‘Iron Man 3’ – A Dark Comedy Wrapped In An Action Film

Tony Stark is back for likely his final stand-alone film. All the major players also returned, however, Jon Favreau stepped away to allow Shane Black to direct. Black’s influence was almost immediately apparent in the darker comedic tone. Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is more sarcastic, although slightly more introspective. Suffering … Continue reading

‘The Avengers’ Related News Round-up: ‘The Avengers 2’, Joss Whedon, Robert Downey Jr.

Today has been a big day all around for those with connections to The Avengers. The first big news is that The Avengers 2 will hit the screen on May 1, 2015! With the news confirmed that Joss Whedon will be back in the driver’s seat, this is great news … Continue reading

Cultural Impact: AC/DC – ‘Back In Black’

Cultural Impact is a column looking at musical albums that have found their way into multiple pop-culture mediums (films, tv shows, video games) and hopefully turns you on to some new music you’ve probably heard, but maybe you didn’t know the artists or albums behind it.  Previous Entry: Massive Attack – Mezzanine … Continue reading

‘The Avengers’ Knocks It Out Of The Park (Spoiler Free Review)

Sitting in the theater during The Avengers (2012) was unlike many previous theater experiences I’ve had. I sat with a grin squeezing my wife’s hand in joy. Pardon the cliché, but I felt like a kid in a candy store. If you read Cultural Transmogrifier‘s Staff Discussion earlier this week, you … Continue reading

‘The Avengers’ Comics, Character Films – Staff Roundtable Discussion – Part 1 (No Spoilers)

‘The Avengers’ Staff Roundtable Discussion – Part 1 By Jon Heacock, Ricky Spenner, Mike Mierendorf, and Erin Abbamondi The Avengers (2012) is one of this year’s most anticipated films and we here at Cultural Transmogrifier are just as excited. What better way to share that excitement then a discussion of the film, comics, and previous character … Continue reading

Feeling Manly?: Defining the “Dick Flick”

In a previous feature published by Cultural Transmogrifier on “chick flicks,” I assert that our culture should refer to action films as “dick flicks.” Essentially, action films are the male equivalent of romantic comedies. They are geared almost exclusively to a male audience, the stories follow a redundant plot structure, … Continue reading

Behind the Scenes Footage of ‘The Avengers’

Trailer Addict has posted twenty minutes of a behind-the-scenes look at The Avengers. Unfortunately, the audio has been taken out and replaced with selections from the score of the film. Nevertheless, you can see peeks of Joss Whedon directing on location, in the studio, and even during the rehearsals of fight … Continue reading

‘Avengers’ TV Spot Gives a Closer Look at Loki’s Army

At first, fans expected the mysterious, seemingly alien army in The Avengers to be either the Skrulls or the Kree, two longstanding threats in the Marvel universe. One of the newest TV spots for this summer’s biggest comic book movie (okay, maybe second biggest, behind The Dark Knight Rises) shows … Continue reading

Zach Galifianakis and the Death of the Leading Man

Remember those Magic Eye books that were all the rage in the early nineties? You stared at a repeating pattern for half a minute, squinting and crossing your eyes, before the embedded image took control of your brain. Having extracted the elephant that was coded in the muted pattern of … Continue reading

Tim Burton to Adapt Pinocchio with Robert Downey, Jr.

Tim Burton wants to adapt yet another Disney classic – this time a live-action version of Pinocchio. Robert Downey, Jr. would play the woodcarver Geppetto, around whom the film would likely center. Warner Brothers is currently in negotiations with both Burton and Downey, Jr., according to The Hollywood Reporter. Bryan … Continue reading