The Avengers: Age of Ultron – Movie Review

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Written by: Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel comic created by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie and about 1500 other people

Age of Ultron is just another day at the office

How does one follow up a movie that is arguably the most entertaining display of blockbuster prowess in recent memory? How does the ever growing Marvel Cinematic Universe hold up these days? The answer is a straight forward and simple as it is beautiful: everybody is doing their job.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:25:31+00:00 April 25th, 2015|Reviews|1 Comment

The Avengers (2012) – 27 Second Review

Thor Avengers poster by Mondo

Written by: Joss Whedon, based on a story by Zak Penn & Whedon, which was in turn based on the comic created by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddleston

Review: As a Batman Loyalist, I hesitate to say this is the greatest comic book movie of all time, but only for a second. Because it was the GREATEST comic book movie of all time. The action was awesome, no character was under-utilized, and there were four separate instances that made me fall out of my chair laughing with glee. Also because the Hulk is my spirit animal. See it, and be more awesome for it.

Time: 20 seconds

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By | 2017-09-24T22:31:57+00:00 May 12th, 2012|27 Seconds, Reviews|2 Comments

Kids, Ask Your Parents: The Long Road to The Avengers

Avengers Japanese poster

The difference between Nick Fury the regular guy and Nick Fury the hero? The pose, baby. Just the pose.

That’s right, finally tonight at midnight we Americans–currently frothing at the mouth and wanting to strangle our smug friends across the pond–will get to see The Avengers. But it occurs to me that some of you might not appreciate what it took to get to this moment, when for the first time we have an actual movie universe unfolding on screens. And no, I don’t count something like Star Wars or Star Trek because those have their own movies. Really, the closest thing I can think of is the Godzilla series, but that was more, as I understand it, an accident of, “Well, let’s try this…will it make money?” I could be wrong. But with Avengers, a comic book company that evolved into a film company decided to take their premise of individual comics happening in a single universe and bring it to the screen with a deliberate plan–that’s what I’m talking about.

But there was a time, dear reader–especially you younger readers–when the tools to make something like The Avengers simply weren’t available. And I mean everything: FX, costume fabrics, hell–a time when actors would find it worth their while to sign on for a franchise like this.

We’re big believers in context. And in posterity. So I urge you–if you’re not doing the $40 Avengers Movie Marathon tonight–have your own movie marathon…of the Avengers-esque films that have come before. Here’s some recommendations.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:32:01+00:00 May 3rd, 2012|Stimuli|0 Comments

The Avengers (2012) – Movie Review

Samuel L. Jackson is Nick Fury in The Avengers

Written by: Joss Whedon, based on a story by Zak Penn & Whedon, which was based in turn on characters appearing in Marvel Comics
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Starring: Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston

Where to begin? Let me predict just one simple thing: Starting May 4th, you will believe the hype. The Avengers is everything you would want from a blockbuster movie. It’s loud, fast, charming, funny and such a ride, you will want to see it on the biggest screen, in the best theater.

The story is pretty simple and uses a lot of the more subtle elements that were introduced in the “prequels” to this big superhero team-up: Loki (Hiddleston) is back in a big bad way, with the aid of an alien race, he is trying to conquer the world and to be worshiped as the god he is. In order to do so, he uses the energy cube we were introduced to in Captain America to arrive on earth. Since it has been analyzed by SHIELD, his arrival is neither unnoticed nor without consequence. Loki’s escape and theft of the energy cube is the introduction to the movie and gives you a good idea what’s about to come: a very fast and loud ride. Nick Fury activates the Avengers Initiative to fight Loki and protect the earth from whatever else might be coming.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:32:06+00:00 April 21st, 2012|Reviews|1 Comment

Q: What Are You Prepared To Do? A: Mashup Some Trailers

Avengers Four Posters

Found via sxyblkmn, I submit to you: The Avengers Extended Mashup Trailer (by ScreenRant)

And Honestly? This needs to be the trailer they play in theaters. This ties every one of the individual films together, seamlessly. It brings you back to the centre of focus with Nick Fury in each one, and then throws you right back into the heart of the new film.

It takes any worries you may have had about “Well how are they going to have enough space for all of them in the same movie,” and it kicks those worries in the teeth so hard that you poop rainbows.

Yeah. I just said that.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:32:52+00:00 February 21st, 2012|Stimuli|1 Comment

Avengers Cologne: Superpowerful For A Man, But Made For A Geek

Avengers cologne

I know that aggressive merchandizing is standard operating procedure for media companies. How else are they going to maximize their monetizing streams. So we get flooded with T-shirts, action figures, plush toys and anything else you can slap some copyrighted imagery on. The problem is that marketers get a little…insane. It’s almost like a form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, where your licensed content must be every single thing available or else it is unclean. Think I’m exaggerating? I have a perfect example.

Avengers Brand cologne.

Yes, really.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:33:26+00:00 January 27th, 2012|Headsup|2 Comments

Everyone’s a Critic of “Return of the Jedi”…

Wicket the Ewok

How old were you when Return of the Jedi came out? Me, I was eleven. And yes, at the time I was entertained by the little furry guys known as Ewoks. I didn’t understand–and honestly, who could foresee–that this was indicative of the overly family friendly direction Lucas would take in his franchise?

I know that many of you love the Ewoks. Fair enough. Cosette and Thespia speak with great affection of watching The Ewok Adventure as children. If I had a dime for every time I’ve heard them say “The Ewok Adventure…brought to you by…Huggies,” then I could, well, afford a really nice sandwich.

But still. I think our rampaging green friend below ultimately speaks for all of us when he expresses his reaction to the metaphor that is an Ewok: cute, furry, cuddly–but ultimately hostile and ready to jab your beloved franchise with a spear.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:35:43+00:00 November 5th, 2011|Stimuli|2 Comments