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07.08.2012 – ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

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Running Time: 24:46

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

You may not have understood why Sony rebooted the franchise so soon, but regardless, The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone was released nationwide this past week.  A new origin, mechanical webshooters, a new uniform and a new rogue in The Lizard give Josh, Conor and Ron enough to talk about.  Stay gold, Ponyboy.

Check out the full discussion on The Amazing Spider-Man as well as Paul Montgomery’s review of the movie.
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The Shins

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Comments

  1. nastysnow nastysnow says:

    i loved amazing Spiderman. me and my girlfriend enjoyed it more than avengers

  2. Paul Montgomery Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Andrew Garfield is exactly a year older than me, to the day. 29 next month. Hopefully Pete’s in college by the next one.

  3. ryanwhodat ryanwhodat says:

    Usually I’m the dbag that overthinks and ruins “fun” movies, but I have to say I really enjoyed this. The only complaint I have is the lack of progression with the villain. He went from 0 to 100 much too fast without even an inkling that he was anything other than sane and level-headed. Great start, though. I can’t wait to see more. Unlike most movies, comic movies are often better in sequels, so I’m excited.

  4. y2kkev y2kkev says:

    Uh oh. I think this is the first time I’ve agreed with Josh on any podcast. And this time I was with him 100%. Andrew Garfield had me sold as Peter Parker in one of his first scenes at the school when Flash punches him. You can hear him off camera say, “I’m still not gonna take your picture”

    I think if this hadn’t been Spider man and had been the origin of a generic superhero then the Lizard would have been a big crowd pleasing villain. It’s just that people expected the Goblin of Doc Ock when it’s spider man,

  5. brettthemonster brettthemonster (@brettthemonster) says:

    Solid review! You guys nailed it. This was a fun flick and was WAY better than the previous shitty trilogy, but there were still some silly issues that I had with it that kept it from being a great movie. Also, I think that The Avengers set the bar so high, that it is kind of a tough act to follow up.

  6. John42 John42 says:

    loved this way more than I expected. garfield is a star. stoner maguire forgotten! didn’t care about the plot holes. yes, everyone saw him dent the football thing. but if i can accept that glasses is a sufficient disguise then I can accept that. superhero fiction doesn’t make logical sense, it makes emotional sense. Like Josh’s point about the power learning-teenager metaphor. I’ve resisted seeing 500 days of summer because the ads screamed “here’s a movie for you, williamsburg!” but i might have to now.

  7. John42 John42 says:

    and regarding the unresolved star tattoo plot thread: joe chill was not awesome. unresolved plot threads feel emotionally real. It’s poignant that batman and spiderman can’t find their loved-ones’ killers. Do you want to know what joseph k was accused of in the trial? Resolution is emotional pandering. Lack of resolution is emotional truth.

  8. bigben2012 says:

    SHE WAS ONLY 16 YEARS OLD

  9. Loser13 Loser13 says:

    Really enjoyed it. The loop holes did take me out of the movie but then I got right back into it because of garfield. Hope the second movie has more spiderman fights. Great movie go me overall.

  10. JDC JDC says:

    This was totally a 3/5 movie. Good, but not great. Great performances from Garfield and Stone, but the adult characters all felt a little flat. Also, people just kept suddenly appearing in extreme coincidences with no explanation for how they got there. Spider-Man with the car thief, Gwen “bonking” the Lizard with the trophy, Capt. Stacy’s big rescue, etc.

    I did like how they handled Uncle Ben’s death (and general portrayal) and his “power and responsibility” speech. There was also are rather smart, subtle moment that may have been completely unintentional, but if not, then it’s very clever: Peter’s apathy is what gets Ben killed — inaction leading to something bad — but his saving of the crane guy’s kid leads to his own salvation in the end — actively doing good leads to more good things. One of the major themes of Spider-Man’s origin, I’ve always thought.

  11. Gabe Gabe says:

    this is really really late, but does anyone realize how much of “kickass” was in this movie?

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