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The Female Perspective: The Twitter Hissy Fit Of Josh Trank

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The Not So Fantastic Four.
The Not So Fantastic Four.

DISCLAIMER: I have not seen Fantastic Four yet and to be honest, with all the terrible reviews, I am not rushing out to spend my hard-earned money on what sounds like total crap. I’ll wait for the DVD most likely. Which stinks because I was really excited to see this “reboot” (God how I detest that term) of a story I find enjoyable. I’ll admit that I actually enjoyed the other two, with Chris Evans and Jessica Alba, I thought they were campy, sure, but in a way that was fun. Either way, I was okay with a studio doing a harder-edged, dark version of the Fantastic Four. It seems like it was a monumental failure, only taking in 26 million at the box office this past weekend (I never thought in my life I’d use failure and 26 million dollars in the same sentence).

So what am  I writing a blog about if I haven’t seen the movie? I’m writing it about the director, Josh Trank. He published  a tweet this week that caused a fair amount of controversy.

“A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would’ve received great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s the reality, though.” – Josh Trank

Seriously dude? Are you 12 or something? I read that tweet and shook my head. Here’s a young guy making his first really big studio movie and because people don’t like it, he feels the need to publish a Tweet that makes him sound like a petulant child. Totally unprofessional. He removed the Tweet as fast as he could (I imagine someone like his dad told him he sounded like a baby) but the damage is done. The fact is Trank, directors make lousy movies once in awhile, it happens. I actually read a pretty okay review of the movie from a friend of mine who said it was … good. That’s nice to hear but still, not a rave review.

"Batman & Robin"
“Batman & Robin”

I read something today about Joel Schumacher and his thoughts on his failed (and often mocked) Batman & Robin film. He recently said;

“They immediately wanted a sequel, but I said yes. There’s nobody else to blame but me. I could have said, ‘No, I’m not going to do it.’

“Val [Kilmer] left at eleventh hour to do The Island of Dr. Moreau. It changed everything. George [Clooney] made a noble effort. I was the problem with Batman& Robin. I never did a sequel to any of my movies, and sequels are only made for one reason: to make more money and sell more toys. I did my job. But I never got my ass in the seat right.

“I just hope whenever I see a list of the worst movies ever made, we’re not on it. I didn’t do a good job. George did. Chris [O’Donnell] did. Uma [Thurman] is brilliant in it. Arnold is Arnold.” – Geek Tyrant

Now this guy is a class act. Not only does he not blame his actors, he openly blames himself for the failure of the movie.  That is how you gracefully accept blame. Then again, Shumacher has been around for awhile and he knows the Hollywood machine. Not to mention, it’s been years since the debacle that was Batman & Robin. I should also add that Twitter and all this “glorious” social media also did not exist during the time of Batman & Robin so who knows how things would have played out had Twitter existed back then.

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The fact remains that Trank is a talented guy, I recently saw his movie Chronicle, a small budget flick about kids who accidentally gain superpowers and what then happens. It’s a great, simple story, low budget and a lot of fun. It’s real world superhero stuff, which I adore. It’s well-directed, well acted and all around really good. So what went wrong with Fantastic Four? I can’t say for sure since I haven’t yet seen the movie but I can guess, Fox Studios. And maybe, just maybe, Josh Trank acted like a baby over some things. Maybe he didn’t speak up when changes were made. Maybe he folded under the pressure that is the superhero genre. Hard to say and it’s not really my job to discover the answer to the mystery.

"Chronicle" the tag line reads, "Boys will be boys," and boy will they ever...
“Chronicle” the tag line reads, “Boys will be boys,” and boy will they ever…

Social media is both a blessing and a curse these days, so many people take to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other sites to show off what they ate for dinner, talk about their latest read, or completely barf out their emotions/feelings/thoughts/etc. I’ll admit that up until a few years ago, I was guilty of expressing my innermost thoughts and feelings online but I’ve started to realize a couple of things.

1. I do not want everyone on my friends list to know my every issue, problem, etc. If I need to talk to someone about something private, I email, text message or call the people I love and trust more than anything else. I do not tweet about it.

2. Vaguebooking is annoying as Hell. Don’t post something on Facebook that says, “Life Sucks” or “I think I’m dying” or “Squirrels have attacked, run for the bunkers,” without giving some kind of context or explanation. Social media is NOT therapy people. Trank thought it would be a good idea to explain himself using 140 characters or less and guess what, everyone took it the wrong way and he’s gotten a lot of crap for it this week.

I sincerely hope that Trank learned his lesson on this. If he wants to work in Hollywood, he’s going to have to get tougher skin and he’s also going to have to learn to make a movie he likes within the constraints of a studio. Otherwise, he’s not going to be getting much work.

For the rest of us, let’s hope that Fantastic Four dies a quick death and we can move on to being excited about other things, like cotton candy grapes (yeah, they’re a real thing).

Did you see Fantastic Four? What did you think? Tell me in the comments!

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The Female Perspective: This Lady Geek Is In HEAVEN

Welcome! This is a Tri-weekly blog by Author J.L. Metcalf where I discuss anything and everything that strikes my fancy. If you have ideas on what you think I should write about, please send me an email via my website!

For now, sit back, relax and enjoy the blog!


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If you are a geek (dork, nerd, whatever you call yourself) like me then last week was a BIG week for you. Why? Well damn, the new Star Wars trailer dropped along with the Superman versus Batman trailer came out early and we also saw the new Fantastic Four Trailer, the new Ant Man trailer and I got a look at the teaser for the new Quentin Tarantino movie, The Hateful Eight. I mean, seriously? Could you ask for any more than that????

I thought I’d compile all these goodies into one happy place for people to peruse at their leisure, plus, I am dying to take another look at this good stuff.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I can barely handle this trailer, it starts with that familiar music. The haunting Star Wars melody that is seared into my brain since childhood. Then freakin’ MARK HAMILL starts talking about the Force and all bets are off. We get a new look at some of the upcoming leads (including what looks to be a bad-ass lady, yay!) and not only that, Solo and Chewie…Oh man…SOLO AND CHEWIE…I need a minute, here, watch the trailer.


Okay, I’m better now…onward and upward they say! Let’s move along to yet another highly anticipated movie, Superman versus Batman: Dawn of Justice 

We get a great voice over (including Lex Luthor) taking about the difference between Gods and men and should we trust this fella called Superman? It sets up a fantastically dark story. I have to admit to being slightly disappointed that we don’t get to see anything of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman in here (I’m anxious to see her in action) but I get it. They want to set up the central battle between Batman and Superman, sure I get it. I just have to ask, for the next trailer, can we see some Wonder Woman??? I have a deep fear that she’ll be shuttled over to the sidelines, a secondary character and that she won’t be as strong as her male counterparts. But I also have hope that it’s going to be one kick-butt kind of movie. I personally loved the Nolan Batman films, I enjoy when my superhero’s get all dark and gloomy (take a look at Netflix’s recent hit, Daredevil for a great example of this) so I’m really looking forward to this one.

“Devils don’t come from hell below us, they come from the sky.” – Ahhhh awesome quote to set up the distrust of Superman, and do you blame them? He destroyed a city last time!


I know nothing about Ant Man except for what my boyfriend tells me but I can tell you, watching these trailers makes me want to see this movie. I have been a huge fan of Paul Rudd for a long time now, he can be serious and hilarious and that is PERFECT for a superhero movie. Ant Man looks like it’s not going to disappoint and with the Marvel track record, I have a lot of hopes pinned on this movie. It looks fun, interesting, different and amusing. Can’t wait!

Not to mention, the sight gags they can do when there is a battle on a kids train set end up being pretty dang funny. Watch the trailer for more!


I’m going to admit something that may not be popular right now, I enjoyed the first two Fantastic Four movies. I know, I know, that is a widely unpopular viewpoint but I simply don’t care. I found them to be fairly decent films, silly at times and badly acted at others but you can do worse than Michael Chicklis is anything and Chris Evans.

All of that being said, I have to say that watching these trailers for the new Fantastic Four that I am intrigued, once again, we are seeing a darker take on a comic book story and it looks to be a pretty interesting film. I don’t care if Doom looks “right” or that the actors are different ethnicities (and really, what the heck does that matter?), all I care about is a good story, good acting and a fun movie. That’s all I ever want from these movies and Fantastic Four looks to be in line with being a good time. We’ll see when it hits theaters!


More than most things, I am a huge Quentin Tarantino fan, from his True Romance screenwriting days to today’s glorious films like Django Unchained and Inglorious Basterds I just love everything he does. So I am super extra psyched for his new movie, The Hateful Eight, not only because it boasts a cast that includes Kurt Russell and Walton Goggins (if you don’t know who he is, watch Justified and you’ll love him too) but because it’s Tarantino doing a Western and it’s, well it’s Tarantino. That’s enough for me!

The teaser dropped in theaters recently, it’s been out for a while but can now be viewed by us regular folk. Sadly, there is no footage in the trailer (there wasn’t any yet) but hopefully we’ll see a trailer with footage soon. I can’t wait!

For the story and the teaser trailer, click here.


And simply because I’m doing a fun post today with videos, here’s one that struck my funny bone, it’s…well, just watch it, it’s funnier if you watch it.

I think he sums up how many of us were feeling watching the Star Wars trailer, it was a special day.

Hope you enjoyed this post with my thoughts on some big upcoming films, but tell me, what movie are you looking forward to most? Is it one of the ones I talk about or is it something different? Sound off in the comments!