The entire writing about film, I keep coming back to the idea that through marketing like trailers, we see WAY too much of any given film before it comes out. I want to know as little as possible walking into a movie. Especially movies like Avengers: Infinity War that are so highly anticipated by nerds like. Unfortunately, more than a few times per year over the past 5 years or so , there will be at least one or two moments, where I say to myself “Fuck! I didn’t want to KNOW that!” Or “Fuck! I didn’t want to SEE that”.
Ill give you a specific example without spoiling things myself. There is that really cool moment at the end of the final Avengers: Infinity War trailer where Cap is holding back Thanos with all his might. Here it is:
We’re all wondering: What’s going on here?! IS THIS THE END OF CAP? Thanos is MUCH stronger than him. Is Thanos toying with him? Is somebody going to come and rescue Cap at the last minute? Or something completely different going?
Unfortunately for me, because of the random TV spots that are everywhere these days leading up to this movie, the context surrounding that scene was spoiled for me. You would never guess in a million years what’s what’s going on and it’s really, really cool but it’s something I wish I didn’t know. It’s just really frustrating when you look forward to something like this so much and you want to go into it as fresh as possible. For the past few weeks on YouTube, every day there’s a new Infinity War promo or clip with a new piece of dialogue or a new scene. I don’t watch any of them and I try to avoid any TV promos. The last trailer I watched was the last major trailer they put out which ended in the scene I’m talking about here; Cap and Thanos. It just sucks that movie studios feel the need to spoil some really cool moments to sell the tickets. The lesson here is when selling a film that guaranteed to make big bucks like Avengers: Infinity War: Less is more.
Thank you so much for all the positive feedback I got from the Trailer Commentary video I did for Solo: A Star Wars Story. I wanted to do more of these Trailer Commentaries because I had so much fun doing the first one! So the latest trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was perfect. This is definitely one of my most anticipated movies of the summer, so I hope you enjoy this video. I think I’m improving with each new one, so this should be… watchable! It certainly isn’t a train wreck, no sir! Well… maybe… DAMMIT YOU BE THE JUDGE!
I know I said I’d never do it again! I know some vows can’t be broken.! But dammit I was convinced to do this episode of “The World’s Best Podcast”;on the season finale of The Walking Dead! My Dad, Paul Sr. and I sat down, watched the season finale, and did an audio commentary throughout the entire Episode of the finale. You can definitely listen to this episode is by itself, but the best way to listen would be to put on your headphones to listen to our show and then put on The Walking Dead Season Finale on you TV or device and follow along with us. We let you know when to start the Episode and we tell you exactly where we are on the show if we pause to talk and start again. We had a great time recording this one, so I hoping you enjoy listening (and maybe watching/listeneing) as much as we did recording it! I keep saying I’m never going to do a Walking Dead episode again but God only knows this for eight so we’ll see. Anyway, listen here or subscribe on iTunes:
This is long overdue, but take a look at my video commentary for the most recent trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story. This is the first time I’ve done something like this with video, so please give me feedback and let me know if you’d like to see more of this kind of thing. Anyway, take a look,! Enjoy!
When fans look back at the Batman movies that took place in the same universe as the wonderful Batman: The Animated Series, they most likely remember the fantastic Batman Beyond: Return of The Joker or the classic Batman: Mask of The Phantasm. As of last summer, we can add 2017’s Batman and Harley Quinn to the list, but unfortunately that movie sucks.
However, there’s a hidden gem that a lot of people forget about; Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero. This was a direct to video animated film taking in the BTAS Universe that came out in 1998. No doubt hoping to capitalize on the Mr. Freeze buzz in that was in the air after Arnold Schwarzenegger’s heartbreaking, Oscar winning performance in the critical darling and mega hit, Batman & Robin. Oh wait, I forgot the movie was explosive diarrhea and killed the Batman live action film franchise for nearly a decade. I’m sure there’s an alternate reality out there where it was The Dark Knight of it’s day.
But I think that was definitely the intention. Animation takes longer than live action to produce especially in the 90’s. Even though this came out in 1998, it must have started production a few years earlier. So Warner Bros. probably thought Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero would tie in to what they believed would be another hit Batman movie. It really feels like somewhere around 95’or 96’, Warner Bros. told Bruce Timm and his crew that if we let you do another Batman Animated movie, it better be about Mr. Freeze. Of course, Batman & Robin was such a piece of shit, people eventually put it out of their minds after the film bombed. Unfortunately I think Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero was forgotten a little as well.
Which is a shame because it’s a hell of a little flick. Nowhere near as good as Mask of The Phantasm or Return of The Joker, but still solid as fuck. It’s certainly about one thousand times better than Batman & Robin, it feels wrong to even compare the two. The movie plays like a darker, longer episode of the show. But at only 66 minuets, it still feels like a movie with a 3 act structure as opposed to a multi part episode of the series.
Basically at some point during Batman: The Animated Series, Freeze found out his wife Nora was actually still alive and being kept in cryogenic stasis. They’re living a peaceful life in the arctic with Freeze’s 2 pet Polar Bears and an Inuit boy that Freeze rescued and adopted after his parents died. There’s an accident involving some poor bastards who stumble onto this little family (it doesn’t end well for them), Nora’s medical equipment is damaged and her condition deteriorates rapidly. Freeze and the whole Fam (including the fucking polar bears) head to Gotham where Freeze meets up with his old colleague, Dr. Benson another expert in cryogenics who’s a massive piece of shit with serious financial debt. Benson tells Freeze that the only way to save his wife is an organ transplant. Nora has a rare blood type so they need to kidnap some who’s alive, kill them, and harvest their organs. Benson the medical professional that he is, gets on board right away when Freeze drops a lump of gold the size of football on his desk and tells him it’s from a mine he discovered in the arctic, which is Benson’s if he successfully helps Freeze. And wouldn’t you know it? The perfect match: Barbara Gordon. Batgirl. Commission Gordons’s daughter and the love of Dick Grayson’s (Robin) life.
There are some great action sequences including the scene kidnapping Barbara while she’s out to dinner with Dick at upscale nightclub, which starts with Freeze coming for Barbara in the club, polar bears and all, and ends with Dick in badass motorcycle chase. The film’s finale on an oil rig that going up in flames is exciting and genuinely edge of your seat tense.
This is also arguably the darkest we see Freeze, who’s always been one of the most sympathetic members of Batman’s Rogues Gallery. Killing a man out of revenge for murdering your wife and destroying your life is one thing, but butchering an innocent young woman to harvest an organ is pretty fucking dark. Especially considering she was basically already dead and the procedure did not seem to have a high likelihood of success when it’s being performed on an abandoned oil rig by a criminally negligent doctor who hasn’t changed his clothes in days and is solely motivated by paying off his shady debts. We do see glimmers of the honorable man that still exists somewhere deep beneath the ice of Freeze, but his main mission here is kind of unforgivable. And those polar bears aren’t fucking around either!
I rewatched this because it just came out on Blu-ray, which includes all the other Mr. Freeze episodes in the Batman: The Animated series Universe (including Batman Beyond), and I found myself thinking it was kind of underrated. This movie is also notable because it came out in the time betweeen the original Batman: The Animated series ended and The New Batman/Superman Adventures began. It was the same show, same continuity, but there was a big character redesign. Also, there are some big character developments that happen between the change over on the show and this movie hints at some of those upcoming character developments.
I definitely recommend picking up Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero, I know I did. Especially if you have the other animated movies on Blu-Ray. It’s very good Batman movie and the Blu-Ray transfer looks good on the traditional animation. They experimented with some computer animation for certain shots and vehicles, that don’t work and look super dated. Other than that, this gets a big thumbs up from me. Give it a watch!
Oh FUCK! I forget about Batman: Mystery of The Batwoman! That’s one of the movies too..
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In the latest episode of “The World’s Best Podcast”, I review the new thriller A Quiet Place starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. I also do a little speculation on casting for a possible Fantastic Four Movie in the MCU. Listen here or subscribe on iTunes:
I go into more detail in the podcast but I think John Krasinski and Emily Blunt would make a great Reed Richards and Sue Storm, as a lot of other people have speculated. But check out this picture below and tell me John Krasinski couldn’t pull it off …
One year ago, after many suggestions from my brother that I should actually do something with my love and encyclopedia of knowledge on movies, TV, comics, and a lot more, I started a blog on “geek” culture that I didn’t think anyone would really be interested in reading. It was just for fun (and it still is). But through word of mouth and social media I was lucky enough to develop a following.
From there it kept evolving, we started doing a podcast; “The World’s Best Podcast”, I was able to get other writers to contribute their work to the website, and because the original blog was called “The World’s Best Blog with Paul Wright”, I was stuck with World’s Best being synonymous with my website. So I just ran with it and it all came together as World’s Best Media: An entertainment and pop culture website focusing on sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, and more. Where we produce articles, editorials, reviews, podcasts, and a few videos (with more on the way).
This has been so much fun and so creatively fulfilling. I’m so thankful for the support of our readers and listeners. This wouldn’t be as fun as it is without the great fans of World’s Best Media. Thank you all so much and be sure to stick with us in 2018 because we have some very exciting stuff coming up!
Personally, there are a lot of people I want to thank, because I couldn’t have done this without the help and support of a lot of people. I want to thank my brother Mathew Wright and my Uncle Gary Pollucci for pushing me to do all of this in the first place. A huge thank you to Mike Cole, without him none of this would exist. He helped me set up the site, he works tech support, he writes a great column for the site, and hopefully we’re going to get him on the podcast soon. You’re the man, Mike! Thanks to Sam Gryzbowski who suggested we do the podcast in the first place. Thank you to Tim Cuff, a fantastic co-host who was so instrumental in us getting a following for “The World’s Best Podcast”. A big thank you to my other co-hosts on the podcast, like the great Ryan McDonald (who also made that killer video promo for the show), Matt Supple, and Paul Wright Sr. I also want to thank Mark Rodolfo who has been a fantastic continuing contributor and supporter of World’s Best Media, his articles for the site have been excellent. Finally I’d like to thank my parents, Paul and Constance Wright for their support and encouragement. Thank you all, it means so much to me.
THANK YOU EVERYBODY!
I know 2018 is going to be a bigger and better year for World’s Best Media so THANK YOU ALL, stay tuned, and come have a seat with me and Superman. It’s gonna be fun…
On todays Episode of “The World’s Best Podcast”, Ryan and I review Steven Spielberg’s new movie, Ready Player One. Our discussion about the film contains full SPOILERS. So be careful if you haven’t seen the film yet. This was definitely an interesting movie to review and it felt like a good follow up to the episode we did a few months ago that focused on Spielberg’s career. Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the podcast! Listen here or subscribe on iTunes:
On today’s episode of Paul’s Pulls I talk about the end of DC’s Big Batman event comic Dark Nights: Metal and the new issue of Doomsday Clock. I also spent some time talking about Thanos not only as a character, but his excellent book that Donny Cates works on, as well. Thanos is basically Marvel’s rip off of Darkseid and Jack Kirby‘s classic creations The New Gods, so we get into that a little bit as well. Listen here or subscribe on iTunes: