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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Thoughts, Theories, & Trivia For Captain America:The First Avenger.

As usual, here's a link to the review.

Did you have something against running away?

  • You think the spy who tried to steal the serum has some kind of superpowers? It would explain why he survived be trapped in a car that flipped over several times (seat belts haven't been invented at this point). And does that mean the poison he used was something besides cyanide? Was he an experiment?

If you have something to say, right now is the perfect time to keep it to yourself.
  • Notice the similarities between Red Skull and Captain America's rivalry and the one between Thor and Loki. The evil brother is envious of the good one and feels their father (or the one who gave them their powers) favors the good guy. The dark brother also views himself as above average people and seeks power and authority and is willing to go to great (even world-destroying) lengths to get it.

Spoilers after this.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Movie Review For Captain America:The First Avenger

Premise:A supersoldier fights against Nazis, particularly one with superpowers and an ancient artifact.

Cast:Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Sebastian Shane as James "Bucky" Barnes, Hugo Weaving as Johan Schmidt/Red Skull, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Tommy Lee Jones as Colonel Chester Phillips, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, Stanley Tucci as Dr. Abraham Erskine, Toby Jones as Dr. Arnim Zola

Director:Joe Johnston

MPAA Rating:PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action

Genres:Action, war, sci-fi

Notes:Images taken from IMP Awards and Rotten Tomatoes and belong to Marvel.

Pros:The special effects. A cheesy-evil bad guy. Good acting.

Cons:Minor characters don't get much background. The ending practically begs you to watch the next movie.

Steve Rogers is not one to give up. No matter how many times his friend tells him he's not cut out to be a soldier or how many rejections he gets, he keeps trying to enlist. Hmm, a patriotic guy with a strong sense of morality. Might make a great supersoldier.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Thoughts, Theories, & Trivia:The Incredible Hulk

The review is here.

  • Bruce turns into Hulk when his heart beats too fast. Is it possible to change back, he has to slow his heart rate? It would explain why he doesn't stay Hulk after he sleeps.
  • The same guy that plays Betty's boyfriend who gets dumped plays Phil on Modern Family.
  • In that vein, the actor who plays the security guard (I don't know his name) was the Hulk in the old TV show.
  •  Did Bruce freak out when his blood got near the soda bottles because it could hurt someone, or because it could be traced? Or might it have been both?

    Spoilers follow.

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

    Movie Review:The Incredible Hulk

    Premise:A man who turns into a monster when overly stressed runs from the military.

    Cast:Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, Liv Taylor as Betty Ross, William Hurt as General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky, Tim Blake Nelson as Samuel Sterns, Christina Cabot as Major Kathleen Sparr

    Director:Louis Leterrier

    MPAA Rating:PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence, some frightening sci-fi images, and brief suggestive content

    Genres:Action, sci-fi

    Notes:Poster taken from IMP Awards and belong to Marvel.

    Pros:Fair acting. Doesn't spend half the film with the origin story. A good main villain.

    Cons:Villains do nonsensical things. A pointless and overly brief love triangle.

    In movies, human experiments tend to end badly. Especially when it involves super soldiers and gamma radiation. In Bruce Banner's case, it ended very badly.

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

    Thoughts, Theories, & Trivia:Thor

    If you'd like to read the review, it's here.

      I think that was legally your fault.
      -Depends on who's driving.

      • Are Loki and Thor the first by those names? Pay attention during the flashback. You'll see a guy wearing a helmet similar to Loki's, although it could just be a guard.

      Do you want me to slow him down, sir? Or are you sending more guys for him to beat up?

      • Darcy losing the 30 new songs she downloaded on her iPod demonstrates the reason you make backups of your music.

      I have no plans to die today.
      None do.
      -Wise words

      Spoilers after this.

      Thursday, March 13, 2014

      Movie Review:Thor

      Premise:After sparking war, a violent alien prince is stripped of his powers and sent to earth for a crash course in humility.

      Cast:Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Stellan Skarsgå as Erik Selvig, Kat Dennings as Darcy, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Colm Feore as Laufey, Ray Stevenson as Volstagg, Jaimie Alexander as Sif, Tadanobu Asano as Hogun, Joshua Dallas as Fandral, Rene Russo as Frigga, Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson

      Director:Kenneth Branagh

      MPAA Rating:PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence

      Genres:Fantasy, sci-fi, action

      Notes:Images taken from IMP Awards and Rotten Tomatoes and belongs to Marvel.

      Pros:An evil yet sympathetic villain. Character development. The comic relief.

      Cons:Thor's friends. Odin's bad parenting move. The romance moves a little fast.

      Thor Odinson has really screwed up. But he doesn't think so. Those frost giants came into Asgard! They should pay for it! And the payment he and his friends deliver is about to set off a war. You can imagine how thrilled his father isn't. So he decides Thor needs to learn a lesson. Guess where he ends up...

      Sunday, March 09, 2014

      Thoughts, Theories, & Trivia:Iron Man 2

      The review is here.

      Sir, I'm gonna have to ask you to exit the donut.
      -And get in the donut shop.

      • Justin Hammer had a point when he said Tony would not foresee all threats. In addition to Whiplash, there was this ancient alien by the name of Loki and his army...

      Spoilers after this.

      Thursday, March 06, 2014

      Movie Review:Iron Man 2

      Premise:The son of Howard Stark's enemy comes back to exact revenge on Iron Man.

      Cast:Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle as Lt. Col. James Rhodes, Paul Bettany as JARVIS, Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko/Whiplash, Scarlett Johansson as Natalie Rushman, Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson, John Slattery as Howard Stark, Garry Shandling as Senator Stern

      Director:Jon Favreau

      MPAA Rating:PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some language

      Genres:Action, sci-fi

      Notes:Takes place before the events of Avengers. Images taken from IMP Awards and Rotten Tomatoes and belong to Marvel.

      Pros:Mostly good acting. Several good characters.

      Cons:Justin Hammer's portrayal. An ultimately pointless subplot. More dates and pop culture references.

      If you thought becoming Iron Man changed Tony Stark that much, you'd be wrong. He still parties. He still has got a huge ego. He still hits on pretty women. And he still doesn't like it when someone tells him he should give up his weapons (this time his suit). Come on, he says. Nobody else will be able to make anything like this for another 20 years. Well, nobody except a guy who would love to see Stark destroyed...

      Sunday, March 02, 2014

      Things I Need To Stop Doing

      Reading online articles that stress me out or make me paranoid
      On the internet, you can always find an video or article about how screwed you are one way or another. Even if they're unlikely to happen or just baloney the writer made up, it still gets me.

      Staying up until midnight
      I'm a night owl. I tend to stay up until all hours of the night. This tends to result in me sleeping later than I should. (Although sometimes even when I go to bed early, it doesn't help).