Wednesday, December 01, 2004

New on the DVD rack, 12/1/04

Spider-Man 2. Embarrassed as I am to admit it, lifelong Spider-Man fan that I am, I never got around to seeing this in the theater. KJ took KM to see it, and KM raved about it. Still does, in fact. I've heard good things from others, too. I'm looking forward to watching it — I thoroughly enjoyed the first installment, despite its divergences from the established mythos, and Doc Ock was always one of the best villains in Spidey's rogues' gallery. I'll see how alert I feel after Law & Order.

Speaking of Spidey, did I ever show you the wicked cool piece Alex Saviuk hand-colored for me a while back? It occupies the corner of my workstation formerly occupied by the John Romita Sr./Jr. recreation print of the Amazing Fantasy #15 cover that came in the first Spider-Man DVD deluxe box. It is, as you can see, beautimous. (That's not really a word. But you knew that.) Alex was kind enough to enclose a cordial handwritten Thanksgiving greeting — on his own personal Web of Spider-Man stationery — which I plan to have framed alongside the artwork.

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Blogger Joel offered these pearls of wisdom...

Re: movie.
Oh, you're in for a treat!

3:54 PM  
Blogger SwanShadow offered these pearls of wisdom...

Yeah, I stayed up last night and watched it. It was indeed quite excellent. Alfred Molina was terrific as Doc Ock. Tobey was Tobey and Kirsten was Kirsten — they're both always good. I really believe she is one of the best actors of her generation, though the Spider-Man films don't give her much opportunity to show her range. (And I'm still thrown by the peculiar amalgam of MJ and Gwen Stacy they've written for Kirsten to play. Mary Jane should be edgy, tough, and brassy, not cute and sweet.) I liked all the hidden Ditko/Romita homages, too. I'm looking forward to delving into the documentary material and commentaries next.

4:52 PM  

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