The Blog's Movie Monday debuts
with a review of "Spider-Man 3"!

The calendar start of summer is more than a month away. But at the theater, summer is already here. And The Blog loves the movies as much as anyone.

So starting today, we begin a new weekly series -- the first regularly appearing feature in The Blog's short life: The Blog's Movie Monday!

Movie Monday will be a weekly review of a newspaper- or journalism-related movie. And it'll be provided by ... YOU! Got a favorite film about the biz? All you need to do to make your voice heard is shoot us a quick e-mail and let us know what movie you'd like to review and we'll make you a star at The Blog.

The Blog will help kick things off, and we'll start with 2007's first blockbuster, "Spider-Man 3." We've all been talking about it, including a fun discussion of some opening-weekend billboard treatments over at VizEds. Is it a newspaper movie in the truest sense? Of course not. But hey -- Peter Parker does shoot for the Daily Bugle. And there's a scene of photojournalism ethics importance, too. Plus, we wanna show you that you can be creative in your selection of flicks to review -- just to spice things up!

So be sure to stay tuned every week for Movie Monday to see what we'll review next -- and to see who each week's guest reviewer will be. When will it be YOU? We're just an e-mail away, so don't hesitate!

"Spider-Man 3"
As reviewed by Matt Erickson, Design Director, The Times of Northwest Indiana; Region 4 Director, SND

Released: 2007. Length: 2:20.
Director: Sam Raimi. Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace ... and CGI.

Find it here:
Playing on more screens than any film in history. Where can ya NOT find it?!? Waiting for the DVD? It should be out in time for the holidays.

What E! Online says:
"... When forced to contend with three supervillains and his own inner demons, (Peter) Parker's overwhelmed. As will be audiences."

Plot synopsis: Peter Parker
's trials and tribulations continue as he lives a dual life as a dirt-poor aspiring photojournalist/student and the webbed one, Spider-Man. Once again, he battles the power of love with Mary Jane Watson, but this time he also battles three villains -- and four if you count himself as a naughty, bad-boy Spidey in a slick black suit, a costume that might just be the highlight of the film.
Read the full review on the jump ...

Reality Check: When Topher Grace's stringer photographer character Eddie Brock delivers the shot of Spidey that editor J. Johan Jameson has been pining for and wins the coveted staff shooter opening he's been competing with Peter Parker for, there's a champagne celebration in the newsroom like he just won a Pulitzer. The term "LOL" has never been more appropriate. And Jameson's Daily Bugle executive editor is a caricature that was funny the first time around, but has gotten old already.

Geek Factor: Though the Daily Bugle scenes are laughably unrealistic to those of us in the life, there is a pretty timely moment when Brock is exposed by Parker for digitally altering a photograph. Hmm ... wonder if Allan Detrich has seen this yet.

MattE's review:
When you show up at the megaplex expecting nothing more than a popcorn movie and not classic cinematic genius, you shouldn't leave disappointed, right? Not necessarily the case with "Spider-Man 3." The flick is a wonder of in-your-face CGI and from a visual standpoint, it looks amazing. For the rumored $350 million it cost to make, it freakin' better. But it's hard to get emotionally involved in the movie when the plotlines are jumping all over the map. Spidey does battle with a new villain, the Sandman, whose alter ego happened to kill his uncle. He does battle with a new Goblin, whose alter ego happens to be his best friend Harry. He does battle with Venom, whose alter ego happens to be his rival behind the shutter, Eddie Brock. And he also does battle with his own inner demons. And when Sandman and Venom, and even the black-suited Spider-Man, become villains through ridiculously unbelievable levels of happenstance, it's all just a bit much. Add to that a musical number for Kirsten Dunst as M.J. Watson and a simply silly scene in which Peter dance-struts his way through Manhattan, and there's enough cheese to finish topping your nachos. All in all, there's just too much going on in too many areas to overlook those moments of dorkiness. But because it's an "event" movie that society tells us we just have to see, you'll go anyway, won't ya?!? Considering Spidey's hauled in more than $330 million in the U.S. and another $543 million in foreign box office (as of June 17), you probably already have!

Movie Monday Archives!
5.21.07: "Deadline -- U.S.A." (Chris Ross)

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Blogger Will said...

someone's getting stock images from sxc.hu... that film reel one has appeared in our paper.

Saturday, May 19, 2007 2:32:00 AM  
Blogger MattE. said...

You know it, Will. Stock.xchng is a beautiful thing. And don't forget to check out 24 other great free or nearly free sites for images in The Blog's post on the subject last month, also written about in Design magazine!

Monday, May 21, 2007 6:06:00 AM  

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