It’s not easy being an animation fan today. It’s obvious that a fraction of the animated film is anything but pure corporate product. Disney has lost its way. AFI named Shrek one of the top ten animated films of all time (WTF?) I might totally give up on the genre if if weren’t for two names – Hayao Miyazaki, and Pixar. In the thirteen years since the latter released Toy Story, the already-legendary picture house has yet to produce a bad film. And after WALL·E, the studio’s ninth and quite possibly best film, all of the shortcomings of the animation industry suddenly seem so easy to overlook.
“Your father died yesterday on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Building. He was one of the greatest assassins who ever lived, and the other one is behind you.”
Stuck in a dead-end job with a girlfriend (Kristen Hager) who’s cheating on him with his best friend (Chris Pratt), a ball-busting boss (Lorna Scott), and a general sense of utter futility, Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) is not just having a bad year, but a bad life.
All this changes when he’s approached by a beautiful woman called the Fox (Angelina Jolie) who informs him his father, the greatest assassin to ever live, has just been killed and the man responsible (Thomas Kretschmann) is now gunning for him. Wesley finds himself thrown into a world he never imagined.
The Fraternity of Assassins led by Sloan (Morgan Freeman) shows Wesley he has the special talent and abilities of his father which make him a perfect candidate for the Fraternity.
Choosing to give-up his old life Wesley jumps into the training which basically entails him getting the ever-living-snot beat out of him over and over again. He trains to become the world’s best assassin able to bend bullets fired from his gun and kill from even miles away.
I went after Wanted with full force. I was really looking forward to a little James McAvoy action and honestly I used to think Angelina was hot, but now she truly needs to invest in a donut factory and eat up. Sadly every time I got a good look at James or even a decent action shot he looked constipated in slow motion, that wasn’t too hot. And the slow motion blood splatters and bullets going through the human skulls, a little over done and too much computer work.
Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy ), a bored account manager, starts with a voice over about how much he hates his job, best friend, girlfriend and ultimately his life. His job is setting in a cubicle with a fat redhead breathing down his neck with a stapler demanding results and being totally obnoxious. His girlfriend is screwing his only friend and he doesn’t have the balls to confront him about it, so instead he provides condoms so his buddy can continue banging his girlfriend over lunch. His life is the same shit day in and day out, till an assassin bites it and they come for him.
“I am John Wayne in True Grit. I am Charles Bronson in Death Wish. I am Clint Eastwood in all five Dirty Harry flicks and all the best spaghetti westerns. I am Jean-Claude van Damme. I am Sly Stallone. I am Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon and Chuck Norris in the Way of the Dragon. I am Lee Marvin. I am Sean Connery. I am Arnold Goddam Schwarzenegger…and you my friend, are fucked.”
Wesley Gibson is a loser. Every day Wesley goes to his dead-end job, taking shit from his boss and hiding out in his cubicle. His best friend is sleeping with his girlfriend, he’s a hyproconriac, and views himself as the most insignifigant man on the face of the planet. However, all that is about to change.
Wesley’s father, a man he has never met, is killed and Wesley is tapped by his father’s friends to continue in his stead. You see Wesley’s father was a super villain known as The Killer, and Wesley, unbeknownst to him, has inherited his father’s gifts for killing. Wesley is recruited by the Fraternity, a group of super villains who now rule the world from behind the scenes after eliminating the last of the super-heroes back in 1986. Through magic, science, and mind control they have remade the world to forget about heroes and give themselves ultimate power.
Sad news today folks. George Carlin, the hardest working comedian around, died at the age of 71 due to heart failure on Sunday night in Santa Monica, California. With a career spanning more than half a century Carlin continued to tour on college campuses and night clubs well after becoming a household name with his best-selling albums and books. He will be most remembered for his famous bit on the “7 Words You Can’t Say on Television,” but he gave us so much more. For his biting social commentary, his love of the absurd (and all those little things which we have in common), pushing the boundaries of comedy and good taste, and for so much more, he will be missed. To honor his memory HBO has announced it will re-air many of Carlin’s specials (dating back to 1977) this week on both HBO and HBO2. We’ve got some of his most memorable moments for you inside – Language (of course) is NSFW.
Hmm, we’re about to talk about comics so it must be Wednesday! Welcome to the RazorFine Comic Rack boys and girls. Pull up a bean bag and take a seat at feet of the master as we look at the new comics set to hit comic shops and bookstores today from DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, WildStorm, Vertigo, Virgin, Archie Comics, IDW Publishing, Dynamite Entertainment, Devil’s Due Publishing, and Image Comics.
This week includes Alethia, Conan the Cimmerian, Final Crisis, Green Lantern, Hulk, The Man with No Name, The Programme, Sonic, Superman, Wolverine: Origins, and the first issues of Madame Xanadu, Thor: Ages of Thunder – Reign of Blood, and Vix. Also don’t forget the truckload of new graphic novels including All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder, Demo, Horror Book Vol. 1, Indiana Jones Omnibus Vol. 2, Loaded Bible: Book One, Marvel Atlas, and much, much more.