Avengers: Age of Ultron – Review (NO SPOILERS) May04

Avengers: Age of Ultron – Review (NO SPOILERS)...

I’m going to keep this review short and spoiler-free for those of you who haven’t had a chance to see Avengers: Age of Ultron yet. A longer, more detailed review will follow shortly. Are you asking yourself, “Should I see Avengers: Age of Ultron?” The answer is yes. I wouldn’t rank Avengers: Age of Ultron as the best Marvel Studios movie; that distinction belongs to either Captain America: The Winter Soldier or Guardians of the Galaxy depending on what day you ask me the question. But Avengers: Age of Ultron is good, perhaps as good or just shy of being as good as the first Avengers movie. The action in the movie is fast-paced and the fight scenes are superbly choreographed. Marvel is really killing it with their fight scenes lately between this movie and the Daredevil Netflix series. The movie is full of great character bits, and introduces us to new interpersonal relationships between the characters. Plus we learn some secrets about one Avenger that completely threw me. Ultron as a villain was excellent. Ultron is both menacing and creepy. While I liked Loki as the villain in Avengers, I felt like a lot of that movie was the team fighting endless hordes of facelss aliens. But here, we get a central villain that isn’t the pawn of another villain. Ultron is his own man, as he likes to point out repeatedly in the movie. If you’re a fan of the Avengers comic, I think you’ll be very happy with the way the characters are portrayed. Quicksilver is brash. Cap’s shield bounces off things and returns to him (with a better answer than Cap just being great at throwing it). Avengers: Age of Ultron is excellent. Overall, I would give it an 8...

Interstellar – Review Feb24

Interstellar – Review...

The Matthew McConoughey renaissance continues! Interstellar is definitely a movie to see on the biggest screen available. If you can find an IMAX still showing it, by all means, see this movie on the IMAX, and in 70mm if possible. You will not regret it. But if you watching Interstellar at home, please do yourself a favor and watch it on the biggest TV you can find. If you own a 40” and your friend owns a 70”, maybe it’s time to pay that friend a visit. Treat that friend to a Redbox night and spring for a box of microwavable popcorn while you’re at it. Side note: I wonder how many times owners of bigger than big screen TVs are having to sit through yet another viewing of Interstellar thanks to yet another friend who owns a small TV. I feel like Matthew McConaughey and Ben Affleck are having similar career trajectories. Both started out in the same indie movie, Dazed and Confused. Both went on to work on movies of varying quality. And now, both have recently found themselves getting pickier with their choices and putting out quality project after quality project. People point to True Detective as the start of the McConoughey renaissance. Those people clearly never saw Mud. I expected Interstellar to be good. I’ve found that to be a good rule of thumb to apply to any Christopher Nolan movie. However, I didn’t expect it to be this good. I don’t know why I thought Nolan would only deliver a better than usual outer space movie. But he doesn’t just deliver that. Instead, he gives us a movie that transcends the genre. A sizeable part of the movie takes place on Earth before McConoughey and his team head to...

James Gunn Live Audio Commentary of Guardians of the Galaxy TONIGHT! Jan22

James Gunn Live Audio Commentary of Guardians of the Galaxy TONIGHT!...

If you’re a fan of Guardians of the Galaxy, you’ll want to tune into Director James Gunn’s Facebook page tonight at 10 PM Eastern/7PM Pacific when James hosts a live audio commentary and Q&A during the film. He’ll tell everyone when to press play on their DVDs, Blu Rays and digital downloads and go from there. You’ll watch the movie alongside James Gunn, who will field questions and give out bits of interesting trivia about the highest grossing film of 2014. Don’t miss out! It’s a one night only experience! All you need is a copy of Guardians of the Galaxy and access to Facebook. More details can be found at...

Holiday Gift Guide 2014...

Finding the right gift for your friends and family can be arduous. Fortunately, Tuesday Night Movies is here with picks sure to please the lovers of pop culture in your life! Two classic TV series have recently received the deluxe home video treatment. Both are available on a per season basis, but it’s the full series sets of these series that really deliver. If you know a fan of either of these series, these sets would make the perfect gift. The first is the Batman: The Complete Television Series. For years, it looked like this TV series would never see a home release because of legal reasons. Fans of the Adam West Batman series were left with the choice of taping the series off TV Land broadcasts or buying from bootleggers (who taped the series from TV Land). This fall, Warner Brothers released a gorgeous remastering of the 1960s Batman TV series. This show has never looked as good as it does in this set. The colors really pop on a HD TV. The set includes all three seasons of the Batman TV series on Blu Ray, a digital download of the entire series, a 32 page episode guide, an Adam West scrapbook, a set of 44 Batman trading cards featuring characters and iconic moments from the show, and a Hot Wheels Batmobile. The box even plays part of the Batman TV series theme song! The second is The Wonder Years: The Complete Series. Like the Batman series, this was a TV series whose home release was mired in legal red tape. Part of what made The Wonder Years so iconic was its inclusion of classic 60s songs. Unfortunately, it was much easier to license the rights to those songs when the show was...

Guardian of the Galaxy – Review Aug14

Guardian of the Galaxy – Review...

I had been counting down the days until the release of Guardians of the Galaxy since last year’s New York Comic Con Marvel Unlimited Plus Members Only panel. It was in that panel that we were shown, months before others were, an extra long trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy. Twice. I remember walking out of that panel and telling my friends, “Guardians of the Galaxy is the movie I’m looking forward to most in 2014.” I was convinced that even though many superhero movies were making their way to the theater in 2014, Guardians would be the best. Guardians of the Galaxy totally lives up to the hype that I built up for it in my head. This is awesome news for regular folks. I don’t think the average guy on the street built this movie up in his head the way I did. Most people I talked to in the weeks leading up to Guardians of the Galaxy’s release date were a mix of cautiously optimistic or just flat out confused. One person told me, “Bradley Cooper voicing a raccoon? I don’t know how I feel about that.” I wanted to say, “I’ll tell you how you feel about that. Awesome. That’s how you feel. Awesome.” But every now and then I like to keep the obnoxious craziness inside me and I just smiled. The characters in Guardians of the Galaxy are not household names. This movie could have easily flopped. I think it’s the strength of the script, director James Gunn and the stellar cast that made it work big time. Chris Pratt is awesome as Star-Lord. I’m currently reading a Guardians of the Galaxy comic, and Chris Pratt’s is the voice that hear in my head for Star-Lord. I love...

The 5 Coolest Things to Come Out of Comic-Con 2013 Jul25

The 5 Coolest Things to Come Out of Comic-Con 2013...

1. Man of Steel 2 will be Superman/Batman! With Christopher Nolan and David Goyer heavily involved in both franchises, I’m really hoping that we see a continuation of the continuity established in The Dark Knight Rises. And by that, I mean Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the Bat-suit teaming up with Henry Cavill’s Superman! 2. Avengers 2: Age of Ultron Avengers 2 has a subtitle: Age of Ultron! Who’s Ultron, you ask? Ultron is a robot created by Hank Pym aka Antman/Giant Man/Goliath/Yellow Jacket. After gaining sentience, Ultron decided that the world would be a more perfect place if humans weren’t on it and set about eradicating all life. Whedon has stated that Hank Pym will not be in Avengers 2. Does this mean Whedon is changing Ultron’s origin so that he’s created by Tony Stark? It makes sense. With Tony Stark having created his AI assistant Jarvis in the Iron Man franchise, do we need another scientist for Ultron’s creation? I’m fine with this change. Thankfully, it looks like Avengers 2: Age of Ultron will have anything to do with Marvel comic Age of Ultron beyond its title and main villain. While Hank Pym won’t be in Avengers 2, his fans will be happy to know that it will be Hank Pym as Ant-Man in the Ant-Man movie! 3. James Robinson releases Grand Passion through Dynamite I only recently read Starman for the first time. But since reading it, Robinson has quickly become one of my favorite comic book writers. I was extremely sad to see him leave Earth 2, which he seemed to be setting up for a grand, multi-year run. While we wait for The Saviors, his creator-owned project with J. Bone being released through Image, we have Grand Passion to look forward...

NYCC 2012 Exclusives (UPDATED!) Sep21

NYCC 2012 Exclusives (UPDATED!)...

UPDATED 10/5/12!UPDATED AGAIN 10/9/12!! New York Comic Con is less than three weeks away and I am getting seriously excited for it. One of the best things about New York Comic Con is having access to limited edition items, many of which are either debuting or only available at NYCC.Here are the ones I’m more excited about! …and some that just have me shaking my head. 4-LOM and Zuckuss Christmas Ornaments (Hallmark) Price: ???, Limited to 800 sets. True story: I love Christmas and I love Star Wars. I already have a lot of Star Wars ornaments on my tree each year, but what’s two more, right? Last year’s droids two-pack sold out pretty quickly. This might be the first thing I buy on Thursday. The Dark Knight Returns Christmas Ornament (Hallmark)Price: ???, Limited to 700 setsThis was an SDCC exclusive, and I was jealous of anyone who bought it! I love Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. It’s one of the few comic book stories that I go back and read year after year. Would I be more excited if it was a David Mazzucchellli Year One Batman? Yes. Am I complaining? No. This will be mine! Cylon Centurion Christmas Ornament (Hallmark – Booth 1229)Price: ???, Limited to 600While you’re at the Hallmark booth, you might want to pick up this limited edition Cylon Centurion Christmas Ornament. It’s a gold plated variant of last year’s Cylon ornament. It makes sound. I probably won’t buy this one. My only exposure to Battlestar Galactica was playing with my cousin’s Cylon action figure when were kids. I never watched either the original show or the recent series. But that Cylon toy from my youth was so cool looking. It looked like a more bad-ass Stormtrooper. Did...