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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #465 on: May 04, 2016, 03:33:49 PM »
Man, the critics are creaming over Civil War...

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« Reply #466 on: May 05, 2016, 05:32:54 PM »

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« Reply #467 on: May 05, 2016, 09:46:40 PM »
That made me laugh really hard.

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« Reply #468 on: May 05, 2016, 10:55:50 PM »
I couldn't find any actual Skeletor memes.

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« Reply #469 on: May 05, 2016, 10:57:05 PM »
Oh, poor Gillian.

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« Reply #470 on: May 05, 2016, 11:00:04 PM »
I think she looks great. Plastic surgery and all.

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« Reply #471 on: May 11, 2016, 12:57:26 PM »
So Deadpool doing his own Honest Trailer is kind of awesome...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qIRtFE6aIc

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« Reply #472 on: May 12, 2016, 02:17:05 PM »
Went and saw CA: Civil War on Sunday and thoroughly enjoyed it.  While it is by far not perfect it's still a very enjoyable ride.  I don't agree with the critics comparing it to Empire, but I get their point.  I don't want to get into too much until everyone has seen it, but there are a few really cool moments, and a few WTF moments.  All in all I'm glad I saw it and I'd see it again.   

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« Reply #473 on: May 12, 2016, 03:36:57 PM »
I don't agree with the critics comparing it to Empire, but I get their point. 

By "Empire," do you mean The Empire Strikes Back?

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« Reply #474 on: May 12, 2016, 04:25:52 PM »
I don't agree with the critics comparing it to Empire, but I get their point. 

By "Empire," do you mean The Empire Strikes Back?

Yes.  Even the Russo brothers said they were going for an Empire Strikes Back feel.

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« Reply #475 on: May 13, 2016, 08:50:00 AM »
Yeah, I thought you meant the show about Empire Records! That was confusing.

Yes.  Even the Russo brothers said they were going for an Empire Strikes Back feel.

Yeah, them and every other director of every other movie like this.

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« Reply #476 on: May 15, 2016, 08:03:04 PM »
Well, it ain't no Empire Strikes Back or even a Winter Soldier, but Captain America: Civil War knocks the socks off Avengers: Age of Ultron. It's was worth the matinee, probably even worth full price. I had fun, even if I wished I had multiple Marvel Comics wikipedia pages open while watching.

At it's core, the premise of this movie is, "If Iron Man and Captain America got in a fight, who would win?" (As of this writing, I still haven't seen Batman v. Superman, but I assume it's operating under the same premise.) On that level, It's Frankenstein Meet Dracula, Aliens vs. Predator or Freddy vs. Jason. The main job the writers of something like this have is coming up with a plausible reason for the two headlining characters to fight. The reason the Russo Brothers came up actually works surprisingly well.

Briefly... the Avengers (Now consisting of Cap, Falcon, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, and Vision) go to Lagos, Nigeria to fight Crossbones, the random bad guy from Winter Soldier who, in his own words, "had a building dropped on his face." During the fight, a bunch of civilians get killed by a bomb Scarlet Witch deflects into a building while trying to save Captain America. Meanwhile, Tony Stark/Iron Man gets confronted by the mother of a kid who died in Sokovia, the fictional city Ultron laid waste to at the end of Avengers 2. Soon, Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt playing the same character he played in the Ed Norton Incredible Hulk) tells them that 119 nations have agreed to the Sokovia Accords which basically puts the Avengers under United Nations authority. Iron Man thinks they need to sign it, Cap doesn't.

Various Avengers take different sides. The most interesting dichotomy is between the Vision and Scarlet Witch who debate the philosophy of power, responsibility, and self-control vs. external control while kind of/sort of falling in love with each other. In the comics they eventually get married, and I kept finding myself thinking about the fact that he's an android and for all intents and purposes she's falling in love with a robot. She's fucking a robot. While this is probably where the culture is going, it kept distracting me.

Anyway in Vienna, the King of Wakanda is killed at the U.N. signing of the accords by a bomb seemingly set by Cap's old buddy Bucky Barnes aka the Winter Soldier. Wakanda you'll remember is the fictional African country where the rare metal Vibranium is found. Vibranium you'll remember (right?) is what Captain America's shield is made of, and what Ultron built his main body out of in Avengers 2. Cap goes off the reservation to find Bucky because he suspects something is rotten in Denmark. The Falcon joins him and Black Widow is torn. Meanwhile, T'Challa, the heir to the throne of Wakanda dons his Black Panther superhero suit with the Vibranium claws and vows vengeance on the Winter Soldier. The Black Panther is *awesome.* He steals the movie. I'm genuinely stoked for his solo movie directed by Ryan Coogler. (Fruitvale Station, Creed)

I mentioned a fictional metal three times in the previous paragraph.
 
So, the U.N wants to kill rogue Captain America and Winter Soldier who are now on the run together. Iron Man asks for 36 hours to bring him in. The middle of the movie is basically lead up to a big battle royale between two groups of Superheroes. Team Iron Man ( I can't believe I just typed that.) consists of Iron Man, War Machine (Don Cheadle's silver Iron Man), Black Widow, Vision, Black Panther, and Spider-Man. Team Captain America consists of Cap, Winter Solider, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, And Ant-Man. I know it sounds like way too many characters, but it's pretty satisfying. The big fight itself is fantastic, with a very young Spider-Man providing a ton of comic relief. I don't know if this next reboot with save that particular ailing franchise, but the casting is great.

That's not the big climax of the movie though despite what the ads infer. The third act goes back to Bourne stye intimacy of the Winter Soldier. There's a lot more going on, including the machinations of Baron Zemo, a very human villain who's pulling a ton of strings in order to get to Moscow to where the Winter Soldier was created. I won't give away the twist ending, but it's satisfying. I'll also note that the climax of this movie doesn't involve some world ending calamity, which makes it 10,000 times better than any superhero movie that does.

Typed out, it reads like too much going on, but it works in every way that Age of Ultron didn't. RC says check it out.
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« Reply #477 on: May 16, 2016, 08:45:56 AM »
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« Reply #478 on: May 25, 2016, 12:26:08 PM »
I thought this was pretty funny:  Some SPOILERS for those who haven't seen the movie.




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Hello, my name is Marcus Kelley, and I really don’t want to complain. I fly quite a bit for work, and I totally understand how fickle air travel can be. One time I had a three-day layover in Bangkok due to some sort of signal problem. Things happen. I get that. It’s just slightly frustrating to me that my flight out of the Leipzig/Halle airport has been delayed indefinitely due to an all-out superhero melee.

Don’t get me wrong; I love superheroes just as much as the next guy. I mean, really, thank you to any and all superheroes who may be reading this. You’re the real heroes, truly. It’s just that I had a two-hour window to make a connecting flight back to New York from Vienna so I could attend my son’s graduation from Columbia. There is absolutely no way I am making that connecting flight now, and James is only going to graduate med school once, you know?

When I heard the airport was getting evacuated, I was impressed with the speed and efficiency of the Leipzig/Halle security team. When I found out we were being evacuated not because of a terrorist threat, but because a group of super powered friends were having an ideological tiff, I must admit, I became slightly upset. I really don’t want to get political here, and with all my travelling, I haven’t had time to develop an opinion on whatever it is the Sokova Accords are. Captain America and Iron Man both seem like stand-up guys, and I understand that friends fight. One time I didn’t talk to my brother for a year because of a minor squabble over our father’s estate (long story short, there was a condo in Fort Lauderdale that he wanted to sell, but I thought we should keep it in the family because of how much dad liked it when all the grandchildren were together). We talked it out, and now we rent it out except for the first two weeks in August, which we reserve for the kids. I honestly don’t think we’ve ever been closer. The point is we talked it out.

Now I’m sure Captain America and Iron Man tried to find a peaceful alternative, and I do appreciate them fighting in an abandoned airport instead of a crowded city. But when I heard they were fighting, I assumed it was aliens again or another evil robot man. No, this time it was a personal problem. And that’s where bar rules come into effect: if you need to fight, take it outside. We are in Germany. There’s lots of rolling hills perfect for fighting. They could knock each other into windmills and stuff. It’d be fun.

And that’s another thing. By all accounts, the airport brawl was a little too casual and fun. If you have to fight and ruin a lot of people’s travel plans, please don’t show off what a great time you are having doing it. Show some remorse, Spider-Man. Things between my son and I are already shaky, and I just know he will see this as yet another time dad prioritized work over family. From what I can tell, almost all of you superheroes have some sort of daddy issues, so you understand how important it is that I make this right.

I promised myself I wouldn’t get angry about this, because it’s like, “first world problems. Look at this guy complaining about his missed flight.” But Ant-Man, a superhero famous for shrinking, somehow became a giant and ripped the wing off my airplane. I didn’t even know he had that power. How’s that fair?

Also, to be perfectly honest, I’m concerned that Hertz is going to charge me for the rental car that Scarlet Witch threw on Iron Man. I had already returned it to the lot, even if I hadn’t formally checked out yet.

So now I’m stuck in East Germany because The Vision sliced an airport hanger in half with his forehead beam. I know there’s been a lot of talk in the news about the collateral damage of superhero fights, and relatively speaking, this seems like an almost purposefully safe response to that backlash. But it’s still annoying. Most of these guys can fly. Why do they need an airport? If I had Falcon’s wings, I would fly clear across the ocean to let my son know I’m proud of him and I support his relationship with Denise, even if I think she’s all sorts of wrong for him.

Now I’m stuck staring at this departures board, with every single flight delayed as they clean up a bunch of exploded trucks and a weird amount of webbing. I hope Captain America and Iron Man and whoever Black Panther is find peace. I really do, but there are only so many magazines I can browse through in this Hudson News. Son, if you are reading this, I will miss your graduation, but should make it home in time for your birthday on Thursday, assuming The Winter Soldier stops fluctuating between good and evil.


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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #479 on: July 24, 2016, 10:49:16 AM »
Doctor Strange trailer from Comic-con.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSzx-zryEgM