From the minute it was announced that Ant Man was going to be directed by Edgar Wright, it was always pretty clear that it was going to be little bit cheekier than the rest of the MCU. This is the man who managed to turn a zombie gore fest into one of the best romantic comedies of the new millennium. He’s all about subverting expectations.
Then he casts Paul Rudd as Hank Pym.
We’re really big fans of Paul Rudd in my house. If you’ve sat in a hotel room and listened to an almost word for word recitation of the scene where he and Seth Rogen are on mushrooms from Knocked Up then you might have some idea of how much my sister loves Paul Rudd.
I’m high up! I’m up high!
If you’ve ever rented Role Models on a family vacation, you might understand how my mother feels. And if you’ve ever written a paper on how Clueless is the best adaptation of any Jane Austen ever, then you know how my best friend feels.
As for me? I’ll never forget his memorable turn as Phoebe’s husband Mike on Friends, and the impact of “Do you wanna know how I know you’re gay?” from The 40 Year Old Virgin has yet to leave me.
I’m guessing that Ant Man is going to be subversive, a little bit dark and hugely funny. Because if there’s anything that describes the collective work of these two men, it’s “a little dark and hugely funny.”
And also those 5 lines in Romeo + Juliet that Rudd had, because Paris is the most ridiculous excuse for a character William Shakespeare ever farted out.
Also apparently Rashida Jones is going to be The Wasp? Who else wants to see Aziz Ansari, Amy Poehler and the rest of the Pawnee gang get in on the MCU action? I know that I do.
I know I’m supposed to be writing about Doctor Who, and I’ll get back to it tomorrow.
But sometimes, something happens and you have to find words. But there aren’t words.
Because sometimes ABC gives Joss Whedon GODDAMNED S.H.I.E.L.D. PILOT TO PRODUCE.
OK, maybe that doesn’t happen sometimes. But it did happen yesterday. Joss is going to write it, along with his brother Jed and Maurissa Tanchareon (who also helped write Dr. Horrible.)
And when that happens there is only one thing to say.
No, Ironman, not Shawarma. It’s Squee! There is nothing to do but squee!
There is going to be nearly a year of speculation but I think we can all agree that what this show should be is The Agent Coulson Show….right? We can all agree on that. Also, How I Met Your Mother needs to be cancelled like, yesterday, so that it can become The Agent Coulson Show with special guest appearances by Agent Maria Hill.
But where is it headed? Are we headed for what we’ve finally been waiting for, another years long epic adventure full of twists and turns and quips and amazingness? (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel) Or are we headed for another another fourteen episode cult classic? (Firefly) Or a high concept attempt that gets buried in it’s mythology so it become an impossible quagmire? (Dollhouse) Whatever it turns out to be, it’s going to be quite the ride.
You don’t actually have to look too hard to see the mark that the Scott brothers made on Hollywood and movies. Their production company Scott Free, produces some of the best action movies of all time.
But I just want to thank Tony Scott specifically, for directing one of my all time favorite movies.
This movie makes me think of the beach…
Top Gun is one of the greatest action movies ever. Is it terminally stuck in it’s moment? Sure. But it’s also fun, funny, surprisingly poignant and helped to give the world Tom Cruise. (We should say “Thank You,” because seriously, the man is always intensely entertaining…) It also created a sure-fire get my number scheme. Seriously, if a guy came up to me and sang, “That Lovin’ Feeling” in a bar, I would probably marry him that night…If he was a navy pilot, most certainly so. Anyway, it’s a great movie, is what I’m saying.
And I’m grateful to Tony Scott for making it happen. RIP sir.