Stories That Inspire Us
We're not going to beat around the bush, the November 8th election left many of us at Fanpup feeling bruised and scared. A man clearly unfit to serve has ascended to the highest office in our land, and we may now have to work extra hard to preserve some of the rights we care about. As we lick our wounds and figure out how best to move forward...
Star Trek 3: Beyond Expectations or Another Disappointment?
Star Trek at its best has been about exploring strange new worlds while finding out more about humanity and the human condition as it goes along.
Each and every one of the Star Trek shows over the decades has touched on this theme; it’s an important trope to hit in sci-fi, one that The Original Series helped to pioneer. Full Article
Heroes Who Would Be Insufferable in Real Life
There's something about heroes that's just cool. They're skilled, courageous, and always ready to kick some ass. But what would it be like to actually interact with them? See, what can be compelling on-screen for two hours at a time, might just get a little annoying in real life.
So Fanpup presents our list of characters who's heroics are undeniable...but who would be insufferable to hang out with.
Clone Wars Watch Guide
With announcements of Saw Gerrera in Rogue One and Grand Admiral Thrawn in Star Wars Rebels, a lot of attention is focusing on the CG-animated Lucasfilm shows. Mainly, folks are starting to think:
“Hey! I should watch Star Wars Rebels! And also The Clone Wars I guess? Wait, do I have to watch ALL of The Clone Wars?”
Nope! Fear no longer. Full Article
Sulu & Sexual Orientation
Let’s recap quickly. Recently it was announced that Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise, would be revealed as gay in the upcoming film, Star Trek Beyond. A wide flurry of reactions rippled out from this announcement; ranging from praising the move as positive representation in the most historically progressive and diverse franchise ever, to outrage at changing an essential piece of this character’s identity.
A Look Back at Independence Day
20 long years after President Whitmore rallied humanity to kick E.T.’s ass in Independence Day, we finally have a sequel, for better or worse. The film bombed at the box office and didn’t fare much better with critics. Among the kinder words I’ve heard spoken of the sequel...
10 Cloverfield Lane: The End of the Road
I saw 10 Cloverfield Lane, and I loved it. It’s probably my favorite horror movie to come out in the last few years. I feel like it’s been a long time since I’ve watched a film that kept my attention as well as 10 Cloverfield did. The story is well-written and hard to predict, the acting was great, especially Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Michelle.
Netflix Release Schedule: Good or Bad?
Is Netflix's full season release a good method, or does it serve to diminish the impact of the show by subtly pressuring everyone to watch it so quickly? Fanpup writers Cody Olsen & Casey Hayden share their thoughts.
Deadpool: Kind of a Mixed Bag
This week, the Merc with a Mouth blasts his way into theaters, ending the incredibly long and convoluted process that led him from his role as the worst part of 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, to his first genuine cinematic debut. The fact that this film is even being made (by Fox no less) is still a little surreal, but how does it stack up?
The Realism & Idealism of the Star Wars Military
The galaxy far far away to which we love to escape isn’t referred to as “Star Wars” for no reason. Military conflict and mass destruction are the backdrop for multiple iterations of our heroes’ journeys. What aspects of the Empire’s war machine mirror our real world concept of war? How do our heroes approach war? Is it in a way that echoes our own goals and tactics, or have they found a higher moral ground?
Yo-kai Watch and Westernization
Following in the footsteps of the old anime favorite Pokémon,Yo-kai Watch has fallen back on a westernized translation in order to appeal to a wider audience. Both its game and anime give the protagonist, Keita Amano, the westernized name of “Nate Adams”. In addition to character names,
Overthinking It: 'Do, or do not. There is no try'
“Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try,” Yoda proclaimed to an agitated Luke Skywalker in the swamps of Dagobah. This line has since achieved a sort of immortality; even if you don’t remember much about Luke’s training in The Empire Strikes Back or his green, diminutive teacher, you probably remember this line.
Where Should Star Wars Go Next?
The Force Awakens provides a worthy batch of successors who were arguably the strongest points of the new movie and with two more films to go, their stories are still wide open.
Here’s a recap of the new characters who made the biggest impact, where they could go, and where the story hopefully won’t take them. Full Article
The Strange Duality of The Force Awakens
After years of anticipation, Star Wars The Force Awakens has finally hit theaters, and by all accounts everyone is loving it. It made $238 million in the first weekend alone, crossed the $300 million threshold after only 5 days in theaters, and currently holds a 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. If you don’t like this movie, something has to be wrong with you. But as the final credits rolled and the audience cheered, I found myself a little disappointed at what I had just seen.
What Makes a Good Action Movie?
While large-scale action movies are a common and beloved part of our cinematic lexicon, too many action movies just aren’t as exciting or coherent as they could be. It’s not an easy balance to strike between a worthwhile script, well-directed action, and enough emotional heft...
Fear The Walking Dead: What's Wrong & What Could Have Been
Fear the Walking Dead, AMC’s companion show to the highly successful The Walking Dead, recently completed its first season and, well, the show isn’t good. For a variety of reasons too, it’s not just the sub-par dialogue, many other shows (usually on the CW) manage to overcome imperfections and still tell a decent tale, but Fear is boring on basically every level
Opinion: The MCU plays it too safe
Marvel has followed a pattern in its film making where the goal seems to be: make the film as family friendly as possible. Kevin Feige, Marvel's top executive, promised no dark turns in this cinematic universe. While few want an entire universe filled only with depressing superhero stories, to mandate that none of the multiple films Marvel releases each year will be dark seems to be limiting their storytelling choices.
Adaptation in Name Only, No More.
While adapting novels into movies has long been a staple in Hollywood, it’s getting more and more popular to quickly produce films based on best-selling novels and promote them heavily to the already-established fan base of the book or author, especially in the case of Young Adult (YA) fiction. How did we get this strong trend? And is it likely to continue?
Terminator Genisys: It Doesn't Suck
When the movie was announced, there were plenty of mixed reactions from die-hard fans: some saw it as an opportunity to right the wrongs the franchise had accumulated over the years, while others thought it would dig itself into an even deeper hole that even Hollywood hand-waving couldn’t save.
Adapting Lazarus for TV
On March 24, Legendary TV announced it had acquired the rights to Greg Rucka’s Lazarus. The project is in the very early stages of development, as the company still needs to find a network interested in the show, but Rucka said he is determined to hand Lazarus over to someone who will be as faithful as possible with the adaptation.
Mad Max: Fury Road is Near Perfect AND is the Most Feminist Blockbuster Ever Made
There’s already a glut of reviews out there touting how great the movie is and how well it handles its feminist themes. But you won’t find another one as spoiler-filled and in-depth as this one. So, get comfy and put your thinking cap on. And do only read this if you’ve seen the movie already..
Game of Thrones Deja vu
Like many people who watched last Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, I was upset by the direction they chose to take with Sansa’s plot. Once it was revealed she was going to Winterfell to marry Ramsey Bolton, we all held our breath, knowing what was likely to happen. But as I watched, the horrible feeling of déjà vu crept over me as another rape scene unfolded where there previously was none.
Best & Worst Moments of Avengers: Age of Ultron
Now that we've had some time to digest what we saw in theaters, here's our pick for Age of Ultron's best & worst moments. Massive Spoilers below.
How Was That Batman v Superman Trailer?
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While the movie is still a year away, the first trailer was leaked online and then officially released. We saw our first shots of Ben Affleck as Batman, briefly heard Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor, and got to see Henry Cavill looking as Superman-y as ever. So is the trailer any good?
Studio "Leaks": How Technology Influences and Spoils Movies
With the leak of the first four episodes of the highly anticipated Game of Thrones season 5 followed by the Dawn of Justice trailer leak days later, the internet is ablaze with equal parts excitement and frustration. Some are happily exploiting the opportunity to view the episodes and the trailer early, while others...Full Article
5 Comic Book Movies that Stray From the Source
Comic book adaptations are now a massive sub-genre in Hollywood. But at the dismay of comic book purists, some of these movies stray away from their source material with varying results. Here’s our list of movies that strayed, what they got wrong, and what they got right (sometimes very little).
Does Pixels Actually Look Good?
A film by Adam Sandler in which he plays a home-theater installer who leads a team of old-school arcade champs to defend Earth from aliens who seem to be basing their offensive on 1980’s-era video games. If you’re still wondering if this film could be good, see what Robert and Becky have to say about it.
Crowdfunding some Geekery: Discussion
On March 10th Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk launched an Indiegogo campaign to produce Con Man, a series written by Tudyk, starring him and Fillion. They’ll play actors who once starred in a cancelled sci-fi series (sound familiar?). As we’re writing this, Con Man’s Indiegogo campaign has over $1 million, well above its goal of $225 thousand. The internet has spoken. Now Fanpup contributors Cody and Becky share their thoughts on this surprise geek project. Full Article
Oxford, Not Brogues: Colin Firth, the Perfect Gentleman Spy
When I saw the first preview for Kingsman: The Secret Service it had all the makings of a hilarious spy movie with plenty of eye candy and action -- that is except for Colin Firth. Up until seeing this action comedy, Colin Firth had landed on my periphery of actors to watch, not at all someone that I would seek out in a film.
Fanpup Predictions: Who Will Die in Season 5 of Game of Thrones?
George R. R. Martin sent Game of Thrones fans into a frenzy when he announced that some of the characters who are currently alive and well in the books may not be so lucky in the upcoming Season 5. Here is Fanpup’s predictions of who is definitely safe, characters who are a possibility, and some heroes who might already have one foot in the grave.
How likely is the Robot-Apocalypse?
Robots: can’t live with them, can’t live without them. And you can’t shoot at them because then they may rebel. One of the classic staples of sci-fi is the robot revolution, wherein machines become self-aware and don’t want to take orders from humans anymore, so the robots revolt! We have all wondered which of the many robot takeover films would be the most likely to become reality, so to save you the trouble, we’ve analyzed a few for you. Full Article
The Fantastic Four Trailer Doesn't Look Fantastic
On February 27th, the world was introduced to the Fantastic Four (I’m sorry Fant4stic Four) trailer. After watching it, I’m sorry to say that it is probably one of the most cliche and uninteresting trailers to any superhero movie from the past couple years. For anyone who hasn’t seen the trailer yet, here is what you will experience:
In December, the release of The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies marked the end to Peter Jackson’s second Middle Earth trilogy. Now that we can compare The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies side-by-side, it’s unsettling to see that this new trilogy, with better technology than the first, looks and feels less tangible than ever before.
Find Your Callsign: Battlestar Galactica Personality Chart
The 2004 Battlestar Galactica reboot has been called one of the greatest science fiction series of all time. It’s no wonder people loved it when it has such strong characters as Kara Thrace, Admiral Adama, and Gaius Baltar. Even the Cylons each had distinct personalities.
Opinion: Sony isn't at Fault
Over the past month, Sony Entertainment was the victim of cyber-warfare and threats intended to embarrass them publicly, and halt the release of their new movie The Interview. Unfortunately that's not the coverage we've had over the past couple weeks. Instead we saw a good deal of victim blaming and a solid dose of privacy invasion. Full Article
6 Super Santa Helpers
Santa Claus is a legend, but even legends can experience some burn-out. The man is expected to fly to every house in the world in one night, while carrying presents, after a long year of running a business. So what if Santa decided to assemble a super team to help him out? Here’s who we think would be his first-draft pick for the most festive super helper team around. Full Article
The Hobbit: Battle of the 16 Personalities
Professor Tolkien, in his meticulous creation of Middle-Earth, brought to the world iconic characters and archetypes that would be emulated and built-upon forever after. What better way to honor the final cinematic chapter of this high fantasy masterpiece than to apply modern-day personality theory to the characters and find out... Who Would You Be?
What Would the Women of The Walking Dead Do?
The Walking Dead used to have a huge problem in the first few seasons, and it wasn’t the zombies. Poorly written women was a problem that plagued the series, but now as things continue to get worse for Rick and the gang, the women have never looked better.
3 Stages of Watching the new Star Wars Trailer
It’s been over a week since the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer dropped, and if you’re anything like us, you’ve been thinking about this trailer SO much it’s almost like you’re in a relationship with it. A passionate, yet tumultuous relationship. So to help you navigate these rocky waters, our relationship experts put together this list of what you might be going through.
Big Hero 6 Review
Big Hero 6 is based on a very manga-like run of Marvel comics by the same name, so it was inevitable that Disney (post-Marvel acquisition) would start optioning non-superhero comic book characters and I really enjoyed this first Marvel film from Disney that didn’t build into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Mockingjay - Part 1 (quick) Review
Franchise trilogies in dystopian worlds are a dime a dozen these days, but everyone seems to come back toThe Hunger Games as the one that arguably started this movement in young adult literature, so one would hope that the first half of the last book would live up to the expectations
Interstellar Group Review
Christopher Nolan’s latest, Interstellar is out and it seems like everyone has an opinion on it, including us. So instead of a traditional review we thought we’d give the floor to a bunch of our contributors and see if some sort of consensus can be had.
7 Nerdy Knockoff Shows You Loved as a Kid
Take a trip down memory lane with Fanpup’s 7 nerdy knockoff cartoons you (probably) loved. You might not recognize them at first glance, but there was no forgetting these theme songs.
Gracepoint: A small town Murder Mystery that pays off in a big way
As Twin Peaks proved back in 1990, there are few venues in popular fiction that have more potential to entice viewers than the small town with big secrets. What appears to be an idyllic, tight-knit community is also home to a number of sordid secrets and macabre mysteries, and to unearth them is to shake the foundation of the town to its core. Full Article
Behind the Mask: The Avengers Personality Chart
Generally, with larger-than-life superpowers come larger-than-life personalities. What sets Marvel apart is often the more human aspects of the characters - we relate to The Avengers because behind the masks, the powers, and the grand adventures are real people with real problems. Full Article
Let's Talk: Marvel's Civil War
Marvel’s recent announcement of their future film line-up until 2019 gave us a glimpse at some pretty interesting upcoming projects. But one that seems to have some people excited while others apprehensive was their confirmation that the 2016 Captain America film will indeed be Captain America: Civil War.
Avengers: Age of Ultron "Let it Go" Mashup
With the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer making good use of Pinocchio's 'I've got no strings' we thought we would see what happens when you throw another popular Disney song into the mix.
Now we see Ultron in a whole new light.
Highlights from The Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer
After a leaked version of Avengers: Age of Ultron was released earlier today (thanks Hydra…), Marvel rolled with the punches and decided they may as well officially release a high res version of the trailer. Check out the trailer and keep reading for the top five things we took away. Full Article
Big Damn Personality Chart: What Firefly/Serenity Character Are You?
Despite only having one season, Firefly is one of the most enduring shows there is. It rocketed to cult fame shortly after being canceled, and has one of the most loyal fanbases of any show ever made. Indeed, it was the loyalty of the fans that made the 2005 sequel movie Serenity possible, and helped a number of Firefly/Serenity comics come to fruition. Full Article
The Goblet of Hellfire: Supernatural Hogwarts Sorting
With as many Harry Potter references as there are in Supernatural, mostly thanks to Charlie, I can’t be the only one that lays awake at night thinking of which house each character would be in. The fanart that floods Tumblr on the subject, I feel agrees with me on the amount of obsession this fandom has with the ‘sorted’ culture of characters in popular stories. Full Article
We Are Not Posting the Star Wars Spoilers
At this point, it’s no secret that an allegedly huge spoiler for JJ Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars Episode VII has been making its way around the web. And you will not see it posted on our site. This is something we feel pretty strongly about, so we wanted to say something rather than simply not posting it.
Palahniuk's Fight Club Sequel
In 1996, Chuck Palahniuk began writing a short story that became the favorite book/movie of every 14 year old boy ever. Both the book and movie had a profound impact on literature and film-making and continue to influence and inspire people from all walks of life. Then, at SDCC 2013, Palahniuk announced he would be writing a Fight Club sequel in partnership with Dark Horse Comics. Full Article