hopefully, this will lead to more movies "R" rated movies featuring popular characters from other companies, because as they say "variety is the spice of life."

What comic book characters do you think deserve an "R" rated movie? Leave a comment below.

 
 
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I've made it pretty clear here that I'm a pretty big sci-fi fan, so I was excited this week to see the trailer for "The Martian" directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon.
This movie looks pretty darn good and hopefully is a return to form for Scott who pretty much invented the space thriller genre. In researching the movie, I found out it was based on a book with the same title by author Andy Weir.

I was surprised to learn, much like 50 Shades of Grey, this book first had its start online. It turns out that after putting in years of research, and getting rejected from every publisher he submitted to, Weir decided to put chapters of The Martian online for free in a serialized fashion. This method helped create a rabid fanbase for the material, and said fanbase convinced him to self publish his book and sell it on Amazon for 99 cents. Once it became a hit on Amazon, the big publishers began to take notice.

It's always inspiring to hear stories like this. It seems like Weir isn't too savvy with marketing and just made a good product that got noticed. It's also nice to see that good stuff can get noticed in a sea of sub-par fiction (50 Shades....).  I was quite inspired when researching the book as I saw it as a great example of perseverance in the face overwhelming rejection. Being that I am going into the creative field with my comics work, a story like Weir's is just the kind of story I need to surround myself with as I prepare to put my work 'out there.'

I just started reading The Martian and I must say, it is quite engaging and packed with science that isn't too hard to grasp. This will be my book club suggestion next month for sure.

Although reading the book will spoil the movie, in this case I don't mind, as I think Ridley Scott will have some surprises up his sleeve to make another edge of your seat classic. Plus add in a long list of talented actors in the cast and this will be the must see film of the fall movie season. You can read the book too by buying it on Amazon.
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I'm gonna transform into "Old Lady Phoebe" for a moment. Back in my day, the 90s, Memorial Day was the official 'start' of the summer movie season. Nowadays, it seems like summer movie season starts sometime in February, (I kid).

Being that I'm a bit old school, I still like to use the end of May as my official starting point for my summer movies. It just fells more authentic that way. All that being said, this week, I'll present you with my list of summer movies that I'm looking forward to. I'll be doing it in the order of their release date.
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San Andreas: May 29
This one stars hulky hunk, Dwayne 'The Rock?' Johnson, and was written by Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse. Cuse is currently the show runner of one of my TV guilty pleasures, Bates Motes, on A&E and making it aware that he was the real talent behind the success of Lost. I gauge this on the success he is having post Lost as compares to his partner, Damon Lindelof. This movie falls into the 'disaster' genre as it's about a big earthquake that threatens America's west coast. I'll be honest, it looks like a pretty fun ride and features a pretty decent cast including Percy Jackson's, Alexandria Daddario, Fantastic Four's, Ioan Gruffurd and The Rhino himself Paul Giamatti. This movie is a good way to kick-off the summer as seems to feature everything a summer movie should, a hero trying to save someone they love and stuff either exploding or being destroyed.

PHOEBE EXCITEMENT SCALE:
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                                [x]
Meh.                                      Yes!

Jurassic World PosterImage: Universal
Jurassic World: June 12
I love dinosaurs and always have. As a kid, I used to make my toy dinosaurs eat my little sister's dolls. When I discovered Jurassic Park, I flipped out, and watched it so many times I broke the VHS. The subsequent sequels we okay, but nothing seemed to capture the original emotions and excitement the original had. It's been a long time since we've had a Jurassic movie and I think the wait will have been worth it. This one features fandom's new Harrison Ford, Chris 'Star Lord' Pratt, and appears to want us to relive the first movie by having the story take place in a newly reopened park. I have super high hopes for this one. With better CG technology to create the dinosaurs I expect some ferocious dinosaur action.

PHOEBE EXCITEMENT SCALE:  
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                                                  [x]
Meh.                                      Yes!

Terminator Genesys PosterImage: Paramount
Terminator/Genesys: July 1
This is either going to be great or a big pile of doo-doo. There's no grey area for this one. Mostly because ala JJ Abrams Star Trek, this one 'changes everything' and wipes out the James Cameron canon completely. This one features a pretty good cast and gives us back what this franchise has been missing since Terminator 2, Arnold. I want to be excited for this as sci-fi is my #1 genre, but based on the trailers, I'm having a hard time. I did a captain Picard facepalm when recently the latest trailer revealed that John Connor himself is now an advanced a Terminator.  Seriously?! You gave away your big plot twist in the trailer? Hopefully, there is something else that happens in this movie that makes it worth watching.


PHOEBE EXCITEMENT SCALE:
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[x]
Meh.                                      Yes!

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Ant-man: July 17
Like most movie fans, I was seriously bummed when Edgar Wright walked away from this movie last year. I've seen every one of Wright's films and love his style and humor. Without Wright, it's possible the world wouldn't even know about his pal Simon Pegg. When Marvel announced soon after the split that they hired a new director who's precious film was a dancing movie and the film's lead Paul Rudd was going to take a stab at a re-write, all of fandom began to get nervous. Even many industry folks were beginning to whisper that this could be the mighty Marvel's first misstep since the success of Iron Man. Then the trailers hit and for me at least, all those worries got shelved and forgotten like 90s Rob Liefield comic books. This movie looks awesome and appears to provide audiences with both comedy and action. Although it won't be as unique as an Edgar Wright film would have been, I think this film will be a bit 'out there' yet still fit into Marvels bigger picture.

PHOEBE EXCITEMENT SCALE:
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                              [x]
Meh.                                      Yes!

Pixels PosterImage: Sony
Pixels: July 24
Adam Sandler. It seems these days you either hate him or really hate him. As far as it goes for me, I've really have never seen any of his movies except for The Wedding Singer (my mom's #1 movie of all time), so I really don't have strong opinion on the guy. Since I'm not in his key demo of teenage boy, I haven't had the chance to get sick of his apparently tired gross out humor. So after all these years, it seems our paths have crossed, as one of my interests, video games had collided with one of his projects. This film was based on an Oscar winning short film of the same name and is directed by Chris Columbus. Now I don't know much about Sandler, but I do like Chris Columbus, if you don't know, he's the man that brought us Gremlins, Home Alone, and translated the world of Harry Potter off the page and onto the big screen. I'm a fan. The trailer looks fun, it has GOT's Peter Dinklage in it, and its one of the few films this year that isn't a reboot, sequel or based on a book/comic. Consider my excitement level primarily based on curiosity. 

PHOEBE EXCITEMENT SCALE:
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                 [x]
Meh.                                      Yes!

Fantastic Four PosterImage: Fox
Fantastic Four: August 7
Here we go again, another shot for Marvel's 'First Family.'  Maybe this time it'll be good. It's been hard to judge this one as it has been shrouded in mystery. One thing that is certain is that its director is allegedly crazy. Soon after filming began for this movie, wild stories began to be reported about his nutty on set behavior, and said behavior, is what got him fired from the upcoming Star Wars anthology film Boba Fett. All the gossip aside, this movie seems to be taking cues from the Fantastic Four Ultimate storyline written by Mark Millar. In the story, the Fantastic Four were created by time travel experiment of Reed Richards. This hard sci-fi edge may work for comics, but will probably miss with most audiences that prefer less though provoking concepts in their summer movie diet. I was a fan of the Ultimate Fantastic Four (even though it was penned by Millar) and like heavy sci-fi, so consider me more excited than most for this one.

PHOEBE EXCITEMENT SCALE:
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[x]
Meh.                                      Yes!

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Sinister 2: August 21
I think everyone can agree that the original Sinister caught all us horror fans a bit off guard.  "A horror movie with Ethan Hawk?" we said. Come on. Then we saw it and were surprised to be taken down a dark and terrifying road of physiological horror akin to The Shining. What I liked about the first Sinister was the mythology it created. It gave us a new horror 'monster' like Freddy or Jason and also felt real by having elements of a Creepy Pasta. I feel like there is more to know about in this world and I'm excited to return to its spooky world.

PHOEBE EXCITEMENT SCALE:
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                      [x]
Meh.                                      Yes!

There are a lot of other movies coming out this summer, but these are the ones that have a geek like me the most excited. What are yours? Leave them in the comments below.