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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review

Good day to you people of the internet, time to review a new film and today’s the one I have been cautiously looking forward to, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Now check it, I wasn’t too keen on the first Amazing Spider-Man, I re-watched it recently and liked it a bit more than I remember, but I’m still not over the moon about it. So with this new film I had hoped that it would be the one to win me over, ever since the first trailer I’ve been hyped and since I loved Captain America: The Winter Soldier this film had a lot to live up to. So has Marc Webb and his team succeed with this film? Well read on and find out!

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So what’s going on with the story? Well firstly Peter Parker is still Spider-Man but he’s definitely become a well-known figure in New York, he saves lives, the people know and love him (for the most part) and as a superhero he has become a lot more confident. Outside of the suit Parker is also continuing his relationships with Gwen Stacy and trying to find out what happened with his parents and how it ties to Oscorp. Oscorp also plays a big role in this film as it leads to the return of Harry Osborn and the creation of the villain Electro, a villain ready to wreck things up for not only Spider-Man, but the rest of New York.

What we get in this story is a better look at the life of Peter Parker, seeing how he balances his life between being a superhero and then trying to hide his secret to Aunt May and continue his relationship with Gwen although he is haunted by the promise he made to her father in the last film. The film is at top form when it focuses on the relationship between Peter and Gwen, it is the core element of this film and that got right. The rest of the plot has its moments but none of it comes off as effectively. Besides the backstory involving Peter’s parent’s ties to Oscorp which finally gets some clarity in the way I’d hoped in the last film, this film just feels a bit bloated  with there being there’s a lot of things going and with some of these other plot points don’t get the screen time they deserve to feel as relevant. I do like how this film draws from its comic book source material and it does have some moments of greatness, however it doesn’t feel like a cohesive film and at times because of the heavy focus on Peter and Gwen’s relationship I felt like I was watching a romantic drama with comic book elements sprinkled in which made this film less like a superhero film to me.

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As for the characters there are pretty good for the most part. Let’s start with Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Garfield does a great job with the role here as he’s definitely become more comfortable with this role and has been able to take it to new places emotionally. Peter in this film has a lot of issues to deal with from his relationship to with to hiding his superhero identity from his aunt to reconnecting with Harry and on top of that be Spider-Man and I feel like Garfield acts well. Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy is amazing, besides the fact that I love this woman because she is beautiful, she definitely is really good in this role. Gwen in this film is still smart, sassy, funny and has a lot of relevance in this film and I loved what the writers did with her character in the film. As for Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon/Electro this where things get a bit iffy. As Dillon, the electrical engineer who works for Oscorp as someone who no one notices he’s good, he has odd personality traits and weird. After Dillon becomes Electro I like what they did with his powers and I liked him more than the Lizard, that being said this villain wasn’t nearly as compelling or had the gravitas of other good superhero villains like the Joker, Loki or a better example would be Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock.

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Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn was cool, this version of Harry is a lot more distant, suave, sophisticated and emotionally complex and I loved what DeHaan did with the character and his chemistry with Peter was pretty intriguing although I think it needed more time to develop. However as the new version of the Green Goblin DeHaan was a bit hard to watch because of the over-the-top nature of the acting. And lastly Sally Field as Aunt May was lovely, I feel like she continued to be a good support for Peter and she definitely steps up and does a wonderful job where the emotional moments matter.

When it comes to the presentation it is really good for the most part. Visually the film looks gorgeous, the GCI is very sharp, vivid and beautiful. The cinematography is also very nice with some incredible first person shots, wide shots that showcase the incredible New York landscape and tracking shots that look really awesome too. The fight Spider-Man’s fight scenes and web-slinging look as good as ever and are way more advanced and intricate than before. And the soundtrack by Hans Zimmer is a bit of mixed bag. Normally Zimmer can do no wrong and for the most part this score has a better presence and heroic sound to it than the previous film, that being said, this film also has some questionable music tracks inserted that really take me out of the film and feel like they were added to try and make the film feel modern which was really unnecessary.

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In conclusion The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is good, but wasn’t the Spider-Man that I wanted. The central storyline involving Peter and Gwen is where this film succeeds, that and the great action sequences, but beyond that not much else works. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier I knew I was in love with that film almost immediately, but now with Amazing Spider-Man 2 I’m still indifferent to it. There’s stuff I liked and stuff I didn’t but as an overall piece of work I can’t figure out how I feel about it. This is gonna be one of those films that splits the audience down the middle again and your enjoyment will really depend of your thoughts on the last film, what kind of comic fan you are or whether you prefer these new films to the Sam Raimi ones. As it stands this film was not a train wreck, but it wasn’t amazing as the title implies, watch the film for yourself to form your own opinion yo. I’m out. :S

Rating: 7.5/10 (A film that has its moments, but just isn’t consistent)

So what do you think of The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Did you love it or hate it or are you indifferent to the film like I am? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review, laters! :D

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Raid 2: Berandal Review

Howdy ladies and gents, time for a new film review and today I’m going to be reviewing a film I’ve been hyped about for a while now, The Raid 2: Berandal. Now The Raid: Redemption was a lot of fun, it was action and violence in tight spaces and I really liked it, though not as much as I thought I would. But when I saw the trailer for the sequel which critics said in early screenings was better than the original, I knew I had to see it. So after checking it out today how does it fare? Well read on and find out.

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The plot for this film can be described as the following:

“Approximately two hours after the first film ends, Rama goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and to uncover the corruption in his own police force.”

The story in this film basically takes the plot and themes from the last film and expands upon it in every way making this film feel more fleshed out and immersive than before. The first film was kind of light on story so I’m glad to see that there is so a lot more going on in this film. The Raid 2 takes us deeper into the seedy underground of corruption in the criminal underworld, it is here in the story where the film deals with issues like family issues, gang turf wars and dodgy law enforcement among other things. All of these issues are brought to the table in a very good and interesting way, it makes for a more relevant story that you care about. My only issue is that there is a lot going on sometimes and there were a good few details I missed because I couldn’t read the subtitles fast enough since I’m not a very fast reader in general.

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As for the cast there all really good and on a higher degree to the acting than in the last film. Iko Uwais as Rama is really good, besides laying the smack down on loads of people in a kick ass manner, Rama has become a better character than before. In this film Rama has a lot to deal with, he has to go undercover and get close to the bad guys, but at the same time is constantly worrying about the safety of his family and has to deal with the moral and ethical decisions that come with his line of work. I just feel like Uwais is given better material to work with and finally became the central character I wanted him to be in the last film. Arifin Putra as Uco is awesome and great addition to this sequel. Uco is a man who is committed to his father and like to use his father’s status to help him get by, however he is always looking beyond his current position and wishes to ascend to become a high-ranking criminal. Putra is very engaging, charismatic and intense and I really loved his character’s personality and ambition even if he was a douche.

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Tio Pakusadewo as Bangun is awesome, he is a man who is respected as the main crime boss in Jakarta and has Uca oversee certain aspects of his empire but doesn’t allow him to do more than small tasks because he fears for his son’s lust for power. Alex Abbad as Bejo is great, he’s this very cocky, ambitious gangster who has a great deal of people willing to do anything for him and he longs for more power and wishes to become top dog which means that he’ll have to ruffle some feathers in the criminal underworld in order to ascend. Julie Estelle as Alicia a.k.a “Hammer Girl”, damn, she was SO cool, she was the mute, but had a great presence and some wonderful moments to shine, I really hope to see Estelle in more films because she’s a badass and we need more female badasses in the world. Oka Antara as Eka and Ryuhei Matsuda as Keiichi were pretty cool and had cool parts to play in the film. And lastly Kenichi Endo as Goto and Kazuki Kitamura as Ryuichi are pretty good as well and add some interesting aspects to the story with their characters.

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When it comes to the presentation, good gravy, this film has it down to a tee. The action in this film is insane, frigging insane! The gun fights and car chases are great, but what really sticks out is fight scenes. The fight choreography is SO well done, it is swift, tight, versatile, long in length, has hand-to-hand combat along with several forms weaponry too and it is so sexy to look at thanks to some really great cinematography. The way everything is shot has a gorgeous artistic look to it, like there was a great deal fo care put into the construction of each scene or sequence with some of these close shots, wide shots, rotating shots and quick cut edits, it was fabulous. And then of course there is the violence which is on full display here, this film is so brutal in it’s the display of people getting broken. People get cut, sliced, stabbed, twisted, snapped, broken, shot, etc. It is gruesome at times, however it is done in such a masterful way; you pretty much do one of three things:

  1. Cringe and go “OH!” and the violence.
  2. Say “Yeah” because the violence is so cool.
  3. Or laugh at the way some of these people get messed up because believe me some of it really is funny.

My only criticism of the action is that sometimes it doesn’t know when to call it quits, some of the fights go on for ages, longer than of the average person which makes some of these people come across as superhumans than regular ones.

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In conclusion The Raid 2: Berandal is great. It’s just crazy, my god, so much carnage, so much violence and well-choreographed martial arts. I loved it! XD I urge everyone who is interested in watching films to give this film a watch, I haven’t felt so good about action and violence in a while.

Rating: 8.5 (Violent martial arts carnage at its finest people)

So what did you think of The Raid 2: Berandal? Have you seen it or are you gonna watch it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. :D

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Survive the storm in this Noah Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, time for a new film review and today’s review will be on Noah, the new take on the classic Bible story directed by Darren Aronofsky. Now I’ve been waiting to see this film for a while just because of Aronofsky’s attachment to this film as the director, however the trailers didn’t really wow me so my expectations were set fairly low before seeing it. So how did the film fare in the end? Well read on and find out.

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The story for the film is described as the following:

“A man is chosen by his world’s creator to undertake a momentous mission to rescue the innocent before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the wicked from the world.”

So the story we are presented with in this film is certainly familiar and all the main elements from the original Bible story are intact, but this film goes in a totally different direction by taking things into a much darker territory with a heavy focus on the corruption of mankind, the moral and ethical choices we make as human beings and see how a higher power can control the way people think. The film does take a while to find its feet as there were people in the cinema falling asleep in the first 30-60 minutes, I can also say that I was one of the people drifting off a bit because as interesting as all the dialogue and character moments were, it just felt dull and needed to pick up the pace. I also didn’t expect the film to go on as long as it did, the film really could have shaved some minutes off of the run time and taken some of the story elements out in places that I won’t spoil in this review.

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As for the cast they are all really good with some standing out more so than others. Russell Crowe as Noah was awesome and I think this was his best role in a long time. Crowe plays a character who has a strong believe in the creator’s plan for the world, the creator communicates with him through different means whether they be actions good or bad, he trusts in the creators plan and that’s what makes his character so interesting. Noah is a man who is strong-willed, loves his family and will do what it takes to survive, however when the creator tells him what he must do, Noah follows orders to the point where he has to make some very hard and downright mad decisions that make you question where is moral compass is. Crowe plays this character brilliantly offering moments of intense anger, but also moments of subtly and emotion that was really believable. Jennifer Connelly as Naameh was also good as Noah’s wife. Naameh is a very strong female character, she is loyal to Noah and his cause, but does speak her mind and isn’t a throwaway background character which she could have easily become. Oh and Ray Winstone as Tubal-cain, Noah’s nemesis is incredible. Tubal-cain is one of the misguided, dangerous and corrupt members of the human race who wishes to survive the destruction of the planet by taking Noah’s ark with his merry band of dodgy individuals. Winstone is amazing, he brings such a great presence to the screen and is very intense in his acting abilities which makes him come across as a very scary guy.

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Emma Watson is amazing as Ila, Noah’s daughter-in-law and Shem’s wife. This character goes through a lot both as a childhood and in her older years, has personal problems that affect her constantly, but she does have a devotion to Noah and his family too. Watson sure has come a long way as an actress as she is emotionally versatile, engaging and beautiful in this film. Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah, he was great. Like in many films he ends up being the all-knowing old person who gives the characters in the film as well as the audience information about history and what potentially will happen in the future. Hopkins is just as good as he is in all of his films, but there is a small funny aspect to his character that made him especially entertaining. Logan Lerman is pretty good as Ham, Noah’s second oldest son. This son was perceptive, he did question some of his father’s decisions and had his own wants and needs and that made for some interesting scenarios, though I didn’t find his character as engaging as others. And lastly Douglas Booth as Shem, Noah’s oldest son is pretty good too.

When it comes to the presentation it is very good. Visually the film is incredible, it has a very unique, vivid and colourful look from the landscapes to the sky to the dream sequences, it all has such a great sense of scope and beauty to it. There is also a lot of violence in this film which was really unexpected and the film doesn’t shy aware from it by giving you some very awful, frightening and gruesome imagery. I got this sense of a heightened reality from the way this film looked too. As for the soundtrack I really liked it, Clint Mansell’s score is very dramatic and has some really special moments where it stand out in the emotional character moments.

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In conclusion Noah is a powerful, dramatic and visually distinctive film that takes the classic tale from the Bible and makes turns it a film of epic proportions. While it is a bit on the long side and takes a little while to find its groove, when it does get going it is really entertaining in an unexpected kind of way. I would say go out to the cinema and check this film out, it is a very different kind of Bible adaptation.

Rating: 8/10 (A very deep, dark and visually)

So what did you think of Noah? Have you seen it or are you gonna watch it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo.

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Turn, Turn, Turn” Review

Howdy ladies and gents of the interweb, time for my review of episode 17 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled Turn, Turn, Turn“. Okay so after a good returning episode last week, we finally have the episode that ties into Captain America: The Winter Soldier and obviously if you have seen the film recently, then you know that the actions of that film have ramifications that should effect this show too. So how has this week’s episode fared? Read on and find out. Spoilers to follow yo!

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As usual in these reviews I’m just gonna present the plot and then say what I liked and what I didn’t like. Cool? Okay let’s keep going.

The Plot

Coulson and his team find themselves without anyone they can trust, only to discover that they are trapped with a traitor in their midst.

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What I Liked

Damn, this was some good stuff. This episode featured a lot of tension, character development and good story details with genuine twists that some wouldn’t see coming. While this isn’t my favourite episode, that would still be “T.R.A.C.K.S.” for me, however I would say that “Turn, Turn, Turn” is the best episode of the series so far.

So since a lot of stuff went down in this episode I’m just gonna go through a few highlights below:

  • Coulson Don’t Trust No Man: Poor Coulson, this guy is in freak out mode. Not only does he think that May is a traitor to his team (and he totally treats her like a criminal), but he then starts to suspect that Fitz and Simmons are possible people under suspicion too.
  • Hydra Lives Within S.H.I.E.L.D.: So just like in The Winter Soldier, Hydra decides to come out of the shadows and become known within S.H.I.E.L.D. which obviously causes confusion and fear within the our team and makes you look at everyone at the Hub like they’re all dodgy. It made for some tension and moments of uncertainty.
  • Victoria Hand Is Bad… But Then She Isn’t?: So at the end of “End of the Beginning” it looked like Hand was the bad guy and wanted Coulson and his team dead. Even in this episode she looked like she was part of Hydra, spouting all that talk of join Hydra or die to Agents Simmons and Triplett. But in the end she was just undercover, she was one of the good guys after all. Colour me surprised. I seriously thought she was Hydra, but I am kind of happy to know that she was good, it was a cool switch around from the writers.
  • Melinda May Still Shines Under Pressure: Poor May. Since the beginning she’s been my favourite character because of her kick ass martial arts skills, mysterious past and silent but dangerous nature. She’s gotten better and better with time. So it pains me to see her under suspicion from Coulson, that being said, with her reporting to Nick Fury on that private line on the Bus, Coulson has every reason to not trust her. The fact that she not only knew about Coulson’s recovery, but been reporting to Fury from the beginning and assembled the team instead of it being Coulson was an insane revelation.
  • Agent Garrett is Actually The Clairvoyant?: So this was again a bit of a surprise. My man Garrett, who I’d really gotten to like in the short time he has been part of the show is actually one of the bad guys. To be honest I should have suspected it, but I did like how his character has gone from being a cool recurring SHIELD agent to a pretty important bad guy. Now while Coulson accused him of being the Clairvoyant, he didn’t say that he specifically was, so there may be a chance that he’s just an accomplice working for the real man in charge. But hey I guess we’ll see in episodes to come.
  • Agent Ward is Dodgy After All!: This was the real game-changer. I know that Ward was under suspicion last episode, but I thought that he was too plain and nice to be a bad guy. But damn I was so wrong. Ward you cheeky bastard, you hid in plain sight, acted all boring, got some creditability in the last few episodes and now you’re a bad guy? You shoot two agents and Victor Hand, and you’re working for Garrett? You punk. But hell this makes for some really good story material. I can’t wait for Coulson and the team to find out and see how this affects Coulson and Skye especially (Coulson totally gonna feel like a fool for focusing his hate on May when it should have been directed over at Ward yo).

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What I Disliked

Now for what I didn’t like and while my problems with the episode were minor at best it is still worth talking about. Firstly this episode was meant to tie-in with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and while it did just that, I was hoping for more than just the Hydra infiltration and a small mentioning of Nick Fury’s [apparent] death and S.H.I.E.L.D. falling apart. Also I was a bit confused about the timing of this episode and where it takes place in relation to The Winter Soldier. I think because this episode took place right after the last took, the events of this episode must have taken place during the night when Cap and Black Widow discovered Arnim Zola, then recruited Falcon, then took Hydra and Cap destroyed the Helicarriers. Outside of those nitpicks it was a great episode.

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Conclusion

In conclusion “Turn, Turn, Turn” is probably the best episode of the series, it involves a lot detailed story elements from both the recent Captain America film and this TV series with many twists and turns. While I expected a bit more ties to The Winter Soldier film, the episode was definitely smart and thrilling and shows us that AoS has evolved since its inception into a good TV which long-term fans are getting the best out of.

Rating: 8.5/10 (The smartest, most thought-provoking episode yet)

So what did you think of “Turn, Turn, Turn“? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for episode 18! :D

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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POSSIBLE LATE NEWS?: Nathan Fillion Teases Guardians of the Galaxy Role

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for the last big late news story which comes in the form of an unexpected tidbit of info surrounding the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. The following information comes from superherohype:

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“With Captain America: The Winter Soldier now in theaters, Marvel Studios’ next big screen release is the penultimate “Phase Two” entry, Guardians of the Galaxy, written and directed by James Gunn. Since “Firefly” and “Castle” star Nathan Fillion has worked quite a bit with Gunn in the past, one fan asked him during a St. Louis Comic-Con panel whether or he wanted a part in the August 1 release.

“[Want] to get a part?” Fillion said with a smirk. “Or maybe did. I’m just saying maybe. Maybe it’ll be a surprise. Maybe check the credits of the movie when you watch it.”

As you can see in the video below (posted to YouTube by fan “Jamie K.”), Fillion’s tone makes it a pretty solid bet that he’ll be appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy in some capacity. The fact that he’s asking us to check the credits, however, might suggest that the part is either a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo or, given Gunn’s penchant for practical effects, Fillion may wind up a completely unrecognizable alien species.”

Well this is certainly interesting. Fillion is an awesome guy and fans in the world of comics have wanted him to do a superhero film for YEARS. So when you hear this you can’t help but smile and get giddy and then speculate as to what he will do in the film. So could he could be? Well the possibilities is endless. Chances are he’ll probably be a minor character if he is in the film, possibly a passing alien or human, doubtful it would be a main character. However someone in the comments on supeherohype said something pretty interesting. What if he was Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly/Serenity? I then thought about it and then I realised how cool that would be if his character was referenced in the film because it would fit in with the world and style that GotG is trying to create. Obviously it is all speculation at the moment and it could just be a rumour, however I really hope Fillion is in the film is some noteworthy capacity.

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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LATE NEWS: Drew Goddard to Direct The Sinister Six Film

Hello again people of the internet, time for some more late film news and today is another superhero-related news story. The following info comes from superherohype:

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Named as the likely candidate for the job back in December, Drew Goddard has officially entered negotiations to helm Columbia Pictures’ The Amazing Spider-Man spinoff The Sinister Six, SuperHeroHype has learned.

Goddard, who made his big screen directorial debut with The Cabin in the Woods (scripted by himself and Joss Whedon), was previously attached to provide the screenplay for The Sinister Six. He’s also exploring another corner of the Marvel Universe with the upcoming Netflix series “Daredevil.” As revealed in December, Goddard will write and direct the first episode of the 13-episode series, which will tie to the upcoming series “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist,” and “Luke Cage” before culminating in the crossover miniseries, “The Defenders.”

There’s no announced time frame as of yet for The Sinister Six, although it’s likely to follow The Amazing Spider-Man 3‘s June 10, 2016 release date. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, meanwhile, hits theaters on May 2.”

So it looks like Sony finally have someone to helm their Spider-Man villain spin-off villain ensemble. Now I liked Cabin in the Woods, but I saw it ages after everyone else and when I did watch it I was a bit disappointed considering the amount of hype and praise the film gets. Outside of that film he hasn’t handled any other big films, not that it is a bad thing. If he is being hired to do this film than he must have something that Sony want and all I can say is good luck to him.

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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LATE NEWS: Peter Mayhew Set Return as Chewbacca in Star Wars: Episode VII

Good day to you ladies and gents and welcome to a late, but still relevant film news update. Even though information on Star Wars: Episode VII has been scarce for the last few months, recently things have slowly started to pick up as we can see from the following article from superherohype:

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“ComingSoon.net reported late last month that original Star Wars trilogy star Peter Mayhew was likely to reprise his role as Chewbacca in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. Today, The Hollywood Reporter brings confirmation, reporting that the 69-year-old actor will, indeed, play the famous Wookiee in the December 18, 2015 release.

Scripted by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, Star Wars: Episode VII will be set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi and will follow a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are all heavily rumored to appear as older incarnations of their beloved characters from the original Star Wars trilogy, while names like Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o and John Boyega are believed to be among the project’s fresh faces. At this time, however, Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm have only confirmed a single star: R2-D2.

With this past weekend‘s revelation that Star Wars: Episode VII is already in production, expect some additional confirmations regarding the much-anticipated release in the very near future and check back for full details as they become available.”

All I can say is this, “Thank god.” Now to most veteran fans this is a no-brainer and most of us probably expected this character to be back again. That being said it is always reassuring when one of your favourite classic characters is confirmed to return to a franchise as popular and as loved as Star Wars. So what does this mean? Nothing besides the fact that our Wookie friend is back in the game because there is nothing else set in stone at the moment… That being said everyone knows that this film really won’t be the same unless the main three characters makes an appearance in some way, shape or form. A film without Han, Luke and Leia set after the original trilogy would just be weird and quite frankly wrong. But until we hear an official story from Disney, all us fans can do is speculate.

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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LATE NEWS: Captain America 3 Release To Against Batman vs. Superman in 2016!

Good day to you ladies and gents, sorry I’ve been MIA for a while but I’ve gone back home for the week and my computer is in the repair shop, so basically my blogging powers have been kind of grounded. HOWEVER… I’m not completely down and out. So today I’ll be talking about several news stories that broke over the last few days. The following info comes from superherohype:

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“Following a rumor that was ignited last month, Marvel has confirmed this morning that Captain America 3 will officially debut in theaters on May 6, 2016 where it will face off against Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel follow-up, Batman vs. Superman. The second “Captain America” film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier debuted this past weekend to a new April opening record with $96.2 million.

“The Winter Soldier” directors Anthony and Joe Russo are set to return to helm the third film along with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who have penned both previous “Captain America” films.

Before debuting in his third solo film, Chris Evans will return as Captain America in Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters on May 1, 2015.”

Now this has been talked about a lot for a while now but it seems like Marvel are literally sticking their feet firmly to the ground by announcing this release date for their third Captain America film… And so the great stand-off begins. Now check it out, before Captain America: The Winter Soldier came out I would have told Marvel to shift from their 2016 release date because Batman Vs. Superman is much bigger film, it has legions of fans who have waited for this film for DECADES and it would just be bad timing for both films and the studios wouldn’t make as much profit as they would if these two films weren’t competing on the same day. That being said, after I saw The Winter Soldier and LOVE IT, my assessment of this situation has changed a great deal. Marvel Studios got the release date slot first, they also have a great track record of films behind them and after this film I am pretty sure there will be fans who will want to see what Cap is doing in his third solo film. What do DC and Warner Bros. have? One film, that has a constantly expanding cast, that is supposed to be a Man of Steel sequel is looking more like a Justice League film and has a lot to lose if the film fails whereas Marvel Studios can take a hit, recover and make another two or three films and keep moving.

Basically Marvel have nothing to fear regardless of the hype and potential of BvS because they have fan support in massive numbers and their confidence shows that they’ve got balls. If Warner Bros. and DC don’t move then we’ll have our first superhero film stand-off, two film competing against each other for your money. For me I’ll see both regardless because I’m not fussed, at the end of the day if both films end up being good then I’m all over it. However I really wonder what’s going on over at Warner Bros. and DC, will they move or will they stay on target?

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Lucy Trailer 1# Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, time for a new trailer review and today I’m gonna be talking about Lucy, the new sci-fi thriller starring Scarlet Johansson. Now I was gonna do a review for this as son as I saw the trailer when it was released online, but then uni work got in the way. But I’m available let’s talk about the first trailer for this film.

Check out the trailer below:

First thoughts after seeing the trailer? Looks interesting. While I’m not falling head over heels in love with it like some other people are online, I do think this film has the potential to be good. To be honest I’m getting vibes from Limitless and Akira. While I have yet to see Limitless, I can see very clear similarities that film with the main character getting dug that allows them to use their mind to do really amazing things. I just have a few questions about the plot and nature of the powers that Lucy has. It seems like she begins to become super smart and talented far beyond that of a normal human being as she seems to see beyond that of normal things and enters some next level superhuman levels of power. This of course makes her the subject of a few enemies here and there and somehow Morgan Freeman fits into the equation because of his research into the human brain.

So from what I understand in this trailer Johansson’s character was carefree soul until she was abducted, experimented on and forced against her will to do something for an organization that look like high-ranking Yakuza. Though what these guys don’t bet on is the fact that whatever is in her stomach gives her cool super powers in terms of strength, intelligence and badassery. Now goes on journey where she wants to get the drunks removed from her but in the process gains more power and knowledge, as the power throw people around through telekinesis and has the ability to shut other people down with the flick of her hand. Super crazy. I see drama, action, thriller and science fiction all rolled into one film here and I am very intrigued to see how it all plays out.

Highlights of the trailer:

  • Lucy gets tough: Some guy comes in looking for a good time with Lucy, she invites him, he goes over and Lucy wastes the guy, and grabs a gun by using some sort of rope, wrapping it around a table leg and dragging it towards herself.
  • The several eye colours of Lucy: Just the small segment where we see Lucy blink several times and her eyes go through several colours is weird but really cool too.
  • Do you speak English?: My favourite scene in the trailer would be when Lucy heads into the street and asks an Asian guy if he’s English, he says ‘no’ repeatedly and is shot. She then asks the second Asian guy and he instantly says ‘yes’. Haha you know not to fuck with a woman who has you at gunpoint yo. :P
  • She can change her hair colour!: It is another quick scene but it looks like Lucy gets so powerful genetically that she can change her hair colour and length at will, she has to lead to some cool stuff in the film. Possibly shape-shifting abilities?
  • I can control time itself!: Another quick moment is when it looks like Lucy pulls a Professor Xavier and slows down time, stops it, but goes one step beyond that and speeds it up. She must be changing into a god.

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In conclusion Lucy looks pretty interesting. Scarlet Johansson is one of those actresses I’ll watch her in anything because A) She is super gorgeous and B) She is a great actress that normally turns in good performances in the films she is in. While I am worried that the premise may not live up to the expectation, it does look like it is original enough to be an entertaining film. And how long has it been since we had a proper good sci-fi film with a badass female in the lead role? Too long, I hope this film turns out to be good.

So what did you think of the first trailer for Lucy? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to see ya on the next film review yo! :D

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “End of the Beginning” Review

Howdy ladies and gents of the interweb, time for my review of episode 16 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled End of the Beginning“. All I can say is FINALLY. AoS has had the most fragmented and awkward run of any TV show I’ve seen in recent history and it has been hard for fans and casual audiences to keep connected to it. But hopefully with this episode things will get back on track.  So how has this week’s episode fared? Read on and find out.

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As usual in these reviews I’m just gonna present the plot and then say what I liked and what I didn’t like. Cool? Okay let’s keep going.

The Plot

Agents Garrett and Triplett are back to help Coulson’s team track down S.H.I.E.L.D.’S nefarious enemy – the Clairvoyant. But will Deathlok destroy them all to protect his master’s identity.

SAFFRON BURROWS, TITUS WELLIVER, MAX HERNANDEZ

What I Liked

Well overall this was a good episode, it definitely picked up the pace on some of the plot points of previous episodes and things feel like they’re finally going somewhere. I also like the whole more active approach to this episode, the hunt for the Clairvoyant has squads of agents going out into the field, Deathlok attacks people and there are several twists and turns in the plot that keep you guessing. Ah man because I’ve seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier my suspicions about this show are going crazy about the true enemy behind the shadows but I cannot disclose that information yet. :P

Story-wise there’s a lot to look at so I’m just gonna highlight a few points below:

  • Garrett and Triplett hunt for Deathlok: I like how Agents Garrett and Triplett are on the move trying to find Deathlok, it is a nice way to keep the characters relevant and it also shows that S.H.I.E.L.D. haven’t forgotten about the dude and are actively searching for him.
  • Deathlok is back and more dangerous: So we see Mike Peterson as Deathlok is not only sporting some new armour, but he has an armoured wrist rocket shooter now? Nice. While the uniform could look a little more intimidating the dude is definitely dangerous and more machine than man, I just want to see him mess some more people like Agent Blake.
  • The hunt for the Clairvoyant begins, ends and begins again: So Skye comes up with an interesting pairing system with certain amounts of info given to each pair to try and find the main bad guy. Except when we find a vegetated man who says he is the Clairvoyant it seems a little too easy, unfortunately the guy is shot by Ward before any more information can be obtained (which was a shock). That being said I knew that it wouldn’t be that easy to find the main enemy of this show, plus Coulson brought up the point about the screen having the same works as the wheelchair guy, who is to say he wasn’t just reading them?
  • Coulson thinks Ward is the traitor: I didn’t expect Coulson to pick on Ward as the secret Clairvoyant, but I guess he’s emotionally fueled at this point and wants answers so if the enemy is someone within S.H.I.E.L.D. then he’ll probably look towards someone on his team. I knew it wouldn’t be Ward and I’m glad he defended himself aggressively because it makes him look less suspicious.
  • May looks like the traitor: Obviously when Fitz found May’s secret phone line on the Bus we knew shit would go down and for a while she did look really suspicious while chasing after Fitz going to gun him down. Obviously Coulson and Skye get her at gunpoint and try to pry information from her. With not willing to give up her info she’s looks even dodgy than before. But obviously when the Bus is rerouted and we see who is controlling it at the end we see that May doesn’t look like she’s as close to the Clairvoyant as one would first believe. (And thank god coz I love her and I don’t want her to be the bad guy)
  • Victoria Hand looks bad now: So yeah at the end of the episode we see that the bus has been redirected by Victoria Hand’s people at The Hub and she says that she wants everyone on-board killed except for Coulson because she wants to take him out personally. Man there are things related to Captain America 2 that I really want to talk about here but since American audiences still haven’t seen it I cannot divulge my suspicions yet. :P

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Character-wise I love how this episode basically summoned several characters who transcend the MCU from the films, One-Shots and the TV series, having the cast interact wit each other the way that they did was awesome and created some great interplay between some of these people who had never interacted before. Having Agents Sitwell, Blake, Garrett, Triplett and Victor Hand together along with Coulson and Melinda May was special for me. To see all these characters together made the show feel more important and interesting, plus it’s just funny to see the funny conversations that come from conversations like Garrett talking to Coulson or Skye or Hand, the dude is hilarious and I love Bill Paxton as this character. Coulson starts to get aggressive in this episode as well as Ward, both were awesome, seeing Melinda May in this tight situation made for an interested temporary bad-guy moment for her, also any time Agent Sitwell is around I smile and having Agent Blake return was great, I love his witty and snarky remarks, but his conversation with May was the best.

What I Disliked

So what did I not like about this episode? Well firstly Deathlok didn’t get to do that much besides fire a few rockets and run away. Seeing Skye officially become an agent for S.H.I.E.L.D. was inevitable but I’m still not overly keen on her being on the team. Also this episode left me with more questions than answers just when the episode was getting more interesting too. But that’s pretty much it.

B.J. BRITT, BILL PAXTON, CLARK GREGG, MING-NA WEN

Conclusion

In conclusion “End of the Beginning” is another good episode, it takes several plot points from previous episodes and starts to put them at the forefront of the story. There are great twists and turns and with the great ensemble cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe things are really starting to feel connected and reflective of the Captain America: The Winter Soldier story themes too. While I wanted more Deathlok and there were more questions than answers in this episode, it is still in the better batch of episodes and I can’t wait to see how things transpire in the weeks to come.

Rating: 8/10 (The hunt for Deathlok and the Clairvoyant make for an interesting episode yo)

So what did you think of “End of the Beginning“? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for episode 17! :D

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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