Top Grossing Marvel Characters

Posted in Film
By admin on 28 Oct 2014

Comic books have long been popular for their entertaining stories of superheroes. This trend has transcended onto the big screen as more and more characters provide inspiration for silver screen hits. Roughly three films based on comic book characters are being released each year, with Marvel having the most success after numerous box office hits. Here are the top 5 most successful Marvel characters, taking films and comics into consideration. Show the rest of this post…


Films – $1.37bn
Comics (2002-12) – $144m
With his debut coming in 1962, Spider-Man has become one of the most well-known comic book characters ever created. Tobey Maguire donned the latex suit for the first 3 Spider-Man films, with Andrew Garfield taking over for The Amazing Spiderman in 2012.


Films – $311m
Comics (2002-12) – $70m
If you take the X-Men franchise into consideration, Wolverine would be up there as the highest-grossing character, but he hasn’t done too badly on his own too. His first appearance came as a cameo in 1974, featuring in an Incredible Hulk comic and has since gone on to become one of the best loved Marvel characters, especially through Hugh Jackman’s on-screen depiction.


Captain America
Films – $435m
Comics (2002-12) – $64m
Being the elder statesman of the Marvel franchise, Captain America originally featured during the height of World War II in 1941. The character has appeared both on screen and in comics of his own, as well as part of the highly successful Avengers group.


Iron Man
Films – $1.1bn
Comics (2002-12) – $40m
The adventures of Tony Stark have become some of the most successful Marvel films to be produced, with only Avengers Assemble beating Iron Man 3 to the top spot. Although the comics haven’t grossed as much as other characters, Iron Man is still one of the all-time classics and has successfully also become the top slots game on various casino sites such as Gaming Club.


Films – $385m
Comics (2002-12) – $25m
Although his role in the Avenger series is much more popular, Thor still stands out as one of main characters in the Marvel family. He made his silver screen debut in 2011, with a 3rd installment of this adventures set to be released within the coming years.

Film Review: This is Where I Leave You

Posted in Film, Reviews
By Martin Roberts on 24 Oct 2014

American dramedies about well-off families coming together to sort out their differences are not exactly rarities, but here is a pretty decent one from journeyman director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel). Show the rest of this post…

It was written by Jonathan Tropper, who adapted the screenplay from his own novel of the same name: This is Where I Leave You.

Our protagonist is Judd (Jason Bateman), a likable guy whose life is torn apart by two developments at the very beginning of the film. First, he comes home – birthday cake in hand – to find his wife sleeping with his boss. Then his father dies. After the funeral, Judd and his three siblings are forced by their mother (Jane Fonda) to sit Shiva – a Jewish seven-day period of mourning. This was their father’s last wish, so the family begrudgingly decide to honour it. Cue all sorts of relationship dramas. Conveniently, all the main characters have unfinished business in their hometown, in one way or another, and the script takes its time to elucidate them all.

Judd’s siblings Wendy, Phillip and Paul (Tina Fey, Adam Driver and Corey Stoll, respectively) are divided a little too simplistically into the categories of nostalgic mum, immature layabout and hard-nosed bore, but the performances often raise them beyond the script’s rather blunt categorisations. Indeed, this is a recurring theme in This is Where I Leave You: occasionally mediocre material lifted by committed players.

Levy and his actors deserve credit for that. The film veers dangerously close to schmaltz on a number of occasions (not helped by a far too on-the-nose score), but most of these are saved by good performances, especially from Bateman and Driver, whose character at least partially sheds his generic qualities. Bateman in particular has the shifts in tone down pat – something the film can’t always claim. There are some funny bits in here, and some moments of real emotion, but the film fails to really find a consistent level of either comedy or drama. For instance, Paul’s marriage-threatening battle to conceive with his wife Annie (Kathryn Hahn) is given roughly as much screen time as a pooping toddler, and about as much attention in the script as the gargantuan pair of fake breasts the siblings’ mother is newly sporting.

There are contrivances, too. Rose Byrne’s Penny (Judd’s childhood sweetheart), for instance, is positioned a tad too neatly in proceedings, and the conclusion of their rather bolted-on rom com subplot, given what has gone before, is a little baffling, although as with so many other aspects of the script, the frothiness is given a shot of flavour by the committed and likable performances. Timothy Olyphant, meanwhile, is given the most thinly drawn role as a local hunk stricken by an unexplained brain injury. Connie Britton, as Phillip’s older girlfriend, fares much better, bringing refined dignity to a small part.

Despite it all, I rather liked the film. Bateman is the anchor, and he’s a reliab le one. There are moments when it’s far too sugary for its own good, and the script can’t quite find the right amount of laughs or tears, but for all that it still made me smile.


Tennis step into a bizarre and wonderful Twin Peaks-inspired world in the video for single ‘I’m Callin”

Posted in Music, Music Videos
By Sam Bathe on 21 Oct 2014



Looking like an intermediary sequence ahead of Twin Peaks’ much anticipated return in a couple of years as front woman Alaina Moore follows a cryptic clue to a strange house on a seemingly innocuous road. Directed by Keith Musil, after entering to find an old lady scrawling on video tapes, Alaina soon explores the rest of the house and is drawn into trance that’s even stranger. Tennis’ superb third album Ritual in Repeat is out now.

Teddyfish’s bright and bold bags are a new spin on urban backpacks

Posted in Products, Style
By Sam Bathe on 20 Oct 2014



Featuring a unique overhanging lip at the top of the bag, Teddyfish’s new S/S 2015 minimalistic backpacks are inspired by architectural forms. One with a zip down the middle, and another without, Teddyfish’s backpacks feature twill polyester for the shell and 16oz pure cotton canvas for the lining. The Hong Kong label also calls on English Bridle leather for the handle and fastenings and YKK gold zippers. Available in 9 colourways and two size options, the backpacks are available now from the Teddyfish online store starting at $310:

Citizen chase an endless sunset in Tristan Patterson’s gorgeous five-minute short ‘Chasing Horizons’

By Sam Bathe on 17 Oct 2014




To celebrate the launch of their Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100 watch, one cold, icy day in Reykjavik last February, Citizen sent photographer Simon Roberts off in search of a never-ending sunset. Flying around the world at a latitude of exactly 80 degress, with the world rotating at 289.95 km/hour, Roberts flew in the opposite direction to stay in the same moment in time. Executing a meticulous flight plan of fuel stops and bursts in the air, Roberts was able to shoot the same sunset over and over again, each time over a new horizon. Directed by Tristan Patterson, the campaign is a play on the watch’s ability to automatically adjust to a new time zone in just three seconds.

Wesley Allsbrook’s ghoulish illustrations scream like a dark Studio Ghibli

Posted in Art, Illustration
By Sam Bathe on 15 Oct 2014



Splitting her time between comic books and magazine and newspaper illustration, Wesley Allsbrook‘s unnerving artwork fill you with strange unease, but there is so much layered detail you just can’t pull away. Based in Brooklyn, Wesley started with work from her professor’s wife while still in school, she’s since done work for the top printed titles and is currently working on MSG Comics with Barrie Porter. Show the rest of this post…








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Film Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Posted in Film, Reviews
By Martin Roberts on 13 Oct 2014

This pumped up reinvention of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – a franchise beloved to many of recent generations – at least tries to conjure up the spirit of the comics and cartoons upon which it is based. That it largely fails to do so shouldn’t be held against it too harshly, for while Jonathan Liebesman’s film is messy and flimsy, it isn’t altogether lacking in quality. Show the rest of this post…

We begin in the company of April O’Neil (Megan Fox), a plucky young journalist who just isn’t getting the breaks she needs to move away from the fluffy stories she’s being given. This could be because her primary method of investigative journalism is to point her phone camera at things – her boss, Whoopi Goldberg, isn’t impressed. April is driven around by cameraman Vern Fenwick (played by funny actor Will Arnett, who gets almost nothing funny to do or say) and stumbles upon the titular reptilians while chasing down the deadly Foot Clan, which is terrorising New York. It becomes clear that April’s background and that of the turtles are intertwined – as is that of philanthropic businessman Eric Sacks (William Fichtner).

I would outline for you the bad guys’ dastardly plot, but the one short sentence it would take to sum it up would ruin almost the entire film. Let’s focus instead on the stars of the show – the turtles. Buff, CGI, mo-capped badassess they may be, but the scriptwriters have at least attempted to invest them with personality and heart. Their brotherly bonds and the relationship to their rodent sensei Splinter (voiced by Tony Shalhoub) generate some genuine, if fleeting, moments of investment. The film is always concerned with moving onto the next set piece, however; it rarely slows down to lets its few characters breathe.

In truth, the turtles are only partially successful. Leonardo, the leader, oddly gets the least screentime, while Michaelangelo, the funny one, is only intermittently funny. They just about convince as reckless but talented teenage brothers, which I suppose is a feat given they’re turtles, but the film doesn’t give them, or any of its characters, enough to do. It would be unfair to be overly critical of Megan Fox, since her role is so criminally underwritten, and once the turtles are introduced she slips out of the focus of Liebesman’s lens. Big baddie Shredder, introduced in his full armour as a clunking behemoth, is at least sprightly when it comes to the action sequences, but his character motivation extends to ‘bad man’, which makes him about as blandly uninteresting as can be. There’s an extended action sequence during which a number of the main characters tumble down a snowy hillside, much of which is ‘captured’ in a single take – I use the inverted commas because 95 percent of the scene is computer generated. A helpful hint to directors: just because it is now possible to depict four anthropomorphised turtles sliding down a hill pulling off any number of ‘cool’ martial arts moves and bantering away at the same time while cars and trucks crash around them, doesn’t mean that one should necessarily do it. Just shoot the scene so it makes sense, and we can see what’s going on.

When it comes down to it, this is a film in which one of the chief villains says the following line in relation to his plan to take over New York: “It’s time to take a bite out of the Big Apple.” That tells you a lot. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, for all its many faults, isn’t a complete f ailure. It has hints of heart, and one or two good sequences, but rent-a-baddie villainy, a poor storyline and paper thin characters leave it floundering in generic action territory.


Nike take their hexagonal Zoom Air cushioning onto the striking new black/turnquoise Hypercross trainers

Posted in Products, Sport, Style
By Sam Bathe on 11 Oct 2014



Featuring the new hexagonal Zoom Air cushioning technology from the LeBron 12 basketball shoe, Nike’s new Zoom Hypercross Trainers are designed to be versatile across multiple sports surfaces, both indoor and out. The shock absorbent pads provide fast and responsive traction to aid your agility on the court. Formed of a lower turquoise panel and upper dark green/black body, the lightweight mesh features foam on the inside for support and a comfier fit while training. Nike Zoom Hypercross Trainers will be available at select retailers and

Sponsored: Philips completes the perfect music partnership with You Need To Hear This and their new CitiScape headphones

Posted in Music
By Sponsored on 10 Oct 2014

From premiering new tracks, to documentaries about what makes musicians tick, to the geeky facts and trivia that only feeds your music obsession more, You Need To Hear This – a collaboration between Noisey and Philips – has become and unique platform exploring evolution in music and innovation in sound. But while it’s all well and good knowing what to listen too, unless you’re listening to it through the right headphones or speakers, your endeavours might be in vain. Show the rest of this post…

Taking their passion for music to the next level, Philips’ new CitiScape range is perfect for urbanite audiojunkies. Available in three different models, all CitiScape on-ear headphones comes with 40 mm high quality neodymium drivers, a closed acoustic build. The three designs take cues from your city; the Fixie is a slick black model with gold detail and an embossed headband; the Foldie features a handcrafted headband inspired by bicycle bartape and a compact foldable design; and the Frames is inspired by sunglasses design and also features and foldable frame.

Find out more about You Need To Hear This and check out the full Citiscape range at:

A magical pin is the gateway to a far off world in Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland’

Posted in Film, Previews, Trailers
By Sam Bathe on 9 Oct 2014



His first film since 2011′s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Brad Bird returns with sci-fi adventure movie, Tomorrowland. After being released from detention center, Casey (Britt Robertson) finds a mysterious pin in with her belongings. To her surprise and amazement, touching the pin transports Casey to an enigmatic far off place known only as “Tomorrowland”, but she soon unearths secrets that will change the world forever. George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, and Keegan-Michael Key also star when Tomorrowland hits theatres 22nd May 2015.

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