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411 Fact or Fiction Movies/TV 11.16.12: Week 357

November 16, 2012 | Posted by Ben Piper

Another week passes us by, and thus brings onto us another installment of Fact or Fiction glory! This week, we have in our presence T.J. Hawke and the returning Trevor Snyder. We’ve got some ground to cover, so let’s set about doing just that.

1. Lincoln will be this year’s Oscar front-runner.

TJ Hawke: Fact. The prognosticators seem to have Argo as the favorite at this point, but my guess is that the Ben Affleck directed film has peaked too soon, and that by the time the Oscars roll around, Lincoln will be the new favorite to take him the gold statue. Lincoln’s pedigree is only matched by its word of mouth buzz, as this film seems to be a mortal lock to get nominations in most of the major categories. There is always chance that another film could win Best Picture, but I will be surprised if this film isn’t the front-runner by the time the ceremony happens.

Trevor Snyder: Fiction. Daniel Day-Lewis is already, without a doubt, the front-runner for Best Actor, and I’m sure Lincoln is probably a lock for nominations in most of the other major categories, as well. But it seems a little premature to already label it the front-runner for a couple reasons. One, Argo is still riding high in the eyes of many (and if it comes down to Spielberg vs Affleck for Best Director, I think it will be hard for most Academy members not to complete Affleck’s “derided actor turned acclaimed director” story with a trophy). Two, Les Miserables is still waiting in the wings, and that’s another big epic that, like Lincoln has Oscar-bait written all over it…plus it’s a musical! These three films will probably end up being looked at as the “front-runners” (with Silver Linings Playbook perhaps thrown in as this year’s indie underdog), but I’m not sure any one of them will be able to fully step out ahead into the front of the pack.

Score: 0 for 1

2. You support a big-screen Mortal Kombat reboot.

TJ Hawke: Fact. I have zero interest in the Mortal Kombat universe, but I am never against people getting work, and loads of people in front of and behind the screen could get a bunch of work from this franchise. So, I support this reboot from that point of view alone. And who knows, maybe the studio will has a real inspired choice for director up its sleeve, and this film will work out well for everyone.

Trevor Snyder: Fact. I’m pretty much right with TJ on this one. Personally, I have zero interest in a new Mortal Kombat movie. Even though I quite enjoyed the first movie, I think the franchise’s moment has passed. But, at the same time, I’m not actively opposed to the idea. If it works, we’ll get a cool kung-fu movie out of it. If it doesn’t, maybe we’ll get another hilariously bad movie like Mortal Kombat: Annihilation that my friends and I can watch, drink beers, and make fun of. Either way is fine by me.

Score: 1 for 2

3. Brian Singer is an excellent choice to step in as director of X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

TJ Hawke: Fact. While I was disappointed to see Matthew Vaughn leave the project, there probably isn’t a better person to direct this film than Bryan Singer. I was crushed when he was originally replaced way back when by Brett Ratner, and I couldn’t be happier when Fox brought him back into the fold with First Class. From what I understand, Singer and Vaughn have essentially switched roles for the sequel, which makes me optimistic that there won’t be any transitional problems between directors. Days of Future Past is a huge opportunity to bring together the whole X-Men franchise and lay the groundwork for the franchise’s future. Singer being the man in charge is definitely a good thing.

Trevor Snyder: Fact. I’m also disappointed Vaughn isn’t continuing what he started with First Class, but Singer is obviously the best choice to step in, given his close ties to the three decent X-Men movies. This doesn’t really make up for Singer never getting to deliver his third X-Men film, but at least he gets another opportunity to put his stamp on the universe (even more so than he did as producer on First Class), which so far he has always done a great job with. Plus, if some of that nerd speculation is true about using the time-traveling story to “reboot” the continuity in a way that effectively negates X-Men: The Last Stand, than who better to do it than the guy who we all wanted to give us the Dark Phoenix movie in the first place?

Score: 2 for 3


4. You’d watch a Boy Meets World sequel TV series.

Trevor Snyder: Fiction. Nope. I never watched Boy Meets World. Haven’t seen one episode. Sorry. It’s just one of those things that escaped my attention when it was on, and nothing about it sounds appealing enough for me to bother with it now. I’m happy for its fans that they’ll get another chance to visit the world (even though the concept has a definite Saved by the Bell: The New Class feel to it, and we all remember how that worked out), but sadly I can’t join in on that excitement.

TJ Hawke: Fact. Boy Meets World was one of my favorite TV shows growing up, and I would of course check out any sequel series. Would I expect this series to be good? No. Would I expect to watch every episode of the series? No. That being said, I have such a fondness for the characters and universe that I wouldn’t be able to resist giving the new series a few episodes.

Score: 2 for 4

5. You like the casting of Mark Wahlberg in Transformers 4.

Trevor Snyder: Fiction. This sort of echoes my thoughts on the Mortal Kombat reboot – or at least the indifference aspect. I certainly don’t have anything against Wahlberg joining the Transformers series. Bay apparently enjoyed working with him, he’s a big name star who has never had a big franchise, he can turn in decent to very-good performances when motivated…there are plenty of reasons this makes sense. But, still, why should I care about this decision? I liked the first Transformers movie, hated the second one with an intense passion, and thought the third was surprisingly entertaining but altogether fairly forgettable. A fourth movie with the same creative minds in charge – despite claims of a “new direction” – just promises more of the same from a franchise that I’m more than happy to move on from. Wahlberg isn’t a unique enough choice to suddenly make me sit up, take notice, and think they’re really trying something new now. No, that would require giving someone like Crispin Glover the lead role. Now that I would get excited for.

TJ Hawke: Fiction. I like Mark Wahlberg, but he’s not an actor that automatically makes me excited for a movie, especially when said movie is a sequel in an incredibly uninteresting franchise. Thus, I can’t say like the casting in any film that I don’t care about. I can see this film being entertaining, but as long as Michael Bay is the creative force behind these film, I will withhold excitement until proven wrong. Daniel Day Lewis could be cast as the lead, and I still wouldn’t be excited.

Score: 3 for 5

6. All Of Me shouldn’t be remade.

Trevor Snyder: Fiction. Why not? Did I miss something? Is All of Me some super revered classic with a legion of fans that consider this remake to be blasphemy? Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure the original does have its fans. Most movies do. But it definitely doesn’t seem like it’s ever reached the level of “untouchable classic.” It’s just a decent little comedy with a pretty good premise – a premise that could easily be re-done and made entertaining again with the right cast and filmmakers. I say go for it.

TJ Hawke: Fiction. I legit had to look the original up, as I had never heard of it before. I really have no problem with any movies being remade as a principle. Some remakes are successful creatively, and I don’t think there is anything wrong with someone telling the same story, even if there are hardly any big changes. This is the same reason why I like covers of songs so much. That being said, the plot of the original doesn’t interest me in the slightest, so I can’t imagine I will see the remake. Since I’m not obnoxious enough to think movies should only be made to cater to my tastes, I still don’t have a problem with this film being made.

Final Score: 4 for 6

Trevor and TJ agree more often than not. Thanks to them both for stopping by, and see you all again next week.


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