Oh, My Pop Culture Jesus: Fallen Angels and Redeemed Demons

bth_Supern410aaaaaaaIf your supernatural book or TV show has any sort of religious bent, it’s likely that it has dealt with angels and demons in some way. And if your thing has angels and demons in it, it’s pretty much guaranteed that at some point the fallen angels and redeemed demons will come out to play. Pure good and pure evil are pretty boring when you come down to it, because we as humans are neither. We all have good and bad sides, and in order to relate more easily to beings who are totally good or totally evil, writers tend to pull them toward a more shades of grey personality instead. Continue reading

Trailer Tuesdays: Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance

*Sigh* It’s Trailer Tuesdays… and I guess we have to talk about Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

…I really don’t want to talk about this trailer. I’m sure you all can see that it sucks, right? Well, I guess in case some of you don’t, let me explain.

Ghost Rider, the first one, sucked. Oh, the trailer looked like it had promise, other than the questionable casting of Nicolas Cage as Ghost Rider, everything else looked awesome! The explosions, the motorcycle, and the demons made many fans hop right into their local theatre to see Marvel’s latest superhero movie.

But what we got was a big steaming pile of crap!

The storyline was cliché and extremely predictable. The demons were hardly scary or menacing. Nicholas Cage played himself the whole movie. Seriously, if you compared his acting in Ghost Rider with his acting in City of Angels you wouldn’t be able to see a difference in his two characters at all. As for the “awesome” special effects, it looked like a cartoon! I’m sorry I thought a skeleton that was walking around on fire was suppose to at least be intimidating, if not scary. Ghost Rider is from Marvel’s line of horror comics after all.

So obviously this movie completely tanked. So what did Marvel decide to do? Well, make another Ghost Rider movie of course, but this time it would be better! They promised!

…Well, let’s look into the eyes of the trailer now. There are explosions, a cartoony looking skull on fire, another clichéd love interest that isn’t afraid of Ghost Rider but should be—maybe she and Bella Swan can start a support group—there is potty humor, and… that’s it! Wow! Looks like Marvel really tried with this one—again!

I mean, come on! There isn’t even a discernible villain in this trailer. All I know right now is that Ghost Rider is fighting evil, he’s the darkest superhero (Rorschach is laughing as we speak), and it burns when he pees. Maybe the title of this movie should be Ghost Rider and the Search for More Money.

But hey, I’ve been wrong before. Prove me wrong, Marvel. I dare you.