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Rewatching Films At The Cinema

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, how are you all doing today? I just wanted to do a blog post on something that I like to do from time to time which is rewatching films in the cinema.

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There is something wonderful, fun and kind magical about watching a film on a projector in room full of other people who are sharing the same/different emotional responses. Most big film fans are all about this kind of thing. If you like a film a lot, then you’ll want to check it out again right? Multiple viewings of films in the cinema is something that people do for many reasons whether it is to show support for their favourite films or for bragging purposes or just because they’re obsessed.

I love getting the chance to a film more than once in the cinema, however it wasn’t always like that for me.

As a child to my mid/late teens, going to the cinema used to be reserved for special events like birthdays, major film releases or family outings (going with my dad and sister). So unless my dad was taking me or I was out with my friends, then the cinema was not a very regular thing. But all that changed in 2008. Now before that year I had watched a few films more than once in the cinema, but I never had the money or desire to see any of them more than twice… But then May of 2008 came around and I saw Iron Man, and honestly that film changed my world. Now I had seen many comic book films, but that film was the first film that seemed like a comic book come to life, but with a great sense of realism, like it could exist in our world. It was so much fun and that was the main factor that grabbed me. So I watched it two more times which made Iron Man the first film I saw three times. It was totally bizarre to me to be sitting in the cinema watched the film again for the third time, but that’s how obsessed I was with the film.

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Then after 2008 I ended up watching a good few films more than once on numerous occasions. In 2009 I ended up watching the J.J. Abrams Star Trek three times as well, that film really left impression on me, as a person who grew up seeing the different Star Trek incarnations on TV and seeing it become a more action-oriented sci-fi adventure, it was a surprise, a bloody delightful surprise. The following year was the major turning point for me as watching films started to become an addiction. The brilliant Toy Story 3 came out in the summer of 2010, and it made me shed manly time each time that I saw it during the final scene. I didn’t think I would cry the third time, but somehow that film was still able to get the better of me. But even more hardcore was my viewing experience came from watching Inception. Christopher Nolan was a director I had come to respect from his work on Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and Memento, so I was hyped for Inception, but the end result was so much more. The film had action, thriller and sci-fi elements all in one place with lovely execution and an amazing soundtrack. The film captured my soul and I watched it again, THREE MORE TIMES. People thought me insane for watching the film that many times, however, I loved the film that much I just had to see it again (that it took me three times to fully understand the film lol).

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From there I took things one step beyond. From 2011-2013 I ended up seeing a lot of films on three occasions Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Dark Knight Rises (that may have been four times) and Man of Steel (though that was accidental), and in 2012 I saw The Avengers four times (much love for Marvel Studios as you may be able to tell). But my biggest repeat viewing comes from 2011 when I saw Thor, FIVE TIMES! Now that may seem quite absurd considering that it is one of the lesser liked films of the MCU and because there are better films that I’ve listed beforehand, however, I do love Thor, but seeing it in the cinema that many times was accidental. I saw it with my friends, then once again with my sister, then with another friend, then with my family and then finally with my uncle. It was just a case of going with the flow which resulted in a lot of time with the god of thunder, but it was hella fun so I’m not complaining.

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So why did I make this blog post? Well I just wanted to share with you some of my crazier cinematic adventures and show you how much I love going to the cinema. Now as you may have noticed a lot of those films happen to be superhero-based and that’s mainly due to the fact that they’ve proven to be the most entertaining and rewarding experiences for me. That and films of the sci-fi genre too. I can easily say that without my Cineworld Unlimited Card I would not have seen as many films as I have over the last six years. Getting to see good films in the cinema more than once is a good feeling and I’m looking forward to 2015’s future films like Avengers 2, Star Wars, Spectre and Mad Max 4 to name a few.

So do you like to rewatch films in the cinema and if so what’s the most amount of times you’ve seen a film in the cinema? Please let me know in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post, laters! ūüôā

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2015 in Films, Life, Media

 

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Marvel One-Shot Films That NEED To Happen!

This is something that has been on my mind after watching Thor: the Dark World a little while ago, the concept of there being Marvel one-shot films for minor/secondary characters. And the more I thought about it, the more I heard similar thoughts from other people online. Then IGN came along with this article which practically stole my idea with this article: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/12/01/minor-marvel-movie-characters-that-deserve-a-one-shot-short

Even though that list exists, that won’t stop me from making my own. so here we go with my list of Marvel One-Shot Films That NEED To Happen!

Sif and The Warriors Three

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So as some of you may know, Thor was one of my favourite Phase One films and one of those reasons was Sif and the Warriors Three, I mean sure they were a bit strange and had only a small impact on the first film, but I really liked them. Jaimie Alexander’s Sif was this confident, strong and awesome female warrior and the Warriors Three had their individual aspects to like,¬†Fandral the ladies man and charismatic fencing guy, Hogun the silent but deadly warrior and Volstagg the fat, hungry yet super strong dude. The reason I’m so attached to these characters is because of their comic book aspects that make them stand out and the potential awesomeness they could bring to the MCU.

Unfortunately after Thor film, each of those characters are pushed even more to the side than before in Thor 2 (ESPECIALLY HOGUN, WHAT THE HELL!?!) So with that in mind, I think Marvel should REALLY consider making a Marvel short for these characters to allow audiences to connect with them a bit more. Dive into their personalities, see them in battle a bit more and just hanging around Asgard, possibly touch upon Sif’s real feelings for Thor that have only been looked into a tiny bit. The short could involve them taking on an ancient enemy that they have to take¬†out on their own without Thor which would demonstrate why they’re a force to be reckoned with.

The Howling Commandos

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Another group which I feel were completely wasted was the Howling Commandos. Fuck me, the more I think about it the most it pisses me off. Captain America: The First Avenger had a chance to really create some amazing screen adaptations of some of Cap’s early days and yet butchered a lot of things and the Howling Commandos was one of them. In the film the group is some of just thrown together through one conversation and they don’t really come across as a group or as proper allies because of the groups lack of screen time with Cap, plus most of their scenes are all in bloody montage! Such a waste a great group who have such a massive impact in the comics.

I feel like a Marvel short would be definitely be necessary for these characters, where you see them doing some mission back in WWII with a bit of action and stealth. Possibly give us the group’s individual names and gives us a sense of their personalities and show why they were the group that Cap chose in the first film. And hey if Peggy Carter can get one then there’s no reason why these guys shouldn’t either.

War Machine

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Colonel James Rhodes is one of the cool guys from the MCU (mainly in the first and third film), but I feel like some time with him doing his own thing would be cool. Maybe have an adventure where Tony’s out-of-town which requires Rhodey to take on the threat alone and show off his own badassery. Don Cheadle has proved he’s a useful partner for Tony, but I would like to see how useful he is when it’s just him on his own.

And in truth that’s it, those are the only characters I feel really require the extra screen time in shorts so that you can get a better feel for them in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So what are your thoughts on the matter? Drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. ūüôā

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2013 in Films, Life, Media

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews: Iron Man

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Day #20 of my Month of Superhero Film Reviews! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best and worst comic book adapted films. So now we again return to 2008 with what I believe to be one of the best comic book films ever in the form of Iron Man.

Yay! Time to talk about one of my favourite films in the last few years and just in general. When Iron Man came out in 2008 my life was changed forever. This was the first film I saw three times in the cinema and it really had an impact on me, I became an Iron Man fan, I became a Robert Downey Jr. and I became obsessed with what other films Marvel Studios would release leading up to The Avengers. So after five years has my obsession with this film changed or is it just as great as ever? Well let’s find out in review.

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In plot in this film the follows Tony Stark, a billionaire playboy and genius who is a weapons contractor through his company Stark Industry. During his time in¬†Afghanistan¬†he is captured by a terrorist group and held hostage, and in this film he crafts a suit of armour and escapes, upon returning to the USA, Stark decides to stop making weapons and become a force for good by upgrading his armour and becoming the superhero known as Iron Man. Unknown to Stark,¬†Obadiah Stane,¬†Stark’s business second-in-command is planning to take the company for himself and take Stark out.

I loved the story in this film. Tony Stark isn’t the typical kind of superhero, he is a man with everything, has no cares in the world and all is perfect for him, but once he’s nearly killed in an explosion, captured by terrorists and has to work with an unknown man in order to survive he learns the values of life and sees the errors of his ways because of the work that his company has been doing. It is a great and well-told story that’s smart, witty and hilarious. While it was again another origin story, this was the first film to deliver one that was different, original and realistic. One of the film’s strongest points is its realism and its ability to feel grounded in the real world, even though the technology and armour that Tony creates is totally futuristic and fictional, the way that the story, characters and tone is crafted makes it work very well in present times.

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Now let’s talk about the cast of this film who are all fabulous at bringing these comic book characters to life. Firstly we have¬†Robert Downey Jr.¬†as¬†Tony Stark/Iron Man. It’s been said before and I’m gonna say it again… Robert Downey Jr. was born to play this role. RDJ perfectly emulates all of the qualities and mannerisms from his carefree, arrogant and funny attitude to the more dramatic and emotional elements of the character once he changes after his capture. RDJ is great and this was the role that put him back on the map and got his career started again and he owes his life to Marvel for giving him the star power that he has now.¬†Also Gwyneth Paltrow¬†as was fabulous Pepper Potts. Paltrow was wonderful, smart, witty and very unlike most female characters who are attached to the main hero in these superhero films. Her character was great because she had some great scenes with Tony, there was a lot of witty banter between the two of them and I really loved seeing the¬†budding relationship building between the two of them.

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Terrence Howard¬†as¬†Lt. Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes. Howard was great as Stark’s friend and weapons development person in the US Air Force. You could see that Rhodey genuinely cared about Tony and wanted the best for him while also having to do what was right and take care of his own business. I loved Howard in this role and I was gutted to see him go after this film ended. Now let’s talk about¬†Jeff Bridges¬†as¬†Obadiah Stane, the villain of the film. This was probably my first Jeff Bridges film and I really liked him in this role, Stane was a business man first and you could see that he looked a bit shady. I liked how he pretended to be good but was doing dodgy dealings behind the scenes and discovering his evil plot over the course of the film. I only wish that his character had been a little more developed in the villain role. Also¬†Shaun Toub¬†as¬†Yinsen, I thought he was great. This character was essential to the transformation of Tony Stark and he becomes the only true friend that Stark has, Toub played his role well and had some good screen time. I also liked the inclusion of Jon Favreau¬†as Happy Hogan¬†and lastly this is obviously the film that introduced used us to Clark Gregg as¬†Agent Coulson¬†of¬†S.H.I.E.L.D. and even though his role was small it left a big impact.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is fabulous, there is a great use of special and practical effects that blends well throughout the film. As for the CGI it is sharp, detailed and well-done, but I expect nothing less from Industrial Light & Magic. The action scenes and sequences are pretty awesome and epic, but unfortunately the last fight in the film is not as impressive as it should have been.¬†As for the soundtrack by Ramin Djawadi I really liked it, there were some kick ass tunes that really worked in the action sequences and that point when Tony Stark first crafts his first armoured suit.

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And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well I’ve never read¬†any of the comics, but from what I understand from Marvel Ultimate Alliance and the internet, it seems like for the most part the origins of Tony Stark and Iron Man are accurate besides being updated for modern times.

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So to conclude Iron Man is a cracking superhero film that really changed the genre with its serious nature, grounded realism, great story telling and wonderful characters. It is a well-rounded, smart and funny film that had a great deal of character development and cracking action sequences and while it lacks a strong third act, it is still a great film that is worth your time.

Rating: 9/10 (This is was and still is one of the finest comic book films)

So there’s my review people, only 10 more to go. So have you seen Iron Man and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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‘Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United’: First Look at Marvel Animation’s debut movie — EXCLUSIVE

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Okay this is definitely something I did not expect from Marvel. Man those guys at Marvel Animation really are full of surprises. It is an interesting combination of having Iron Man and Hulk teaming up, but I am curious to see how the two heroes would operate together. Since Marvel and Disney are doing their first animation together (at least to my knowledge), I wonder if this will continue in the future? I guess we’ll have to see if¬†‘Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United‘ is successful when’s it’s released on Blu-ray and DVD.

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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My love for The Avengers continues!

Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to another blog post. Today I thought I’d just make a quick post about my love for The Avengers film.

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Now I made it no secret before this film came out that I was absolutely hyped to an extreme level and then after I saw The Avengers I think I automatically blew up XD If you didn’t read my review you can check it out here! Now it’s been several weeks since the last time I saw the film and that was ONLY my second time! So after around 3-4 weeks I finally got back into the Cineworld in my home town and got to watch the film with my best friend and man… IT STILL KICKS LOADS OF ASS! Now while a lot of the original magic of the film has gone from the first times I saw it, The Avengers is still a great film to watch, it has action, it has drama, character development and it all works in a cohesive manner, I just love it!

I’m surprised that so many of the scenes that I had watched two times before still rocked my socks a third time round. Every character gets their moment in the sun and I guess that’s what I really love, whether it be in the small intimate conversation scenes to the big fight sequences, every character matters, has relevance and advances the plot too. There’s just so much to taken in and enjoy, from Tony Stark squaring up to Steve Rogers because of their different ideals to seeing Mark Ruffalo’s interpretation of Bruce Banner and the Hulk, then there’s the small scenes with Black Window and Hawkeye or the chaotic nature of Loki that works in many dark and twisted ways. Everything just works on a level of awesomeness that hasn’t been present in many other Marvel films until now. I think a lot of that has to do with the dialogue and character interaction and that comes from the script and screenplay done by director Joss Whedon and co-writer Zak Penn. The writing is snappy, tight, smart and relatable. Ah The Avengers, it’s good for casual audience goers and it’s good for people who love films too, but in truth it’s all about the nerds. This film was made for the comic book fans and as I said in my review before, there’s only things in this film that fans of the source material will pick up on and be able to appreciate, especially when it comes to the post-credit endings! The Avengers starts off the summer film season in a fabulous way and sets the standard for all other films coming out this year! As for me I’m probably going to watch this film another 2 or 3 times as I can’t get enough of this Marvel madness!

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AND IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE AVENGERS YET, WHAT ARE YOU DOING!?! GO OUT AND WATCH IT NOW!!! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Films, Life, Media

 

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Ultimate Spider-Man Episode 5 Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, today I‚Äôm going to be giving you my review of the fifth episode of the Ultimate Spider-Man. (By the way sorry for my lateness, I swear I’ll get back up to date soon!)

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Oh my god, I swear this show is just trying to annoy me now. I thought that shows were meant to get better as they progressed, but since the second episode the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon has continued to plummet into mediocre territory. I don’t understand how a Spider-Man show can be this frustrating to me, but somehow the Ultimate Spider-Man excels at being bad in so many ways down to its poor humour, weak story development and constant butchering of the Peter Parker/Spider-Man character.

So the story in this episode is as follows:

“When Spider-Man meets his idol Iron Man, he receives a specialized gift: the Iron-Spider suit. However, when Spider-Man tries to master the suit’s abilities, the relationship the web-slinger has with his team is put on the line by the relationship he is developing with the armored Avenger. Spider-Man must also deal with the Living Laser.”

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To be honest after the failure of the last episode, I was really looking to be impressed in this episode. The story overall was passable but nothing overly amazing and that’s pretty bad considering the quality of the Spectacular Spider-Man‘s story which was consistent throughout both seasons. In this episode Spidey and his team battle the Living Laser, and you’d think that after a few episodes they’d have started building bridges and start forming into a team right? However that’s not the case at all. If anything Spider-Man is still trying to do this whole solo act and the team can’t seem to fully gel with Spidey’s personality and style of fighting which is causing even more conflict. And for me it’s really frustrating to see how this show continues to produce episodes that aren’t nearly as captivating the comic book origins it comes from.

Things get worse when Spider-Man gets a new armoured suit after meeting Iron Man (his idol) and it causes Peter’s arrogance to grow even more than usual because of the advanced tech’s powers and so Spidey’s total lack of logic puts him at odds with the rest of his teammates. The conflict in the team, while necessary for this episode I though came a little too prematurely and I wouldn’t expect to see something like this until around halfway through the series with a much more serious incident causing the team to potentially split up, but this show seems to be content with giving us stories that are potentially good only for them to be sub par. Now I understand that some teams take a while to come together especially if they have conflicting personalities, but the fact of the matter is that these guys have been around each other for a little while now and there doesn’t seem to be any sign proper progression or change since they were linked up in the second episode and for that’s not good nor is it encouraging for the show’s story and characters.

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In terms of characters, my god, besides Iron Man and Iron Fist to some degree, all of the other main cast members are just tragic. White Tiger is still a bossyboots, know-it-all character, Nova is still as annoying as ever and when it comes to Iron Fist and Power Man, they are just there, while they do offer up some important dialogue, overall they still haven’t been taken to the max yet. But the main offender is Peter Parker/Spider-Man. I have never seen such an arrogant, clueless and reckless interpretation of Peter Parker, it’s like I look at him and just shake my head in shame. It’s like the creators of this show just wanted to completely change the Peter Parker character and separate him from all of the good aspects that made him awesome in the comics. He is actually just an idiot, he may talk smart on the odd occasion but it’s all for show, he seems to lack basic knowledge, has no modesty and never things about how his actions affect others. He’s just tragic.

As I said before the only saving grace about this episode in terms of characters comes from the appearance of Iron Man voiced by Adrian Pasdar (reprising his role as the character from the Iron Man anime). He was the wit, charm and intellect that comes from the world of the comics and he is a refreshing site in this episode. Adrian Pasdar makes a very nice Tony Stark/Iron Man and carries the character well.

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At least the animation is still consistent in this show. The art and animation are solid, fluid and well-done. Having Iron Man in the show allowed for some interesting and dynamic sequences, also with the Iron Spider in the episode we got some interesting action scenes too. And while there was a lot of good action sequences throughout this episode, I don’t believe its been fully utilized or taken to the maximum. With all the intricate detail and quality that this show it’s predecessor the Spectacular Spider-Man, its frustrating to know that the overall that the visual quality has nothing special about it. The Spectacular Spider-Man had a much less detailed art style and animation quality and yet it produced some of the best animation that Spider-Man has every seen in the world of animation especially in the action and fight sequences and its interesting use of choreography. the Ultimate Spider-Man has none of that creativity and it just comes across as a show with talent, but not that much to be fussed about.

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One other thing to note that was good about this episode was the cameos from not only Spider-Ham, I got a personal little chuckle out of that because my nostalgic memories seeing him in comic book form, but also the cameo of the Super Hero Squad from The Super Hero Squad Show, though I don’t watch that show regularly it was nice reference.

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In the end this episode of the Ultimate Spider-Man has been the second hardest one to watch (the most being the previous episode) purely because it had an absurd amount of potential and it wasn’t completely capitalized on. There doesn’t seem to be any proper character development for any of the members of the team and this version of Peter Parker/Spider-Man continues to be an oblivious idiot barely relating to his comic book roots. Unfortunately it should be noted that this is the best episode since episode 2 and that’s purely based on Iron Man’s involvement and the use of the Iron Spider suit. The Ultimate Spider-Man really needs some better material or I reckon it should be shut down.

Rating: 6/10

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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