Looking Forward to a Marvelous(TM) New Year

Reel DirtGreetings, true believers!

Here we are at the cusp of a new year. 2015 will be filled with more comic book characters jumping off the screen, the return of the Jedi to the cinema, and all the romance, tragedy, drama, and thrills that you can handle. That doesn’t even account for the madcap chicanery that will happen in the hills and valleys of Hollywood, New York, and everywhere else they make movies. Louisiana itself being a hotbed of motion picture activity, we’ll continue to get mad attention and business making movie magic. I’m looking forward to it.

Kids of all ages will rejoice when they get the chance to see Avengers 2: Electric Boogaloo

2014 is over and done, and oh, what a year it was! For the geek in all of us, we got to see Marvel movie after Marvel movie after movie based on Marvel characters. I’m talking about your Captain America, your Guardians of the Galaxy, your X-Men Days of Future Past, your Amazing Spider-Man part deux — heck, even Big Hero 6 was based on a Marvel comic book, and it did nearly $200 million here in North America.

The house that Stan Lee built will be going strong in 2015. Kids of all ages will rejoice when they get the chance to see Avengers 2: Electric Boogaloo … er I mean, Avengers: Age of Ultron. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, you haven’t lived. I get chills every time I watch the Hulk and Iron Man in Hulkbuster armor duke it out. Later on in the year, we’ll get to see Ant-Man do his thing, as well. Before that, though, the Fantastic Four make their return to the theater in a reboot that redefines everything we know and love about the quartet. Maybe it’ll be good, but I have yet to raise my hopes for this one.

Another thing that was an iconic moment of 2014 happened just recently. What went from a strange episode of sabotage at Sony Studios was revealed to be one of the most brazen hacking episodes in recent memory. From there, it became a defining moment in the evolution of cyberterrorism. The Great Sony Hack of 2014 successfully kept The Interview from hitting the big screen at most major chains, but the movie still slithered its way into smaller cinemas and into homes via digital downloads.

Interview-movie-ipadI still find it hard to believe that North Koreans were behind the attack. Not because I’m surprised they’d have a negative reaction to a movie about assassinating their glorious leader; I’m just surprised they were organized enough to accomplish it. Last I heard, they were scheming ways to get their hands on a bunch of Playstation 2s in order to chain them together to make a North Korean version of the supercomputer that was trying to blow up the world in the 1980s movie War Games. More than likely, it was three guys over there who had gotten bored after playing StarCraft for 87 hours straight.

Ultimately, everyone will get a chance to see the movie, because after being inhibited by threat of violence, Sony was swayed by public desire to see it. That just proves what they said in the Serenity movie: You can’t stop the signal.

Look forward to a lot of celebrities acting irresponsibly in the next 12 months.

Basically, I don’t think Sony can be held to the same standard as a national government that “won’t negotiate with terrorists.” It’s a company. Despite what we choose to believe about how things should be run, it’s all about the bottom line. If a company perceives that there will be a threat to lives because of its actions, you might expect that it should do what’s right and true or do what John Wayne or Jack Burton would do at a time like this. The truth is that it knows that being seen as responsible for deaths is bad publicity. Bad publicity is bad for the stock price. Ergo, the actions we’ve seen thus far. Any questions?

Look forward to a lot of celebrities acting irresponsibly in the next 12 months. Look forward to Disney raking in lots of money because of the new Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars movies. Look forward to Netflix, Starz, and HBO making great television with lots of cursing and nudity. In other words, business as usual.

Much love and happy new year and such.RedShtick-Top-ColumnStop

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