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Top 5 Reasons Not To See Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four opened this weekend with lackluster reception, both critically and commercially. In this article we will explore why it didn’t do so well, from the rehashing of the origin story all the way to the studio problem. Strap in and read on as we list the top 5 reasons not to see the Fantastic Four movie directed by Josh Trank.

The Story

In this iteration of the Fantastic Four story, the cast of characters gets transported to another dimension. The world that they go to is fractured and cracked and a tragedy befalls them, similar to the original origin story, where the Fantastic Four are shot into space and are exposed to cosmic rays, per the Stan Lee creation. They return to our dimension to find that their bodies are altered, all of them exhibiting strange new powers.

The problems with the script and the story are the same that befell Sony Pictures last attempt at rebooting Spider Man, where they are, firstly, rehashing the origin story of characters already in the public consciousness, both through comic books and via the films that preceded this one. It would be much more interesting, I think, to start at the sequel (with a big fight, where they are victorious despite Ben’s increasing agitation, Susan’s inability to control her powers, and Johnny’s daredevil-may-care recklessness) and use flashbacks to demonstrate Reed’s guilt and responsibility for his friends and love interests’ problems, and his ceaseless attempts to cure them while also using their powers for good.

A message to Hollywood, if you’re reading this, please listen to us when we say we already know these characters. They are part of our collective consciousness: this is why you’re making this movie in the first place – it’s already a thing, why make a movie explaining it’s a thing? Just be the thing. Speaking of the Thing…

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E-readers and Hand-Helds and 3-D, Oh My!

The big stories coming out of CES seem to be revolving around three pieces of technology: e-Readers, hand-held mobile devices, and 3-D TVs. Sure there’s articles about digital cameras and Lady Gaga becoming Creative Director for Polaroid, but by far, the big deals seem to be these three. For example:

Plastic Logic has announced the Que Reader, an e-Reader designed for people who need to read, not your run-of-the-mill, reading for fun sort (yes, we still exist). Designed for business professionals, this completely touch-screen e-Ink device allows ease of reading a paper as well as work documents. The Que Reader utilizes proprietary plastic transistor technology (allowing the display to be lightweight and glass-free) and has a screen size of your standard 8.5X11 sheet of paper. Plastic Logic has also signed content deals with  business-oriented publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Fast Company.

Sleek Design, Lots of Green

Plastic Logic's QUE Reader

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