Clean Slate – Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Welcome back to Clean Slate, where all things are given a second chance. This week marks the Blu Ray release of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, a restyled take on the once doomed Ghost Rider franchise, starring Nicolas Cage as the Rider. Can the dynamic directing duo of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, who hit us in the face with their fast passed Crank series, be the saving grace to the Ghost Rider franchise? Can Marvel get a movie right outside of its Avengers franchise and tie ins? Is Nicolas Cage still bat S#!t insane? All of these questions and more will be answered below! So, click the play button, sit back and enjoy the video review of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, out on Blu Ray June 12th.

–Jose Guzman

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  1. Dude, TWO Ciarin Hinds movies in a row?!?!? I’m proud of you. Mr. Hinds has ties to the Templars, of course, when he played Sir Brian De Bois Guilbert in the 1997 TV adaptation of Ivanhoe. So…kudos from me to you for starting off with John Carter, and showing some continued love to my Templar Idol, Sir Ciaran!

    http://cdn2-b.examiner.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/hash/7e/22/ivanhoe.jpg

  2. D-Rock says:

    Nice bit, but I still have no interest in this movie.

  3. ZombieNightingale says:

    I’m still pissed I even bought it -_-

    • Jose Guzman says:

      I would buy it as a sign of support to the directors but other than that I don’t have a real need to own it. Maybe if I had a 3D tv I wold be more excited to own it, but I’m not ready to make any type of expensive commitment to 3D.

  4. Ben Gilbert says:

    I can’t be the only one who thinks the first few seconds of the opening song sound like “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),” can I?

  5. Jason Kerouac says:

    Jose –

    Finally watched this. You’re spot on comparing it to Blade in that, had this preceded the rest of the Marvel films, it would have been a successful enough transition, I think.

    Personally, I enjoyed it quite a bit. I feel some of the “Crank” style cinematography hampered my enjoyment at times, but heightened it at others, so it’s certainly a trade off.

    Cage is too over the top, but he’s Cage. It’s to be expected. And AT LEAST some of the crazy had to be in the script. I think a slightly more grounded take with someone like… ::cough cough:: Bradley Cooper… would be a better take. Still, “Blackout” was great, I thought.

    My suggestion? Bring back Snipes as Blade, get someone to play 18 year old Ketch, and do a Midnight Sons kind of movie. Blade and Ketch team-up, Danny tries to get Johnny on board but he’s reset to “reluctant participant” mode. Eventually, by the end of the film, Johnny comes blazing it (pun intended) to save the day.

    • Ben Gilbert says:

      Hmm, with Snipes and Cage in the same movie, they should give Willie Nelson a cameo for a “Tax Dodgin’ Trifecta.”

      • Willie could play… ummm… Caretaker?

        • Jose Guzman says:

          Minus the whip lash and motion sickness I got from some parts of the movie, I dig their style of film making a lot. It has an exciting pace, but I just hope they don’t get stuck doing every movie the same way and making the style stale and predictable. Zack Synder used the slo-mo fight scene in every movie he has done since 300. It’s cool, yes, but at some point it’s just going to be redundant.

          I would be down with a Midnight Sons angle. The Avengers worked beautifully, so if done right, you can start bringing in other groups or team ups from the marvel universe. And we all know Snipes could use a nice paycheck…

  6. John-Michael (Batman25JM) says:

    I’m loving these! Keep ’em coming, Jose!!

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