spider-man: homecoming – the best spider-man movie

Spider-Man: Homecoming is the latest Spider-Man movie, this time it’s directed by Jon Watts with a screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein and Francis Daley, Watts and Christopher Ford, and Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. The film stars Tom Holland (reprising his role from Captain America: Civil War), Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.
This time around Peter Parker tries to balance his life as a superhero, high school, and a new villain in the form of the Vulture. Continue reading


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

the amazing spider-man – the return of the web shooters

The Amazing Spider-Man, we all know the story, nerd-loner Peter Parker gets bitten by a radio-active spider, he gains super powers and his Uncle Ben dies in the process. He learns some life lessons and is the better for it. But this film does add something different. Continue reading

the amazing spider-man

Saw The Amazing Spider-Man, it is a reboot. We all know the story, nerd-loner Peter Parker gets bitten by a radio-active spider, he gains super powers and his Uncle Ben dies in the process. He learns some life lessons and is the better for it. But this film does add something different.

The good; I like the swinging scenes, I didn’t think I was going to like the video game like FPS POV angle, but it worked, and it wasn’t over used. They got a lot of those classic Spider-Man poses in, always love when the film imitates the comic. The fight scenes with the Lizard are very well done, I love the use of the web-shooters and how they’re choreographed in to the fighting.

Andrew Garfield doesn’t do a bad job, he’s like-able enough and believable enough as the nerd high schooler. Denis Leary is great as George Stacey, I’ll probably enjoy everything he does anyway.

Without spoiling too much, we get Peter’s parents’ backstory, which is a nice touch. But that plot line, along with the murderer of Uncle Ben go unresolved by the end of the movie. Yet, it didn’t bother me at all when the credits roll… strange.

There’s a rather cheesy scene as we approach the climax of the third act that involves Spider-Man being helped by the “common working-class man,” but it works.

The bad; a lot of CG usage. I miss having a stunt man that has the physical prowess to perform what’s needed of the character. I miss practical effects, while it takes limitations off of the filmmakers we also lose a sense of, “wow, how’d they do that?” I remember watching this;

Sure it’s dated, but it’s a guy actually climbing up a building and swinging and doing stuff.

We don’t get any resolution with Uncle Ben’s murderer, Peter goes out in search of this thug and doesn’t find him like he did in the previous franchise. We also never find out the whole truth of what happened to his parents… I know I put this in the good section, but why were we given these plot threads to begin with? If they’re going to reboot the franchise and start over with another origin story, why not give us this “new” part of the origin? Why does everything have to be a trilogy these days?

The scene where the Lizard emerges from the sewers and on to New York’s streets with his bag of “goodies” is so the Sony lot, hahaha, but that wouldn’t bug anyone else but THIS GUY.

Overall, I actually did enjoy this movie. It wasn’t the best, but considering that first trailer left such a bad taste in my mouth, my expectations were low, then it turns out that it isn’t the worst of the worst, so I was able to enjoy this. They mentioned Norman Osborn without showing him, such a delight. Dangling plotlines were unresolved, but masked well so that I didn’t care while watching the movie. I wish they would’ve had more of the Jekyll/Hyde thing going on with the Lizard. Andrew Garfield and Marc Webb do nicely, AND we got a movie where The Daily Bugle wasn’t a set with J. Jonah Jameson, I’m impressed with what they were able to do.

*SPOILER* or speculation… there is a scene during the credits, so stay and read the names of all the people that worked so hard to bring you this film, cause you should… know how to read that is, hahaha.
But Doc Connors is placed in prison, he then sees and talks to a mysterious man… who is this person? We never see his face. Is he the voice that’s talking to Connors in his sewer lab? Is Connors crazy and talking to a dual personality? Is it Norman Osborn? Certainly a man that rich can buy his way in to prison. Or… is it Richard Parker? Since we never really find out what happened to him??? Dun dun… dunnnnn, Kurtzman and Orci better not screw up the sequel… one can hope write? See what I did there??

the avengers revisisted (SPOILERS)

I saw The Avengers again this weekend with Damielle. Gonzalo, Stephanie and Gonzalo’s parents were somewheres in the theatre, we met up with them later. I didn’t notice anything in particular the second time around, easter eggs and the like. Still enjoyable though. With this being the second week of its release and it now making a billion dollars (Dr. Evil), I thought I’d go more in depth than my previous post seeing as how most everyone’s seen it by now.

One thing that’s always bugged me about Marvel movies is that everything takes place in New York. So with Loki wanting to invade and conquer, he starts with New York. Director Fury needs a team of remarkable individuals to help combat this global threat? The Avengers Initiative?? That didn’t work out so well in the beginning of the movie, but he doesn’t give up on them. Wait a minute! The Baxter Building where the Fantastic Four reside is in New York, why not call up Reed Richards? Or how about Westchester county New York? Where the Xavier Mansion is located? Call up the X-Men to help?
I get it, for the movie we needed to just have The Avengers, but the fact that there were others in the area was always at the back of my mind. Even the Punisher could’ve peeked out of the sewers and shot an RPG at some aliens. Let’s not forget Spider-man (more on that later).

Harry Dean Stanton shows up when the Hulk crashes to Earth, and Bruce Banner wake up in the impact zone. For those younger viewers, check out Stanton’s credits.

When Thor and Loki have their chat on a mountain top, you see two crows fly by, Thor’s father Odin has two crows that would bring him back information, very nice touch.

The aliens at the climax of the movie are called Chitauri, their one talking member who goes unnamed has a chin that’s familiar to Marvel readers. They’re the villain in the second volume of the Ultimates. But the chin is that of a Skrull. Think about it.

The New York Stark Tower has the letters blasted off of it, until only the “A” remains. Coincidence that the “A” looks like the Avengers “A”? I think not, Stark Tower is the headquarters of the Avengers. So at the end when Tony and Pepper are rebuilding, it could be set up for the sequel in which the Avengers have an actual base of operations and not the SHIELD Helicarrier.

At the end of the movie Iron Man falls from the “gate” to the other place after having put a nuke in it. While falling Spider-man should’ve swung in and saved him. Here’s how it would’ve played out.

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Avengers attack and defend, but by no means… assemble.

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After some fighting Thor and Cap look up to see Iron Man falling from the gate closure, “hey, he’s not flying…”
And then swings in our friendly neighborhood Spider-man
Spider-man then shoots a web-hammock to cradle Iron Man’s descent.
Tony Stark wakes up just in time to hear Spidey say;

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I hope that the phrase, “Avengers Assemble” will be spoken in the sequel.
I was waiting for Cap to say it, or even Fury could’ve said it.
Keeping with all the humor that was in the film, I think Spider-man doing this bit would’ve been amazing.