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my top two movies of 2016

I’ve tried to pick two movies out of the year that were my favorites.  One tends to be the movie I’ve viewed the most, a lot of the times it’s the movie that I’ve paid to see more than once.  And the other movie is one that I just want to be recognized or pointed out. This year continued with the nostalgia trip.

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captain america: civil war – avenger v avenger

Captain America: Civil War is the third installment in the Captain America films, being a direct sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it’s also the 13th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s about Cap and Iron Man disagreeing if political intervention should be involved with how the Avengers operate. Civil War is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, with a screenplay by Christopher Markus Stephen McFeely. The movie stars; Chris Evans, Robert Downy Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bethany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, Willian Hurt and Daniel Bruhl. This is how you pit superhero against superhero. Continue reading

avengers: age of ultron – the summer has assembled!

Avengers: Age of Ultron is about our favorite superhero team venturing out on another mission to save the world, in this case, it’s a mechanized creation that that’s highly intelligent, highly resourceful, and highly charismatic. The film is written and directed by the great Joss Wheadon, and stars an all-star cast; Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader, and Samuel L. Jackson. It opened at $187.7 million this weekend. Continue reading

man of steel sequel – no thanks… no thanks – updated

THIS JUST IN!! Turns out I’m (probably) right, here’s the evidence. Isn’t that just the darnedest?

A movie with Superman and Batman should be a summer blockbuster… right? Right?! The film isn’t due until 2016, and it’s already moved its release date, to March… So that it won’t go head to head with Captain America 3… all signs continue to point to disaster.

So let me get this straight… the sequel to Man of Steel, is going to be called Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice?
I always want to see a movie before I pass judgement, but facts as they are now, make it extremely difficult to be excited for this film…

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man of steel sequel – no thanks… no thanks

So let me get this straight… the sequel to Man of Steel, is going to be called Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice?
I always want to see a movie before I pass judgement, but facts as they are now, make it extremely difficult to be excited for this film…

(I know Bats, same here, I just hung my head as well…)

Last year was Superman’s 75th anniversary, where’s the love for Superman? I like Batman just fine, but why does his name get top billing for the sequel to Man of Steel?
Granted this year is Batman’s 75th, but if we’re starting over to gear up for the Justice League movie, give Batman a new set of movies… we accepted a new set of Spider-Man movies right away, why can’t we do that here?

Further to that, the first teaser images are of Batman and the Batmobile? This is a Superman movie right?

Why can’t we have the traditional Superman costume with the red trunks? The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had the traditional Spider-Man costume over the first version they had, and what’s more… they made that textured look work.

And who’s Batman V (Five)? Keaton, Kilmer, Clooney, Bale… so is Affleck the fifth Batman? Must be right… right?

The one good thing that I was able to discern is that Goyer will not be taking on the full writing responsibilities.

I understand that the powers that be at Warner Bros. and DC Comics want to follow in the wake of The Avengers success, and to a greater extent, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, by introducing us to the top three, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. But if anyone was to do a multi-superhero movie first, it should’ve been DC, because Warner owns all the DC superhero characters, where Marvel’s properties were spread throughout various movie studios.
I get it, really I do, but they’re doing this the wrong way… what this movie is shaping up to be, it shouldn’t be a Superman sequel, in fact, it isn’t.

It’s really sad that current the DC comics doesn’t understand their once flagship character.
But I still have my comics from the now dubbed Post Crisis Era, I can read those anytime I like.

This “film” is set to be released on May 6, 2016, along with Captain America’s third film, I think I’ll be more pressed to see Captain America that summer.

Just like the Star Trek franchise, I’ll pass.

captain america: the first avenger – stars and stripes! shield slash!

Captain America: The First Avenger is about a scrawny kid, Steve Rogers, who want to join the Army and fight the Nazis.  The Nazis have Johann Schmidt terrorizing civilians in search for ultimate power under his new army called HyrdraDr. Erskine is brought over to America to create a new super soldier serum.  He sees qualities in Rogers that he believes will make this latest experiment work, tada, you get Captain America, the super soldier. Continue reading

captain america: the winter soldier – continues to melt away the competition

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger. Much like Thor: The Dark World, this film directly follows events that took place in The Avengers, more fondly referred to as the “Battle of New York.” Cap is still getting used to the modern world and how he fits in it. We throw in S.H.I.E.L.D., some covert plotting, and sprinkle in some action, that’s what we have here. Continue reading

captain america: the winter soldier – how ‘ice to have met you…

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger. Much like Thor: The Dark World, this film directly follows events that took place in The Avengers, more fondly referred to as the “Battle of New York.” Cap is still getting used to the modern world and how he fits in it. We throw in S.H.I.E.L.D., some covert plotting, and sprinkle in some action, that’s what we have here. Continue reading

captain america: the first avenger

I got to see Captain America: The First Avenger.  I was not able to see it last week when it came out, due to the fact that comic con was in full swing.  Why would you want the movie to come out at that time?  Where a good portion of your audience is preoccupied?

Anyways, so Captain America is about a scrawny kid, Steve Rogers, who want to join the Army and fight the Nazis.  The Nazis have Johann Schmidt terrorizing civilians in search for ultimate power under his new army called Hyrdra.  Dr. Erskine is brought over to America to create a new super soldier serum.  He sees qualities in Rogers that he believes will make this latest experiment work, tada, you get Captain America, the super soldier.

The good; it’s a period piece, the stage of WWII is where this movie takes place.  Much like X-Men: First Class, which take place in the sixties, I love that Captain America takes place in the forties.  The special effects, which we’ve all seen in the trailer, that make Chris Evans look like a ninety pound weakling are amazing.

This is director Joe Johnston latest movie, after the mess of The Wolfman, and I’ve enjoyed Johnston’s work previously.  This splits the masses, but I love The Rocketeer.  So I’m glad to see Johnston keep going, and taking another stab at the period piece/comic book genre.

Unlike Thor, Captain America is a movie that stands on its own.  There’s very little Avengers plot lines woven through out.  This could be attributed to it being a period piece, another reason I love that.  You just wanna see Capt America fight in WWII.

*spoilers* and then there’s Captain America, as a character we really see his journey.  His bond with Dr. Erskine drives the first half of the movie, and he hasn’t even taken the serum or in costume yet.  The film devotes time to learning Rogers motivations for wanting to fight, much like Batman Begins, it’s all character in that first half of the film, they, “chose… w i s e l y…”

Then there’s the supporting cast; Hugo Weaving as Johann Schmidt/The Red Skull was perfect.  It’s a shame that we never really see his face in the movies he’s in anymore, it’s almost like he’s the new Doug Jones.  There’s a scene where the Red Skull’s mask starts to droop, that’s was both creepy and awesome all in the same gulp.

Tommy Lee Jones as Colonel Chester Phillips was perfect, he does the gruff war leader wonderfully, and with a flair of humor.  Peggy Carter as the potential love interest is nice, in the comics, Cap’s love interest is Sharon Carter… the niece of  Peggy.  Bucky Barnes, not bad, did not think they were going to go the way of what could be… The Winter Soldier, nice touch.  Dum Dum Dugan, can’t say much here, but he was there so that was a nice touch.  Then there’s Toby Jones, who plays Arnim Zola, who’s basically a TV with arms and legs, and not human head.  It was a fan boy moment to see his first screen time to be through a TV monitor.

Oh, and also look out for the first Human Torch, the android, not the member of the Fantastic Four.  Look for him on display at the fair, speaking of the fair, Howard Stark demonstrates a flying car… will we be seeing more of the flying car in the form of the SHIELD transports in The Avengers movie???

Another great thing about this movie are the action poses that Captain America does, it’s almost like the filmmakers studied the comic pages and re-enacted those poses, I can’t count the amount of times that this happens in the movie.

The bad; Chris Evans as a scrawny ninety pound weakling, I know I had this above as a good thing, but it was almost too good.  Like you were watching so closely to see if they messed up somehow and you’d see the magicians sleeve or wires.  So being a winner can be losing too.  And back to Evans, he looks the part, he fills out the costume… but he’s not Cap.  Much like Ryan Reynolds isn’t Hal Jordan, I didn’t see Evans understanding the character.  *Spoiler* when Bucky falls to his demise, there should’ve been more out of Cap, he should’ve be more distraught, the line that he gives to Peggy at the bar about how he can’t get drunk and drink away his sorrows comes off flat and emotionless.

Which brings me to Bucky, we hardly knew ye.  I mean we know how Bucky is before Steve gets the serum, but after he gets rescued, there isn’t much more character development.   Make us care, let us hang out with Bucky and Cap, have them bonding over things, and then kill him.  So that we care when he’s gone.  Same with Dum Dum, he barely has any lines?  Are we just appeasing the fan boys by placing him in the movie?  Or will he be the SHIELD agent that he’s  supposed to be in The Avengers movie?

Overall, worth seeing.  Out of the comic book movies this summer, Captain America: The First Avenger is second to X-Men: First Class.  Captain America has enough of everything; action, more action, humor, character moments, and it’s in the right spirit.  Get ready, AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!