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Bite Sized Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance Trailers

Three more TV spots for Colombia Picture’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance aired; one which aired during the pre-game show for the Super Bowl. Each spot was a mini copy of the official trailer using slightly different imagery or audio.

Come February 17, Nicolas Cage will once again hit the big screen as Johnny Blaze. This, “Gritty” new vision for the character will show Blaze struggling with his inner demons. As the flaming skull superhero for the movie adaptation, the Ghost Rider’s purpose on the mortal realm will be to act as the Devil’s bounty hunter. Directed by Mark Neveldine and Bryan Taylor; Chev-Chelly-Crank-Os; the Ghost Rider will risk everything to save a young boy from the devil; who’s trying to take human form; and hopefully rid himself of his curse forever.

The movie trailers have shown more bubbling and boiling of tar like leather and flaming pee. Hoping to out-do; or even distance themselves from; the 2003 movie of Ghost Rider, it appears that touting the franchise as dark and gritty is the sell point. Is this admission that the previous movie was fun and campy? I’m still trying to get over the poor man’s Batman known as the Daredevil. His superpower was to be able to see; the better to sue you; but I’m still trying to unsee the movie version.

In the past, I’ve created a running theory on how to determine if a Nicholas Cage movie will be good or not. Originally the theory was that the longer the hair, the worse the movie, but as time progressed, the idea had to be adapted. Using simple observational skills, I’ve postulated that the better groomed or kept Cage’s hair is, the better the movie. The wilder or worse the hair, the worse the movie will be.

Nicholas Cage's hair: Short and Neat

Cage; who seems to be accepting any script that comes his way; nearly destroys my theory by making me question which hair I’m suppose to be observing. The hair for Johnny Blaze, or the flaming hairless skull that is the Ghost Rider. In the trailers I’ve seen, Johnny Blaze’s hair is all over the place. While the CGI Ghost Rider is on fire; which is wild and out of control. So both do not meet the prerequisite for being well groomed. Ergo, the movie should flop.

This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen a reworking or reboot of a marvel film superhero flop. At the zenith of the Spider-man franchise popularity, superhero movies were being cranked out as fast as they could film them. Some of them were not so good and fans were not forgiving. So after assessing the damages done, some movies were either redone or a sequel was reworked. The Incredible Hulk (2008) smashed the Hulk (2003) as a sequel. The Punisher (2004) was replaced with Punisher: War Zone (2008). While some movies like Electra were so bad that they were forced from the collective consciousness a la Highlander II; not even the sequels acknowledge it’s existence.

Long and Crazy

Also, if there’s a superhero who’s the Spirit of Vengeance, that would be Detective Comic’s Spectre; the actual wrath of God, not the devil’s errand boy that Marvel has.

Check out some of the Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengence TV spots below:

Upcoming Adaptations for February 2012

February is definitely a slow month for the book adaptation world. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. It seems like everywhere you look a new book is being remade into a movie (or a show) and you might not always hear about them, even the good ones. So because every month there are new and exciting remakes of books into movies and television, we will try to keep you updated.

You can see their release dates for all the new upcoming remakes for February 2012.

 

February 3rd

The Woman in Black

Starring:

Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Liz White, Janet McTeer, Alisa Khazanova

It follows a smart young lawyer named Arthur Kipps who must travel to a remote and slightly deserted village and handle a deceased clients papers and files. However, as he toils over the work, he begins to unravel tragic secrets of the village and the client. This is accompanied by a mysteriously woman in black who he glimpses more and more. When he questions the locals he gets no answers. He is forced to set out on his own to figure out the true identity of the woman and stop her from her true intent.

Based on the novel of the same name by Susan Hill.

Big Miracle

Starring:

John Krasinski, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell.

Inspired by the true story that captured the hearts of people across the world, the rescue adventure ‘Big Miracle’ tells the amazing tale of a small town news reporter (John Krasinski) and a Greenpeace volunteer (Drew Barrymore) who are joined by rival world superpowers to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle.

Based on the 1989 book Freeing the Whales by Tom Rose

 

February 17th

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Starring:

Nicolas Cage, Johnny Whitworth, Fergus Riordan, Ciaran Hinds, Violante Placido, Idris Elba, Christopher Lambert

Johnny is still struggling with his curse as the devil’s bounty hunter – but he may risk everything as he teams up with the leader of a group of rebel monks to save a young boy from the devil… and possibly rid himself of his curse forever.

Based on the Marvel Comics antihero Ghost Rider.

The Secret World of Arrietty

A 2010 Japanese animated fantasy film based on Mary Norton’s juvenile fantasy novel The Borrowers. The film was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, was written by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa, and stars the voices of Mirai Shida as the titular character, Ryunosuke Kamiki as Sho, and Tatsuya Fujiwara as Spiller. The film tells the story of Arrietty, a young Borrower who lives under the floorboards of a typical household. She eventually befriends Sho, a human boy with a heart condition since birth who is living with his great aunt Sadako. When Sadako’s maid Haru becomes suspicious of the floorboard’s disturbance, Arrietty and her family must escape detection, even if it means leaving their beloved home.

 

The Winning Fan-Made Ghost Rider Poster Revealed

 

I am not a fan of Ghost Rider (at least not a fan of Nicholas Cage’s performance as Ghost Rider) but I will admit that the winning fan-made poster is pretty kick ass. After a very successful contest in which fans were told to create their own movie poster for the release of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, the official winner has been chosen. Continue reading