Howdy. I am sorry for the nature of the last post, but not what I said and definitely stand by it 100%. I'll talk more about that in a bit below.
The Avengers: One Of The Greatest Comic Book Adaptions!
I got a chance to watch Marvel Entertainment's The Avengers once again last night and enjoyed it thoroughly again. It is in a tight spot with X-Men 2: X-Men United (they shouldn't have killed off Lady Deathstrike and Kelly Hu though), Spiderman 2, Iron Man (especially for the character work between Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr.) and The Dark Knight and Richard Donner's Superman as my favourite superhero movies of all time.
I am completely looking forward to the upcoming sequel as I am a comic book fan from the early days. Look for an upcoming Avengers related post. I am one of the few people in the city that still hasn't seen The Amazing Spiderman 2 but am looking forward to it. I won't compare it to Spiderman 2 as one of my favourite superhero movies of all time. Two completely different interpretations of the same character and each a different experience.
Here are other superhero or action titles I highly recommend that did not receive the same attention as some of the titles listed above but are incredible entries and must see movies:
Elektra - Stars Jennifer Garner in another comic book adaption spawned from Marvel's Daredevil film franchise, Elektra follows the origins of the assassin from her early days following her training and the aquisition of her unique abilities. The art direction in this film is incredible with the cinematographers definitely tipping their hats to the next movie listed here. Directed by Rob Bowman.
Hero - An incredible tale and epic work of art that follows the tale of a legendary swordsman and his pursuit of his quarry. Two lovers whose betrayal and forgiveness of each other only fuels their journey together. This film is a work of art visually as it is in dance, martial arts and palette. One of Quentin Tarantino's favourites. An incredible cast starring Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang, Jet Li, Donnie Yen and Tony Chiu Wai Leung. Directed by Yimou Zhang.
Resident Evil Apocalypse - The sequel to the first movie in the video game franchise follows the story of Alice, the genetically engineered super weapon of the future in the form of a beautiful woman played by none other than Milla Jovovich. The story continues as Alice must help a rag tag team of special forces operatives rescue the daughter of a scientist and escape from Raccoon City which has become infected with the deadly T-Virus. Sienna Guillory plays Jill Valentine, another strong female lead along side Milla's that is complimented by that of Oded Fehr who plays Carlos Olivera. Directed by Alexander Witt.
The Fantastic Four - The Fantastic Four follows the lives of a wealthy scientist and his "family" after they are affected by cosmic rays that result in imbuing them with amazing powers. The characters are well founded and the atmosphere is like that of a family albeit a little bit dysfunctional like every interesting family. The sequel offers one of the rarities and catalyst of conflict in the superhero genre: a bachelor party and a wedding. Look for Chris Evans who is one of the few actors to actually play more than one popular superhero role in his life. Directed by Tim Story.
Cellular - Speaking of Chris Evans, here is a movie great movie that puts him in the role of the unwilling hero who receives a distress call from a beautiful stranger pleading for his help. A great movie with a great cast and though not a superhero movie, there are definitely heroes of super proportions. Excellent direction, music and editing too. Directed by David R. Ellis.
Unbreakable - Bruce Willis stars in this role much like his prior roles in Sixth Sense and Twelve Monkeys and definitely a must watch movie like the others listed here. Much like the Sixth Sense the dialogue in this film is as thoughtful and provocative as the story itself. After surviving a train crash with no other survivors, the main character finds himself being led down a path of discovery by a mysterious mentor who is played by Samuel L. Jackson. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
Army Of Darkness - Perhaps the definitive cult film of the century, Army Of Darkness has spawned fans of the genre and made its director and cast known world wide. A man who was transported to the past while trying to rid the world of a treacherously evil book: The Necronomicon must finish his quest for the book and find his way home again. A comedy flick much more than a horror flick, it stars Bruce Campbell as the anti-hero Ash whose one liners and misdirection is laugh worthy for every watching. Directed by Sam Raimi.
I had a little bit of time to work on some upcoming releases, both of which are software titles and are utilities for Windows (possible port to other operating systems dependent upon popularity), one of which has already created a lot of attention called Shhhh for a working title (which may stay for the first release).
I'm also investigating the possibility of adapting at least one or more of my stories to Screen Writer's format in order to facilitate the possibility of entering into the world of script writing with which I have working experience especially in the theatre of linking storyboard to dialogue elements. If and when that does happen, look for another blog that will contain the screenplay adaptation of the selected stories and possible future writing solely in that format. For those of you interested as well I've been checking out Scriptologist.com.
As far as the stories getting an update, they are coming soon. Finding an opening between local social beatings is getting difficult but one that I will never give up on nonetheless.
About Eavesdropping And Harassment Related To The Prior Post
One of the things that becomes an important issue when you do anything that involves creative property on a computer is keeping it protected long enough to be presented in unaffected format. That means if you are in the process of creating something, nobody else interferes with it by reading over your shoulder and bumping you at the right times to distract you or even by trying to influence what you write.
Locally there seems to be a misuse of technology that allows others to "shoulder surf" another computer remotely and because those who do so locally are close enough to have a direct influence by verbal or sometimes physical interference, this creates a problem for someone who is involved in the creative process whether that be as a hobbyist or a professional. That also opens the door to others possibly taking what you do as you do it to fuel their own career or lives or just outright stealing it for their credit altogether.
It makes protecting my creative output difficult and as well I often have to fight for the credit of my own output by such effort. In addition it makes it difficult corresponding with others as any such correspondence I make is known about in advance and often any ensuing efforts to further life or career goals are sabotaged as a result. In revealing this I'm often painted as being paranoid. As I've said most of this pertains to the culture of my love interest being Oriental which seems to be a big no-no for some people.
Anyway, thank you for your time.
Stay Safe And Be Well
Brian Joseph Johns